Ride Quiz #1. Peter Pan’s Flight

I thought I would start something different today. I’m going to post some Disney ride quizes to see just how much you know about Disney World. Some of the questions will be easy, but others will be challenging. Since some of the answers would be nearly impossible unless you had just gone on the rides, they will be multiple choice so you can guess on the ones you’re not sure about. If you’ve been to the parks recently, you should find this a little easier. However, if you’re stumped, you can probably find most of the answers with a Google search.

The first quiz will be on Peter Pan’s Flight in Fantasyland at the Walt Disney World Resort. I will add the answers at a later time. Good Luck!

Peter Pan's Flight, Fantasyland, Walt Disney World

Peter Pan's Flight, Fantasyland, Walt Disney World

1. What classic doll is sitting in the corner as you fly through Wendy’s bedroom?   

     a. Holly Hobby     b. Raggedy Andy     c. Strawberry Shortcake

2. What name is over the door on the doghouse?

     a. Fido     b. Lucy     c. Nana

3. As you fly over London, what time is displayed on Big Ben?

     a. 9:06     b. Noon     c. 3:33

4. Which one of these items are the mermaids NOT holding?

     a. Angel Harp     b. Shell Horn     c. Clam Shell     d. Starfish

5. How many Lost Boys are sitting around the fire?

     a. Four     b. Five     c. Six

6. How many times does Captain Hook appear during the ride?

     a. Three     b. Five     c. Seven

7. Where does the final battle take place between Peter Pan and Capt Hook?

     a.  In Peter’s hideout     b. In London     c. On a ship

8. What do you sit in during the ride?

     a. A trolley car     b. A ship     c. The Lost Boys’ Express

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Tom Sawyer Island at Magic Kingdom. Walt Disney World

Tom Sawyer Island at Magic Kingdom. Walt Disney World

A few weeks ago, we learned about a fun game at the Magic Kingdom. Every morning, cast members hide five paint brushes on Tom Sawyer Island. The lucky ones who find these brushes are rewarded with fast passes for the day for their entire family! Cool, I thought, as I started planning my ‘hunt’ around the island. How hard could it be? Right?

The first boat to the island left the dock at 10:00 this morning and we were on it. Our plan was to split up so we could cover more ground and then report back at a certain time to see who had found a brush. We hit the ground running (literally). A quick trip around the island made me realize just how hot and humid it really was, even at 10am.

I figured it would take us about 15-20 minutes of searching to find a brush. Well….it didn’t quite work out that way. After 30 minutes of intense searching in the heat and humidity, we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. We looked behind trash cans, throughout every nook and cranny of the fort, under chairs, and in the bushes. We even looked throughout the three caves on the island, where we had to use the light on our phone to search in the dark. Still nothing. And we weren’t the only ones having a problem. I asked several other people how they were doing and none of them had found a brush either. So much for stumbling on a brush; these were hidden well.

Hidden paintbrush on Tom Sawyer Island

After an hour of searching in the heat, we headed back to the boat without a paint brush, and more importantly, an all-day FastPass. Overall we had a lot of fun, and if nothing else, it was something different to do. We go to the park enough that I didn’t mind losing an hour where I could have been doing something else. If you don’t make it to the park often; however, I would suggest skipping this scavenger hunt and enjoying the rides instead. But….. you never know, you just might be the lucky one who finds a paintbrush and gets to enjoy FastPasses for the day. Good luck!

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Shanghai Disneyland Given Green Light, by Gil Pohl

Disneyland Shanghai

Shanghai, China. Location of new Disney park

After almost twenty years of working on getting a Disney park in mainland China, the central government has given its final approval for construction of a Magic Kingdom in Shanghai.  The other parts of the resort, hotels, and shopping do not require central approval.  The detail planning for the resort is now underway between Disney (who will own about 40% of the venture) and the Shanghai government. 

The plan is to open the park in 5 to 6 years and I for one am planning my trip already!

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D23-What I should have been doing this month, by Gil Pohl.

For the first time ever, Disney brought everything Disney under one roof, even if that roof was a very large one.  Disney hosted the D23 Expo (D for Disney and ‘23 for the year the Disney Company started) at the 800,000 square foot Anaheim Convention Center September 10-13.  The Expo covered Disney animation, movies, TV, and most of all the Disney parks. 

Because I could not be there this year and my overwhelming interest in everything to do with Disney parks, I spent as much time as I could following the happenings on the internet.  Thursday and Friday were busy days for D23; but Saturday was the day I looked forward to most.  Saturday was the day that D23 had scheduled a lot of time to discuss plans for Walt Disney World.

