Magical Blogorail Red: Celebrating #Disneyland60

Welcome to this month’s Magical Blogorail Red loop. Today we are discussing the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

On July 17, 1955, this Castle enchanted the world.  On July 17, 2015, it will enchant us once again.

On July 17, 1955, this Castle enchanted the world. On July 17, 2015, it will enchant us once again.

Hello everyone, and welcome to this month’s Magical Blogorail Red post!  This month, we are gearing up for all the excitement, grandeur, and spectacle of the #Disneyland60 anniversary!  My family is fortunate in that we will be able to enjoy Disneyland on July 17, 2015 — the 60th Birthday of this incredible vision of Walt Disney!  In this post, I plan on sharing with you all my hopes and dreams for that day, all the things that we hope to enjoy, and what that day means to me personally.  So hop on and join me and my wonderful Blogorail teammates as we share what it means to us!

On July 17, 1955, the following attractions were open for the general public that are still open to this day:

  1. Main Street Vehicles
  2. Main Street Cinema
  3. Disneyland Railroad
  4. Storybook Land Canal Boats
  5. Casey Jr. Circus Train
  6. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  7. King Arthur Carrousel
  8. Mad Tea Party
  9. Fantasyland Theater
  10. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  11. Peter Pan Flight
  12. Snow White Scary Adventures
  13. Autopia
  14. Mark Twain Riverboat
  15. Jungle Cruise

All of these attractions are ones that I want to enjoy when we are there.  To me, there is something extremely cool about enjoying the attractions today that were there in the days of yesteryear.  I imagine what it might have been like to ride on them on that day, whether they had any issues, or was everything running to Walt’s standards.  Just imagining it takes me there right now!

When we were fortunate enough to go to the Magic Kingdom to celebrate the 40th birthday of that park on October 1, 2011, the weather was absolutely spectacular — hardly a cloud in the sky, with perfect temperatures, it was like Disney controlled the weather that day!  For this celebration, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the same thing happen.  It just feels like it will be that way, and regardless of whether it is or not, it will still be incredible.

Cindy, Sophie and I will not be there by ourselves, of course; we will have our niece Stephanie and her husband Shane with us, and we will have our great friend Sheila and her daughter Jagan with us, so the celebration will be even greater because of their being there.  Sheila grew up at Disneyland, it is her home away from home, and she has a fountain of information about the park that I love to hear about.  That will make the day even more special.

Most of all, though, this day is about Walt Disney.  On July 17, 2015, we will celebrate Walt, his vision, his determination, his compassion, and his desire to see families having fun together, and we will look upon his park and give thanks for his life.  On that day, I will look at Sleeping Beauty Castle like it is below, and imagine myself to be there, with Walt welcoming me to the park that day.

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Thank you for joining us today — please check out my friend Julie’s post about the 60th Anniversary Dazzling Decor!

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Red | Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Loop:

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Mad Tea Party

Mad Tea Cups

In our next installment of our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guides series, we continue our exploration of Fantasyland by taking a look at the Mad Tea Party.  This attraction is a favorite of our daughter, as you can see in this photo from some years back!  Here are the details on this attraction:

Attraction Name: Mad Tea Party
Attraction Type: Spinning Ride
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of OperationAll Day.
FastPass+: Available

The Mad Tea Party is an original day attraction at the Magic Kingdom, opening on October 1, 1971, although the name was originally called The Mad Hatters Mad Tea Party, but the premise is the same.  The ride is based on the Unbirthday party scene in Alice in Wonderland, and as I’m sure you know, the tea cups can spin based on the center wheel in each tea cup.  In Disneyland, the attraction was an opening day attraction as well, but one bit of trivia is that the tea cups had no braking system for the first two years, so there was no stopping you from spinning as fast as you could, except, of course, your ability and strength to do so!  Do you like the Mad Tea Cups?  Let me know, and thanks!  To conclude, have a look at this picture of Sophie and my wife Cindy on the attraction — a whole lot of joy, and that’s why kids love this attraction so much!

Mad Tea Party

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Dumbo the Flying Elephant


Dumbo the Flying Elephant is next up in our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guides series.  This opening day attraction has gone through some transformations lately.  The most important aspect is that it moved from near Prince Charming Regal Carrousel over towards the Storybook Circus part of Fantasyland, and in addition, a second Dumbo attraction was added, creating what is commonly known as the “Dueling Dumbos”.  Here are the specifics of this attraction:

Attraction Name: Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Attraction Type: Slow Ride/Spinning
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of OperationAll Day.
FastPass+: Available

In addition to the actual ride, one of the great improvements they made was to add the big top area of the attraction.  This is a great place to take a load off, let the kids work off some energy, sit in nice air conditioning, and wait leisurely for your time to ride.  This is one of those cases where you need to decide which is better — to make a FastPass+ selection and bypass the big top, or to get a stand by pager (which notifies you when it is your time to ride) and go into the big top to relax.  Which do you think is the better way to go?  Let me know in the comments.  In the meantime, here is a picture from my friend Denny for you to enjoy!

