Hi, I’m Georgia and Mike has been kind enough to let me write a blog post for his blog!
Since I have been to Disneyland Paris 3 times now, I have a good idea on what my favourite rides are. My top 3 rides are a combination of rides from both parks at Disneyland Paris.
Firstly, I’d have to say that my favourite ride is Hyperspace Mountain. This is a Star Wars themed ride which I think actually makes the ride even better. The music really adds a thrilling, exciting effect and gets my adrenaline going even more! I also think the laser lights in this ride are really cool, especially since the ride is in the dark; the lasers are a great element to the ride. I’m someone who loves a fast ride that goes upside down and so this ride ticks all my boxes! I’ve been on it many times that I’m already prepared for the photo opportunity.
Secondly, for the sake of it being a different ride, I’ll say the Tower of Terror is next. I knew this ride was a drop ride however I didn’t really just how intense the ride was. This was the only ride at DLP where I felt nervous to go on it! As soon as the drop happened I grabbed onto my boyfriends leg and thought to myself ‘okay I didn’t expect that’. But because it isn’t just a rollercoaster and it’s something different, it makes me like it even more! I also think the build up to the ride is really effective. It really creates the hotel effect and builds up the tension of ‘right when is this drop going to happen’; I’m always on edge! It may not be a ride for everyone, but it’s definitely one I’ll always do!
Lastly, my third favourite ride has to be Rock n Roller. Again, like Hyperspace Mountain, this ride is a thrill ride, which I love! I absolutely love the beginning of this ride how it counts you down and then you speed off, it’s so exciting!!! I also love the music and sound effects that this ride offers; it makes it so much more fun. It’s a very fast ride and I do find that my head gets knocked about quite a lot and normally I leave the ride with a headache but it’s a headache that’s worth it. Because of this, I suggest doing this ride near the end of the day just so if your head does hurt, then you haven’t got loads of other rides to face!
I find it hard to pick my top 3 rides at DLP because I really do love so many of them and it’s tough to call! I hope that soon I can go back to DLP and experience this rides again.
The pure, unbridled joy of eating your own Jumbo Emu (I mean, Turkey) Leg!
Hello everyone, and welcome! Today I’m joining the Magical Blogorail as we talk about our top 10 Disney Snacks! Who’s hungry now, besides me? I’ve got an eclectic list here, I hope there is something for everyone! Let me know your favorite Disney Snacks in the comments, and thanks!
A bottle of Diet Coke, a box of freshly popped popcorn, and a Disney parade — three of the best things, joined together, and when combined, create an incredible night of memories for this writer! It’s a simple choice perhaps, but one I can’t wait to experience again!
This beauty used the be the exclusive snack for me of the old Main Street Bakery, but can now be found at Gaston’s Tavern. Still as good as always, this yummy treat is more than just a Disney Snack — it’s a full-fledged breakfast meal because it’s so big.
#3 Jumbo Turkey Leg
As seen above, my daughter Sophie loves the Jumbo Turkey Leg as much as I do. It’s a huge snack, so much so that perhaps it doesn’t qualify as one, but it’s definitely something that we will split among the two of us.
While I think all of us agree that the churros at Disneyland are better than the ones at Walt Disney World, I would suggest that you go try them out over in Disney Springs. It’s been a while since I had one there, so hopefully they still have them, but it was a great churro!
These tasty New Orleans treats can be had at Port Orleans French Quarter. If you have gluten allergies, don’t worry, you can also get these in a gluten free variety like those seen above! You might want to wear white that day though because of the powdered sugar!
Although the cookie shown is not a chocolate chip cookie, at least not on outward appearances, it reminds me of the time that one of the Cast Members had a special chocolate chip cookie — easily about nine inches in diameter — that was for our daughter Sophie, and sent from Cinderella herself! It was one of those Disney Magic moments, and was part of the Year of a Million Dreams, but to our six or seven year old, it meant the world to her.
It’s moments like those — and of course, the wonderful treats, and incredible rides, and on and on and on — that make Walt Disney World the best place for us to visit. What are your favorite Disney snacks? Let me know in the comments below, please, and thanks for stopping by today!
For more Disney snack ideas, check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!
Hello everyone, and welcome to our weekly countdown post of things we want to experience while we are at Disney next month!
This week we’re focusing on attractions that we want to experience for one reason or another. There’s no real rhyme or reason for this list, just because, which I suppose is reason enough for me! I hope you enjoy the list!
