Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode_120-_Prince_Charming_Regal_Carousel.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (11.4MB) | EmbedWe have spent the past two episodes talking about The Tomorrowland Speedway and The Country Bear Jamboree.  Both the opening day ride and show at the Magic Kingdom have rich histories.  However, neither one can boast a history that goes as far back as today’s ride.  We are going all the way back to 1917 for this jewel!  Not only is it literally the oldest ride in the park, it has major significance in the Disney story.  I’m very excited to tell you all about it so let’s get started with our… Know before you go essential facts: The ride is located in the Magic Kingdom Fastpass+ is NOT offered The fright factor is 0 out of 5 There is no height requirement Guests must transfer to a wheelchair Children under age 7 must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older The ride is 2 minutes long The ride opened on October 1, 1971. Those are the facts.  Now its time to dream! A dream is a wish your heart makes, and there is no doubt that Walt Disney’s heart wished to create magic for kids of all ages.  Walt’s dream was born out of a wish to share in the fun he watched his daughters having when we would take them to the park.  When asked about where the idea for Disneyland originated here is what he said: “Well, it came about when my daughters were very young and Saturday was always Daddy’s day with the two daughters. So we’d start out and try to go...
Country Bear Jamboree

Country Bear Jamboree

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode_119-_Country_Bear_Jamboree.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (10.3MB) | EmbedLast time we took a ride down the Autopia of the Tomorrowland Speedway in the Magic Kingdom.  That opening day ride continues to be a rite of passage for a generation of new youngsters visiting the park for the first time.  Today we are going to sit in on another opening day show at the Magic Kingdom.  A show that many fell in love with in their youth, lost interest with in their teenage and young adult years, but have come back around to later in their Disney life.  I’m talking about that the knee slappin’, down home fun of the Country Bear Jamboree. All your favorites are here; Liver Lips McGrowl, The Sun Bonnet Trio, Trixi, and of course Big Al.  They each have a country song to sing and a story to tell.  Before we start clapping our hands and stomping our feet, let’s get started with our… Know before you go essential facts: The show is located in the Magic Kingdom Fastpass+ is NOT offered The fright factor is 0 out of 5 There is no height requirement Guests may remain in a wheelchair/ECV Reflective Captioning and Assistive Listening are available The show is 11 minutes long The show opened on October 1, 1971.  It was most recently refurbished in 2012.  When the show reopened it had been cut down from 16 minutes to 11.     “Howdy folks!  Welcome to the one and only original Country Bear Jamboree, featuring a bit of Americana, our musical heritage of the past.” These are the words of Henry, the...
Tomorrowland Speedway

Tomorrowland Speedway

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode_118-_Tomorrowland_Speedway.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (8.5MB) | EmbedLast time I had a blast sharing all of the exciting ride news to come out of the D23 Expo.  Everything from Guardians of the Galaxy to Ratatouille to Star Wars and more is coming to Walt Disney World over the next few years.  If you missed that episode you will definitely want to click here and check it out so you know what to expect.  With the announcements of the new rides, we learned it will be time to say goodbye to a couple of others.   The Great Movie Ride and Ellen’s Energy Adventure will be going away to make room for new rides in their respective buildings. Another ride many feared would be retired is The Tomorrowland Speedway.  With the TRON Lightcycle coaster coming to Tomorrowland it was thought this land’s oldest ride might get parked in the garage for good.  Fortunately, it appears that won’t be the case!  The Tomorrowland Speedway has some more tread left on its tires after all.  However, as we will learn today, fears of this ride losing ground to new experiences is not unfounded.  You may think this classic Disney ride hasn’t changed over the years, but that is only partly true.  Before I jump the gun though, let’s get started with our… Know before you go essential facts: The show is located in the Magic Kingdom Fastpass+ is offered The fright factor is 0 out of 5 Guests must be 32” tall to ride and you must be 54” tall to ride alone Rider Switch is Offered Guests must transfer from a...
D23 Expo 2017 – Ride Recap

