Pirates of the Caribbean

5 Facts about Pirates of the Caribbean that will Impress Your Friends.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean – 5 Facts to Impress Your Friends!

If you are reading this post, chances are that you are already a Disney fan — some of you may even be Disney Addicts!  If that’s the case, the five facts I’ve got for you may not be anything you haven’t heard before, but it may be something that you can use to explain how cool Pirates of the Caribbean is to your friends, co-workers, family, anyone that isn’t as big a Disney fan as you are!  So, without further ado, here are five facts about Pirates of the Caribbean that will impress your friends!

Pirates of the Caribbean

For Pirates fans, there are a lot of great tidbits that do a great job of adding a bit of intrigue to the attraction.  Here are my top five facts that I find fascinating about this great attraction!

  1. When Walt Disney World opened on October 1, 1971, Pirates of the Caribbean was not one of the original opening day attractions.  The thought was that because Florida was so close to the Caribbean, the Florida residents would not be interested in pirates.  Well, people were amazed that Pirates wasn’t part of the Magic Kingdom, and they petitioned Disney to open it in Florida like it was in California.  Disney listened, and Pirates opened to the general public on December 15, 1973 — exactly 7 years after Walt Disney passed away.
  2. Pirates opened originally at Disneyland, in New Orleans Square.  The attraction was the last one that Walt Disney worked on before he passed away, and it opened 3 months after his passing.  The Disneyland version starts with a slow ride through the Blue Bayou restaurant.  If you are eating there, you can see the boats pass by from your table.  It’s really cool.  Personally, the scene reminds me of the bayou of Louisiana (hence New Orleans Square) scenes from The Princess and the Frog movie.
  3. At the Magic Kingdom, there are two skeletons playing a game of chess in one of the dungeons — you can see them as you walk through the loading queue.  Interestingly, though, the pieces on the chessboard form a stalemate, with no winner possible.  As a result, the two skeletons have been playing the same game of chess since 1973!  This part of the attraction was the brainchild of Marc Davis, one of the Disney Legends and one of Walt’s Nine Old Men.
  4. Back at Disneyland, did you know that there are two drops as part of the attraction, while at the Magic Kingdom, there is only one?
  5. Lastly, did you know that the drop at the Magic Kingdom was done in order to navigate under the Walt Disney World Railroad?

I hope that you have found these facts to be fun and enjoyable!  Leave me a comment and let me know what facts you have to share also.  Thanks, and make it a Disney day everyone!

Tangled

Disney Music Monday – Tangled

Tangled

Rapunzel’s Tower from the movie Tangled.

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s #DisneyMusicMonday post.  We are joined by my co-host Tim from Dad for Disney.  Welcome Tim, and welcome to all of you that are stopping by to get a lift on this early Monday morning!  I hope that the song I’ve chosen gives you a smile and helps start your week off right!

As you can see, today I’m focusing on the Disney movie Tangled, which is one of my favorite movies.  There is a lot of great music associated with this film, and today I’m going to focus on the song “I’ve got a Dream” — the song performed inside of the Ugly Duckling!  Have a look at the YouTube video listed below, and enjoy!

Now please have a look at the rest of the entries, and thanks for stopping by!  If you have a blog and want to link up a post that fits our topic, please feel free to do so!  Have a great week, everyone!  Also, don’t forget to enter to win a copy of the book “A Christian’s Guide to Walt Disney World Resort” by Jeff Chaves!  The giveaway runs until Sunday, September 21st, at 11:59PM.  Good luck everyone, and thanks!

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Festival of Fantasy

27 Days: Festival of Fantasy Parade

Festival of Fantasy

The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade at the Magic Kingdom is a new parade, and is our choice for #Day27 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown! Image ©Disney Parks

Hello everyone, and welcome to day 27 in our Disney World Countdown series!  Today we are taking a look at a brand new parade that opened at the Magic Kingdom this past March 9th!  It’s called the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, and features some incredible costume design, floats, and so much more!  I can’t wait to check this parade out when we visit next month!