Image Courtesy and ©Denny

Image Courtesy and ©Denny



53 Days: Dumbo the Flying Elephant


Dumbo the Flying Elephant is our choice for #Day53 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day53 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown.  Today we are taking a look at Dumbo the Flying Elephant, and we’ll discuss the changes that have been made, take a look back at one of my favorite Disney memories, and look at what has become a really cool attraction because of the Fantasyland Expansion!

Before the expansion took place, we almost NEVER rode Dumbo simply because the line was way too long, and the return on that time investment just wasn’t there.  We love the Dumbo movie, though, but despite that, the attraction just didn’t do anything for us.

But then the Fantasyland Expansion took place, and we learned that the Dumbo ride was going to move to Storybook Circus, and in addition to being moved, there was going to be a second Dumbo ride (known as Dueling Dumbos), and interactive area to play while you waited for your turn on Dumbo!  Before I knew it, I was ready to take a look at the new and improved Dumbo!


Sophie and Cindy get ready for a ride on Dumbo!

As you can see, we all took part in a ride during our last trip to Walt Disney World, and it was everything I hoped it would be and then some!  The interactive play area was great for Sophie to play while Cindy and I rested our tired feet for a while, and when it was our turn, the pager that they had assigned us buzzed and we went to claim our turn in line!


The inside of the Tent where you can play while you wait for your turn! Image courtesy and ©Denny

One thing that always will endear me to Dumbo, though, was when we were witness to some incredible Disney Magic.  This happened in 2010 when we included my niece Stephanie in our plans to go to Disney World, and during Extra Magic Hours, Cindy and I were going to ride the Carousel while Sophie and Stephanie rode Dumbo.  Well, while we were in line for the Carousel, we just happened to witness this incredible moment:


Mickey & Minnie ride with two special Guests on Dumbo!

It was such an incredible moment, I don’t think the two children knew that Mickey & Minnie were going to ride with them, and then, when the ride was over, Mickey got off, went back to Minnie’s Dumbo, and proceeded to take her hand and help her off, just like the GentleMouse we all know him to be.  It was an incredible moment, one that I’ll not forget anytime soon!

Dumbo the Flying Elephant – an original classic

Mickey and Minnie on Dumbo

Hello everyone, and welcome to our next look at what makes the attractions at Disney second to none!  Today we are focusing on the Opening Day attraction Dumbo the Flying Elephant, which first opened at the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971.  Prior to that opening, it opened at Disneyland on August 16, 1955.  In addition to these two locations, Dumbo was also an opening day attraction for Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland.

Dumbo is located in Fantasyland, and features characters from the movie.  Guests that ride the attraction sit in one of the Dumbo cars, and you can move the car up or down as needed and wanted.  With the expansion of Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, there are now Dueling Dumbos — meaning that they actually have two of the rides, and they have been updated to look really cool at night!

Did you know…

that, according to Wikipedia, the original design of the Disneyland attraction had ten ride vehicles which were intended to represent not the “one and only” Dumbo, but the alcohol-induced “pink elephants” scene from the film. In fact, the working title of the attraction was “10 Pink Elephants On Parade” and the elephants were painted pink on installation. However, Walt Disney objected, not wishing Disneyland’s guests to ride vehicles themed to a hallucination and thereby ordered them painted gray.

Additionally, in honor of Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary in 2005, one of the Dumbo elephants was donated to the National Museum of  American History.

As you see from the picture at the beginning of this post, one of my favorite Disney memories was created on June 21, 2010, at 12:06AM, during Extra Magic Hours, when my wife and I saw Mickey and Minnie riding Dumbo with two very unsuspecting Guests.  It was a surreal moment, and like many very important events, this event is one that I’ll never forget where I was when it happened.

In this case, Stephanie and Sophie had gone on to get in line for Dumbo, and Cindy and I were heading over to ride Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel.  It had rained hard that day, but had stopped in the early evening, but as a result of the rain, the Magic Kingdom was practically empty.  The ground was wet, but as we were getting ready to get in line for the Carrousel, we happened to look over and see Mickey and Minnie in line with the guests, who look dumbfounded at their good fortune!

To top it all off, being the true Gentlemouse that he is, when the ride was over, Mickey got off, went back to Minnie’s Dumbo car, and helped her off as well.  Chivalry is not dead!

I hope you have enjoyed this look at Dumbo the Flying Elephant!  Tell me, is this an attraction that you and your family must ride, or can you do without?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!