My Top 5 Epcot Attractions

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Hello everyone, and welcome to the second in my series of favorite attractions!  Last week, we took a look at my top 5 Magic Kingdom Attractions; today we are looking at my top 5 Epcot attractions!  Does my list match up with yours?  Read through, and then let me know your list in the comments below!  Thanks for stopping by!

#5: Maelstrom

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Maelstrom, located over in the Norway pavilion, is a boat ride that takes you through Norway’s past, present, and future as you see all of the ways that the seas impact the lives of Norwegians!  It is fun, with trolls, polar bears, and oil rigs — as well as a drop near the end!  It used to have a movie that would be shown at the end, but that isn’t shown very often anymore.

#4: The American Adventure

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When it comes to history, especially the history of our great country, at Epcot, there is nothing that comes close to The American Adventure, a great show that features many of the great moments of our country’s history, but highlights on it’s most important aspect — the people!

#3: Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros!

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The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros is a boat ride in the Mexican Pavilion that takes you on a journey through Mexico to try and find Donald Duck!  Jose Carioca and Panchito are your navigators as you look — and ultimately find — Donald Duck!

#2: Soarin’

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Soarin’ used to be one of my least favorite attractions — but I’ve had a change of heart!  This incredible ride takes you through the California countryside as you see the sights from a unique perspective — a hang glider!  Sit back, relax, and enjoy the wonderful beauty, knowing that it’ll be okay, you won’t fall…

#1: Spaceship Earth

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At number one, though, is my favorite attraction at Epcot — Spaceship Earth.  This unique attraction, which takes you deep within the geodesic dome, shows you how far we have come in our communication methods — and leaves us wondering how far we can journey…at the end of the ride is a simulator to give you an idea of what your future might have in store for it, and don’t forget all the great things you can do in Project Tomorrow!

Honorable Mentions

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Illuminations: Reflections of Earth — while not an “attraction” in the sense that I’m thinking, is still a great draw, and something I look forward to seeing every time we visit!

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O Canada is one of my favorite shows, with it’s CircleVision 360 view of everything, and narration by Martin Short!  Stop by and see it in the Canada Pavilion!

I hope you have enjoyed my top 5 attractions at Epcot!  What are your top 5?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Adventures by Disney Norway

Magical Blogorail – Heading to Norway!

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Welcome to those of you joining me from Heidi’s Head and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Adventures by Disney Norway

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Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by today as we explore the incredible Adventures By Disney adventures that await you!  For my trip, I have selected Norway — not just because it is the setting for the movie Frozen, but because the picturesque beauty that the country offers in incredible and something I want to see in person!  This is definitely a bucket list item for me!

The Norway itinerary features 8 days and 7 nights, and if you are unfamiliar with how an Adventures By Disney trip works, you are accompanied by great guides that show you a lot of the incredible things you’ll experience on your journey.  I’ve never been on one of these trips, so I am by no means an expert, but together we’ll explore more about this particular setting and venue.

  • Day 1 — Arrival at Bergen, welcome reception.
  • Day 2 — River rafting in Voss
  • Day 3 — Fjord Safari on a speedboat, also a visit to the Undredal Stave Church, the world’s smallest Stave Church.
  • Day 4 — Visit the Borgund Stave Church (constructed in 1250 A.D.) In addition, your Junior Adventurers will have a special dinner, and you’ll follow that up with a Disney Movie before bed.
  • Day 5 — Travel to Lake Loen for either trout fishing or row boating.  Afterwards, enjoy lunch at Kjenndalstova (on the shore of Lake Loen) before heading to Briksdal Glacier to visit it.
  • Day 6 — Visit Westeras Farm, then walk to a Fjord viewpoint. Afterwards, you’ll have an afternoon to explore Geiranger on your own.
  • Day 7 — On your last day before departure, you’ll travel to Oslo, the capital of Norway. From there, you’ll enjoy a farewell dinner and folk dancing at the Grand Hotel Oslo.
  • Day 8 — Much like Walt Disney World, this is the worst day — Departure day where you head back home.
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To me, the best part of this trip will be the scenic beauty that you can experience firsthand.  What do you think your favorite part of this kind of trip will be?  Let me know, and thanks for stopping by!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is In the Mouse House as Gina talks about Ecuador & the Galapagos.

1st Stop ~ Heidi’s Head – Southeast Asia
2nd Stop ~ My Dreams of Disney – Norway
3rd Stop ~ In the Mouse House – Ecuador & the Galapagos
4th Stop ~ Disney Nouns – England & France
Final Stop ~ Manda’s Disney Blog – Scotland & Southern California

Maelstrom

The Maelstrom Trolls: Day 66

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Maelstrom: #Day66 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!

Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by today in our #DisneyWorldCountdown series!  Today is Day 66, and for this day, we are taking a look at Maelstrom, that boat ride that explores all of the things that make Norway special and unique.  I don’t know about you, but I love this attraction!  I love the  Hidden Mickey in the mural — see if you can see it here:

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Find the Hidden Mickey — it’s easy to spot!

