My favorite show at Disney World – Festival of the Lion King

Disney World is home to many wonderful shows that could play to a packed house on Broadway and every Disney fan has their favorite show and you can find information about many of the shows here on My Dreams of Disney. Personally, my favorite part of all the Disney movies and shows is the music which probably explains my passion and appreciation for Festival of the Lion King.

The Festival of the Lion King is in the Camp Minnie-Mickey section of Animal Kingdom. The show is shown in air-conditioned comfort in a “theater in the round”. There are four sections and each is named after a specific savanna animal (specifically a giraffe, a warthog, an elephant and a lion). Before the show, each section will be given a chance to practice their animal noise (if you haven’t seen the show, you may not even know that giraffes make specific noises) which they will be called upon later in the show to join in with.

The show begins with the arrival of costumed singers that “lead” each of the four animal sections. All of your favorite songs from the Lion King movie are presented along with dancing, a bird ballet and my favorite – acrobatic monkeys. The jumps and tumbles of the monkeys entertain and thrill everyone in the audience. A word of warning, Scar and the hyenas make an appearance during the show (they perform the song “Be Prepared”) so if your child is frightened by Scar in the movie, you may want to prepare your child for this eventuality. It’s not too long and  you shouldn’t miss out on the show for this one small part. There’s a grand finale but I don’t want to ruin the surprise so you will need to check out this show.

So, when you are visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom, take a break from the rides and excitement to take in Festival of the Lion King. Bonus, Camp Minnie-Mickey houses many character interaction areas so your little ones will be able to visit with some of their favorite Disney characters before or after the show.

FastPass 101

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Hello everyone, this post is for those people who are checking us out as part of their research for a first Disney World trip or inexperienced travelers. I apologize to those that are familiar with the FastPass system but wanted to share some knowledge.

1. What is FastPass? Disney’s FastPass system is basically like a ride reservation system. The way it works is that at select attractions (list below), you approach the FastPass  machine, insert your park ticket and receive a FastPass with a return time stamped on it. When that time arrives, you enter a separate line for a much shorter wait time.

2. Is there a charge for using FastPass? Unlike the ride reservation systems at some amusement parks, currently there is no charge for using FastPass (I don’t expect this to change in the future but you never know.)

3. What attractions offer FastPass access? The list for Disney World by park is as follows:

Magic Kingdom® Park:
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Jungle Cruise
Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Peter Pan’s Flight
Space Mountain
Splash Mountain
Stitch’s Great Escape!
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Epcot®:
Maelstrom
Mission: SPACE
Soarin’
Test Track
Captain EO

Disney’s Hollywood Studios™:
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Star Tours
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Toy Story Mania!
Voyage of The Little Mermaid Show

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park:
Dinosaur
Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
It’s Tough to be a Bug!
Kali River Rapids
Kilimanjaro Safaris
Primeval Whirl

4. What else should someone know about FastPass? The number of FastPasses is limited and may go quickly. If there is a particular attraction you are interested in obtaining, I suggest you make it your first stop in the park. For instance, in Hollywood Studios, I made the mistake of riding Tower of Terror and Rock N Rollercoaster before heading over to Toy Story Mania. By the time we made it over to the FastPass kiosk, there were no more passes available. Also, each person boarding in your party will need their own FastPass but one person can obtain all the passes (but will need each person’s park ticket to do so).

I find FastPass to be very user friendly and easy to insert into my touring plans. I suggest you plan on using FastPass if any of your must sees are included in the program. If you have any questions that I didn’t answer, please feel free to add it to the comments section and I will do my best to answer the question. 

Magical Blogorail Teal – Lesser Known Disney Tips!

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Welcome to those of you joining me from Capturing Magical Memories and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Special thanks to all of my Magical Blogorail Teal mates today as I fill in on this month’s loop!  I hope I can do justice to all of your work!

When I think of my Walt Disney World tips, I really don’t have any that stick out in the back of my mind.  I think that most of my tips are things people already know about, so when I told the Blogorail group I could fill in, I really didn’t have any idea what I was going to write about.  In fact, I still don’t know, as insane as that sounds!

