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Have I mentioned lately how much I absolutely love Walt Disney World? There’s nothing in this world like walking down Main Street, U.S.A. with Cinderella Castle looming in the distance, the beautiful sounds of the Mainstreet vehicles, clop clop clop of the horse’s hooves, meeting and greeting the Mayor and his wife, oh and the sweet heavenly scents wafting from the Main Street Bakery.
I do love Disney, really, I do. You could even call me twitterpated, but sometimes it makes me want to punch someone in the throat. I’m not a violent person, not at all. I love sweet furry little critters, especially my three that walk on two legs. I mean, I gave birth to them, so they do tug at my heart-strings. I wave at folks passing by on the Ferry, I will hold the door open for a mum or dad struggling to juggle a stroller and a toddler, I’ll even give away awesome FastPasses for rides like Soarin’ or Toy Story Midway Mania (the horror!). I’m not entirely heartless. Sometimes, though, I need a wall at Disney World, just to bang my head against.
Let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about the words “pet peeve”:
A pet peeve (or pet hate) is a minor annoyance that an individual identifies as particularly annoying to them, to a greater degree than others may find it.
Hey there guys and gals. Your friendly neighborhood Disney Gossip Columnist Anonymouse here.
Before I spill today’s Gossip I just wanted to thank Chip for allowing me use of this SMALL forum- maybe he’ll have more than 10 followers one of these days. And that is a BIG maybe
Just heard some juicy gossip about plans to change Captain EO into a all new experience- we could soon have 3D Wall-E flying in our faces at the parks as early as next year. Something new and futuristic again in that venue! At least it will work until we find ourselves in the days of Wall-E and he is cleaning the earth while we are chillin’ in outer space drinking dinner out of straws and sitting in floating chairs. Red is the new Blue
From what I head Disney might even try something 4D to compete with Universal’s Shrek Experience. I love my seat bouncing and jerking as I watch a show.
If you remember Captain EO was brought back January 2010 after a 13 year run of “Honey I Shrunk the Audience” after the passing of the late Michael Jackson. We’ll have to wait until after the trial fiasco to see if they make anything official, at least if they are smart they will wait.
Anywho that is all the Disney Gossip I have right now.
I get a lot of questions and emails on Chip and Company asking me the best ways to tour the parks. I wanted to share with you my Magic Kingdom Touring Plan to help make your Disney World Vacation more enjoyable. I posted this last week on Couponing to Disney and thought it would be great to share it here too! If you missed my last Touring Plan click here to read about Touring the Magic Kingdom.
I stated off the last article about the Magic Kingdom by saying “Get there early.” Epcot unfortunately is not a park you can get there early, unless they have Extra AM Magic Hours or you have a ADR for Breakfast at Akershus. Most days Epcot is going to open at 9am and World Showcase around 11am. Our last trip we made breakfast reservations at Akershus Princess Storybook Dining around 8am, which I think is the perfect time to eat and hit the rides just when the park opens.(We eat fast)
Start off slow
While most people want to run and jump on Test Track when the park opens again we avoid the biggest attraction an opt for something else entirely. My family and I are big fans of the ocean and Nemo so we start off at The Living Seas with Nemo & Friends. Its a very relaxing ride and helps digest your breakfast nicely. We love getting our pictures taken with Bruce and checking out all the sea life. If you have little ones with you be sure to stop by and do Turtle Talk with Crush.
Quick Tip – Have your child sit on the very front row to interact with Crush, also something identifiable like a hat seems to get Crush’s attention. Teach your kids the word “Dude” before you go and have them use it for an additional laugh.
Off to The Land
Next door to the seas is “The Land” and our next stop “Soarin.” I suggest riding Soarin twice in a row cause later in the day you will see some of the longest lines for this ride. Avoid Living with the Land for now and when your done head up to Imagination.
Quick Tip – Use Fastpass for Soarin as your first of the day. Return time should be around lunch time.
Journey to Imagination
I am one of the few fans of the Journey to Imagination ride so its a must for us. Some people dislike that ride and avoid it at all cost. That I leave up to you. Again avoid Captain Eo (Honey I shrunk the Audience) for now. Also I would wait on the games outside of Imagination at this time. You can come back later in the day for a quick cool off.
At this point most of the Rope Drop people will have been on Test Track once maybe twice so now is your chance to get in there. Your food should be well digested and ready for some excitement. Hit Test Track up first and then if your ok with spinning rides visit Mission Space next. If your still full from breakfast head down to Universe of Energy and check out your first show. Be prepared its a LONG show.
Quick Tip – There are restrooms on your way to Test Track if you look on yourfor the exact location.
