4 Parks 1 Day

Magical Blogorail Blue: 4 Parks 1 Day Challenge!

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Blue Loop. Today we are strategies to tackle all four Walt Disney World parks in one day!


4 Parks 1 Day

Magic Kingdom. Epcot. Hollywood Studios. Animal Kingdom.  The four main parks at Walt Disney World.  The subject of the Magical Blogorail Blue post this month — 4 parks 1 day challenge!

In this post, I’m going to share with you my thoughts on this, and what I will be doing when I have the opportunity to take on this challenge.  Of course, I do have some preconceived notions of how my day will go, and I’m including a little artistic license here, but I think my plan is a workable one.  You tell me, though, at the end, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Magic Kingdom

4 parks 1 day

For our 4 parks 1 day challenge, we are starting our day at the Magic Kingdom.  Arriving early, we are tackling three of our favorite rides right off the bat: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, and Space Mountain.  The thought I have is that we’ll ride Splash Mountain second, then take the WDW Railroad over to Fantasyland and walk to Space Mountain from there.  After that, I plan on taking on the Carousel of Progress and the PeopleMover, and then we’ll head for the Monorail.

Epcot

4 parks 1 day

The next logical step for us in our journey is to take the Monorail from the Magic Kingdom and the Transportation and Ticketing Center over to Epcot.  When we arrive, the first attraction we’re going to ride is, of course, Spaceship Earth.  That ride, to this day, continues to be one of my all time favorites.  After that, I’m heading over to Mexico to ride the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros!  After that, crowd depending, we may stop in Norway and ride the new Frozen ride.  From there, we’re going to head out the International Gateway in World Showcase and catch the water taxi to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

 

4 parks 1 day

It’s at Hollywood Studios that we are ready to grab a bite to eat for lunch.  I think that the park lends itself to that, so on our way to the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, we grab a bite at Fairfax Fare.  This is a great little market just a short distance from the attraction.  After Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, I head up to Toy Story to take on that fun attraction, and then swing by and enjoy perhaps my favorite attraction at Hollywood Studios: Star Tours.  From there, we’re heading to our next stop on our journey.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

4 parks 1 day

From Hollywood Studios, I’m going to next head over to Animal Kingdom, our 4th park in the day. By this time, it’s getting late in the day, so I decide to get some dinner.  For me, a great quick service restaurant at Animal Kingdom is Flame Tree Barbecue.  Grabbing a bite there, for me, my attractions of choice on this day are Expedition Everest, followed by Kali River Rapids, and a nighttime showing of the new Jungle Book show.  You’ll notice that I’m slowing down a bit, but luck for me, I get my second wind because it’s time to head to our last destination!

Extra Magic Hours

Our last destination is none other than back to the Magic Kingdom!  I planned this day out to coincide for when the Magic Kingdom had evening Extra Magic Hours, because there are a couple of things I want to relive in my mind — past memories from trips gone by that still bring me joy to this day.  So, after arriving back at the Magic Kingdom, I head to the steps of Cinderella Castle, and remember this scene that I was witness to…

4 parks 1 day

The other memorable memory that I want to relive happened in 2010 during Extra Magic Hours.  Cindy and I were witness to this memory…

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My friends, thank you for joining us today!  I hope that you have enjoyed your stay, please let me know how you would tackle the 4 parks 1 day challenge!

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Blogorail Green – Best Disney Drinks (and where to find them!)

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are sharing some of the best drinks you can find at the Disney Parks & where you can find them.


Best Disney Drinks

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Best Disney Drinks (and where to find them!)

Written by Mike Ellis.

Welcome to Germany!  Home of great food, great drink, and great entertainment!  Today, my friends, I am traveling a bit out of my comfort zone to talk about the best Disney drink that I have to have when we eat dinner at Biergarten.  That drink (or, if you will, series of drinks) is the German Beer Float.  I say that I’m heading out of my comfort zone because, truly, I am rarely an alcohol drinker — and as such, the German Beer Flight is the perfect amount of alcohol for me!

The German Beer Flight has changed since the last time I ate at Biergarten.  The last time we ate there was 2013, and if I remember correctly, this was what the Beer Flight consisted of:

  • Radeberger Pilsner
  • Altenmünster Oktoberfest
  • Schöfferhofer Weizen
  • Hovels

Each of those four beers consists of a 5 ounce tasting, so in all, you receive 20 ounces of beer.  However, since then, the Beer Flight has changed, and now consists of these four beers:

  • Altenmünster Oktoberfest – One of the most beautiful regions in Germany is the Allgäu, home of Altenmünster Brewer Beers. Altenmünster is made from rediscovered recipes for connoisseurs, who highly value the use of long-forgotten ingredients creating a full-flavored and timeless beer
  • Wursteiner Dunkel – Classic German-style dark pilsner that has a deep chestnut brown hue with a smooth, toasty malt flavor and mocha aromas
  • Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen – A top-fermented full-bodied beer with a distictive slightly sweet, floral aroma. Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen is one of Germany’s most well-known wheat beers
  • Schöfferhofer Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen – A unique combination of sparkling smooth hefeweizen with grapefruit juice. Refreshing well-rounded taste with tangy
    character and hints of sweetness that is pleasing to the palate.  The world’s first unfiltered grapefruit hefeweizen-mix

Still 5 ounce tastings, so that is the same, the price for the current evolution of the Beer Flight is $13.  Before, I was a big fan of the Oktoberfest — and since that hasn’t changed, I imagine I will still be a fan of that.  Of the four of those, I think the Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen would be the one that I would dislike the most — or perhaps the Dunkel.  I’m not one for a dark style beer so that one may be the one I dislike.

