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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The ‘Lap’ of Luxury

Best Friends Pet Care, Walt Disney World

Best Friends Pet Care, Walt Disney World

Instead of leaving your pet at home the next time you visit Disney, bring it along with you and let it stay in style. Best Friends Pet Care, the new luxury pet care facility, is now open at the Walt Disney World® Resort. The 50,000-square-foot facility boasts air-conditioned rooms, “VIP” suites, and private outdoor yards for your pet. The staff will even read bedtime stories to your pet as one of the special features.  You can choose from a list of á la carte activities for your pet, including one-on-one play time, social playgroups with other dogs, and ice cream time.

The resort’s dog park includes a fenced walking trail bordering natural wetlands around the park. Inside the trail, there are a variety of play areas, including a 3,300 square-foot area covered in artificial turf, a 4,500 square-foot area with shade trees and a 1,300 square-foot “canines only” water park.

Feline guests can spend visits in a separate “Kitty City” pavilion (away from dogs) in two and four-room condos. And there’s even a special facility for the boarding of “pocket pets,” such as hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and ferrets.

So, no matter what type of pet you own, rest assured they will enjoy their trip to Disney almost as much as you, while staying at Disney’s new luxury pet care facility.

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Manta, by ‘Kid Expert’ natalie, Age 11

Manta roller coaster, at Sea World, Orlando, Florida

Manta roller coaster, at Sea World, Orlando, Florida

This ride is fantastic! It is located in SeaWorld Orlando, not too far from the Walt Disney World Resort. Personally I think it was extremely well-done, the whole scenario is great. The cue line has many aquariums so you can watch the fish and other creatures. Boarding the ride, you pull the harness down and then an employee comes and secures your feet so they don’t dangle. The car suddenly tilts back until you are hanging “superman” position. That way it feels as if you are gliding like a manta. The ride takes off and you go up an incline. Looking down, you see the park way below. If you are afraid of heights, I do not recommend it! Looking down you see the trees and it gives you a weird feeling inside. Then you go, flying down the hill and going into a complete flip. It feels odd doing a flip because you are hanging, so at one point you are on your back. You then do lots of turns and go into a few corkscrews and flips. The ride is intense, and if you thought Expedition Everest or Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster were intense, watch this one “fly” through the air.         

Manta roller coaster water splash at Sea World. Orlando, Florida

Manta roller coaster water splash at Sea World. Orlando, Florida

On most rides, they take a picture of you screaming your head off so you can see it after the ride. On Rockin’ Rollercoaster it is right when you take off and on Everest it is when you go down the side of the mountain. Manta has one too…but I had a tough time trying to figure out where it was.

Near the end, the ride dips down very close to the water. It goes on its side and the manta’s fin almost touches the water as a spray squirts. This is a really fun ride, but I think only thrill-seekers should ride it! 

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Win a free FastPass for a day for your entire family.

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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Top 10 reasons to visit Disney this summer!

Summertime at Walt Disney World

Yes it is hot in the summer. Yes it may rain briefly in the afternoon but there are many reasons to go to Disney this summer. Last June we went and we found it less crowded than our trip in October. We believe it is because so many people have been told to go in October that this has become a peak time. October is actually one of our busier months for clients now. So yes it will be hot and there will be crowds but we can help you manage those things and with all the promos Disney has come out with, there are fewer off season times than in previous years.

1. Everything is open! Attractions are not closed for refurbishments.

2. Extended hours. You can actually budget better than during other times of the year; ask us how. No matter when you decide to visit Walt Disney World in Orlando, the fact is there are always going to be crowds, especially for the rides and shows. During off-peak times, Disney cuts back hours at the parks and may not have as many ride vehicles going. This allows them to reduce manning; however, wait times end up being nearly as long as they may be during the summer time. So by going when there are extended hours when all of the attractions are open and having a plan for when you travel, you will be able to enjoy more and have a more flexible vacation.

3. Break up the summer. We all start the summer refreshed, loving the pool, and spending time with friends, but soon it all comes to feel like another schedule. Break it up with a trip to Disney, either short or long. We can help you experience a little magic either way. You don’t HAVE to set an entire week aside for Mickey.

4. If you do have some extra time, Wizarding World of Harry Potter is now open at Universal Studios and Sea World is offering $5.00 tickets this summer for kids! Take a day-trip to one of these fun places.

5. New things to see this summer include a new parade and new fireworks. Not to mention a dance party at Hollywood Studios and Tower of Terror has mixed it up.

6. Major airlines pricing roundtrip air in June/July from:

Huntsville, $148          Boston, $192

JFK, $238                      St Louis, $174

Detroit, $169                Chicago, $193

Charlotte, $158           Houston, $276

Atlanta, $138               Washington DC, $155

*Low-cost carrier rates may be lower. Subject to availability. Pricing at time this was published.

