A ‘Trip to Disneyland Game’ by Somerville

I have quite a collection of Disney games. With the 60th Anniversary of Disneyland I thought it might be nice to take a closer look at one game that features that iconic park, namely:

Made in Canada by Somerville Limited

This is a very simple game. It can be played by 2 or 3 players. Let’s have a look at the game pieces:

Still on the original card

Note that the wild card is called a Master Card and, of course, it is Walt Disney! I was delighted to find that this game had not even been used, which boosts its value as a collectible. Now let’s see the game board:

    

That’s one long game board!

Each player puts his pawn on the start area under one of the three lanes and draws 6 cards. The player will stay in this lane throughout the game. The first player spins and moves the amount of spaces indicated. To advance, the player must have a card that matches the character on the space he occupies. If not, they draw a card. If they still do not have the character, play moves to the next player.

There are free spaces and wild cards to help things along. The game ends when someone arrives at Disneyland! Unfortunately, not the real one.

Which color do you want? (I want red)

The game can be won in 19 moves plus however many missed turns a player may get. Again, not the most difficult game in the world, but that’s why it is for ages 6-10.

It is likely that this game is from the 1970’s or 80’s based on the artwork.

FUN FACT: This game was manufactured in London, ON which is under 2 hours away from where I currently live! Well, it’s a fun fact for me.

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Dumbo

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

 

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Casey Jr.

Image courtesy and ©Denny

Image courtesy and ©Denny

On a hot summer day, Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station is a great way to cool off!  Here are the details on this attraction:

Attraction Name: Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station
Attraction Type: Water Rides
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of OperationAll Day.
FastPass+: Not Available

This attraction, while it says “Water Rides” on the Disney website, is more of a walk-through attraction.  Accessible from many vantage points, it’s a great way to keep walking towards your next destination while still getting some good, cool water on your skin and clothes to cool you down.  Of course, Casey Jr. is the train from the movie Dumbo, so it makes perfect sense that the Walt Disney Imagineers envisioned this in the area right near Dumbo.  While anyone can enjoy the cooling water, more often than not you are going to see younger kids there with their parents nearby — but safely away from the water jets.  In addition to Casey Jr., you’ve also got the clown car, the elephant car, and the giraffe car, all designed to give you a cooling mist, soaking water spray, and everything in between.

If you have young ones, I imagine that Casey Jr. is right up your alley!  Let me know your thoughts in the comments, and thanks!

Seven Dwarfs

10 Days: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs

In perhaps one of my top five things I can’t wait for, Cindy and I will be riding the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train!

May 28, 2014:  The date that the New Fantasyland expansion was officially completed with the opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster.  The timing could not be any better for us as we get to Walt Disney World in just ten short days, and on June 17, 2014, Cindy and I will be riding the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train while the girls and Randy and Sheila are over at one of the water parks!

I don’t know about you, but for me, when I learned that Mickey’s Toontown Fair would be closing as part of the expansion, I’ll admit that I wondered how good the new Fantasyland would really be.  Well, after seeing it last July, and experiencing how cool Dumbo now is, and riding Journey of the Little Mermaid — which, while the ride is identical to what you can experience at Disney’s California Adventure, the queue is completely different, and just walking around and seeing all of the neat new areas to explore, I now believe that it was worth the cost of Toontown Fair.  Add in the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and I think it is the icing on the cake!

Have you been able to ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train yet? If so, what did you think?  Love it, worth the wait, too short, incredible, or skip it?  Or, if you haven’t ridden it yet, when will you get your chance?  Let me know in the comments and thanks for stopping by!

Triceratops Spin

31 Days: TriceraTop Spin

Triceratops Spin

TriceraTop Spin is what we are looking at for #Day31 of our countdown. Image courtesy my friend Neal!

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day31 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  After looks at Soarin’ and Star Tours the past two days, today we are shifting our focus to a ride that is geared more towards your little ones than the thrill seeker in your family.  Of course, I’m referring to TriceraTop Spin, located at DinoLand USA in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park.  This attraction is similar to Dumbo and the Magic Carpets of Aladdin in that it has a similar ride mechanism, but of course, in TriceraTop Spin, you are riding your favorite dinosaur as you spin around the park!

As I was saying, though, the ride is most notable for the younger audience you have in your family…the picture above shows my friend Neal’s wife and their two kids riding.  Neal, being the thrill seeker in the family, decided to sit this one out and take pictures for the memory books. :)

With Sophie being nearly 13, and Riley being 12 and Miss J being 11, I would be extremely surprised if they ride TriceraTop Spin — but I have been wrong before, so who knows!  Now, what about all of you?  Do you ride it, or have you ridden it in the past, and would you ride it again?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!