D23 Expo 2017 – Ride Recap

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode_117-_D23_Expo_2017.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (17.2MB) | EmbedWith over a hundred episodes we have covered a lot of ground at Walt Disney World.  Fortunately for us, the parks are ever changing and evolving which means we always have new things on the horizon.  A little over a week ago, the 2017 D23 Expo took place out in California.  If you are unfamiliar with the event, it takes place every two years and is the ultimate destination for Disney fans.  Over the course of the weekend, Disney outlines their plans for the next couple of years, including everything from films to parks to resorts and more!  This convention is one of the most exciting times to be a Disney fan as we get to learn about all the new experiences in the works. This year did not disappoint and there is so much to talk about!  As your ride guide we will focus on the Walt Disney World ride news to come out of this year’s expo.  If you want to learn more about the other parks, resorts, or films click here.  To see the full parks and resorts presentation click here.  As for today, we will have a jam packed episode just focusing on rides. Before we begin, I want to reflect for just a minute.  In preparation for today’s podcast I went back and looked at our recap from 2015.  That episode included news on Frozen Ever After, Soarin’ Around the World, Pandora and more.  It is hard to believe two years have gone by already and now we can enjoy each of those rides in...
Avatar – Flight of Passage

Avatar – Flight of Passage

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode_116-_Avatar_-_Flight_of_Passage.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (11.6MB) | EmbedHello fellow riders and welcome back to the WDW Ride Guide Podcast!  I’m your host Ben Crain.  Thank you for joining me again today!  I hope you are ready to have some fun as we help you plan the most magical Disney vacation possible, or just experience a little Disney magic until you can get back to the parks. Our audio library keeps growing to give you as much information as possible when planning out your next trip. There is so much to see and do and so little time, so it helps to know what matters most going into your Disney vacation.  It doesn’t happen often, but every year or two Walt Disney World adds new rides! When this happens, it is one of the most exciting times for me as your ride guide.  This month we have been busy exploring Pandora – The World of Avatar!  Last time we went on a peaceful boat ride aboard the Na’vi River Journey.  Today, we are revving things up, hopping on a mountain Banshee and taking on Avatar – Flight of Passage!   This is the one you have heard so much about.  Your chance to experience flight in the most realistic simulation created yet! We have a lot of sky to cover today so let’s get started with our… Know Before You Go Essential Facts The ride is located in Pandora in Disney’s Animal Kingdom You must be 44” tall to ride Fastpass+ is available and highly recommended The fright factor is 3 out of 5 Rider switch is offered...
Na’vi River Journey

Na’vi River Journey

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode_115-_Navi_River-Journey.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (9.5MB) | EmbedLast time we introduced Pandora – The World of Avatar!  This is the newest land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the most ambitious project completed to date by Walt Disney Imagineering.  Inside this highly immersive alien forest lies two new rides.  Two new rides!  I’m so excited we get to talk about not one, but two new rides!  The headliner is called Avatar – Flight of Passage, and I can’t wait to share that experience with you.  However, I recommend waiting on Flight of Passage until you take a boat ride through the nighttime forest of Pandora.  That’s why we are going to start our exploration with the family friendly ride known as Na’vi River Journey. This is another in the long tradition of Disney boat rides.  It utilizes all the tools of the boat rides that have come before, but adds in some dazzling new effects to keep you in awe of your surroundings.  Before I float too far down the river though, let’s get started with our… Know Before You Go Essential Facts The ride is located in Pandora in Disney’s Animal Kingdom There is no height requirement Fastpass+ is available The fright factor is 1 out of 5 Rider switch is offered Guests must transfer from a wheelchair/ECV Audio description and handheld captioning are available Children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older The ride is 4:30 minutes long The ride opened on May 27, 2017. Those are the facts, now time for the fun! The Shaman’s Song, beckons you...
Pandora – The World of Avatar

Pandora – The World of Avatar

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode_114-_Pandora_-_The_World_of_Avatar.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (14.4MB) | EmbedThis week we are doing something new, we are covering an entire land!  It’s not every day that Disney opens an entire new section within one of the four theme parks, so I’m very excited to share with you Pandora – The World of Avatar. Let’s get started with our… Know Before You Go Essential Facts The land is located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom There are 2 Rides, 1 Quick Service Restaurant, 1 Quick Service Drink Stand, and 2 Merchandise locations The land is open during Animal Kingdom Hours of Operation, plus Extra Magic Hours when applicable The land opened on May 27, 2017. Those are the facts, now time to journey 4 million light years away! Kaltxi, and welcome to Pandora – The World of Avatar!  You are now entering a hyper detailed alien landscape, designed to wow you at every turn.  The film Avatar serves as the inspiration for this place, but the true aim of the Imagineers is to celebrate the magic of nature.  They do so by bombarding your senses with the sights, sounds, and smells of Pandora.  As with everything Disney does, there is a rich back story that accompanies this place.  Today we will discuss that story, and see how it comes to life in the landscape, the rides, and the food of Pandora – The World of Avatar. On September 20, 2011, Disney announced their partnership with Avatar creator and director James Cameron, and his company Lightstorm Entertainment.  This news sent shock waves through the Disney fan community as it confused some and...
Disney Junior – Live on Stage!

