New Park Hours!!

Covid-19 has changed many things in the parks, and the park hours are soon to be one of them. Currently they are: Magic Kingdom: 9 AM-7 PM, Animal Kingdom: 8 AM-6 PM, Epcot: 11 AM-9 PM, Hollywood Studios: 10 AM-8 PM. However, these hours are going to change soon. This is due to the fact that they don’t have many people coming, so they don’t need all the hours. They will change on September 8th to Magic Kingdom: 9 AM-6 PM, Animal Kingdom: 9 AM-5 PM, Epcot: 11 AM- 7 PM, Hollywood Studios: 10 AM-7 PM. I personally don’t like these changes because the parks are now barely open, plus you can’t Park Hop because of Covid! This prevents you from going to Magic Kingdom for the morning and then switching to Epcot. These park hours are so funky, what do you think? Tell me in the comments! Thanks for reading, and have a magical day!

My Top Three EPCOT Rides!

Epcot is Disney World’s second-opened park and it opened on October 1st, 1982. Originally, Walt Disney had imagined Epcot as a functioning utopia-like “city of tomorrow”, but after his death, Imagineers saw that they just couldn’t control how people behaved in a city. Therefore, they decided to make Epcot a theme park. Since it opened, Epcot has seen many changes, including the removal of the Wonders pavilion. Recently, it has been under A LOT of construction, as it is receiving a lot of change, in addition to all the new safety protocols. Despite all this change, Epcot still has many good rides, and today I’m going to tell you about my three favorite ones.

3. World Showcase

Where in Epcot: The World Showcase is very easy to find because it takes up half of Epcot. It surrounds the lake and can also be accessed from the International Gateway entrance to the park (the International Gateway is mainly accessed from the Yacht/Beach Club, Boardwalk, or Skyliner.)

What it is: The World Showcase is, well, what the name implies. It is a showcase of the world! You can travel around it, looking at each individual country and what’s unique about them. Also, the cast members in each pavilion are actually from the country, which is very cool. Each country has special architecture from that country, like the Eiffel Tower in France, or a Mayan temple in Mexico.

Why I love it: I love the World Showcase because of how unique it is. It is so much fun to walk around and view all the different countries. It’s like having the world’s fastest jet that can go to any country, and is driven by you! My personal favorite country is Germany because of the architecture and the fun restaurant there, Biergarten, which is a German buffet with wiener schnitzel and spaetzle. They also have some German performers, that yell, “Zicke Zacke Zicke Zacke!” and then you yell, “Hoi Hoi Hoi!” That roughly translates to, “A toast, a toast, a cozy place! One, two, three, drink!” It’s fun for the whole family!

2. Soarin’

Where in Epcot: Soarin’ is located on the west side of the park in the Land pavilion, a big, glass, oddly-shaped building. This building also contains the new projection show “Awesome Planet” and boat ride tour, Living with the Land.

What it is: Soarin’ is a ride that utilizes a big projection screen mixed with engineering. You hop into your seat and are raised to the screen to simulate flying (specifically hang gliding). Then, you fly over many beautiful places in the world along to an awesome soundtrack. It’s so detailed that they have smells for each scene that they pump in! It is the only ride of its kind at Disney World and is truly amazing.

Why I love it: I love Soarin’ because, like I said above, it’s the only ride of its kind at Disney World and is so unique. I also love how it’s relaxing yet thrilling, and I love the detail (like the smells) too. I get so engaged whenever you’re about to run into something, like a jumping whale. That’s why Soarin’ is my second favorite at Epcot.

1. Test Track

Where in Epcot: Test Track is located on the east side of Epcot near Mission: Space. It has its own pavilion, so you can’t miss it!

What it is: Test Track is a thrill ride, and I would describe it as a flat roller coaster. To start, you design your car, and then the ride itself tests it. Your car is tested in four categories- efficiency, responsiveness, capability, and power. While being tested, your car will swerve, make quick stops, and, at the end, zoom with the fastest speed out of any Disney World ride along the track. While all of this is happening, your car is ranked against other people near you in each category.

Why I love it: I love Test Track because it is so thrilling. It’s the fastest you can go in Disney World! I also love the competitive aspect of it, with you trying to beat your family’s score. I also love how much, well, I guess it’s detail, there is in Test Track. By this I mean not just making a thrill ride but also adding more tests, like you’re actually testing a car. I would recommend a Fastpass for Test Track, though, because waits get super long, but other than that, its my favorite attraction in Epcot.

