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New Orleans Square is home to one of the four Disneyland Railroad stops.

Hello everyone, thank you for stopping by today!  The Magical Blogorail has a great loop in store for you as we explore specific lands at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom and do a comparison of them.  I think this is very exciting, and for my selection I chose New Orleans Square vs. Liberty Square!

If you have never been to Disneyland, then one thing you should know is that New Orleans Square is the smallest land in Disneyland, but may also have the best attractions of any land!  In New Orleans Square you’ll find one of the four stops of the Disneyland Railroad, as well as this classic attraction:

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The Haunted Mansion stands proudly over New Orleans Square

In addition to the Haunted Mansion, you will also find Pirates of the Caribbean, along with it’s attached restaurant, The Blue Bayou.

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Pirates of the Caribbean is another of the great New Orleans Square attractions!

For Dining, you have The Blue Bayou, along with the most well-known restaurant at any Disney park: Club 33.

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Club 33 is the most exclusive restaurant in Disney — and it’s located in New Orleans Square!

Lastly, New Orleans Square is also home to the only accommodations inside of Disneyland: The Disneyland Dream Suite!

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The Disneyland Dream Suite is the only accommodations you can get inside of Disneyland Park!

Looking at all of this, I’m sure you’re thinking, Liberty Square has nothing on New Orleans Square.  Well, if you were to think that, you would be missing out on some incredible things to experience at Liberty Square!

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Liberty Square has it’s own treasures just waiting to be discovered!

As I wrote in my post about this land, Liberty Square is so much more than the attractions it houses.  Here are my exact words from that post:

Liberty Square is more than The Haunted Mansion®, more than The Hall of Presidents, more than the Liberty Tree Tavern.  Liberty Square is a reminder for all Americans of the blood, sweat, and tears that have been shed to make our country great.

But don’t get me wrong — Liberty Square is also home to some great attractions, including the Haunted Mansion:

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The Haunted Mansion has it’s own Happy Haunts for you to experience!

and The Hall of Presidents, complete with Audio-Animatronic figures of each President of the United States:

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The Hall of Presidents is just one of the Liberty Square attractions

and the Liberty Square Riverboat, featuring the Magic Kingdom’s own Liberty Belle riverboat:

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The Liberty Belle is named in honor of Walt’s wife Lillian.

When it comes to dining, Liberty Square is no slouch either.  It features two excellent restaurants, the Liberty Tree Tavern:

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The Liberty Tree Tavern is a period restaurant located in Liberty Square

and perhaps the best counter service restaurant in the Magic Kingdom — the Columbia Harbour House:

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The Columbia Harbour House is so underrated it almost never has a long line!

So, which one is the best?  Well, from where I’m standing I think I have to give the edge to New Orleans Square, but it really is a close contest.  We certainly see more of Liberty Square than New Orleans Square, but New Orleans Square kind of reached out and tugged at my soul, and I don’t think I’ll ever be quite the same ever again…

What do you think, though?  Which land do you think wins out, or am I comparing apples to oranges?  Please let me know what you think, and thanks for stopping by today! Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Disney Babies Blog.

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#DisneyTrivia: Pirates of the Caribbean!


Continuing our look at Pirates of the Caribbean!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s #DisneyTrivia segment!  Since today is #Day69 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown, we are continuing our look at the Pirates of the Caribbean today, with some interesting facts and figures about this Disney Classic!

Pirates of the Caribbean Did You Know…

Did you know these facts and figures about Pirates of the Caribbean?

  • The name of the pirate ship is the “Wicked Wench.”
  • Originally Pirates of the Caribbean wasn’t going to be a Disney World attraction because of the thought of how close it was to the Caribbean, but this was changed.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean opened on December 15, 1973 — 7 years to the day that Walt Disney passed away.
  • Last year was the 40th Birthday of the Magic Kingdom version of the attraction!
  • The version at Disneyland has two drops, whereas the version at the Magic Kingdom only has one.
  • If you eat at the Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square at Disneyland, you will be overlooking the start of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

I could go on and on about the attraction, it is one of my favorites, but for right now, I want to know, who did you vote for in the March Magic tournament?  The Caribbean Pirates of Disneyland or the Gracie Manor Hitchhikers of Walt Disney World?  I voted for the PIRATES!  Go Pirates!

