Category: DISNEY RESORTS

The Buzz around Buzz

We love the pit pit patter of the rain drops and the buzz buzz buzzing of the bees. But the sound we love best, the very very best, is the sound that the New Toy Story World is bringing to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. 

Buzz is and will always be a major part of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. So what makes Buzz tick? Buzz, star command’s best Space Ranger, is obsessed with defeating evil. He is in his 40s, and muscular, with a broad chest and big feet. 

Raised by his grandmother Nena Lightyear, Buzz was born on the Planet Morph. (In the Gamma Quadrant of Sector 4). He signed up for the Space Ranger Academy when he was 12 years old and never looked back. 

When it opens, guests visiting Toy Story Land will “shrink” to the size of a toy and join in on the fun Woody, Jessie, Buzz, and Andy’s other beloved toys are having in Andy’s backyard. Here, guests can take a ride on Slinky Dog Dash, a roller coaster Andy has assembled from his Mega Coaster Play Kit and topped off with Slinky and Jessie. (Check out the time-lapse video above of one of Slinky Dog Dash’s first test runs).

Families will also be able to take a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers, a galactic play set that Andy won from Pizza Planet. Here, adorable little green aliens swirl about in their flying saucers with guests in tow in their rocket ship toys, while “The Claw” hangs overhead.

Here is a description of what’s to come in the new Toy Story Land – June 30th.  

We love the hiss hiss hissing of the green snakes. We love the roll roll rolling of the sea. The sound we love best, the very very best are topped off by Slinky and Jessie. 

 

Oh, and The answer to What Makes Buzz Buzz? ROCKETS!!!

 

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – A diamond in the rough

Looking to waste anywhere from two to three hours? Then wait on line for one of the most popular roller coasters of the magic kingdom. While the lines may seem silly, there are no diamonds at the end – only thrills. 

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The thrills, though, are very short compared to the regular standby wait. So if you can’t be the very first person of the day, a fast pass is a must. Don’t forget the ride share option. If you have young kids below the height requirement, you and another adult can take turns (and it doesn’t have to be right away, often the ride share ticket is good for a couple of days). So if you have young kids, send another adult running ahead of you – it is WELL worth it!

I just can’t see myself standing for two hours to get on this ride. Ever. 

That being said, this is a fun, amazingly detailed roller coaster adventure. From the moment that you walk into the entrance, you are approaching a coal mine. 

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It’s dark in side. You hear the sounds of iron hitting rocks. Did you know the actual roller coaster is made of steel? Are all roller coasters made of steel now? I doubt it. 

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There are some cute videos playing of the seven dwarfs telling people how not to fall off roller coasters. And where you should put your bags. And do you see the lights in the photo above? They almost look like real lanterns. Very real setting for a coal mine, from what I can tell. 

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On the way to the coal mine, there is a small cottage. I’m assuming that is supposed to be the actual home of the seven dwarfs. The cottage could be more realistic. We know it is in the woods, so where are the trees, I only see two? Where is the window ledge. Why is it so close to the mines? 

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In the dark, I have to admit that I was a bit afraid as I had no idea what was coming. But when I saw the two people ahead of me, my fears subsided. 

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I jumped over, and about three minutes later the ride was over. I’m not kidding. It is only three minutes. So make the most of it and keep your eyes open!!!

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IS THAT A PACKAGE OUTSIDE YOUR HOTEL ROOM

I don’t mean to cause a stir but the word is out. Disney Resorts do take packages. So instead of dragging the necessities to my Boardwalk suite next week I will be mailing myself from laundry detergent, sunblock, and razors. Thankfully diapers or not on my list of necessities ANY LONGER. 

So what needs to be enclosed on your box? Your name c/o the name of the lead guest. Your reservation number and check in date. And the exact address of your Disney Resort Hotel. 

It’s to bad we can’t jump in a box and mail ourselves.

 

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH MARY POPPINS. EVEN A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR WON’T GET ME TO WATCH THIS SEQUEL

Mary Poppins may not be on many kids top five wish lists in terms of who to see at Disney, but she is a mainstay. She can be seen strolling around the Magic Kingdom with her white dress and parasol, and can also be found along with Alice and the Mad Hatter at 1900 Park Fare

Does she deserve her own meet and greet or even her own ride? Definitely. Wouldn’t a spot where you can have tea on the ceiling with Uncle Albert be a nice idea??? Or how about a walk through an English Countryside? Or some sort of adventure where you “tidy up” in a magical fashion?

Mary Poppins has her own style. A sense of fashion. It took twenty years for Walt Disney to secure the rights to P.L Travers’ book. The movie itself is practically perfect in every way. So why make a sequel? Why make us see Jane and Michael Banks “all grown up?”

