Country Bear Jamboree: My family spent a lot of time one evening joking about how weird this show was, but Laker & I had some extra time during a Magic Kingdom day, & it's an original Disney World attraction, so we decided to check it out. We actually had fun with it. People got so into the show, singing along & cheering for the characters. It's definitely a favorite for a lot of people! I can't say that I'll be a frequent visitor, but I'm glad we gave it a chance.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant: Dumbo is one of those rides that you see on TV as a kid & think, "I want to do that someday." & at the age of 26, I finally got to! It's such a simple ride, but I loved getting to fly around on Dumbo with Laker. It's such a classic Disney attraction, & everyone should ride it at least once!
Enchanted Tales with Belle: In this attraction, Belle chooses audience members (usually kids) to participate in helping her tell a story. This was fun for me, because Belle is my favorite, & we also had my little cousins with us, so they got to participate in the story. Throughout the attraction, you get to explore Belle & Maurice's cottage, see Lumiere & Madame de la Grande Bouche (the wardrobe), & take pictures with Belle in her yellow dress afterwards.
Enchanted Tiki Room: 10/10 my least favorite attraction I have done at Disney. Basically, you sit & watch fake parrots in cages talk & sing. As we were leaving, the guy next to us said, "Well, we won't be doing that again." Same.
The Hall of Presidents: A film followed by an animatronic show about the former U.S. presidents. Some people love it. Some people hate it.
Haunted Mansion: This can be a little much for small kids. There's a little "intro" at the beginning that is kind of scary - My little cousins did not like it. But the ride itself is fairly tame, & goes along a track through some spooky scenery.
Holiday Wishes: Disney fireworks are always amazing, but it was awesome to see the Christmas touches they added to the show. Snowflake projections, Christmas tree-shaped pyrotechnics, glittery red & green fireworks. It was a great show!
It's a Small World: It's a Small World is another classic Disney ride that I think everyone should ride at least once. Again, some people love it & some hate it, but I personally think it's beautifully designed. Mary Blair is a Disney artist who did work on some iconic Disney movies & pieces, & she helped design the ride as well. I really enjoyed going through it.
Jungle Cruise: This is a fan favorite for many people, but I didn't really enjoy it. I love puns & cheesiness, but this was too much even for me. So go at your own risk.
Mad Tea Party: Another favorite of ours. I love spinning rides, & Alice in Wonderland, so this is a perfect combination. The ride is just fun to look at as well.
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin: This is a fairly easygoing ride, but it's fun to pretend you're on a magic carpet. Or maybe I'm the only one who actually imagines I'm actually doing what the ride intends... Regardless, watch out for the spitting camels nearby.
Magic Kingdom Ferryboat: This isn't necessarily a "ride," so much as a form of transportation, but sometimes it's fun to take the ferryboat into the park instead of the monorail. It is sometimes a bit less crowded & feels less rushed, & it has a pretty view going into Magic Kingdom.
Main Street Electrical Parade: Unfortunately this is no longer at Magic Kingdom, but I really enjoyed this parade when we saw it! It was fun to see so many characters lit up with props from their movies, & some older characters were added in that aren't generally seen in the parks.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: This is a ride-through of the story, & since I love Pooh, I really like this ride.
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade: We saw this parade unintentionally during a December trip (we thought we were seeing the Festival of Fantasy Parade), & I'm so glad we did! There were so many characters, all in festive attire. We also had great seats, so many characters came up close, waved, or even said "happy birthday" to me. We got tons of great photos! This was my favorite parade to date.
Mickey's PhilharMagic: This is Mackenzie's favorite attraction, & it's a cute one. It's a 4D film that features special effects & is somewhat interactive.
Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire: This is a live show that takes place in front of Cinderella's castle. Mickey & Minnie, along with other classic characters, host several princes & princesses for the friendship faire. This is mostly just singing songs from the movies. It was fun to see the characters in costumes they aren't usually out in (my favorite was Tiana in a flapper-style costume) & to see the princes, since most don't usually meet, but we didn't stay for the whole show - it was super crowded.
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor: This is a really cute, interactive, live comedy show. The monsters tell jokes & involve audience members in the act. We really enjoyed this one!
Peter Pan's Flight: Peter Pan's Flight is a slow-moving ride that takes you through the story of Peter Pan. I believe a lot of it is blacklight art. Honestly, I missed most of it because it tilts a lot, which triggers my heart condition, so I was leaning forward to try to reverse the trigger. However, this is a very popular ride with long waits unless you have a FastPass, so I assume it's great!
Pirates of the Caribbean: This is a boat ride that takes you through pirate scenes.
Prince Charming's Royal Carrousel: The carrousel is a merry-go-round, with one horse supposedly belonging to Cinderella.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: I have only ridden the Mine Train once, & it was right after it opened, so I don't think all of the kinks were worked out yet. It stopped several times, & we sat, waiting for the ride to start up. Once was on a hill, & we were afraid the tilt would trigger my heart condition. I haven't ridden it since, just to be safe. But my little cousin loved it, & said, "That was the funnest fun I've ever had!"
