Monthly Archives: August 2014

Friday Five Facts – Peter Pan’s Flight in Magic Kingdom

I always struggle to pick a “favorite” ride or attraction at Walt Disney World. In fact, I almost hate when someone asks me what my favorite one is. How do you choose? There are so many that are so good, and being someone who has traveled to the WDW frequently over the last 30 years, I have had different favorites during different seasons of my life. But those that were my most favorite as a kid still hold dear memories for me now. But, if I had to rank them, I would surely put this one in my top 5. Today’s Friday Five Facts is Peter Pan’s Flight in Magic Kingdom.

Peter Pan's Flight

Peter Pan’s Flight

1. This attraction is a ride in the dark, with suspended ride vehicles. You ride in Captain Hook’s pirate ship.

2. Your journey takes you through several scenes. You first visit the Darling’s nursery, then fly over London at night. Then the second star to the right and straight on to morning you arrive in Neverland. A quick swing through Pirate’s Cove and then you’ll return to the nursery safe and sound leaving Captain Hook behind.

3. Peter Pan’s Flight uses Omnimover style ramps, like those found in the Haunted Mansion at the loading and unloading areas.

4. An original attraction to the Magic Kingdom park, Peter Pan’s flight originally opened October 1st, 1971, the opening day of the Magic Kingdom.

5. There are many things to look for during the ride. These things include: Raggedy Ann and Andy in the nursery, the Lost Boys camp, Mermaid Lagoon, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Big Ben.

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So share your thoughts with me on Peter Pan’s Flight! Have you experienced it? What do you think? Is it a favorite? A must do or a must skip for you? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Melissa Furches is a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel. If you are interested in booking your own family vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, please contact Melissa at melissa.furches@magicalmemoriestravel.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Must.Meet.Mickey. All travel agent services are free, and can take the questions and worries out of planning your family vacation! Contact Melissa today!

Friday Five Facts – Living With The Land in Epcot (The Land Pavilion)

It’s Friday! That means it is time for the Friday Five Facts! This week we’re looking at Living With The Land in The Land Pavilion in Epcot. This ride has been in existence the entire 30 years that I’ve been visiting Walt Disney World (the attraction is getting ready to turn 32 along with the Epcot Park on October 1st!) Since it is one of Epcot’s original attractions, I have many memories of riding as a child up through adulthood, and it is one that I just find so much fun!

The Land Pavilion in Epcot

Friday Five Facts:

1. Originally opening on October 1, 1982, this education boat ride has only closed for one refurbishment where a portion of the attraction was actually changed. This was in 1993, where the opening scene was changed to a thunderstorm, and the name was changed from Listen to the Land to Living with the Land.

Strawberries growing in The Land Greenhouse
2. The first part of the ride travels through several different biomes, including a rainforest, desert and the American Prairie.

Greenhouse
3. The biomes feature sound and lighting effects, in addition to wind, mist and heat to simulate actual weather conditions.

Cacao growing in the Greenhouse
4. The second part of the ride travels through 5 distinct “living laboratories”. They are: Tropics Greenhouse (tropical fruits and plants), Aquacell (fish farming), Temperate Greenhouse (large-size crops), String Greenhouse (vertical growing techniques), and the Creative Greenhouse (unusual ideas about the future of agriculture).

Cinderella pumpkin
5. Many of the foods grown in these greenhouses are served in the restaurants throughout Walt Disney World.

Disney grows their Cinderella pumpkins in The Land Greenhouse also. These are the pumpkins they use around Halloween that have Mickey ears on them. You can see one growing above.

So what do you think of Living With The Land? Is it a favorite of yours or do you skip it? Let me know in the comments below what your thoughts on this original Epcot attraction are. I’d love to know!

 

Melissa Furches is a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel. If you are interested in booking your own family vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, please contact Melissa at melissa.furches@magicalmemoriestravel.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Must.Meet.Mickey. All travel agent services are free, and can take the questions and worries out of planning your family vacation! Contact Melissa today!

Friday Five Facts (Previously Posted on FB 7/11/14) – Pirates of the Caribbean

One last previous Friday Five Facts for today. This one is the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park!

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean

(Previously posted on Facebook 7/11/14)

 

FRIDAY FUN FIVE – The Pirates of the Caribbean!

1. This was the last ride that Walt Disney himself participated in the designing, however Walt died 3 months before it opened.

2. The ride exists in Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. Each ride has a different facade, but similar storyline.

3. It was originally designed as a walk through “wax museum” style attraction. The success of the boats in It’s A Small World helped change the idea to the current ride.

4. The Disneyland Paris attraction is the only one which does NOT feature the characters from the Pirates movies.

5. The upstairs in the Disneyland attraction was originally designed to be a Disney apartment. Today it is the Disneyland Dream Suite.

 

This has always been on of my favorites! And I love the movies too! Of course who doesn’t love Johnny Depp and all the life he puts into his roles? What do you think of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in the Magic Kingdom? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below!

 

Melissa Furches is a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel. If you are interested in booking your own family vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, please contact Melissa at melissa.furches@magicalmemoriestravel.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Must.Meet.Mickey. All travel agent services are free, and can take the questions and worries out of planning your family vacation! Contact Melissa today!

Friday Five Facts (Previously posted on Facebook 7/18/14) – Spaceship Earth

Here’s another Friday Five Facts for you! This time we’re talking about Spaceship Earth in Epcot!

Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth

(Previously posted on Facebook 7/18/14)

 

Friday Five Facts! – Spaceship Earth in Epcot

1. Spaceship Earth is housed in the 18 story geodesic sphere that is the iconic symbol of Epcot.

2. If there were no doors or supports, the sphere would have a total of 11,520 triangles, but with the doors and supports in place, there are actually only 11,324.

