The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – Magic Kingdom

4 Oct

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – Magic Kingdom

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a dark ride that takes guests through memorable moments in The Hundred Acre Woods. Guests will wait in a covered outdoor queue that is decorated with huge storybook pages. Once you are ready to board you will be directed to your very own honey pot (each pot holds four people).

Your journey begins when you pass through large storybook into the Hundred Acre Woods. The first scene begins on a blustery day in the Hundred Acre Woods where you see Piglet being spun around and Pooh is holding onto a balloon trying to reach a honey tree. You will also see Roo almost flies away but his mother tells him to hang on tight to the blanket. After your blustery day you move on to a Tiggerific experience. Tigger bounces out and you will see him all over the place, even on Pooh’s tummy. While Tigger is bouncing on Pooh he is telling him of Heffalumps and Pooh falls asleep. You and Pooh then venture into his dream of heffalumps and woozles. Pooh’s dream ends with a thunder storm and you are taken back into the Hundred Acre Woods. You and Pooh and the gang begin to float. Once again poor little Piglet needs to be saved from floating away. The residents of the Hundred Acre woods save Piglet and the final scene is of them all celebrating. As you make your way out of the Hundred Acre Woods you once again see the storybook pages and “The End.”

“The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” is classified as “Fun for the Little Ones.”  It is located in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland. The ride is very popular and it is highly recommended that you take advantage of the Fast Pass that is available. Guests must be able to transfer from their motorized scooter or EVC to an available wheelchair to experience the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.  Parents can take turns riding the ride with their little ones. Locate the nearest Cast Member for more information. Handheld Captioning devices are available; see Guest Relations to obtain the device. Flash photography is not allowed. Disney Tickets available.

Epcot and The Animal Kingdom: The Parks that Disney Forgot

23 Sep

You will be missed.Epcot and The Animal Kingdom, 50% of the Walt Disney World parks have been ignored for far to long. While the Magic Kingdom receives a whole new Fantasyland, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios receives a new Star Tour with fifty possible scenarios guests can experience, Epcot and The Animal Kingdom are left in the dust. Disney pretends like new things are always coming to The Animal Kingdom when the most recent additions are Finding Nemo the Musical and Expedition Everest, which does not even have a working Yeti anymore. Now we are getting some sort of Avatar land, that’s great if you like Avatar. I don’t. Star Wars has a ride, not a land, so if you do not like Star Wars, you can just pass it. We will just have to see how it turns out. Epcot has always been slow to change The Wonders of Life pavilion had a slow death that was replaced by nothing. It took a long time to get any characters in the park, and the wand on Spaceship Earth was up for an insane amount of time, which you can read my thoughts about it here. So what is it about these two parks that make them so slow to change? I could see how it could be hard with Animal Kingdom with all the live animals, but Epcot? Maybe it is because it is nothing like Walt’s original plan, and they feel like everything they do is not what Walt would want. I understand that but Walt did say this: “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. We’re always exploring and experimenting.” So in this case I really think they should listen to what Walt Disney would say.

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The Maelstrom at Norway – Epcot

22 Sep

Maelstrom – Norway Epcot

“Those who seek the spirit of Norway face peril and adventure.” Enter the mythological days of the Vikings when you ride Maelstrom located in Epcot’s Norway (between Mexico and China). Riders board their own Viking ships and tour around 10th century Viking Villages and the Norwegian forests. From polar bears to traditional Viking life your calm Norwegian boat ride seems like a nice day out to sea. But beware. Tricky trolls lurk in the darkness and want nothing more than to send you and your entire ship over the falls. Just when you think all is safe a troll pops out and casts a spell on your boat sending you backwards into rapids. In the distance you can see and hear a huge waterfall that you feel you will tumble backwards over. Instead of falling backwards over the large waterfall you suddenly feel your boat change course and end up in the middle of a storm. The storm does not last and before you know it you are back to the peaceful fishing village you came from. After your boat journey you are invited to watch a five minute movie on Norway. From the landscape to culture the movie offers watchers a brief look at history and life in Norway.

Maelstrom is a dark ride that is classified as “Mild But Wild Thrills.” There are no height restrictions to ride Maelstrom. Each boat holds 8 to 12 people.  A fast pass is available for the enchanting Norwegian boat ride and it is PAL Mickey friendly so do not forget Mickey. The ride duration is around 4 minute and 47 seconds and the movie afterwards (which is optional you can exit if you choose not to watch the movie) is around 5 minutes.  Maelstrom is a ride that everyone in your family will enjoy as long as they remember… “The spirit of adventure is always alive in Norway.”

