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Animal Kingdom Ride Guide and Spoilers | Walt Disney World

5 June 2019

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Animal Kingdom entrance
Animal Kingdom only has a few rides as it is mainly animals and attractions. If you are planning to visit Animal Kingdom and experience the rides then take a look at our ride guide and spoilers.

Pandora - The World of Avatar

Pandora The World Of Avatar
Na'vi River Journey

Type of Ride - Slow moving boat ride along the river. Each boat seats approx 20 people fitting 4 comfortably per row.
Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Still fairly new so the queue times are extremely long. The effects used on the ride are stunning and the detail both in and around the ride are beautiful. You feel like you are actually in Pandora
Min Height - No
Fast Pass + - Yes
Ride Photo - No

On the Flight of Passage RideAvatar Flight of Passage

Type of Ride - Fly on the back of a Banshee through  Pandora. Each ride seats 1.
Hints, Tips or Spoilers - This is a 3D/4D experience. 3D glasses are required. You mount the ride like a bike and then are securely fastened around your back and your legs. If you suffer from motion sickness then I would not advise riding. Flight of Passage has long queue times so a fast pass is recommended. I have seen the queue go beyond 200 minutes however I will say it's worth the wait. The effects used on the ride are some of the best we have ever experienced. At times you can actually feel the Banshee breathing and even smell the environment you are in too.
Min Height - 44"/112cm
Fast Pass + - Yes
Ride Photo - No

Africa
A Hippo drinking fro a streamKilimanjaro Safaris

Type of Ride - Safari Ride through the African Savanna. Each Jeep sits approx 20 with 4 sitting comfortably per row.
Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Your safari jeep is driven by a tour guide who will tell you all about the animals along the way and also stops for photo opportunities. The safari is approx 22 minutes long. It is amazing to see so many different animals in a short space of time. If you are wanting to take pictures or video then try to be either at the beginning or the end of the queue in your row. This way you will be able to see clearly out of one one of the sides of the jeep. Its not quite as easy to see past people in the middle of the jeep.
Min Height - No
Fast Pass + - Yes
Ride Photo - No

Asia

Kali River Rapids

Type of Ride - A wet ride through the jungle rivers on a raft. Each raft can seat 10 people.
Hints, Tips or Spoilers - There are lockers free of charge for 2 hours, adjacent to the entrance. Everyone on the ride gets a little wet however depending on where you sit you may get soaked. The raft spins so it is impossible to tell. Gets busy on hot days
Min Height - No
Fast Pass + - Yes
Ride Photo - No

EverestExpedition Everest - Legend Of The Forbidden Mountain

Type of Ride - A rollercoaster ride through the Himalayan mountains in search of the Yeti. Each row seats 2 comfortably.
Hints, Tips or Spoilers - When the train reaches the end of the track midway through the ride take a look to your right and you will see hundreds of bobbles. I'm not sure why but people seem to throw their bobbles there. Parts of the rides involves the train going backwards.  As you go up the lift section take a look to your left for an amazing view of Orlando, you can see for miles and I am always surprised at how flat the land is.
Min Height - 44"/112cm
Fast Pass + - Yes
Ride Photo - Yes

Tricera Top SpinDinoland U.S

Primeval Whirl

Type of Ride - Spinning rollercoaster with lots of dramatic drops and curves. Each capsule seats 4 comfortably.
Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Reminds me of the old cat and mouse ride were you reach the end of the track and it will dramatically turn the corner making you think you will fall off the edge of the track. Doesn't move too quickly though so still suitable for young riders.
Min Height - 48"/122cm
Fast Pass + - Yes
Ride Photo - No

Two boys on Tricera Top spinTriceraTop Spin

Type of Ride - Soar above Dinoland U.S.A in this slow moving dinosaur ride. Each dinosaur seats 4 comfortably.
Hints, Tips or Spoilers - You can control your dinosaur making him go up or down by using the lever in the front.  From this ride you can see the fairground down below, here you can play games to try and win prizes. We didn't win much this time, winning one small dino teddy.
Min Height - No
Fast Pass + - No
Ride Photo - No

Dinosaur

Type of Ride - Take a prehistoric tour to save a dinosaur from extinction.
Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Dinosaur is a very dark and bumpy ride which can be extremely loud in places as you meet lots of dinosaurs along the way. Although the minimum height for this ride is low it may be too scary for some younger riders.
Min Height - 40"/102cm
Fast Pass + - Yes
Ride Photo - Yes

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Walt Disney World Hints and Tips

24 May 2019

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Magic Kingdom Castle
We have been going to Walt Disney Theme Parks for over a decade now and over the years you do pick up some hints and tips that can make your stay more enjoyable. If you are planning a visit to Walt Disney World soon then hopefully some of these may come in handy.

