Mission SPACE

Discover Future World: Mission SPACE

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are taking a closer look at the fun you can find in Future World at Epcot.

Mission SPACE

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On the second part of our journey in the Magical Blogorail’s look at the Epcot Future World pavilions, we are taking a look at Mission SPACE, a unique pavilion at Epcot that features a green side and an orange side to experience the attraction.  Mission SPACE is one of those pavilions at Epcot where the attraction is what makes up the majority of the pavilion.  Certainly there are other things you can do at the Mission SPACE pavilion — there is a children’s play area, for example — but for the majority of people, they come to Mission SPACE to take a simulated trip to Mars.

Before our trip to Disney in 2012, Mission SPACE was simply a part of Epcot that we did not visit.  It wasn’t because we didn’t like the look of the pavilion.  Simply put, we had heard way too many stories of people getting sick after riding the attraction, and we didn’t want to risk it.  However, when our friends Neal and Kerry and their two children rode the Green side of the attraction — and then raved to us how much fun it was — well, we just had to experience it for ourselves.

Let me tell you, when a child no older than 4 or 5 tells you how much fun a ride is — well, when that happens, you suck it up and face your supposed fears…and that’s exactly what I did when my young friend River told me all about Mission SPACE.

Mission SPACE

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The best story I have from this attraction comes from the lips of my friend River.  So Neal, River, Sophie, Cindy, and myself were riding together, and I happened to be seated next to River and Neal.  As we were experiencing the ride, and executing the “commands” that would keep us headed correctly to Mars, someone else was not punching the right button — someone from a different group.  River noticed this, and whispered to her dad Neal “He’s not doing it right. We’re going to crash!”  I thought it was so sweet, the childlike innocence that we all hope to recapture when we visit Walt Disney World.  Of course Neal made a point to tell her that it would be okay, and obviously it was since I’m here to write about it, but that story has stuck with me for four years now — and now I share it with you, intrepid traveler of the galaxy.

Do you like to ride Mission: SPACE? If so, which side, the easier green side or the more intense orange side? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!

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Under-Appreciated Attractions

Discover Future World: Imagination Pavilion

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are taking a closer look at the fun you can find in Future World at Epcot.

Imagination Pavilion

The Imagination Pavilion in Epcot’s Future World

The Imagination Pavilion is one of those pavilions in Epcot that often is overlooked and forgotten.  At least, it was for our family for a long time.  I’m not certain why this was, really, it just always seemed to be a forgotten pavilion.  To be honest, I never really remember seeing many people over there. Perhaps we skipped it for so long because it was the home of Captain EO for so long — a show that we had no interest in.  Or perhaps we skipped it because we were more excited to venture into Epcot’s World Showcase.  I don’t really know why.  However, all that changed the day that we made the commitment to explore the pavilion and see what the attraction Journey Into Imagination was all about.

When we finally made our way over to the Pavilion, we were correct in some ways — there just wasn’t a whole lot there that we saw.  However, we were also wrong.  Way, way wrong.  We walked right on to the Journey Into Imagination with Figment attraction, and little did we know, but we were in for one of the best treats!  We had no idea that the ride was that much fun.  Perhaps it was because we didn’t ride it very often; perhaps it was really that much fun; perhaps I don’t know why I liked it that much (that’s probably the correct answer) — but what I do know is that it became a must ride every time we visit Epcot from now on.

In addition to the main attraction, there is also the ImageWorks area of the pavilion — which, while the Walt Disney World website indicates is where “little ones can explore and create”, I thought that we looked at it for a bit and had fun.  Then, as we were getting ready to leave the pavilion, Cindy, Sophie and I decided to participate in this fun little exercise, and collect a most unique Disney Souvenir at the same time:

Imagination Pavilion

We purchased this great souvenir in the Imagination Pavilion!

So, my friends, a word of warning to the seasoned Disney Adventurer…before you judge a book (or a pavilion, in this case) by it’s cover, it’s best to give it a try.  You might just discover a great Disney hidden gem or two waiting to capture your imagination and run away with it.

Do you and your family enjoy the Imagination Pavilion?  Please let us know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by today!

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Magical Blogorail Red – St. Patrick’s Day!