Stitch's Great Escape!: This is a 4D ride that uses pretty much all of your senses to involve you in Stitch's story. I love this ride, but a lot of people complain that it's gross or hurts their shoulders, & some kids find it scary, so take that into consideration. This ride is also being slowly phased out & replaced - I'm told it will eventually become a Wreck-it Ralph ride.
Sword in the Stone: Near Prince Charming's Carrousel, you can attempt to pull the sword out of the stone. I've never seen it happen, but I'm told that very rarely, someone actually pulls it out. Someday, that "someone" will be me. So far, it has not been.
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover: The PeopleMover is a really easygoing ride that can provide a nice rest from the rush of the parks. It takes you through some of the other park attractions, & allows you to people-watch.
Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid: This ride allows you to sit in a clam shell & go through the story of the Little Mermaid.
Wishes Nighttime Spectacular: Disney fireworks are better than anywhere else in the world, & Magic Kingdom's are the best of any park's. Definitely stay for the fireworks if you have the chance! (Note: Wishes' last show was May 11, 2017.)
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Gran Fiesta Tour: This is another boat ride, but it is slow & easygoing. It's in the Mexico Pavilion, & I found it to be a little odd. The Three Caballeros take you through different Mexican scenes, but it varies greatly - you'll see a film of a Mexican restaurant, followed by an "It's a Small World"-style scene, followed by animatronics. It's all very random.
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth: This is the Epcot fireworks show, which we have also seen with the holiday ending. It takes place over the water, & is very pretty, but definitely my least favorite of the three current firework shows in Disney World.
Impressions de France: This video is kind of a promotion video about all that France has to offer. It's a good way to sit & enjoy the air conditioning as well.
Living with the Land: Laker & I went on this ride together & found it to be pretty interesting. It's a slow boat ride through Epcot's gardens, which are used to grow some of the produce used in the restaurants around the park. Disney has come up with some new processes of farming that are discussed as well.
O Canada!: This video about Canada is narrated by Martin Short. I have nothing against Martin Short, but the video was painfully bad, & probably worse because we mostly just went to have an excuse to sit down - but there were no chairs. It's a "360" video, so the video was projected on the walls all around us, but that meant we had to stand in order to be able to turn around efficiently. Maybe it's not so bad if you're not so exhausted.
Pick-a-Pearl: In the Japan Pavilion, there's a little shop where you can choose a clam, & they will open it up for you & you can keep the pearl. This all costs money, of course, & there are also jewelry settings available for purchase to put your pearl inside. Halli & I purchased pearls during our Christmas 2015 trip, although I opted to buy a necklace setting off of eBay before our trip!
Sea Base: Epcot has aquariums that can be explored, with all kinds of animals to see. We also enjoyed finding some hidden Mickeys!
The Seas with Nemo & Friends: This ride lets you sit in a clam & go through the story of Nemo & his friends.
Soarin': This is probably our favorite ride in all of Disney World. We rode it once when it was just based around California, & once now that is has been redone to fly around the world. It is such a relaxing, beautiful, yet adventurous ride!
Spaceship Earth: This ride is inside the Epcot ball. It is slow moving, heavily tilted, & takes you through the history of communication.
Turtle Talk with Crush: This is an interactive session with Crush from Finding Nemo. Similar to the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, the character is able to interact with the audience to put on his show. However, I feel this experience is more geared toward kids, where the laugh floor is enjoyable for all ages.
It's Tough to be a Bug!: A lot of people hate this attraction, but I thought it was fun! You enter through the ant hill, which is cute, & then put on these bug goggles that made me feel like Edna Mode. The show is 4D, so you watch the show while experiencing things with your other senses as well. Keep in mind, the show is about bugs, so that could bother some people!
Kilimanjaro Safaris: This is a very popular attraction, so FastPass is recommended. I think our driver might have been new because we could never tell if she was joking or serious, but it was still fun to see the animals & learn some new things.
Rafiki's Planet Watch: After taking the train to the island, you can meet Rafiki, learn about conservation efforts, see the vet station, & even meet some of the scientists & animals at Animal Kingdom.
Street Performers: One of the best parts of Animal Kingdom is that there are always street performers somewhere, & they're almost always really enjoyable! I love the different musical & dancing acts we've seen, just while we were walking through the parks.
Tree of Life: This might not seem like an attraction to some, but it is an iconic part of the park! I love seeing the tree for the first time each time we arrive.
TriceraTop Spin: This is very similar to the Dumbo ride, but with dinosaurs.
Wildlife Express Train: This is the train to get to Rafiki's Planet Watch.
Fantasmic!: I loved seeing Fantasmic! This is the nighttime show at Hollywood Studios, before the fireworks. There are so many characters & awesome effects, & I definitely recommend it to those who are hardcore Disney fans.
Great Movie Ride: This is a slow ride through various iconic movie scenes, with a couple of different options for tracks you can be sent through. We were on the mobster track, & it was fun to have our cart hijacked! It's definitely cheesy, but I had fun with it!