Rumors have been flying around the internet for months about the two big projects that might be coming to WDW and to the trill of us park lovers both where officially announced on that Saturday.

The first is the reworking of the Star Wars attraction at Disney Hollywood Studios.  Star Tours has always been one of the great rides at Disney, but the ride is getting dated.  I can remember that a few years ago when I was watching the pod racing scene from the first of the three new Star War movies I told my wife; “They should remake the Star Tours ride with this as the theme.”  While after years of waiting, the dream is coming true and during my 2011 trip to the World I will be experiencing it in 3D.

The other big news is that the first major expansion to the Magic Kingdom in over 20 years will be starting later this year. 

Map of new Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom

Map of new Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom

The most popular land in all of the Magic Kingdom, Fantasyland, will be growing much larger in size and adding several new attractions.

The big new “E ticket” ride, Journey under the sea with Ariel, The Little Mermaid that is already under

Little Mermaid attraction in the new Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom

Little Mermaid attraction in the new Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom

construction at Disney’s California Adventure will be coming east.  Also to

Dumbo's Tent at the new Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom

Dumbo's Tent at the new Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom

be constructed is a new twin-Dumbo ride that will be part of a new interactive, three-ring circus tent.  There will also be a meet and greet area for Tinker Bell and her friends.  Plans call for a Disney Princess castle, cottage, or chateau where you can share a dance with Cinderella; celebrate Sleeping Beauty’s birthday with the Good Fairies; or join Belle in an enchanting story performance in the Beast’s castle library.

Another big addition to the Magic Kingdom will be a new restaurant to be themed around Beauty and the Beast to be named “Be Our Guest”.  Here you will be able to dine at a counter service restaurant during the day and enjoy table service at night in one of three enchanted dining rooms inside the Beast’s castle.  Additional table service dining is much need in the Magic Kingdom.

I know that I soon will be working with Ears of Experience to plan a trip to next year’s D23 Expo and looking forward to them planning trips for me to see the new attractions coming to Walt Disney World.

 

Welcome Gil to the Ears of Experience Team!

Gil and his wife Vicki are big Disney Park fans.  It started with trips to Walt Disney World while they where in college and has continued throughout their lives.

Gil served in the USAF for 21 years and would take the wife and two kids (Mary and Mike) on Disney Vacations between each assignment.  They where stationed outside of LA for four years and everyone that came to visit them had to have a trip to the “Happiest Place on Earth”.

When he retired on the East Coast from the USAF and the children got older, they wanted to bring friends along to share their now every other year family trip to Walt Disney World.  In order to accomplish this, a membership in the Disney Vacation Club (Boardwalk Villas) was purchased by the family.

Now that he has two grandchildren (Violet and Tyler); additional DVC points have been added and they make annual trips to WDW.  Two of his friends also have joined the DVC and this year they will be having an early December Magical Gathering of 27 family members and friends.

Vicki and Gil still do some traveling to the other Disney Parks and with their June 2009 trip to Hong Kong they have been to all five Disney Resorts.  The two of them also celebrated a wedding anniversary on a cruise on the Disney Magic.  The plans for the next few years call for a trip to WDW for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, a second cruise and a trip to Shanghai is already in the planning stages.

Top 5 Character Breakfasts

So many people love to go to Character breakfasts while visiting Walt Disney World® Resort. Me being one. As a matter of fact, 70% of our clients do a character breakfast. That being said, I thought I would go over my top 5 list. Now these are my opinions and not all may agree. I did go over it with one of our research family moms, Buffy Adams, and she said almost the same as me! I have added some notes at the bottom for honorable mentions. I hope this helps you in planning your next trip. If one of your favorites is not available, maybe one of these will be a new favorite if you try it. Let us know your thoughts and your top 5!

 #5 Donald’s Safari Breakfast at the Tusker House in Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park. This typically has Donald, Daisy, Mickey, and Goofy. Our clients love the food here and the Safari environment

 #4 Cape May in Disney’s Beach Club Resort is a great option. The food is good, the characters are dressed in beach attire, and it is simply a happy environment. It typically has Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, and sometimes Chip and Dale. I personally love the yogurt parfaits you can make and the omelet station.

#3 Chef Mickey in Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Although it is not my favorite and I would put Cape May over it for overall experience, it is in a great location, it typically has the Fab 5 in their classic costumes, and the kids seem to really like it. I personally think it is very big and loud but our clients’ kids all like it as well.