Thanks for reading about my favorite rides at Epcot! Did you agree? Let me know in the comments! Have a magical day!

NEWS: Splash Mountain Retheming!

As you may have heard, Splash Mountain is getting a retheme! What will the new theme be? Princess and the Frog! This is a great change, as you’ll hear later, and I’m so excited! Tell me if you are too in the comments!

Why?

This is because Splash Mountain is based on the movie, Song of the South. You may have not heard of it because there is no home video release of it in the US! This is because it is controversially racist. That is why the ride is being rethemed.

More Details

The new ride will pick up the story after the movie ends, so you won’t see Tiana as a frog. You will then follow Tiana and Louis as they get ready to celebrate at Mardi Gras. The ride will also keep the same layout, including the drop. The changes to the ride probably won’t happen for a while, though, and construction may not start for at least a year. It will also take a while once they start because the inside of Splash is made out of concrete.

I hope you are excited for this new retheme of Splash Mountain! Thanks for reading, and have a magical day!

Disney World Is Reopening!

It has been long awaited, but Disney World is finally reopening! It will begin its phased reopening on July 11th, with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. Then, on July 15th, Epcot and Hollywood Studios will reopen. There are also many new additions and requirements, so read on!

Requirements to get in

To get into the park, you will have to wear a mask and have your temperature checked. This is the same as how it is in Disney Springs right now. If your temperature is 100.4 or over, you won’t be allowed in the park.

Reservation System

Disney will also have a reservation system to get into the park. You will need to have a reservation for the park and day (Ex. Magic Kingdom, July 21st). This means you won’t be able to Park Hop.

Additional Safety Measures

There will be touch-less hand sanitizing stations and hand washing stations. There won’t be parades, fireworks, or shows that cause large gatherings. There will be no Fastpass. This is because they are using the whole queue to spread people out. There also won’t be Free Dining or Dining Plans. This is all to keep guests safe.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post! Have a magical day!

Animal Kingdom Secrets

Animal Kingdom was the last park in Disney World to open. While it features many obviously great things, there are also some hidden details. Here are some to look for next time you’re in the park.

1. Tree of Life carvings

The Tree of Life sits near the entrance of Animal Kingdom and is a well-known emblem of the park. But did you know there are animals carved on the trunk? There are- 325 of them! It took a year and a half for 3 Imagineers and 10 artists to carve them!

2. Route 498

On a road sign near the entrance to Dinoland USA, it says that it is Route 498. This is because Animal Kingdom opened on April 22nd, 1998. The 498 means the fourth month, April, and 1998. This is a fun hidden secret to spot next time you’re in Animal Kingdom.

3. JORODI

In Africa there is a sign that says, JORODI. What does it mean, you may ask? Well, it is a nod to Imagineer Joe Rhode, whose name is pronounced like that.

4. Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, oh my!

In the queue for Dinosaur, you can look up to spot some red, yellow, and white pipes with strange chemical formulas written on them. You may think they are random, but they actually have a hidden meaning- those are the formulas for ketchup, mustard, and mayo! This is probably because McDonald’s used to sponsor Dinosaur.

5. Lions need AC too!

In the Kilimanjaro Safari, the lions reside on Pride Rock. But did you know the ledge of that is air conditioned? This is for two reasons- to encourage lions to come onto the ledge and just to keep them cool.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and will make sure to look out for these secrets next time you’re in Animal Kingdom. That’s all for now, and have a magical day!

Disney World Trivia!

Bored in quarantine? Here’s some Disney World trivia for a fun time! Record your answers on a sheet of paper and tell me how you did in the comments!

  1. What is the name of the cantina in Galaxy’s Edge?
  2. Which isn’t an All-Star resort? A. All-Star Movies B. All-Star Animation C. All-Star Sports D. All-Star Music
  3. On which street is Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster located?
  4. Name the parks in order from smallest to largest.
  5. True or false: Disney World opened in 1981.
  6. At which water park is the Crush ‘n’ Gusher located?
  7. At which park is the only Cars attraction located?
  8. At which park is Tiffins located?
  9. At which park are the Utilidors located?
  10. What product, sold in many places and theme parks, isn’t sold at Disney World?
  11. How many times has Disney World closed (including Covid-19)?
  12. What is the maximum score on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin? A. 999,999,999 B.9,999,999 C.99,999 D.999,999
  13. How many animals are there in Animal Kingdom? A. About 1700 B. About 3,400 C. About 790 D. Over 10,000
  14. Why aren’t any attractions in Disney World over 200 feet tall?
  15. What is the tallest structure in Disney World?

