Muppet Vision 3D

Muppet Vision 3D

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_45-_Muppet_Vision_3D.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (7.9MB) | EmbedThis week we are back in my personal favorite park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  This part of Walt Disney World is undergoing some major changes.  Today we will see how that affects our friends, the Muppets.  I’m calling today’s blog “A Salute to all Rides, but mostly Muppet Vision 3D.”  (A little inside joke for those that have seen the show before.)  It is time to put on those 3D glasses (in your mind that is), and join me as we go inside Muppet Vision 3D! Let’s get started with our Know Before You Go Essential Facts: The show is located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios There is no height requirement Fastpass + is available The fright factor is 1 out of 5 Guests may remain in a wheelchair/ECV Assistive Listening, Audio Description, Reflective Captioning, Language Translation Devices, and Video Captioning are available The show is 15 minutes long This show opened on May 16, 1991. Those are the facts, now time for the fun! Welcome to Muppet Vision Labs, home to your favorite little green frog and all of his friends.  Muppet Vision 3D is a 3D show which incorporates classic 3D film antics, in theater special effects, audio animatronic muppets, and even an appearance by a real life Muppet.  Together they bring their unique brand of chaotic comedy to life in this section of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Kermit the Frog is, of course, your host and guide through the film as he introduces you to Muppet Vision Labs.  The Muppets have been busy perfecting the art of 3D to bring...
Candlelight Processional

Candlelight Processional

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_44-_Candlelight_Processional.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (11.5MB) | EmbedWelcome back to the WDW Ride Guide blog!  This month has been a lot of fun as we have been exploring the holiday happenings at Walt Disney World.  I don’t know about you, but I am already feeling the Christmas cheer!  Last week was a fun walk around the World Showcase at Epcot as we discovered different traditions in Holidays Around the World.  This week we are staying in the World Showcase for a special concert known as the Candlelight Processional! Let’s get started with our Know Before You Go Essential Facts: This seasonal event is held at Epcot in the World Showcase The event is included in your normal park admission It runs from November 27 – December 30 The show is held 3 times a day: 5:00, 6:45, 8:15 (except for Dec. 6th, only a 6:45 & 8:15 show run on this day) The show is 40 minutes long This very special Christmas time concert is a magnificent combination of world class musicians, choirs, and celebrity narrators.  Together they bring the biblical story of the birth of Jesus to life.  The show is truly inspirational and has been filling audiences with hope and joy for 45 years.  For this reason, it remains one of the most popular events during this time of year at Walt Disney World.  Today we are going to talk about where to find this shining star of a show, what to expect, when to go, and how to get seats. First, let’s talk about where to find the show.  It dawned on me that...
Holidays Around the World

Holidays Around the World

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_43-_Epcot_Holidays_Around_the_World.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (11.4MB) | EmbedHolidays Around the World at Epcot is your chance to celebrate traditions from other cultures around the globe.  This means the World Showcase comes to life with seasonal food, music, and costumed entertainers.  Each pavilion puts on a unique display that invites guests to join in the fun.  If this is your first visit to Epcot, you may get a little spoiled with all of this extra magic.  If you are familiar with this part of the park but new to the seasonal flavor, you are in for a real treat!  Today, let’s take a few minutes to detail what each pavilion has to offer.  Because I tend to veer left when entering the World Showcase, we will start at the Mexico pavilion and work our way clockwise around the Seven Seas Lagoon. Let’s get started with our Know Before You Go Essential Facts: This seasonal event is held at Epcot in the World Showcase The event is included in your normal park admission It runs from November 27 – December 30 Mexico First stop, Mexico!  Get ready for some lively music and colorful movement as Mexico proudly presents its Mariachi Band and dancers!  To kick things off, the Mariachi Band comes out playing their signature Christmas song, Feliz Navidad.  There is something about the crisp bright sound of the trumpets that puts me in a good mood.  Maybe it’s because it also makes me hungry for some good Mexican food!  Ooh, I could really go for some enchiladas right now.  Ok, sorry I got off track there, back to...
Rider Roundtable: Thrills or Spills

Rider Roundtable: Thrills or Spills

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_42-_Rider_Roundtable.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (13.2MB) | EmbedHello there fellow riders and welcome back to the WDW Ride Guide.  I’m your host Ben Crain and I am excited to have you join me today.  Last week we started exploring the holidays at Walt Disney World when we looked at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  When that podcast released the party had not started yet, but when this episode hits your ears the party will be in full swing.  One update I want to share is that we have learned the party is going to include Frozen favorites Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf.  Yes, the Frozen Holiday Wish is back this year and Elsa will be transforming Cinderella’s Castle into a frozen masterpiece.  This is the show we referred to as the Christmas Dream Lights in the podcast.  Hopefully, all the Frozen fans listening will be excited to hear this news! I originally planned to continue our look at holiday happenings in WDW this week, but I have decided to put that on hold for one week.  Next week, we will get back to exploring the festive celebrations taking place around Walt Disney World.  This week I have the great opportunity to bring you another Rider Roundtable!  You see, I am currently on vacation, spending some time with my wonderful family.  We aren’t in Disney World this time around, but we are still making each day a ride worth taking, having a blast! Today we are introducing you to two new guests.  I am very excited to have my sister Kristin and my brother-in-law Jeff on the podcast...
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_41-Mickeys_Very_Merry_Christmas_Party.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (10.2MB) | EmbedLet’s get started with our Know Before You Go Essential Facts: This special event is located in the Magic Kingdom Special event ticket purchase is required The event runs on 20 select evenings from Nov. 8th to Dec. 18th The party normally runs from 7 pm – Midnight Fastpass + reservations are not available during the event The fright factor is 0 out of 5 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a seasonal event at the Magic Kingdom that transforms the park into a winter wonderland full of special entertainment including one-of-a-kind nighttime shows and a Christmas parade.  You can also taste seasonal speciality food offerings, and watch a unique fireworks spectacular.  If you love Christmastime and you love Walt Disney World, then this party is your wish come true. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is all about the magic of entertainment.  Let’s start with my favorite, the Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella’s Castle!  This show takes place both on the stage in front of the castle and on the castle itself.  Like last year the crew from Arandal are the stars of the show which is called a Frozen Holiday Wish.  With the help of Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf, Elsa will wave her magic fingers and enchant the majestic castle with sparkling white lights.  From a distance, this enchantment looks like icicles forming over the castle’s towers and parapets.  I’m really excited this year because the show will incorporate the new Regal Turrets that now surround Cinderella’s Castle!  If you haven’t seen these yet, there are a couple of new...

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