Pirates of the Caribbean
Simply put, this is just one of those attractions that we really enjoy, even if the version at Disneyland is better… For a unique twist of the theme song from the movies, check out this YouTube video:
Test Track for us is one of the overlooked attractions at Epcot. We are such fans of Soarin’ that usually that’s what gets our top-tier FastPass selection, and as a result, we end up skipping on Test Track. This time, though, we are interested in experiencing it, so hopefully we’ll make that a reality!
Since it’s been a few years since we have been to Walt Disney World, we have not experienced Soarin’ over the World yet, but it’s definitely on our list to experience! Hopefully we’ll make it a reality on this trip!
So my daughter and her best friend have no interest in Frozen Ever After, but the adults do, so we’ll see if we can experience it. Part of me wants to see what it will be like in replacement of Maelstrom, so for any of you that have answers to that, feel free to comment below and let me know.
Star Tours is one of those attractions that Disney just did right when they updated it. They turned a tired attraction into one of my favorite attractions at Hollywood Studios, and I’m hoping to experience it once again next month.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is still, to this day, one of my favorite roller coasters. Everything from going around that curve, to watching for the saloon girls in the window dancing, to looking for Hidden Mickey’s, there’s just a ton I love about this attraction, and I can’t wait to see it and experience it again.
A thrilling roller coaster located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom park!
Closing us out this week is Expedition Everest over at Animal Kingdom. Still one of my favorites, I can almost guarantee that Cindy and I at least will be experiencing this attraction once again.
That concludes our look for this week of the attractions we want to experience next month at Disney. What’s on your list of attractions and experiences to enjoy at Disney?
Last week, we started our weekly countdown series to our trip to Walt Disney World on Thanksgiving. Since last week was nine weeks until Disney, this week is eight weeks! As a result, here are eight things that we want to experience when we get there!
Eight Weeks until Disney: Eight Things to Experience
Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays
This special event used to be known as the “Holidays Around the World” but Disney has transformed it into a festival similar to what we are used to seeing for the Flower & Garden Festival and the Food & Wine Festival. This added feature to Epcot is not a special ticket event, so you can experience the yuletide traditions of all of the World Showcase pavilions at your own pace. The festival runs from November 19 – December 30 this year, and it is something that I am extremely interested in experiencing!
The World of Avatar opened up over the summer at Animal Kingdom, and with it comes two big attractions — Avatar – Flight of Passage, and the Na’vi River Journey. When Avatar was announced for Animal Kingdom, so many people, myself included, thought it was a ridiculous notion to put the land there instead of Hollywood Studios. Well, it seems that the Disney Imagineers have outdone themselves again and created a world that will literally take you away. Cue the Calgon commercial, please. While I’m not certain I want to try Flight of Passage (I think I’ll like Na’vi River Journey better), I can’t wait to experience the drastic change in Animal Kingdom.
The Rivers of Light is another thing at Walt Disney World I want to experience. Based on the World of Color attraction over at Disney’s California Adventure, this show features water, lights, and music to paint a picture and draw a scene you will not soon forget. This is another experience I want to see in eight weeks!
Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse
The top of the Swiss Family Treehouse.
While the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse is not a prime ticket attraction, to me it’s still one of my favorites, but what I really think would be cool would be to see how the Christmas decorations could be seen — if they could be seen at all — would look from there, or if they would add anything to the attraction for the season.
It’s a Small World and Peter Pan’s Flight
I know I touched on different attractions before in last weeks post, but I really want to see if attractions like it’s a small world and Peter Pan’s Flight will be modified to include decorations in some of the scenes. For example, will we see stockings hung in Wendy’s room, or will we see a Christmas tree in one of the scenes of it’s a small world? Those are things I want to be on the lookout for.
During the Christmas season, IllumiNations has a special ending that includes special holiday greetings from each of the World Showcase pavilions and other details to add a festive take on the traditional fireworks show.
This special event is included with your theme park admission to Hollywood Studios, and from reading about it, this may be one of my favorite things to experience this year. Picture Sunset Boulevard snowing in a Norman Rockwell backdrop, and it just might become your favorite experience of the season.
Over at Disney Springs, you can have your picture taken with the man himself while he takes a break from toy building to get some much needed R&R. Since we will be at Disney Springs for some of our meals, this might be a good time to stop by and say hi!
This wraps up our eight weeks countdown of eight things to do. What is on your list to try out? Let us know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!
Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by today! Nearly four years ago, we ran a post about our favorite attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios — and today, with all of the changes that are under way at the park, we decided it was time for an update! So, without further ado, here is our updated favorite Hollywood Studios attractions! Keep in mind, I don’t have Fantasmic listed because I think of that as a show, not as an attraction. Personally, while I haven’t seen Fantasmic at Walt Disney World, I have seen it at Disneyland, and it is at the top of all sorts of lists in my book!
Updated Top 5 Disney’s Hollywood Studios Attractions!
#1: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Coming in at number one on our list — the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith attraction. This is one of my favorite roller coasters in all of Disney, and at Hollywood Studios, it is a must ride attraction for me every time! About the only thing I wish was different about it is the length — at just 1:22 of actual roller coaster time, that’s not very long at all! The pre-show length is 3:12.
#2: Star Tours – The Adventure Continues
Before this attraction was redone, it wasn’t even a blip on my radar. But with the way that they redid the attraction and re-opened it on May 20, 2011, this attraction shot up my wow factor, landing here at number two on the list. What really did this for me I think is the fact that in each ride, one person from the group riding is chosen as the Rebel Spy — and on my very first ride, I was selected!
When you factor in the possibility of getting one of up to 54 different settings for the attraction, (although, to me, I think I’ve only seen maybe three or four different versions) and that just makes for a great adventure!
#3: Toy Story Midway Mania
Coming in at number three on our list is Toy Story Midway Mania, that crazy, wacky, carnival games ride where you are immersed into the carnival games of Andy’s world!
For me, it’s really a toss-up (pun somewhat intended) between this attraction and Star Tours as to which is number two, and which is number three on the list. About the only reason I put Toy Story at number three is because the attraction — even with a FastPass — is often quite slow to load. So, for that reason, and probably that reason alone, I have it listed at number three on our list. What are your thoughts regarding this attraction? Let us know in the comments!
#4: The Great Movie Ride
At number four in our countdown is The Great Movie Ride. While this attraction doesn’t have the glitz and the glamour of the high thrill ride attractions, it is truly a really neat attraction, and features distinct looks at some of the great classic movies from the 20th Century.
One of the things I’ve been reading about lately, though, is the rumor that the attraction will be closing in 2018. Will this be happening, and what does that mean to you? Will you miss it, be glad to see it go, or something in between? Let us know in the comments, and thanks!
#5: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Rounding out our top five is the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. In our previous ranking, it wasn’t in my top five, but did make the honorable mention list. This time, it’s number five. Why is that? Well, I will tell you right out that I do NOT like the drop sequences of the attraction. It is among the things I least like at Walt Disney World — and ranks up there with such horrible attractions as “It’s Tough to be a Bug” over at Animal Kingdom.
But, what I do really enjoy, though, is the backstory. I also really enjoy the theming. And, I really, really do enjoy the anticipation. So, because of all of that, I have decided to include the attraction on my list, and here it is at number five.
What are your thoughts on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror? Do you like it or hate it? Let us know in the comments below!
Honorable Mention: Muppet*Vision 3D
Muppet*Vision 3D was originally on our list at number four, but I’ve dropped it down to our list of Honorable Mentions this go around. The primary reason for this is simply because it just isn’t as good for me as it used to be. In days gone by, the corniness of the humor, the dated fashion, all of that “charm” that made the attraction one of my favorites, that was awesome.
Now, though, I think that my brain has shifted a bit, and what I used to think of as neat and quaint and all that, well, now it just seems old and dated and run down. I’ll admit that this somewhat saddens me. Still, on any given day at Hollywood Studios, I think the attraction will be given a visit, even if it’s just to get some photos of the props and stuff at the attraction, and it’s less about the show. What are your thoughts on it? Let us know in the comments!
Honorable Mention: One Man’s Dream
As I mentioned in my previous version of this post, One Man’s Dream is more museum than attraction, but it still holds a place in my heart. The rumors are rampant that this attraction is getting ready to close. Word is that the Archivists for Disney are heading to Florida to pack up the exhibits and take them to San Francisco, to the Walt Disney Family Museum. I don’t know if this is true or not, but it wouldn’t surprise me. Sadly, attractions like this are just not as popular as they used to be, and if it does close, it’ll be one more thing that changes Hollywood Studios from being a Theme Park and just making it like any other run of the mill Amusement Park.
What are your thoughts on this? Let me know, and thanks!
So, how did we do in our updated list of our favorite attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Did we hit a home run, strike out, or somewhere in between? Let us know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by!