IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_68-_IllumiNations_Reflections_of_Earth.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (9.6MB) | EmbedWhen I think about fireworks, I immediately think about Disney.  The nighttime spectaculars put on at the different theme parks are each unique and each unforgettable.  I can’t think of a better way to cap off a magical day of Disney rides than with Disney fireworks.  In today’s episode, we will discover there is much more going on at Epcot than just fireworks.  Without further ado, let’s get started with our… Know Before You Go Essential Facts The show is located in the World Showcase in Epcot Fastpass + is offered The fright factor is 1 out of 5 Guests may remain in a wheelchair/ECV The show is 12 minutes long The show may be cancelled for inclement weather The show opened with the Millennium Celebration and premiered October 1, 1999.  Since then, the show’s technology has been updated, upgraded, and refurbished many times over the years. Those are the facts, now onto the fun! Good evening, and welcome.  We’ve gathered here tonight, around the fire, as people of all lands have gathered for thousands and thousands of years before us, to share the light and to share a story.  An amazing story, as old as time itself but still being written.  And though we each of us have our own individual stories to tell, a true adventure emerges when we bring them all together as one.  I hope you enjoy our story tonight- Reflections of Earth. Picture yourself standing around the World Showcase Lagoon, the calm water reflecting the flickering lights from the different pavilions.  All is quiet as...
Toy Story Midway Mania!

Toy Story Midway Mania!

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_68-_Toy_Story_Midway_Mania.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (10.0MB) | EmbedIf you have a Disney trip coming up soon, today’s ride is one you definitely want to have a Fastpass+ reservation for.  If you are just dreaming about your next Disney vacation, then today will hopefully be a fun way to keep the magic alive until you can experience the ride in person. Last week we talked about Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and I promised that this week we would cover the newer cousin to that ride, Toy Story Midway Mania!  Well, a promise is a promise.  It is indeed time to walk over to the midway and have fun playing games with our favorite toys!  Let’s get started with our… Know Before You Go Essential Facts The ride is located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios There is no height requirement Fastpass + is offered and highly recommended The fright factor is 0 out of 5 Guests must transfer to a wheelchair Audio Description and Video Captioning are available Children under age 7 must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older The ride is just over 4 minutes long The ride opened on May 31, 2008. Those are the facts, now onto the fun! Chills, thrills, games that test your skills!  Why it’s all that and more, right here at Midway Mania.  Come on pal, and step right up, make some noise, it’s time to play along with all the toys.  Hurry, hurry, hurry.  Right this way to Toy Story Midway Mania!  It’s a ride that’s a game, it’s a game that’s a ride.  Step right up...
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_67-_Buzz_Lightyears_Space_Ranger_Spin.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (9.2MB) | EmbedWelcome back to the WDW Ride Guide podcast, your guide to all the wonderful rides in Walt Disney World.  I’m your host Ben Crain and I’m so glad to be joining you again today.  Together we are going to have some fun learning about and imagining our way through another WDW ride.  We will cover everything that makes this ride unique and discover whether you want to add it to your Disney trip. Perhaps you have heard of a little ride called Toy Story Midway Mania!  Well, we aren’t going to cover that ride today.  However, we are covering a ride that once shared a similar level of popularity in it’s early days.  In fact, this is another great example of a ride that was so popular in its original park that versions of the ride have been built in all of the other Disney parks since.  It is time to shrink to the size of toys and enter the galactic fight between Buzz Lightyear and the evil Emperor Zurg.  Let’s get started with our… Know Before You Go Essential Facts The ride is located in the Magic Kingdom in Tomorrowland There is no height requirement Fastpass + is offered The fright factor is 0 out of 5 Guests must transfer to a wheelchair Audio Description and Hand Held Captioning are available Children under age 7 must be accompanied by a person age 14 years of older The ride is just over 4 minutes long The ride opened on November 3, 1998 Calling all junior Space Rangers!  The world’s greatest...
Mad Tea Party

Mad Tea Party

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_66-_Mad_Tea_Party.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (6.9MB) | EmbedThe past few weeks, we have been making our way through Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom. Today we are staying in the fairy tale land and going back to the beginning to discover an opening day ride. You may walk away from this one a little dizzy, but I think you will have a big smile on your face. Let’s sit down for a Mad Tea Party and get started with our… Know Before You Go Essential Facts The ride is located in the Magic Kingdom in Fantasyland There is no height requirement Fastpass + is offered The fright factor is 0 out of 5 The queasy factor is 5 out 5 Guests must transfer from a wheelchair/ECV Children under age 7 must be accompanied by a person age 14 years of older The ride is 90 seconds long The ride opened on October 1, 1971. Those are the facts, now onto the fun! A very merry unbirthday to you! What a crazy, mad, fun song that is. So much fun that when it came time to create an Alice in Wonderland themed ride, this song was the inspiration. Today, you can spin, spin, spin your way through the Mad Tea Party in your own pastel tea cup. How fast you go is almost entirely up to you! Before we pour ourselves into our tea cups, let’s travel down the rabbit hole to see where this ride began. This was one of the opening day rides at the Magic Kingdom in 1971. Like many of those opening day rides, it...
Alice Through the Looking Glass Exclusive Preview!

Alice Through the Looking Glass Exclusive Preview!

Beginning tomorrow, May 6th, you can watch an exclusive extended preview of Disney’s upcoming film Alice Through the Looking Glass!  The 10-minute preview will be playing inside Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Before we get to the film preview let’s talk about the building that houses the sneak peak.  Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream is an often overlooked attraction, but one worthy of your time. You will find Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream right behind The Great Movie Ride, just before you reach Pixar Place.  Perhaps you missed it on your rush to get to Toy Story Mania! at rope drop!  Inside, there is a rich story chronicling the life of Walt Disney.  Think of this as a mini-museum dedicated to Walt’s life, from his early days as a boy in Marceline, Missouri, to his life changing creation of Mickey Mouse.  One of my many favorite pieces in the collection is the Audio Animatronic figure of Abraham Lincoln from the 1964-1965 World’s Fair.  Seeing inside the AA figure gives a new appreciation for the skill and creativity far ahead of it’s time. Another great thing about this exhibit is you can take your time and go at your own pace.  There is so much to see and appreciate here you don’t want to rush through too quickly on your way to see the film.  When you come to the end of the exhibit space you will find some wonderful models of Disney parks from around the globe.  Seeing these models makes me want to hop on a plane to go explore the awesome looking rides...

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