Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror: Do You Dare?

A fan of Disney? That’s me! A fan of heavy duty thrill rides? Not me. So when The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror first opened in 1994, I had no interest in riding. But my dear friend and fellow Disney nut encouraged me to join her. Her son, a Cast Member, had been one of the lucky ones to “try it out” during the final testing phases and he was going to join us. At the time, there was only one sequence. You entered the car, rode around for a bit then one short drop, one hefty drop and you Continue reading Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror: Do You Dare?

Disney Parks After Dark

There was a period of time, when the kids were tiny, that we never saw the parks in the dark. A good night’s sleep was critical for our middle son and, afraid of the repercussions the next day, no one wanted to upset his routine. No. One. Fast forward a few years later and we re-discovered the joys of Disney in the Dark. Magic Kingdom – There is nothing like entering the Haunted Mansion while it is dark and eerie outside. Or, as you round the corner on Splash Mountain, catching a glimpse of the castle all lit up.  Racing cars at Continue reading Disney Parks After Dark

The Ultimate One Day Plan For Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Ultimate One Day Plan for Disney's Hollywood Studios

With a little planning, Disney’s Hollywood Studios can be done in a day. Follow the plan below and you’re off for a star-studded experience! As  I recommend with any one-day plan, arrive early! Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the park officially opens. When you’re among the first to arrive you’ll be able to accomplish so much before the crowds really pour in! Once you enter the park, by-pass all of the shops. There will be plenty of time for shopping mid-day, when you need some downtime, or on your way out of the park. Have an idea Continue reading The Ultimate One Day Plan For Disney’s Hollywood Studios

How Well Do YOU Know Your Disney Attractions?

  The facts: The above picture was taken by my 9 year old. He was trying to capture a picture of his brother and I. (His brother’s arms were the only thing that made it into the picture.) It IS an attraction in a Disney World theme park. Where am I?      

Things You Never Knew You Needed To Know About Expedition Everest

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The 2011 Guinness Book of World Records lists Expedition Everest as the most expensive roller coaster in the world, reportedly $100 million. It’s a three minute ride with a max speed of 50 mph. Vents appear, in working order, under the station to help create the illusion of an actual steam train. With an 80 foot drop, this thrilling ride goes both forwards and backwards for a unique coaster experience. Disney’s Imagineers spent 6 years researching Everest, the myth of the Yeti and traveled to the Himalayas a number of times for inspiration and information. The ride can handle 2,050 passengers per Continue reading Things You Never Knew You Needed To Know About Expedition Everest

The Magical Evenings of Walt Disney World

I am a morning person. But for Disney? I can be a night owl. The magical evenings of Walt Disney World are something everyone should experience. Here are my top reasons why: Except for high holidays (we witnessed a 5 hour wait for Test Track on New Year’s Eve), the parks tend to empty out as it gets closer to closing. This means, shorter waits for the high profile attractions. The evening entertainment should not be missed. Our favorites include Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios and Illuminations at EPCOT. While everyone is exhausted and watching the evening fireworks and parades, high profile attractions Continue reading The Magical Evenings of Walt Disney World

The Ultimate One Day Plan For Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom Must Do

I could live at Disney World. I really could. Each trip I find more and more things to do and things I haven’t done before. No matter how long your stay, I think most people will agree, it’s never enough time. However, it is possible to get the most out of a one day visit. Always, always, always arrive at least 30 minutes before the park opens. ALWAYS. I can’t stress this enough. Don’t worry. There will be plenty to keep you entertained. Being among the first to walk through the gates will be worth the wait. Once you pass Continue reading The Ultimate One Day Plan For Magic Kingdom

Extra Magic Hours At Disney World Explained

One of the perks of being a Walt Disney World resort guest is the ability to enjoy Extra Magic Hours. Each day, a park or two, depending on the season, is open either an extra hour in the morning or extra hours at night. This is a time when guests of the resorts can spend extra time in the parks, with fewer people and shorter wait times for attractions. You must have a Magic Band (RFID chip), proving you are a Disney Resort guest. Since the Extra Magic Hours (EMH) option was introduced in 2005 there have been varying opinions as to its Continue reading Extra Magic Hours At Disney World Explained

Disney Theme Parks After Dark

There was a period of time, when the kids were small, that we never saw the parks in the dark. A good night’s sleep was critical for our middle son and no one wanted to upset his routine, afraid of the repercussions the next day. No one. Fast forward a few years later and we re-discovered the joys of Disney in the Dark. Magic Kingdom – There is nothing like entering the Haunted Mansion while it is dark and eerie outside. Or, as you round the corner on Splash Mountain, catching a glimpse of the castle all lit up.  Everything is Continue reading Disney Theme Parks After Dark