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SATURDAY SIX: 6 Disneyland Rides BETTER Than Their Disney World Counterparts

by on May 6, 2017
Filed under: Disneyland (CA), Saturday Six 25 Comments

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Disneyland Rides That Are BETTER Than Their Disney World Counterparts! In previous editions of the SATURDAY SIX we have reached out to our all-star blue ribbon panel made up of theme park experts to vote on their favorite attractions at Walt Disney World and the Universal Orlando Resort. This week we reached out again – while also including the unwashed masses of DisTwitter – to give their thoughts on which rides at Disneyland are better than their Disney World counterparts. 

it’s a small world in Disneyland is a completely different experience than the one in Walt Disney World. (photo by Brandon Glover)

One interesting thing about the voting process is that there was a clear favorite after the first day of voting, but spots two through six were close enough that they were all up for grabs. However, when all the votes were counted, the rides ranked 1-6 after the first day each held their position, so it seems clear there is a pretty strong consensus among people who have been to both Orlando and Anaheim. Today we’re going to take a look at six rides which were voted as being BETTER than their Disney World counterparts, and let’s kickoff the countdown with…

# 6 – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder makes the list in part because of a fantastic refurb the ride went through a couple years ago which added a thrilling finale sequence as well as recontructing the ramshackle Rainbow Ridge mining town. Rainbow Ridge doesn’t exist in Walt Disney World, but has been in Disneyland since 1956 as part of the Rainbow Caverns Mine Train attraction. The finale now includes an amazing lift hill experience where guests are surrounded by projection map technology and real props to give the sensation of the mine about to explode (with a blast of smoke amping up the sensory level.)

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. (photo by Brian Pinsky)

Rainbow Ridge. (photo by Seth Kubersky)

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Cars 3 Sneak Preview to Occur at Disney Parks

by on May 5, 2017
Filed under: Disneyland (CA), Hollywood Studios, Recent News 2 Comments

Cars 3

©Disney

Speed….I am Speed.

Guests who love the Cars franchise should speedily head over to Disney California Adventure or Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a special sneak preview of the upcoming Pixar film, Cars 3.

Beginning May 12, at Disney California Adventure, the preview of will be presented in 3D with special in-theater effects at the Bug’s Life Theater.

Then, beginning on May 26, Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will get to see this advance look at One Man’s Dream. Here Guests will also be able to see artwork and maquettes from the production on display.

In Cars 3, Lightning McQueen finds that he needs to get back in the race and gets help from a newcomer, Cruz Ramirez who has her own plans on how to win.

Are you anxious to see Cars 3  when it races into theaters nationwide on June 16?

Guests Can Now Meet Guardians of the Galaxy Characters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on May 5, 2017
Filed under: Hollywood Studios, Recent News 7 Comments

Guardians of the Galaxy meet and greet at One Man's Dream

©Rikki Niblett

The hype is big behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and for those of you who are fans of the movie, there is a brand new meet and greet you are going to want to experience.

Both Star-Lord and baby Groot are now meeting Guests as part of the One Man’s Dream exhibit at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Groot and Star-Lord took over the spot that was once occupied by Moana. It is rumored that Moana may be moving the the Magic Kingdom, but nothing official has been announced about that yet.

While there is no end date currently announced for when Star-Lord and Groot would be leaving, it is expected that they will greet Guests daily through the holiday season.

FastPass+ Availability at Walt Disney World – Update 2

by on May 5, 2017
Filed under: Attractions, FastPass+ 22 Comments

 

This is the third blog post on day-of FastPass+ availability. The first blog post was in 2014, and the second in 2015. In the three-plus years since FastPass+ was introduced at Walt Disney World, we have been tracking the availability of FastPass+ reservations. The last major change in the FastPass+ process is the that you can reserve additional FastPass+ reservations through Disney’s MyDisneyExperiance app. This is a significant improvement over having to stand in line at in-park kiosks. This also means that additional FastPass+ reservations are being grabbed up by more guests. For FastPass+ overview, tips, and advice go to https://touringplans.com/walt-disney-world/fastpass.

