Disney blog postings
|Earliest: May 30, 2003||Latest: February 20, 2017||Total: 74|
|February 20, 2017|
Disney Engraved Hats
The Magic Kingdom isn't the only place to get your Mickey Mouse ears, you can get them in Disney Springs.
Getting customize Mickey Mouse ears is a great way to start a fun family trip. Traditionally we would get our ears on Main Street on the first day at the Magic Kingdom. The problem was that it took time from enjoying the park.
Get your Mouse Ears at Disney Springs
Did you know that you can get the same customized hat engraving in Disney Springs?
In the Disney's Wonderful World of Memories store is the same hat selection that is available on Main Street. After purchasing your hat, you can them engrave your name to the hat.
A large wall of Disney Hats to select from.
Looking for Activity on Arrival Day?
Traditional the day of our arrival we spend some time in Disney Springs and do some shopping. Now we can order our hats and pick it up after shopping.
Now we don't have to wait for our hats and can start our Magic Kingdom adventure on some rides.
|February 13, 2017|
Tracking Rides in the Park
On a recent trip to Disney World, I found a really simple way to track what rides we go on. Using a combination of Slack and IFTTT, was able to create a Google Sheet of rides on our trip.
This information will come in handy when we want to scrapbook the vacation. We like to track what rides we went on, and which one was our favorite. (It's nice to see how children change their view as they get older.)
IFTTT stands for If This then That. The application acts as service between different Apps. You can use it to do all sorts of fancy things with internet enabled services. For example, if you have a Philip Hue light system, you can have it flash every time your baseball team hits a Home Run.
Swarm is a check in service by Foursquare. You can use it to check into most popular places. Unlike Facebook and Twitter, you can keep your check-in private. This way you personally track where you visited without letting everyone know where you are.
Swarm does integrate nicely with all the social networks, so you can post photos and comments with your check in. You can post to Facebook and Twitter at the same time. They will appear as check-ins in the respectable social networks.
Foursquare users can post tips/tricks on the check-in, so when you check in you may learn something about the ride. For example, what to look for in the Small World ride.
Setting it up
If you never used Swarm and IFTTT then download it on your phone and get it set up:
Download Swarm and configure it. Test it out by checking into a place where you live. Get familiar with it, and put it on your home screen so you can access it.
Download 'IFTTT' from the App Store or Google Play. Look for a recipe for 'Add your Foursquare check-ins (w/maps) to a spreadsheet)' You will then need to approve the apps to IFTTT. (This is all done via the IFTTT app, very simple to do.)
In the Parks
Before you get on the ride, simply open up your phone and check in! You can leave a note for later - it will show up in the Google Sheet. You may reference how long the wait is or something else notable that you can reference later.
While waiting in line, I found the Swarm App to be 90% accurate on my location when I opened it. There were a couple of times where I had to switch to a different location. (Dumbo ride was one such place.)
This is better than writing it down since you can jot a note and you get a time stamp of the ride. Now you'll know how many rides you did in the morning and in the evening.
This is what your Google Sheet will look like. You'll get times and locations:
|February 6, 2017|
Transporting the Hans Lightsaber Home
Last week we visited at Disney Studios and we arrived early enough to sign up my daughter up for the Jedi training. She had a lot of fun learning to be a Jedi and interacting with Darth Vader
Immediately after her performance she saw a cart that had the same Lightsaber that she used against Darth Vader. We let her buy it since she did a good job on stage.
We didn't think about it at the time, but a while later it dawned on us. How are we going to get the Lightsaber home? It's a big plastic piece that seemed vulnerable to breakage.
Unfortunately, there is no way to take it apart.
We weren't sure we could carry it on the plane. Where would we put it? What if security wouldn't allow it? There's some post I read about how TSA agents in Orlando were very strict.
Packing it Up
The life saver is pretty big and fortunately, it was able to fit diagonally in the suitcase.
I was worried that any slight pressure on the two corners and the Lightsaber would be crushed. We packed clothes all around the Lightsaber trying to minimize the stress on it.
Note: My suitcase is bigger than a typical suitcase.
When we got home, I couldn't wait to see the condition of the Lightsaber. I was very surprised to find it together all in one piece. (I thought a simple suitcase drop would have been enough stress to break it.)
If your son/daughter is tempted to get the Hans Solo Lightsaber, don't get it! It's a cool device and my daughter loves it - but there's an even cooler Lightsaber available.
In the Star Tours store, at the end of the Star Tours ride, there is a station where you can build your own Life Saver. What's nice about this option is that it comes completely apart.
My daughter was disappointed that she couldn't make her own but is happy to get the one she used in training.
|January 30, 2017|
Mississippi River in the Magic Kingdom
As you walk from Liberty Square, into Frontierland, just before the Diamond Horseshoe, there is a metal plate that goes across the entire width of the walkway. Under that plate, water runs to the lake.
Google Map view of the Mississippi Bridge.
This stream represents the Mississippi River. To the east is Liberty Square symbolizing the eastern part of the United States with its colonial architecture and early American theme.
To the west is the early American frontier of Frontierland. If you look at the pavement, it changes on either side of the "Mississippi" following the Magic Kingdom's design of changing the walkways as you move from one land to another.
|January 23, 2017|
Cinderella's Horse at the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
There are two special horses on the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel ride at the Magic Kingdom. These two horses are:
- Cinderella?s Horse
- Prince Charming Horse
Finding Cinderella?s Horse
When you get on the Regal Carousel you want to look for the horse with a golden ribbon on the tail. That?s the easiest way to find the horse. You?ll find it just in front of one of the seating areas.
