Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor

Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor

Hello everyone!  Next up in our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide series is the fun little stand up comedian show, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor!  I think this is one of my favorite shows in all of Disney, because it changes with every audience!  Here are the details about this attraction, located over in Tomorrowland:

Attraction Name: Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
Attraction Type: Show
Height Requirements: None
Location: Tomorrowland
Hours of Operation: All Day
FastPass+: Available

Monsters Inc. offers some unique entertainment options for you, and it all starts before the show even begins!  Did you know that you can text in a joke before the show starts, and it might be told during the show?  Here’s how you do that:

  • While waiting in line, look at the TV monitors — occasionally Mike Wazowski will give instructions on what to do.
    • The joke is texted to 42319
    • You need to start your text with a special keyword that they will change, so look for the keyword on the monitor.
    • Include your first name and hometown so they can thank you if they use your joke.
    • If chosen, you’ll joke will be performed during the show!  You’ll be famous, at least, you will be in the human world. :)

Additionally, some of the seats in the auditorium have special cameras — if you sit at the right one, you’ll be featured during the show at appropriate moments!  It’s a lot of fun!  One time, my brother-in-law Otis was the guy that was buying the whole audience Churros!

We really enjoy this attraction, and I think you will too!

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Buzz Lightyear

Buzz Lightyear

 

It’s Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!  In our next Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide post, we’re looking at the shoot-em-up adventure located over on Tomorrowland’s main strip.  Here are the parameters for this attraction:

Attraction Name: Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Attraction Type: Slow Rides, Spinning
Height Requirements: None
Location: Tomorrowland
Hours of Operation: All Day
FastPass+: Available

From my experience, usually this attraction does not need a FastPass selection as the line isn’t usually that long, but FastPass is offered, so if you have one to burn, take advantage of it.  The queue for this is fun, but not interactive, unless you count Buzz as interactive, as he does talk and move around.  You are signing up to be a cadet to help Buzz fight the evil Emperor Zurg, and to do so, you will be in your specially designed spacecraft that spins so you can shoot all around you.  For each target you hit, you’ll get points, and the higher your score, the better!

What is your high score on the game, or the high score of your kids?  At the end, your score will help you determine what rank you achieve — my all time high score is 999,999, which, coincidentally, is the highest that the game will count to.  Now, I’m not ace at flying and shooting to achieve that score — the ride stopped moving, but I was still able to shoot, and the points kept going up and up and up!  So, definitely put an * next to that score for the record books, but it was fun anyway!

Magical Blogorail – Magic Kingdom Attractions for Rainy Days!

Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Blue. Enjoy the ride as we share Tips for Rainy Disney Days.

When it rains, here are five attractions at the Magic Kingdom to enjoy!

When it rains, here are five attractions at the Magic Kingdom to enjoy!

Hello everyone, and thank you for joining us today!  In this edition of the Magical Blogorail, we are taking a look at some tips for enjoying Disney even when it is raining.  Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean that the fun has to end!  In fact, it is often during periods of rain that the parks clear out, leaving a lot of great attractions just waiting to be enjoyed with much smaller lines!  But for this post, I’m taking a look at five Magic Kingdom attractions that are good for enjoying during a shower because they are long enough that you often can enjoy the ride/show/attraction, and when it is over, the rain has passed!

Country Bear Jamboree

Country Bear Jamboree is a great show, rain or shine!

Country Bear Jamboree is a great show, rain or shine!

This show is a favorite of mine — and is a Walt Disney World/Magic Kingdom original from October 1, 1971!  It’s kind of homey, kind of country, but it’s a lot of fun for this writer!  The show is 15 minutes, 55 seconds long, and has a generous lobby to wait in, so if it’s raining, it’s a great place to avoid the storm!

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

The Carousel of Progress is located in Tomorrowland, and is a great show to enjoy at any time!

The Carousel of Progress is located in Tomorrowland, and is a great show to enjoy at any time!

Another great attraction during the rain is the Carousel of Progress.  This show is an all time favorite of mine, but what makes this attraction great for rainy days is that the overhang is great for staying out of the rain, and the show is long enough to see you through a lot of Florida showers!

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean has many unique features to beat the rain!

Pirates of the Caribbean has many unique features to beat the rain!

