Category: theme parks

ARE WE SURE THAT DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES?

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip.. That started from adventure island aboard this tiny ship: 

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The mate was a mighty sailin lad, the Skipper brave and sure, 

20 passengers set sail that day, 

for an eight minute tour, 

an eight minute tour. 

The weather started getting rough

The tiny ship was tossed. 

If not for the courage of the fearless castmember, 

The ship would be lost, 

The ship would be lost. 

The ship set ground on the shore

Of this uncharted territory

With Captain Jack, (johnny depp sometimes appears!)

and the Skipper too, 

a dead millionaire

and his wife. 

A skeleton and golden chest, 

Here on Pirates of the Carribean!!

The ride will always be popular, so be sure to try and get a fast past. Interested in hearing about the revamping of the ride? Click here for the article

 SING THIS JINGLE TO THE TUNE OF GILLIGAN’S ISLAND THEME SONG!!

 

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH PRINCESS TIANA: OTHERWISE ENTITLED, IT AIN’T EASY BEING GREEN

Can Frogs cook? Just ask the ninth official Disney princess, Princess Tiana.

Disney’s first African American Disney Princess can tell you all about being green because she has actually spent life as a frog. Her Disney character is based loosely on The Brother’s Grimm “Frog Prince” and another story, “The Frog Princess” by E.D. Baker. 

Tiana can be found at the Magic Kingdom in Princess Fairytale Hall and at Tiana’s Riverboat Ride, an ice cream social which we still haven’t tried. 

At roughly $50 for adults and $30 for children the ride seems kind of pricey to meet the princess and have ice cream(three different types of Edys ice cream), cupcakes, and cookie sandwiches. (The ride does not take the Disney Dining Plan). 

Princess Fairytale Hall is a fast pass must. Tiana can be found directly across from the carousel. While she is couples with Rapunzel, we are hoping they give her her own New Orleans style meet and greet real soon. 

Now, we’ve never stayed at Disney’s Port Orleans resort.

Without knowing exactly what is there, I really think that Disney should add more of a New Orleans style restaurant to the Magic Kingdom.  New Orleans food is amazing!!! Why stick Princess Tiana with an ice cream social when New Orleans is so famous for its cuisine? And Princess Tiana came from a family with a restaurant? Does this make sense to anyone else? 

There are so many real life New Orleans locations in The Princess and The Frog that could be capitalized on: The French Quarter, Cafe du Monde, St. Louis Cathedral, Steamboat Natchez, the riverfront, the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar, the Bywater, Marigny, and Treme neighborhoods, the Garden District, Lafayette Cemetery number one, Audubon Park, the Audubon Zoo, Bayou St. John and City Park. 

New Orleans has always been on our bucket list. If Disney could create more of a world for Tiana I would consider checking it off.

Louisiana’s culture, music and food are something to be celebrated. 

While we can’t all visit Louisiana,  here are some questions you should consider asking Princess Tiana if you run into her in the Magic Kingdom: 

  1. How high did you jump as a frog? 
  2. What was it like being a frog? 
  3. What did you like to eat as a frog? 
  4. What was your favorite part of being a frog?(you get the idea..)
  5. What’s your favorite food to cook as a princess?
  6. What was your family’s favorite food to eat? 
  7. Was it hard being a waitress? 
  8. Who was the president of the United States when you were a frog? (I believe it’s Wilson)
  9. Would you like to dance? 
  10. Do you cook as a princess? 

 

ENJOY!!!

 

 

Half a league, Half a league onward – Boldly these Disney characters have rode into battle

In Honor of Veterans Day, we think of soldiers past and present, fictional and non-fictional. From Fa Mulan to Captain America. To the rare toy soldier occasionally seen at a Disney park on a holiday. Did anyone else hear the rumor that GI Joe may be coming to Disney? Anyway, with respect, honor, & gratitude, Thank You Veterans. Real heroes. We are the home of the free, because of The Brave.

The Charge of the Light Brigade

–Alfred Tennyson–

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HALF a league, half a league, 
   Half a league onward, 
All in the valley of Death 
   Rode the six hundred. 
‘Forward, the Light Brigade! 
Charge for the guns!’ he said: 
Into the valley of Death 
   Rode the six hundred.

       II
‘Forward, the Light Brigade!’
Was there a man dismay’d? 
Not tho’ the soldier knew 
   Some one had blunder’d: 
Their’s not to make reply, 
Their’s not to reason why, 
Their’s but to do and die: 
Into the valley of Death 
   Rode the six hundred.

       III 
Cannon to right of them, 
Cannon to left of them, 
Cannon in front of them 
   Volley’d and thunder’d; 
Storm’d at with shot and shell, 
Boldly they rode and well, 
Into the jaws of Death, 
Into the mouth of Hell 
   Rode the six hundred.