There are a couple of other distinctions about the horse. Such as the horse face and flowers, but the easiest way to find the horse is to look for the golden ribbon on the tail, as it?s the only horse that has one. Tip: It?s not any of the horses on the outside of the carousel. The horse is in the second row.
Since most people want to sit on the horses on the outside, you may have a shot at sitting on Cinderella?s horse.
I couldn?t find the special horse from any of the videos from the last time we went to Disney World. I was able to get a front view:
Notice how the flowers goes down the horse neck.
Prince Charming Horse
Once you find Cinderella?s, Prince Charming's horse is right next to it!
|January 16, 2017|
The Walt Disney World Photo Challenge
A few years ago the "This Disney Life" posted a list of photo opportunities to take a Disney World. The list contained the must-have photos for any trip.
Kyra include a point system as to indicate the difficulty of taking some of the shots.
I transcribed the list to an easy to use PDF document. In addition, I added a new "Expert Only" category where taking certain shots may involve some additional photographic expertise.
Some of the "Expert Only" shots include:
- Panoramic view of the 21 Century Room
- Fireworks from the Main Street Train Station
- Night Photo of the Partners Statue with the Castle out of Focus
- Chip and Dale Statue with the Castle blurred in the Background (Central Plaza)
- Mickey Mouse opening up the park
Let me know what shots you think are the most challenging to take at Disney World.
|January 9, 2017|
Disney Park Folder icons
We are getting things ready for our next big Disney adventure to the Disney World. I was backing up some of the photos that I have in my collection and started sorting things out by date.
I noticed that it was a bit hard to figure out what park we visited per day. I could have just named the folders by the park, but on this trip, we actually visited a couple of parks more than once.
So I decided to make some custom icons to make it easy to figure out which park we went to:
Macintosh users, please feel free to download and use these for your own folder collection.
Folder Icons Makes all the Difference
Having a good fold icon can make a huge difference, see the before and after:
The folders that didn't have icons are the off days when we didn't go in the park. On this particular trip my daughter was sick for a couple of days and we didn't go to the park.
|January 2, 2017|
Popular Disney Ride Height Requirements
My daughter just turned 6 and is now 44" tall. Looks like there are only a few rides that she can't go on:
Magic Kingdom(R) Park
- The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm - 35"
- Splash Mountain(R) - 40"
- Big Thunder Mountain - 40"
- Stitch's Great Escape - 40"
- Space Mountain(R) - 44"
- Tomorrowland Indy Speedway - 52" to ride alone
- Test Track - 40"
- Soarin' - 40"
- Mission: SPACE(R) - 44"
Disney's Hollywood Studios(TM)
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror(TM) - 40"
- Star Tours - 40"
- Rock-n-Roller Coaster(R) Starring Aerosmith - 48"
Animal Kingdom(R) Theme Park
- Kali River Rapids(R) - 38"
- DINOSAUR - 40"
- Expedition Everest(TM) - 44"
- Primeval Whirl(R) - 48"
Interesting trivia from Livestrong.com:
Average Heights of Girls by Age. Like weight, heights vary by age. The average -- or 50th percentile -- height for a 3-year-old girl is 37 inches, while the average for a 4-year-old is 40 inches, and a 5-year-old is 42 inches. The average for a 6-year-old girl just 45 inches.
|December 26, 2016|
George Washington Beer Mug
Inside the Walt Disney's Hall of Presidents are several artifacts that are loaned to the Walt Disney Company. Many of these are from Presidents libraries.
Once such items are the Original Beer Mug that was once own by President George Washington. The sign reads:
French porcelain, enumel, gift
In George Washington's time, mugs like this on were used to drink large quantities of fermented alcoholic beverages, including gin, beer, and cider. According to family lore, Washington use this mug every day to drink cider with his midday meal.
Coursidy of the Mount Vernan Ladies Association
Gift of John Morgan, 1979
George Washington was President from April 30, 1789 - March 4, 1797. Which means that this mug was most likely used while he was the first President of the United States. You can find the mug by white bookcase to the right as you walk in.
Ride Closure Notice
The Hall of Presidents will be closed will be closed for refurbishment from January 17 through June 29, 2017. During this period they will add a new Donald Trump animatronic to the hall.
|December 19, 2016|
Longest Ride in the Kingdom
I was wondering what are the longest rides at the three major parks in Disney World. (I intentionally excluded the Animal Kingdom as we won't be going there on our next trip.)
These are actual rides and not shows or entertainment areas such as Tom Sawyer Island. Most shows last roughly 25 minutes. Entertainment area times may vary depend on the interest in the area.
|The Great Movie Ride||19 minutes||Disney Studios|
|Splash Mountain||18 minutes||Magic Kingdom|
|Spaceship Earth||16 minutes||Epcot|
|Mission: SPACE Green||15 minutes||Epcot|
|The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror||15 minutes||Disney Studios|
|it's a small world 14 minutes||Magic Kingdom|
The Astros Orbiter and Dumbo the Flying Elephant have the same ride duration. (1.5 Minutes) Which is kind of interesting because they are basically the same type of ride, they have a different outer shell.