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Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Blue Loop. Today we sharing tips for your first Disney vacation.


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Hello everyone, and welcome to this month’s Magical Blogorail look at tips for your first Disney Vacation!  You’ve been saving your money, you’ve been paying regularly on your trip, hopefully you have been working with a travel agent to help you plan your trip and save you money, and now, it is finally here!  Your Walt Disney World vacation is about to begin!

When you arrive, though, sometimes your thoughts get the better of you.  You think to yourself, I spent so much for this trip, I’ve got to see absolutely everything in order to get my money’s worth.  That line of thinking, though, is incorrect, and hopefully in this Magical Blogorail post, I’m going to share with you some things that will help you prevent the feeling of not seeing anything and keep you from falling into that trap.

Tip 1: It’s not all about the attractions, it’s also about the memories…

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Our daughter Sophie shares a secret with Princess Jasmine!

As great as the attractions are at Walt Disney World, what will really make or break your trip is the memories that you and your family create while there.  The picture above was taken way back in 2008, and to this day, it remains one of my all time favorite Disney photos.  Let me set the scene.  We were in Morocco just wandering through the marketplace, looking at things, just browsing.  When we got to the back of the pavilion, there was a meet and greet location, with Princess Jasmine and the Genie just waiting for someone to come visit with them.  Sophie had been talking about Princess Jasmine all this time, about how she was going to get a costume just like her costume, and she was able to talk with her for what felt like an eternity!  In this picture, she was telling her that she was going to get that costume, and sure enough, she did a couple of days later.

Tip 2: Take time to relax and slow down

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Far too often, first time guests — and yes, even those that visit more regularly — are way too focused on getting from point a to point b, from getting from their last attraction to their next attraction, and they don’t really slow down to breath.  Part of the reason you are taking your Disney vacation is to take a break from everyday life, from getting away from the rat race that is the world today.  Let your vacation be just that, a break from the hustle and bustle of life, and instead, take time to enjoy everything about your trip.  The picture above was taken back in 2010, when we were leaving Test Track and heading somewhere — I don’t even remember where.  Anyway, we weren’t in a very big hurry, and if we had been, we might have missed the perfect setting of the flowers, pond, TRON Monorail, and the Imagination Pavilion in the background.  I love this photo, and hope you do as well!

Tip 3: Enjoy the little attractions as much as the big ones.

As much fun as I have riding Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and the other big attractions, I get as much fun out of the smaller attractions, the ones you can almost walk right on.  Carousel of Progress, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, it’s a small world, Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros, and so forth.  Don’t overlook the little attractions just so you can enjoy the big ones.  You will be doing yourself and your vacation a disservice, and you will miss out on a lot of great opportunities to let the child within out to play.

I hope that this post has been helpful to you as you plan your first Disney Vacation!  Let me know what you think in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by today!  Check out the rest of the posts from the Magical Blogorail writers, and then go out and make it a Disney day!

 

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What is your favorite Disney Roller Coaster?

This shot is not deliberately upside down by some trick -- this shot was taken while we were upside down!

This shot is not deliberately upside down by some trick — this shot was taken while we were upside down!

Piggy-backing on yesterday’s post on California Screamin’, we’ve got a poll for you today.  Thinking about all of the Disney roller coasters you have experienced in your life, whether it be at the Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure Park, Disneyland Paris, and so on, what is your absolute favorite roller coaster?  There are several to choose from, of course.  You’ve got Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Expedition Everest, California Screamin’, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and the list goes on.  Have a look at our poll, we’ve included several options to choose from, as well as an option to choose your own.


This is an open poll, so it won’t close, and you should be able to choose your own answer if ours doesn’t fit in what you are looking for, so have at it!  Of course, the Disney parks aren’t like the Six Flags and the Carowinds of the world, so chances are there may be roller coasters at other amusement parks you like better — but for us, we want to know which is your favorite Disney roller coaster, so let us know your thoughts, and thanks!

