Hall of Presidents

History Lessons with the Hall of Presidents!

Hall of Presidents

The Hall of Presidents

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day63 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  This day we are taking a history lesson as we study the American Presidents in the Hall of Presidents!  Located in Liberty Square, this attraction features audio-animatronic characters of each of the Presidents of the United States.  This is a very special show, and features some great features that you won’t find anywhere else.  For example, take a look at this special rug.

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The Great Seal of the United States – located in the Hall of Presidents

If I remember correctly, this rug is one of three that exist in official form in the United States.  The rug has a fence around it to prevent people from walking on it, and was placed in the Hall of Presidents by a special order of Congress, if I remember my facts right.

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The Hall of Presidents, located in Liberty Square

On top of all of that, the building is absolutely incredible in my opinion.  This structure has the number 1787, which represents the year that the United States Constitution was signed.

I really enjoy this show, it’s a great reminder of the toil and struggle that our country has gone through over the years.  Our country is doomed to repeat it’s mistakes if we ever forget the lessons that we learned in previous days, and it’s shows like the Hall of Presidents that remind us of our past in a fun, educational way.

Does your family visit the Hall of Presidents?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!


Enchanted Tiki Room

91 Days: Enchanted Tiki Room

Enchanted Tiki Room

The Enchanted Tiki Room is our choice for Day 91!

Hello everyone!  We are looking at exactly 13 weeks until our trip to Walt Disney World!  That makes today day 91 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  For today, we are going to take a look at a show that started in 1971 at the Magic Kingdom, was changed, and is now back to nearly what it was way back then.  I’m talking, of course, about the Enchanted Tiki Room!

The Enchanted Tiki Room is one of those shows that I’ll see every now and again, but it’s not something that I go out of my way to see.  It originally opened up as Tropical Serenade, but in the mid-90s was closed and reimaginered as the Enchanted Tiki Room – Under New Management.  I thought it was a great little 5 minute show, and enjoyed it very much, but there was a fire in the attic of the facility, and they had to re-do the show as a result.  When it came back, it was very much like the original show — and in my opinion, it’s a little too long for my liking.  I liked the short time frame of the Under New Management show, it was a quick break off your feet, and not disruptive towards making some of your attractions you wanted to ride.  Now, though, it feels too long, and gets kind of stagnant at times.  I don’t know, it just doesn’t seem as good.

Enchanted Tiki Room

Part of the show of the Enchanted Tiki Room!

However, what is still good about the show is that the show is comprised of over 225 choreographed characters, everything from birds to Tiki statues and other performers.  Also, the Enchanted Tiki Room is the very first audio-animatronic show every created at Disney.  And funny, the show is only 10 minutes long, so it’s only 4 or 5 minutes longer than the Under New Management version, so maybe I’m being weird for no reason!

Tell me, though, what you think of the Enchanted Tiki Room.  Like it or leave it? Too short, too long, or just right?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

97 Days: It’s a Small World

Small World

Today we look at “it’s a small world” in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!

Hello everyone, and welcome to day 97 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown series!  Today we are taking a look at one of my favorite attractions at the Magic Kingdom — “it’s a small world”.  This fun ride combines all the elements that make up a classic Disney attraction:

  • Fun characters
  • Music
  • Timeless Message

“it’s a small world” has it all — starting with the incredibly fun characters.  This attraction, which was first put on display at the 1964-65 New York Worlds Fair, contains over 300 audio-animatronic children, all in different outfits depicting their region of the world, dancing and spinning and frolicking to the music.  The entire ride is a wonderful celebration of the unity that we all have, despite the differences in our appearance, language, and mannerisms.

When it comes to attraction songs, nothing is a polarizing as the music from the attraction.  Written by the Sherman Brothers specifically at Walt Disney’s request, the song is definitely one that will stand out in your mind, both while you are on the ride, and sometimes for hours after!  Here is one fan tribute to the song, set with photos of some classic Disney movies.  Enjoy!

