Magical Blogorail – Magic Kingdom Attractions for Rainy Days!

Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Blue. Enjoy the ride as we share Tips for Rainy Disney Days.

When it rains, here are five attractions at the Magic Kingdom to enjoy!

When it rains, here are five attractions at the Magic Kingdom to enjoy!

Hello everyone, and thank you for joining us today!  In this edition of the Magical Blogorail, we are taking a look at some tips for enjoying Disney even when it is raining.  Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean that the fun has to end!  In fact, it is often during periods of rain that the parks clear out, leaving a lot of great attractions just waiting to be enjoyed with much smaller lines!  But for this post, I’m taking a look at five Magic Kingdom attractions that are good for enjoying during a shower because they are long enough that you often can enjoy the ride/show/attraction, and when it is over, the rain has passed!

Country Bear Jamboree

Country Bear Jamboree is a great show, rain or shine!

Country Bear Jamboree is a great show, rain or shine!

This show is a favorite of mine — and is a Walt Disney World/Magic Kingdom original from October 1, 1971!  It’s kind of homey, kind of country, but it’s a lot of fun for this writer!  The show is 15 minutes, 55 seconds long, and has a generous lobby to wait in, so if it’s raining, it’s a great place to avoid the storm!

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

The Carousel of Progress is located in Tomorrowland, and is a great show to enjoy at any time!

The Carousel of Progress is located in Tomorrowland, and is a great show to enjoy at any time!

Another great attraction during the rain is the Carousel of Progress.  This show is an all time favorite of mine, but what makes this attraction great for rainy days is that the overhang is great for staying out of the rain, and the show is long enough to see you through a lot of Florida showers!

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean has many unique features to beat the rain!

Pirates of the Caribbean has many unique features to beat the rain!

When it comes to queue lines at the Magic Kingdom, you’ll be hard pressed to find an attraction with as great of a queue as Pirates of the Caribbean, especially for rainy days.  If it’s raining, and you want to get out of the rain, head into Pirates and you’ll be able to meander through hundreds of feet of covered areas to reach the attraction, and then, the attraction itself is long enough that you might just forget that it’s raining!  Lastly, if you have gotten wet in the rain, if you happen to get splashed on the ride, it won’t be nearly as annoying!  Sounds like a win-win-win to me!

Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Mickey's PhilharMagic is a great show to see when it rains!

Mickey’s PhilharMagic is a great show to see when it rains!

If you want a great show, incredible scenes from some of your favorite Disney movies, and great music that lasts for a while, then have a look at Mickey’s PhilharMagic.  This show is great to beat the rain with, and when the show is over, if it’s still raining, go wander through the gift shop for a while and get some souvenirs taken care of!

it’s a small world

it's a small world is a slow enough ride that you can use it to beat the rain!

it’s a small world is a slow enough ride that you can use it to beat the rain!

I know what you’re going to say — don’t ride it’s a small world because of the song!  You don’t want that stuck in your head all day, rain or no rain!  Of course, I love the song, so I don’t mind getting it stuck in my head, but it’s a great way to escape the rain, with it’s long covered queue line and long, slow moving boat ride!

You know, sometimes the rain doesn’t go away very quickly, and you have to endure the ponchos and umbrellas and all of that mess.  However, when the rain does stay for a while, it can often lead to a lot of people deciding to leave the park for the day.  When that happens, like it did for us back in 2010, it leads to photos like this one, during a very low capacity extra magic hours.  Mickey and Minnie were riding Dumbo after midnight that night!

Sometimes the rain doesn't go away very quickly...

Sometimes the rain doesn’t go away very quickly…

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Frontierland Station.

