Ride All of the Magic Kingdom Rides Challenge

Earlier in the week we had the great idea to go to Magic Kingdom and see if we could hit EVERY ride in the park. We would get there at the elusive rope drop and run through the park with the sun shining and the children being happy and agreeable the whole way!

And then reality hit.

We had also realized that Kid #2 was tall enough for Space Mountain and told her that we had a surprise for her on our trip because surprises are fun. I should know better that to tell this child that there is a surprise coming because she is just like me and cannot sleep when she knows something is coming. Proof РShe woke my husband up at midnight and 1am for a drink of water. Then woke me up at 3am for a drink and 4:15 because she had woken up Kid #3 and they were yapping away. What the heck! My alarm was already set for 5:45 (8am park openings are rough).

Through blurry eyes and loud children yielding frozen waffles and bananas we made it out the door on time to stop for gas and coffee. For once we were going to make it to rope drop…but then the gas pump wasn’t working, they didn’t have breakfast sandwiches, and the attendant was less than pleasant so we had to go to a second gas station before hitting the highway.

We didn’t make it. ūüė¶

We were on Disney property when the Opening Show was going on, but we just couldn’t get there in time…however, we walked through the gate at roughly 8:05am and bolted straight to Seven Dwarfs.

Seven Dwarfs 1

The posted wait time was 30 minutes, but I am pretty sure that they list that at park open. It took us no more than 15 minutes from the time we stepped in line to getting off the ride. What a great way to start the day.

Seven Dwarfs 2

Then we headed to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, but were distracted by a 15 minute wait for Peter Pan. We hopped in line. This was our first time ever going through the line because we usually grab a FP+. The line is ADORABLE and is the perfect set up to the ride. In fact, I think I appreciate the ride more after waiting in the line. I wish I would have been able to get some pictures, but we were really only in line 5 minutes.

Peter Pan

After our ride to Neverland and back we made it to Big Thunder and were able to ride it twice because the wait was only 5 minutes! We were going to jump on Splash Mountain since we were there, but it wasn’t open. I’m not sure if it was because it was early, or something was going on, but the big drop didn’t have water on it and there were some alarms going off. We decided to come back later.

Space Mountain (and Kid #2’s surprise) was next up on our list. Hubs took the big kids while Kid #3 treated me to my first ever trip on the Astro Orbiter. I am NOT a fan. I don’t to heights well and I kept feeling like I was going to slip out of my rocket…not cool. The view, however, was pretty cool.

Astro Orbiter

We decided to do a switch since the Space Mountain wait was still only 10 minutes and I took the big kids and Hubs took the little guy on the Tomorrowland Speedway.

Space Mountain

I know it is cliche, but I love Space Mountain! I am well aware that it isn’t actually an impressive ride with the lights on, but when you don’t know what’s coming it’s awesome.

Now, friends, this is about where we started to loose traction for our “Ride Every Ride” Challenge. We decided that we needed to pick a spot and just circle the park to be more efficient so we started with the Circus.

Barnstormer

Our family loves the quick and easy Barnstormer. I don’t know why, but we do. The ride is no longer than 30 seconds, but sometimes that’s all you need. We got in the 20 minute wait line knowing it would only be about 10, but then the line stopped moving…and the ride stopped running. Soon they made the announcement that the ride was down and they did not know how long it would be until it came back up. We gave the kids a snack, but after a few minutes decided to get out of line and head over to Dumbo.

Insert meltdown here.

I won’t get into the gory details of the meltdowns that occurred (ain’t nobody got time for that) but just know that this was about where we gave up on hitting every ride in the park. We decided to hit the rides we had FP+ reservations for (Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Jungle Cruise) plus a few more, have a little snack, and play a round of Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom and then after dinner we would decide whether to go home, or try to stick it out for a few more rides.

forgot ADR

Ahhh dinner. Earlier in the week when we decided to go to the park I was supposed to make a ADR (advanced dining reservation) for dinner. I was having trouble with my phone when the decision was made so I planned to do it later. I forgot. We got to dinner time and had no dinner reservation. BOOOO. You can’t walk in anywhere at Magic Kingdom. There are just too many people vying for those reservations…so we monorailed over to Epcot. I love dinner at Epcot.

The longer you read this blog, the more you will notice a pattern…we almost always go to Epcot for dinner. The food is just fricking amazing that we just can’t help ourselves. Oh, and you can almost always walk in and get a table. We have only been turned down once, and that was on date night at Le Cellier during Food and Wine so we were silly to think we would get in. I digress.

We bolted straight to dinner at Nine Dragons and were not disappointed.

dinner

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After dinner¬†I completed a Agent P mission with the big kids while hubs took Kid #3 on the Grand Fiesta Tour (a MUST in the Mexico Pavillion). We then we went to Spaceship Earth were I sat through the entire ride in a language I did not understand compliments of my daughter’s pinkie brushing the screen.

Once we returned to the present day I insisted on a park departure treat of ice cream. It had been years since I had a Mickey ice cream bar…it was time. This also helped quiet everyone since we were leaving relatively early and still had to monorail over to the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC).

So there you have it. We attempted to do all of Magic Kingdom, only to be thwarted by our own planning. Whoops! Have you ever ridden every ride at Magic Kingdom, or any other amusement park, all in one day? How do you deal with meltdowns (from kids or adults) while at the park? Tell us below, and make sure to check out our NEW weekly podcast!

