Under-Appreciated Attractions

Our Under-Appreciated Attractions at Epcot

Under-Appreciated Attractions

Under-Appreciated Attractions at Epcot

Last week, we shared our most under-appreciated attractions at the Magic Kingdom. Today we continue that look by taking a look at our most under-appreciated attractions at Epcot. Later this week we’ll look at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as well as Disney’s Hollywood Studios with our lists for those parks.

Under-Appreciated Attractions

For Sophie her choice for Epcot as her most under-appreciated attraction is The Seas with Nemo and Friends. This attraction is a great one for many reasons:

  1. First, it is never busy so you don’t need to use a FastPass for it.
  2. On a hot summer day, coming into this pavilion is great to beat the heat.
  3. It’s a nice, slow ride and brings back memories from the movie, and it feels faster than it is.
  4. Also, after your trip, you can enjoy looking at the other sites in the pavilion!
Under-Appreciated Attractions

Cindy chose another attraction that doesn’t have much of a need for a FastPass — Journey into Imagination with Figment! For years, we didn’t really have anything to do with this attraction; for whatever reason, it just wasn’t on our radar when we would go to Epcot. One year, though, we corrected that oversight, and it was like we had seen it for the first time, and it became an instant classic for us. Like Nemo, it doesn’t need a FastPass, it’s often a walk right on type of ride, it’s imaginative, fun, and just a blast for our whole family. Check it out again if you’ve been missing it your past few trips!

under-appreciated attractions

My choice for under-appreciated attraction at Epcot is the singing group Voices of Liberty! Always a wonderful pre-show concert, the Voices of Liberty can be seen at the American Adventure pavilion in the World Showcase. They can be seen and heard before the showing of the American Adventure movie. The a capella music style, patriotic songs, and period costumes, like we see above, really makes this an under-appreciated attraction in my mind.

Where do these attractions stack up with your choices for under-appreciated attractions at Epcot? Let us know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Can I help you plan your next Disney trip? If so, send me an email to mike@pixievacations.com, or feel free to request a free, no-obligation quote online today! Thanks for spending time with us today, and please tell me in the comments what your favorite Walt Disney World attraction is! Thanks, and have a great Disney day!

Our most Under-Appreciated Attractions at Walt Disney World

Under-Appreciated Attractions

The other night at dinner, I asked my wife Cindy and daughter Sophie what the most under-appreciated attractions were at each of the four main Walt Disney World Parks. These are attractions or shows that a lot of people seem to forget about seeing or riding, but are ones that we almost always experience during our trip. What do you think your list would look like? Let us know in the comments below, and thanks! For now, though, take a look at our list and let us know if you agree or disagree with them!

Magic Kingdom

We start our trip at the Magic Kingdom. There are so many great attractions here that it’s hard to come up with just one, but we’ve worked it out.

Hall of Presidents
The Hall of Presidents

Sophie’s choice for the Magic Kingdom is the Hall of Presidents. This attraction is a great show that reminds us all of the history of our country, but it seems to be an under-appreciated attraction. This may be changing, though, with the elections of President Obama in 2008 and 2012, and then President Trump in 2016.

For Cindy, her most under-appreciated attraction is the Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor. As a family, we (ok, me if I must be honest) have always liked the corny jokes and the way the camera shines on unsuspecting guests in the audience. In fact, we even texted in a joke that was said during the show! Here is the joke, for those that want a groan (or a laugh):

Why did the chicken cross the road? Answer: To get away from KFC!

Not sure why no one laughed but me…

Swiss Family Treehouse
Swiss Family Treehouse shot of the water transport system.

For me, my under-appreciated attraction is the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse. The only thing that this thing has going against it is that it is not ADA-compliant, which is a shame for wheelchair bound guests. This attraction is a favorite of mine because it has such great views of other areas of the park, and I can imagine sleeping here at night if I were allowed to spend the night in the park. What fun that would be!

Later on, we’ll take a look at our under-appreciated attractions at Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park. For now, though, we’re going to stop at the Magic Kingdom. Let me know what your selections are, and thanks for stopping by!

Can I help you plan your next Disney trip? If so, send me an email to mike@pixievacations.com, or feel free to request a free, no-obligation quote online today! Thanks for spending time with us today, and please tell me in the comments what your favorite Walt Disney World attraction is! Thanks, and have a great Disney day!

Splash Mountain

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain
The 52′ Drop from the top of Splash Mountain!

Attraction Name: Splash Mountain
Attraction Type: Boat Ride, drops, wet
Height Requirements: 40″
Location: Frontierland
Hours of Operation: All Day
FastPass+: Book early

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Splash Mountain

With Summer just around the corner, it seemed like a fitting time to talk about one of my (and Sophie’s, too!) absolute favorite attractions at the Magic Kingdom: Splash Mountain!

This attraction is a slow moving raft ride that walks us through the story of Brier Rabbit in the Disney moving Song of the South. With incredibly detailed scenes, wonderful music, and a bit of thrill added in, this attraction is not only a great way to get away from the heat of the day, but it’s also a relaxing ride — to a point, anyway — that will give you a chance to rest your weary feet.

