News Update: Rise of the Resistance

On December 5th, 2019, Rise of the Resistance opened in Disney World, and has since been stated as maybe the best ride Disney has made. It consists of a trackless ride system, a drop system, a walking element, and a simulator (It won’t make you sick though). It is about 18 minutes long and follows you, a Resistance recruit, as you get captured by the First Order and fight to get out. The animatronics are so realistic that you can barely tell the difference between them and the actors.

HOW TO GET IN

In order to get into Rise of the Resistance, you must check into My Disney Experience as soon as you scan your thumb at Hollywood Studios. Then, you get a boarding pass for Rise of the Resistance. Tip: You have to be in Hollywood Studios to get a pass, and they fill up fast, so get there early in the morning.

The Story

In the story of Rise of the Resistance, you’re recruited to join the Resistance, but on your first mission, you get captured! Then, you walk by rows of Storm Troopers and you are put in a jail cell. Soon enough, however, the Resistance arrives to help. You then hop into a trackless ride vehicle as a R5 droid on your side transports you through battle to an escape pod. There, you have go through a small Tower of Terror-like drop before crashing back down to Black Spire Outpost.

In the end, Rise of the Resistance is the most technologically advanced ride Disney has made to date. I would totally recommend going to ride it or watching it on YouTube. All you have to do is search “Rise of the Resistance POV” and you can watch it all. Also, sorry it was a long time since my last post. Anyways, have a magical day!

Thanksgiving is for EATING- My Favorite Magic Kingdom Snacks

Thanksgiving is coming up, and on Thanksgiving, we watch parades, give thanks, and EAT FOOD! In honor of this glorious occasion, I am sharing some of my favorite snacks in Magic Kingdom. So if you are one of the many people visiting the parks over the holiday break, check them out and tell me what you think!

Mango Dole Whip
Where to find it: Auntie Gravity’s in Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom

What it is: A Dole Whip is a soft serve frozen treat. It is dairy free and can be served in a bowl or on a cone. It comes in several flavors: pineapple, orange, mango, lemon, raspberry and lime. Each flavor is not available in every location serving Dole Whips, however. For example, raspberry Dole Whips are only available at Aloha Isle in Adventureland in Magic Kingdom. Also, there are some specialty Dole Whip treats. For the mango flavor, it’s an “Up!” theme cone decorated with balloons. For raspberry, it’s the Hei Hei cone, which is themed for the goofy rooster in Moana.

Why I love it: Dole Whips are the best treat on a hot summer day to cool you down. They are delicious and refreshing. I like mango the most because mango is one of my favorite flavors. It’s nice that the Dole Whip comes in different flavors so you can choose the one that you like most. Beware though…they melt quickly.

Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar
Where to find it: Ice cream carts in all over the park

What it is: The Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar is basically a Mickey shaped hunk of chocolate with vanilla ice cream inside. It is on a stick.

Why I love it: This treat is also a great way to cool you down on a hot day. Also, something about the chocolate is super delicious. This treat is so simple, yet soooo good, and it is one of my favorites.

Warm Cinnamon Roll
Where to find it: Gaston’s Tavern in Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom

What it is: The Warm Cinnamon Roll from Gaston’s Tavern may sound like a normal cinnamon roll. BUT… it is four times the size of a normal one and is the size of the plate and super tall!!!

Why I love it: This snack is a great breakfast for the entire family to split. Also, it’s warm and gooey, and just overall super yummy. I might even say that it’s my favorite breakfast item in the Magic Kingdom. Ask for extra icing. You won’t be disappointed.

Mickey Pretzel
Where to find it: The Lunching Pad and Cool Ship in Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom

What it is: A classic soft pretzel in the shape of Mickey’s face. It can be served with cheese sauce if you are into that and there are stuffed pretzel varieties as well.

Why I love it: I am a big fan of soft pretzels and I love the Disney twist on the classic treat. Also, they are pretty big so you may want to consider splitting one. Sometimes you can find the soft pretzels in other themed-shapes. Once I ate one in the shape of Mrs. Incredible’s mask.