Are you a hero or villain? Disney Parking Lot changes will help!

21 Sep

Pretty soon, you’ll just need to remember if you were a hero or a villain when you’re a guest at Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom.  In order to make finding your vehicle in the parking lot easier at the end of the evening (or at least help narrow down the location), guest will need to just need to remember 1 of 3 things – the color of your parking area, the Character lot you are in OR whether you were a hero or a villain.

Work has begun to split the parking lots into what will be two main sections.

“Heroes” and “Villains”!

And then there will be smaller sections within each.  The Heroes lots will include: Woody, Aladdin, Peter Pan, Simba, Mulan and Rapunzel.

The Villains lots will include:  Zurg, Jafar, Hook, Scar, Cruella and Ursula.

Each lot also will have its own color, so essentially, all you have to remember is one of these three characteristics (hero, Rapunzel or blue) and you can find your car.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

20 Sep

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party CharactersOctober is just around the corner and that can only mean one thing, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  Around this time of year, you can watch Disney as they slowly make the transformation from the Magic Kingdom to the Halloween headquarters for families visiting from all over the world. You will notice the tell tale colors of Halloween, black and orange, along with pumpkins and decorations that mark this not so scary time of the year for Disney. So, gear up and get ready for one of the best times that you will have all year at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Right now, Disney’s Magic Kingdom is going through some changes to make room for some new additions to the park, like the new Fantasyland update. If you have been to a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party event before, you may see some things that you do not recognize. You may remember that over in Toontown, there was the beginning of Alice and the Mad Hatter’s Treat Trail. That trail stretched all the way to Tomorrowland’s Space Mountain. Well, you will not see that this year. Instead, the Imagineers decide to add a new trail over by Frontierland. When you get over by Splash Mountain, you will be able to have some fun in Br’er Rabbit’s Candy Patch.

One of the most sought after things to do while you are at a Disney park is to get some great pictures with all of your favorite Disney characters. When you attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween, you will be given the opportunity to take pictures with all of your favorite characters dressed up in their not so scary costumes. Don’t worry, though, if you want to take photos with the characters as they normally dress, because during the day they will be out in the everyday attire.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween PartyUnfortunately, there is some bad news for all of you face-painting fans out there. Toontown’s face-painting section is now closed. However, you can head over to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and A Pirates League to get all dressed up as your favorite Halloween character. These stops are great because you can pick up a great deal on pirates and princesses costume packages for the kids, and maybe for the adults, too.

You do not want to miss out on this special Disney event. The party begins on the 13th of September and goes all the way to November 1st. The party is on select dates. Halloween only comes along once a year, so you want to make sure that you and your family check out the festivities at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the 3 Caballeros at Epcot Mexico Pavillion

20 Sep

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros – Epcot

Gran Fiesta is a dark ride located in the Mexico Pavilion in the Epcot World Showcase. Guests board a boat to head over to a performance by the Three Caballeros. While on their way to see the performance they are taken on a detour to find Donald Duck who has gone missing. Together with the help of Panchito Pistoles and Jose Carioca you search for Donald Duck through Mexico and Epcot.

Guests board a boat then you travel of the river through Mexico where you see people eating at San Angel. You approach the Mayan Pyramid and you enter it. When you enter it you see the 3 Caballeros. You continue to ride through the pyramid and see a series of screens which depict the three Caballeros having fun and into mischief while on the search for Donald Duck. After you travel through the adventures of the three Caballeros then you enter a fiesta in progress that will remind riders of “it’s a small world.” Mariachi music plays and figures dance. After a short trip through the fiesta you then again join the three Caballeros as they us a flying poncho to find Donald Duck. Eventually they find Donald and they have to drag him away from dancing girls. Your boat ends up back under the night sky of Mexico with fireworks and in front of the stage where the three Caballeros are playing. As you head back to the boat dock you pass a map on the wall of Mexico and a sign that says Adios Amigos!

The queue is all in doors which is dark and air-conditioned. The entire ride is about 7 minutes. Guests who are in a motorized scooter will need to transfer from their scooter into a wheelchair to experience the ride. Guests who would like to take turns riding the ride with their young ride may do so on Gran Fiesta; see the nearest Cast Member for details. Handheld captioning is available for this ride; see Guest Relations to obtain the device and for more details. Flash Photography is not allowed.

Spooky Buddies Blu Ray Combo Giveaway

19 Sep

We’re pleased to be able to offer a Spooky Buddies Blu Ray / DVD combo giveaway.

Just visit our facebook page at

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Surviving-Disney/184445828248097

and LIKE the page to be entered.  Winner to be announced September 30th.
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