Top Five List: Why Wait in Long Disney Line Ups?

A: Because you’re crazy.

B: Because you have no choice.

C: Because it’s the only way to get into or onto an attraction.

D: Because after you’ve read this post, you’ll realize it’s not that bad.

E: All of the above.

OK, probably this is an occasion when the answer is ‘All of the Above’. But for the purpose of this post, we’re going to pretend that only statement D is true!

So why shouldn’t you mind waiting in a long line at Disney? It’s Top Five time:

Reason No. 5

Anticipation

One year we stayed at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground and had to wait in line for many a bus. Waiting for Disney transportation is probably the first long line you will experience on your trip and can be very frustrating!

But what are you really waiting for? Your day of magic is about to begin and perhaps a delayed bus ride is just the time you need to reflect on what you hope to reap from your day. It can be a time to plan and a time to get excited about what is to come!

OK, I realize this is a bit of a stretch, but that’s why it’s Reason number 5.

Reason No. 4

Beautiful Views

Although you almost always have to wait to get anywhere at a Disney Park, it doesn’t have to be drab. The Water Taxis around Walt Disney World ply the most scenic areas of the property. Views from most docks are breathtaking! Take a moment (or many moments if the boat isn’t on time) to relax and take it all in.

Reason No. 3

Atmosphere

    

Whether it be waiting for a table at a restaurant or entering the queue of a beloved attraction, Disney always tries to enhance the experience.

This time of waiting can prepare you for the event to come! Sitting in a waiting area that looks like grandma’s old kitchen will only make that traditional meal taste better. And passing through a cloud of foreboding fog will get your mind adjusted to the weird and wild attraction that has ‘terror’ in its name!

Reason No. 2

Unique Perspectives

    

Most lines for E-Ticket attractions are very long and heavily themed. So bring along your camera and take lots of pictures. Sometimes you can see things that aren’t always obvious from other places in the parks.

For example, you can see the loading areas from above, or watch ride vehicles pass underneath you as they leave or return to the loading area. Standing outside an attraction can give you a basic idea of what it’s about, but walking through its line (even if painfully long) can give you a more intimate feel for what the Imagineers were going for!

Reason No. 1

Interaction

Disney realizes that no one visits a park to stand in line. So they do try to make the waiting less aggravating by supplying something to do. In the Soarin’ queue at Epcot, guests can enjoy interactive screens and activities. In other attraction lines, there may be things to play with, audio stimulation, or tactile challenges.

These five reasons not enough to convince you to enjoy standing in line?

Then never forget that you are usually with your family or friends! And you are surrounded by other Disney Guests who may be just as bored as you are. I’ve enjoyed some very interesting conversations and shared tips and experiences with fellow ‘liners’ only to find it’s time to board the ride and I was left wondering where the time went!

Your time at Disney will only be as fun as you choose to make it, so find the joy wherever you can, even in that long line-up!

Tower of Terror

21 Days: Tower of Terror

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The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is our choice for #Day21 of our #DisneyWorldCountdown!

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day21 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  Today we are taking a look at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, which, I will admit, is a ride that I have absolutely no love for!  There are some things that I think are really great about this ride, but the part I dread the most — the “elevator ride” — is something that I truly do not look forward to, and I rarely take in this attraction anymore!

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The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is not my favorite ride!

The backstory behind the Tower of Terror is, in my opinion, one of the very best at Disney.  From incorporating Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone into the tale, and the way that they have decorated the queue line, it all builds up to a great backstory.

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We met new friends who were just married when we were in line to ride it back in 2008!

The first time we rode this attraction, way back in 2008, we met this happy couple who had just been married!  We congratulated them, they wished Sophie a Happy Birthday, and we chatted while we were in line.  Our time in line turned into a pen-pal writing relationship between Sophie and them, and we are friends to this day!  Fortunately, they did not become ghosts, like our next picture suggests…

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The ghosts stare at you as you approach the elevator to your “room”!

The Imagineers do a great job of building up the tension as you approach the elevator.  You’ve got the Twilight Zone story, and the ghosts, and the darkness when you don’t know what is going on, and then, a terrifying drop!

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I will admit, though, that the building is great, especially at night!

I will admit, though, that the building is neat when you look at it at night!  However, this YouTube video may just dissuade me from ever riding the attraction again…

What about you, though? Do you like the attraction, or are you like me and can’t stand the “elevator ride”? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – Twilight Zone Tower of Terror!

