Not even close to Wordless Wednesday – Disney Storytelling!

Magic Kingdom, Mickey's Toontown Fair

Minnie’s Country House from the now retired Mickey’s Toontown Fair land. This has been replaced with the Fantasyland Expansion.

Hello everyone, and welcome to my rendition of this weeks Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop, hosted by my good friend Debra from Focused on the Magic!  This week, the theme is Disney Storytelling, so I decided to take a slightly different path on my journey today.  I think the mindset of Debra was to share a photo that told about the stories that Disney does such a great job telling to us, and her post reflects that.  However, I take pride in the stories that I weave as a Disney fan blogger, so I thought I would take a journey, and share with you three pictures — pictures that are from lands and attractions of the Magic Kingdom that have either been closed or modified to be different.  So I’ll call this “Disney Storytelling…with a twist!”

As you can see in my opening photo, I have chosen to share with you the wonderful house of the Queen Mouse herself, Minnie Mouse!  Sophie, Cindy and I always enjoyed walking through the houses, Sophie in particular enjoyed all the things she could play with, and I think Cindy got a kick out of the “Daisy Plant” that Minnie had in the house.  Do you remember them?  No?  Well, here they are for you:

The Daisy Plant, as it stood in Minnie’s Country House!

From Minnie’s Country House, I thought I would take you on over to Fantasyland, and reminisce a bit about a ride that we enjoyed.  Of course, I’m talking about Snow White’s Scary Adventures.  It’s funny how quickly we get used to not seeing something where it used to be.  When we were there in June, that was the first time we had been there since it closed, but it was almost like we never realized it used to be there.  Here is a picture of Snow  White that I hope you enjoy:

Snow White's Scary Adventures, Magic Kingdom, Fantasyland

Snow White from the retired ride, “Snow White’s Scary Adventures.”

The last ride that I’m going to take a look at is one that closed because of an attic fire, but has since been re-opened, and more closely resembles what it was when it was first opened back in 1971.  Of course I’m talking about The Enchanted Tiki Room.  When the attraction opened on opening day, October 1, 1971, it was known as Tropical Serenade.  However, in 1997 it was closed, and reopened at The Enchanted Tiki Room – Under New Management.  I don’t really remember it as Tropical Serenade, but I do remember it Under New Management, and I’ve also seen it as The Enchanted Tiki Room, and I really liked it better Under New Management!  I know many of you like it better now, and that’s fine, I just wish the fire hadn’t happened that caused it to close.  My picture from this attraction is kind of a blurry one, but kind of spooky at the same time, it’s Zazu looking like he’s staring right into your soul!  Enjoy!

Magic Kingdom, Adventureland, Enchanted Tiki Room

Zazu from The Enchanted Tiki Room “Under New Management”

So I’ve gone right off the board with Deb’s Wordless Wednesday theme, but I hope you have enjoyed my words and my pictures!  Tell me please, what do you think about the closures and changes to these three attractions/lands?  Please let me know in the comments, and then click on the Wordless Wednesday logo below to check out the rest of the entries!  Thanks for stopping by!

Focused on the Magic

Best Three Rides at the Magic Kingdom with Disney’s Cheapskate Princess!

Once again this week, my friend Amanda from Disney’s Cheapskate Princess and I are squaring off on a topic.  This week we are looking at the three best rides at the Magic Kingdom!  Without a doubt, my favorite three rides are the following:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Space Mountain
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

By far my favorite ride at the Magic Kingdom is Pirates of the Caribbean.  It is one of those rides that quite often doesn’t have a really long wait time, it has an amazing queue, and it has one of the best ride themes of any of the Disney attractions.  I like this ride enough that I have written about it many times since I started the blog.  It was the subject of a Magical Blogorail Red post, a Magical Blogorail Black post,  one of our 30 things to do at Walt Disney World, and one of my top 10 attractions at Walt Disney World (although, for some reason, I had it listed at #8, which just goes to show that my opinions about what my favorites are change quite often!)  But you get the picture, I hope; Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the best attractions at the Magic Kingdom.  Other then the Haunted Mansion, what other attraction at Disney had movies made because of it?  (I’m sure there are plenty, please help me out and tell me them in the comments.  Thanks!)

The Magic Kingdom is home to Tomorrowland, where you can find Space Mountain!

Space Mountain is a ride that I didn’t use to like all that much, but I gave it another try this past summer, and I was hooked once again!  I rode Space Mountain twice, once late during Extra Magic Hours, with Cindy, Kerry, Shane, Stephanie, and Kyle, and I thought it was absolutely insane how ramped up it felt like they had it.  It was so cool!  Kerry was screaming her head off, by the way, but that’s a story for another day!

Then, on the last day before checkout, I was able to ride Space Mountain again, with Kerry again, and Monica also.  This was the first time that Monica had ever ridden Space Mountain, and it was of course Kerry’s second time, and for this trip, they actually took us on an even faster journey!  When we were going around and around and around the curves, it felt like we were going to go flying off the track!  When we saw our picture from the camera that the ride takes, I had to take a picture of it with my iPhone to save.

From left to right, Kerry, Monica, Mike

When we got off and looked back at Space Mountain, I could almost imagine it looked something like this (well, maybe not!)

Prior to recapturing the Space Mountain Magic, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was my favorite coaster at the Magic Kingdom.  It is still an incredibly cool coaster, and one that I enjoy riding several times during our trips, but Space Mountain became my favorite coaster at the Magic Kingdom.  Still, I really enjoy riding BTMRR, especially at night, and can’t wait until the next time I get to ride it again!  To finish us off, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite photos from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  Enjoy!

Remember, though, that this post isn’t just about my three favorite attractions at the Magic Kingdom!  Now it’s time to take a look at Amanda’s three favorite attractions over at her site, Disney’s Cheapskate Princess!  Take a look, and tell her which three are your favorite — hers or mine!  Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!