DINOSAUR

DINOSAUR

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_04-Dinosaur.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (8.5MB) | EmbedHello thrill ride!  Yes, we are getting into our first thrill ride here on the WDW Ride Guide and I am excited!  I love DINOSAUR. I must begin this week by confessing I was a bit of a dinosaur nerd as a small child.  In fact, my parents lovingly decorated my room with dinosaur wallpaper, dinosaur sheets and dinosaur pillows.  I spent hours playing with my toy dinosaurs in my room as I imagined what it would be like to be a famous archaeologist digging up dino fossils.  Long before the introduction of Jurassic Park, I was dreaming up what it would be like to see real dinosaurs. Well, thanks to the magic of Disney, I don’t have to imagine anymore!  As an adult I can ride DINOSAUR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and leave very little to my imagination.  This high thrill, fast-paced, bumpy ride immerses you in the world of dinosaurs.  So much so it can be a little too much for the faint of heart.  So, what makes this ride so amazing for some and so terrifying for others?  Well, follow me as we “dig deep” and get down to the “bones” of this ride! To begin, DINOSAUR employs a ride vehicle we have not yet covered on the WDW Ride Guide.  This vehicle is called an EMV, or an enhanced motion vehicle.  Like many rides in Walt Disney World, the vehicle runs on a track.  However, unique to the Florida parks, this vehicle also incorporates a motion simulator allowing the imagineers to program the vehicles’ movements with the action...
The Great Movie Ride

The Great Movie Ride

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_03-The_Great_Movie_Ride.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (8.2MB) | EmbedIf you are like me then you love movies.  I watch my fair share of movies and a pretty good variety at that.  I have always been a sci-fi guy, but I like my share of action, adventure and comedy as well.  Thanks to my wife I have been introduced to musicals, period dramas and some classics along the way.  So, a ride that is all about celebrating the glory of movies sounds pretty good.  However, even though your ride vehicle remains grounded throughout, the ride itself has its share of ups and downs. True movie buffs will appreciate the queue of The Great Movie Ride, which really begins outside the theater.  Here you will find handprints of many famous actors and actressess.  You can let the kids hunt for the inaugural handprints and signatures made by Mickey, Donald, Minnie, Goofy and Roger Rabbit on opening day.   A few of my favorites are C-3PO and R2-D2, Dick Van Dyke and Jim Henson.  After exploring the forecourt you will enter the lobby of the theatre where you will find display cases containing actual props and costumes from a vareity of films.  I love seeing the actual items and imagining my silver screen heroes wearing that exact costume.  There are details you can see in person that you won’t find on even the largest high definition t.v. The queue eventually leads you into a large theatre complete with a movie screen at the front.  There are no comfy reclining seats here but you won’t be standing long as you watch a short...
Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_02-Spaceship_Earth.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (8.1MB) | EmbedWhy a giant golf ball?  That’s the question that comes to mind when I think about Spaceship Earth.  Let’s flashback a little over 30 years ago.  Disney wants to build a new theme park that will be an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (or EPCOT for short).   They also want a centerpiece for this park, but it needs to be something other than a castle.  It needs to be optimistic, hopeful and something all mankind can relate to.  What better shape than a sphere?  A shape that reflects the Earth, the very ship we are all on each and every day of our lives. Disney enlisted the help of science fiction writer Ray Bradbury to help bring this concept to life both inside and out.  Bradbury helped write the original storyline for the ride and contributed to the exterior design.  The shell of Spaceship Earth was inspired by the United States pavilion from Expo 67 in Montreal.  This shell eventually came to life using over 11,000 isosceles triangles forming almost 4,000 points.  Inside the shell the design is just as impressive.  Two structural domes make up what appears to be one globe.  The upper dome is supported on a ring held up by six legs that dig 160 feet deep into the Earth.  The lower dome is hung from the same ring completing the sphere. The entire project took over 26 months to build.  When it was finished this 18 story geodesic sphere became a true architectural achievement. So, when someone in your family says, “Look the giant golf ball”, you can tell...
It’s A Small World

It’s A Small World

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_01-Its_a_Small_World.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (9.7MB) | EmbedIt’s a Small World is a slow moving boat ride that takes guests through an indoor world occupied by over 300 audio-animatronic dolls representing children from around the world.  As you float away from the docking bay you begin to hear the attraction’s upbeat and unforgettable theme song.  It’s a Small World was written for the ride of the same name by the Academy-Award winning Sherman brothers.  While some enjoy the song more than others, you can be assured all those hearing the melody will have the music and lyrics humming through their head the rest of the day.  Each room you enter on your boat ride will bring you to a new country and as you pass from one part of the globe to another the music never stops.   The language giving voice to the lyrics will change to coincide with each child’s country.  If you pay close attention to the children’s faces from scene to scene you will notice something interesting.  Each child’s face is identical in shape.  Their skin color, hair and costumes will vary.  However, underneath the Scottish kilt, the German lederhosen, or the Indian Sari they are the same child.  At the core of it’s design It’s a Small World delivers a welcome message of global unity. It’s a Small World is an “in and out interval loader”, meaning the previous riders will disembark and then the new riders will load and then embark at set intervals.  The really neat thing here is that this ride gets credit for this loading innovation.   While the ride made its...

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