Welcome to those of you joining me from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail.

You know, for someone that doesn’t do a whole lot of drinking, the idea of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with green beer and other alcoholic beverages just doesn’t do much for me.  So when I volunteered to join the Magical Blogorail Red team this month, I guess I wasn’t really thinking it through very well when the subject is St. Patrick’s Day!  Still, I gave it considerable thought, and in the course of that thinking, came up with what I think is a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Disney — or even a way to celebrate just being at Disney, even if it’s not St. Patrick’s Day!

Let's go to all four parks in one day and see what we can find that is green!

Let’s go to all four parks in one day and see what we can find that is green!

So who’s up for a little challenge?  My little game is to see what we can find at each of the parks that is green, and to experience something at that park, such as a ride or a show, that showcases something of the color green in it.  For starters, let’s take a look at the Magic Kingdom!  As you can see, Mickey has lovely green plants and grass to fit the bill for our easy challenge — and for some of the attractions, you’ve got It’s a Small World, Peter Pan’s Flight, and on and on that will feature the color green in them.

Heading to Animal Kingdom Park, take a ride on Kilamanjaro Safari's to get your green!

Heading to Animal Kingdom Park, take a ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris to get your green!

Of course, the Animal Kingdom will probably have the most green in evidence — one stop at Kilimanjaro Safaris will take care of that requirement!

At Disney's Hollywood Studios, Sorcerer Mickey is showcased in green!

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Sorcerer Mickey is showcased in green!

Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios there is plenty of green to go around, such as this topiary of Sorcerer Mickey!  Of course, all you need to do is go check out Muppet*Vision 3D to get all the green you need — after all, as Kermit says — “It’s not easy being green.”

Germany and it's train layout feature some great green features!

Germany and it’s train layout feature some great green features!

Lastly, at Epcot there is plenty to feature that greenery.  For starters, there is some great greenery in the train layout at the Germany Pavilion.  Also, though, you need to close out the evening with Illuminations, and you might see this green explosion in the fireworks show:

Green lights up the sky in Illuminations, Reflections of Earth.

Green lights up the sky in Illuminations, Reflections of Earth.

So it’s not your typical St. Patrick’s Day post, but I hope you had fun with it and maybe got some ideas for a celebration of your own — even if you aren’t visiting on St. Patrick’s Day!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Return to Disney.

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3rd Stop ~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse
4th Stop ~ My Dreams of Disney
Final Stop ~ Return to Disney

Wordless Wednesday: Disney Letter “G”

Sophie, Stephanie, Goofy, Cape May Cafe

Stephanie, Goofy, and Sophie at the Cape May Cafe!

Hello everyone, welcome to my rendition of the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by my friend Debra from Focused on the Magic!  This week’s theme is “Disney Letter ‘G'” and I’ve got a good variety of photos to share with you, starting with the one at the top — Sophie, my niece Stephanie, and Goofy at the Cape May Cafe!

In addition to that photo, though, I’ve got several others, so take a look and enjoy!

Gus, Jacque, Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom

Gus & Jacque at Cinderella Castle!

Pirate Goofy, Pirates of the Caribbean, Adventureland, Magic Kingdom

Pirate Goofy and Madelyne-Lois!

Goofy's Barnstormer, Mickey's Toontown Fair, Magic Kingdom

A shot of the old Goofy’s Barnstormer roller coaster!

Garden Grill Restaurant, The Land, Epcot Future World

The Garden Grill Restaurant

Gran Fiesta Tour, The Three Caballeros, Mexico Pavilion, Epcot World Showcase

The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros

John Wayne, Great Movie Ride, Disney's Hollywood Studios

The John Wayne scene from the Great Movie Ride!

Gonzo, Muppets, Clock, Disney's Hollywood Studios

Look closely, hang on Gonzo!

Giraffe, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Kilimanjaro Safaris

A Giraffe as seen during Kilimanjaro Safaris

So there you have it, some great representations of the Disney Letter G from each of the four major parks of Walt Disney World!  What pictures would you have shared for your Disney Letter G?  While you think about that, head on over to Focused on the Magic and look at all the entries for this week!  See how many of them match up with what you would come up with.  Thanks for stopping by, just click on the button below to link over!

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