The sequel, set to air in December of 2018 has Emily Blunt taking on the role originally played by Julie Andrews.  

Emily Mortimer and Ben Winshaw play the grown up Jane and Michael Banks.  As per Disney, Mary Poppins Returns, will be set 20 years after the events of the original 1964 film. The official synopsis reads: “In the story, Michael and Jane are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen, living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack, uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.”

Michael Garber, who played Michael Banks died of pancreatitis at the age of 21, so sadly will not even make a cameo appearance. There is a small possibility that Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke may make an appearance, and supposedly Ms. Andrews gave the movie a “seal of approval”. 

I will watch it but I hope that nothing takes anything away from the original feature film!!

Some questions for Mary Poppins if you see her walking around the magic kingdom: 

What do you have in your bag today?

Can you help me tidy up?

Where’s Bert? 

Can we have some tea?

Can you measure my height?

What does it feel like to fly?

How many times have you shaken hands with a chimney sweep?

Have you jumped into any paintings at the Magic Kingdom? If so, which ones?

*** Be aware, there are no fastpasses or photographers for Mary Poppins. According to a source, royalties were demanded by the original Mary Poppins and Disney refuses to give them out. 

 

 

 

 

BOO TO WHO? YOU! HAPPY HALLOWEEN PARADE

Every wonder what those song lyrics are that bring that creepy crawly feeling through the streets of the Magic Kingdom? 

 

BOO TO YOU PARADE SONG LYRICS

OPENER
Boo
To you
A Trick
Or Treat
For you
That’s Boo
It’s You
Know Who
A Boo to you and you and you and you
Happy Halloween

Boo
A Trick
Or treat
For you
A trick
Something sweet
Or Treat
And Good to Eat
For you
It’s just
Boo for you
You know it’s true
We have a Boo to you and you and you and you
Happy Halloween

Boo to you and you
It’s not so very scary
It’s really not so scary
Boo to you
Boo boo boo
Boo to you
Boo boo boo
Boo to you
Boo boo boo
Boo to you
Boo boo boo
It’s not so very scary
It’s really not so scary
Boo to you
Boo boo boo
Boo to you
Boo boo boo
Boo to you
Boo boo boo

PIRATE ROCK FLOAT
Yo ho
Yo ho
Yo ho yo ho

We’re beggars, blighters, ne’er-do-well cads
Drink up, me ‘earties, yo ho
Aye, but we’re loved by our mommies and dads
Drink up, me ‘earties, yo ho
Beggars blighters ne’er-do-well cads
Aye, but we’re loved by our mommies and dads
Drink up, me ‘earties, yo ho
Happy Halloween

We kindle char, inflame and ignite,
Drink up, me hearties, yo ho.
We burn up the city, we’re really a fright,
Drink up, me hearties, yo ho
Rascals, scoundrels, villains, and knaves
Devils, black sheep, really bad eggs
Drink up, me hearties, yo ho
Happy Halloween

Yo ho
Yo ho
Yo ho, yo ho a Pirates life for me

Oh a pirates life is a wonderful life
A’roaming over the sea
Give me a career as a buccaneer
It’s a pirate’s life for me

Oh a pirate’s life is a wonderful life
You find adventure and sport
But live every minute for all that’s in it
The life of a pirate is short

Yo ho
Yo ho
Yo ho, yo ho a Pirates life for me

Oh a pirate’s life is a wonderful life
But not forever they say
When your neck’s in a noose
And you can’t get it loose
For the life of a pirate you pay

Boo boo boo boo boo to you

HAUNTED MANSION
Boo
To you
A Trick
Or Treat
For you
That’s Boo
It’s You
Know Who
A Boo to you and you and you and you
Happy Halloween

Boo
To you
A Trick
Or Treat
For you
That’s Boo
It’s You
Know Who
A Boo to you and you and you and you
Happy Halloween

Boo boo boo boo boo boo boo boo boo to you

FRONTIERLAND UNIT
Ghost riders in the sky
Happy Halloween

Yippy kay aye
Yippy Kay oh
Ghost riders in the sky
Happy Halloween

Boo boo boo boo boo boo boo to you
Yeah

VILLAINS BALL UNIT
Welcome home to the night
When you’re sure to get a fright
From us you’ll get a trick and not a treat
It may sound really  sappy
But it makes us really happy
To scare you
So boo to you and you

No we’re not being mean
It’s just part of our routine
We’ll scare you and we’ll spook you just for fun
As Halloween arises
Beware of our surprises
Some fun things
We do to scare you

