Your #DisneyMemory of Soarin’

Soarin'

Soarin’ is one of the most popular attractions at Epcot, in fact, in all of Walt Disney World.  The attraction has a huge stand by line, and wait times exceed 60 or 90 minutes and even longer, so a FastPass+ selection is imperative if you want to ride later in the day.

For the longest time, I was extremely tentative when it came to riding Soarin’ — the movie is so realistic, it really does feel to me like I’m hundreds of feet up in the air when I ride, and for whatever reason, it kind of freaked me out.  However, I did myself a favor and I was seated at the end of a row, and I looked down during the ride and saw that it wasn’t as far as I was afraid it was, so I figured it would be okay.  I know it sounds like a crazy kind of logic, but that’s the way my mind worked.

Now, though, I love to ride Soarin’.  I’ve been fortunate to ride it both at Walt Disney World and at Disney’s California Adventure Park, and while the ride was the same, the line at the time for DCA was much shorter it seemed to me.  Of course, Soarin’ has been redone — instead of Soarin’ Over California, it is now called Soarin’ Over the World, and as a result, the change in the movie has led to insanely long lines — as much as 300 minutes or longer at times!  So far I haven’t seen the ride in person, having not been at any of the parks, but I look forward to the date that changes!

I guess when it comes to Soarin’ I don’t think I have a favorite #DisneyMemory.  However, I do like that I’ve been able to enjoy the ride, and ride it from the very top section.  That adds a thrill to the ride because it is so high up.  Soarin’, though, is at the very top of my wife’s list of favorite attractions, and I’m glad that I am able to ride it with her when we go.  It’s a lot of fun, and that simple #DisneyMemory is just being able to enjoy Disney with my family when we do go.

So please tell me, what is your favorite #DisneyMemory from Soarin’? Please let us know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by!

Arrival Day at Disney World

0 Days: Arrival Day at Disney World!

Arrival Day at Disney World

Welcome Home…two of the best words you can hear at Walt Disney World!

Welcome Home…the first words a Disney Vacation Club member hears when they approach the resort they are staying at and are checking in.  For us, our home for the next week is Bay Lake Tower, the modern resort located next to and connected to the Contemporary Resort, with views overlooking the Magic Kingdom Park and Bay Lake.  Today is the day!  Today is our arrival day at Disney World!

If all goes as planned, we should arrive at our home around lunchtime, in time to check our luggage, hop on the monorail to Epcot, and then make our first FastPass of our trip, at Soarin’ at 3:35PM.

I want to thank each and every one of you for taking time out of your schedule to visit our site during our #DisneyWorldCountdown series.  In the days ahead I will create a page with links to each of the posts so it’s easier for you to scan them, and during the week I’ll share special photos from the parks that I think you may find interesting.  Until we speak again, I wish you all the best, and I hope that you are excited for your trip as I am for ours!

Today’s question is simple — who is a DVC member?  If you aren’t, and you have been considering it, I invite you to use me as a reference — you’ll get a special prize and so will I.  Just use the information in the image below if you do use us as a reference for your DVC purchase!  Have a great day!

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Test Track

8 Days: Test Track

Test Track

One of the rides that I am most looking forward to seeing is Test Track! We haven’t ridden it since before it was updated!

Today is #Day8 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown, and for our choice for today we’re taking a look at Test Track — the ride that changed a while back and we haven’t ridden since the changes!  When we last rode it, we were “crash test dummies” and we were helping to test out some of the safety features of the cars.  The ride was fun, and ended with a ride outside on the lap at top speed!  From what I understand, the changes are more in the first part of the ride, where, instead of going through the tests, you now have the opportunity to design your own car!  I may be wrong on this a bit, so if I am wrong and you know, leave me a comment to clarify for us please!

In the past, the problem I had with Test Track was that it was so problematic from a standpoint that weather could totally ground the attraction.  Because of this, it’s not my favorite ride by any stretch — if I had to rank Future World attractions, I’d have Soarin at #1, Spaceship Earth at #2, and Ellen’s Energy Adventure at #3.  Still, we are excited to see if it has improved with the new design of the attraction.

What do you think of Test Track?  Is it still problematic from a weather standpoint, is it still slow loading like it was, or has it improved?  Do you have to design your own vehicle or can you skip that?  Do you like it or do you skip it?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!

 

Soarin'

32 Days: Soarin’ Over California

Soarin'

Soarin’ over California is our choice for #Day32 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown.

With each passing day, we get one day closer to our vacation!  I am so excited I can hardly stand it!  As we start getting into the smaller numbers, you will hopefully see an increase in the number of E-Ticket attractions that we profile in our countdown.  Today we are taking a look at Soarin’ Over California, the ride that takes us on a visit across many of the absolutely incredible features of the state of California!  This attraction is so lifelike that I used to get sick — not physically, but certainly wobbly — as we rode it, and it took me a long time to warm up to it as a result.  However, now, this attraction is one that I look forward to each and every visit to Epcot!

Soarin'

Cindy, Sophie, and Stephanie pose for a picture before we rode Soarin’ on September 30, 2011.

We rode this on September 30, 2011, and Cindy, Sophie and Stephanie posed for a photo in the queue as we were waiting in line.  Who can tell me what September 30, 2011 is memorable for (or perhaps more importantly, the day after September 30, 2011?)

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The queue for Soarin’ is like walking to a futuristic airplane!

The queue to get to the attraction is really neat in my opinion.  There are games to play on these big screens, and while they never seem to do much for me, they are a distraction.  Additionally, the colors and wavy screens do really seem like an advanced hangar type loading area.

Unfortunately, I do not have any ride photos to show you because my camera is always under my seat.  However, I did find this video of the ride that I hope you enjoy.

Rumor is afloat that changes are going to be made to Soarin’.  Many people saw special helicopters flying over the Magic Kingdom with cameras attached to them, and it has a lot of us wondering if the ride is going to be redone in the near future.  What do you think?  Is it destined to change, and will it be great when it comes back?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Living with the Land

74 Days: Living with the Land

Living with the Land

Living with the Land – #Day74 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown

Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s #DisneyWorldCountdown post!  Today is #Day74, and for this day, we are taking a look at the boat ride underneath the Garden Grill Restaurant called Living with the Land.  Like many things at Epcot, this boat ride is both entertaining to ride — well, for me anyway — and also educational as well, as you get a chance to see how some of the vegetables and fruits are grown for consumption in some of the Walt Disney World restaurants.

The Living with the Land boat ride used to be narrated by a Cast Member — in fact, one of my best friends was the narrater during her stint in the Disney College Program back in the mid 1990s — but now, the boat ride is narrated with audio only via an intercom type system, not with a Cast Member.  Still, the ride is a good time for relaxation, and well worth your time — especially if you have a few minutes before your Garden Grill reservation or Soarin’ FastPass+ time.

What I like is how they talk about the different seasons, and to me, it almost feels like I’m put in the middle of the scenes from the Wizard of Oz, with the great old house, the plains, and all the rest.  I also think it is really neat that the Garden Grill Restaurant overtop us slowly spins and shows it’s patrons the same scenes that we see from the boat ride, with the exception of the horticulture scenes inside the big Greenhouse areas.

I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy Living with the Land.  Do you?  Let me know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by as we explore Living with the Land!  In closing, have a look at this giant pumpkin!

Living with the Land

The giant pumpkin inside the greenhouse area of Living with the Land.