If it’s your first time visiting Walt Disney World or you are celebrating your birthday or anniversary, make sure you grab a badge. Badges can be found dotted around the parks and also at your Disney resort hotel. Cast members have the authority to choose visitors wearing the badges to give them a freebie. I received a huge ice cream which was a lovely treat.

Take a water bottle in to the parks with you. There are water fountains scattered about which you can use to refill however most quick service dining restaurants have refill stations and you can fill your water bottle up at them and with cold water and ice. In the parks, Sunshine Seasons and Electric Umbrella at Epcot, Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, Backlot Express in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Restaurantosaurus & Satu’li Canteen in Disney’s Animal Kingdom all have drink refill stations.

Now matter how sunny you think Florida is, always pack a light rain mac or poncho. You never know when rain will hit and trust me without a waterproof you will be soaked in seconds.

Purchase an autograph book and pen and always have it to hand. Some characters may just walk about and will be happy to stop for an autograph and photo.

Utilise your fast passes. If you are staying at a Disney Resort Hotel with a ticket package you can book up to 60 days in advance. Make sure you book as early as you can, you can always change your choices using the app should your plans change.  Once you have completed your three free fast passes you can then go on to book more, one at a time until the end of the day.

The Walt Disney World app keeps you up to date with current queue times, character locations, dining, temporary closures and entertainment. Free Wi-Fi internet is available in the theme parks and resort hotels at Walt Disney World.

cool club drinks
Get a free drink at Epcot’s Club Cool, where there are eight flavours of Coke products from around the world. Make sure to have a cup of the Beverly. It’s an unusual flavour that you absolutely must try.

Plan your day carefully. The parks are huge and you don’t want to have rides planned that are scattered between lands meaning you have to walk back and forth all day. Choose a land to start in and make the most of that land before you move on. We find everyone tends to move clockwise so anticlockwise is usually less busy.

Resting throughout the day is so important. The days are long in the Disney parks with some parks open till midnight at times. Plan some rest times during the day, maybe see a show or stop for a coffee and cake.

Casey JR Water park
Take the kids swimwear and a towel to the Magic Kingdom with you. In Fantasyland there is a small area that sprays out water when it's hot outside. The kids love it and it's a great way to cool down quickly.

Adults can always order from the kid’s menu, which is a great way to save money while still getting a meal that will satisfy smaller/moderate appetites.

Don’t get drawn into the Disney Vacation Club by the exciting  promotions while at Walt Disney World. Wait until you get home, research the Pros and Cons of Disney Vacation Club, and buy via the resale market if you’re going to buy at all.

Look out for the professional photographers. They are there to help create memories for you by snapping pictures of you and your family with iconic backdrops. I would recommend purchasing the memory maker which saves all your photos on.

If you’re staying at a Disney-owned hotel, you can have merchandise you purchase in the park sent to your hotel so you don’t have to carry it around all day.

Evenings are ideal for those who don’t want to wait in line during the day in the Florida heat. Queue times decrease dramatically around 7pm so it’s a great time to jump on the usually busy rides or meet your favourite characters.

Art of Animation
If you are staying in the Walt Disney resort make sure you make use of your hotel amenities. It’s so easy to jump up out of bed each day and quickly head to the parks but it’s also nice to enjoy what your hotel has to offer. Take a dip in the pool, let the kids burn off some energy in the playground or have some family fun in the arcade.

For more information on visiting Walt Disney World make sure you keep an eye out for out Walt Disney World posts coming soon on our blog.

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Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom - Ride Guide and Spoilers

9 May 2019

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Magic Kingdom Castle
Magic Kingdom is my favourite place to visit when we are staying at Walt Disney World. There is so much to see and do. On our recent trip we found little J went on almost everything which I hadn't expected as I thought he still may be too small for some of the rides but he wasn't, he was tall (and brave) enough. I thought I would share a ride and spoiler guide to the attractions at Magic kingdom so you will know what to expect on your next visit.