In addition to the mural, I like the different scenes exploring Norway’s arctic upbringing, and water background.  But the best part about Maelstrom to me is the trolls!  I love the way we end up in their domain, and how we have to get away fast before they cast a spell on us!

The Maelstrom Trolls. Image Courtesy & ©Makin' Memories

The Maelstrom Trolls. Image Courtesy & ©Makin’ Memories

Special thanks to my friend Melissa for sharing her photo with me!  You can find more of her excellent work on her Flickr account!

Then, at the end, I like how we emerge in a Nordic village.  If I had one thing that I wish they would do, it would be that they would update or fix the movie that they have at the end, because I really enjoy those sorts of things that share a bit of the culture of the country we are visiting.

Do you and your family like to ride Maelstrom?  If so, what is your favorite part?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!

 

Magical Blogorail Red – Ideal Disney Resort Meal

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Welcome to those of you joining me from Growing Up Disney and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Disney Food…there’s nothing quite like it.  In this month’s post, the Magical Blogorail Red team is bringing you our thoughts and ideas on what our ideal Disney Resort meal will be.  Already my mouth is watering, and I’m thinking of all the yummy delicious things that you can get at Walt Disney World.  How am I going to make some serious decisions here?

Well, for starters, my meal is going to consist of an appetizer, entree, and dessert.  We aren’t much on alcohol, so my drink will probably be a Diet Coke…

Appetizer

From Canada: The World Famous Cheddar Cheese Soup!

From Canada: The World Famous Cheddar Cheese Soup!

While this may not look like much, mainly because of the photographer in this case (that would be me!), the Cheddar Cheese soup from Le Cellier in Canada is at the top of my appetizer list.  I’ve only had it one time — during the Food and Wine Festival we went to in 2011 — but it was so good I’ve got to try it out again!

A close second in my mind would be the appetizer bar that you have available to you at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway.  All those incredible meats, cheeses, and breads are really tasty!

Entree

The Traditional Kjottkake at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is delicious!

The Traditional Kjottkake at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is delicious!

Yum!  Speaking of Norway, the Traditional Kjottkake at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall gets my vote for my favorite dish, although, I will admit that the entrees you get with the dinner at the Garden Grill Restaurant are absolutely fabulous also!  Anyway, the Traditional Kjottkake is Norwegian meatballs with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and lingonberry sauce.  The gravy, the meatballs, the tang of the sauce, it all works out to be a truly wonderful, comfort food that you will truly enjoy!

Dessert

The Berry Cobbler is a delicious dessert! Image ©tripadvisor.com

The Berry Cobbler is a delicious dessert! Image ©tripadvisor.com

When it comes to a dessert at Walt Disney World, I haven’t come across one that I like more than the berry cobbler that you get at the end of your meal at the Garden Grill Restaurant.  This incredibly delicious dish comes in it’s own skillet, warm, and with a whipped cream/ice cream type accompaniment on top.  This is truly a comfort food at its finest, and one that I truly enjoy time and time again!  If you have never eaten at the Garden Grill Restaurant, you are missing out, not just because of this dessert, but it’s a big reason why!

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

Red Map Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ A World View
2nd Stop ~ Growing Up Disney
3rd Stop ~ My Dreams of Disney
4th Stop ~ Disney Donna Kay
Final Stop ~ Colorado Mountain Mom

Disney Frozen Review: A Love Story!

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Disney’s latest major motion picture was released to theaters Wednesday, November 27th, and my family has been to see it.  If you haven’t seen the movie yet, but are interested in going to see it, take a read, and then go see it at your next available time!  It is that good!

Frozen takes us to the Norwegian kingdom of Arrendelle.  Arrendelle, by the way, is a real town in Norway — although the name spelling is slightly different (Arendal) — where a King and Queen live with their two girls, Elsa and Anna.  Elsa and Anna are extremely close, and since they are the only children of the King and Queen, they play together quite a bit.  However, one day, there is an accident — and the decision is made to hide from Anna the fact that Elsa has magic at her disposal.

The unfortunate part of this is that Elsa and Anna grow up virtually alone — they don’t play with one another any more because Elsa fears that she will hurt her sister — and life in the Castle becomes lonely and hard for the two sisters.  Then, when an accident takes the King and Queen from them, their separation becomes even harder.

What I really enjoy about Frozen, more than the story itself, more than the incredible snowman Olaf, and more than the characters, is the incredible music that is part of the movie.  Watching this animated movie in the theater, I can picture it being transformed really easily into a Broadway play, and doing very well at that, I might add.  Here is one of the trailers for the movie that you might enjoy:

Without giving away too much of the story for those that haven’t seen it, let me reveal one last thing…in the end, when all seems at it’s most bleak, and when you aren’t sure if it can ever be fixed — well, at that moment, true love wins out, but it isn’t the true love you think it will be…

Disney Frozen will take your heart, work it’s Magic on you, and if your heart is cold, thaw it for you.  It is that good of a movie.

Have you seen Disney Frozen yet?  If so, please let me know what you thought of it in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!