Living with the Land

Living with the Land

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_13-Living_With_the_Land.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (6.0MB) | EmbedLiving With the Land is a slow moving boat ride that is part Spaceship Earth, part greenhouse.  It shares a home in the Land Pavilion with the extremely popular Soarin’ ride.  Having opened along with EPCOT back in 1982, the ride is an “oldie but a goodie.”  Come along with me today as we research how this ride yields a crop of educational fun for the whole family. I remember a time, before Soarin’, when Living With the Land was the primary attraction in the Land Pavilion.  The line would wind around the brightly colored mural of the queue at great length during peak hours of the day.  After my first ride as a kid, I found this a little puzzling.  The ride did not seem to merit the long line usually associated with high thrills.  Had the people in line just never been on the ride before?  Had someone lied and told them it was a high thrill adventure?  Didn’t they know it was basically a slow moving classroom on water?  I mean, the most exciting thing on Living With the Land is  getting to see a 40 pound lemon.  What was up with the long line?  More importantly, why did my parents keep dragging me into this long wait for something I was clearly not that excited about?  Well, flash forward a couple of decades and I have to admit I am now a fan of Living With the Land.  It is hard to put into words, but there is something about this ride that I just enjoy.  The...
It’s Tough to be a Bug!

It’s Tough to be a Bug!

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_12-Its_Tought_to_Be_a_Bug.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (6.4MB) | EmbedHUMANS BEWARE!  It’s Tough to be a Bug! is a theatrical journey into a bug’s world that features images of insects, loud noises, dense fog and things that creep and crawl in the dark. This attraction may be frightening for young children. So reads the sign located just outside of the Tree of Life for those contemplating becoming an honorary bug.  As we will discover today, this warning should be heeded by any in doubt.  This 4-D show is so immersive and the effects so realistic that it is either very frightening or extremely fun!  So, do you have what it takes to stand up to the likes of Hopper?  Well, it is time to find out.  While Disney’s Animal Kingdom was being it constructed, it was clear that the Tree of Life would be the park’s centerpiece.  When you are building a 500 acre park that will hold the record for largest Disney park in the world, you need a pretty big centerpiece.  So, the massive artificial tree stands 145 feet tall and 50 feet wide.  After you pass through the Oasis, you can immediately see this larger-than-life creation.  From a distance it is a very realistic looking tree.  As you get closer and closer, you discover there are actually intricate carvings of over 400 different animals on the tree.  Each animal is a work of art!  There is much more to this tree than just massive size.  In fact, this tree comes complete with its own underground theater!  The queue of It’s Tough to be a Bug! is one...
Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_11-Walt_Disneys_Enchanted_Tiki_Room.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (7.9MB) | EmbedWalt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room is one of the world’s most famous musical revues.  Even if you have never seen the band live you can probably still sing along with the chorus.  The quartet of macaws: José, Michael, Fritz, and Pierre are the faces of this large assemble.  While the band has been delighting audiences for over 50 years, like all big musicians, their story is one of highs and lows.  Today we will take a look back at how this group got their start, their successes, their challenges, and the new resurgence of the show.  Come along with me now as we look at Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. All bands need that Big Break, and the Tiki birds got theirs at a very unusual venue.  They weren’t discovered in a dark jazz club, or seen by millions on the Ed Sullivan Show.  No, this band was the brainchild of none other than Walt Disney.  Of course, you can’t just find talking birds with great musical range, you have to make them.  Mr. Disney literally created this group with the help of his Imagineers.  While they first set out to create a human animatronic, they found the task too tall to handle.  However, while searching for talent down in New Orleans, Mr. Disney found a little toy bird that moved.  He brought that bird home and with some reverse engineering, Walt and his boys figured out how to create the world’s first animatronics.  Soon after, the Tiki birds were created and ready for their music to take flight. Mr. Disney...
Impressions de France

Impressions de France

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_10-Impressions_de_France.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (18.7MB) | EmbedImpressions de France is a travelogue film that transports you to the many majestic venues of France through sweeping cinematography and incredible music.  As the films title fades out and the clefts of Etretat in Normandy fade in, you are immediately immersed in the tranquility of this 200 degree film.  The theater consists of five screens each measuring 21 feet tall and over 27 feet wide.  I love this venue as it is wide enough to reach beyond your peripheral vision, but not 360 degrees requiring you to constantly spin around.  At one point, you are part of a wedding audience with the bride and groom in the distance ahead.  However, if you turn to your right you are meet with the larger than life view of another guest as if they are sitting next to you.  This forced perspective continues through the film and gives the environments tremendous depth. The film introduces you to many rich environments as the camera soars over majestic venues like the immaculate gardens surrounding the Chateau de Chenonceau.  A hunting party with the dogs can be seen moving across the screen.  It doesn’t take much time to feel transported to somewhere far far away. Speaking of time, this 30 year old this film stands the test of time.  We are given snapshots of what everyday life might be like in the French countryside even today.  Floral carts pass down the 16th century streets of Riquewihr village.  Cyclists pass us by, hot air balloons take flight, and Bugatti race cars delight the crowds in Cannes.  These images...

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