Rider Switch

Rider Switch

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_81-_Rider_Switch.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (9.0MB) | EmbedIf your group of Mouseketeers range in height from 36”-6’6”, then Rider Switch is something you need to know about and take advantage of. In fact, you might go so far as to say Rider Switch can be a parent’s secret weapon to experiencing more rides with less wait! What am I talking about? Well, there aren’t any Know Before you Go facts today, so let’s get started with Disney’s definition of Rider Switch: “If Guests in your party can’t or don’t want to board an attraction, you don’t have to miss out! If a child does not meet the height requirement or a Guest does not wish to board a particular attraction, no problem! With Rider Switch, one adult can wait with the non-rider (or riders) while the rest of the party enjoys the attraction. When the other adult returns, they can supervise the non-riding Guests, and the waiting adult can board the attraction without having to wait in the regular line again!” If that made sense, then it probably sounds great! If not, don’t worry, we are going to break it down and give you some real life examples today. First, I want to give you a quick rundown of the rides offering Rider Switch. Here we go! Magic Kingdom Big Thunder Mountain Railroad  Splash Mountain The Barnstormer Space Mountain  Stitch’s Great Escape  Tomorrowland Indy Speedway Epcot  Frozen Ever After Mission: SPACE  Soarin’  Test Track Disney’s Hollywood Studios  Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith  Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue  Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Disney’s Animal Kingdom ...
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2016

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2016

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_80-_Epcot_International_Food__Wine_Festival_2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (10.7MB) | EmbedKnow Before You Go Essential Facts: This seasonal event is held at the World Showcase in Epcot Admission is included in your normal park ticket One day park tickets begin at $97.00 per adult, ask your travel agent for prices Marketplace food & beverage samples require a separate purchase The Quick Service Dining Plan is accepted Alcohol will only be served to guests 21 years of age or older It runs from September 14 – November 14, 2016 If your ideal vacation includes the words “wine & dine,” then the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is the event for you!  The World Showcase comes to life with 30 unique food & beverage kiosks only available during this time of year.  Each one gives you the opportunity to sample a small bite of international flavor.  You can then wash it down with a special brew or sparkling glass.  In addition to the tasty food and drink, the festival brings in celebrity chefs, live music, seminars, book & bottle signings, and more!  There may be no wrong way to eat your way through Epcot, but let’s make sure you know where you want to get started. Global Marketplaces These are the small booths set up outside the World Showcase pavilion.  Each marketplace showcases the unique flavors of their country and couples the food with speciality drinks.  Many of the countries represented can only be found during the festival. With 30 marketplace booths, we don’t have time to list off everything offered at each stop. Click here for a link to all...
Journey Into Imagination with Figment

Journey Into Imagination with Figment

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_79-_Journey_Into_Imagination_with_Figment.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (9.9MB) | EmbedGrowing up, the little purple dragon known as Figment was one of, if not my favorite character in all of Walt Disney World. This little guy has sparked the imagination of so many since his journey began in 1983. His story is truly fascinating and I’m so excited to share it with you today! Know Before You Go Essential Facts The ride is located in Epcot, in Future World There is no height requirement Fastpass + is offered, but not recommended The fright factor is 1 out of 5 Guests may remain in a wheelchair/ECV Audio Description, Handheld Captioning, and Language Translation Devices are available Children under age 7 must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older The ride is 6 minutes long The ride opened on March 5, 1983. It has since been refurbished twice, the newest version opening June 1, 2002. Two tiny wings, eyes big and yellow. Horns of a steer, but a lovable fellow. From head to tail, he’s royal purple pigment. And there — Voila! — you’ve got a Figment! – Dreamfinder When Dreamfinder spoke these words on the original Journey Into Imagination, Figment magically came to life. From then on, the 3-foot tall purple dragon has been a fan favorite at Walt Disney World. In fact, Disney Imagineers found out the hard way, a ride without Figment is not a ride worth taking. Five months after Epcot opened in 1982, Journey Into Imagination opened its doors. Inside, riders boarded large omnimover like vehicles that took them to a larger than life...
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_78-_Gran_Fiesta_Tour_Starring_The_Three_Caballeros.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (7.5MB) | EmbedGrab your sombreros and let’s go for a ride on the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros! Know Before You Go Essential Facts The ride is located in Epcot, in the Mexico pavilion There is no height requirement Fastpass + is not available The fright factor is 1 out of 5 Guests must transfer to a wheelchair The ride is just under 8 minutes long The ride opened as El Rio de Tiempo on October 1, 1982.  It was refurbished and opened under its new name on April 6, 2007.  On December 4, 2015 three new animatronics were added to the ride’s finale. The rich full sound of a mariachi band coupled with a relaxing boat ride makes for a grand tour of Mexico!  I hope you are ready to sing and samba, because the Three Caballeros have a concert they are eager to play for you.  The Gran Fiesta Tour is an indoor journey down the river of time.  Along the way, you will help Jose and Panchito track down Donald just in time for their big finale.   The Gran Fiesta Tour may be one of the most relaxing rides in the parks.  Some have said this ride is the Mexican cousin to It’s a Small World, and the two boat rides are similar in many respects.  At Walt Disney World, both take place indoors, both use the same ride system, both have catchy theme music, and both offer a pleasant experience for the whole family.  In fact, there is one scene in the Gran Fiesta Tour...

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