Churro
Where to find it: Frontierland Churro Cart in Magic Kingdom

What it is: A long fried stick of cinnamon-sugar goodness. It’s kind of like an extra long donut and is served with a chocolate dipping sauce. For the 2019 holiday season, the Churro Cart is even selling a churro with chocolate sugar and a caramel pecan dipping sauce.

Why I love it: First, I love donuts. A lot. So this snack is a perfect way for me to extend my donut-loving beyond breakfast. I love that it is served warm and isn’t too sweet. I love the chocolate dipping sauce, but it can be messy.

Hope you enjoy snacking your way through Magic Kingdom. If you have any other favorite snacks, please let me know in the comments. Have a magical day!

Disney+ Review

As you may have heard, Disney recently released a streaming service called Disney+, which has all of Disney’s properties, like Disney classics, Pixar, Marvel, Disney Channel, National Geographic, etc. It also includes some new original shows, like a Star Wars series called Mandalorian, and a new, modern take on High School Musical called High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Overall, it is very entertaining and will also probably be very popular. My favorite series is The Imagineering Story because I am so into Imagineering. Here is my review of Disney+.

To start, there are a lot of classic Disney movies to watch on Disney+, like Little Mermaid, Lion King, Cinderella, Aladdin, and many more classics. This is new and great because previously, you had to wait for the items to come out of the ‘Vault’. The Vault is a term previously used to describe Disney movies that had been locked away and unavailable for purchase. Disney did this to build up demand, as they thought people would lose interest if all of their movies were available all the time. But in Disney+, you can get all the classics, in one place (You can also get newer movies like Frozen.) I am most excited for Fantasia because I have always wanted to see that, and I’ve never noticed it being available out of the Vault.

One of the most popular series on Disney+ is Mandalorian. The story follows a bounty hunter in Star Wars as he fights monsters and completes quests. Two episodes have been released so far and I have watched them both. I’ll save an in-depth review for a later post but so far it is very interesting. I won’t spoil the first episode if you haven’t seen it, but I was especially surprised by who the Mandalorian finds at the end of the show.

I haven’t personally watched High School Musical: The Musical: The Series yet, but my sister has and I asked her for her thoughts. Also, to avoid a mouthful, I will refer to it as HSMTM. The story is set at East High School where the High School Musical story took place, but is set in present day. In HSMTM, the students at East High decide to put on a production of High School Musical for their school play. So far 2 episodes have been released, and my sister’s favorite part is when they posted the cast list.

All in all, Disney+ has a lot of content and is a huge step forward for Disney. I would definitely recommend buying it. It costs about $7 a month, and new episodes of original shows like Mandalorian and HSMTM are released every Friday. I hope you enjoyed my post, and if anybody has gotten Disney+, please let me know if you are enjoying it in the comments. Goodbye and have a magical day!

Fun Magic Kingdom Secrets

One of the things that I love most about going to Disney World is looking out for hidden secrets that people may not know exist. It’s fun to point these out to my family and to be on the lookout for them around the park. Here are some of my favorites. If you know others, please share!

