Why I love going to Disney World in the Summer!

The pool at the Old Key West Resort

The pool at the Old Key West Resort

The other day I saw a post on the internet that talked about the worst times to go to Walt Disney World.  That got me to thinking a little bit.  First of all, if you have the opportunity to go to Walt Disney World, is there ever  a bad time to go?  So, when I looked at the article, the writer let me know that they think that going in the summer is one of the worst times you could ever go to Walt Disney World.  I’m here to tell you, my friends, some of the many reasons why I LOVE going to Walt Disney World in the summer!

Reason #1: The Pools and wet rides

The first reason that I love going to Walt Disney World in the summer is because the hot weather provides for some great cool down opportunities in the pools at your resort!  Today in my area of North Carolina, the high temperature is slated to be 24 degrees, and the low is shaping up to be 9 degrees.  Couple that with the dangerous winds, and we are looking at a wind chill temperature tonight of -10 degrees.  Right now, that picture of the pool at Old Key West is looking mighty inviting, but I’ll tell you, I’ve been to Walt Disney World in January, and I’m going to tell you that with weather like this in North Carolina, it is going to be colder than normal in Florida — and that pool will not be inviting at all right now!  Just for clarification — the forecast high temperature today at Walt Disney World is 47 degrees (the low was actually 31!)  With temperatures like that, you’ll probably have very little wait time for this ride:

Don't think about Kali River Rapids on a day like today at Walt Disney World!

Don’t think about Kali River Rapids on a day like today at Walt Disney World!

Reason #2: The Extra Magic Hours

If not for Extra Magic Hours, this proposal wouldn't have happened at that time!

If not for Extra Magic Hours, this proposal wouldn’t have happened at that time!

Shane’s proposal to my niece Stephanie took place at about 12:45AM on a night when the Magic Kingdom was open until 2AM for Extra Magic Hours.  Shane really was fortunate that the Magic Kingdom had those extra hours because during the day and early evening, the rain was coming down in buckets, and it felt like we really were on the African Savannah at our room in Kidani Village!  During the winter, Walt Disney World still has some extra magic hours, but overall, you get much more park time for your Disney Dollars during the summer!

Reason #3: More Attractions to enjoy!

You see those Guests enjoying Splash Mountain? You won't see that in the Winter!

You see those Guests enjoying Splash Mountain? You won’t see that in the Winter!

Yesterday Splash Mountain at the Magic Kingdom closed for it’s lengthy yearly renovation.  This year, Splash Mountain will be closed from January 6 until March 21st, 2014!  This is not at all uncommon for big rides such as Splash Mountain — they have to be refurbished at some point — and like I said in point #1, on a day like today at Walt Disney World, Splash Mountain is on the list of rides to avoid.  But, in Florida, as most of you know, today’s temperatures are more the exception than the norm, and it would be nice to ride Splash Mountain on some of the Winter days — but you won’t be able to do so until March.  This is just one example of why I love to go to Disney World in the summer!

Reason #4: No worries about school schedules!

These fireworks are celebrating that school is over for the summer!

These fireworks are celebrating that school is over for the summer!

For us, the summer means no school!  My daughter is in a school that follows a traditional school calendar — no year round, track-in, track-out worries for us.  We start school in August, we get out in June.  When that happens, the summer begins and the fun begins too!  For many people, they have to work around school schedules, long weekends, and so forth — and I think that can, at times, take away some of the Disney Magic from your trip.  For us, we know that from the time we get in the car, we’re on vacation for one week, and we can relax, enjoy our company, enjoy Disney, and make memories that will last us a lifetime.

Reason #5: My Daughter’s Birthday!

Belle shares a hug with Sophie and Anna Jane!

Belle shares a hug with Sophie and Anna Jane!

My daughter Sophie (on the right in the picture) has her birthday in June, so our trips to Disney are in part to celebrate her birthday!  This year we’ll be at Disney for her 13th birthday, and I for one can’t wait for that trip.  It is so much fun to celebrate birthdays at Disney — don’t forget that you can celebrate your birthday all year round (up to 6 months before your birthday or up to 6 months after!) — but we love to be there for the actual day.  That is just one reason why I love going to Disney World in the summer — but it may very well be the most important reason why!

So there you have it, my friends, my top five reasons why I love going to Disney World in the summer.  Tell me, when do you love to go to Walt Disney World — or even Disneyland?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!

Hollywood Studios Spectacle of Dancing Lights

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Hello everyone, and welcome to our special series where we focus on the beauty of Walt Disney World during the Christmas season.  Thanks to my friend Andy from WDW Shutterbug, we are able to share with you some of the incredible beauty that you will experience the day you are able to visit Walt Disney World during the Christmas season — or, if you aren’t able to be there, you can get an idea of what it will be like when you are there!  You may remember that last week we brought you a Magic Kingdom Virtual Christmas Tour, so sit back, relax, and enjoy this look at The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Millions of Lights!

Millions of Lights…all synchronized to music…that is the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights!  What started at the home of Jennings Osborne, in Arkansas, grew and grew and grew until there was too many lights to handle.  That’s when the Osborne Family donated the lights and music to Walt Disney World — in 1995 — and Disney’s Hollywood Studios became the home to this treasure.  The best thing of all, perhaps?  It’s built into the cost of your admission when you visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy our photographic tour, thanks to Andy from WDW Shutterbug!

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So, what do you think?  For those that have been to Walt Disney World during the Christmas season, which park do you like better?  Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Hollywood Studios?  If you haven’t been before, which park do you think you will get more enjoyment out of — and keep the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party out of the equation for the moment.  Think it over, and let me know in the comments!  Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

My Top 5 Disney’s Hollywood Studios Attractions

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By Mike Ellis.

Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by My Dreams of Disney today!  In this post, we are continuing our series on my top five attractions — last week we looked at my top five Epcot attractions, and the week before that we looked at my top five Magic Kingdom attractions.  Today we are taking a look at my top five Disney’s Hollywood Studios attractions!

#5: The Magic of Disney Animation

The Magic of Disney Animation is a new favorite for us, and one that I enjoy visiting!

The Magic of Disney Animation is a new favorite for us, and one that I enjoy visiting!

We were first exposed to The Magic of Disney Animation when we were at Disney’s California Adventure and took in the Disney Animation building, which has a ton of different things to check out!  We were there with our friends at Cooking Underwriter and her daughter Miss J and Sophie hit it off like they were long lost sisters reunited!  As a result, we decided to look in on The Magic of Disney Animation back on the east coast!  Our favorite activity is to learn how to draw the characters just like the animators do.

#4: Muppet*Vision 3D

Muppet*Vision 3D, despite it's corny nature, is a favorite of mine!

Muppet*Vision 3D, despite it’s corny nature, is a favorite of mine!

I know that Muppet*Vision 3D is dated.  I know that it is the same as it was since it opened.  I know that it’s corny.  Despite all of that — or, perhaps, because of all that — I like Muppet*Vision 3D.  This show is one that I try to watch once per visit.  In some ways, I think the fact that it is still the original version, just like the Muppet Show seasons that I used to watch as a kid, is a tribute to all the influence that Jim Henson had, and what was lost when he died.  It’s almost as if, with him gone, the show must still go on, but it can’t be updated anymore…

#3: One Man’s Dream

One Man's Dream

One Man’s Dream is more museum than attraction, but no trip to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is complete without taking a look at the history of Disney.

One Man’s Dream is a great attraction, one of my favorites.  Whenever I enter the museum-like attraction, my mind immediately gets transported back in time to when Walt Disney was around, and was growing up and becoming the man that would create this world that I love to visit.  Then, at the end of the pathways, I love to watch the home movie and see that, even as a grown up running the famed Disney company, Walt still knew how to have fun and remember what it was like to be a kid.

#2: Toy Story Midway Mania

Mr. Potato Head

Sophie standing with Mr. Potato Head as we progress through the line!

Toy Story Mania is not at the top of the list because of one reason: the lines, and the way the FastPass tickets run out so fast.  Perhaps FastPass+ will improve this, we’ll see.  In the meantime, though, the ride itself is so much fun, I love playing all the old carnival games, and I love how it is all computerized!  All in all, it’s a great ride, and worth doing every time you are at Hollywood Studios!

#1: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith!

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is my favorite attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Coming in at number one, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith!  This attraction has just one drawback — it’s not long enough in time.  What it lacks in ride time, though, it makes up for in adrenalin rush!  It’s a great ride, and I love riding it over and over again!

Honorable Mentions…

Tower of Terror

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Tower of Terror: Love the structure, love the back story, love the affects, love the part of the ride that takes you to the elevators, hate the drops!

Great Movie Ride

Great Movie Ride

Great Movie Ride: Love the scenes from the old movies, love most of the sets, don’t like the gunshots.  I wish it was updated and featured more Disney movies along the ride.

Thank you for stopping by and looking at my top five attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!  What are your top five?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks!

 

American Tourister Facebook Promotion Runs October 21-25, 2013!

Photo credit ©Disney on Wheels

Photo credit ©Disney on Wheels

American Tourister, makers of great luggage for all occasions, has been recently named the Official Luggage of Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts!  To celebrate their appearance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, they are having a great giveaway that they will be running directly from their Facebook page!

As you can see, Walt Disney World and American Tourister are pulling out all the stops on this incredible partnership.  Just check out these great pictures from throughout Hollywood Studios!

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Photo Credit ©Disney on Wheels

Photo Credit ©Disney on Wheels

Photo Credit ©Disney on Wheels

American Tourister Facebook Giveaway

Here is how the American Tourister Giveaway will work.  The Giveaway will be from October 21st – 25th, 2013, and will be hosted on the American Tourister Facebook Page.  Each day, American Tourister will ask fun questions on their page, looking for reader comments.

  • Each Facebook user comment received will qualify as an entry for a chance to win the exclusive American Tourister D23 Mickey OR Minnie luggage set.
  • One comment qualifies one entry, and there is only one entry per person. So, additionally comments will not get you additional entries.
  • There will be 5 winners chosen at random based on the comments received throughout the duration of the 5 days.
  • Each winner will be given the opportunity to choose either the Mickey luggage set OR the Minnie luggage set.

The sweepstakes is only open to permanent legal residents of the fifty states of the U.S. and the District of Columbia (excluding Guam, Puerto Rico and all other U.S. and foreign territories and possessions), who are physically located and residing therein and who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry.

If you like what you see, you can go online to the American Tourister website to shop for your own bags!  The bags are always on sale, and right now they are offering free shipping on all orders $99 or more!

Good luck, everyone, in the giveaway this week!

 

Wordless Wednesday – Action!

Director Alberto Dante at Disney's Hollywood Studios!

Director Alberto Dante at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Wordless Wednesday Post!  This week we are looking at the theme of Action, and I’ve got a few shots to share with you.  I hope you enjoy them!  Thanks, as always, to Deb from Focused on the Magic for hosting this, and for a great theme for this week!

 

The Poor, Unfortunate Soul...okay, wrong attraction, but still!

The Poor, Unfortunate Soul…okay, wrong attraction, but still!

He played the role perfectly! He stuck to the script even when doused by water!

He played the role perfectly! He stuck to the script even when doused by water!

Everytime I see this it brings a smile to my face — it was so funny to me!  What action shots do you have from your trips to Walt Disney World?  Thanks for stopping by, now please click on the button below to see the rest of the entries, and thanks!

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