       IV
Flash’d all their sabres bare, 
Flash’d as they turn’d in air 
Sabring the gunners there, 
Charging an army, while 
   All the world wonder’d: 
Plunged in the battery-smoke 
Right thro’ the line they broke; 
Cossack and Russian 
Reel’d from the sabre-stroke 
   Shatter’d and sunder’d. 
Then they rode back, but not 
   Not the six hundred.

       V
Cannon to right of them, 
Cannon to left of them, 
Cannon behind them 
   Volley’d and thunder’d; 
Storm’d at with shot and shell, 
While horse and hero fell, 
They that had fought so well 
Came thro’ the jaws of Death, 
Back from the mouth of Hell, 
All that was left of them, 
   Left of six hundred.

       VI
When can their glory fade? 
O the wild charge they made! 
   All the world wonder’d. 
Honour the charge they made! 
Honour the Light Brigade, 
   Noble six hundred!

And now, my favorite rendition of the Star Spangled Banner…RIP Whitney.

 

GOD BLESS THE USA AND HAPPY VETERANS DAY

 

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!

 

 

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH MERIDA: SHE DOESN’T SING BUT HAS PLENTY TO SAY…

Does no leading man or love interest make you weak? Not if you’re the first Scottish Princess in the Disney franchise! As the 11th Disney Princess, headstrong Merida also has no singing part in her own movie Brave. 

She can be found in the Magic Kingdom, located in a cave on the way to Cinderella’s Castle. She is sort of hidden, and often you can be lucky enough to find that there is no real wait to see her.  I believe she is there most of the day, dancing to Scottish music and showing off her free spirit. 

She has no leading man to talk about when you see her, and doesn’t need one. 

Her vibrant red, curly hair and strong personality make her a great role model.  I haven’t seen her use her bow and arrow yet, and I’m kind of glad I haven’t. Also, try not to bring your mother with you – just in case 🙂

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Surfin and exploring all that Tusker House has to offer

Early in the morning we started out, entered Animal Kingdom, and entered the world of Tusker House. It was amazing. Pictured above is the marketplace, which contains the buffet. The buffet contains your traditional breakfast (including Mickey Waffles, pastries, toast, fruit, eggs, bacon, sausage, and LOX) and traditional African dishes. Link to Disney’s menu here

Ok. So this is a different type of safari adventure than the one the Beach Boys are talking about. BUT it is a culinary adventure that shouldn’t be missed. I’ll admit that I was hesitant to try this restaurant because I wasn’t sure I’d be up for the traditional African cuisine – but there are other options for the cautious.  The characters are very attentive. At one point in your experience there should be a song and dance with a parade for kids.

For one dining credit, you get a delicious buffet and amazing characters (Donald, Daisy, Mickey, Goofy). While I did see a few people walking up without reservations, I highly recommend making a reservation as early as possible.

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The best part about this restaurant is the attention to detail that may make you think, for a slight second, that you are taking a dining break while on an African safari. So definitely ride this wave if you can. 

 

 

SOMETIMES BAD IDEAS MAKE THE BEST MEMORIES…… DO YOU GO ON THAT ROLLER COASTER?

Life is full of decisions.. and these decisions shouldn’t be difficult, but for me they often are… I worry, worry, and then worry some more. I plan everything and see every possible ending coming to fruition. I predict the endings to most movies. I have already bought most of my Christmas presents. There’s something wrong with me.

Not only am I slightly scared of heights, but I get motion sickness. That didn’t stop me from going to Six Flags Great Adventure every single year growing up.. and also getting sick in the Six Flags bushes every year with someone’s parent holding my hair.  Would that be considered a bad decision? I still have great memories from the rides with friends I’ll never forget. And I survived. 

Every time I go on a roller coaster I think of the terrible stories I’ve heard about accidents on roller coasters. I worry I’m going to fall out, that the ride will break down and I’ll be stuck in a dark tunnel for hours. Don’t you?

I worry I’ll be another statistic.

Although there are several thrilling rides, many simulation roller coaster type adventures, there are only 7 official Disney world roller coasters that I can think of (correct me if I’m wrong, don’t hesitate): 

  1. The Barnstormer (Magic Kingdom/ Fantasyland)
  2. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Magic Kingdom/ Fantasyland)
  3. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Magic Kingdom/Frontierland)
  4. Primeval Whirl (Animal Kingdom/ Dinoland U.S.A)
  5. Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom/ Tomorrowland)
  6. Expedition Everest (Animal Kingdom/ Asia)
  7. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (Hollywood Studios/ Sunset Blvd)

Am I forgetting an official roller coaster? My favorite remains and probably always will be the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, but the past two times I have been to Hollywood Studios it’s been down for maintenance.  Usually you can wait in line and hope that the ride is open, and even possibly get a fast past for the ride should it open later – but I haven’t had the patience to do that. I found this video on youtube:

You’re on a roller coaster, the whole world is upside down. Don’t worry about what might happen to you – just make sure you’re strapped in and hanging on tight.  And make sure you’re smiling during that deathly plunge. There’s usually a hidden camera somewhere. 

