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...
Royal Sommerhus

Royal Sommerhus

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode_110-_Royal_Sommerhus.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (11.5MB) | EmbedEach week we add another ride, show, or experience from Walt Disney World to our audio library.  Last week we celebrated Summer Snow Day aboard the boat ride Frozen Ever After.  This week we are staying in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot, and discovering an experience unlike any we have talked about on the podcast to date.  While I love me a good Disney ride or show, there is another magical way to experience the parks.  I’m talking about Character Meet’n’Greets!  This is your chance to come face to face and interact with some of your favorite Disney characters.  Trust me, these encounters can be some of the most memorable moments from a trip to Walt Disney World. The Magic Kingdom is usually the first park that comes to mind when thinking about Disney characters.  While there are a lot of incredible character experiences at this park, it is not the only one with a wide range of characters.  Epcot may surprise you when it comes to its international mix of characters available.  Of course, none are more famous than the sisters from Arendelle.  Today we are going to tell you where to find Anna & Elsa!  Let’s get started with our… Know Before You Go Essential Facts The Royal Sommerhus is located in Epcot, in the Norway pavilion There is no height requirement Fastpass + is NOT available The fright factor is 1 out of 5 Guests may remain in a wheelchair/ECV The character experience opened on June 21, 2016. Those are the facts, now onto the fun! The...
Frozen Ever After

Frozen Ever After

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode_109-_Frozen_Ever_After.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (9.2MB) | EmbedToday’s ride is one I have been waiting for almost a year to ride.  I’m so happy to say that I had the opportunity on my recent Disney vacation to finally set sail to Arendelle.  That’s right, we got to celebrate Summer Snow Day with Anna, Elsa, and the rest of the crew as we took a boat ride on Frozen Ever After.  I’m about as excited as Anna on Coronation Day so let’s get this podcast started with our… Know Before You Go Essential Facts The ride is located in Epcot, in the Norway pavilion There is no height requirement Fastpass + is offered, and highly recommended The fright factor is 2 out of 5 Guests must transfer from a wheelchair/ECV Rider Switch is offered The ride is just over 5 minutes long The ride opened on June 21, 2016. Those are the facts, now onto the fun Frozen Ever After is a charming boat ride that brings Frozen fans closer than ever to their favorite characters.  The ride is classic Disney dark ride meets high tech modern day animatronics.  The wintery land is brought to life in some amazing ways and this is a ride you don’t want to miss.  Today we are going to talk about the story, the ride, and how to add it to your next Disney vacation. The ride takes you into the fictional kingdom of Arendelle, where you have arrived just in time for “Summer Snow Day.”  Elsa has used her magically frosty fingers to blanket the kingdom in snow, during the middle...
A Pirate’s Adventure – Treasures of the Seven Seas

A Pirate’s Adventure – Treasures of the Seven Seas

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode_108-_A_Pirates_Adventure_Treasures_of_the_seven_Seas.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (11.0MB) | EmbedOne of our favorite experiences from our recent trip to Walt Disney World was an interactive game in Adventureland called A Pirate’s Adventure – Treasures of the Seven Seas.  We had never taken the time to discover what this little adventure was all about until this trip.  We knew from our Disney Cruise that our nephew James, loved the interactive game offered on the Disney Cruise Line.  So, before we went to WDW I started looking at the various games offered in the parks.  I read up on the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom,  Agent P’s Adventure in Epcot, and A Pirate’s Adventure in Adventureland.  For reasons we will discuss in just a moment, I decided the Pirate’s Adventure seemed like the best option for this trip.  However, I had no idea it would be as big of a hit as it turned out to be.  I’m so excited to tell you all about it today, so let’s get started with our… Know before you go essential facts: The adventure is located in the Magic Kingdom Fastpass+ is NOT offered The fright factor is 1 out of 5 Guests may remain in a wheelchair Handheld captioning is available There are 5 missions available Each mission takes about 20 minutes to complete, and there is no time limit on completing the missions The adventure opened on May 31, 2013 Those are the facts.  Now time for the fun! If it be adventure ye be lookin’ for, you’ve come to the right place!  A Pirate’s Adventure – Treasures of the Seven Seas...
Daily Recap – Day 5 Magic Kingdom

Daily Recap – Day 5 Magic Kingdom

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Daily_Recap_Magic_Kingdom_Day_2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (18.9MB) | EmbedToday is our final daily recap episode and we are back at the Magic Kingdom!  We saved the best for last and had a magical day at Walt Disney World.  In this episode we talk about an overlooked treasure known as A Pirates Adventure ~ Treasure of the Seven Seas, and how we scored seven FP+ rides in one day!  Here is the touring plan from our final day: Peter Pan’s Flight Big Thunder Mountain Railroad A Pirate’s Adventure~Treasure of the Seven Seas Pirates of the Caribbean Mickey’s PhilharMagic Lunch – Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe Break Splash Mountain/Haunted Mansion Tomorrowland Speedway/Space Mountain Dinner – Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe/Sleepy Hollow Carousel of Progress Mad Tea Party/Dumbo the Flying Elephant Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin Jungle Cruise Splash Mountain The Haunted...
Daily Recap – Day 4 Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Daily Recap – Day 4 Disney’s Hollywood Studios

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Daily_Recap_Hollywood_Studios.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (15.3MB) | EmbedDay 4 of our family trip took us to my favorite park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios!  We had a great time watching Disney Jr. Live on Stage for the first time and capped off the day with Fantasmic!  There were a lot of shows in between, but we could have used a few more rides for the little ones.  Check out the podcast for all the details!  Here was our touring plan for the day: Star Wars Launch Bay Disney Junior – Live on Stage! Voyage of The Little Mermaid Muppet Vision 3D Star Tours – The Adventures Continue Lunch – Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano Break For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! Toy Story Mania! Dinner – ABC Commissary Twilight Zone Tower of Terror...
Daily Recap – Day 3 Epcot

Daily Recap – Day 3 Epcot

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Daily_Recap_-_Epcot.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (13.3MB) | EmbedDay 3 has us going to Epcot and experiencing Frozen Ever After for the first time!  We also had a surprisingly short wait to meet Anna & Elsa at their Royal Somerhaus.  It was another great day at Walt Disney World and we have the full recap for you in the...

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