Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_23-Dumbo_the_Flying_Elephant.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (6.6MB) | EmbedDumbo the Flying Elephant has been one of the most popular rides in Disney history, tracing its roots all the way back to the 1941 animated feature Dumbo.  Like the movie, this spinner is simple, short, and delightful.  Today we will explore how this little movie and its little elephant became the stars of the show, and the parks. The animated film Dumbo was the fourth animated feature film from Walt Disney Studios.  It came on the heels of two underperforming box office features, Pinnochio and Fantasia.  Needing to be very financially conservative, Dumbo was purposely designed to have simple backgrounds and a short running time.  In fact, at only 64 minutes, Disney’s distributor wanted the film to be lengthened, cut down to a short feature, or be released as a B movie.  Walt refused all three options and insisted the movie be released as is.  The studio reluctantly agreed and the film went on to be a box office success. What made the movie was the adorable elephant and the focus put on character animation.  The hand-drawn animation is still considered some of the best in animated film history.  While Dumbo himself doesn’t have any speaking lines in the entire movie, his bright blue eyes and big gray ears made him charming to audiences from the start.  So, when it came time for Disneyland to open in 1955, it was an easy decision to include the cute little elephant. “10 Pink Elephants on Parade” was the original concept for the Dumbo ride.  The hub and spoke design featured 9...
Top 5 Rides for Toddlers

Top 5 Rides for Toddlers

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_22-Top_5_Rides_for_Preschool_Age_Children.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (15.5MB) | EmbedThis week we are doing our very first Top 5 on the WDW Ride Guide!  So, what can you expect from a Ride Guide Top 5?  Like normal, we will introduce a ride and discuss its essential facts.  What will be different is our exploration of 5 rides rather than 1.  We won’t go into the same detail with each of the 5 rides like we do on our regular format, but we will do our best to help you understand who the ride is really geared for. The other new and exciting thing about our Top 5 is I recruited some help.  Each Top 5 we do will feature a guest host who has some insight into that specific ride topic.  This week we are excited to have my good friend and fellow Disney lover, Tim Miller join us.  Tim has two little ones of his own, as well as many nieces and nephews.  He has been to Disney twice recently with many of these toddlers in tow.  Today he is going to share his Top 5 Rides for Toddlers.  Let’s see what he has in store! #5- Toy Story Midway Mania! This is one of the most popular rides in all the Disney parks right now.  People rush to Pixar Place inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios as soon as the park opens.  The interactive and elaborate queue entertains riders of all ages as their favorite Toy Story characters and games come to life.  The ride itself is akin to Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin over at the Magic Kingdom....
Disney Dream Castaway Cay

Disney Dream Castaway Cay

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_21-Disney_Dream_Castaway_Cay.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (10.3MB) | EmbedThe tropical paradise known as Castaway Cay is so amazing, it alone makes a ride aboard the Disney Dream worthwhile.  There is more to see and do on the island than you can hope to accomplish in one day.  Of course, you can also do nothing!  Just relax on the beautiful sand beaches and let your cares drift away.  Today, I am going introduce you to what all is offered on Castaway Cay and breakdown the three different beaches.  By the end of our podcast you should have a good idea of what you want to do on your next trip to Castaway Cay and where to find it.  Let’s start with getting off the boat. One of the great things about being a private island is that Disney has made Castaway Cay very accessible to their guests.  Disney spent considerable time and money dredging the ocean to create a port for their ships.  The pier they created allows one ship to pull right up to the island and let guests off without the need to tender.  If you are unfamiliar with tendering, this is just an extra step at some ports of call where guests are loaded aboard smaller boats to transport them from the cruise ship to the main land.  At Castaway Cay you literally walk down a ramp and onto the island! Once on the island you will pass by the Arrival Plaza, Post Office, and Marge’s Barges & Sea Characters & Dock.  Many of the excursions will depart from Marge’s, so make note of this if you...
Disney Dream All Aboard

Disney Dream All Aboard

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_20-Disney_Dream_All_Aboard.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (7.9MB) | EmbedHello fellow riders and welcome back to the WDW Ride Guide Podcast.  I’m your host Ben Crain!  If you are wanting to learn about Disney rides then you have come to the right place.  Normally, we focus our time on a ride located within Walt Disney World.  However, today I’m very excited to have you join me as we set sail on a whole new type of ride.   This ride covers a greater distance than anything in the parks and certainly wins the prize for carrying the most riders.  It is the Disney Dream cruise ship. A dream is a wish your heart makes, and if you are wishing for a ride that has a little bit of everything the Disney Dream is the ride for you!  This ship is the third installment of the Disney Cruise Line, and if you have talked to anyone who has sailed the Disney Dream, chances are the first thing they will mention is the size.  The Disney Dream is 40% larger than its predecessors the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder.  From the moment you first catch a glimpse of the Disney Dream through your Magical Express Bus, your eyes will grow wide as you take in the sheer size of the vessel.   Before you walk on board, you must first pass through check-in and in order to do that, you will need the proper documentation.  For that let’s go back in time for just a minute.  The Disney Dream currently takes riders on a 3 or 4 night cruise to the Bahamas. ...

Pin It on Pinterest