#2 Cinderella’s Castle – Cinderella’s Royal Table. This is in the Castle and the location is what you are paying or. This is an expensive option but for the little girls, it is unforgettable. It is at #2 for location and experience of little girls walking in, meeting Cinderella, walking up to the dining room, and meeting the Princesses. There are some great views of the Magic Kingdom from here as well. Although the food has gotten better, you are not going for the food alone. This is not ranked #2 because of taste. Regardless, the princesses in your life will forever remember the experience and that alone is worth the trip.

#1 Crystal Palace. Hands down in my opinion and in many others, this is the number 1 character breakfast. It has the Hundred Acre Woods characters (Pooh, Piglet, Eyore, and Tigger), the food is great, and the ambiance is superb. This restaurant is located looking out at Cinderella’s Castle and with it’s Glass Dome and windows wrapping around more than half of this building, it offers a very light and airy feel. Did I say the food was good? Because it is! I know I have blogged about this restaurant before so I won’t go into too much detail but the veggie frittata, the waffles, the fresh fruit with the most light and tasty whipping cream, and so much more make this a mouth watering experience. This is a great option before the park opens. You literally have Main Street USA all to yourself with a fantastic view of the castle on your way to an amzing breakfast. Another option we suggest to our clients is do the last breakfast seating at 10:25 and it is a brunch. You can enjoy the rides when the park opens and then sit down while the crowds start to roll in and enjoy a brunch. Either way, whatever time, this is an awesome character breakfast!

**Honorable mention. If you have princesses in your traveling party, the Akershus in Norway is a great option for breakfast. Typically Belle is the hostess and some of her princess friends are there. Cinderella may or may not be there so if that is a deal breaker, the Castle is the only guarantee for her.  Akershus is not as expensive as Cinderella’s Royal Table, it only takes one table service on the meal plan where the Castle takes two, and it seems to offer more time with the princesses than at Cinderalla’s Royal Table. The breakfast here is definitely better than their lunch or dinner.

**Honorable mention-O’hana’s Character Breakfast hosted by Lilo and Stitch. Typically Mickey and Goofy show up as well. This one at the Polynesian Resort is a little tamer, not as much noise and the pineapple bread is awesome!

Whatever you choose, enjoy, take it all in, and have fun. All character breakfasts seem to take about an hour. Chef Mickey may take a bit longer due to the size of the restauraunt. It may take the characters longer to get to all the tables.

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My favorite Disney World Run

Not many things in my opinion can compare to waking up knowing you are headed out to the most magical place on earth, Walt Disney World®. But one thing can and that is a run early in the morning around Seven Seas Lagoon. When we stay at the Polynesian Resort I have a run ritual that heightens my Disney experience every time. I run from our room along the winding paths on Polynesian’s grounds, passing the marina, along the beach of Seven Seas where you hear the water lapping on the shore, by the Wedding chapel and fitness area, ending up on Grand Floridian’s grounds where I run along the paths in there to the boat launch dock overlooking the Magic Kingdom. I then head back running through the Polynesian grounds to the Ticket and Transportation center and loop back around to my room. This is by no means a long run for me but it is one of my most enjoyable. (You could do it twice to make it more challenging).

The exercise is secondary on these days to me. The view and the feelings it invokes in me are primary. Usually I am a “get some miles in” kind of girl but not these days. You see so much that you would not see if you weren’t experiencing this. From the pool staff preparing the pool for what will be hundreds by mid-afternoon to the small kids already bounding to breakfast, so excited about what is in store for them that day. You see details you would never notice when running along these paths and how much work it takes to keep this place as special as it is. You also see those enjoying coffee on their balconies taking in the same views I am, the looks of the faces of those leaving on early flights, headed back to reality, and I think I can even tell which one of those early rising families are starting their first day, bounding to the main building anticipating that first park experience. All I take in on these runs make me appreciate where I am, what I am doing, and how lucky I am to be there so much more.

Depending on the time of year you are there, you can also see one of my favorites, the lights slowly going out on Cinderella’s Castle castle. In March, it was still getting light when I did my run so the lights were still on at the castle. As it gets light, they slowly turn them off, one section at a time, in a manner that is barely noticeable unless you were to be watching it for that purpose.

I am a runner, that is part of who I am. I am also an avid Disney World fan; I cannot get enough of it. To combine the two of them is something so enjoyable, you have to experience it yourself to truly know what it is like.

For other routes at Disney and information on running while in Disney World, there is a great site. Maps and trails can be found here.

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