Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Astro Orbiter

Astro Orbiter

 

In our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide series, we’ve covered Main Street, U.S.A. and Fantasyland, and now we’re switching our attention to the futuristic land, Tomorrowland.  It is purely by coincidence that we are looking at this land today, the day that the Tomorrowland movie is released, but it is very appropriate nonetheless.  Astro Orbiter is first in our list, here are the details for this ride that is nearly out of this world:

Attraction Name: Astro Orbiter
Attraction Type: Slow Rides, Spinning
Height Requirements: None
Location: Tomorrowland
Hours of Operation: All Day
FastPass+: Not Available

I like this attraction, but it does have some drawbacks, so I thought I would share the pros and cons for this attraction with you:

Pros:

  • It is situated above the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, so you can get some good views of the park because of the height.
  • It isn’t so fast that you are going to make yourself sick, and you can get good pictures because the speed isn’t so great that your camera can’t focus.

Cons:

  • Being so high up, you get to the attraction by elevator, and the loading process is very slow, which leads to long waits.
  • The rockets are not very big, so for people like myself, it’s a tight fit.
  • The ride doesn’t last very long, so it seems like a long wait for little reward.

While I do like the attraction, it isn’t my favorite, and I’ll gladly choose the TTA over the Astro Orbiter any day, and twice on Sunday!  Do you and your family like the Astro Orbiter?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – The TTA!

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Monica, ML, and Sophie relax on the TTA!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia post, the weekly series where I team up with my friends Heidi from Heidi’s Head, Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, and Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse to share with you a bit of Disney trivia!  I apologize for the delay in getting this post out, I have been having some issues with the network or computer (I’m not sure which) — but everything seems to be okay now!

This week I’ve got a trivia question of my own making based off of something my daughter Sophie said to us about the TTA — the Tomorrowland Transit Authority!  This is likely a very easy trivia question, but let’s see — read it and please leave your answer in the comments below!

The TTA Trivia Question!

Where can you find the Hidden Mickey on the TTA?
a) On the belt of the lady getting her hair curled.
b) In the model of what Epcot was originally going to look like.
c) Somewhere in the Buzz Lightyear scene.
d) There is no Hidden Mickey.

So what do you think?  Do you know the answer to our trivia question?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for playing along with us!  Now, please go check out the rest of the entries by clicking on the links below, and thanks for stopping by!  Remember to go out and make every day a Disney Day!

My Top 5 Magic Kingdom Attractions

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Hello everyone, and welcome to My Dreams of Disney!  When you approach the Magic Kingdom, I know that the famous Disney Magic hits you right in the face, and draws you in.  I know that the Magic Kingdom is full of experiences, emotions, excitement, and memories, but at some point, we all go to the Magic Kingdom for the attractions!  In today’s post, I’m going to take a look at my top five Magic Kingdom attractions — and I invite you to join in on the comments and tell me YOUR top five attractions!

#5: Haunted Mansion

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Coming in at number 5 in my list is the Haunted Mansion.  This attraction is a good one, and is always full of fun for us.  If it has any drawback, it’s that the loading queue can be a bit much at times, but once you finish merging 100 people or more into one line, it’s all good!  Occasionally the ride does stop and start at times, but if you are lucky, it will happen at a great spot and you can get a great look at everything!

#4: Pirates of the Caribbean

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At number four in our list is Pirates of the Caribbean.  This attraction used to be much higher up on the list — until I was absolutely spoiled by the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland in New Orleans Square!  After that, I’m sorry to say that this ride just isn’t as much fun as it used to be!  Still, I love it, just not as much as I used to…

#3: Splash Mountain

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At number three in our list is Splash Mountain!  This ride — which is an incredible ride, by the way — is my daughter Sophie’s favorite ride!  It does have one big drawback, though…the lines!  I love the story of Brier Rabbit as portrayed in the movie Song of the South, I love that it is a really long ride with many small drops, and I absolutely love the 52′ drop at the end!

#2: Peter Pan’s Flight

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Peter Pan’s Flight is placed in number two on our countdown!  This classic Disney ride is one of our all time favorites because of the way the Imagineers designed the ride.  It’s almost always a toss-up for me in putting this attraction at number 2 or number 1 on my list, but for today, it sits at number 2…

#1: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

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As I said, Peter Pan’s Flight is a toss-up between number 2 and number 1 in my list, but for today, my big Kahuna attraction at the Magic Kingdom is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!  The reason for this is because of an experience I had on our last trip — in fact, on the last night of our last trip.  It was July 27th, 2013, and I was with Cindy, Sophie, and a whole host of Pixie friends and their families at the Magic Kingdom.  A group of us decided to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and some of the kids had never been on it before.  Not only were they brave and ride the coaster, but they had the time of their lives and we got right back on it and road it again!  In fact, this time they rode with their hands up in the air the entire time!  It was a great end to our Pixie Trip, and because of that, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad currently sits at number 1 on my list!