So, as I was saying, the music of “it’s a small world” is something that you either love or don’t — it almost never seems to have any other reaction than that.  Where do you stand on that spectrum?  Love it or leave it?

I was mentioning, the message of it’s a small world is one of it’s strongest points.  In today’s increasingly violent and troubled world, I think that it’s absolutely imperative that we recognize that we as a people are not that different from one another.  Perhaps, in doing so, we will realize that having a differing point of view doesn’t mean that we need to get angry at the other side for that point of view; perhaps, it will cause us to be the international community that we truly should be.  Who knows?  I sure don’t — but what I do know is this: I love riding on it’s a small world, and I can’t wait until the time when I ride it again.

Must Read: It’s a Small World: What Makes it Special

Small World

Part of the ride!

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time, go out and make it a great Disney Day!

Hall of Presidents

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – The Hall of Presidents

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The Hall of Presidents resides in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom.

The Hall of Presidents, located in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom, is one of the best educational exhibits you can find at Walt Disney World.  Thank you for joining me today!  I’m joined by my incredible co-hosts Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, and Heidi from Heidi’s Head for our weekly Disney Trivia series, Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia!

When the idea of the Hall of Presidents came about, Walt originally wanted to call it “One Nation Under God” for Disneyland.  While the idea wasn’t able to come to fruition entirely, “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” was created — first at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and then opened in Disneyland on July 18, 1965.

After Walt’s death on December 15, 1966, the Imagineers were able to come up with the idea of Liberty Square — the thought process being that since Walt Disney World was so much closer to New Orleans then Disneyland, that there would be no need to have a New Orleans Square at the Magic Kingdom.  Additionally, it was decided that this canvas would be the perfect place to resurrect Walt’s idea of “One Nation Under God” — but under the slightly different name of the Hall of Presidents.

To me, what really makes the Hall of Presidents is the Audio-Animatronic likenesses of each of the Presidents of the United States.  This is incredibly cool to me because the Presidents are so realistic — some of them speak, they all move in some form or fashion, and even when the camera isn’t panned on them, you can still see movements, almost as if the characters are talking to one another!

The film that plays prior to the appearance of the Presidents is great, also, and full of a rich history of what makes our country great — but for this writer, it’s the Presidents themselves that really set this attraction apart.

Thank you for stopping by today!  Now, please check out the other great entries in our Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia hop!

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The Lands of Disneyland: Adventureland!

Tarzan's Treehouse is one of the attractions you can find in Adventureland

Tarzan’s Treehouse is one of the attractions you can find in Adventureland

Today we are taking a look at Adventureland in our continuation of our Lands of Disneyland series!  This land, much like similar lands of the same name at other Disney parks, is themed around the spirit of adventure that can be found in the land.  Originally, Adventureland was going to be based off of some of the nature documentaries that Walt Disney produced, including real animals!  However, after Walt was told that real animals would likely hide or sleep all day, the decision was made to make animals that would take the place of the real animals.  Later on, Audio-Animatronic animals were put in place to add a more realistic feel.

In Adventureland you can find the following attractions for you to enjoy:

In addition to the attractions, you can also find shops and snack bars — including the Tiki Juice Bar, which is located right outside the Enchanted Tiki Room and can be a great way to get a Dole Whip before the next show!

As a family, we didn’t really spend a whole lot of time in Adventureland.  One thing that is a little disconcerting about Disneyland is how quite often, pictures you take in one land are of attractions or scenes in a completely different land, such as the two photos below.  However, that is really part of the charm of Disneyland, I suppose, and will never be changed, so it isn’t that big a deal really.

This picture shows Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, located in Frontierland

This picture shows Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, located in Frontierland

This picture was taken from Tarzan's Treehouse of the shops

This picture was taken from Tarzan’s Treehouse of the shops of Frontierland and Adventureland

I hope you have enjoyed your visit to Adventureland, one of the lands of Disneyland Park.  Stay tuned as we take a look next at one of the smallest — but most popular — lands when we explore New Orleans Square on Friday!  Until then, let me know please, what do you think of Adventureland?  Just let me know in the comments, and thanks!