Lands of California Adventure – Condor Flats

Minnie's Fly Girls perform in Condor Flats

Minnie’s Fly Girls perform in Condor Flats

Hello everyone, and welcome to Condor Flats, home of the Minnie’s Fly Girls Show and Soarin’ Over California!  This Land of Disney’s California Adventure park pays homage to California’s glory days of aviation, and even has a bit of history to go with it that I’ll share on the next Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia post!

This is the first land that we are exploring in our Lands of Disney California Adventure series, and while this land is fairly small, and almost feels like a pass-through from one land to another, it’s certainly got some good points, that’s for sure!

Soarin’ Over California

Soarin' Over California is the featured attraction of Condor Flats

Soarin’ Over California is the featured attraction of Condor Flats

The wonderful thing about the California Adventure version of Soarin’ is that it is no where as crowded an attraction as the version at Epcot is!  As a result, you can almost walk right in and get a seat!  Other than that, the ride is the same as far as I could tell, but the lack of waiting is certainly a bonus in this writer’s book!

After you finish with Soarin’, check out the times for Minnie’s Fly Girls — it’s a fun little show that features the Queen Mouse herself!  While you are watching, grab yourself a drink and a churro — the churros at California Adventure are absolutely incredible!

For you west coasters out there, the number 47 is prominently featured several places in Condor Flats.  I know what the number represents, but do you?  If you do, let me know in the comments!

While you are in Condor Flats, check out the Fly ‘N Buy Souvenir Shop — and look at the clock inside the shop.  It features a unique time that will be discussed in a future post.

So, Condor Flats doesn’t have a whole lot to talk about, but it’s still one of the lands of Disney’s California Adventure.  Let me know in the comments, please, whether this is a blow through land or one you linger in, and thanks for stopping by today!

Disney California Adventure Park

Located in Paradise Pier, Mickey's Fun Wheel is one of the iconic structures at Disney's California Adventure Park!

Located in Paradise Pier, Mickey’s Fun Wheel is one of the iconic structures at Disney’s California Adventure Park!

Hello everyone!  Much like I did with the Lands of Disneyland series, I’m going to spend some time and write about the Lands of Disney’s California Adventure Park!  There are many incredible things to see at DCA, and these posts will help you learn more about the high points of each land.  We will explore the following lands:

  • Condor Flats
  • Grizzly Peak
  • Paradise Pier
  • Pacific Wharf
  • “a bug’s land”
  • Hollywood Land
  • Buena Vista Street
  • Cars Land

Each of these lands have something special — or in many cases, many special things — to share with you, the Guests, and we’ll do our best to share with you what each land has to offer based on our trip back in June of last year. Stay tuned, everyone, because there will be some great things you won’t want to miss out on!  Starting us off will be Condor Flats, home of Soarin’ Over California!

Tell me, if you’ve been to California Adventure park, what was your favorite land there?  Favorite attraction? Favorite show?  Let us know in the comments, and thank you for stopping by!  Now, go out and make today and every day a great Disney Day!

Disney Top Five: Ways to Meet Other Guests

It’s funny that we can be in a place surrounded by thousands of fellow human beings and not give any thought to how we might interact with them! I call it the Elevator Syndrome. Everyone piles in and faces forward and tries not to move, speak, or make eye contact because…

Well, there just isn’t a good reason.

So today we’re all going to exit that elevator and explore ways to move with other people through long line-ups, to actually start up conversations with complete strangers, and treat others like we care if they live or die. Yes, we’re going to learn how to plus the Disney Experience through genuine human contact in this Disney Top Five list!

People to Meet

Number 5

Ask someone where they’re from. Nothing says ‘I’m interested in you’ like inquiring as to where they’re from and how they came to be at Disney. You’ll either establish a common ground or learn about a place you’ve never been.

Number 4

Trade something. Pins. Vinylmations. Germs. Anything! Think of it this way: You get to meet someone new and walk away with a prize for doing so. Win Win says I (unless it’s a germ).

Number 3

Sit down. You’re not going to meet anyone by running from one place to another with only the destination in mind! How you get there and whom you meet along the way will enrich you in ways you never imagined.

Number 2

Share a ride vehicle. This suggestion is best illustrated by attractions like the Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safaris, or perhaps Soarin’ or Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor where the sheer number of people make it almost impossible not to meet someone new!

Number 1

Smile. Nothing draws a person to you like a great big smile that says ‘I’m happy to be here!’ An Oscar-worthy Grumpy performance won’t make you approachable. So whether you’re walking around, browsing in a shop, waiting in line, or relaxing by the pool: Turn that frown upside down and show some teeth!