How California Screamin’ can make you sick…

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Image ©Disney Parks

California Screamin’, located over in Paradise Pier at Disney’s California Adventure Park, is, in my opinion, the best roller coaster at any Disney park.  I know that Space Mountain certainly has it’s fans, as does Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, or the Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride, but for me, California Screamin’ has got it all.  This roller coaster is what the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is based off of, but it is twice as long, outdoors, and offers up some great views of parts of the park.  In the video, you’ll see great moments involving another train that we almost criss-crossed with during our run.

During our trip this past July, Shane and I rode in the very front seats of the coaster, and shot this video with my GoPro.  I apologize in advance for the quality — I am not a videographer at all, and this video proves it!  However, I hope it does give you some insight into how California Screamin’ can make you sick!  If nothing else, the quality of the video may do the trick all on it’s own!

So how can California Screamin’ make you sick?  Well, to be honest, I’m not sure how often people do get sick on this coaster — but I imagine if you were to load up on a bunch of junk food, maybe ride the Tower of Terror several times in a row, and things like that, getting on California Screamin’ may put you over the edge.

So tell me, what did you think of the video?  More importantly, what do you think of California Screamin’?  Have you ridden it before?  Take a moment and let me know in the comments, and thanks for riding along with us!

Coming Soon: The My Dreams of Disney Attraction Guide

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The Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide is the first in our series. Look for it soon!

 

Coming soon, the My Dreams of Disney Attraction Guides!  These sections are going to look at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Parks and share with you all the attractions you can experience there.  We’re going to start with the Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide, and follow up with the others in this order:

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The Epcot Attraction Guide will be second in our series!

 

The Hollywood Studios Attraction Guide is next!

The Hollywood Studios Attraction Guide is next!

Last, but certainly not least, the Animal Kingdom Attraction Guide!

Last, but certainly not least, the Animal Kingdom Attraction Guide!

Each of these sections will share with you the attractions you can find at each park, as well as our opinions on what we think of it.  We’ll categorize them with rankings such as “get a FastPass” or “wait in standby” or “skip it”, and so forth.  I hope that these attraction guides will be helpful to you in your Disney Vacation planning!

Any questions?  Feel free to leave me a comment, shoot me an email, write on our Facebook page, or send me a tweet!

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Unplugged!

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

In this week’s #DisneyTrivia Segment, we look at the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia post!  I’m joined by my friends Heidi from Heidi’s Head and Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, and since we looked at the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster for today’s #DisneyWorldCountdown post, we’re going to continue our look at it for this week’s #DisneyTrivia post!  I hope you enjoy our look at some of the unique facts and figures from this great attraction!

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Unplugged

As with all things Disney related, the backstory for this attraction is what sells the park guest on the experience from the beginning.  If the backstory wasn’t so elaborate, it would just be another Universal Studios…here are some unique facts related to this attraction, which is located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios park.

  • Did you know the name of the record label is G-Force Records, and that it is a play on the 4.5 G forces that the roller coaster will put you through?
  • Do you know that the coaster goes from 0-60 MPH in 2.8 seconds?
  • Did you know that the parking garage that you enter into is owned by the Lock ‘n’ Roll Parking Systems company?
  • Did you know that there are six different limos?  Here are their license plates and the music that each one plays (each limo plays a different set of songs):
    • 1QKLIMO plays the song “Nine Lives”
    • UGOBABE plays “Love in an Elevator” and “Walk this Way” — this limo used to have the plate UGOGIRL
    • BUHBYE plays “Young Lust”, “F.I.N.E.”, and “Love in an Elevator”
    • H8TRFFC plays “Back in the Saddle” and “Dude (Looks like a Lady)”
    • 2FAST4U plays “Sweet Emotion”
    • The sixth limo is switched out periodically — it doesn’t have a license plate or soundtrack, and when it is switched, the license plate is put on it and the soundtrack for that plate is programmed.
  • Each limo has 5 speakers per seat, and their are 24 seats per limo, so a total of 120 speakers per limo.

I know that this is one of my favorite attractions, and with all of the backstory, I really do think that it adds that much more to the attraction.  What do you think?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!  Don’t forget to check the rest of the entries out — just click on the images below!

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