My Favorite Disney World Spots in Pictures

Old_Ticketbooth

My first scene? Well, I’ve never actually seen this as it is from a long time ago, or at least I don’t recall it. But, an old fashioned ticket booth can’t be beat.

Take a moment and enjoy the view of Cinderella’s Castle.

Castle

Moving on, I prefer to move in a counter-clockwise direction… not sure why but that is just how I am.  This brings me to perhaps my favorite ride of all, Space Mountain.  Even the queue brings in some great music and positive energy, preparing me for my excursion into space.

Space_Mountain

Typically, I will knock out the rides around this, but for my visual journey we’ll skip right on to the New Fantasyland, which has always been my favorite section of the Magic Kingdom.  The classic Peter Pan is the highlight of this area, although it now has stiff competition from the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.  So, both get pictured here.

peter_pan Seven_Dwarfs

Lunch time. Eat a quick bite and get back to the action. We like either the Pinocchio Village Haus – with a view of guests riding into It’s A Small World – or the Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe with a fantastic toppings bar.  Both have a great atmosphere and quick and easy dining (if you can find a spot – try to eat a light breakfast and then eat an early lunch as close to 11:00 am as possible).

pecos_bill village_haus

After a filling lunch, the best thing is to take it easy.  Scary won’t make you sick, so head to the Haunted Mansion.

Haunted_Mansion

I can’t resist the popcorn and snacks as you head into Frontierland, a quick boat ride or two and maybe some adventure on an island is followed up by the ride you must drag your kids on even if they are screaming (#DragYourKidsEvenIfTheyAreScreaming good hashtag, no? ) onto Splash Mountain.

Splash_Mountain

Of course you have to hit Big Thunder Mountain, then time to cool off in the always fun Pirates of the Caribbean.  Go ahead, sing along.

Pirates

A few additional attractions are nearby, around which you must – and I mean must – save time and space for a fantastic Dole Whip.

Dole_Whip

I hope you enjoyed my pictorial tour of a favorite day at the Magic Kingdom!

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – Full Ride

More about the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train:

seven_dwarfs_mine_trainQueue
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.

Festival of Fantasy Parade Pictures

The first picture here is the poster for the parade. Pretty cool, right? The artwork and theme is done very well. I like how Mickey is clearly the ring leader, or master of ceremonies, what have you.

Festival of Fantasy Poster

Festival of Fantasy Parade Poster

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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.

Disney with Young Children

Tips for Disney With Young Children

Tips for Disney With Young Children

By young children, I am referring to ages 2, 3, 4 and some 5. This is a big audience for Disney, but I have seen parents who simply want to do it all. It is understandable, as the Disney vacation is an expensive one. You will want to do as much as possible to feel a value for your vacation dollar. I am not immune! I often rush from site to site, push the family to get ready and get going! To some extent, this is an important quality for someone in each family, otherwise most of your trip may be spent sleeping, lollygagging around, and waiting in lots of lines, getting frustrated. Continue reading

Strategy: Riding Both Test Track & Soarin in One Day

The new Test Track is much improved!

The new Test Track is much improved!

With the newly redesigned Test Track a much improved version (see my video), crowds for this ride now rival and could surpass that of Soarin’, in terms of wait times. With that said: Is it possible for a normal family to ride both Test Track and Soarin’ attractions in one day at the Epcot theme park in Walt Disney World?  It can be done! But, it is not easy, nor always totally enjoyable.  Let me give you some tips based on my experience there in June 2013 to get the best possible Test Track/Soarin’/Epcot experience!  Continue reading