Answers on next page!

What’s Happening in EPCOT

As you may know, Epcot is undergoing a complete overhaul. Here are all the changes and additions coming soon.

Space 220

Space 220 is the new restaurant coming near Mission Space. Its theme is that you go, in a rocket, 220 miles above Epcot. It will have screens everywhere. to make it look like you’re in space.

Ratatouille Ride

The France pavilion is getting its very own ride! It will be a trackless Ratatouille-themed ride, and it will be an exact clone of the one in France. You can watch the ride in France on this link. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtZdXqY1TKs)

Moana Journey of Water Attraction

Epcot is getting the first ever Moana themed attraction. It will be a walk-through attraction, and will allow guests to interact with water like it is alive.

The 4 Neighborhoods

Epcot will be divided into four ‘neighborhoods’, World Showcase, World Celebration, World Nature, and World Discovery. They each have individual traits.

World Showcase

New additions in the World Showcase include the Ratatouille ride, a new nighttime spectacular called HarmonioUS, and a Mary Poppins-themed attraction in Great Britain.

World Nature

World Nature will hold The Seas and the Land. It will also feature the Moana attraction, and a new film in the Land called Awesome Planet

World Discovery

World Discovery will feature science, technology, and intergalactic adventures. It will hold a new roller coaster called Cosmic Rewind, which will be themed to Guardians of the Galaxy. It will feature Disney’s first ever reverse launch. Also, Space 220 will be in this neighborhood, and so will the PLAY! pavilion. This pavilion is going to feature interactive games that you get to play.

World Celebration

World Celebration will feature the new Spaceship Earth, which will focus on storytelling instead of communication. It will also have a huge new structure called Dreamer’s Point. Dreamer’s Point will have an amazing view of the entire park and will have a statue of Walt Disney. It will have a bottom plaza layer, a middle expo level, and a park on the top level, which will be open to the sky.

I hope you enjoyed my post about everything going on in Epcot. Even though construction is delayed right now, these are still things to look forward to. Stay safe, and have a magical day!

Going to Disney World… From Home!

As you are probably aware, all Disney parks are currently closed so you can’t go on any rides… or so you thought. There are some great ride POVs that you can check out, and here are some I think are great.

TPM Vids Virtual Parkhopping

This video features 10 of the best Disney rides there are. TPM Vids is also my favorite Disney YouTube channel, so make sure to check out some other videos! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME5WJoHCaFU&t=17s

SoCal Attractions 360

This channel features many on-ride POVs and is well worth checking out. They also have attractions from other Disney parks! https://www.youtube.com/user/SocalAttractions360

Disney World Rides POV Playlist by Fun Family Florida

This playlist has 30 of the best rides at Disney World. Also, most of them are in 4K. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8OHP9OriMA&list=PLZL75XP1RxmmDhGoZSHF1LnqtKwYs84oi

That’s it for today’s post! I hope you check these out so you can go to Disney World, even if you’re not actually there. Stay safe, and have a magical day!

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

On March 4th, 2020, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway opened in Hollywood Studios. It has received various reviews but has mostly been popular. Here’s everything you need to know.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is a trackless dark ride, meaning the ride vehicles are not on a set track. This allows for 4 slightly different (but pretty much the same) ride experiences. It is what Disney is calling 2.5-D, because it is like you are put inside a cartoon.

The story is that you are put in a Mickey and Minnie cartoon and you are now part of it. In the cartoon, Mickey and Minnie are going to a picnic but have to get through several challenges to get there. The attraction is family friendly and we be fun for the youngest to the oldest member in your party. Overall it is a fun time as you travel, run, and conga (yes, conga!) through a Mickey and Minnie cartoon.

Fun Facts:

  • This is Mickey’s first ride-through attraction in a Disney park. It took 65 years!!
  • On opening day, wait time were up to 5 hours!
  • When you first board, look up at the arch you’re about to go under- it say 1928, Mickey’s birth year!
  • In the city scene, you can spot a sign for ‘Iwerks and Uwerks Waterworks’. This is an “easter egg” to Ub Iwerks the Imagineer, who sketched Mickey for the first time and also has a window above Main St. USA

Overall, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is a very fun ride that gives glory to the mouse himself. Thanks for reading and have a magical day!