Your #DisneyMemory of Soarin’

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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!

Spaceship Earth

Blogorail Orange: Spaceship Earth Architectural Details

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Orange Loop. Today we are sharing some of our favorite architectural details at the Disney Parks.


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Spaceship Earth stands proudly over Epcot!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this month’s Magical Blogorail Orange Loop!  Today we are taking a look at some of the incredible architectural details that you can find at Walt Disney World and the rest of the Disney Parks!  For me, I’m focusing on one of my absolute favorite attractions at Epcot (or any Disney Park, for that matter) — Spaceship Earth!

From a technology perspective, Spaceship Earth combines some incredibly cool — I would almost say geeky — stats as well as some technology from yesteryear.  Let’s dive into them just a little bit, shall we?

  • Spaceship Earth is 180 feet tall, and weighs in at about 16 million pounds!
  • The skin of Spaceship Earth is made up of 11,324 aluminum and plastic-alloy triangles!
  • Did you know that the water from rain that lands on Spaceship Earth never falls to the pavement below? There is a special system in place that takes the water and drains it into World Showcase Lagoon!
  • Spaceship Earth has a diameter of 165 feet, a circumference of 518.1 feet, and a volume of 2.35 million cubic feet!
  • As part of the attraction, though, did you know that Spaceship Earth incorporates an old 1A2 key system phone into one of it’s props?  Now that’s old school!
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The scenes inside the attraction are my favorites!

For me, though, more than the numbers, more than the technology, more than the incredible photo opportunities, what I really like about Spaceship Earth is the attraction, the ride itself.  Somehow, knowing that you are climbing into the belly of the “big golf ball” and heading all the way to the top is just really cool to me.  Reliving all of the exploration of how communication has adapted over time is really neat, and the sites, smells, sounds of it all just bring you there as if you are experiencing it firsthand.  That’s why I like Spaceship Earth so much.  Man, I miss this attraction!

I hope you have enjoyed our look at Spaceship Earth!  Tell me, what do you think of this attraction?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!  Now go check out the rest of the loop — we’ve got some great posts for you to read!

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Dream Disney Scents

Dream Disney Scents — Your Disney Scentsy Connection!

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Dream Disney Scents is the name of my Scentsy Site! Let’s bring together our love of Disney and the love of Scentsy!

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By Mike Ellis.

Hello everyone!  As part of the evolution of our site, I have decided to take on the roll of becoming a Scentsy Consultant!  My niece’s Leslie and Stephanie are both consultants, and after talking with them, I think that I can bring together two very well known brands — Disney and Scentsy — and combine them to help you all out even more!

Picture this, if you will: You know that I have my Disney fan blog, and that I am a travel agent with Pixie Vacations.  Because of this connection, you come to our blog, and reach out to me to help you plan your dream vacation to Walt Disney World, where you want to stay at the Beach Club Resort.  We plan your trip, it is full of a lifetime of memories for you, your family, your children, and you know that you will want to remember them for years to come.

Well, with Scentsy, you can do just that!  You can get the Key Largo Nightlight warmer, couple it with the Beach Scentsy Bar, and voila!  Whenever you smell that wonderful aroma, your mind takes you back to your Disney resort, and you remember strolling out on the Boardwalk near sundown, enjoying the view of the lights over the water, the sound of the music coming from Jellyrolls while you, your husband, and your children make your way to Beaches & Cream to enjoy some delicious ice cream!

If you are interested in all of this, I invite you to take a look at my Scentsy personal website, called Dream Disney Scents!  I have a launch party starting up tomorrow, but you can still take a look at the site and see what piques your interest!  Thank you in advance for taking a look!

With all that being said, I think I’ve got to make my own Disney plans — and also think about which scents will go best with the resort we choose!  I’ll see you…at Disney, and at Scentsy!

Star Wars

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

By Mike Ellis.

