Festival of the Lion King

11 Days: Festival of the Lion King

Festival of the Lion King

The Festival of the Lion King is back, and it’s our choice for #Day11 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!

It’s back!  After a closure of many months to move it from it’s old location to a new location because of Avatarland, the Festival of the Lion King is back!  It was re-opened on June 1st, according to the Disney Parks Blog, and I for one can not wait to see it again!  When it comes to shows at Walt Disney World, in my opinion there are three big ones — Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo – The Musical, and Beauty and the Beast, Live on Stage.  They are all so good, I really have a hard time deciding which one I like best!

Festival of the Lion King can now be seen in the brand new Harambe Theater, which is located in the Africa section of the park.  While I don’t know yet what, if anything, will be different about the show, I do have fond memories of the old show, so I hope that things are just as good with the new show!  Here are some pictures I had taken previously:

Festival of the Lion King

My wife loves Giraffes, and I think this set piece is great in the Festival of the Lion King!

Festival of the Lion King

The acrobatics at the Festival of the Lion King show were great! Who doesn’t love the Tumble Monkeys?!

Festival of the Lion King

I wonder how much like the original show the new Festival of the Lion King will look like!

Now I’ve got a couple of questions for you.  For starters, do you like the Festival of the Lion King show, or do you skip it?  Second, do you think the show will be much different, or about the same as before?  And third, when do you think you’ll be able to see it next?  Thanks for stopping by, and please leave your comments for me in our comments section!

Tough to be a Bug

12 Days: Tough to be a Bug

Tough to be a Bug

Within the Tree of Life is the Tough to be a Bug show.

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day12 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  Today we are taking a look at the show Tough to be a Bug — a show that I will readily admit I do not like, nor does my wife or daughter!

I know a lot of people that like this show, but for us, we didn’t like the stink bug, nor getting stung by the wasp, and when our daughter saw it, she was much younger and didn’t like the dark ride aspect of the show.  So, for us, it’s one show that we just don’t have any need to see.  That’s okay, though, because it leaves those of you that like the show able to see it with much less wait!

Tough to be a Bug

Tough to be a Bug is not a favorite of mine!

The best thing that Tough to be a Bug has going for it, though, is it’s location.  Located in the center of the Tree of Life, the incredible tree is a great structure, well worth looking at and exploring all of it’s incredible details even if you don’t want to take part in the show.

But you tell me, what do you think of this show?  Is it worth it to see it for you, or do you skip on past it and go see something else?  Let me know in the comments, please, and thanks for stopping by!

under-appreciated attractions

24 Days: Primeval Whirl

Primeval Whirl

Primeval Whirl is our choice for #Day24 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown! Get ready to spin back in time!

Hello everyone, and welcome to My Dreams of Disney!  Today we are taking a look at Primeval Whirl in our #DisneyWorldCountdown series!  This is a deceptively cool ride!  It’s a thrill ride, but it’s not just a tame roller coaster.  When you ride Primeval Whirl, get ready, because you are going to spin almost as much as you do on Kali River Rapids!

Primeval Whirl

Here is the Time Machine, your mode of transportation on Primeval Whirl!

Your mode of transportation starts with this baby — the Time Machine!  As you can see, she seats four comfortably — or perhaps uncomfortably depending on how much spinning you do!  This round vehicle will transport you back in time, to the time when dinosaurs ruled the earth, just prior to their extinction!

Primeval Whirl

Get Ready. Get Set! Your Time Machine is taking you back to a time you won’t soon forget!

This ride is a lot of fun for me.  If you’ve ever been to Disneyland and California Adventure Park, there is a ride there called Goofy’s Sky School, and that attraction is built on the same spinning vehicle design as Primeval Whirl.  The ride feels like you are going to go flying right off the end of the track, but at the last moment, you turn, often in 90 degree turns, and that’s when the spinning begins!  Couple that with up and down small drops, and speed increases, and you know what?  You are in for the ride of your life!

I really like this attraction, and hope you do to, but tell me, is this your cup of tea, or do you go get a Jumbo Turkey Leg while others are riding?  Let me know in the comments, and in the meantime, here’s a bonus photo of Sophie eating that turkey leg!

Primeval Whirl

“Oh My! Look at Sophie devouring her first Jumbo Turkey Leg!”

Jungle Parade

Jammin’ with Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade!

Jungle Parade

Mickey invites you to jam with Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade! Image ©Disney Parks

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day64 of our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  Today we are taking a look at Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade, which has been a staple at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park since 2001, but, sadly, will be ending sometime during the summer months this year.  Originally it was thought it would end in June, as reported in the Orlando Sentinel, but if you look at the parade times online at the Jungle Parade website, I was able to see times for as late as August 31st…

Whichever day it ends, if you are going to be around the Animal Kingdom park during the upcoming months, you might want to take one last look at the parade.  It’s had a great run of it, but like most things Disney, this parade wasn’t ever meant to be a permanent fixture at the park.

This parade isn’t something that I see very often — in my mind, Animal Kingdom has always been sort of a half-day park, but I remember one year, very early in our journeys to Disney World, we were at Animal Kingdom, and were about to head out for the day, when all of a sudden we heard the parade coming, and somehow, we were in a prime spot (at least, I think it was) for us to witness the parade, right up at the front where the rope is laid out.  So we watched it, and had a fun time of it.

Now tell me, if you will, what do you think of the parade?  Do you watch it with your young ones, or do you skip it by?  Are you sorry to see it going, or is it long past time for it to leave?  Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by today!  I’ll close with a great picture of the parade, courtesy our friends at Disney Parks.

Jungle Parade

If you haven’t seen it, come check out Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade — it’s going to end this summer! Image ©Disney Parks

99 Days: Kali River Rapids

Rafting on the Kali River

Rafting on the Chakranadi River

Hello everyone, and welcome to our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  Today is day 99, and for this day, we are taking a ride on the Chakranadi River!  When you are at the Animal Kingdom, there is absolutely nothing as refreshing on a hot summer day as a trip down the rapids.  This attraction is a great one because, like many of the Walt Disney World attractions, the theming behind the ride is what really makes the ride.  In this case, deforestation along the river has led to an increase in the speed of the river because there is more runoff — and during your journey, you’ll see evidence of the deforestation firsthand.  Since the river has sped up, you’re in for a much wilder ride!

At the end of your journey, if all goes according to plan, you’ll be refreshed and soaking wet from your journey.  If you aren’t, watch out!  There are elephant spray stations located near the finish and a person watching just may get you with the spray from the elephant to finish the job!

Drenched after a ride on Kali River Rapids!

Drenched after a ride on Kali River Rapids!

What does your family think of Kali River Rapids?  Is it a must do attraction at Animal Kingdom to you and your family?  Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by!