Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Mickey's PhilharMagic

In our next installment of the Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide series, today we’re taking a look at Mickey’s PhilharMagic, one of my favorite movie shows to watch in all of Disney.  Here are all the details on this attraction:

Attraction Name: Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Attraction Type: Movie/Song
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of Operation: All Day
FastPass+: Available

Mickey’s PhilharMagic is one of my favorite movie/shows to watch.  The music and scenes from the movies are great, the 4D technology of the movie is great, and the songs are such classic songs that you can’t help but sing along!  I know that some children are frightened by the dark and the water and whatnot, but most people seem to do just fine.

One thing that is interesting to me is that, with the implementation of the FastPass+ system, it seemed like Mickey’s PhilharMagic was much busier than it had been in years past.  We saw it two times last year, and each time the theater was packed with just a few solitary seats available.  I don’t remember a time when it was that busy.

In the end, this is a great attraction for some awesome music, great movie scenes, and in summer, a great way to beat the heat.  Do you and your family stop by?  Let us know in the comments, and thanks!

Pixar’s Luxo Jr. LED Articulating Book Light

One of Pixar’s earliest successes was with a little character called Luxo Jr., the little lamp who just couldn’t contain his enthusiasm!

Luxo Jr. was a 1986 American computer-animated short film produced by Pixar and directed by John Lasseter. The two-minute short film revolves around one larger and one smaller desk lamp. The larger lamp, named Luxo Sr., looks on while the smaller, “younger” Luxo Jr. plays exuberantly with a ball that it accidentally deflates. It is the source of the hopping desk lamp included in Pixar’s corporate logo.

And now in a case of life imitating art imitating life, I bring you Luxo Jr. the LED Articulating Book Light:

    

A dollar store find

OK, I admit this is not a piece of official Disney-Pixar merchandise, but it is an accurate representation of the original Luxo lamps that the Pixar Short was based on. So in my book, it counts! And you can see what products Luxo is producing now by clicking here. For a short history of the famous Luxo lamp, click here.

Luxo stands about 3″ tall, if he stands up straight

    

So what do you think? Can I let this little guy join my Disney collection? Or should I brand him an imposter?

I hope you can find it in your hearts to accept him, because he’s already made himself at home!

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh

Continuing our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide series, we’ve got a second attraction for you today!  This one is The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh attraction, located in Fantasyland.  Here are the details for this bouncy trip in the Hundred Acre Wood:

Attraction Name: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Attraction Type: Slow Ride
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of Operation: All Day.
FastPass+: Available
Interactive Queue: Yes

For my family, this attraction is a little beyond our time.  With a soon to be 14 year old, bouncing in a Hunny Pot just isn’t at the top of her attraction list.  However, that doesn’t mean that we don’t experience it for the nostalgia effect every now and again!  Since this attraction is indoors, and features many of the scenes from the movie, it can be a great way to cool off from the blistering summer sun of Florida!  It’s a slow moving ride, so there aren’t any fear factors based on that, and the gentle bouncing will probably excite all of the younger audience. One thing I like is the way part of the story is outlined in book form on the walls of the queue as you approach the ride vehicles, like the picture below.

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What is your take on this classic Disney tale?  Do you ride it with your kids, do you wish Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride was back, or both?  Let us know in our poll, and thanks!


Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Mad Tea Party

Mad Tea Cups

In our next installment of our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guides series, we continue our exploration of Fantasyland by taking a look at the Mad Tea Party.  This attraction is a favorite of our daughter, as you can see in this photo from some years back!  Here are the details on this attraction:

Attraction Name: Mad Tea Party
Attraction Type: Spinning Ride
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of OperationAll Day.
FastPass+: Available

The Mad Tea Party is an original day attraction at the Magic Kingdom, opening on October 1, 1971, although the name was originally called The Mad Hatters Mad Tea Party, but the premise is the same.  The ride is based on the Unbirthday party scene in Alice in Wonderland, and as I’m sure you know, the tea cups can spin based on the center wheel in each tea cup.  In Disneyland, the attraction was an opening day attraction as well, but one bit of trivia is that the tea cups had no braking system for the first two years, so there was no stopping you from spinning as fast as you could, except, of course, your ability and strength to do so!  Do you like the Mad Tea Cups?  Let me know, and thanks!  To conclude, have a look at this picture of Sophie and my wife Cindy on the attraction — a whole lot of joy, and that’s why kids love this attraction so much!

Mad Tea Party

Prayers for the Week – Well done, thy good and faithful servant.

Hello everyone, and welcome to this weeks Prayers for the week post. Today’s title is in honor of Teddy Lane Matthews, a man of God who passed away last Tuesday. Uncle Ted (pictured, on right, with Uncle Bob, who we lost last year) was a good man, a man of Faith, a man who loved and knew the Lord. When someone passes, the grief we feel is for our friend, our loved one, but we know that they are no longer in any pain, that they are no longer suffering. When one such as Uncle Ted passes, the sorrow, the prayers, the concern is for those left behind, in this case, Aunt Connie, his wife of nearly 50 years. Please pray for her and the rest of the family, and to Aunt Connie, please remember this very important point: I have no doubt that Jesus welcomed Uncle Ted with these words: ‘Well done, my good and faithful Servant.’

In addition to this, please pray for my friend Sheila’s friend Jodi, who is suffering from uterine cancer and multiple sclerosis.

Now, please pray the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.


Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.


For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever. Amen.