  1. The Haunted Mansion ride takes you on a haunted ride through Gracey Manor. Inside, you ride in a “doom buggy” while exploring a home with 999 happy haunts (ghosts). The ride itself gives you a lot to look at, but the queue leading up to it is extremely interactive and, in my opinion, one of the best. One of my favorite features: in the queue, you can find a fun secret that adds to the ride’s story line. After passing Captain Culpepper’s grave, look down and you can spot a wedding ring embedded in the pavement. This ring is said to have been thrown out the window of Gracey Manor by the Black Widow Bride (Constance Hatchaway), who is known to kill her husbands on their wedding day. Look out for her at the end of the ride in the attic! Also, at the ride exit, be sure to look over at the pet cemetery where you can spot a familiar character from Disney’s earlier history…Mr. Toad. Your parents may like this one if they remember Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride! It’s rumored by cast members that the following is hidden on his gravestone “Dear Mr. Toad, It’s sad but true. Not nearly as marketable as Winnie the Pooh.”
  2. When you walk through Cinderella’s Castle to get to Fantasyland, be sure to stop behind it for a look at the fountain showing Cinderella surrounded by her mice friends. Adults won’t be able to appreciate this secret, but it’s perfect for kids. From a child’s perspective, the crown on the mural behind the fountain looks to sit perfectly on Cinderella’s head. So even though she dressed in simple rags in the fountain, the crown shows that she will one day become a princess.
  3. While walking through Adventureland, as you near Aladdin’s Magic Carpets you may notice a large puddle of water on the pavement. No, it’s not the Genie’s sweat. Just stand on the puddle and you’ll be blasted by a jet of water. Where is it coming from? The golden camels, of course! They spit water at unsuspecting guests passing by. It can be a great way to cool off in the summer, and especially fun for kids.
  4. When you enter the park, you’ll walk down Main Street U.S.A. The sides of the street are lined with shops. Most people rush by them trying to get to their favorite rides, but if you have the time to check them out, you’ll spot tributes to Disney’s Imagineers and other friends and family of Walt Disney. For example, one window shows a shop for a contractor named “Elias Disney”. He was Walt’s dad! Another window, above The Bakery, appears to be a shop for camera repairs (Iwerks-Iwerks Stereoscopic Cameras). It is a tribute to father and son Ub and Don Iwerks. Ub worked with Walt in the beginnings of Disney, and he helped create Mickey Mouse. Don was a Disney cinematographer and helped with work on the Circle-Vision camera. Also on Main Street U.S.A., American flags soar on top of every rooftop. However, none of them are real American flags! They all have incorrect numbers of stars and stripes. This is because if they were real, they would have to be raised, lowered, and flown at half-mast. Since the flags are up on rooftops, Disney didn’t want to have to raise and lower them. For this reason, they made the flags fake. The only real flag is in Town Square and is raised and lowered daily, and you can watch that happening at the Flag Retreat Ceremony. Also, all of the fake flags double as lightning rods!
  5. One place to dine in Fantasyland is Pinocchio Village Haus. It is themed to Pinocchio (hence the name), and has seven rooms for different characters in Pinocchio. It also features a window into “it’s a small world”, but there’s another hidden gem there that most people don’t know about. In the front of the restaurant, if you head to the side facing Peter Pan’s Flight, you can find a book. Above the book is a small picture of the Blue Fairy with a quote above her, reading, “You Deserve to Have Your Wish Come True”. The book is actually a wish book, and inside you can share your wish. This is really fun to find and write in for everybody.

I hope you enjoyed my post about secrets in the Magic Kingdom. If you have more secrets that you’d like to share, or if you have seen any of these before, share in the comments below. I’d love to know. That’s it for this post. I hoped you enjoyed it, and have a magical day.

My Top 5 Magic Kingdom Rides

Magic Kingdom is Disney World’s first theme park. It is their main park as it has, by far, the most rides. There are some pretty great thrill rides, but also some signature, classic Disney dark rides and some cool animatronics. From a kid’s perspective, here are my favorites.

5. Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates is the perfect mix of a bit of thrill and classic Disney animatronics. There are so many things to look at that you notice something new every time. Also, the drop in the ride is fun and is something most young kids can handle. Of course, it will never be as good as Disneyland’s version, but it’s still a very fun ride.

4. Space Mountain

Space Mountain is a favorite of many kids, including me. You think you know roller coasters in the dark? Think again. You can almost never see where you’re going. It honestly feels your being pulled through space, especially in the Not-So-Scary version of the ride that runs during Halloween, where it’s pitch black. However, it feels very jerky and not smooth. But that’s part of the fun for me, and that’s why I love Space Mountain.

3. Big Thunder Mountain

The second mountain to hit the list, Big Thunder, is really, truly, “THE WILDEST RIDE IN THE WILDERNESS!” It is less of a big drop coaster, and more of a bumpy, full-of-turns, but fast style coaster. It is a great first “big kid” coaster for young kids. I do recommend back row seats on this one for the most thrilling experience. That’s what makes this one so fun for me.

