Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – The Barnstormer

 

Image courtesy and ©Denny

Image courtesy and ©Denny

The Barnstormer is next in our list in the Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide.  This roller coaster went through a change with the expansion of Fantasyland, changing from Goofy’s Barnstormer to The Barnstormer, and with some other theme changes.  To my knowledge, though, the track is the same as before.  Here are the specs for you:

Attraction Name: The Barnstormer
Attraction Type: Small Drops
Height Requirements: 35″ or taller
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of Operation: All Day.
FastPass+: Available

When my daughter was young, she loved this coaster because she was tall enough to ride it, and it gave her a great thrill to be “grown up” enough to ride a roller coaster.  Now that she is a teenager, of course, she doesn’t have much interest in riding this, but if you have a child aged 9 or under, I bet they will like it!

Image courtesy and ©Denny

Image courtesy and ©Denny

As coasters go, this one is certainly at the bottom of the list for the Magic Kingdom, but like all things Disney, the story isn’t just the roller coaster, the story is the backstory of the attraction.  In this case, check out Goofy, who is the Great Goofini, and take in all the little features that make up this attraction.  You may be surprised at how much fun you have if you give this coaster a chance.

September 11

A Day I’ll Never Forget – September 11

September 11

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It was a wonderful fall day in Raleigh.  I was staying home while Cindy was working.  Sophie was days shy of being three months old, and was still an itty-bitty little baby.  I was sitting in Cindy’s rocking chair, feeding Sophie, when Cindy called and told me about the crash and had me turn on the TV.

I’ll never forget that for as long as I live.  I remember watching, mesmerized, as I saw the planes crash into the Towers.  I remember hearing of other hijackings of other planes.  I remember hearing of the heroic efforts by the passengers of the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania — they knew they were going to die, but they also knew that this was an attack, and they weren’t going to sit by and wait for it to happen again.

I remember hearing how the airlines were all grounded — every single plane — and jumping ahead a bit, I remember being at Lowes several days later when I first saw a plane in the sky again.  It was so odd to see after so long of not seeing any aircraft.

Back to September 11.  I remember that Sophie and I were supposed to have lunch with our friend Lisa, and when I called Lisa, we both wondered if it was safe to go and still have lunch.  In the end, we decided that yes, we would have lunch, that there were far more important places than Raleigh to attack, and that we shouldn’t let this stop us from doing what we would normally do.  We shouldn’t let the Terrorists win like that.

I remember holding Cindy when she got home from work that day.  I remember the three of us hugging it out, locking our doors, we were afraid.  I’ll never forget Cindy telling me that she wanted Sophie to sleep between us that night.  She wanted to make absolutely certain that her baby was safe from the world.

Cindy’s cousin Jeannie lives in New York.  She worked at the World Trade Center.  She was supposed to be there that morning — but something went “wrong” at home, so she decided to work from home that day.  Never has something so “wrong” been so right.

My prayers are still with all of those that lost loved ones.  My prayers are still with all of the countries affected.  There were so many innocent lives lost that day because of a bunch of crazy people that are burning in Hell right now.  My prayers are still with our leaders, our country, all of us.

September 11, 2001 is a day when the world became a much more dangerous place.  Gone were the days of playing outside during the summer vacation.  Gone were the days when you could not lock your door.  Gone was the innocence of our children.

Where were you on September 11, 2001?  What do you remember about that day?

May God have Mercy on all of us, and on all of those that lost their lives that day.

Prayers for the Week – Remembering 9/11

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Image courtesy FineArtAmerica.com

Hello my friends, and welcome to a special Prayers for the Week post dedicated to remembering 9/11.  As you know, Wednesday will be the 12th Anniversary of 9/11, and today I wanted to share with you a little bit about what was going on in my life when that fateful day occurred.

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