Welcome to another edition of Disney In Pictures, the weekly series that invites you to share your photos with the readers of My Dreams of Disney! Each week I announce a theme, and open it up to you to pick your favorite pictures to share with us! I have a lot of fun with this series, it’s my small way of saying thank you to each and every one of you for contributing to the success of the site! This week, the theme is “Frontierland” so let’s get started!
Get Ready. Get Set. Go! I am so excited! Last Monday night, I was looking at our DVC points we had for next year (we had borrowed some for our trip this year) and I found out that we could spend a week at the Grand Californian Resort & Spa for 166 points! I talked with Cindy about it, and decided that this would be the perfect time to take a trip out west to experience “The Park” as my good buddy Chad from Days in the Park calls it! I can’t wait! I have so much planning to do, and did I tell you that we have never been before? Fortunately for us, we have some great Disney friends in California, and I’m hoping that we’ll be able to meet up with them — and that they’ll be able to help me with vacation planning. For now, though, here are the questions that I have off the top of my head:
Our check-in date is June 20, and check-out date is June 27. When should I purchase our airfare? What airlines are the best price typically?
Does Disneyland have Magical Express, and is it worth it to use?
I’ve heard there are two airports near Disneyland. LAX and John Wayne. Which is better to fly into?
Who should I get my tickets through? My friends that are TA’s, or Undercover Tourist, or somewhere else?
What are the best places to eat at the parks?
How busy will it be during that time period?
Are there Touring Plans type apps for Disneyland also?
What else am I forgetting? I expect it is quite a bit!
At this point Sophie doesn’t know that we are going! So don’t tell her (she doesn’t read the blog that much, especially with all the schoolwork she has in middle school) so I expect that she won’t see this post anytime soon. :)
Have I told you how excited I am? Thanks for stopping by!
Breaking News: Extra Magic Hour for Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests
Did You know: That the Admiral Joe Fowler Riverboat was the first riverboat to navigate the Rivers of America at Walt Disney World? It’s first trip was on October 2, 1971 — just one day after the Magic Kingdom opened it’s doors for the first time! The boat was named after a retired U.S. Navy Admiral who was responsible for both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Construction!
The Admiral Joe Fowler Riverboat would navigate the waters until 1980, when an unfortunate accident during maintenance forced the boat to have to be retired from service.
The boat that I most often see around the Rivers of America is now the Liberty Belle, as seen in the photo above.
Thank you for stopping by this week as we explored more Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia! Do you have any great trivia to share with us? Why not write your own post about it and link it up here? It’s a great way to share your site with us! Have a great day! Click on the links below to see the rest of the entries this week!
Space Mountain — that majestic flight to outer space that you can enjoy each and every day when you visit the Magic Kingdom. That ride, where you are virtually in the dark the entire ride, as you and your spaceship navigate around and around in your journey through space! That ride, which until I rode it during our trip to Disney World in June, I had never been on the left hand track!
Now, before you villify me, I must explain that I rode Space Mountain twice during our last vacation — and before that, it had been several years since I had ridden it before, and to my memory, I think I had ridden it only twice before in all the times I had been to Walt Disney World. So I doubled my ride experiences during this trip!
The first time I rode Space Mountain was around 1:45 AM on Sunday evening (Monday morning.) The extra magic hours were about to expire at 2:00 AM, so we needed to get over there if we were going to make it. In line for this excursion were Stephanie, Shane, Kyle, Kerry, Cindy, and myself. When we went through the line — which was dead, by the way — we were directed to the right side as we approached the loading area, and we were in positions 1-6. Cindy was first, then Kerry, then me, then Kyle, Stephanie, and Shane (I think that was their order.)
This was Kerry’s first trip on Space Mountain, so she was understandably nervous! As for me, I was excited. As we started off, we got going for just a short while, and then we stopped for a moment. It was at this moment that Kyle, who knew that Kerry had never been on before, decided to give out a blood-curdling scream! As soon as he did that, we were off!
Kerry was screaming the whole way it seemed, but so was I, because that is what I do on roller coasters — I scream! It was incredible, we had so much fun, and even though Kerry was scared to death, she still had fun!
We had Fast Passes for something like 10:30 PM or so, and the Magic Kingdom closed at 11:00 PM that night, so after we experienced the Fireworks and left, we were able to head on over to Space Mountain to turn in our passes. In the end, this ride was just Kerry, Monica, and myself. Kerry was experiencing Space Mountain for the second time this trip, I was experiencing Space Mountain for the fourth time, and Monica, well this was Monica’s first trip on Space Mountain!
The difference this time was that we were directed to the left side of the loading area, and while Kerry and I didn’t think anything about the difference, when we started going, it was evident that this was a completely different ride — and the biggest difference was the speed!
I thought that this was the fastest trip on Space Mountain that I had ever been on — it was crazy it was so exciting. In every turn, it felt like the speed just kept going up and up and up — and I almost thought that it was going to go so fast that we would rocket off the track at one point! Hands down, this was the best single roller coaster ride that I have ever experienced! It was so crazy, here was our ride photo that they took for us while we were riding!
So tell me, what was your favorite roller coaster experience? Why not tell me about it in the comments? Thanks!
Top 10 Magic Kingdom Attractions to enjoy on our next Disney World vacation!
“Please stand clear of the doors” From the Highway in the Sky to the Monorail Watch on your wrist, along comes a once-in-a-lifetime find! I love it when something like this pops up when I’m not expecting it. I was at a junky flea market the other day, and in the back of a lonely display case, was this:
Walt Disney Signature Series (?)
Mint condition with plastic still on crystal and back
The Disneyland Monorail Watch
Genuine Leather band
A trip through time and the Mark series of Monorails
Monorails were around in the late 1800’s, but Disneyland didn’t get one until 1959 when Walt Disney decided to completely renovate Tomorrowland. So along with the Matterhorn and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea came North America’s first functioning Monorail system.
Artwork created by a Disney Artist, but it doesn’t indicate which
Hidden Mickey clasp
I’ve both Googled and searched eBay for this watch without success. So I can’t, as yet, provide any more information about it.
But what a find! For this Monorail enthusiast, this is the Holy Grail of watch finds. So far, I’ve left it in its original case and haven’t worn it. I’m saving that thrill for a special occasion!
Now please be seated or hold onto the rails. This post will be leaving shortly for a tour around the Magic Kingdom… of fandom!