Festival of the Lion King

A Special Circle of Life

Festival of the Lion King

My wife loves Giraffes, and I think this set piece is great in the Festival of the Lion King!

Hi Guys it’s me, Sophie, and is it a coincidence that the inspiration for this post again came from my band class? I’m guessing that my school is a Disney loving Cougar Nation. So, this time I’m showing you a video that, with the help of Coach Snarey and Kevin (the band’s future drum player), my class created. It’s an imitation our version of the “Circle of Life” song from The Lion King. We made it because my band teacher, Mrs. Rackley, was planning on going to Disney World to “hunt down” all the musical attractions but The Festival of The Lion King was closed so when it reopened she announced it to the class and somehow Coach Snarey started recording something that eventually evolved into an imitation of the “Circle of Life”.

Funny huh? The reason you didn’t see me in there was because I was “behind the scenes”. I played the sun/very-dim-glow-that-didn’t-even-shine-on-kevin/simba-very-well. You could see me in there a few times. I was the girl in the lime green shirt around the edges of the video. I give a shout-out to all of my band-mates!!! You Rock! Well that does it for me have an Awesome Summer Vacation and I can’t wait to find something else to write about!

Magical Blogorail: Top Disney Resort Swimming Pools

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

I can swim. I don’t like swimming. So I don’t usually hang around the pools while on my Disney vacations. However, I do enjoy the theming and so usually end up taking dozens of pictures for my ever-growing photographic collection. But don’t worry, I don’t take pics of people in the pools! That would just be creepy.

I wondered what I could contribute to this topic when it first came up, but then remembered a special moment my wife and I had while visiting the gift shop at The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. This is what I saw out of the side window near the rear of the store:


Just tipping to just finishing up…

This splash pad, themed after Alice in Wonderland (hence the big hat), was pretty cool (pun intended). It took quite some time to fill up, but when it did:


Slash down!

It was a cooler day so not many kids braved the deluge and chose to watch the big splash from a safe distance. But I think it’s clear that if someone did stand underneath the hat when it tipped, they’d get very wet!

This fun spot opened in September of 2012. The splash area features several waterfalls, two slides, and a central play area for the kids. Some of the special water effects take place on a timer, while others are operated by kids pulling on pull-cords and turning valves. In traditional Disney style, the design of the playground is highly detailed with images of Alice, the Mad Hatter, White Rabbit and friends. There are various tea cups and tea kettles spraying water, and the Mad Hatter’s hat turns over periodically to dump its contents onto the unsuspecting children playing below. Thanks to DisZine for this little synopsis.

So if jumping into a pool isn’t your thing, why not try a good old fashion soaking courtesy of the Mad Hatters 10/6 size hat!

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

And here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you have missed a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ DISTherapy: Nanea Volcano Pool at the Polynesian 

2nd Stop ~ Heidi’s Head: Port Orleans Riverside

3rd Stop ~ In the Mouse House: Stormalong Bay 

4th Stop ~ Cool Nouns by Lee Beatens (You are Here!)

Final Stop ~ The Disney Mamas: Disney Cruise Ship Pools

Peter Pan's Flight

3 Days: Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan's Flight

Peter Pan’s Flight is our choice for #Day3 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown! Where does it rank in your list?

Peter Pan’s Flight is perhaps one of the best examples of forced perspective in all of Disney.  I know that Main Street, USA is a great example of the concept of forced perspective, which is where the buildings at the entrance to the Magic Kingdom are taller than the buildings at the end of Main Street, USA, over by Cinderella Castle.  By doing this, your mind gets the impression that Cinderella Castle is miles away, that it is so far away that your journey will take some time to get there.  Then, when you are getting ready to leave and are about to walk down Main Street, USA, the bigger buildings near Town Square suggest that it won’t take any time at all to get to the exit at the end of a long day of walking.

Peter Pan’s Flight, in my opinion, is another great example of forced perspective.  Where else can you get into your flying galleon, enter into the bedroom, and as you exit, you are instantly skyward, with incredible views of the London city below you?  Like many of the great Disney attractions, Peter Pan’s Flight does an incredible job of leaving Florida behind, of even leaving the Magic Kingdom behind, and all of a sudden, you are drawn right into the incredible story of Peter, Wendy, Michael, and John and their adventures.

Peter Pan's Flight

Our friendly Cast Member is putting the finishing Pixie Dust touches on this Galleon!

Peter Pan’s Flight is a must see attraction every visit to Walt Disney World for my family.  What about your family?  Also, if you had to rank your favorite Disney attractions, where would Peter Pan’s Flight sit and why?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!