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Disney Passholder Project Podcast #02 – Best in Show

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This week we discuss the live shows throughout Disney World. Which park has the best? Which ones need an update? The curtain rises on our showy debate. We also discuss the upcoming Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and attempt to go on every ride in Magic Kingdom in the Memory Shaker.


Show Notes

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Garden Rocks Lineup

The Boneyard closed for refurbishment

Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60

Yesterland

 

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Star Wars at Hollywood Studios

In the beginning of December 2015 Disney opened Star Wars Launch Bay in the Animation Court at Hollywood Studios….and we have avoided it like the plague. haha

My husband and I have never been fans of Star Wars. We saw it when we were younger, but it just didn’t leave a lasting impression on¬†us the way it did many people. However that wasn’t the only reason. With the holiday season in full swing and this being the last year for the Osborne Dancing Lights, Hollywood Studios’s parking lot frequently hit capacity which can only mean that the park was more than a bit crazy.

Launch Bay exterior

 

Our kids, on the other hand, are kind of obsessed with everything Star Wars. We almost always ride Star Tours at least once, we have gotten to the park early so the kids could participate in Jedi Training, and they have been eagerly looking forward to Launch Bay opening. Now that the holiday crowds have cleared out we decided to take the kids to explore.Animation Courtyard

I feel like the Launch Bay is a bit out of place in the Animation Court between the Disney Jr.and The Little Mermaid shows, but there you have it.

When you walk into Launch Bay you have the choice to go left or right. Left will take you to a video and the right will take you straight into the museum-esque part. We went to the left and watched the 10 minute video. It was cute enough, but not something I feel I need to do again unless they make major changes to it.

Launch Bay Video

After the movie we explored all through the different exhibits. There were costumes and set pieces to look at, as well as heavily themed areas that are excellent for pictures.

Space Chess

Rey Speedster

Once we got through that we came up to the character meet. With the choice of Chewbacca and Darth Vader my kids decided to go towards the Dark Side. It turns our that this was an excellent choice because Darth Vader will be leaving to make room for Kylo Ren in the near future.

Dark Side Lightsabers

Vader 1

Darth Vader welcomed the kids for making the choice to join the Dark Side and then Kid #1 showed him his Magic Band wrap that has Darth Vader’s picture and a lightsaber on it. (From MyFantasyBands¬†– not sponsored, but tell her I sent you!).Vader Band

Up until this point Launch Bay seemed pretty neat, for Star Wars fans, but then we went into the Disney Infinity room. Yes, you read that right. You too can spend your time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios PLAYING A VIDEO GAME. We let the kids play for a few minutes but then dragged them out…thus concluding our visit to Launch Bay.

When we left we headed towards Star Tours at the demand of Kid #3, but the wait was 50 minutes which is just too long for us. However, the Jedi Training show was about to start and we had not seen it since the update so we stayed and watched it. The show was okay, but we liked the old show better. The highlight for me was 2 little girls dressed like classic Leia.

Jedi Training

The only thing I am a little sad about missing is the Symphony in the¬†Stars: A Galactic Spectacular which are the Star Wars themed fireworks. I love fireworks of all sorts. There is also a dessert party (that includes adult beverages!) for fireworks viewing (just like at Magic Kingdom). I’ve heard not¬†so awesome things about different dessert parties and that they aren’t worth the cost ($69 for 10+ and $39 for 3-9)…I still want to do one just to try it myself.

Are you and your little ones excited about all of the Star Wars attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Are you planning on coming to Florida soon, or are you waiting until Star Wars land officially launches?

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Fantastic Fantasmic!

Fantasmic! takes the cake when it comes to Disney Magic!

While Disney stage shows and spectaculars are almost always spectacular, there is just something about Fantasmic! that just leaves me in awe…yes, even more than Wishes.

On Black Friday (yes, I know I just talked about NOT going to the parks during Thanksgiving) we decided to have a 3 park day (Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Magic Kingdom) and made sure to hit Fantasmic! because it has been months since we last sat in the Hollywood Hills’ Theatre.

We arrived about 1/2 hour before the show was set to begin and the theatre was already very full, but mainly of FP+ seating. By a stroke of luck, we managed to get prime seating at stage left.

Fantasmic rock

 

 

We were in the 2nd row back which is apparently the “Splash Zone” and busted our our kid snacks. We had grabbed some Gingerbread Popcorn earlier and hubs went to grab a beer and a snack for the adults. Yay stadium nachos!

I tend not to buy seasonal snacks because they are even more overpriced than regular snacks, but this was phenomenal. Gingerbread syrup and white chocolate covered popcorn…I must figure out how to do this.

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I always try to post a lot on social media when we are in the parks and this was no exception.

Shout out to Simon who was seeing the same show as me!

 

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I also Periscoped a good bit of the show for you guys to enjoy!

 

I hope you guys liked this little glimpse into Fantasmic! Are there other shows/rides you would like me to do this for? Let me know in the comments!

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The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

We are all saddened that this is the last year for the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. For us it is especially sad since this is our first time seeing them. I have a feeling that we will be making quite a few trips back to see the lights before they are gone.

Here is a periscoped walk through the Streets of America and the Osborne Family Lights in November 2015.

A Tour of Mr. Gold’s Storefront

Are you a fan of ABC’s Once Upon a Time?

I am so much that I co-host a weekly fancast (podcast) about the series called Greetings from Storybrooke. On a recent trip to Hollywood Studios my co-host (husband) periscoped a tour of the Mr. Gold’s Storefront. There are some awesome hidden gems in like Stealthy’s ax and Emma’s unicorn mobile.

Have you ever investigated some of the storefronts around the parks? Did you find anything fun?

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