World Showcase Opens
If you timed it right World Showcase is now open, and it should be warming up in Epcot. Now is a good time for a pitstop before heading out to World Showcase. Club Cool is a great place to sample free Pop from around the world. Check out my article Epcot’s Club Cool is to HOT to pass up here.
If your a little early still or skipped a few rides head to Spaceship Earth or get some Autographs/Pictures at the Disney Character Meet & Greet. Tooling around in Innoventions is fun but we usually do that later in the day.
Once World Showcase opens head directly to Norway first. The Maelstrom is another ride that is going to have some seriously long lines. We skip the Norway show after the ride like most people do. When are they going to upgrade that thing? Seriously..
Around the World
After Norway we double back and visit one of my favorite places in Epcot..Mexico. Grand Fiesta Tour is a great boat ride and hardly ever busy. If your hungry stop off at San Angel Inn for lunch or if you have little ones stop by the Kidcot Station and start your fun journey around the world.
Quick Tip – Kidcot is free and is a lot of fun for little ones. Our daughters mask is still up on her wall minus the paint stick of course There is a Kidcot station in every pavilion.
Take off Eh
We like to double back to Canada and go counter clockwise around the World Showcase. You can leave Mexico and go clockwise if you want. The choice is yours. I feel that most people go Clockwise for some reason and I am a rebel when I go backwards.
Take your time and enjoy the stroll
The World Showcase is a place you want to relax and enjoy. There is no need to rush, just take your time and explore everything you can. The food in each of the pavilions are some of the best at Walt Disney World. It usually takes us the better part of the day to walk all the way around Epcot. We make sure to stop at all the shows, attractions, and little shops that are available. For more on the Food around the World Showcase checkout our Guide to Walt Disney World Section here.
Quick Tip – Another great stop for little ones is in Japan. Our little one loved Miyuki the Japanese Candy Artist. Be sure to stand near her so she can ask your favorite animal. Check out this article for more.
Take a boat ride
As your feet get sore from walking around Epcot we find a riding the boat from Epcot to Hollywood Studios and back again is great for relaxing or letting little ones nap. I myself have fallen asleep a few times on board for a few minutes. We are staying at the Boardwalk Villas on our next trip so this might be a good time to head back to the room for a quick nap. Here are some tips on re-energizing.
Quick Tip – If you are a late eater you will want to skip the boat ride and move onto Fast Pass Time area.
Refreshed and ready to go
After the boat ride and a recharging of our batteries we are ready to go again. At this point it is getting close to dinner. We like to have an early dinner to avoid the crowds. There are some Good Eats in Epcot so depending on what kinda of food your in the mood for its just a short walk away.
If you are a drinker I suggest trying out our Drink Around the World Showcase or DAWS. It is a lot of fun and something you will want to try once in your lifetime!
Fast Pass Time
Depending on what your feel like riding this is where some strategy comes into play. This late in the day there is going to be lines for everything. Pick a ride that has a long line and go get a fast pass for it. Now with Fast Pass in hand go back to The Land and take in the Living with the Land, Captain EO, and any other shows you might have missed. You can head over to Innoventions and play with all the cool exhibits they have there. Basically you are killing time till your fast pass is ready.
Do some shopping or Pin Trading near the rotary in the center of the plaza. Its a great inexpensive hobby and perfect souvenirs to take home with you. For on Pin Trading check this article out.
Around this time it should be getting dark and the last thing you will want to do is watch Illuminations. Seating is up to you as there really is no bad seat. Check out this article for Best Fireworks locations.
Quick Tip – Depending on which way the wind is blowing be sure to sit up wind so the smoke doesn’t blow on you from the fireworks.
Time to head home
Wow that was a busy day now go back to your room and relax. Your earned it!
Well that is our attack plan for Epcot. How do you tour Epcot? Have any tips or tricks to share? Let us know in the comment section below.
- Top 5 Disney World Dark Rides (chipandco.com)
- Free Epcot Touring Plan With Kids – One Day – 11am Arrival (easywdw.com)
This seems an obvious and reasonable question to ask frequent Walt Disney World guests. You may think Disney World would get old for visitors who have dozens of trips under their belts but the short answer is, “No.” Walt Disney World is continually evolving and growing which brings guests back time and again. Attractions are always being built, new promotions are announced, parades and nighttime fireworks shows are switched up. Let’s not forget that every season offers new things to experience in the “World;” Epcot’s International festivals, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, winter holiday events, marthon weekends, and Star Wars weekends are just the tip of the iceberg. And if that’s not enough for you, there are resorts in every price point and with many varied themes and hundredes of places to eat. Sure, there are attractions that are decades-old but even they have been updated along the way.
If you’ve been following along at Chip and Company, you may know our October 2010 trip was postponed until January 2011 and our January trip had to be cancelled. That means it’s been about nine months since I was last at Walt Disney World. Let’s take a look at just some of the changes that have taken place in this short period of time.