Thank you for stopping by today!  My friends Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Heidi from Heidi’s Head, and Jenn from Disney Babies Blog are excited that you take time each week to join in the fun!  Do you have a blog? If so, write up a trivia post and add it to our list!  Check out the rest of the entries, but make sure you go out and have a great Disney Day!

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Hall of Presidents

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – The Hall of Presidents

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The Hall of Presidents resides in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom.

The Hall of Presidents, located in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom, is one of the best educational exhibits you can find at Walt Disney World.  Thank you for joining me today!  I’m joined by my incredible co-hosts Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, and Heidi from Heidi’s Head for our weekly Disney Trivia series, Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia!

When the idea of the Hall of Presidents came about, Walt originally wanted to call it “One Nation Under God” for Disneyland.  While the idea wasn’t able to come to fruition entirely, “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” was created — first at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and then opened in Disneyland on July 18, 1965.

After Walt’s death on December 15, 1966, the Imagineers were able to come up with the idea of Liberty Square — the thought process being that since Walt Disney World was so much closer to New Orleans then Disneyland, that there would be no need to have a New Orleans Square at the Magic Kingdom.  Additionally, it was decided that this canvas would be the perfect place to resurrect Walt’s idea of “One Nation Under God” — but under the slightly different name of the Hall of Presidents.

To me, what really makes the Hall of Presidents is the Audio-Animatronic likenesses of each of the Presidents of the United States.  This is incredibly cool to me because the Presidents are so realistic — some of them speak, they all move in some form or fashion, and even when the camera isn’t panned on them, you can still see movements, almost as if the characters are talking to one another!

The film that plays prior to the appearance of the Presidents is great, also, and full of a rich history of what makes our country great — but for this writer, it’s the Presidents themselves that really set this attraction apart.

Thank you for stopping by today!  Now, please check out the other great entries in our Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia hop!

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The Incredible Haunted Mansion!

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The Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom lures you in for some ghostly fun!

As we continue our look at all the incredible detail that the attractions of Walt Disney World entail, today we are taking a look at another of the Opening Day attractions — The Haunted Mansion!

As you all know, the Haunted Mansion opened on October 1, 1971.  While it is fairly similar to the attraction at Disneyland, there are some very distinct differences.  For example, the Mansion at Disneyland is located in New Orleans Square, while the one at the Magic Kingdom is located in Liberty Square.  As a result of the different lands they occupy, the time period and decor of the mansion is entirely different.

Technically, both rides utilize the classic “Doom Buggy” car to take you on your tour of the mansion, but what you might not know is that the stretching room that you enter at the beginning of your experience operates differently!  In the Magic Kingdom, the stretching room, while it gives the illusion of movement, doesn’t actually transport you anywhere — it is just the ceiling that raises.  However, at the Disneyland version of the ride, the stretching room actually transports you down to the next level, very much like an elevator.  That sounds so cool!


I have always thought that the horseless hearse was so cool looking!

Did you know that the Haunted Mansion used to house FastPass machines?  I don’t think they were utilized for a very long time, it was probably more of a test than anything.  Then, the Magic Kingdom and the Imagineers redid the queue line for the Haunted Mansion, and they turned it into two lines — one that takes you through the “interactive queue” and a second line that took you right into the ride itself.  Now, though, I’ve seen that the “interactive line” is now the full time line, and the shortcut is now for the FastPass+ entrance.

I was privileged to do a series of posts with my friends Terri from WDW Hints and Jonathan from Mouse and Memos a while back.  There are a whole number of different things to discover about this classic Disney attraction.  Jonathan, in particular, wrote a much more in-depth narration about the history of the Haunted Mansion, take a look at it for all sorts of details!  Also, Terri wrote about how the storyline evolved — this was something she learned during a Keys to the Kingdom tour back in 2005.  Check it out — it’s a great read!  I know that I’ve barely scratched the surface here, but I hope you’ve enjoyed your ride!  Now, to finish it off, which Hitchhiking Ghost did you get on your Doom Buggy?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!

The Lands of Disneyland: Frontierland!

The Mark Twain Riverboat is just one of the great things to do in Frontierland!

The Mark Twain Riverboat is just one of the great things to do in Frontierland!

