Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_36-Mickeys_Not_So_Scary_Halloween_Party.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (8.8MB) | EmbedMickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a seasonal event at the Magic Kingdom that allows guests to dress up, do some trick-or-treating, take photos with costumed characters, see one-of-a-kind nighttime shows and parades, taste seasonal speciality food offerings, and watch a unique fireworks spectacular.  Basically, no matter your age, you get to dress up as your favorite Disney character and fill your bag with candy in between rides at one of the most magical places on Earth! There is a lot to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, but let’s get started with perhaps the most fun thing, dressing up!  On this night the whole family can get in on the costuming fun.  You may not know this, but Disney does not normally allow adults to dress as a Disney character.  According to their website: Adults can visit the parks if their hair (or makeup, if applicable) resembles a Disney Princess or character, provided that they are not also wearing a costume or clothed to look like the character. Yep, only the little ones get the privilege of visiting the Bippity Boppity Boutique and masquerading as a Disney princess.  That is, unless you are part of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!  This is your chance to don those Jack Sparrow outfits or to transform yourself into Princess Anna.  The idea of riding Pirates of the Caribbean as Captain Jack sounds pretty awesome, right?  Or, how about hopping in a doom buggy at the Haunted Mansion as a happy haunt yourself?  Ooh, if you had a party large enough, you could even ride The Seven...
Kilimanjaro Safaris

Kilimanjaro Safaris

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_35-Kilimanjaro_Safaris.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (8.0MB) | EmbedWelcome to the Harambe Village, home of the Kilimanjaro Safaris expeditions!  This ride takes you through a 110 acres of the African Savanna in an open-air vehicle.  Along the way you will see 34 species of exotic African animals including lions, elephants, giraffes, and zebras.  Your tour guide will drive you through some rough terrain to get you back to the best viewing areas.  Be prepared for an animal encounter unlike any you have experienced before! Sounds pretty cool huh?  Well, it should.  This is the ride that spent more than 50 years in the making.  How is that?  Well, if you listened to our episode from two weeks ago on the Jungle Cruise then you probably already know.  Originally, Walt Disney envisioned that ride to be a real life exploration of the jungle, complete with live animals.  At the time, Disney just couldn’t figure out a way to bring that vision to life, so audio-animatronic animals became the stars of the Jungle Cruise, and the idea of a real animal expedition was put on the shelf for many years.  When plans for Walt Disney World’s 4th theme park came to life, the idea was back on the table.  Disney’s Animal Kingdom would provide the means, the space, and the technology necessary to coordinate this massive Imagineering project. Once the plan for Kilimanjaro Safaris was given the green light, there was a lot of work to do before getting it open.  The environment housing the animals was so important that Disney planted the ride’s lush vegetation, trees, and foliage 2...
Maharajah Jungle Trek

Maharajah Jungle Trek

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_34-Maharajah_Jungle_Trek.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (7.8MB) | EmbedThe Maharajah Jungle Trek is a self guided walking tour that brings you face to face with beautiful tigers, huge bats, and many other endangered species of wildlife.  This tour is not your typical walk through the zoo though.  This is Disney, so you know there is a rich story behind the Maharajah Jungle Trek.  According to Disney Imagineers, you are about to meander through the ancient ruins of a kingdom in Anandapur.  While the rajahs ruling over this kingdom go further back, the story of the Maharajah Jungle Trek begins in 1544 with King Bhima Disampati. Sadly, this King was not a friend to the animals back in his reign.  In fact, during his reign the king had the nearby forest enclosed so he and his royal hunting party could find their game with greater ease.  Unfortunately for King Bhima Disampati, he met his untimely demise on one of his own hunting expeditions.  Over time, a greater respect for the relationship between man and the animal kingdom developed.  Rather than continue hunting, the locals chose to live in harmony with the beasts and birds now trapped inside the forest.  They transformed this former hunting ground into a Royal Preserve and 1949 it became known as the Maharajah Jungle Trek.   Today, guests from all around the world are welcomed by the villagers of Anandapur to view their temple ruins and endangered animals.  The real trek begins just outside Kali River Rapids where visitors can have fun watching the Gibbons swing around the temple ruins.  While it may look like...
Jungle Cruise

Jungle Cruise

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_33-Jungle_Cruise.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (6.9MB) | EmbedHello everyone and welcome aboard the U.S.S. WDW Ride Guide!  Today we are floating through the jungle along 4 famous rivers.  This collection of global exploration is what is known as the World Famous Jungle Cruise.  My name is Ben and I’ll be your skipper for the next 2 1/2 months.  No, I’m only kidding, you can stop reading at anytime!  How many of you are on the Jungle Cruise for the first time?  Good!  So am I.  A little about myself before we get sailing.  Before I started blogging, I worked in an orange juice factory, but I got canned because I couldn’t concentrate.  My boss almost beat the pulp out of me… Enough about me though, let’s talk about the Jungle Cruise!  This True Life Adventure has been running at the Magic Kingdom since opening day in 1971.  The Jungle Cruise Co. had been sending explorers down the world’s major rivers long before that though, they set sail from Disneyland as far back as 1955.  Back then things were a little more serious.  Our first skipper, Walt Disney, wanted to offer his guests a real life river ride packed with all the dangers of the jungle.  Originally, auditions were held for live animals to fill the banks of the Jungle Cruise.  Unfortunately, their performance either fell too flat or a little too over the top.  Let’s just say those first test cruises came back a little lighter than they went out!  No, I’m just kidding of course.  There were never any documented cases of missing persons during the...

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