Tomorrowland
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
Buzz Lightyear's Space Range Spin

Type of Ride - Slow moving ride which seats 2. Both riders get a gun with a laser which you aim at Z's throughout the ride. Shoot the Z's to score points.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Gun is stuck in place and hard to use. Little ones may find it difficult to press the trigger as its on the back of the gun so you need to use your thumb! Make sure you spin your ship round to face the targets to make it easier to hit the further away, higher value targets. If you manage to get maximum points you will be given a special sticker to mark your achievement!

Min Height - No
Fast Pass + - Yes
Ride Photo - Yes

Astro Orbiter
Astro Orbiter
Astro Obiter

Type of Ride - Flying rocket ride. Sit inside your rocket with your legs either side. Younger ones can sit in-between your legs

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Once it is your turn to ride you get an elevator up to the rockets which are situated on an upper platform. Once the ride starts your rockets will go even higher in to the air.  You can control your height with a lever which is fun for the younger riders. Lovely views of Tomorrowland and the Castle,  especially if riding at night.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - No
Ride Photo - No

Space Mountain
Space Mountain

Type of Ride - High Speed Rollercoaster in the dark. You sit in a rocket with your legs either side. Each rocket seats 6 people however you are in your own capsule.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - You are fastened in with a lap bar so that always means no loop the loops. Safe for younger riders who aren't afraid of the dark. Space simulation noises throughout so does feel realistic! If you are tall avoid the front row as there is very little space for long legs. Seems to break down quite a lot so check the app for closures.

Min Height - 44"/112cm
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - Yes


The People Mover
Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover

Type of Ride - Slow moving train ride which takes you on a tour of Tomorrowland, and through some of the attractions. Comfortably seats 4.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Can be dark at times. Queue seems to always be busy however it does move quickly.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - No
Ride Photo - No


Tomorrowland Speedway
Tomorrowland Speedway

Type of Ride - Drive your own car around the large track.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Steering can be done by younger riders, although they might not be able to reach the control pedals. Luckily pedals are available on both sides of the car. Cars are petrol so can be quite smelly at times as there are a lot on the track. Queue tends to move quickly. Currently closed at the moment and has been for quite a while. Couldn't see any refurbishment underway on the actual ride however there is a Tron ride being built close by. 

Min Height - 32"/81cm and 54"/137cm to ride alone.
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

Fantasyland

Mad Tea Party

Type of Ride - Classic cup and saucers ride. Comfortably seats two adults and two children.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Spin the wheel in the centre of the cup to make you saucer spin you round faster. If you have a larger party make sure you ask for two cups as you move to the front of the queue as you will be squeezed into one otherwise.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No


Dumbo ride at Magic Kingdom

Dumbo The Flying Elephant

Type of Ride - Fly around on Dumbo The Flying Elephant. Use the lever to make Dumbo go higher or lower.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - There are two Dumbo rides which helps reduce queue waiting times. There is an indoor play area midway through the queue. It's huge inside with an area for 2-3 year olds and 4-8 year olds. You don't have to go on the ride to go in the Dumbo play area you can just leave via the exit after the kids have finished.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

The Barnstormer Ride
The Barnstormer

Type of Ride - A junior rollercoaster. Seats 2 comfortably.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - The queue for this ride can reach up to 90 minutes at time. The actual ride lasts less than 40 seconds. On the plus side you can usually access a Fast Pass throughout the day. The perfect 'entry level' roller coaster for children is what makes this such a popular choice. Make sure you hold onto your cap if you have one as you speed round the track!

