#DisneyTrivia – Storybook Land Canal Boats

Monstro the Whale greets you on your journey into the Storybook Land Canal Boats!

Monstro the Whale greets you on your journey into the Storybook Land Canal Boats!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia!  As always, I’m joined by my lovely and talented co-hosts Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, Heidi from Heidi’s Head, and Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, and we’re sharing with you some of our favorite trivia!  Today, I’m taking a look at one of the most charming of attractions at Disneyland — the Storybook Land Canal Boats ride!

I’ve got several tidbits of trivia, so I thought I would list them out here for you.  Enjoy!

Did you know about the Storybook Land Canal Boats…

  • Did you know that the attraction is an opening day attraction at Disneyland, and has been open ever since?
  • The canal contains 465,000 gallons of water, and is pumped to the moat for Sleeping Beauty Castle, the water for the Jungle Cruise, and the Rivers of America before it is pumped back to the canal.  Now that’s a lot of water!
  • The houses in Storybook Land are fitted with 6 inch doors, and 1/4 inch hinges that actually allow the doors to open and close so that the Imagineers can change the light bulbs!

When I think of the Storybook Land Canal Boats ride, I think of the relaxing nature of the ride, the great information from the narrator/boat captain, and the incredible use of perspective to make it seem like we are looking down a distance to the houses.  However, take a look at these photos — some of them look like they are big enough for us to enter!

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One of the scenes in the Storybook Land Canal Boats ride.

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One of the houses with doors that open.

Thank you for stopping by today, now, please go take a look at the rest of the entries by clicking on the images below! Afterwards, go out and make it a Disney Day everyone!

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Vote for Clarabelle and Horace in Round 1!

Famous Disney Couple Round 1

This is the final week for you to enter to win the incredible D23 luggage from American Tourister and the Magical Blogorail!  As you all know, each of us that are participating in this incredible giveaway has written a post about a special Disney couple — and you may remember that I chose Clarabelle and Horace as my favorite Disney Couple! Well, this week we are having a little bit of fun!  Who do you think is the best Disney Couple?  Is it Clarabelle and Horace?  Or perhaps you are going to go with Mickey & Minnie?  Or maybe Walt & Lillian?  Well, whomever you choose, that will be all right! You can vote using the link information below — just click on the “vote” link for the ones you like!  You’ve got three votes — and if you missed getting any entries in for the giveaway, click on the image to read the post and answer your question to enter!  Now, how many can I count on to vote for my favorite Disney Couple — Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar?  Can my favorite cow and horse get a little love here, please?  Thanks, and good luck in the giveaway!

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Top 5 Ways to Chill Out at Disney

In honor of both winter and our new Disney friend, Olaf, I would like to present the Top 5 ways to chill out at any Disney Park or Resort.

Cup Topper from Frozen, the movie

Sometimes we get a little stressed and in too much of a hurry during our Disney vacations. What with rushing to get our FastPasses, running to get in a looooong line-up, or trying to plan hours ahead to get the best Parade viewing spot, we might miss the simple pleasures available to us.

Such as:

Chilly Tip Number 5

Hammocks. Most Resorts that have a beach front also have a hammock or two swinging around somewhere. And even if you’re not staying at that Resort, but just Resort-hopping like I do, no one is going to stop you from relaxing for a few moments while you watch boats go by. And if you pick the right hammock in the evening, you may even be able to watch the Electrical Water Pageant.

Stock Photo of the Electrical Water Pageant

Want to know some of the best places to watch the Pageant across the Walt Disney World Resort? Locations include:

  • Disney’s Polynesian Resort – Beginning at 9:00 PM
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (including Narcoossee’s) – Beginning at 9:15 PM
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Beginning at 9:30 PM
  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground – Beginning at 9:45 PM
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Beginning at 10:10 PM; in instances when Wishes Nighttime Spectacular takes place at 10:00 PM, the Electrical Water Pageant will begin shortly following its conclusion
  • Right outside the entrance of Magic Kingdom park – Beginning at 10:35 PM, during Extended Theme Park Hours only

Chilly Tip Number 4

Dole Whip or Mickey Bars. Most of us can’t resist a frosty treat and these two (among others) are WDWorld-renowned for helping weary and hot Guests chill! Rather than bore you with details here, I’ll let my fellow blogger over at Disney Musings thrill you (or should I say ‘chill you’?) with details at this link.

Picture from Disney Musings

Chilly Tip Number 3

Water. Not just for drinking anymore! If you’re like me, and who isn’t, you likely seek out free chill opportunities wherever they can be found. Well, let me recommend getting a little damp as a great way to chill!

Here are a few places to get a free splash of water: World of Disney at DTD (Stitch will ‘spit’ on you for free); Splash Pad also at DTD (just outside the Disney Design-a-Tee store); Outside Star Tours in Disney’s Hollywood Studios (an Imperial Walker will ‘shoot’ you for free); Test Track Cool Wash at Epcot (see pic below).

Stand and prepare to be misted!

There is simply no end of places where you can get misted, squirted, sprayed, or ‘spit’ on for free at WDW!

Chilly Tip Number 2

Beverages. Sometimes you need to chill from the inside and so only an ice-cold drink will do it! Again, there is no end to the places that serve frosty beverages, but Club Cool is perhaps one of the most fun! Located at the Innovations Pavilion at Disney’s Epcot, this store features Coca-Cola merchandise as well as several fountain drink stations where you can sample some of the world’s more unique flavors of Coca-Cola products, such as:

  • Krest Ginger Ale from Mozambique
  • Fanta Kolita from Costa Rica
  • Beverly from Italy
  • Vegeta Beta from Japan
  • Kinley Lemon from Israel
  • Lift Apple from Mexico
  • Smart Watermelon from China
  • Mezzo Mix from Germany

Of course, flavors may change from year to year or visit to visit. Not adventurous with your sipping? Then find your drinking comfort zone just over the bridge in World Showcase. Pick your country and enjoy a regional beverage of your choice!

Chilly Tip Number 1

Water Attractions. OK, no more fooling around! If you really want to chill out then it’s time to get WET. Hit the Kali River Rapids or Splash Mountain and leave the rain poncho in the stroller! The only rules here are no hiding behind another body and never wear white. Other than that: Bring on the Chill!

The temperature was 50 degrees and we got soaked = CHILLED OUT

Bonus Round

Water Parks. This is a no-brainer so… water parks.

Ice Gator from Blizzard Beach

Of course, my wife found another way to chill out during one of our visits to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. Simply get caught in one of Florida’s sudden thunder showers:

Each to her own, I guess.