If you have a fancy for one of these, you can also order them individually in 1/2 liter servings — the two Hefeweizen varieties are $9.50 each, the Oktoberfest is $8.75, and the Dunkel is $8.25.

For me, though, the real reason I think fondly of the German Beer Flight is because of the memories I have of the last time we ate at Biergarten.  That was 2013, it was the first trip to Walt Disney World we had been on since I became a part time travel agent with Pixie Vacations, and the agency was having an agent get together to hang out together and get to know one another.  That meal was great because Cindy, Sophie and I joined our dear friends Brenda and Butch for dinner at Biergarten, and in the course of that meal, Sophie and I shared a moment that I likely will be reliving in a different venue in the next 10 years or so.  I’ll let the picture speak for itself, though:

Best Disney Drinks

Sophie and I on the dance floor.

So, my friends, this concludes my look at the German Beer Flight, and why this is my choice for the Best Disney Drink.  I hope that you have enjoyed my look at the drink, as well as my look at why this one simple drink really does it for me.  Until next time, please go out, have a great day, and remember to make it a Disney day no matter where you are!  Thanks for stopping by, go check out the rest of the posts below!

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Magical Blogorail: Secret Disney Obsessions – Transportation

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are sharing some of our secret Disney obsessions.


So what is it with men and transportation? If it has wheels and moves, we’re all over it! I never miss a chance to ride the Tomorrowland Speedway/Autopia cars, even though I can’t breathe while doing so.

Me and Autopia

DL Hotel: I’ll even drive indoors!

I use snuggling with my wife as an excuse to ride the PeopleMover, although technically it doesn’t have wheels, but it does move! For more on my obsession with this form of Disney transportation, and many other Disney ride vehicles, just click the link.

I also love the vintage vehicles on Main Street.

Disneyland Vehicles

DL: Up or down?

I even prefer to drive to Walt Disney World instead of flying! Let’s face it, I’m hooked on Disney transportation!

But I think I come by this obsession honestly as I share it, not only with every other man on the planet, but also with Walt Disney himself. After all, who do you think put all of those wheeled wonders in the parks?

Disneyland Tram

DL: I even love riding the trams!

But my top two transportation-related Disney obsessions are the trains and monorails, both at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Train at Frontierland Station

WDW: Frontierland Station, as seen from Splash Mountain queue

Casey Jr.

DL: Casey Jr. chugging around the track

There’s nothing like the sound of a real steam locomotive! And when it travels along a scenic route such as in a Disney park, one can’t help but love the trip.

In contrast, there is also nothing quite like gliding silently along the cement beam of the monorial!

WDW Monorial Purple

WDW: Monorail Purple in Epcot

Disneyland Monorail Red

DL: Monorail Red traveling over Finding Nemo subs

Maybe it’s the extreme difference in technologies between the steam engine and the monorail that makes riding these forms of transportation so special for me. Leave it to Walt Disney to include the nostalgic right alongside the modern!

Before I conclude this post, I should confess one final transportation-related obsession:

Disney bus

WDW: I even like riding the buses!

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Tomorrowland Speedway

More Tomorrowland Speedway Facts and Figures!

Tomorrowland Speedway

The cars come racing around the track at the Tomorrowland Speedway!

As we continue our look at the Tomorrowland Speedway from this morning, here are some facts and figures for you to chew on:

  • The cars travel at the speed of 7.5 MPH, and the engines are 9 HP Briggs & Stratton engines.
  • The track length is 4/10ths of a mile, and will take about 5 minutes to navigate.
  • There are rails in the track to keep the cars positioned on the track, but you may get stuck behind a slow moving vehicle or bumped from behind as a result.
  • This is an Original Magic Kingdom attraction.
  • There are 146 Autopia Mark VII race cars that can go on the track.
  • The line is quite long at times, so it is advisable to bring water since it isn’t covered very much.
  • Lastly, for good views of the track, there is an area over the track at the start and finish you can use to take pictures from, or you can find great views on the TTA or on the walking paths near the attraction.

As always, thanks to my friends Heidi from Heidi’s Head and Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse for joining in on the trivia!  Make sure you check out their links and any other posts that are added on as well, and thanks for stopping by!

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Tomorrowland Speedway

34 Days: Tomorrowland Speedway

Tomorrowland Speedway

The cars come racing around the track at the Tomorrowland Speedway! Image courtesy my friend Neal.

The Tomorrowland Speedway is a Magic Kingdom original attraction, although back then, it was known as the Grand Prix Raceway.  This has always been a child favorite because it gives youngsters the idea of what it is like to pretend that they are driving a real car — and as everyone knows, Walt Disney World is all about imagination!  Personally, I don’t think that the Speedway is all that good anymore.  The smell of the gasoline engines, in particular, is something I don’t like, and it is just too slow…but then again, I’m not a kid anymore, and to a kid, being able to drive a car and pretend you are in a race, well, that’s all there is to it.

Tomorrowland Speedway

A view from above the track at the Tomorrowland Speedway!

You can get good vantage points of the track from several spots on the TTA; here you see the starting/loading and unloading area of the track.

Tomorrowland Speedway

Look Mom, no hands — only possible at the Tomorrowland Speedway!

Evidently, even 20 year old girls are kids at heart, and like to show off for the camera, as my niece Stephanie did back in 2010…don’t try this at home, kids!

So what do you think of the Tomorrowland Speedway, folks?  Like it, skip it, or never tried it?  Let me know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by today!  Stay tuned later today for more Tomorrowland Speedway facts and figures as part of our #DisneyTrivia segment!