Bonus Round

Electronic devices. TURN THEM OFF! True story: I was visiting a Disney Park and saw four young girls walking ‘together’ while each was busy texting other people on their cell phones. So… why did they come to the Park ‘together’ if they really wanted to interact with these other friends instead? People, let’s try to live in the here-and-now with flesh-and-blood people, shall we? I’m going to stop now before this turns into a Rant.

I hope this isn’t an exhaustive list. So if you’ve found a great way to interact with other Guests while visiting a Disney Park, please share it with the rest of us in the comments section. And do your part to stamp out Elevator Syndrome once and for all!

Epcot Future World — The Land

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Hello everyone, and welcome back to our look at the pavilions at Epcot Future World!  The first pavilion we took a look at was Spaceship Earth, and now, we’re moving on to look at The Land, which is my second favorite pavilion in all of Future World!  This location has some of the best attractions, food, and decor, and it’s a great place to hang out and just people watch!

Garden Grill Restaurant

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The Garden Grill Restaurant is, without a doubt, one of my favorite restaurants in all of Walt Disney World!  This circular restaurant is on a special platform that slowly rotates while you eat, showing you a view of all of the scenes in the boat ride “Living with the Land”.  The menu consists of a family-style layout featuring the following great dishes:

  • Char-grilled Filet of Beef
  • Roasted All-Natural Turkey Breast
  • Sustainable Fish of the Day

In addition to that, you also get warm bread, a special salad, and side dishes of garden fresh vegetables, butter mashed potatoes, and Artisan bread pudding.  Lastly, to top off the meal, a harvest skillet cake is served.  All told, it is a yummy dining experience, and even includes visits from Chip & Dale, Mickey, and Pluto!

Sunshine Seasons

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Rounding out the dining options at The Land is Sunshine Seasons, an absolutely incredible quick-service dining option.  Within this market setting you’ll find hot meals, sandwiches, sushi, salads, kids meals, and on and on and on.  They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Some of the incredible options include the following:

  • Chicken, Fish, and Pork Chop offerings
  • Asian cuisine including Mongolian Beef, Sweet and Sour Chicken, and Spicy Cashew Chicken
  • Turkey, Vegetable, and Steak sandwiches.

The offerings at this location are incredible, and well worth visiting.

Soarin’

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In addition to the great dining options, my wife’s favorite ride at Walt Disney World is located at The Land Pavilion.  Of course I’m talking about Soarin’.  The funny thing about Soarin’ is that it used to give me the worst case of motion sickness — not necessarily a sickness like I need a bag, but I definitely felt like something was wrong.  As a result, I didn’t ride this great ride very often.  Now, though, I’m over whatever it was that was bothering me, and I have no problem riding Soarin’ — even from the highest seat!  Let me know what you think of Soarin’ in the comments below, and thanks!

Living with the Land

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In Living with the Land, this boat ride takes you through some great scenery, but also explores all that The Land does to improve on how crops can be grown throughout the world.  My friend Joy was a part of the Disney College Program way back in the 1990s, and she was actually one of the boat narraters back when they had Cast Members accompany the boats.  This is certainly not a thrill ride like Soarin’, but it definitely is up there on my list of things to do once because of all the neat things you learn — and who knows, you might even see this big pumpkin!

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Circle of Life

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The Circle of Life is a short documentary film that incorporates the characters from the Lion King, Simba, Timon, and Pumba, and talks about all of the things that we humans do to pollute the environment.  I’ve seen this film a couple of times, but truth be told, it isn’t something I’m all that interested in simply because it opens a whole in the Disney World and takes me right back to the real world — and that’s not what I want to do when I visit Walt Disney World!

I hope you have enjoyed your look at The Land Pavilion in Epcot’s Future World!  For those unsure where it is, here is an image of where it is located so you can find it!

The Land location

6 Days til Disneyland – Soarin’ Over California!

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

And then there were six…six days left until we leave for Disneyland!  Today we are taking a look at one of my favorite attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios — and of course, at Disney’s California Adventure park — Soarin’ Over California!

The interesting thing about this attraction is that I didn’t used to like it!  I don’t know what it was, but for some reason, the realism of it all was so incredible that it was freaking me out!  I don’t know if I had some sort of inner ear thing or what, but I really did not care for it all that much.  I would ride it, though, because I could look over and see that if I fell, I would only break a leg or something, you know, easy peasy, right?!

However, the more I rode it, the more I liked it, and I really enjoy the ride now, and can’t wait for our trips on it when we get to Disneyland!  Soarin’ Over California is a fan favorite for a lot of people, though, so FastPass tickets are a must, at least in my mind they are, but that’s okay.  It’s the only attraction in Condor Flats, but it’s not far from Grizzly River Run, so that might draw some of the crowds away from Soarin’.

What is your favorite part of Soarin’ Over California? Why not leave me a comment and let me know, and thanks!