D23 Expo: Rides Part 2; Disney’s Hollywood Studios

D23 Expo: Rides Part 2; Disney’s Hollywood Studios

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_32-D23_Expo_Part_2-_Disneys_Hollywood_Studios.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (7.7MB) | EmbedHello fellow riders and welcome back to the WDW Ride Guide.   If you joined us last week you already know about the exciting ride news for both Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot.  In our last blog I also promised you an in-depth look at what is coming for Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Well, the time has come to unleash the Force!  Before we do that though let’s join our favorite round up of toys over at Andy’s backyard.  To Hollywood Studios and beyond!                 Toy Story Land was announced as the next exciting immersive environment which will take over 11 acres of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  The idea for this land was born out of the huge success of Cars Land in Disney’s California Adventure.  When Radiator Springs was brought to life, Disney guests were overjoyed with the chance to live the adventure from the Pixar film Cars. Well, visitors to Disney’s Hollywood Studios will have the opportunity to experience a similar feeling when they shrink to the size of Woody and Buzz.  This new land will transport guests to Andy’s backyard where the surroundings will make everyone feel like a toy.  Space Rangers and Cowgirls will make their way through the outdoor fun zone and be able to saddle up for two new rides. Slinky Dog Family Roller Coaster   We do not have an official name for the new family roller coaster, but we know it will feature Slinky Dog.  This coaster promises to be much tamer than the nearby Rock ’n’...
D23 Expo: Rides Part 1; Disney’s Animal Kingdom & Epcot

D23 Expo: Rides Part 1; Disney’s Animal Kingdom & Epcot

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_31-D23_Expo-_Rides_Part_1_Animal_Kingdom_and_Epcot.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (6.9MB) | EmbedHello fellow riders and welcome back to the WDW Ride Guide.  I’m your host Ben Crain and I have a special treat for you today!  Rumors have been flying about new rides coming to Walt Disney World for months, but it wasn’t until the D23 Expo took place that we got the official announcements to substantiate many of those rumors.  D23 Expo 2015 just concluded this past week and now there is a lot to talk about!  Much of the exciting news to come out the expo had to do with the expansion of the theme parks.  Today, we will take a look at what you have to look forward to over the next few years at Walt Disney World! Who’s ready to have some fun?! With so many exciting rides to come it is hard to know where to begin.  Let’s head over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for what will be the most significant transformation in the next couple of years.   Sunset Kilimanjaro Safaris                             Kilimanjaro Safaris has been open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom since 1998.  This up close interaction with live animals has been a highlight of the park since it first opened.  However, with normal operation hours of 9 am – 6 pm, there has always been a limited time frame to enjoy this ride. Well, starting next year that will all change as this ride gets a nighttime expansion to help further develop Disney’s Animal Kingdom into an evening destination.  Disney has...
Typhoon Lagoon

Typhoon Lagoon

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_30-Typhoon_Lagoon.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (12.0MB) | EmbedKnow Before You Go Essential Facts: Typhoon Lagoon is just down the street from Disney Springs The park is normally open January to October Peak season hours are 9 am – 8 pm A 1-day ticket is currently $58 (ages 10+) & $50 (Ages 3-9) Parking is free at this park Lockers rentals are available Towel rentals are available Personal coolers are allowed, no alcoholic beverages or glass bottles are permitted The park opened on June 1, 1989. Those are the facts, now time for the fun! The story behind Typhoon Lagoon is a whale of tale!  As you drive into the theme park you are greeted by a grouping of signs with the following story: “A furious storm once roared ‘cross the sea, catching ships in its path, helpless to flee. Instead of a certain and watery doom, the winds swept them here to Typhoon Lagoon.” The legend of Typhoon Lagoon tells that before the furious storm roared ‘cross the sea, this peaceful little spot was known as Placid Palms.  Of course the community was turned upside down by the destructive storm.  In the aftermath, the local residents, ever vigilant, decided to stay in their home and press on.  They appropriately renamed their resort Leaning Palms and have kept their little slice of tropical paradise running despite the scattered marine debris, uprooted trees, and ships literally turned upside down.  Today the Leaning Palms resort is a part of what has become Typhoon Lagoon. That is just a glimpse into the rich backstory that the Disney Imagineers created when this...
Kali River Rapids

Kali River Rapids

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_29-Kali_River_Rapids.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (7.7MB) | EmbedKali River Rapids is Disney’s very first river rapid ride.  The giant round raft takes you deep into the jungle of Asia where you embark on a 12-man expedition to explore the Chakranadi River.  Along the way you will see the beauty of the forest, the destruction caused by illegal logging, and the thrill of a waterfall drop.  Each five minute journey is sure to contain some laughs, some screams, and a whole lot of water!  Let’s strap on our packs and get exploring. Kali River Rapids is named after the Hindu Goddess, Kali, who demonstrates the destructive forces of nature.  Her influence will certainly be seen during the ride, but also in the queue leading up to the expedition.  Those looking to cool down begin their trek by hiking down the Rice Terrace Road to the town of Anadapur.  If that name sounds familiar, that’s because it is!  If you listened to our podcast on Expedition Everest you will recognize the name from the Anadapur Tea Company.  Well, that same region that carted tea up the forbidden mountain can be further explored here at Kali River Rapids.  The town of Anadapur has not suffered the same fate as that of nearby Zerka Zong, where the Yeti scared off the local villagers.  Instead, this town faces a different kind of threat, a very real threat to the livelihood of the jungle.  Rather than a giant mythical snow beast, this part of the region is under attack by illegal loggers.  It seems they do not care about the preservation of the...
Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_28-Splash_Mountain.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (7.6MB) | EmbedWell, how do you do?!  Welcome to Splash Mountain.  This here is the home of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Bear and many, many more.  The down to earth crew of Splash Mountain tell a colorful story as you float though a host of audio-animatronic scenes on your way to the top of Chick-a-Pin Hill.  Once at the summit, you’ll have the thrill of plummeting over 50 feet down into the briar patch.  Have no fear though, like Brer Rabbit you will be just fine.  Well, you’ll be a little more wet, but just fine. Before you get soaked, Splash Mountain takes you on a story telling venture unlike any other.  It is the story at the heart of this ride that makes it so special.  Log flume rides have been around since the 1920’s, but only Disney could perfect this classic family thrill by infusing it with their unique brand of storytelling.  If you have never heard of Brer Rabbit or Brer Fox before that’s o.k.  These characters were first brought to life by an author named Joel Chandler Harris back in 1879.   Walt Disney fell in love with Joel’s characters and wanted to bring them to life in the way he knew best, animation.  In 1946 the Walt Disney Studios released “Song of the South,” a film combining live actors and animated sequences.  The film won the Academy Award for best song for “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.”  However, the film was not without its critics.  The live action portrayal of African-Americans in the post Civil War era made the film...

Pin It on Pinterest