Honorable Mentions…

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Of course, Space Mountain is on my list — just not in the top 5.  Truthfully, I like Space Mountain at Disneyland better because you can have two to a row there, but I like ours also.

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“it’s a small world” is another of my favorite rides, but I just ran out of numbers, so it is an honorable mention.  It would definitely make my list for a top 10 list!

Thank you all for stopping by today, I hope you will comment on your favorite attractions so that we can compare notes!  Let me know what you think of my choices, and thanks everyone!  Make it a Disney Day!

Exploring the Magic Kingdom Shows!

In a new series “Exploring the Shows”, I’m taking a look at all of the different shows throughout the Walt Disney World Parks.  In today’s episode, I’m going to take a look at all of the Magic Kingdom Shows.

For our purposes, a show is something on screen or on stage, that you watch as you would watch a movie or play.

Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Mickey's PhilharMagic

As I have previously written, Mickey’s PhilharMagic is one of our favorite shows.  I’m a Disney music junkie, and I absolutely love all of the great music that Mickey’s PhilharMagic brings us each and every time we see the show.  I have never gotten sick of hearing music from The Lion King, Fantasia, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, and Aladdin, and I don’t think I ever will!  Top it off with the reaction Sophie always gets when Donald get’s in trouble, and you’ve got quite a show!

Country Bear Jamboree

Country Bear Jamboree

Cindy and Sophie are not much of a fan of the Country Bear Jamboree, but I like to watch it every two or three years or so.  I like it because of the Audio-Animatronics bears, I like it because of the music, and the “show” that they put on for us, and I like it for the air conditioning and because we can always walk right in without a line.  However, I can also certainly understand why Cindy and Sophie aren’t big fans of it, since they don’t like country music.

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

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The Carousel of Progress is one of my favorite shows/attractions at any of the Walt Disney World parks.  I am continually fascinated by the telling of how technology has advanced throughout the years, and Disney does such a great job of telling that story!  Couple that with one of my favorite Disney songs “It’s a Great big Beautiful Tomorrow”, and I’m hooked!  The show hasn’t changed much over the years, but to me that is part of it’s timeless charm.  Also, when I think about how this attraction was featured at the 1964 Worlds Fair, and that just provides the icing on the cake to me.

Monsters, Inc. Laugh Factory

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Monsters, Inc. is a cute, funny show for us, and something that we see at least once per trip to Disney World.  Located over in Tomorrowland, the show is located in the part of the park which used to house the Timekeeper attraction from years gone by.  Timekeeper was a good show, but I only saw it a couple of times, but Sophie really likes Monsters, Inc.  I’ll never forget one of the first times we saw it, Sophie had been telling jokes all the time, her favorite at the time was “Why did the chicken cross the road?  To get away from KFC!”

Well, part of the charm of Monsters, Inc. is that you can text a joke into a special number, and they might pick one and use during the show!  I texted in Sophie’s joke, and they used it!  It was so funny because when they had read the joke, Mike (I think Mike had read it) looked at all of us and said, “I don’t get it either.”, at which everyone laughed!

The Hall of Presidents

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For me, I like historical subject matter, and Disney does a really great job at the Magic Kingdom particularly, of incorporating a great review of history with having a lot of fun.  One way that they do that is at the Hall of Presidents.  This show almost never seems to be busy when we go to visit it, yet it is one of our favorite shows.  I would say that we see this attraction at least once per visit.  It has a lot going for it; it is an indoor attraction to escape from the heat; it has Audio-Animatronics of every president our nation has had, and it has an entertaining way of teaching us about the history of our country.

The Enchanted Tiki Room

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The Enchanted Tiki Room originally opened as Tropical Seranade when the Magic Kingdom opened it’s doors over forty years ago.  After a run of several years, Tropical Seranade was closed and re-opened as The Enchanted Tiki Room – Under New Management.  To be honest, I don’t even remember Tropical Seranade, but I never had any problems with the new management part of the Tiki Room, I thought it was a fun little show.  I know a lot of people didn’t like it though.  In January, 2011, though, a fire started in the attic of the Enchanted Tiki Room, and the show was closed for several months.  It re-opened in August of 2011, and Disney has announced that it will be back to it’s original, non-New Management version.  I look forward to seeing it in the future, and deciding for myself which version we like better!

I hope that you have enjoyed exploring around the Magic Kingdom, looking at all of the great shows that Disney has to offer there!  Tell me, which is your favorite show at the Magic Kingdom?

 

Your Favorite Magic Kingdom Shows!

Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

By Mike Ellis.

Last week we did a series of picture polls on our Facebook page regarding your favorite things at the Magic Kingdom.  First we took a look at your favorite Magic Kingdom Mountain, and now we are taking a look at your favorite Magic Kingdom shows!

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