Welcome to the one and only original Country Bear Jamboree, featuring a bit of Americana, our musical heritage of the past.” These are the words of Henry, the friendly bear host of the Country Bear Jamboree. He welcomes you to Grizzy Hall, established in 1898 by one Ursus H. Bear. The hall looks as though it has been living here in Frontierland since 1898. The rustic looking cabin exterior gives way to more warm toned wood on the inside. The foyer of the building is lined with ornately framed oval paintings of the bear musicians. Gas-like lanterns illuminate the hall and if you look closely at the floor, you may notice some marks that appear to be made from bear claws. All of this detail is a good indicator of the thought and detail that went into the making of the Country Bear Jamboree.
After all that talk last week of new high tech rides coming to the parks over the next few years I thought it would be fun to visit a classic Disney ride today. I love that we still have some of these original rides from when the park first opened. It gives Walt Disney World such a rich history and diversity of experiences. The Tomorrowland Speedway has been introducing young riders to the road for almost 50 years. It is not the most thrilling ride in the Magic Kingdom, but it may be the most popular “rite of passage” ride. It takes parents back to the time when they were kids themselves. It is hard to forget the feeling of sitting behind the wheel of a brightly colored race car for the first time. Clumsily bumping a car around the track while giving their parents whiplash is a fond memory many can’t wait to pass onto their own kids. The nostalgia of sharing the experience is what fuels this ride today.
A little over a week ago, the 2017 D23 Expo took place out in California. If you are unfamiliar with the event, it takes place every two years and is the ultimate destination for Disney fans. Over the course of the weekend, Disney outlines their plans for the next couple of years, including everything from films to parks to resorts and more! This convention is one of the most exciting times to be a Disney fan as we get to learn about all the new experiences in the works.
When asked about Avatar – Flight of Passage, James Cameron, the creator and director of Avatar, said, “It’s like dreaming with your eyes open.” Wow! That’s a pretty big build up there James. A ride so good, it’s like dreaming with your eyes open? Is that possible? In order to pull that off you would need to take everything Disney Imagineers have learned to date and combine it with the extensive knowledge of the creative team behind Avatar. Oh wait, that is exactly what has happened with Avatar – Flight of Passage! James Cameron’s team at Lightstorm Entertainment teamed up with the Disney Imagineering team to create the most ambitious 3D simulated ride at a Disney Park. The result is definitely worth talking about, and today we will explore what you need to know about Avatar – Flight of Passage.
We’re going to explore the family friendly ride known as Na’vi River Journey. Once you know what to expect, and you can enjoy this ride without a long wait – I think many will begin to appreciate the tremendous amount of work that has been put into this ride. Today, I want to help set your expectations properly so you can appreciate what this ride has to offer.
Kaltxi, and welcome to Pandora – The World of Avatar! You are now entering a hyper detailed alien landscape, designed to wow you at every turn. The film Avatar serves as the inspiration for this place, but the true aim of the Imagineers is to celebrate the magic of nature. They do so by bombarding your senses with the sights, sounds, and smells of Pandora. As with everything Disney does, there is a rich back story that accompanies this place. Today we will discuss that story, and see how it comes to life in the landscape, the rides, and the food of Pandora – The World of Avatar.
Come inside, its fun inside! This phrase has been made famous by the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme song, but it is also the perfect way to describe Disney Junior – Live on Stage! This upbeat show invites kids to dance and sing as they help Mickey & the gang prepare a surprise birthday party for Minnie. The clubhouse features favorites like Toodles and the Mouseketools, and also incorporates characters from Sophia the First, Doc McStuffins, and Jake and the Neverland Pirates. All the characters are puppets, who interact with a very energetic live host named Casey. Together the crew tells a three part story that teaches kids the value of teamwork and friendship. Today, we will look at the creation of the show, how it has evolved over the years, and what you can expect when you visit today.
Voyage of the Little Mermaid is a classic Disney show that makes the audience part of Ariel’s world through puppets, live performers, special effects, and clips from the film. The movie’s most popular musical numbers are put on display in some creative ways, and the small theater and special effects make for an immersive experience. The end result is a show that has entertained audiences for 25 years. The lifespan of this show has gone more than 20 years beyond its creators’ intentions. Today, we are going to tell you what the show was originally designed to be, how it has survived this long, and whether or not it is still a good addition to your next Disney vacation.
For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration is an interesting mix of live performers telling jokes and a karaoke style sing along to clips from the movie Frozen. Before we let the Arendelle historians take it away, let’s dive into the history of this show and see how it all came together.
This week we are staying in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot, and discovering an experience unlike any we have talked about on the podcast to date. While I love me a good Disney ride or show, there is another magical way to experience the parks. I’m talking about Character Meet’n’Greets! This is your chance to come face to face and interact with some of your favorite Disney characters. Trust me, these encounters can be some of the most memorable moments from a trip to Walt Disney World.
The Magic Kingdom is usually the first park that comes to mind when thinking about Disney characters. While there are a lot of incredible character experiences at this park, it is not the only one with a wide range of characters. Epcot may surprise you when it comes to its international mix of characters available. Of course, none are more famous than the sisters from Arendelle. Today we are going to tell you where to find Anna & Elsa!