2. Haunted Mansion

This is such a fun ride! It never gets old, and you’ll be wanting to ride again after every time. This might even be my favorite Disney dark ride. It is so perfectly themed and well done for those who like spooky rides with some suspense. The effects, no matter how old, are so cool and awesome. For example, the “Pepper’s ghost” feature is used a lot throughout this ride and is super convincing, where images are projected onto glass by mirrors to make it look like a ghostly figure is actually there. The dancing scene in the ballroom is a great example–it looks like there are actually ghosts having an old fashioned dance party. Overall, this makes for a scary good time!

1. And finally, my favorite, the winner… SPLASH MOUNTAIN!

The last “mountain” in Magic Kingdom to place is definitely the best. It tells the story of Brer Rabbit so well! Also, it is such a thrilling drop at the end that no other thing could duplicate it. I love the history of the attraction, like how the animatronics were repurposed from America Sings. Another fun fact, if you look closely, a gopher appears momentarily in the cave before the final drop, saying, “Go FSU!” This is a secret tribute to the college the Imagineer who worked on that animatronic went to, and one of the reasons I think Imagineering is so cool–who doesn’t want to hide secret things in rides for guests to spot! You can only see this from the first row. Also, right before the drop there is a Hidden Mickey. All in all, that’s why my favorite Magic Kingdom ride is Splash Mountain.

Overall, those are my favorite Magic Kingdom rides. I know you may disagree, but everyone has unique favorites, and that’s fine. Those are just my favorites, not necessarily the best overall rides at Disney World. What are your favorite rides? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Blizzard Beach Review

Disney’s Blizzard Beach

Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park is amazing. The amount of theming and Imagineering in it is incredible. So today we’re going to talk all about it.

First of all, the backstory is really cool. Florida was hit by a freak snowstorm and entrepreneurs saw this as an opportunity for money. Soon, Florida’s first ski resort was built. But this wouldn’t last long, as the Florida weather eventually melted the snow. But this was okay, because a water park is still just as fun! As you look around the park, you can see details all over telling the story of Blizzard Beach!

The main attraction at Blizzard Beach is Summit Plummet. It is America’s 2nd tallest freefall water slide. Freefall means the slide is just one huge drop. The slide is 120 feet tall and you can reach speeds of up to 60 mph, but for kids expect between 40 and 50 and for smaller adults expect 50-55. It stands at the top of Mount Gushmore, where you can get great views of Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdoms. Fun fact, the back of Expedition Everest is nothing but a wall! The smaller slide next to Summit Plummet is Slush Gusher. It is one drop but with bumps. It is 90 feet tall and reaches speeds of up to 35 mph. Also, prepare for air on those bumps!

Runoff Rapids is a group of 3 slides. There are two nearly identical open body slides, comparable to normal water park slides. But the middle slide is special. It’s an enclosed body slide. There is almost no light except for LED lights inside the slide. It’s basically Space Mountain as a water slide. The Snow Stormers are basic water slides, but on toboggan mats. Also, all 3 tracks are the same distance and configuration so you can race your friends. Downhill Double Dipper is a very fun slide. It is a tube slide, but only single tubes. You go plummeting down a fairly big drop in a race against the person next to you. Also, lines can get pretty long for this one. The family raft ride at Blizzard Beach is Teamboat Springs, the world’s longest raft ride. You will randomly rock left to right on this raft. It is 1200 ft long. Rafts fit 4-6 people, and if your party is less than four, you might have to share with other guests. Finally, the wave pool is fun, but nothing compared to Typhoon Lagoon’s pool.

The Lazy River is very relaxing, with calm scenes and even some spots to get sprayed by cold, icy water. As for eats, Avalunch provides normal quick food to eat fast and get right back to sliding. Lottawatta Lodge is the most full meal you’ll get at Blizzard Beach. It has some items normally not at counter service, so it’s kind of like a counter service-sitdown cross. The Warming Hut has a wide variety of sandwiches, and any place has pretty good drinks.

All in all, Blizzard Beach has superb theming and is super fun to visit. That’s what makes it one of America’s highest attended water parks. That’s it for my first blog. See ya real soon!

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