A Look At Disney’s Star Wars Themed Lands

According to the Walt Disney Company, the “Star Wars-themed lands will be the largest-ever single-themed land expansions at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.”

This is exciting news for Star Wars fans, Disney fans, and especially fans of both – like me. I was 5 1/2 years old when Star Wars was first released. It was about that time that I also visited Disney World for the first time. Both franchises have pretty much got me hooked.

So, it is with great excitement that I sit here, drinking coffee from my Disney mug, listening to a Star Wars sound track streaming in the background, typing this post and share the picture and link to this make-believe place I one day hope to visit.

You can view a really cool 360 full screen view of the groundbreaking here. I’m not sure if the ships and droids and everything are actually there or if they are superimposed. I am thinking superimposed; still it looks cool.

Here is a screenshot of one part of the screen:

Star Wars at Disney Parks - groundbreaking scene

Star Wars at Disney Parks – groundbreaking scene

Pictorial Ride Through Disney’s Peter Pan’s Flight

One of – if not the most – classic Disney Rides is Peter Pan’s Flight. Be prepared to wait (or sign up for a FastPass), but young and old seem to adore this treasure. I’ll take you through a pictorial tour of the ride.

Here we are approaching the ride entrance:

Peter Pan's Flight Entrance

Peter Pan’s Flight Entrance

A 30 minute wait? Someone arrived early or is just plain lucky.

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – Full Ride

More about the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train:

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The indoor line-up area hosts a few interactive activities. One is a gem-sorting game where you match up three jewels of different shape but the same color. There is also a spot with barrels full of gems that you spin to create reflective animations on the ceiling. Finally there are the “musical spigots,” a gem washing station with wooden taps carved to woodland animals. There are 12 spigots each representing a note on the chromatic scale.

Attraction

The ride travels both indoors and outdoors, similar to Frontierland’s major attractions, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain. Unlike roller coasters such as California Screamin’ and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, this attraction is designed to appeal to a family-oriented crowd with enchanting scenery and cartoonish architecture; it retains details from the original 1937 film. The attraction features a new ride system of a “tilting vehicle.” This new technology simulates the swaying and tipping one would expect to experience in a mine cart.

Songs from the film, such as Heigh-Ho, are featured in the attraction. Most of Audio-Animatronics, including the Dwarf figures of Doc, Happy, Sleepy, Grumpy, and Bashful performing their Yodel Song in the final scene are recycled from the demolished Snow White’s Scary Adventures attraction. To mask their age, the windows looking inside are partially obscured. Additionally, the vulture figures from the previous attraction ride are perched on a mining structure early in the ride.

The ride features two on-ride cameras that provide videos and pictures for guests to buy through Disney’s Photopass. It is one of only two Walt Disney World attraction to provide videos to guest, the other being The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Unlike the rest of the rides at Walt Disney World with on-ride cameras, there are no monitors after the ride to view the pictures and there is no store to buy the pictures in.

Rain at the Magic Kingdom

This is from June 8, 2013.  Just goes to show, you can have an afternoon shower pop out of nowhere like this.  If you don’t want to waist $6 or $7 per person, bring some ponchos with you and shoes that can get wet! There is still a lot to do in the rain with many indoor attractions. The lines are much shorter when it rains so don’t give up, just take it easy and enjoy yourself.

New Guide Book on Florida Theme Parks

This new guide book, Florida Theme Parks: A Guide by Alex Miller includes a pictorial tour of 20 of the state’s top theme parks. With over 280 color photographs and concise summaries of each of the parks.

If you are more a California person, you may like the California Theme Parks book.  Amusement parks have been a staple of California recreation for over a century. Discover how these magical places came to be; learn little-known secrets of 20 parks and what makes them memorable. 301color photos provide a unique glimpse into an industry that forever changed family entertainment.  The book is highly reviewed at 5 stars on Amazon!