Hello everyone, and welcome to our next installment of the Lands of Disneyland!  As you know, we have previously taken a look at Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, and New Orleans Square.  As we continue our path clockwise around Disneyland, we next come to Frontierland!  This land is located right next to New Orleans Square, and has a ton of activities for you to enjoy during your visit.  Take a look at this list, and we’ll elaborate on these further on in our post also:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Big Thunder Ranch
  • Fantasmic!
  • Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition
  • Mark Twain Riverboat
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Sailing Ship Columbia

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is near the top of my list of favorite roller coasters!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is near the top of my list of favorite roller coasters!

The big name at Disneyland in Frontierland is probably Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  What is different about Disneyland is that Splash Mountain is located in Critter Country, a totally different land, and isn’t right next door to BTMRR like it is at Walt Disney World.  Unfortunately for us, though, we weren’t able to experience that great ride because of this sign:

Sadly, it was closed until Fall...

Sadly, it was closed until Fall…

Big Thunder Ranch

Big Thunder Ranch is a great little outdoor petting zoo type environment!

Big Thunder Ranch is a great little outdoor petting zoo type environment!

We came strolling into Big Thunder Ranch one day during our trip, and had the best time.  They had lasso’s for your kids to learn how to lasso, they had some of the great horses on display, along with other animals and birds, and while we were there, we ran into our friends, as you can see below — it was so cool because there was hardly anyone around, so we didn’t have to wait at all!

Look who we ran into at Big Thunder Ranch!

Look who we ran into at Big Thunder Ranch!



Fantasmic is performed on the Rivers of America in Disneyland!

As you can tell by the map image below, Fantasmic is located right on the shore of the Rivers of America!  However, just like at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the wait for the show is absolutely insane — in my opinion only, of course — so we didn’t see it.  Mostly this is because you would have to get a seat around 5PM and wait for the show time, and I just felt like that was a waste of time.  One year we will see Fantasmic, but it wasn’t this year…

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Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition

The Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition is of a similar nature to the one at Walt Disney World. Basically it’s a shooting arcade — it isn’t really our thing, so we didn’t take it in, but if you have young hunters or would-be hunters, I’m sure they would enjoy it!

Mark Twain  Riverboat

The Mark Twain Riverboat is a replica paddleboat on the Mighty Mississippi!

The Mark Twain Riverboat is a replica paddleboat on the Mighty Mississippi!

The shot above was taken from the pilothouse (I think that’s the right term) of the Mark Twain Riverboat!  It was great being able to go up there, although it was a little cramped with me, Sophie, and our boat captain up there!

Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island

The Pirate's Lair is part of Tom Sawyer Island, a fun place for kids to play!

The Pirate’s Lair is part of Tom Sawyer Island, a fun place for kids to play!

Tom Sawyer Island is a great little getaway from the rest of Disneyland.  Just like at the Magic Kingdom, access to the island is by way of raft, and it’s a lot of fun to head on over and relax some of the day away.  Look for all the treasure at the Pirate’s Lair, and have fun finding all the passageways!

Sailing Ship Columbia

The Sailing Ship Columbia is perhaps the most relaxing boat to go on at Disneyland!

The Sailing Ship Columbia is perhaps the most relaxing ship to go on at Disneyland!

I really enjoy the Sailing Ship Columbia.  When you board her deck, and get underway, it really feels as if you are back in the age when this ship was sailing around the world!  That is part of what I love about Disney — his true love of history, and how he incorporates that into his parks so that they are so much more than just a place to ride rides.

In addition to all of these, Frontierland is also the home to the Golden Horseshoe, which, while it doesn’t still do Wally Boag’s show, is still a great photo opportunity that shouldn’t be passed up!

The Golden Horseshoe is a great looking building!

The Golden Horseshoe is a great looking building!

The story of Frontierland is so much more than a place to ride a roller coaster, or go looking for Pirate treasure, or pet some animals.  The story of Frontierland really comes down to this quote, spoken by the great Walt Disney himself, on the day of Disneyland’s opening on July 17, 1955:

Frontierland. It is here that we experience the story of our country’s past. The color, romance and drama of frontier America as it developed from wilderness trails to roads, riverboats, railroads and civilization. A tribute to the faith, courage and ingenuity of our hearty pioneers who blaze the trails and made this progress possible.

Thank you for stopping by as we take a look at Frontierland, one of the Lands of Disneyland!