The latest in the Star Wars series of films, The Force Awakens, opened up on December 18 to worldwide acclaim.  For me, this was a chance to experience a first.  When the original Star Wars movies came out in the 70s and 80s, we didn’t go to many movies, and as a result, I didn’t see them in the theater.  Then, when the Prequels were released between 1999 and 2005, for whatever reason, I don’t believe I saw any of those in the theater either.  So today, watching Episode VII in the theater was a brand new experience for me.

This review isn’t so much about the movie itself, because I don’t want to ruin it for anyone by having some spoilers revealed when there are people that haven’t seen the movie yet.  Instead, this review is about the experience, the feelings the movie generated, the anticipation, and yes, even the trailers, which I will share below for you to watch if you wish to.

The Anticipation

To my recollection, I can’t remember a time when a movie was as highly anticipated as Star Wars was.  I guess perhaps the final book in the Harry Potter series had as much buildup, or at least, it attempted to, but to me, this movie, which has generated a ton of pixels all across the galaxy we call the internet, easily topped that.  The totals for ticket pre-sales far exceeded $100 million dollars, and for the weekend, I believe the movie was at $250 million; this movie topped all sorts of charts, and people across the globe were excited for it’s release.

The Experience

Having all six of the first Star Wars films in my library at home, watching them on the TV whenever I care to is good; but when you are sitting in a dark theater, and all of a sudden, that music starts with the Star Wars logo appearing in the middle of that big screen is pretty sick.  Then, as you see the opening introduction, it hits you; you are watching Star Wars in the theater, and it doesn’t get any better than this.

Everything is better at the theater, in my opinion.  The movie is better; the popcorn tastes better; the music is better; the special effects are better; the seating is better (our theater had reclining seats which were very nice).

The Feelings

In my opinion, director J.J. Abrams does an incredible job with the Star Wars universe.  The story is well developed, the characters rich and engaging, the merge between old and new characters is very well done, and this film does answer some questions I had going into the movie.  All in all, this movie had it all for me; suspense, intrigue, drama, laughter, sadness, you name it, it had it for me.  Were there things I would have done differently?  Perhaps, although I’m not a filmmaker so I can’t imagine right now what I would change; still, though, I was quite pleased with the way the film was presented, and I really look forward to Episode VIII, whenever it is released.

The Trailer

The Star Wars trailer is really well done, of course, the producers of the trailer certainly did a bang up job of drawing in even more interest for the movie.  The anticipation for the movie because of the trailer was even greater for my daughter and I, and we enjoyed watching the movie.  In summary, I would say that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a great movie, one that I recommend for everyone that enjoys the Star Wars saga, and I am certain that we will watch the movie again in the theater in the future.  To this writer, the movie earns 5 Stars every easily.  What did you think of it?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!

Mark Hamill Visits the Partridge Family

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Today we have a Disney tie-in almost by default. Now that Disney has bought-out Lucas Film, and thus the Star Wars franchise, stars from that franchise are fair game for this series. At least that’s my contention!

With that said, today I found a brief guest appearance by Mark Hamill/Luke Skywalker in Episode 16 of The Partridge Family entitled ‘Old Scrapmouth’. In this episode, Laurie (played by Susan Dey) has to get braces just before her boyfriend (our man Luke) is about to ask her to go steady. High drama in 1970’s TV sitcoms!

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This episode was shown in 1970 when Mark Hamill was 19. It wouldn’t be for another 7 years when Mark was to go to a galaxy far, far away.

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I almost didn’t recognize him at first. He appears twice before this scene where you can definitely see the man he was to become.

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You can certainly tell it’s him here! Mark appears in one more scene where he learns that Laurie has braces, but he still wants to go steady, so I guess he’s a nice guy on Earth and in space!

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He may become ‘Luke’ later, but he is just plain ‘Jerry’ now.

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Here he is in 1980, just 3 years after the original Star Wars, and the year the first sequel was done.

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And here he is today… ish. Mark Hamill is now 63 and possibly set to cameo in the new Star Wars film(s) by Disney. Are you excited about Disney’s acquisition of Lucas Films? Do you think Disney can continue the Star Wars franchise successfully?

Let me know in the comments!