Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Enchanted Tales with Belle

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

Next up in our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide series is the Fantasyland attraction Enchanted Tales with Belle.  Here are the details of this attraction:

Attraction Name: Enchanted Tales with Belle
Attraction Type: Interactive Story
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of OperationAll Day.
FastPass+: Available

With Enchanted Tales with Belle, you and your children can be transported to the Beast’s library from Beauty and the Beast, and listen to a special story told to you by Belle herself.  Better yet, your child may even be invited to help out with the story!  While my daughter is now to old to be interested in this, I know many Princesses that are mesmerized by Belle, and if your Princess is one of them, they will likely love this attraction.  To make it even easier to experience this, FastPass+ service is available.  Have you and your children experienced Enchanted Tales with Belle?  What did you think of it?  Please let us know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Pirates of the Caribbean

5 Facts about Pirates of the Caribbean that will Impress Your Friends.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean – 5 Facts to Impress Your Friends!

If you are reading this post, chances are that you are already a Disney fan — some of you may even be Disney Addicts!  If that’s the case, the five facts I’ve got for you may not be anything you haven’t heard before, but it may be something that you can use to explain how cool Pirates of the Caribbean is to your friends, co-workers, family, anyone that isn’t as big a Disney fan as you are!  So, without further ado, here are five facts about Pirates of the Caribbean that will impress your friends!

Pirates of the Caribbean

For Pirates fans, there are a lot of great tidbits that do a great job of adding a bit of intrigue to the attraction.  Here are my top five facts that I find fascinating about this great attraction!

  1. When Walt Disney World opened on October 1, 1971, Pirates of the Caribbean was not one of the original opening day attractions.  The thought was that because Florida was so close to the Caribbean, the Florida residents would not be interested in pirates.  Well, people were amazed that Pirates wasn’t part of the Magic Kingdom, and they petitioned Disney to open it in Florida like it was in California.  Disney listened, and Pirates opened to the general public on December 15, 1973 — exactly 7 years after Walt Disney passed away.
  2. Pirates opened originally at Disneyland, in New Orleans Square.  The attraction was the last one that Walt Disney worked on before he passed away, and it opened 3 months after his passing.  The Disneyland version starts with a slow ride through the Blue Bayou restaurant.  If you are eating there, you can see the boats pass by from your table.  It’s really cool.  Personally, the scene reminds me of the bayou of Louisiana (hence New Orleans Square) scenes from The Princess and the Frog movie.
  3. At the Magic Kingdom, there are two skeletons playing a game of chess in one of the dungeons — you can see them as you walk through the loading queue.  Interestingly, though, the pieces on the chessboard form a stalemate, with no winner possible.  As a result, the two skeletons have been playing the same game of chess since 1973!  This part of the attraction was the brainchild of Marc Davis, one of the Disney Legends and one of Walt’s Nine Old Men.
  4. Back at Disneyland, did you know that there are two drops as part of the attraction, while at the Magic Kingdom, there is only one?
  5. Lastly, did you know that the drop at the Magic Kingdom was done in order to navigate under the Walt Disney World Railroad?

I hope that you have found these facts to be fun and enjoyable!  Leave me a comment and let me know what facts you have to share also.  Thanks, and make it a Disney day everyone!

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – Disneyland Hidden Mickeys!

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia Hello, and welcome to this week’s Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia for this week!  Today, Sophie is taking us over to Disneyland for a question from Mr. Dave Smith’s book Disney Trivia From the Vault, which you can pick up at Amazon.com.  Just click on the link to go to the Amazon.com website!

Today Peter from Bufalo, NY asks Dave:

Is it true there is a hidden Mickey Mouse symbol located somewhere in every ride at Disneyland?

Mr. Smith replies, “No.  The idea of hiding Mickey images did not begin until the late 1980s and then primarily at Walt Disney World.”

This week Jenn from Disney Babies Blog is at Walt Disney World — where she was running in Disney’s Princess Half Marathon this weekend!  Congratulations, Jenn!  Of course, that means she isn’t participating this week, but don’t forget that Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and Heidi from Heidi’s Head are participating!  Just click on their links below to see what they are writing about today, and thanks for stopping by!