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Careful!!! They snap a photo.

 

Was Minnie ever a child of nature?

Did you ever wonder whether Minnie has a real childhood to think back on? We do.  Born to farmers on November 18, 1928, we are introduced to her parents Margie and Marcus as well as her sister Mandie in the 1929 Movie “Mr. Slicker and The Egg Robbers”.

Given that Minnie has now gotten a van service, an entire fleet, at Disney, (click here for more on that from the Disney Blog), it made us dream more or less about her roots

She first appeared in the 1928 Steamboat Willie and then the 1929 movie “Plane Crazy” to join the cast of regular Disney characters.  In the movie, Minnie is old enough to be kissed by Mickey. An unofficial Disney Princess, we rarely see her alone, and I have never seen her without a Mickey in her life. If anyone else has any answers to this please let us know. 

I’d like to know what makes Minnie tick. Was she always into shoes as a little girl? Did she have polka dot bibs? What does it take to set Minnie free? 

This February will be her 90th Official Valentine’s Day with Mickey.  While we congratulate the happy couple, maybe Disney will throw us a bone and give us a little more background on Minnie’s early “ears” as a bachelorette. The special Minnie Vans, which essentially appear to be a taxi service that you can order from a smartphone, are a nice touch – but what do they actually say about Minnie? My guess is a resounding “nothing”. Is there something I’m missing? Is Minnie known for getting places quickly? Maybe its her generosity that Disney is playing on, $20 a ride for up to six people no matter where you are going on Disney property seems pretty great.

My thoughts return to Minnie’s home. She probably doesn’t need much to set her free, but the fact remains that we have no idea what to do for her.  

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HALLOWEEN IN AUGUST? YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME. WELL, THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH IS ALSO POSSIBLY THE MOST HAUNTED PLACE ON EARTH SO IT MAKES SENSE.

Did you hear about the guests who try and secretly scatter their loved ones ashes into The Haunted Mansion? How about the real HUMAN bones contained in parts of The Pirates of Caribbean?  

Apparently they both exist. Just ask Johnny Depp, who sometimes hangs out in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride for fun. They both exist year round.

The happiest place on earth is rumored to also be the most haunted place on earth. It makes sense, given the amount of people that come in and out of Disney Parks on a daily basis. Something is bound to go wrong, and the park is bound to cover it up. When awful things get covered up, they often erupt like a volcano at the worst moments – becoming your worst nightmare.  Disney should really have been more careful if they wanted to keep the park from becoming haunted.

There are Disney secrets that go bump in the night and make you wonder if someone is sitting in a dark corner staring at you while you sleep. The bugs crawling all over your skin. The feeling you get when you are trying to scream but nothing is coming out to make the sound. Falling.. and falling.. and still falling.

Halloween is the holiday where the most candy is sold and second only to Christmas in terms of overall retail sales. In other words, it’s popular. It doesn’t always have to be scary, but usually being scary makes it the most fun.

The holiday began as the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celtics believed that the barrier between the human world and the world of spirits weakened at the end of the summer, allowing the ghosts to break the barrier and wander the earth. To prevent the ghosts from breaking that barrier, the culture held a huge party to frighten them back to the world of spirits.

The day rose in popularity along with the rise in Christianity, “All Hallows Eve” the day before All Saints Day.  Irish immigrants arriving to America raised the popularity of the ghoulish holiday in the 19th Century.  In Ireland, Jack-O-Lanterns were carved out of turnips. I’m guessing that turnips were hard to find in America, and the pumpkin became the go-to creature to scare away spirits. That’s good for all of us today, given the fact that the unfortunate turnip doesn’t smell half as delicious as the pumpkin!!! 

Given the number of horror stories hidden around Disney parks, I guess it’s not that surprising that Disney starts celebrating Halloween early -select nights (32 nights total!!) starting in August. Click here to find out more about this Not So Scary Halloween Party.   They say it’s not scary, but the advertisements look scary enough to me. Apparently, the party is really appropriate for all ages.  It makes sense that there are 32 nights of Halloween at Disney. Considering that the park is possibly the most haunted on earth, the spirits and ghouls are probably fighting for more nights next year. Wouldn’t you be if you were a ghost?

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Where are they taking those bones??