Festival of Fantasy

Take a look at the dragon, part of the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade! Image ©Disney Parks

The Festival of Fantasy parade features some incredible floats, including floats for Belle and the Beast, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, Anna and Elsa, Cinderella and Prince Charming, and Ariel!  The vivid colors that are used in these floats are absolutely incredible!

Festival of Fantasy

This is just one of the shots from the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade! Image ©DisneyParks

See how vibrant those colors are on the characters?  Stunning is all I’ve got to say about it!

Have you had a chance to see this parade yet in person?  If so, what did you think of it?  Or, if you haven’t, do you think you’ll take time to view it the next time you are there?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!

Great Movie Ride

87 Days: The Great Movie Ride

Great Movie Ride

The Great Movie Ride is our choice for Day 87 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown

Hello everyone!  Today is Day 87 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown, and for today, we’re heading over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to take a look at the Great Movie Ride!  This attraction is one that, I’ll admit, I wasn’t all that crazy about when I first rode it, but it has definitely grown on me over the years.  The Great Movie Ride takes a look at some of the great movies from the history of filmmaking, all from your vantage point riding in one of the vehicles you would find on a movie set.  It makes for a great experience as you travel through multiple genres of movies, everything from musicals to gangster movies to westerns and on and on.

The Great Movie Ride may be a little dated since it hasn’t changed much over the years, but I still like it.  I often wonder, though, how cool it might become if they were to redo the attraction and turn it into a showcase featuring great Disney and Pixar movies from over the years.  Can you imagine riding in your ride vehicle and going from the Bayou of Louisiana in Princess and the Frog into the woods scene from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and from there over to the woods scene from Beauty and the Beast and ending up over at Rapunzel’s tower in Tangled?  I think that there is so much potential there that it could really explode the popularity of the attraction, but what do you think?  Let me know in the comments, please, and thanks for stopping by today!  I’ll close today by sharing a picture from one famous movie that you might recognize…

Great Movie Ride

What movie is this scene from in the Great Movie Ride?

 

Mickey and the Magical Map

Apprentice Mickey in Mickey and the Magical Map!

Apprentice Mickey in Mickey and the Magical Map!

Over at Disneyland, at the Fantasyland Theater, is a show that you will not want to miss if you are out there.  Mickey and the Magical Map is an incredibly well done show about Mickey Mouse and his quest to become a master map maker.  Incorporating incredible music, fantastic imagery, and a great story, Mickey and the Magical Map will show you that achieving your goal is sometimes difficult, but well worth the effort you put into it.  Enjoy these photos, and thanks for stopping by!

Princess Tiana in Mickey and the Magical Map!

Princess Tiana in Mickey and the Magical Map!

Flynn Rider and Rapunzel in Mickey and the Magical Map

Flynn Rider and Rapunzel in Mickey and the Magical Map

Rapunzel in Mickey and the Magical Map

Rapunzel in Mickey and the Magical Map

Mulan in Mickey and the Magical Map

Mulan in Mickey and the Magical Map

Pocahontas sings in Mickey and the Magical Map

Pocahontas sings in Mickey and the Magical Map

The Jungle Book makes an appearance, but I loved the enthusiasm of the trumpet player!

The Jungle Book makes an appearance, but I loved the enthusiasm of the trumpet player!

Without a doubt I believe that this show should be brought over to Walt Disney World.  However, where would you place it?  What park, what location, and would it replace something or be a new addition?  My personal opinion is that the show should be placed in the area where they used to have Festival of the Lion King, over in Camp Minnie-Mickey.  I remember hearing that the site was designated for “Avatarland”, but that project seems to have imploded on itself, so I’m not sure what will be there in the future.  Maybe I’m wrong, and Avatar will still rear it’s head, but to me, that venue is a great place for the show.  What do you think? Let me know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have an incredible weekend!