Min Height - 35"/89cm
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

It's a small world
It's A Small World 

Type of Ride - A large boat ride through different countries around the world.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Each boat can seat approx 20 people, the queue is constantly moving. Once you have been on the ride I can guarantee you will have the 'It's a Small World' song playing in your head for the rest of the day. If you have any loose change the children can throw them into the water, there is a large coin collection which has been there for some time.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

Peter Pan's Flight

Type of Ride - Fly high over the rooftops of London in your very own pirate ship to Neverland. Seats two comfortably.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Extremely popular. There is always a large queue time. Sometimes 2 hours plus. Fast pass is available but is usually booked up. Can be dark in places with UV and good use of LED lighting to give the ride some special effects.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

Under The Sea - Journey Of The Little Mermaid

Type of Ride - Slow moving ride. Hop on board your own shell for a journey under the sea. Each shell sits two comfortably.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - make sure you join the right queue as you can meet Ariel right next door. Lots of music and characters will have you singing along. The ride tells the story from beginning to end. Don't forget to look up as you start to move down under the sea.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh

Type of Ride - Slow moving ride through the Hundred Acre Wood. Each honey pot sits 4 comfortably. Two in the front, two in the back.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Visit lots of characters along the way while your honey pot bounces like tigger and sways side to side as it gets caught on a blustery day.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

Seven Dwarves Mine Train

Type of Ride - Child friendly rollercoaster. Seats two comfortably.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Can be fast and steep in places however slows quickly as you enter the mines where you see the dwarves at work. Queue times are crazy, can reach over 200 minutes at times. Fast passes for this ride are booked months in advance. Remember to smile as if you scan your magic band you get a nice video and stills from your ride. This was Little J's favourite ride in the entire park so be prepared to ride more than once!

Min Height - 38"/97cm
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - Yes and a video too.


Prince Charming Regal Carousel 

Type of Ride - An old fashioned carousel ride with views of the castle and fantasyland.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - The carousel can accommodate a lot of riders so queue will move quickly.  You can ride on the same horse as your little one, just put them on first, fasten the seatbelt around them and climb on behind as the bigger horses have room for two.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - No
Ride Photo - No

Liberty Square

The Haunted Mansion
Haunted Mansion

Type of Ride - A spine tingling tour of the dark, haunted estate. 

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Can be large queues at times but keep checking for a fast pass as one will usually become available later on in the evening.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

Frontierland

Splash Mountain
Splash Mountain
Splash Mountain

Type of Ride - Long Flume ride based on The Song Of The South. Each flume seats upto 8 people comfortably.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - You can queue separately for the front row however this will increase your queuing time by a little.  The ride is quite long with lots of ups and downs both inside and out. The main drop is quite steep and the force of the splash when you reach the bottom may be too much for little ones. If you are not riding there is a small sheltered play area just by the exit. If you are riding expect to get wet, lots of fun especially on a hot day.

Min Height - 40"/102cm
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - Yes

Big Thunder Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Type of Ride - Runaway mine train type rollercoaster. Each cart seats two comfortably. 

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Queue times vary dramatically depending on the time of day. Towards park closure the queue time can be as little as 5 minutes and riding in the dark has the added bonus of seeing the fireworks if you time it right. You can sit three in a cart if you have a little one who is wanting to sit between two adults to feel safe.

Min Height - 40'/102cm
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

Adventureland

Jungle Cruise

Type of Ride - Journey though the exotic rivers on board a boat with your own tour guide.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - The Magic Kingdoms most iconic ride which means it can be extremely busy at times. Don't expect the same experience as you get in Animal Kingdom though as the animals on this cruise aren't real!

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

Pirates Of The Caribbean 

Type of Ride - Embark on a voyage to a time when Pirates ruled the seas. Each boat seats approx 20 comfortably.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Your boat takes you through a pirate adventure taking place at night. Can be dark and loud at times. Queue not usually very long. There is shop at the end of the ride that sells all your pirate merchandise which can't be found in many of the larger stores.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

Magic carpets Ride

The Magic Carpets Of Aladdin 

Type of Ride - Hop aboard your own flying carpet for views from above Adventureland. Each carpet seats 4 comfortably.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - The two people in the front can control the carpet to go higher or lower and the two in the back can tip the carpet frontwards and backwards. Watch out for the camel.. he spits!

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

For more ride guides, hints and tips and spoilers visit our other Walt Disney World posts.

