74 Days til Disneyland – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!

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One of my favorite roller coasters at Walt Disney World is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!  This roller coaster — which was the first roller coaster that I remember ever riding at the Magic Kingdom (despite my sister’s insistence that I rode Space Mountain in 1979) is a fun adventure through the Wild West!  I love this roller coaster, and so does Cindy and Sophie and everyone that I meet and talk about Disney with.

So I was really looking forward to riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland in 74 days — until I found out that the attraction is going through extensive renovations and won’t be open until mid-fall 2013.  Per the Disneyland attraction page for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad:

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to Reopen Fall 2013

Starting January 7, 2013, the exciting Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will receive refurbishment attention. Come back mid-fall 2013 and climb aboard the train for a twisting thrill ride through the untamed landscape of the legendary Old West.

The disappointment in not being able to ride BTMRR is high, but that isn’t going to ruin our Disneyland trip!  We’ve still got all of these other great roller coasters that we will be riding:

So, it’s not BTMRR, but it’s not bad — and that just frees up a few more rides on Sophie’s favorite ride — Splash Mountain!

Thanks for stopping by, but make sure you come back around later, we’ve got a full day planned here on the site.  Next up is my writer Theresa talking about her Disney World bucket list, and then after that, we’ve got a special post about a new contest that starts tomorrow!  So stay tuned, and have a great Sunday!

100 Days til Disneyland – Matterhorn Bobsleds!

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Welcome to the inaugural post for our 100 Days til Disneyland series!  It is hard to believe for us, but in 100 days we will be at Disneyland!!!  I have an ambitious project — to post a different thing we are looking forward to each day for the next 100 days!  Do you think I can do it?  Well, we’ll find out, but I’m certainly looking forward to the challenge!

Today’s post is a look at the Matterhorn Bobsleds.  Did you know that the Matterhorn Bobsleds only exists at Disneyland — no other park has the attraction!  Also, did you know that this attraction is located right on the line between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, and that it actually has two tracks, and two different queues — one in Fantasyland, and the other in Tomorrowland?

Also, the Fantasyland track is longer then the Tomorrowland track, and this roller coaster, which opened in 1959, is the first tubular steel continuous track roller coaster ever constructed!

So tell me, please: what do you think of the Matterhorn Bobsleds?  Worth the ride, take it or leave it, or what?  Also, do you have a favorite track?  I’ve heard that depending on the time, only one track may be open at a time.  Which track is normally the one open, or does it vary?  I love comments, please feel free to leave one, and thanks for stopping by!

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Exploring Primeval Whirl at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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One of the rides at Disney’s Animal Kingdom that is actually more fun then you would think is Primeval Whirl.  When we first visited Animal Kingdom in 2007, Sophie wanted to ride the ride so badly — but she was unable to do so because she didn’t meet the height requirement of 48 inches.

Primeval Whirl is a roller coaster, but not in the traditional sense.  It’s kind of like combining a roller coaster layout with a tea cup rotation device, and that turns out some thrilling, exciting spins, twists, and turns!

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As you can see, the Time Machine you will travel in to take you back in time to the age of dinosaurs is a circular vehicle, and it seats four people.  The key to the ride is the circular motion, because believe me, that design will spin you around and around and around at parts of the ride, and it’s a lot of fun!

Another neat thing that I like about the ride is that the track is setup so that it has a lot — and I mean a lot — of 90 degree turns!  That way, as you are speeding on your way towards the edge, you think you are going to fall, and you turn right at the last moment, such that you are able to see over the edge!  That turn also sets your car to spinning, so I hope you are not motion sensitive — if you are, this may not be the ride for you!

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As you climb up the hill, you will notice that the ride it taking you back in time!  This is evident because the clocks you see will be moving backwards.  It is after you reach the top that your trip really takes off!

All in all, this is a fun little ride for Sophie and I.  My wife can take it or leave it, and I guess I can too.  It wasn’t one that I rode this past trip, but I think the next time we visit, I will ride it again.  What do you think about Primeval Whirl?  Is it a ride that you like to enjoy, one that is “one and done”, or one that is a must do ride? Let me know in the comments or on the Facebook page, and thanks!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad — A Trip to the Old West!