March of the First Order: This is a street performance with the storm troopers & Phasma, & it was so so so cool. There are usually one or two storm troopers out patrolling the streets, but this show had so many, & seeing Phasma was really neat. It also had a dark tone to the show that you don't get many places in Disney.
Muppet*Vision 3D: This is a 3D Muppet show, in case you hadn't guessed from the name. The entry area has a lot of fun nods to the Muppets, & it's a quick, fun show to watch.
One Man's Dream: This is a mini Disney museum within the park. It doesn't take long to walk through, but there are a lot of cool things to see inside, like some Musketeer memorabilia.
Star Tours - The Adventures Continue: This is another one of those rides that I missed a lot of because my heart couldn't handle it. There are a few different "paths" your ride can take, so I'm told it's worth riding multiple times for the various experiences. Ours was very bumpy & jolted us around a lot. I don't really remember what all happened. It's a family favorite, though, so I would recommend it based on their experience!
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular: The Star Wars fireworks show in Hollywood Studios was so impressive. I don't understand how Disney is able to make fireworks look like planets & galaxies, but it's so pretty & amazing. Adding Star Wars music just made it even better!
Star Wars Launch Bay: The Launch Bay is so fun to explore! You can meet Kylo Ren & Chewie, trade with Jawas, & see tons of Star Wars memorabilia. I love this area of Hollywood Studios.
Toy Story Midway Mania: This is definitely one of the most popular rides in the park, so get there for rope drop or grab a FastPass! The line area is filled with giant toys, so you feel like you're toy-sized too (the blurry photo was taken as we ran through rope drop). The ride itself is so fun - You get to play carnival-style games, like darts & ring toss, led by characters from Toy Story. We loved it!
Gringotts Dragon: Every 15 minutes or so, the dragon on top of Gringotts breathes fire. This is really cool to see, & you can feel the heat from the fire throughout Diagon Alley!
Harry Potter & the Escape from Gringotts: This is definitely the coolest ride I have ever ridden, but it was also extremely tough on my heart, & so it was a one-time thing for me. The line takes you through Gringotts, where you see bank vaults, issues of the Daily Prophet, & even goblins. The ride itself is just amazing - it is a ride-through version of Harry, Hermione, & Ron's escape from Gringotts in the book/movie, but told from a different point of view. The special effects are incredible. You truly feel like you're facing evil villains!
Hogwarts Express: I am only listing this once, but you can ride the Hogwarts Express from the Universal Studios side to the Islands of Adventure side & vice versa, & the ride is different going either way. It's a fun experience, with details added in from the films & books. Be sure to watch the doors & windows to see different characters & scenes! Also, going through Kings Cross Station, you get to go through Platform 9 & 3/4, which is magical & emotional & amazing.
Kang & Kudos' Twirl 'n' Hurl: This is a fairly easygoing, spinning ride in the Simpsons area of the park. Even if you aren't familiar with the show, they do a good job of filling you in - screens above the ride play clips from the episode the ride was inspired by. In the Simpsons photo, it's the tentacled alien ride on the far right.
Terminator 2: 3-D: This is another cheesy attraction, but I don't mind cheesy. A mix of film, special effects, & live actors, the show allows you to see some of the stunts used in these films & feel the action taking place around you. In the gift shop outside, you can also see some of Arnold Schwarzenegger's costumes from the films.
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Islands of Adventure.
Caro-Seuss-el: This is a typical merry-go-round, filled with not-so-typical animals. The characters are all from Dr. Seuss, which makes it a bit more colorful & fun than other carousels!
The Cat in the Hat: This is a ride-through of the story of The Cat in the Hat. The first time we rode this, it was almost painfully jerky, but they seem to have smoothed things out, which makes the ride much more enjoyable!
Flight of the Hippogriff: Flight of the Hippogriff is a small rollercoaster (as in, small enough that I can actually ride it!) set near Hagrid's hut, with Buckbeak watching nearby. Lines for this are usually a bit shorter than the lines for the other rides in Hogsmeade!
Harry Potter & the Forbidden Journey (Queue only): I am told the Forbidden Journey is one of the best rides (if not the very best ride) in Universal Studios. It's supposed to be similar to the Gringotts ride, but a bit more adventurous. The line itself is fantastic, & takes you through Hogwarts castle. You get to see the greenhouses, Dumbledore's office, talking portraits, & so many details. It's truly amazing how the Universal Studios crew captured so many details from the books & films & brought them to life. Even if you don't plan to ride, you should walk through the line. It's definitely worth seeing!
The High in the Sky Trolley Train Ride!: This is a cute, easygoing ride that takes you around & above the Dr. Seuss section of the park. You get to see different scenes from Dr. Seuss books, & also go over Seuss Landing, which provides a fun view.
Ollivander's Wand Selection: It's always fun to go into Ollivander's & watch the demonstration where a wand chooses a wizard. On our last trip, Halli & I were lucky enough to be the chosen wizards! We got to try our hands at magic, & found the perfect wands.
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish: This is another cute ride in the Dr. Suess section. It's similar to the Dumbo ride at Disney, but you get sprayed with water during the ride! I rode this with Taryn & Kamiya, & Kamiya had the best time!
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