It’s good to be bad
It’s good to be bad
To laugh about the very scary fun that we had
Cause a chill, more to thrill
Yes you know that we will
So prepare to be scared
It’s just part of the drill
Yes it’s true
Yelling boo
Is the thing that we do
And to you
We confess
It’s the one we do best

It’s good to be bad
It’s good to be bad
It’s fun to be the one to make the good guys so mad
Cast a spell
Scream and yell
And it suits us so well
All the fun that we’ve had
Yes it’s good to be bad

Boo boo boo boo boo boo boo to you

CANDY
Lollipops and lemondrops
Some jellybeans or chocolate
Caramel apple, sugar sticks
Or candy flying saucers

Trick or treat
Trick or treat
Give me something good to eat
Boo!
Happy Halloween

Candy corn and sugar sticks
Some bubblegum or licorice
Marshmallow sweets and nutty treats
Or gumdrops are delicious

Trick or treat
Trick or treat
Give me something good to eat
Boo!
Happy Halloween

Candy
Trick or treat candy
Scrumdillyicious
Good to eat
Yummy yummy oh so sweet
My tummy’s happy when they meet
Bells of chocolate
In my pocket
I’m sure it’s still good to eat
Sugar in my backpack
Wonder where the snack’s at 
Is the perfect treat

Candy
Trick or treat candy
Ooey gooey Halloween treats
Candy Trick or treat candy
Oh so fun to eat

Candy
Trick or Treat Candy
Scrumdillyicious
Tasty treats
Just so good that I want another
Mine’s all gone so I’ll eat my brother’s

Candy
Trick or Treat Candy
Dreamy, creamy Halloween treats
Candy
Trick or treat candy
Oh so fun to eat

Boo boo boo boo boo boo boo boo boo to you

 

 

WHAT TO DO IN DISNEY WHEN IT’S RAINING MICE. OR MEN. OR WHEN IT’S JUST RAINING

Leave your umbrellas at home! According to our sources, even if it rains, Disney’s Main Street is still the place to go. In fact most Disney Parks are still the place to go. Why leave your umbrellas at home? Because it’s harder to walk in a crowd full of people holding an umbrella. Either pack ponchos in advance or buy one at the many shops that conveniently have them available for sale the minute the first drops appear on the sidewalk.

Why not stay inside? Well Disney Parks were designed for the rain. Disney world is in Florida, after allJust think about it. Most of the lines for the rides are covered and the rides are inside. The only park that is absolutely not recommended in the rain is Disney’s Animal Kingdom, because most of the animals go indoors to the animal habitats. 

In the Magic Kingdom, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Jungle Cruise, Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Dumbo the Flying Elephan, Tomorrowland Indy Speedway, Liberty Belle Riverboat, Astro Orbiter, and Swiss Family Treehouse close during lightening.

At Epcot, only Test Track closes in the rain.

At Hollywood Studios, Lights, Motors!, Action! and Fantasmic close during the rain.

Characters prefer to stay indoors in the rain and photo pass photographers are not allowed to take pictures directly in the rain.

My biggest piece of advice? Wear sneakers. The sidewalks and roads get extremely slippery. And don’t worry about your hair. Just have fun!

 

 

Steppin it up with the ugly stepsisters at 1900 Park Fare — not sure we want to get up close and personal with these two

 

Did you know that the ugly stepsisters were originally played by men? To make them more ugly? Those familiar with Cinderella’s Drizella and Anastasia know that what really makes the ugly sisters ugly is the personality associated with the characters. They’re mean. They rip up Cinderella’s dress. They make fun of her. 

So what would you expect when meeting the stepsisters at 1900 Park Fare’s Cinderella Happily Ever After dinner? I expected to meet the mean girls and experience their brutality. Instead, they danced for us (pretty terrible dancing), and kept us company for a while. There was nothing really mean about them. Maybe they thought we couldn’t take it, I don’t know. 

You would think that the stepsisters would live their roles to the fullest, given that they aren’t featured in many character events (they can also often be found by the carousel area in the Magic Kingdom).  They didn’t get their prince, but they did get a 1900 Park Fare character meal – they should be the lives of the party!

Food at Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner was your average buffet, with the addition of 1900 Park Fare’s signature gummies: link to menu here

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Both sisters made it clear that everything was still a competition with them, from their twirls in the middle of the restaurant to their stepmother’s affection. Although we did not see the prince himself (he sometimes makes an appearance), the sisters were understandably overshadowed by their mother and Cinderella.  Have a request for them? Ask them to sing for you. They’ll sing about a sweet nightingale.  Unfortunately for them, although they try to take over the Happily Ever After Dinner, they will never actually live Happily Every After. So try and pretend you enjoy their company, for their own sake. Give them a chance to be superstars.

