Top Five List: Why Wait in Long Disney Line Ups?

A: Because you’re crazy.

B: Because you have no choice.

C: Because it’s the only way to get into or onto an attraction.

D: Because after you’ve read this post, you’ll realize it’s not that bad.

E: All of the above.

OK, probably this is an occasion when the answer is ‘All of the Above’. But for the purpose of this post, we’re going to pretend that only statement D is true!

So why shouldn’t you mind waiting in a long line at Disney? It’s Top Five time:

Reason No. 5

Anticipation

One year we stayed at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground and had to wait in line for many a bus. Waiting for Disney transportation is probably the first long line you will experience on your trip and can be very frustrating!

But what are you really waiting for? Your day of magic is about to begin and perhaps a delayed bus ride is just the time you need to reflect on what you hope to reap from your day. It can be a time to plan and a time to get excited about what is to come!

OK, I realize this is a bit of a stretch, but that’s why it’s Reason number 5.

Reason No. 4

Beautiful Views

Although you almost always have to wait to get anywhere at a Disney Park, it doesn’t have to be drab. The Water Taxis around Walt Disney World ply the most scenic areas of the property. Views from most docks are breathtaking! Take a moment (or many moments if the boat isn’t on time) to relax and take it all in.

Reason No. 3

Atmosphere

    

Whether it be waiting for a table at a restaurant or entering the queue of a beloved attraction, Disney always tries to enhance the experience.

This time of waiting can prepare you for the event to come! Sitting in a waiting area that looks like grandma’s old kitchen will only make that traditional meal taste better. And passing through a cloud of foreboding fog will get your mind adjusted to the weird and wild attraction that has ‘terror’ in its name!

Reason No. 2

Unique Perspectives

    

Most lines for E-Ticket attractions are very long and heavily themed. So bring along your camera and take lots of pictures. Sometimes you can see things that aren’t always obvious from other places in the parks.

For example, you can see the loading areas from above, or watch ride vehicles pass underneath you as they leave or return to the loading area. Standing outside an attraction can give you a basic idea of what it’s about, but walking through its line (even if painfully long) can give you a more intimate feel for what the Imagineers were going for!

Reason No. 1

Interaction

Disney realizes that no one visits a park to stand in line. So they do try to make the waiting less aggravating by supplying something to do. In the Soarin’ queue at Epcot, guests can enjoy interactive screens and activities. In other attraction lines, there may be things to play with, audio stimulation, or tactile challenges.

These five reasons not enough to convince you to enjoy standing in line?

Then never forget that you are usually with your family or friends! And you are surrounded by other Disney Guests who may be just as bored as you are. I’ve enjoyed some very interesting conversations and shared tips and experiences with fellow ‘liners’ only to find it’s time to board the ride and I was left wondering where the time went!

Your time at Disney will only be as fun as you choose to make it, so find the joy wherever you can, even in that long line-up!

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Best Kilimanjaro Safaris Trivia!

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The flamingos are present in this shot on Kilimanjaro Safaris!

As we continue our look at Kilimanjaro Safaris from our #DisneyWorldCountdown, we have some astounding facts related to this attraction.  How many of them did you know?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!

Best Kilimanjaro Safaris Trivia

  •  The size of Kilimanjaro Safaris is 4,791,600 square feet, or approximately 110 acres.
  • By comparison, the entire size of the Magic Kingdom is 107 acres, so one attraction — Kilimanjaro Safaris — is larger than the entire Magic Kingdom!
  • The ride is approximately 22 minutes in duration.
  • The flamingo island is actually shaped like a huge Hidden Mickey!

What other trivia do you have to share with us?  Please let us know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!  Please take time to visit my friend Jodi’s site at Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and my friend Heidi’s site at Heidi’s Head for more great #DisneyTrivia!  Also, do you have a blog and some Disney trivia to share with us?  Then I urge you to write a post and add it to our link tool at the bottom of this post!  It’s a lot of fun and I think you’ll enjoy it!  Thanks, and make it a great Disney Day!

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Kilimanjaro Safaris

13 Days: Kilimanjaro Safaris

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Later in the day, the lion is resting while we all take pictures of it!

Kilimanjaro Safaris is perhaps the best known part of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.  There are so many incredible things to discover about this attraction!  We have selected it for #Day13 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown because it is one ride that we are really looking forward to seeing.

Most of the time when we ride it, it’s later on in the day, and we get shots like the one above of the lion…but this year, we are going to wake up early, go to Animal Kingdom, and experience the Safaris early, while the animals are still active in their daily activities!  That will be a treat for me, one in which I hope to get many incredible photos for you all to see.