- Captain EO. I’ve never seen the original attraction. I have to say it’s not at the top of my list but now that it is at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I’ll have to try it out.
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Okay, so the attraction isn’t new, but the interactive queue is and from the pictures I’ve seen, it looks ah-ma-zing.
- MuppetVision 3D. This family favorite attraction in Walt Disney World recently underwent a refurbishment that enhanced both the film and also the theater.
- Tangled Play N Greet. Storytime with Belle is no more; this new play and greet area replaces it. Although it seems as if it may be geared toward girls more than my boys, I’ll have check it out in the name of research.
- Duffy the Bear. I’m not sure if I can rightly call Duffy the Bear an attraction, but he does have his own meet and greet in Epcot.
Experiences and Entertainment
- Magic, Memories, and You Castle Show. I was skeptical of this show until I saw the video. As part of the Let the Memories campaign, Cinderella Castle has images and photographs taken by PhotoPass photographers projected on to it nightly. The show is so much more than I expected.
- Wild Africa Trek. This is a must-do on my list. This new, albeit expensive, tour takes guests behind-the-scenes of Animal Kingdom’s savannah. Get up close and personal with hippos and crocodiles.
- Main Street Electrical Parade. Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade returned to the Magic Kingdom as part of Summer Nightastic! after a long hiatus. Lucky for me, this popular parade’s run has been extended indefinitely.
- Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun. I was a fan of the afternoon parade in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Block Party Bash. Sadly, it has been retired. The new parade, Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun has been received with less than glowing reviews but I want to see it for myself.
- Via Napoli. Coming from New Jersey, where there is a good pizza place on practically every corner, I’m really excited to try this new pizzaria which has received really great reviews.
- La Hacienda de San Angel. This restaurant is located on a coveted piece of World Showcase Lagoon. With large windows in the dining room, diners are treated to spectacular views of IllumiNations, my favorite Walt Disney World fireworks show.
- Karamelle-Kuche. The Germany pavilion is now home to a caramel shop. Although caramels are not my favorite, I think it’s worth stopping in for a sample.
Lisa M. Battista is the author of Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers When she’s not chasing after her little ones, you can most likely find her at the beach or in the kitchen trying her hand at a new recipe. You can follow her on Twitter @DisneyExplorer or become a fan of Beyond the Attractions on Facebook.
- Disneyworld Planning 101 – Making the best use of time (chipandco.com)
- Disney World Quick Tips – Don’t Miss The ‘Train Setup’ At Epcot (chipandco.com)
Refurbishment information is subject to change without notice and should be confirmed just prior to visiting. Updated information is available here.
- Grizzly River Run (DCA) closed through 1/22/11 for refurbishment.
- Honey I Shrunk the Audience (Disneyland) closed through 1/28/11 due to the temporary return of Captain EO.
- Mulholland Madness (DCA) closed through 4/20/11 for conversion to Goofy’s Fly School.
- Star Tours (Disneyland) closed through 5/20/11 for renovation and upgrade to Star Tours 2.0.
- Pizza Oom Mow Mow (DCA) closed through 5/24/11 for conversion to Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta.
- Burger Invasion (DCA) closed through 5/24/11 for conversion to Paradise Garden Grill.
- Corn Dog Castle (DCA) closed through 5/25/11 due to construction in the area. Corn dogs are currently available at Award Wieners.
- Animation Building (DCA) closed 1/18/11-1/21/11 for refurbishment.
- “it’s a small world” (Disneyland) closed 1/18/11-1/27/11 for removal of holiday overlay.
- 20th Century Music Company (Disneyland) closed 1/18/11-2/1/11 for refurbishment.
- Horse Drawn Streetcars (Disneyland) closed 1/18/11-2/15/11 due to Main Street paving project.
- Main Street Vehicles (Disneyland) closed 1/18/11-3/4/11 due to Main Street paving project.
- Hungry Bear Restaurant (Disneyland) closed 1/18/11-3/8/11 for refurbishment.
- Splash Mountain (Disneyland) closed 1/18/11-5/26/11 for refurbishment.
- Blue Sky Cellar (DCA) closed 1/22/11-1/26/11 for refurbishment.
- Playhouse Disney (DCA) closed 1/22/11-2/24/11 for refurbishment.
- “it’s tough to be a bug” (DCA) closed 1/28/11-3/3/11 for refurbishment.
- King Arthur Carrousel (Disneyland) closed 1/31/11-2/2/11 for refurbishment.
- Mark Twain Riverboat (Disneyland) closed 2/7/11-2/17/11 for refurbishment.
Source Mousesavers Newsletter
- Disneyland Refurbishment Schedule January 2011 (chipandco.com)
- Disneyland refurbishment schedule December 2010 (chipandco.com)