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Hello everyone, and thanks for stopping by here today as we share our Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia with you!  Along with my friends Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Jenn from Disney Babies Blog and Heidi from Heidi’s Head, I’m Mike here to share a unique bit of Disney Trivia.  I hope you enjoy what we have for you today!

Tower of Terror Trivia!

Did you know, that on this day, in 1994, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction opened on Sunset Boulevard at Disney World’s Disney-MGM Studios. A simulated freefall thrill ride, it is
themed after the popular television series The Twilight Zone, hosted and created by Rod Serling. (The television anthology series originally ran for 156 episodes between 1959-1964.) The Disney attraction takes place in the fictional Hollywood Tower Hotel (itself inspired by the Hollywood Tower, a real structure built in 1929 and named an historic landmark by the US Department of the Interior). The story of the hotel is adapted from elements of the television series, including the hotel being struck by lightning on October 31, 1939 and mysteriously transporting an elevator cart full of passengers to the Twilight Zone!

This is NOT my favorite ride, but a lot of my friends — and Sophie too, for that matter — love it!  I do, though, think that it is one of the coolest backstories in all of Disney, and it is so cool that I’ve even got a video to show you related to the ride.  If you haven’t seen this, it might just shock you!

Now, come check out the rest of the posts, and thanks for stopping by!

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7 Days til Disneyland – Tower of Terror!

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

The closer we get to our trip to Disneyland, the more I feel like I’m in a slow motion countdown for a Space Shuttle launch!  Today is Day 7, and today we are taking a look at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, located at Disney’s California Adventure park in the Hollywood Land section of the park!

I’ll be brutally honest with all of you — this is one of my LEAST favorite rides at Walt Disney World, so I totally expect that I will probably not like it at Disneyland either!  I imagine that I will ride it once, then sit around and people watch while my wife and daughter ride it a couple of more times without me!

So tell me, who out there is a big fan of the Tower of Terror, and why?  For those of you, like me, that don’t care for it as much, why not?  Maybe we can start a support group or something like that!

Thanks for stopping by on our journey towards our trip to Disneyland!  If you have missed out on any of the excitement that I’ve been describing with some of the posts, check out our 100 Days til Disneyland page for all of the ones we’ve done so far, and thanks for keeping up with My Dreams of Disney!

Disneyland Must Do – World of Color!

Image courtesy Inside the Magic

Over the next few weeks, we are going to explore in greater detail some of the incredible things that we want to experience when we visit Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure! There are so many things to check out since this will be our first time visiting the area, if I don’t have a list, and check it twice (and 3, and 4, and 5+ times!) then I’m certain that we will miss some things.

Today I want to talk about the World of Color show that was introduced in June, 2010 during the Summer Nightastic! series of shows, which also included the re-introduction of the Main Street Electrical Parade to the Magic Kingdom, a special fireworks show to replace Wishes, and special enhancements to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

I’ll never forget the night that the World of Color had a special Celebrity World Premier.  It was such an incredible show because they even streamed it live on the Internet!  Since we are 3 hours later, I remember sitting in front of my computer at nearly midnight, watching this incredible display of lights, water, and music captivate me from the very beginning, and left me wanting to see it over and over again.  Even though I’ve never seen it live in person, I already know that this will be my favorite show at any of the Disney parks when I’m fortunate enough to witness it.

I went out and searched for it, and found this phenomenal video of the World of Color recorded by Inside the Magic.  There are so many great Disney movies featured in this, just take a look at this lineup of Characters or movies from the video:

  1. Ariel
  2. Finding Nemo
  3. Wall-e
  4. Toy Story
  5. Up
  6. Aladdin
  7. Pocahontas
  8. A Bugs Life
  9. Pirates of the Caribbean (this was added to the World of Color in 2011!)
  10. Chernabog (along with Dr. Facilier)
  11. The Lion King
  12. A wonderful song of love, showcasing some of the Disney greats, including Bambi, Dumbo, Tarzan, Lady & The Tramp, The Princess & The Frog, Beauty & The Beast, Snow White, and Cinderella
  13. Tinkerbell
  14. Sorcerer Mickey

The video is over 27 minutes long, but it is worth every second of your time.  I am absolutely certain that Walt Disney looks down on the World of Color — and is pleased.  I know I will be when I am fortunate enough to see it, what about you?

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