PhilharMagic

My favorite #DisneyMemory from Mickey’s PhilharMagic

PhilharMagic

Mickey’s PhilharMagic is one of those great shows/films that my family loves to enjoy at least once. Located in the Magic Kingdom, Mickey’s PhilharMagic is in Fantasyland.  The attraction is one of our must experiences because of the following key elements:

  • Packed with incredible music.
  • Great moments from classic Disney movies.
  • Special effects.
  • The great talents of Mickey, Goofy, Donald, and Minnie.

Today, I’m not going to talk about the show itself that much. After all, I’ve written about it before and you can read about it here, here, here, and even here. I’m only going to talk about the show to make reference to my favorite #DisneyMemory from this incredible attraction.

The year was 2008, and the day was June 18th.  The day before Sophie turned 7 years old.  We were at the Magic Kingdom that day, and we experienced Mickey’s PhilharMagic, as I know you are aware.  The show was incredible, the music was great, the scenes were great, and Donald Duck was in trouble!

If you’ve seen the show, then you know at the end Donald is shot out of the tuba after Mickey arrives to attempt to put everything back the way it was supposed to be.  You also know that in true Disney style, Donald shoots out of the movie screen and barrels through a wall at the back of the theater.

My favorite #DisneyMemory from this attraction happens after that moment.  As everyone in the theater turned to see Donald sticking out of the wall, trying to free himself, my daughter Sophie yells out loud enough for the entire theater to hear her “Donald, are you all right?”  At that moment, Donald fell, and we all laughed a bit because we could tell he was all right.  I explained to Sophie that Donald was okay, that he trained for these events so that he wouldn’t get hurt, and everything was good.

A child’s imagination is a powerful thing, and on that day in 2008, Sophie showed us her child’s heart, and her empathy towards others.  That is just one of hundreds of examples of her empathy towards others that we have been witness to in her life, and it is the one thing that I treasure her for more than anything.

So now it’s your turn!  What is your favorite #DisneyMemory from Mickey’s PhilharMagic?  Please tell us in the comments below, and thank you for stopping by today!  Go out and make it a great Disney Day!

Peter Pan

Mike’s Favorites: Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan

Peter Pan’s Flight is one of Mike’s Favorites!

Mike’s Favorites: Peter Pan’s Flight

By Mike Ellis.

Hello everyone, and welcome to another of our series of Mike’s Favorites at Walt Disney World!  It has now been about 19 months since our last trip to Walt Disney World — which for us, feels like an eternity! I know that it isn’t, and that there are many great things to do that don’t involve Disney, but for me and my family, I think we are ready for that next trip whenever it should happen.  In today’s post, we’re taking a look at another of my favorites — that classic attraction known as Peter Pan’s Flight!

Peter Pan’s Flight is a continuous run attraction located over in Fantasyland, across from the attraction “it’s a small world”.  In the past, the problem that this attraction always had was a slow moving line and FastPass selections that would run out quickly.  Since it has been a while since we have been there, things have changed as they redid the queue area.  Has that made an improvement in your opinion?  Please leave me a comment and let me know what your opinion is.

Peter Pan’s Flight is one of the few attractions at Walt Disney World that utilizes a hanging system of propelling the galleons throughout the scenes, which feature Wendy’s bedroom, the scenic view of London below, Mermaid Lagoon in Neverland, and other recognizable scenes from the movie.

Like the Disneyland version, Peter Pan’s Flight at the Magic Kingdom is an opening day attraction, opening on October 1, 1971.  The Disneyland version is one of the few attractions at Disneyland that is still in operation over 60 years later.  Interestingly, the Disneyland version does not offer a FastPass option, but the Magic Kingdom version does.  Also, the Disneyland version features galleons that stop for loading, unlike the Magic Kingdom version, which uses the Omnimover style of loading similar to what you find over at The Haunted Mansion.

What I really like about Peter Pan’s Flight is the forced perspective elements that are introduced.  For example, I really enjoy the feeling of flying through the sky, and how high up we are over the London skyline.  Also, as you progress through the attraction, the story is told, scene by scene.

For us, Peter Pan’s Flight is one of our favorites at the Magic Kingdom, and one that we can’t wait to experience again.  What about for your family?  Is it a family favorite, one you can “take it or leave it”, or one you absolutely don’t do?  Let us know in the comments, and thanks!