Kilimanjaro Safaris

The flamingos are present in this shot on Kilimanjaro Safaris!

The Safaris have an incredible amount of things to discover, from the lion to these flamingos, to elephants, and hippos and any number of other animals.  Perhaps my favorite, though, are these long creatures, my wife’s favorites:

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The young giraffe looks like he’s smiling or laughing at us!

The giraffes are so expressive, the one above looks like it’s laughing at us and our attempts to take pictures of him and his friends!  Watch out, though, because they have long tongues for getting to their food, and if you get too close, a tongue bath may not be much fun!

What do you think of the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom?  Do you like it, not like it, ride it every now and again, think it’s too bouncy, or what?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Pangani Forest Exploration

61 Days: Pangani Forest Exploration

Pangani Forest Exploration

The Okapi are part of the animals you can find and learn about at the Pangani Forest Exploration.

Welcome to the Animal Kingdom!  It is #Day61 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown, and for this day, we are taking a look at the Pangani Forest Exploration, a walking path right over by Kilimanjaro Safaris!  This 3/8th of a mile walking trail has areas to show you more about the gorillas, hippos, and birds that you will encounter here, as well as other animals such as our friend the Okapi.  To be honest with you, this isn’t really an attraction that we do very often.  I think so often we are so focused on the Safari ride that we don’t think about this until we have gotten off and are already over in Asia.  However, it’s attractions such as this that could cause you, should you decide to embark on them, to extend your day at Animal Kingdom from being a half day park like it has the reputation for being and turning it into a full day park.

Pangani Forest Exploration

This bird is the Snowy-crowned Robin-chat.

I had to do some serious cropping to get to a point where you could see the Snowy-crowned Robin-chat bird. It’s funny, because I had no idea what these creatures were, but over on Wikipedia I found an article about the Pangani Forest Exploration and it had links to some of the animals you would find here.  So here I am, clicking on each link to see if it matched my photo — this one did, and that’s why I think it is the Snowy-crowned Robin-chat.

Pangani Forest Exploration

While I think I knew the name of the previous bird, this one has me stumped!

So, I have no idea what this creature is called.  Do you?  If you do, please let me know in the comments, and thanks!  I’m guessing that it is some kind of duck, but I don’t know for certain…

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed your look at the Pangani Forest Exploration!

Disney Top Five: Ways to Meet Other Guests

It’s funny that we can be in a place surrounded by thousands of fellow human beings and not give any thought to how we might interact with them! I call it the Elevator Syndrome. Everyone piles in and faces forward and tries not to move, speak, or make eye contact because…

Well, there just isn’t a good reason.

So today we’re all going to exit that elevator and explore ways to move with other people through long line-ups, to actually start up conversations with complete strangers, and treat others like we care if they live or die. Yes, we’re going to learn how to plus the Disney Experience through genuine human contact in this Disney Top Five list!

People to Meet

Number 5

Ask someone where they’re from. Nothing says ‘I’m interested in you’ like inquiring as to where they’re from and how they came to be at Disney. You’ll either establish a common ground or learn about a place you’ve never been.

Number 4

Trade something. Pins. Vinylmations. Germs. Anything! Think of it this way: You get to meet someone new and walk away with a prize for doing so. Win Win says I (unless it’s a germ).

Number 3

Sit down. You’re not going to meet anyone by running from one place to another with only the destination in mind! How you get there and whom you meet along the way will enrich you in ways you never imagined.

Number 2

Share a ride vehicle. This suggestion is best illustrated by attractions like the Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safaris, or perhaps Soarin’ or Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor where the sheer number of people make it almost impossible not to meet someone new!

Number 1

Smile. Nothing draws a person to you like a great big smile that says ‘I’m happy to be here!’ An Oscar-worthy Grumpy performance won’t make you approachable. So whether you’re walking around, browsing in a shop, waiting in line, or relaxing by the pool: Turn that frown upside down and show some teeth!

Bonus Round

Electronic devices. TURN THEM OFF! True story: I was visiting a Disney Park and saw four young girls walking ‘together’ while each was busy texting other people on their cell phones. So… why did they come to the Park ‘together’ if they really wanted to interact with these other friends instead? People, let’s try to live in the here-and-now with flesh-and-blood people, shall we? I’m going to stop now before this turns into a Rant.

I hope this isn’t an exhaustive list. So if you’ve found a great way to interact with other Guests while visiting a Disney Park, please share it with the rest of us in the comments section. And do your part to stamp out Elevator Syndrome once and for all!