Here is the map of our Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop – My Dreams of Disney – Magic Kingdom Rainy Day Attractions
2nd Stop – Frontierland Station – Don’t Let The Weather Rain On Your Disney Parade
3rd Stop – Ashley Aspires – Rainy Day Resort Hopping
4th Stop – Saving Up for Disney – 10 Tips for Surviving a Disneyland Rainy Day
Final Stop – Magical Mickey Tips- Top Tips for Rainy Day Options at Walt Disney World

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Space Mountain

4 Days: Space Mountain

Space Mountain

We’re at #Day4, and today we’re looking at #SpaceMountain!

Space Mountain.  Two words that can either give you an exhilarating rush of adrenalin at just the thought of it, or it can send shivers of fear down your spine.  For me, Space Mountain did both — when I first started going to the Magic Kingdom, it was not an attraction I would ride — I was afraid of it…but then Cindy and I rode it back in 2000 when I took her to Walt Disney World, and I was a fan, and the more I rode it, the bigger a fan I became!

Sophie is much like me, I’m afraid.  She is not a fan of Space Mountain.  She does not like that it goes in the dark; she does not like that it is single file seating; the version at Disneyland she likes marginally better because it has side-by-side seating so she can hang on to me or Cindy; but generally speaking, she is not a fan of Space Mountain.

So it really excites me that she has made a deal with her friend Miss J — Sophie will ride Space Mountain with her and Riley (who loves Space Mountain, by the way), and Miss J will ride Splash Mountain with Sophie and Riley (both of whom like Splash Mountain).  It a big moment for Sophie, and I’m proud of her for putting her fear aside to ride it with her friends — and who knows, she may just like it better afterwards!

Space Mountain

I think it would be really cool to see Space Mountain decked out like this!

I think that Disney should take a look at this photo and decide to deck out Space Mountain like this during the Halloween season — don’t you think it would be neat?

Space Mountain

You can see Space Mountain from the top of Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse!

I like that you can see the Mountain from all the way over in Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse!

So what do you think of Space Mountain?  Do you like it?  What about your kids?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

TTA

Hop on board the TTA PeopleMover! #Day65

TTA

The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover is our choice for #Day65 of our #DisneyWorldCountdown!

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day65 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  Today’s featured post is, of course, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover (also known as the TTA for short)!  This is one of my favorite attractions to ride at Walt Disney World simply because it takes you on an exploration of Tomorrowland, showing you sites and scenes that you can’t see any other way!  Best of all, if your feet are tired, riding on the TTA and it’s 10 minute, 3 second duration are a great way to relax your feet and rejuvenate for a strong finish!  The best way to talk about the TTA, though, is by sharing with you some of my pictures!  Sadly, my night pictures of the scenes around the TTA are not very good, so I’ll be limiting myself to some daytime shots, but I hope you enjoy them nonetheless!

TTA

Monica, ML, and Sophie riding on the TTA with us!

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What I like is the overhead shots you can get of Tomorrowland. Here you see Space Mountain in the distance.

 

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The TTA winds it’s way around several Tomorrowland attractions, including Astro Orbiter.

 

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Here is a closeup of Space Mountain that we took from the TTA.

 

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Here you see the City of Tomorrow, aka Epcot. This model is only seen from the TTA!

So much of our trips to the Magic Kingdom revolve for me around relaxing and taking in all that the World has to share with us, and for me, one of my favorite ways to see Tomorrowland is via the TTA.  Do you like the attraction?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Astro Orbiter

93 Days: Astro Orbiter

Astro Orbiter

The Astro Orbiter rides high above Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom.

Hello everyone, and welcome to day 93 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  Today is Friday, and we are officially sitting at 14 weeks and 2 days until we arrive at our destination: Walt Disney World!  For today’s post, we are going to take a look at the Astro Orbiter, one of those rides that is really cool to see, but for me, it’s kind of annoying to ride because the line to ride it is so long and so slow moving!  So, as a result, we don’t ride it very much, but we do ride it sometimes, and I think this year I might ride it once at night to get a different perspective on it all.

Astro Orbiter

The Astro Orbiter beckons you to experience it and blast into outer space!

