Fantasmic

7 Days: Fantasmic!

Fantasmic

Today is #Day7, and we are looking at Fantasmic in our #DisneyWorldCountdown! Image ©Disney Parks.

Fantasmic has been a fixture at Disney parks for over 22 years, and yet, it is a show that my family has never seen.  That will be corrected this year because we have a FastPass time for it, and I am excited to see if it is worth the hype or if it’s something that we’ve seen once and never need to see again.

Fantasmic tells the story of Mickey Mouse and his incredible imagination, and how it can cause wonderful imagery to be shown to us, but can also lead us to to adventures of a serious nature.  The show features fireworks, live actors, music, water effects, and more!

Having not seen the show before — not even on YouTube — I don’t have much information to impart to you about this.  I think, though, that it will fall somewhere between a “see it once and not again” to “must see each and every time” show.  What do you think, though?  Do you love it, or not love it?  I’m really interested in what you have to say, so please leave me a comment and let me know!  Thanks, and remember to go out and make today and every day a great Disney Day!

Rope Drop

25 Days: Rope Drop

Rope Drop

Today, we are taking a look at Rope Drop for #Day25 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!

When you talk with hard core, commando Disney Addicts, you often hear two words mentioned more and more often in message boards, on Facebook, or even over Twitter.  Rope Drop.  Rope Drop is the term used to signify being at one of the Disney Parks at park opening.  While they don’t actually have a rope in place (at least, not that I remember anyway) I think they used to, and that’s how the term came to be.  In order to get the most out of Rope Drop, you’ll want to arrive at the Magic Kingdom — or one of the other parks — about half and hour to an hour before opening so that you can be sure to experience it all.  There’s a lot of benefits to rope drop, including the following:

  1. You will probably be able to get some great photos with no crowds all around you
  2. If you are lucky, you may get to be a Disney First Family, like my friend Tanya and her family was!
  3. There is usually some special performance done for your enjoyment, something unique that you won’t hear otherwise.
  4. You will probably see some confetti and streamers shot down at Rope Drop.
  5. Perhaps best of all, being there at Rope Drop often means you will be able to get right on your favorite ride, first thing!

While my family often doesn’t do Rope Drop, we are definitely planning it for at least one day during our trip, and maybe more than one!  What about you and your family?  Do you get up early enough for Rope Drop, or do you skip it?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!

Ellen's Energy Adventure

46 Days: Ellen’s Energy Adventure

Ellen's Energy Adventure

Ellen’s Energy Adventure is our selection for #Day46 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown. Image ©Disney Parks.

Welcome to Day 46 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  On this day, we are taking a look at Ellen’s Energy Adventure, a pavilion and attraction that is part show, part ride, and features Ellen Degeneres and Bill Nigh the Science Guy!  This attraction kind of snuck up on me — I had never been on it before, and then in 2012 we decided to see what it was about.  It was so neat!  I loved the show, it was a lot of fun, and I also enjoyed how the merged the show and the ride together.  In some ways, it’s kind of like a morph of The Great Movie Ride with DINOSAUR and Spaceship Earth, all rolled together.  The best thing for me is how neat the Dinosaurs are — here’s a great photo for you to enjoy:

Ellen's Energy Adventure

The Dinosaur scenes are my favorites. Image ©Disney Parks.

I don’t know if you like Ellen’s Energy Adventure or not — do you like it?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!  It’s been my pleasure to bring these posts to you, I hope they are helping in your Disney Planning!

Mission Space

49 Days: Mission SPACE

Mission Space

Mission: SPACE, with the SpaceX Rocket launch climbing over the pavilion. Image ©Disney Parks

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day49 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown series!  We’ve seen some of everything so far, and today we are taking a look at Mission: Space – the pavilion in Future World that is also home to the attraction that simulates your launch into space!  The picture above is courtesy our friends at Disney Parks, and the red line you see is the actual trail of the SpaceX Rocket that launched to go to the International Space Station in 2012.  The photographer, Matt Stroshane, did an incredible job capturing the real life launch with the attraction, didn’t he?

I’ll be honest with you — I’ve never ridden Mission SPACE.  I think it comes down to me being a chicken, in the end.  I don’t like a ride that has a barf bag on board (sorry for the crassness of my statement) and I’ve also heard of people having medical difficulties during or after riding, so I thought to myself, it’s not worth it.  However, my good friend Neal took his daughter River on it, and they had a great time!  River was very into making sure that everyone did the job they were supposed to do so there wouldn’t be any problems getting to space, and Neal, even though he can’t ride roller coasters because of his back, did ride this and had no side affects whatsoever.  So, I guess since a six year old is tough enough to try it, I might try it too…

But enough about me — what about you?  Do you and your family like Mission SPACE, or do you skip it in your pursuit for something else?  Let me know in the comments, and thank you for stopping by today!