Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_085-_Pirates_of_the_Caribbean.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (12.1MB) | EmbedToday we are sailing the dark, eerie waters of Pirates of the Caribbean. This highly themed boat ride is rich in history, highly influential in the greater Disney library, and one that continues to grow in popularity worldwide. Let’s look at where this ride came from, where it is today, and where the winds of change might blow it tomorrow.  Batten down the hatches, it is time to get started with our… Know Before You Go Essential Facts The ride is located in the Magic Kingdom in Adventureland There is no height requirement Fastpass + is offered The fright factor is 4 out of 5 Guests must transfer to a standard wheelchair, and then to ride vehicle Audio description and handheld captioning are available The ride is just over 8:30 minutes long The ride opened on December 15, 1973.  It has been refurbished multiple times, including two major refurbishments in 2006 and 2015. The rich history of Pirates of the Caribbean dates back to the early days of Disneyland. If you listened to our very first podcast on It’s a Small World, you may remember Pirates wasn’t originally conceived as a boat ride!  Today, it seems like a no-brainer that a ride focused on pirates would take place on the water.  However, the original plan was for a walk through exhibit.  Think wax museum full of historical pirate legends like Captain Kidd, Captain Morgan and Blackbeard, and you have an idea of Walt’s original vision. Thanks to the overwhelming success of It’s a Small World at the 1964-65 World’s Fair,...
The Pirates League

The Pirates League

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_84-_The_Pirates_League.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (10.3MB) | EmbedMost newcomers to Walt Disney World’s main theme park are familiar with the infamous Pirates of the Caribbean ride. We aren’t starting there, but we will plunge into that tale next week. For today, we are looking at a hidden gem right under your nose, just outside of Pirates of the Caribbean. This is your chance to join the likes of those savvy scallywags.  This here is The Pirates League! Bury your treasure, roll up your maps, grab your parrot and let’s get started with our… Know Before You Go Essential Facts The ultimate pirate makeover is located in the Magic Kingdom in Adventureland You must be at least 3 years of age, adults are welcome Children must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older during the entire experience The fright factor is 2 out of 5 There are 4 individually priced packages starting at $39.95 Separate theme park admission is required Hours of operation vary, but normally run 9 am – 4 pm Reservations can be made 180 days in advance, and are highly recommended To book, ask your travel agent or call 407-WDW-CREW, 407-939-2739 The magic of Walt Disney World is its ability to transport you to a different time and place. The detailed environments created by the Imagineers are treasures in and of themselves.  However, the fun doesn’t stop there. Chances are you have seen your fair share of tiny princesses wandering around the park. Thanks to the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique, little girls have the chance to be transformed into Belle, Ariel, Elsa, and more....
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2016

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2016

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_83-_Mickeys_Not-So-Scary_Halloween_Party_2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (14.5MB) | EmbedMickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2016 is a seasonal event at the Magic Kingdom that allows guests to dress up, do some trick-or-treating, take photos with costumed characters, see one-of-a-kind nighttime shows and parades, taste seasonal speciality food offerings, and watch a unique fireworks spectacular.  The party changes a little every year and I’m excited to share some new tricks with you today! Grab your trick or treat bag and get your costume ready, it’s time to trick-or-treat our way through Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2016! Let’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 from mid-September to just after Halloween on select nights, come by the website for exact dates The party normally runs from 7 pm – Midnight Fastpass + reservations are not available during the event The fright factor is 3 out of 5 There’s a lot to see at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and this year I want to help you have a plan to see it all! The first thing to know about the party is the time. While the party officially runs from 7 pm – Midnight most nights, your party ticket will grant you access to the Magic Kingdom starting at 4 pm. Because of the cost of the special event, you may want to save some money by not utilizing a regular park ticket on this day. By going this route, you will still get 8 hours in the park if you arrive at...
Ride Refurbishment Fall 2016

Ride Refurbishment Fall 2016

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_82-_Ride_Refurbishment_Fall_2016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (7.2MB) | EmbedWith Fall around the corner you are closer and closer to your Disney trip this October, November, or December.  There is a lot going on at Walt Disney World these days and I want to make sure you are prepared. With the peak season of summer behind us, the time to refurbish some rides has come.  When a park stays open 365 days a year, you have to bite the bullet and close down some rides for maintenance during operating hours.  Sadly, that means some of us might miss out on particular rides during fall trips. Here’s the good news: there are plenty of other rides to pick up the slack.  Of course, nothing is more disappointing than being excited about a particular ride, only to discover it is closed when you arrive.  We don’t want any Clark Griswold incidents when you make it to Walt Disney World this fall.  So, let’s set those expectations before you ever leave the house by looking at the Ride Refurbishment schedule for fall 2016. Swiss Family Treehouse 7/6/16 – 9/25/16 Did you know this walkthrough attraction has been entertaining guests since opening day, October 1, 1971?  Since then very little has changed.  That is thanks to the artificial nature of the Robinson families home.  Despite looking very real, the 300,000 leaves and the tree itself are pure Disney Imagineering. So, what is going on now that requires such a lengthy refurbishment?  Is the tree being re-themed to Tarzan like its Disneyland counterpart?  Well, probably not.  While nothing official has been released, there is a...

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