Friday Flashback – The Skyway

The Skyway - a bygone attraction from a bygone age at Disney...

The Skyway – a bygone attraction from a bygone age at Disney…

You know, to be honest with you all — and with myself, I might add — the early visits to Walt Disney World when I was a kid all those years ago are somewhat a fuzzy memory to me.  For example, in my first trip, when I was 11 years old, I remember the feelings I experienced more than the attractions I rode.  However, there is something from those early visits that I really do remember quite well, and today, I’m going to talk about it in Friday Flashback.  That attraction is the old Skyway attraction.

For those that are younger than I and don’t know what the Skyway was, I’ll tell you.  The Skyway was a special one-way transportation attraction that would take you from Fantasyland to Tomorrowland — or from Tomorrowland to Fantasyland.  When you rode to either destination, you couldn’t continue back without getting back in line for a second trip.  The Skyway was a suspended gondola type ride, where you were lifted into the air and suspended from a steel cable as your car was taken from one part of the Magic Kingdom to another.  It was a whole level of freedom that you just didn’t get any other way, because you were able to look at the Magic Kingdom from a whole different dimension than you would normally get, and I LOVED the Skyway.

At it’s least, the Skyway was a nice, relaxing way to journey to another part of the park without tiring your feet any more than they already were.  At it’s best, the Skyway was a way of seeing parts of the Magic Kingdom you never see anymore — a way to be above it all and reflect on the beauty of the park, how blessed you are to be able to experience it — and if you are a kid like I was — perhaps a way to tell your parents or grandparents thanks for taking you there!

The Skyway was an original opening day attraction at the Magic Kingdom, and had identical rides at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland.  The Magic Kingdom version of the Skyway attraction lasted the longest, being open until November 5, 1999 — over 28 years!  Now, for your enjoyment, here’s a YouTube video of the attraction for you to enjoy!

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – WDW Railroad – Fantasyland

WDW Railroad - Fantasyland

We continue our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide by taking a look at the Fantasyland station of the Walt Disney World Railroad.  This is the last post in our Fantasyland section.  Next up we’ll continue by looking at the attractions in Tomorrowland.  In case you’ve forgotten, we looked at the Main Street, U.S.A. station earlier in our series.  The details for the attraction are the same, but here they are again in case you need them:

Attraction Name: Walt Disney World Railroad
Attraction Type: Slow Ride
Height Requirements: None
Location: Fantasyland, with stations at Frontierland and Main Street, U.S.A. as well.
Hours of Operation: Park opening until just prior to the Wishes Fireworks show.
FastPass+: Not Available

For a little Disney trivia, can anyone tell me why they close the Railroad prior to Wishes?  It’s not a hard one, but the interesting thing about Wishes is that it takes place all around the park, and a lot of the staging areas for the famous fireworks show are on the other side of the railroad tracks.  As a result, the railroad is closed down for the night for safety reasons so that they can perform Wishes.

For a nice, relaxing journey around Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, I can think of nothing finer than a trip on the Walt Disney World Railroad.  Thanks for stopping by!  Let me know in the comments whether you like the railroad or not, and have a great Disney Day!

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Under the Sea

Under The Sea

As we continue our Magic Kingdom Attraction Series, we turn our attention to the Fantasyland attraction Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid.  This is another attraction that was developed as part of the Fantasyland Expansion.  The attraction is identical to the attraction of the same name over at Disney’s California Adventure, except for the huge difference in the queue, and that gives the Magic Kingdom version the nod over the California Adventure version in my opinion.  Here are the details for this fun attraction:

Attraction Name: Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
Attraction TypeSlow Ride
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of Operation: All Day
FastPass+: Available
Interactive Queue: No

For those that like the Finding Nemo pavilion over at Epcot, you’ll see a big similarity between the two types of ride vehicles for the attraction, as you will board a Clamshell for your journey into the world of Ariel, Prince Eric, and all the rest of the classic Disney movie.  After the attraction, you’ll be able to stop by and visit with Ariel herself for pictures and autographs!

This is a fun attraction, and I think your whole family will enjoy it, but especially any Princesses in your family that love Ariel!