Visually, the Astro Orbiter is quite appealing to look at, with it’s multi-colored planets and moons staring at you, and it also provides a great perspective for you to see many of the sites around Tomorrowland.  It is similar to it’s neighboring attraction the Tomorrowland Transit Authority in that both of those attractions provide very unique views of much of Tomorrowland, and it’s those unique views that really provide a great opportunity for you to enjoy a different side of the Magic Kingdom.

I don’t have very good on-ride pictures, but here are what I’ve got — as you can see, one shot provides a view all the way over to the Grand Floridian!

Astro Orbiter

A look all the way over to the Grand Floridian.

Astro Orbiter

Space Mountain in the distance.

Astro Orbiter

Part of the space ship and Space Mountain.

So tell me — what do you think of the Astro Orbiter?  Ride it, skip it, or something else?  Let me know in the comments, please, and thanks for stopping by!

My Disney Blogger Friends – a Tight-Knit Community

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One of the biggest enjoyments I get out of my Disney blog has been the friendships that I have developed over the years of writing here at My Dreams of Disney.  I am a truly blessed man, and I can count my blessings on the number of great friendships that God has put in my path for me to learn from, laugh with, cry with, virtually hug, meet in person, and even vacation with.  Like everything, though, nothing is perfect, and I have had to help friends out who have been stabbed in the back by other Disney bloggers — or, should I say, people that think they fit into the Disney community of bloggers when, in fact, they are about as far away from the Disney community as you can be — at least, with regards to the morals that Walt Disney exhibited when he was alive.

However, overall, the people in my Disney blogging life that I have been blessed to associate with — even if I haven’t met most of them — are ones that I would give the shirt off my back for, and ones that I regularly include in my prayers at night.  This post isn’t really about anything in particular that relates to Disney, but it is a post from the heart, and as we conclude the year 2013, it seems good that I take a few minutes to publicly thank them for all of their support over the year.

Disney’s Cheapskate Princess

My dear friend Amanda is also known as the Cheapskate Princess.  This wife/mother/teacher with a heart of gold not only is always there for me when I need to talk with her, but she is also one of the funniest people I’ve ever met, and whenever we chat, it is a rare day that I don’t end up laughing at something she said.  I have been fortunate enough to meet Amanda and her family, although if it hadn’t been for her shouting across Tomorrowland as I was going to Space Mountain, it never would have happened…

The Magical Blogorail

My collective group of friends at the Magical Blogorail are some of my closest friends, and I take great pride in being able to help them out when I can.  The Blogorail is going through some changes starting in January, and that has caused some of the members to step down, but the changes are, in my opinion, for the better, and I look forward to being a help in the transition of the Blogorail from what it was to what it will become.  My Blogorail friends have always been there for me, and I’ll be there for them always, too, even those that have chosen to move on in their blogging path.

Chip & Company

My friend Chip from Chip & Company gave me my first start when I was starting my blog — he was looking for writers and I sent him an email.  I was a writer for Chip & Company for over two years before our paths differed, but Chip and I are still friends, and we have maintained that friendship despite not collaborating on the site together — and we will always be friends, I believe.

Ideally Disney

My sister-in-Christ Brenda is one of the sweetest people I know — and one that my family and I have been blessed to meet and hang out with, and even vacation with!  Brenda is the creator of the site Ideally Disney, and she and her husband and family are friends — but even more than that, they are fellow Christians, and I know whenever I need them, they are here for me, as I am for them.  We have laughed, we have cried, and we have hugged — and even video-conferenced — and I know that we will for years in the future also!

This is just a small sample of all of the people that mean a lot to me in the Disney community, and as I said, the blessings I have are too many to count.  If you don’t know these sites, go check them out, leave a comment, tell them that I said hi and that I sent you over to them.  They are great people, and I think you will enjoy getting to know them a bit better too.  Thank you for always taking the time to stop by and visit, and I’ll see you around the Internet!