Before my last vacation, my favorite roller coaster bar none at the Magic Kingdom was Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  The main reason for this statement was because I hadn’t ridden Space Mountain in so long, and the twists and turns of the coaster — especially at night — really makes for a wild ride all the way to the old west!

Then I rode Space Mountain — and suddenly, the world of the Magic Kingdom roller coasters wasn’t nearly as cut and dry as it was prior to June 8th, 2012…

As much as I loved my two rides on Space Mountain, I’ve got to tell you that my two rides on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad were as good a series of rides as I’ve ever had.  Both of them were at night, and to me, there isn’t anything that compares to BTMRR at night.  On one, it was the same night that Stephanie and Shane became an engaged couple, so the ride could have been at a measly five miles an hour and it still would have been great.  But it wasn’t, of course.  The night air was great, and of course, watching for the dancing ladies above the saloon is always fun.

Then, later on in our vacation, we were able to ride it again, and during this ride, it was right when the fireworks were about to start, so I pulled out my iPhone and took some pictures of the fireworks while we were riding.  Most of them were not any good, but I did get a couple.

 

In the end, the roller coasters at the Magic Kingdom are as different as night and day, and if I had to choose one that I like best, I’m not sure that I could.  So, I’m ranking them as 1A and 1B, and I’m not telling which one fits where.

Which is your favorite roller coaster at the Magic Kingdom?  Space Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad?  Tell me in the comments please!

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Space Mountain — One of the sickest rides I’ve ever been on!

Space Mountain — that majestic flight to outer space that you can enjoy each and every day when you visit the Magic Kingdom.  That ride, where you are virtually in the dark the entire ride, as you and your spaceship navigate around and around in your journey through space!  That ride, which until I rode it during our trip to Disney World in June, I had never been on the left hand track!

Now, before you villify me, I must explain that I rode Space Mountain twice during our last vacation — and before that, it had been several years since I had ridden it before, and to my memory, I think I had ridden it only twice before in all the times I had been to Walt Disney World.  So I doubled my ride experiences during this trip!

The first time I rode Space Mountain was around 1:45 AM on Sunday evening (Monday morning.)  The extra magic hours were about to expire at 2:00 AM, so we needed to get over there if we were going to make it.  In line for this excursion were Stephanie, Shane, Kyle, Kerry, Cindy, and myself.  When we went through the line — which was dead, by the way — we were directed to the right side as we approached the loading area, and we were in positions 1-6.  Cindy was first, then Kerry, then me, then Kyle, Stephanie, and Shane (I think that was their order.)

This was Kerry’s first trip on Space Mountain, so she was understandably nervous!  As for me, I was excited.  As we started off, we got going for just a short while, and then we stopped for a moment.  It was at this moment that Kyle, who knew that Kerry had never been on before, decided to give out a blood-curdling scream!  As soon as he did that, we were off!

Kerry was screaming the whole way it seemed, but so was I, because that is what I do on roller coasters — I scream!  It was incredible, we had so much fun, and even though Kerry was scared to death, she still had fun!

Three days later, we were at it again.  We were in the Magic Kingdom that night because the girls had their outing at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, and then we ate at Cinderella’s Royal Table.  That was the night that we saw the fireworks from inside the dining hall!

We had Fast Passes for something like 10:30 PM or so, and the Magic Kingdom closed at 11:00 PM that night, so after we experienced the Fireworks and left, we were able to head on over to Space Mountain to turn in our passes.  In the end, this ride was just Kerry, Monica, and myself.  Kerry was experiencing Space Mountain for the second time this trip, I was experiencing Space Mountain for the fourth time, and Monica, well this was Monica’s first trip on Space Mountain!

The difference this time was that we were directed to the left side of the loading area, and while Kerry and I didn’t think anything about the difference, when we started going, it was evident that this was a completely different ride — and the biggest difference was the speed!

I thought that this was the fastest trip on Space Mountain that I had ever been on — it was crazy it was so exciting.  In every turn, it felt like the speed just kept going up and up and up — and I almost thought that it was going to go so fast that we would rocket off the track at one point!  Hands down, this was the best single roller coaster ride that I have ever experienced!  It was so crazy, here was our ride photo that they took for us while we were riding!

So tell me, what was your favorite roller coaster experience?  Why not tell me about it in the comments?  Thanks!

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