By using the FastPass+ system, we and others have observed that reservation slots can come and go quickly. The tables below show the average time when availability runs out. It is possible that a FastPass+ reservation may pop up, but it is unlikely. The gray cells show the number of days in advance that FastPass+ reservations sell out. Read the rest of this entry »

In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of May 5, 2017

by on May 5, 2017
Filed under: In Case You Missed It 1 Comment

In Case You Missed ItHappy Cinco de Mayo everyone! I wish I was in Orlando dining at La Cantina de San Angel enjoying some tacos or empenadas

This week, take a look at where you can get unique Disney-themed Snapchat filters, break out your crayons (what?), and more. Let’s get to the In Case You Missed It fun!

In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors

 

This has to be the hardest thing I’ve ever done. What’s that, you ask? I’m attempting to avoid most major spoilers for Pandora – The World of Avatar. (Crazy, I know! But I’ll be there for sure on opening day!) If you want to see what the land and more looks like, check out this sneak peek.

Looks like Disney may be heading towards driverless shuttles. Very interesting. What do you think of this rumor? Read the rest of this entry »

Daisy’s Best Week Ever, May 4, 2017: Artist Point, Disneyland, and a little Epcot

by on May 4, 2017
Filed under: Best Week Ever, Dining, Disneyland (CA), Epcot 7 Comments

Hello, friends! I have an amazing week to share with you! Not only did we enjoy a special meal, I ended up on the west coast for a little Disneyland action, and wrapped up last night at Epcot. I had to pinch myself because I didn’t deserve it, but I’m excited to have so much to share with you! Let’s get started with right where I left off in my last article: Artist Point.  There was a little debate on whether this restaurant was worth a try. Well, starting off with the wine selection they were already on the way to winning my vote.

Want to see the rest of our delectable meal? Click to read more. 🙂

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Ask It: Universal Orlando Instead of Walt Disney World?

by on May 3, 2017
Filed under: Just For Fun, Universal Orlando Resort, Walt Disney World (FL) 6 Comments

For many years, Universal Orlando Resort has upped its game in terms of attractions, restaurants, and resort hotels. This summer, with the opening of the Volcano Bay water park, Universal keeps pushing forward on becoming a primary vacation destination instead of second fiddle to Walt Disney World. So we’re curious to see if this may change your vacation plans. Here’s this week’s Ask It:

With Universal’s new offerings (like Volcano Bay), are you considering an onsite vacation to Universal instead of Walt Disney World?

  • No (46%, 542 Votes)
  • Planning both WDW and Universal (30%, 352 Votes)
  • Yes (24%, 275 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,169

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Voting is open here and on Twitter, and feel free to share your views in the comments.

 

Ask It Results: Best Park Icon

by on May 3, 2017
Filed under: Just For Fun, Walt Disney World (FL)

The results are in! Last week we asked you:

What is the best park icon at Walt Disney World?

No question at all, this was the most popular Ask It that we have run yet. With more than 2,200 votes (!), here are your results.

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Attraction Overview: Splash Mountain + Video

by on May 2, 2017
Filed under: Magic Kingdom, Uncategorized, Video, Walt Disney World (FL) 10 Comments

Photo - Angela DahlgrenIt’s been a looooong two weeks away from Youtube (P.S. I’ve missed you all!), but I’m finally back with a new video!

Enjoy this overview of Splash Mountain, featured at Walt Disney World, Disneyland,and Tokyo Disneyland. Read the rest of this entry »

14 Rookie Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make On Your Disney World Vacation

by on May 1, 2017
Filed under: Walt Disney World (FL) 35 Comments

rookie mistakes

Once upon a time, each of us was a Disney World newbie. And we made rookie mistakes. Here, we share ours to help you avoid them:

1. Not checking the refurbishment schedule. Disney lets you know ahead of time if your favorite attraction, the pool at your hotel, or that restaurant you really want to go to won’t be available during your trip.

2. Thinking your hotel will cost the same any date. Holidays, summers, basically any time children aren’t in school will cost more matter where you stay. Compare several dates that you can travel to pick the best rate.

3. Not looking for hotel discounts. Disney will discount hotel rates from time to time, and you can rebook if a new, better one comes out.

4. Thinking you’ll buy your tickets when you arrive. The most expensive price you’ll pay for park tickets is at the ticket window in front of the theme park. Here’s some more information about Disney park tickets. Read the rest of this entry »