7. Time to get together with family and friends. We find this time of year is the easiest time friends and family can all get time off to get together. Turn it into a family reunion. There are so many things for folks to do at Disney. If you have members in your party who say they don’t like the parks, there is always golf and fishing, or even the Richard Petty race car driving experience. There is something for everyone and the summer affords the time for most to gather together and enjoy one another. Not everyone has to sit around the house all day and do the same thing together. They can all go off and do their own thing at Disney and meet up at the end of the day.

8. Throw some fun and entertainment into your summer. When I was young, my parents use to drag me to boring museums in the summer with no thrill to them. Then we would head to Cedar Point for one day of fun each summer. Why not do it all in one trip? There is so much to do at Disney; it is 47 square miles, and it is both fun and educational. You can learn about recycling while playing a game (in the AC), build a rollercoaster while doing math (in the AC), see how they are growing the next generation of plants on a boat ride (in the AC), or fly over California in a hang glider on Soarin’ (in the AC). See a theme here?

9. Savings this summer. Prices as low as $860.88 for a family of four, two adults, two kids (between the ages of 3 and 9) for four nights and five day tickets. Kids stay and Play Free, Free dining, up to 40% off resort rooms, so many ways to save money!

10. There’s no time like the present! Don’t wait any longer to head to Disney for some summer fun and excitement and to build memories you and your family will never forget. Call us today to help you plan the trip of a lifetime.

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My memories of Space Mountain

Space Mountain is back open after a nearly six month rennovation where everything from tracks and queues were rehabbed. At one point, the roof was even off  and track was being pulled out and put in. From the video I have seen, the qeues are really cool. You can play video games while waiting in line!

This takes me back to my first trip to Disney World©. I went with my dad when I was ten. My parents are divorced and it was a special father daughter trip. We had a blast! My dad, still in my mind can do anything, he is a salty sailor and seems to be fearless. So when he said “let’s go on Space Mountain”, I wanted to show him I was too. But the whole time in line, I was scared to death! Keeping in mind this was the early 80s, there were no fast passes and no interactive queues, so you looked at what they had on display and made small talk while waiting in a very long line. Close to the end of the line I had to go to the bathroom so badly, I nearly had an accident but refused to tell my dad and get out of line. We rode the ride, I got off and looked at him and instantly realized, I had found the thing my dad did not like, coasters… But he did it for me as he did not want to disappoint me, thinking I wanted to ride it. He says now he was waiting for me to chicken out.  I remember that day like it was almost yesterday. It wasn’t my favorite thing I had done and I wasn’t running to go back and get in line but I had conquered a fear and was proud I did it. Now, throw me on it, I am fine but I will always remember that fear in my stomach and the thrill of riding it first with my dad. That trip was full of memories and to think 28 years later, we have a business that started with a love for a place that first came into my life on that day I conquered Space Mountain.

Dad and I in front of the castle in the early 80s

My next trip is over the holidays. I can’t wait to see the changes to Space Mountain, my dad might be making the trip with us, think I can get him back on it? I bet the kid expert  can…..

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Disney Mobile Magic Application

A GREAT new application just came out for Verizon subscribers that puts a virtual personal tour guide of the Walt Disney World® and Disneyland® Resorts right in the palm of your hands. It’s the official Disney Parks Mobile Application and the soft launch just became available to download. The application provides valuable information for you such as attraction wait times for the park you are in, Disney’s Fastpass® Service return times and the ability to located your favorite characters using your mobile device. It also has built-in GPS technology that displays park maps that pinpoint your location. By providing location-specific, real-time guides for each of Disney’s parks and resort hotels, you can find what you’re looking for more quickly, navigate the park with confidence, and spend more time enjoying yourself in the park. It also has live competitive trivia games, videos, character stories and other surprises to keep you entertained while waiting in line at the park. This soft launch will provide the opportunity to fine-tune the application to better prepare us for their official launch in January.

Unfortunately, this app is currently only available on select Verizon wireless phones. For those of us with Blackberrys, we’ll have to wait until January to see if they are added in the final version. Here’s the list of phones the app is currently available on and some of the various screen shots you will see with this application:

– LG Glance
– LG VX Chocolate
– LG Chocolate 3
– LG Decoy
– LG VX 8700
– LG Venus
– Moto Adventure
– Nokia 7205
– Samsung Renown
– Moto 325
– Samsung 540
– Samsung 550
– LG 5500
– Nokia 6205
– Moto 755
– UT Starcom 8950
– UT Starcom GC1-c711
– GZ1 – S Boulder
– Moto K1 -M
– Moto – L7c
– LG 8350
– Samsung Trance
– Moto V3m
– Moto Barrage
– Moto VU204

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This app is available for download for $9.99 per 180 days of service. To purchase the application, text the word MAGIC to 2777 from your Verizon phone. I see this as a small price to pay for all of the conveniences this app provides. As far as I know, it’s the only one using real-time data. There are others out there, but they all use statistical analysis. When it comes down to making or missing a pop-up character greeting for your child’s favorite character, there’s no question in my book as to whether or not it’s worth it.

