Backstage Pass: Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour

Backstage Pass: Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode_100-_Disneys_Keys_to_the_Kingdom.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (20.1MB) | EmbedToday, we are talking about another backstage tour, this one in the Magic Kingdom.  You may have heard of the Keys to the Kingdom tour before, it is one of the most well known tours offered.  Even so, I had a lot of questions about this tour before embarking down Main Street U.S.A.  Questions like, will this spoil the magic? What backstage areas are included? What’s for lunch? And is it worth the extra money?  Well, today we will answer all of those questions and more.  First, let’s get started with our… Know before you go essential facts: The tour is located in the Magic Kingdom Participants must be 16 years of age or older and have a valid photo ID The fright factor is 0 out of 5 The tour is 5 hours long Lunch is included The tour usually has four offerings per day, starting at 8:00 am, 8:30 am, 9:00 am, and 9:30 am Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour is $99 per person, plus tax. Reservations can be made by calling (407) WDW-TOUR Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour is your ticket to unlocking the secrets of the Magic Kingdom.  This is your chance to learn about the inner workings of rides like The Jungle Cruise, to go behind closed doors in The Haunted Mansion, and to even step backstage and see Main Street U.S.A. from two unique perspectives.  More than that though, this is a history lesson in what makes this magical place so successful.  As you will learn on the tour, the keys to...
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – New for 2017

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – New for 2017

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode_099-_Epcot_International_Flower__Garden_Festival_-_New_for_2017.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (10.9MB) | EmbedIn a little over a week Epcot begins hosting the 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.  This annual event is a treat for the senses.  The park is in full bloom and there is so much to see and do at Epcot during the spring.  Last year we covered everything you can find at this colorful springtime event over the course of two episodes.  If you haven’t listened to those podcasts I encourage you to go back and listen to both before moving forward with today’s episode.  We aren’t going to repeat the same information here.  Instead, this will be a companion episode to update you on everything new for the festival in 2017.  With that said, let’s do a quick reminder of the basics and… 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 is 90 days It runs from March 1 – May 29, 2017 Those are the facts, now time for the fun! Welcome back to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival! If you have never been to Epcot during this time of year, you need to go!  Each year the amazing topiaries, gorgeous blooms, delicious bites, and live entertainment seem to get better and better.  Today, we are focusing on the new additions to the festival for 2017.  What better place to start than with the topiaries? Every year a new feature topiary greets guests at the entrance to the park.  These topiaries are among...
Reflections of China

Reflections of China

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode_098-_Reflections_of_China.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (10.1MB) | EmbedThis week we are in Epcot, and exploring the China pavilion in the World Showcase.  This is a beautiful pavilion, rich in color, detail, and architecture.  Inside is a 360 Circlevision film that is equally rich in Chinese history and story.  Let’s take a trip to the far east and get started with our… Know Before You Go Essential Facts The film is located in the China Pavilion at Epcot There is no height requirement Fastpass + is not available The fright factor is 0 out of 5 Guests may remain in a wheelchair/ECV Audio Description, Reflective Captioning, Assistive Listening, and Language Translation Devices are available The show is 13 minutes long The film opened October 2, 1982 as Wonders of China.  It was updated and reopened on May 22, 2003 as Reflections of China. I wake, and moonbeams play around my bed, Glittering like hoar-frost to my wandering eyes; Up towards the glorious moon I raised my head, Then lay me down – and thoughts of home arise. This is one of the most well known poems in all of Chinese literature.  So famous, it is often one of the first poems learned by children in China.  The author was Li Bai, who lived from 701 – 762 AD.  Today, he is still considered one of China’s greatest poets.  So, when the Disney Imagineers were looking for the perfect narrator for the film in their new Epcot pavilion, they didn’t have to look far.  Li Bai was brought back to life as the narrator in the original version of this...
O Canada!

O Canada!

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/Episode_097-_O_Canada.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (10.4MB) | EmbedLast week we added one of my top 5 rides at Walt Disney World, Soarin’.  It was great to finally share that ride with you.  Since we were in Epcot last week, I thought it would be a good idea to stay there for this week’s episode.  We are getting very close to the start of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival which runs March 1 – May 29 this year.     With that, I want to cover some of the things you can find around the World Showcase as you take in the amazing topiaries and great food. What better place to start than with our neighbors to the North, eh?  The Canada Pavilion is actually very close to the ride building that houses Soarin’, although you will have to walk a little ways to navigate around to the World Showcase pavilion.  We will get to that more in just a minute, but first let’s get started with our… Know Before You Go Essential Facts The film is located in the Canada Pavilion at Epcot There is no height requirement Fastpass + is not available The fright factor is 0 out of 5 Guests may remain in a wheelchair/ECV Audio Description, Reflective Captioning, Assistive Listening, and Language Translation Devices are available The show is 14 minutes long The film opened on October 1, 1982.  The film was updated and reopened on September 1, 2007. Ah, yes the great white north is always white, right?  Well, not according to Martin Short, or the 360 Degree Circle Vision film...

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