Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – Part 1

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – Part 1

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_55-_Epcot_International_Flower_and_Garden_Festival-_Part_1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (7.8MB) | EmbedThis week we are continuing to build our library of all the exciting things Walt Disney World has to offer by exploring a seasonal event in Epcot!  It is almost spring time and that means warmer temperatures, sunshine, and new life.  All three can certainly be found at Epcot in the next few months.  This week the park begins hosting the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.  This may be the most beautiful event you will ever experience at Walt Disney World.  There is so much to see, but also a surprising amount to do.  That’s why we are dedicating two weeks to exploring this flowering festival. Let’s get started with our Know Before You Go Essential Facts: This seasonal event is held at Epcot The event is included in your normal park admission The event has been extended this year to 90 days It runs from March 2 – May 30, 2016   Welcome to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival!  This springtime event transforms Epcot from a theme park into an extraordinary garden.  Along with incredible topiaries and vibrant flowers, this event offers up some tasty food, live entertainment, and seasonal playgrounds for the kids.  The springtime is already a wonderful time to visit Walt Disney World, but this festival makes it one of the absolute best times of year to visit Epcot.  If you have been before or seen the pictures, you know how gorgeous the flowers are.  Today, we will talk about those blooming beauties, but also discover the rich harvest of experiences Disney has...
Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Rafiki’s Planet Watch

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_54-_Rafikis_Planet_Watch.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (9.5MB) | EmbedI hope you have been enjoying our time together in Disney’s Animal Kingdom as much as I have.  So far this month we have looked at one of the best live shows, Festival of the Lion King, and a behind the scenes tour, Wild Africa Trek.  Both are such great experiences, and both very unique to this park in Walt Disney World.  Well, today we are going to explore one more area in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and I’m guessing you may not be as familiar with it.  This section of the park is so tucked away it takes a train ride to find it.  In fact, I had never been here in all my journeys to Walt Disney World until my most recent trip.  Without any further ado, let’s find out just what is awaiting you at Rafiki’s Planet Watch! It’s time for our know before you go essential facts. There is no height requirement The fright factor is 1 out of 5 Fastpass + is NOT available Guests may remain in a wheelchair/ECV Assistive listening and handheld captioning are available Operating hours are normally 9:30 – 5:00 Originally named Conservation Station, this area opened on April 22, 1998. This attraction is only accessible by riding the Wildlife Express Train The train station is located in the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom As our friend Rafiki would say, “It is time!”  Yes, time to discover all that’s going on at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.  As the name suggests, this area is home to a wildlife conservation station, interactive exhibits, animal...
Backstage Pass: Wild Africa Trek

Backstage Pass: Wild Africa Trek

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_53-_Backstage_Pass_Wild_Africa_Trek.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (12.2MB) | EmbedI hope you are ready to explore today!  This is a first in a NEW series that will be spread throughout the year.  We are calling this series our Backstage Pass, as this and future episodes will be exploring backstage tours available at Walt Disney World.  You may not be familiar with all the tours they offer, but you may have seen some of the guests wandering around and wanted to know what they were doing.  Well, starting today we are going to find out together! They say it isn’t wise to start out a series with your best material, but I enjoyed this first backstage tour so much I couldn’t wait to share it with you!  If you tuned in last week, you know we spent some time in Disney’s Animal Kingdom exploring Festival of the Lion King.  That spectacular show is located very close to where our adventure begins today.  Before we dive in, I want to recommend you listen to our podcast on Kilimanjaro Safaris.  It’s the perfect precursor to today’s adventure, so go check it out! Kilimanjaro Safaris is a short 20 minute truck ride that takes you through the African Savannah at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Today’s adventure is a 3-hour trek that takes you through the same landscape in much more exciting detail!  Now, there are a lot of things to know before you embark on this journey so bear with me a minute while we… Get started with our know before you go essential facts: The trek is located in Africa in Disney’s Animal...
Festival of the Lion King

Festival of the Lion King

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_52-_Festival_of_the_Lion_King.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (10.0MB) | EmbedToday, we are covering our first ride since I returned from my most recent trip to Walt Disney World and I have so much to share, I don’t know where to start!  Over the next few weeks we will be covering a Backstage Pass ride, a newer ride in Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and spend some time exploring the great character experiences in the park.  Today we are spending some time in Disney’s Animal Kingdom with one of the best shows in Walt Disney World.  It seems like every vacation I take, I always leave the Animal Kingdom wishing we had more time to spend there.  Some describe this as a half-day park, meaning there isn’t enough to do or see to take up the whole day.  Well, I couldn’t disagree more!  As you will see today there is more than enough entertainment to be found, starting with the Festival of the Lion King!  It’s time for our know before you go essential facts. There is no height requirement The fright factor is 0 out of 5 Fastpass + is available Guests may remain in a wheelchair/ECV Assistive listening and handheld captioning are available The show is currently performed 8 times per day The show is 28 minutes long The theater will hold up to 1,500 guests It opened on April 22, 1998, and was relocated and reopened on June 1, 2014 Festival of the Lion King is located in the Harambe Theater in the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Jambo!  That’s Swahili for hello.  So, Jambo and welcome to the...

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