3. In the 15 minute ride, passengers journey back in time to prehistoric man, and then witness important breakthroughs in communications that have happened over time like the invention of the alphabet, the printing press and telecommunication.

4. The sphere was designed so that when it rains, no water runs off to the ground. The water is collected through one inch gaps in the facets, to a gutter system that funnels it out to the World Showcase Lagoon.

5. Narrators of the ride have included Lawrence Dobkin, Walter Cronkite, Jeremy Irons and currently Dame Judi Dench.

 

I’d love to know what you think about Epcot in Walt Disney World, and your thoughts on the Spaceship Earth attraction. Comment below and let me know!

 

Melissa Furches is a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel. If you are interested in booking your own family vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, please contact Melissa at melissa.furches@magicalmemoriestravel.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Must.Meet.Mickey. All travel agent services are free, and can take the questions and worries out of planning your family vacation! Contact Melissa today!

Friday Five Facts (Previous Facebook post 7/25/14) Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom

Another previously posted on Facebook Friday Five Facts for you. This time we’re talking about the Haunted Mansion in Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park.

The Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom.

The Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom.

(Previously posted on Facebook 7/25/14)

 

Friday Five Facts – Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom

1. The Haunted Mansion is a dark ride through an old abandoned estate that is haunted by 999 happy haunts.

 

2. The littlest ones in your group may find this ride a bit scary, but it wasdesigned with “happy” ghosts in mind, and there is nothing overly frightening. A few “pop” up things can be found in the graveyard part of the ride, but nothing will jump at you.


3. When entering the round stretching room, stand closest to the painting of the lady with the parasol. These are the firsts guests to be let out of the room.


4. Outside of the ride, notice the hearse that is being led by the invisible horse. The horse’s name is “Elmer”. The hearse was used in the John Wayne movie The Sons of Katie Elder.


5. In the attic of the Haunted Mansion, all of the paintings are of the same bride that you see at the end of the attic. The paintings are to show each time she “married up”, and each is displayed with more lavish gifts. If you look closely, she is wearing the same wedding dress in each painting.

 

For even more Haunted Mansion fun, read more in this older blog post about Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion being for sale! http://wp.me/p2M1eJ-N

Have you toured the house and met the 999 happy haunts? Let me know what you think of the Haunted Mansion below in the comments!

 

Melissa Furches is a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel. If you are interested in booking your own family vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, please contact Melissa at melissa.furches@magicalmemoriestravel.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Must.Meet.Mickey. All travel agent services are free, and can take the questions and worries out of planning your family vacation! Contact Melissa today!

Friday Five Facts (Facebook Post 8/1/14) – Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

In realizing that I wasn’t blogging my Friday Five Facts, I’m going to go back a bit and add in a few older posts from Facebook so that my blog readers can read them too! This one is from Friday, August 1, 2014.

Friday Five Facts – Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster edition

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

(Previously posted on Facebook 8/1/14)

 

Friday Five Facts: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster! This week the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster celebrated its 15th anniversary! (July 29th) Today’s Friday five facts are all about this ride!
1. There are more than 900 speakers throughout this attraction.


2. Aerosmith band members Steven Tyler and Joe Perry took part in re-recordings for the attraction. The entire band appears in the attraction’s preshow film.


3. Your ride vehicle is a stretch limo that speeds from 0-57mph in just 2.8 seconds.


4. The giant electric guitar that serves as the attraction’s icon measures 40 feet tall.


5. The attraction’s track measures 3,403 feet.

 

Have you ridden the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster in Disney’s Hollywood Studios? What did you think? Fun or Fearful? Will you ride it again? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below!

 

 

Melissa Furches is a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel. If you are interested in booking your own family vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, please contact Melissa at melissa.furches@magicalmemoriestravel.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Must.Meet.Mickey. All travel agent services are free, and can take the questions and worries out of planning your family vacation! Contact Melissa today!

Friday Five Facts – The Seas with Nemo & Friends

For a while now, I’ve been posting Friday Five Facts on Facebook, with links to the post on Twitter and sometimes on LinkedIn. But I decided that those readers who only follow my blog are missing out! So welcome to what will soon be a WEEKLY addition to my blog. The Friday Five Facts! This week’s edition – The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot!

 

The Seas with Nemo & Friends

The Seas with Nemo & Friends

Friday Five Facts – The Seas with Nemo & Friends

1. The Seas with Nemo & Friends was originally The Living Seas. At its opening in 1986, it housed the largest saltwater tank in the world.

 

2. In November of 2004, Turtle Talk with Crush opened in The Living Seas Pavilion. This was the first step in its transformation to add the Finding Nemo characters.


3. The original attraction featured “Seacabs” as ride vehicles, which were changed to “Clamobiles” as vehicles for the Nemo attraction.


4. In the ride, guests board the clamobile and journey into the deep sea to join Marlin and Dory in their quest to find Nemo.


5. The attraction houses a ride, the (amazing, exciting and so much fun) interactive show Turtle Talk with Crush, a walk through Aquarium and a restaurant – Coral Reef.

 

So what about you? Have you been to Epcot and experienced The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion? What do you think of the current attractions housed in this Pavilion? Do you remember The Living Seas? Any memories, new or old, that you’re willing to share with me? Please do so in the comments below!

 

 

Melissa Furches is a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel. If you are interested in booking your own family vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, please contact Melissa at melissa.furches@magicalmemoriestravel.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Must.Meet.Mickey. All travel agent services are free, and can take the questions and worries out of planning your family vacation! Contact Melissa today!

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