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Interractive games at Disney’s Soarin’

For those of you who dread waiting in lines at Disney, they have recently made it a little less painful in the queue at Soarin’.  Mid-way through the line, there are now five giant screens using Wii-based technology that allow you to play interractive games as a group. Sensors above the screens sense motion from the crowd in front of each screen. At the beginning of each game, you are given directions on how to move to make the game work. One game has your section leaning left or right, directing a large bird along a course. If you don’t lean the correct way, your bird will hit rocks, trees, etc. All five sections are competing against each other in this one.

We were in line for quite a while, so we got to play three or four different games. One game had us swatting at blobs of paint that were floating around the screen. When you hit one, it exploded and revealed part of a picture. When enough were hit, you could see the whole picture.

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The game we played against the other sections was a balloon race to recover stolen gems. The balloon was controlled up and down by either waving your arms or holding them still.  It was really fun.

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Waiting in line is still one of my least favorite things to do at Disney, but at least now the’ve done something to pass the time while having fun at the same time. This one might just be worth skipping the Fasspass. Well…..maybe.

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Planning For A Walt Disney World Trip, by Gil Pohl

It seems that I get phone calls about once a month from a friend of a friend asking me about taking a trip to Walt Disney World.  What surprises me most is when someone calls and tells me that they are going in a month and have not done any planning. 

I think a trip to Walt Disney World is something that requires at least some advance planning.  I break my trip planning into three stages, the first has three parts.  Where to stay, what tickets to purchase, and how am I going to handle dining. 

Walt Disney World ResortsStage 1, Part 1:  The first thing I need to know is where to stay, how many days I will be staying, and how much it will cost.  This is where your first call to Ears of Experience comes in.  For me I love to be involved in Disney 24 hours a day, so I always stay on park.  Rooms for every budget are available, so working with an expert will ensure that you get the right room at the best price. 

Disney TicketsOnce you have to a place to stay, then you can move on to the second decision, what type of tickets to buy.  There are just so many types of tickets that again asking for help is a great idea.  In general, the more days you stay, the lower the cost per day .  Where the help is needed is in the options that you can add to a ticket.  Park Hopping, Water Park Fun & More, and No Expiration are some of the options that can be added to the “base ticket”.  For which options are right for you, talk with Ears of Experience and they can tailor a ticket package for you.

Disney DiningThe final step in the Stage 1 of the planning is do I want a “Dining Plan”.  With the dining plan, all meals will be paid in advance.  The dining plan is flexible enough so that you should be able to eat when and what you want.  If you decide that the dining plan is right for you, it should be booked at the same time you book your room and reserve your tickets.  Package deals do save money. 

I will be writing again soon about Stage II of the planning process; advance dining reservation and other activities.

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Disney Fairies, by ‘Kid Expert’ Nattie, age 10

Tinkerbell, at the Walt Disney World® Resort

Tinkerbell, at the Walt Disney World® Resort

The Disney Fairies became extremely popular in Disney’s movie Tinker Bell. Now you can meet and talk to them, or maybe even ask them some questions! You can meet them back in Toon Town in the big tent. You need to get there early because lines can get to 45 minutes in the first 10 minutes of opening. Disney takes care of these crowds by getting you into groups before the Toon Town section opens. TIP: Make sure you grab a times guide before you enter the park, because Toon Town and the other lands don’t open the same time as the opening of the Magic Kingdom.

          When a cast member asks you to “fly with them” to meet the fairies it simply just means the fairies are ready to

Disney Fairy Fawn at the Walt Disney World® Resort

Disney Fairy Fawn at the Walt Disney World® Resort

see you. You walk down a hall and every thing gets bigger, so it seems like you are getting smaller. Once you’re down to fairy size, you go into a room with the fairies in there. All the fairies are not there at once, but Tinker Bell is always there. When you approach them, they may ask you where you flew from or ask you if they can sign your leaf journals (a.k.a. autograph books). One time Fawn told me that I was 40 seasons old! She told me to stop growing because then I will become a grown up. Meeting the Disney Fairies was a really cool experience, and I recommend it to everyone.

Written by our Kid Expert, Nattie. Check out more of what she has to say as well as more tips and tricks at her Kid’s Only Page.

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