There is an old adage that goes like this: “Fail to plan, and you plan to fail.”  When it comes to Walt Disney World vacations, this simple little statement is perfectly true!  As a result, I thought I would share with you some of the tips that I employ in the planning stage of my vacations.

The first thing I look to is to determine whether or not I need some assistance from a professional.  The good thing about this is that the right Disney Travel Agent can take a lot of the worry off of your shoulders!  They will be the person holding on the phone to make your reservations; they will be the person that will tell you that this ride is really good, or that ride is closed for right now, and on and on.  As it happens, I am an Authorized Disney Travel Agent and my services are free, so let me know if I can help!

However, if you decide to plan this on your own, you can still have a wonderful vacation!  The key points to look at in the planning stage are this:

  1. What time of year do you want to visit?
  2. How long do you want to stay?
  3. Do you want to stay on property or off property?
  4. What sort of dining options do you want?
  5. What is your budget?

All of these questions will work to help you figure out the logistics of your trip.

You know your family better then anyone, so it’s important to get an idea of what your family likes about Walt Disney World.  If you have younger children, more then likely they are going to gravitate more towards the Magic Kingdom then the other parks; or, if you have teenagers, Disney’s Hollywood Studios or the water parks may be their thing.  Use your knowledge of your family as a strength as you do your planning to maximize your Disney experience!

Don’t forget that it is everyone’s vacation, so make sure that you get input from all of the interested parties along the way so that everyone feels like they have a say in how much fun the vacation will be!

If this is a surprise for someone, one thing I like to do is order Disney’s Customized Maps to help break the news to your family that they are going to Walt Disney World!  We did that one year with my daughter, and we put a big gold star at the location where we were staying, and she was so excited!  Some other things you can use in your surprise package include a travel guide of the resort, maybe a calendar — and put dates on the calendar of when your trip is — or maybe a special autograph book!  The only limit is to your imagination!

I don’t think that these tips are really all that unique — but I am certain that my other panel members on the Teal team have some great ones for you!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is The CanaDisney Blog.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Loop should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~  YourFirstVisit.net
2nd Stop ~  The Many Adventures of a Disney Lovin’ Spectrum Mom
3rd Stop ~ Capturing Magical Memories
4th Stop ~ My Dreams of Disney
Final Stop ~ The CanaDisney Blog

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – Disneyland Hidden Mickeys!

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia Hello, and welcome to this week’s Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia for this week!  Today, Sophie is taking us over to Disneyland for a question from Mr. Dave Smith’s book Disney Trivia From the Vault, which you can pick up at Amazon.com.  Just click on the link to go to the Amazon.com website!

Today Peter from Bufalo, NY asks Dave:

Is it true there is a hidden Mickey Mouse symbol located somewhere in every ride at Disneyland?

Mr. Smith replies, “No.  The idea of hiding Mickey images did not begin until the late 1980s and then primarily at Walt Disney World.”

This week Jenn from Disney Babies Blog is at Walt Disney World — where she was running in Disney’s Princess Half Marathon this weekend!  Congratulations, Jenn!  Of course, that means she isn’t participating this week, but don’t forget that Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and Heidi from Heidi’s Head are participating!  Just click on their links below to see what they are writing about today, and thanks for stopping by!



Enter to Win from Pixie Vacations!

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Did you know that Pixie Vacations is having a contest to give away a trip to Walt Disney World?  Each week they will select one lucky winner to win a special Magical Mickey plush doll, and this new friend contains some extra special magic — and for one lucky winner, one of them contains a 4 day, 3 night trip to Walt Disney World for up to four adults!

If you win one of the weekly drawings, but don’t win the trip, there are still special goodies in the other dolls, so enter each week to see what you might win!

To enter, you need to go to the Pixie Vacations website, and while you are there, take a look at all of the great specials that they are running throughout the year!  Good luck everyone!

Don’t forget that I’m a new Pixie Vacations travel agent, so if you would like for me to help you plan your next magical Disney vacation, I’m here to help!  Our concierge level services are available free of charge, so why not see what we have to offer?  You can reach me at 919-606-6725 or by email at Mike@PixieVacations.com, so reach out to me — I’m here to help!

Thanks for stopping by, and good luck in the contest!