Although this attraction accepts FastPass reservations, I have known times when I’ve not needed a FastPass to get a quick entrance to the ride. Typically, though, that involves riding very early in your day, not at 3PM on a hot summer afternoon. Also, be very aware that you will probably get very wet on this ride. Sometimes I don’t get very wet, but my wife, she almost always is drenched. Lastly, if you have little ones, remember that there are several small drops that can startle you and then, of course, the 52′ drop that you see as you approach the ride — so if you or your little ones are nervous about such things, you may want to wait a year and try it out next year. If you wish, you can watch the video below from iThemePark to get an idea for yourself!

Splash Mountain is a great attraction, and one of my favorites at Magic Kingdom. Is it one of your favorites as well? Let me know, and thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave a comment below!

Can I help you plan your next Disney trip? If so, send me an email to mike@pixievacations.com, or feel free to request a free, no-obligation quote online today! Thanks for spending time with us today, and please tell me in the comments what your favorite Walt Disney World attraction is! Thanks, and have a great Disney day!

Disney History: Port Orleans French Quarter Opens!

Port Orleans French Quarter

May 17, 1991: Port Orleans French Quarter Opens

Today in 1991, Walt Disney World opened up the newly created Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter! This charming resort is the smallest of the Moderate resorts to be found at Walt Disney World, and is a re-creation of the streets and row houses of New Orleans’ French Quarter.

This resort is one of my favorites on property because it generally is one of the quietest resorts at Disney, at least to me it is. It has a great pool area, water taxi transportation up the river to Port Orleans Riverside or down the river to Disney Springs, and, of course, wonderful beignets!

It’s a short walk up the path to get to Riverside if you prefer to do that, and one of the things you can do there is rent one of the Surrey Bikes to have a little fun at your resort. For a romantic feel, you can also arrange to have a horse drawn carriage ride. That starts up at Riverside.

One of the nice things about this resort as well as Port Orleans Riverside is that you can take advantage of all of the pools at both resorts. So, for your non-park day, if you have one, that gives you plenty of options to enjoy while at French Quarter.

Overall, I really enjoy Port Orleans French Quarter. It’s a great resort with nice amenities and a unique charm that is all it’s own. If you are interested in learning more about this resort, or wish to look at pricing for a package and staying here, please let me know! I’d be happy to assist you in your planning! Click here to submit a vacation quote request today, or send me an email to mike@pixievacations.com!

Springtime at Disney

Springtime at Disney — Tips for Travel!

Springtime at Disney

Lightning McQueen stands watch over the Flower & Garden Festival (2011)

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is just one of the many reasons to visit Walt Disney World during the springtime season. In today’s post, we’re exploring some of the great things that make Springtime at Disney a wonderful time to visit, and hopefully, providing some great tips along the way that will help you in your own planning!

Springtime at Disney

We’re looking at this as kind of a question/answer sort of post. I hope it doesn’t bore you to the point that you click off to something else, but instead, provides good information that you can use in your planning. Please leave us a comment below and let us know your thoughts on this format.

Q1: What is your best tip for dealing with Spring Break crowds at Disney?

The crowds at Disney during Spring Break can be very packed. In looking at the Touring Plans crowd calendar, the months of March and April this year are pretty much 6-9 on the scale, with some days at level 10. It’s really not until you get into early May that the crowds start to lighten up for a little bit prior to the Memorial Day holiday and kickoff to the “summer” season. So, the short answer to the question is Touring Plans, Touring Plans, Touring Plans, and make sure that you keep an open mind on your trip. Don’t try and do every single thing, be easy going and open to just “go where the path lies.”

Q2: What should people pack if they are going to Disney during the Spring?

Look closely at the weather prior to leaving home, and plan accordingly. I always pack sunscreen and ponchos, and the type of jacket and clothing I choose depends on what the weather temperatures are going to be.

Q3: What the best part of visiting Disney in the Spring?

Take advantage of the nice weather and fantastic floral displays from the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival!

Q4: What is your best tip for Epcot Flower and Garden first timers?

Bring your camera, and make sure you take pictures of all the great arrangements you see!

Q5: Why should people visit the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival?

So many beautiful flower arrangements, and the topiaries with the fantastic characters are really neat!

Q6: What is your one Epcot Flower and Garden Festival must-do?

Photograph everything!

Q7: What are your tips for visiting Epcot Flower and Garden Festival with Kids?

Remember, what may be exciting for you may not be exciting for them, especially if they are younger children. Be flexible, and remember, it’s everyone’s vacation!

Q8: How can people celebrate Easter at Disney?

Give Glory to God, and even if you don’t make it to a church service, remember that God’s Creation is everywhere, and remember Him in the way you act towards your fellow Disney park goers!

I hope that our Springtime at Disney post has been helpful to you! I truly hope that you are able to enjoy a wonderful time at Disney during the Springtime one year, and if you are able to do so, that these tips help you have an even better trip! Thanks for stopping by, now go out and have a great Disney Day!