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Disney | Disney Store Wisdom Collection - Mulan

18 February 2019

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Last month I started to collect the new Wisdom range from The Disney Store. On the 18th of every month Disney Store will release a new addition to the collection. Last month was from the movie Dumbo and this month it is Mulan.  The collection is limited release and each collection features a soft toy, a mug, a journal, a t-shirt and a pin set. I will be collecting all 12 soft toys over the year, however I'm not sure what other parts of the collection I will buy it will just depend on whether I like them or not.
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Disney | Snow White Disneybound

4 February 2019

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Disclosure - This is a paid post in collaboration with Simply Be

I have started writing down some Disneybound ideas for our visit to Walt Disney World this year and first on my list is Snow White. For those that don't know what Disneybounding is, let me explain. As an adult you are not allowed to wear any Disney costumes whilst visiting the parks so the  idea behind Disneybounding is you choose 'normal' clothes that are the same colours as your favourite characters. You are then able to dress up as a character of your choice without wearing a costume.

When you think of Snow White what colours do you see? Most say red and yellow when actually Snow wears a blue top and yellow skirt. The colour red is only on the bow/headband and the belt around her waist.

Here are a few ideas for the perfect Snow White Disneybound.

The red headband with bow is the perfect start to a Snow White Disneybound. I think above everything else she wears this is what everyone remembers. 
Finding the perfect colour blue was hard but I love this from Simply Be. The Colbalt Blue Top has strap detail at the front, is the perfect colour and I love the length. It will allow you to tuck in to the skirt and add a nice red belt too.
The Junarose Pleated Velvet Skirt is the perfect choice for a Snow White Disneybound. I absolutely love the detail on this skirt. It's elasticated waist too so will sit nicely on your hips. It's mid length so would be ideal for all visits to Disney whatever the season. 
Finishing off with a pair of red flats. When visiting Disney its important to wear comfortable shoes and in my opinion flats are a must. I love how these also have a red bow on the front too. 

To finish I would probably add a red belt. If you are heading to Disney in the Winter Season you could always add white gloves too.

Have you ever visited Disney and created a Disneybound outfit? I am really looking forward to sharing some more of my Disneybound ideas with you soon.

Michelle

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Disney | Disney Store Wisdom Collection - Dumbo

23 January 2019

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On the 18th January 2019 Disney Store released the first collection of a series of 12 from their new Wisdom range. The collection is limited release and each collection features a soft toy, a mug, a journal, a t-shirt and a pin set. I wasn't sure whether I wanted to collect this series but after seeing Dumbo I fell in love and so it looks like I will be collecting all 12 over the year.

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Disney | The Countdown To Our Trip To Walt Disney World Has Begun

15 January 2019

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I am so excited to tell you that this year we are heading to Walt Disney World again in Orlando. This will be our second visit and we all cannot wait. The last time we went was 2017 and as I didn't blog about our trip back then but I will make sure that over the next few months I will share lots of hints, tips and guides to visiting.
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Disney | How Many Disney Movies Have You Seen?

10 January 2019

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I often get updates from The Disney Store about new products that they have arriving in store soon. I love browsing the new arrivals and often find myself spotting a 'must have' item that I have to buy there and then. Although I don't want to buy this particular item I spotted the other night it did catch my eye and encouraged me to write this post. Disney have released a huge collection of their movies on dvd and blu ray containing 55 movies. Now this boxset is their classics and doesn't include Pixar or films such as Mary Poppins but it got me thinking out of the 55 movies how many had I seen.
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Disney | My Mary Poppins Wish List

17 December 2018

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I cannot wait to see Mary Poppins Returns when it is released in the UK on the 21st December. Growing up Mary Poppins was my favourite film. I would watch it every day after school and at weekends. I would pretend I was Mary singing and dancing in our front room. My nickname at work used to be Mary because people would say I was Practically Perfect In Every Way. I loved that and that phrase is probably my favourite out of all the Disney movies. I have made a Mary Poppins wish list and if you are a Mary fan like me then you will love my choices. 
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Review | Disney On Ice Dream Big

29 October 2018

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Last week we headed to Manchester to the Manchester Arena to see Disney On Ice Dream Big. We have seen Disney On Ice many times over the years but each show is completely different and we couldn't wait to see what magic was in store for us this time.
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About Me | Who Am I?

1 October 2018

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I've decided to join in with this years Blogtober. It's a chance for bloggers to write posts based around a different theme each day. Today's theme is All About Me. I'm looking forward to posting each day plus it has given me a much needed kick up the bum as I haven't been around much lately and I honestly have no excuses for that. So here it goes... All About Me.
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