Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_40-The_Haunted_Mansion.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (10.5MB) | EmbedWhen the crypt doors creak, and the tombstones quake Spooks come out for a swinging wake Happy haunts materialize And begin to vocalize Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize Welcome, Welcome, Well Come In To The… Haunted Mansion Hello fellow riders and welcome back to the podcast!  Tonight we conclude our special month of exploring Walt Disney World’s spookiest rides.  Last week was one of my all time favorite podcast as we covered the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.  However, I think we have saved the most ghoulish ride of them all for tonight.  This ride oozes Halloween.  It’s a little spooky and a lot of fun, it is the Haunted Mansion! Before we begin, let’s introduce you to the know before you go essential facts: The ride is located in The Magic Kingdom Fastpass + is available The fright factor is 4 out of 5 There is no height requirement Guests must transfer from a wheelchair/ECV The ride opened with the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971. Those are the facts, now time to step inside. You are about to enter one of the most iconic rides in all of Disney history known as the Haunted Mansion.  This is the culmination of Walt Disney’s love for haunted houses.  His dream to have a haunted ride in every theme park has materialized in a most fun way in the Magic Kingdom.  The ghostly home was built in the English Tudor style, commonly seen in the Hudson River Valley in New York.  It sits atop a hill overlooking Liberty Square.  By...
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_39-The_Twilight_Zone_Tower_of_Terror.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (7.7MB) | EmbedYou are about to enter another dimension – a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into the Twilight Zone. A typical family of four has been enjoying a fun-filled day in the warm Florida sun.  Father, mother, and two twin boys are on vacation together at the Walt Disney World resort.  Day is quickly turning to night as they make their way down Sunset Blvd.  The palm trees lining the street sway in the cool evening breeze, bordering a path leading to Disney’s Hollywood Studios signature ride, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.  Here at the end of the street lies the  deteriorating Hollywood Tower Hotel.  It has a strange presence, simultaneously inviting and foreboding.  As the two little boys look up at the hotel extending into the night sky, they have two very different reactions.  One fills with a sense of excitement, the other a paralyzing fright.  The mother holds the hands of both little boys and assures them everything will be all right.  This promise may be one she regrets.  You see, this family of four thinks they are boarding another ride, but they are about to enter The Twilight Zone. Tonight’s episode is a first on the Twilight Zone.  I want to welcome you to our podcast, an audio journey that will explore one family’s story as they experience a Walt Disney World ride.  Pay close attention, this information may help you should ever...
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_38-Monsters_Inc_Laugh_Floor.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (7.6MB) | EmbedIf for some strange reason you have never seen the movie Monsters Inc., you need to stop reading now and go watch.  Seriously, I’m about to spoil the ending, this is your last chance to bookmark the page and come back later.  Ok, everyone ready?  Here we go.  If you are still reading then you know that Monstropolis was once powered by the screams of young children from our world.  Fortunately, thanks to the adorable bond of Sully and Boo, the monster world discovered that laughter is 10x more powerful than screams. After that the monsters, known as scarers, took a back seat to those more comedically gifted.  Enter Mike Wazowski!  This little one-eyed green beach ball has led the charge to fuel the monster world by performing nightly routines in the same bedrooms that were once filled with screams.  There is only one problem: it seems that Monstropolis is running a little low on power.  So, Mike and his friends have put on their creative thinking caps and come up with an idea.  “What if we created a place that could capture the laughter of 400 human guests and rotate them through every 20 minutes?!  Just think of how much laugh energy we could capture in a short amount of time!” Hence, the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor Comedy Club was created. Did you notice the original name of the ride?  Actually, that was the second version of the name, but that’s not really important.  What is important is that Comedy Club was once part of the title, but was...
Stitch’s Great Escape!

Stitch’s Great Escape!

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_37-Stitchs_Great_Escape.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (7.7MB) | EmbedExperiment 626, otherwise known as Stitch from the animated film Lilo & Stitch, is the rambunctious, rude, out-of-control alien that has taken over this corner of Tomorrowland.  Stitch’s Great Escape! is a dark ride that harnesses riders into a theater in the round and subjects them to some truly unpleasant sensations.  So, what makes this experience such a stinker?  Well, let’s go back in time just a bit, before Stitch arrived on the scene. The year was 1995: the year that The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter ride opened in Walt Disney World’s Tomorrowland.  Now, this wasn’t the first ride or even first update to the existing ride housed in this show building.  Perhaps we will dive into that rich history further at another time.  For now, we are starting with Alien Encounter because it has a significant influence on Stitch’s Great Escape!  The ride was a severe departure from anything Disney had done before.  Almost a decade earlier some Disney Imagineers began playing with the idea of a truly terrifying ride in the most magical place on Earth.  Some, including Disney’s CEO at the time, Michael Eisner, believed the parks lacked relevance with teenage guests.  So, Michael and his team of like-minded Imagineers set out to create something they believed would change the landscape of Disney rides.  The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter would cater to a young crowd craving something cool.  You know, something you could tell your friends you had the guts to tackle. Well, there is a rich detailed story of how the Alien Encounter ride adapted and changed during...

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