Disney Junior – Live on Stage!

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode_113-_Disney_Junior_-_Live_on_Stage.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (11.9MB) | EmbedWe have been in Hollywood Studios the past couple of weeks looking at the Frozen Sing-Along and Voyage of the Little Mermaid.  Well, today’s show offers a little different experience than either of the past two we have covered.  If you have young kids that love watching Disney Junior, then this will probably be their favorite show of the trip! I’m getting a little carried away, so before I go any further let’s get started with our… Know Before You Go Essential Facts The Show is located in the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios There is no height requirement Fastpass + is available The fright factor is 0 out of 5 Guests may remain in a wheelchair/ECV Assistive Listening, Audio Description, Handheld Captioning, and Video Captioning are available The show is 24 minutes long The show opened on October 1, 2001. It was last updated in 2013 when Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins were added to the show. Those are the facts, now who’s ready for some fun?! Come inside, its fun inside!  This phrase has been made famous by the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme song, but it is also the perfect way to describe Disney Junior – Live on Stage!  This upbeat show invites kids to dance and sing as they help Mickey & the gang prepare a surprise birthday party for Minnie.  The clubhouse features favorites like Toodles and the Mouseketools, and also incorporates characters from Sophia the First, Doc McStuffins, and Jake and the Neverland Pirates.  All the characters are puppets, who interact with a...
Voyage of The Little Mermaid

Voyage of The Little Mermaid

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode_112-_Voyage_of_the_Little_Mermaid.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (11.1MB) | EmbedLast week we wrapped up our tour of the Frozen fun in the parks with a look at the Frozen Sing-Along in Hollywood Studios.  Well, you might say this week’s show is the distant ancestor of the newer Frozen show.  Like Frozen, this week’s show was designed to be a temporary offering in the park, but somehow managed to keep going year after year. Those years are starting to add up and today we will discuss how The Voyage of the Little Mermaid may be ready to put out to sea.  Before we set sail on that journey, let’s get started with our… Know Before You Go Essential Facts The Show is located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios There is no height requirement Fastpass + is available The fright factor is 1 out of 5 Guests may remain in a wheelchair/ECV Assistive Listening, Audio Description, and Reflective Captioning are available The show is 17 minutes long The show opened on January 7, 1992. Those are the facts, now who’s ready to go under the sea? Voyage of the Little Mermaid is a classic Disney show that makes the audience part of Ariel’s world through puppets, live performers, special effects, and clips from the film.  The movie’s most popular musical numbers are put on display in some creative ways, and  the small theater and special effects make for an immersive experience.  The end result is a show that has entertained audiences for 25 years.  The lifespan of this show has gone more than 20 years beyond its creators’ intentions.  Today, we are...
For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode_111-_For_the_Frist_Time_in_Forever.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (13.3MB) | EmbedThe past couple of weeks we have been on a tour of Arendelle with two Frozen experiences over at Epcot.  This week we complete our Frozen trilogy by hopping over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios!  We’ve ridden aboard Frozen Ever After, come face to face with Anna & Elsa at the Royal Sommerhus, and now it’s time to show off your vocals with a Frozen sing-along celebration. If your little riders are still singing Let it Go, Do You Want to Build a Snowman, and Love is an Open Door, then this is a show you don’t want to miss.  Today we are going to tell you what to expect from the only sing-along show in Walt Disney World.  Along the way, I’m going to give you a chance to sing-along to some of the music that you can find in the show.  Before we do that though, let’s get started with our… Know Before You Go Essential Facts The Sing Along is located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios There is no height requirement Fastpass + is available The fright factor is 0 out of 5 Guests may remain in a wheelchair/ECV Assistive Listening, Handheld Captioning, and Video Captioning are available The show is 30 minutes long The show opened on July 5, 2014 in the Premier Theater.  It has since moved to the Hyperion Theater. Welcome to Arendelle!  Now is the time to relive the famous story of two sisters, one ice harvester, a carrot loving reindeer, and a dashingly good looking bad guy that seems like the main love interest...

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