When it comes to queue lines at the Magic Kingdom, you’ll be hard pressed to find an attraction with as great of a queue as Pirates of the Caribbean, especially for rainy days.  If it’s raining, and you want to get out of the rain, head into Pirates and you’ll be able to meander through hundreds of feet of covered areas to reach the attraction, and then, the attraction itself is long enough that you might just forget that it’s raining!  Lastly, if you have gotten wet in the rain, if you happen to get splashed on the ride, it won’t be nearly as annoying!  Sounds like a win-win-win to me!

Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Mickey's PhilharMagic is a great show to see when it rains!

Mickey’s PhilharMagic is a great show to see when it rains!

If you want a great show, incredible scenes from some of your favorite Disney movies, and great music that lasts for a while, then have a look at Mickey’s PhilharMagic.  This show is great to beat the rain with, and when the show is over, if it’s still raining, go wander through the gift shop for a while and get some souvenirs taken care of!

it’s a small world

it's a small world is a slow enough ride that you can use it to beat the rain!

it’s a small world is a slow enough ride that you can use it to beat the rain!

I know what you’re going to say — don’t ride it’s a small world because of the song!  You don’t want that stuck in your head all day, rain or no rain!  Of course, I love the song, so I don’t mind getting it stuck in my head, but it’s a great way to escape the rain, with it’s long covered queue line and long, slow moving boat ride!

You know, sometimes the rain doesn’t go away very quickly, and you have to endure the ponchos and umbrellas and all of that mess.  However, when the rain does stay for a while, it can often lead to a lot of people deciding to leave the park for the day.  When that happens, like it did for us back in 2010, it leads to photos like this one, during a very low capacity extra magic hours.  Mickey and Minnie were riding Dumbo after midnight that night!

Sometimes the rain doesn't go away very quickly...

Sometimes the rain doesn’t go away very quickly…

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Frontierland Station.

Here is the map of our Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop – My Dreams of Disney – Magic Kingdom Rainy Day Attractions
2nd Stop – Frontierland Station – Don’t Let The Weather Rain On Your Disney Parade
3rd Stop – Ashley Aspires – Rainy Day Resort Hopping
4th Stop – Saving Up for Disney – 10 Tips for Surviving a Disneyland Rainy Day
Final Stop – Magical Mickey Tips- Top Tips for Rainy Day Options at Walt Disney World

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#DisneyTrivia – Ollie’s Pencil Sharpener

Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston

Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s #DisneyTrivia post!  I’m joined by my friends Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and Heidi from Heidi’s Head, and this week I’m taking a trip in the wayback machine as we take a look at two of Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men.  I say that I’m talking about two of them, and their names, by the way, are Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, but truly, in reality I’m taking a look at Ollie Johnston.

The reason I’m sharing a picture of both of them is because they were such good friends that they actually both retired on the same day!  Not only that, there is a movie about the two of them, and let’s face it, Frank and Ollie rolls off the tongue as easily as the phrase Peanut Butter and Jelly!

Today, though, I’m not writing so much about Frank and Ollie as much as I’m writing about Ollie’s Pencil Sharpener — or rather, the effect that it had on the next animator to occupy that desk.

His name was Brad Bird, and he had the distinct honor — and, some would say, challenge, terror, etc. — of sitting at Ollie’s desk on the Monday following Frank and Ollie’s retirement the previous Friday.  As he was sitting there, getting used to the feel, exploring a bit around that work surface, he came across something — something that I am going to let him describe in his own words:

“When Frank and Ollie retired from production on the same Friday I was the next animator on Ollie’s desk the following Monday; the very desk he had used for decades to create so many indelible animated moments. I was properly awed as I sat down in Ollie’s chair, at his desk. As I was checking it out and getting the feel of it I noticed the pencil sharpener was full of shavings. Instead of throwing them out I poured them into a glass jar, labeled it and set it atop the desk. Good luck shavings … a simple reminder of the hard work required to create magic. My own jar of real Disney dust. The last jar.” -Brad Bird

When I read that quote from one of my favorite Disney sites, This Day in Disney History, I absolutely knew that I had my trivia for this week!  Thank you for stopping by today, and please, make sure you check out Jodi’s post and Heidi’s post, and all the rest of the posts that we have for you this week!  Just click on their images below, and thanks!

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