Curious to learn more about the origins of the ugly stepsisters? Find Rhodopis, the Egyptian Cinderella tale. Then look for the earliest Cinderella story to appear in print, Pentamerone (1634), a collection of old folk tales compiled by a Neapolitan soldier named Giambattista Basile. In the folk tales, Cinderella was named “Cenerentola”. She was then transformed by Charles Perrault, then the Brothers Grimm, and even Roald Dahl. 

 

 

 

Ohana Breakfast with Lilo and Stitch – Not to be missed!! 

We absolutely loved this breakfast! We had 730am reservations, so did not have to wait in the inevitable long line that builds up throughout the day due to the popularity of this restaurant. 

At around 730, Stitch greets all visitors with a professional photo pass photographer in tow, so have your autograph books ready!

Then, all of the servers give you an official Ohana greeting to start the day, which includes a short song.

You will then be led to your table. This is a family style breakfast – no need to get up and down to take from a buffet. Server will bring and replenish fruit, special Hawaiian bread, sausages, bacon, eggs, and Mickey and Stitch waffles.  Allergy friendly meals will be prepared upon request, including fried eggs. 

You will then meet: Pluto, Mickey, and Lilo! And there will be a parade where all children are invited to the floor with special musical shakers! This ranks among the best character breakfasts we’ve been to. 

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE MAD AS A HATTER TO LIKE TEA… WITH OR WITHOUT A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR, TEA IS FOR EVERYONE

Before coffee there was tea. I’m not sure if that’s exactly true but it sounds about right.  Check out this interesting website, coffeeshop of horrors, that tackles the battle between the two. You don’t have to be mad as a hatter to like tea. 

I love tea because there are so so many different types of tea out there (they say that herbal tea isn’t real “tea” because it is actually an infusion of different plant types, but for my purposes I am including it all). Picking a tea at the end of the day is exciting. Tea can boost endurance. Green Tea has been known to burn fat. Most tea serves as a natural antioxidant and a great defense against cancer and heart disease. 

As Mrs. Potts says, tea will warm you up in no time.

I love having tea parties and making food to go with it.  There are so many different fun snacks that can be made in a “miniature” way. Pretend tea parties also teach children table manners. Tea can be served all day, every day. 

It can be served outside, inside, or even on the ceiling.

Did you know? Little Michael Banks was paid ten cents for ever time they filmed this famous tea party scene, as he was afraid of heights. 

Looking for Mary Poppins at Disney? If you want to ask her about her favorite type of tea, look for her strolling around the bridge just off Main Street in the Magic Kingdom or at the 1900 Park Fare Character breakfast(click here to visit Disney’s description).  Maybe you can convince her to take you on a journey of your own. Ask her why they ended the Mary Poppins Practically Perfect Tea Party.  It sounded fantastic. 

Wherever you are, a cup of tea is always good for the soul. Not only is it a great hostess offering, it can also be used as a relaxation technique after a long day. By drinking tea slowly, you nourish your body and quiet your mind. 

 We have this tea set at home, it’s tin so won’t break but can hold liquid:

 

A BOY WHO CAN’T BE GOOD MIGHT JUST AS WELL BE MADE OF WOOD. LIFE ISN’T PLEASURE ISLAND: IF IT LOOKS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT USUALLY IS

Right here boys!! Get your cake, dill pickles, and ice cream!! Stuff yourselves! It’s all free!! Hurry!

Children are free from the law, and can be naughty. You take a boat to get there. 

In the original Italian story, Pleasure Island was called “Toyland”. It’s the same concept. The innocent give in to temptation. What looks to good to be true is to good to be true: the boys are turned into donkeys. 

Remember the Pied Piper of Hamlin? The Pied Piper or “Rat Catcher” comes from Hamelin, Germany. Between the 14th and 16th centuries, 100 children disappeared from the town of Hamelin.

Was there a real piper who took them away? Or was it the plague? The story goes that when the citizens refuse to pay for his service he lures away the children with a magical pipe song. He leads them inside a magical mountain filled with promises of toys and fun. We won’t get into what probably happened to them inside. 

Pleasure Island was an area at Downtown Disney Springs filled with clubs. The nightclubs closed down, but the shops remained open. Check out the yelp page here.  Reports of gangs, violence, highly intoxicated guests, and intense traffic all contribute to reasons behind the closing. Check out this interesting article here, on mouseplanet.com, on who killed Pleasure Island.

Lesson to remember: Don’t let your children speak to strangers. Avoid disrespectful folks who think they do not have to honor other’s creativity or thirst for knowledge. Don’t get drawn into mass temptation. If Lampwick jumps off a bridge, should you? Probably not. You may come back as a well deserved donkey.

Lets hope these baby ducks are being led away by their parents