Expedition Everest Yeti Ride

Kenzie and Kyle are hooked on Disney Parks: Ultimate Walt Disney World - which they probably watched over 100 times on Netflix. In the video, some of Disney World’s key attractions are featured, including the kids’ favorite, Expedition Everest. They have even taken a liking to the chief imagineer for the ride, Joe Rhode. I’m not sure if it’s the idea of having a giant mountain, speeding roller coaster, broken tracks, a giant Yeti, or a combination of all these thrill factors that get the kid so enamored, but they’re looking forward to the day when they can muster up enough courage to tempt fate and face the Yeti.

A virtual ride on Test Track at Epcot

Join Kenzie and I as we talk about our love of Test Track – and go for a virtual ride with us on this favorite amusement!

And yes, I was originally super afraid this ride would be ultra fast  and I’d be terrified with the speed. Instead, it was the perfect thrill and so much fun! (Moms I promise you will not be afraid!)

You brake at over 60 mph and even pop outside for a lap on the test track.

Height requirements are 40 inches for kids – so depending on the size of your kids, those aged 4-5 year  are generally tall enough to ride.  Kenzie was just 5 when she rode it and my son Kyle is just 4 and over 41 inches – but he is 75% in height.

I think this ride is even easier for kids than Splash Mountain (which has a large drop) or Thunder Mountain since there are no hidden surprises – just jump in a car, wear a seatbelt, and go for that Test Ride.

 

Disney World Wedding with Cinderella’s Coach

All weddings are magical. A princess marrying a prince, sealed with a true love’s kiss. I can only imagine how it would be to get married Disney style. Disney offers all sorts of options and locations for their Disney Fairy Tale Weddings. I had the opportunity to get an up-close look at one of the available marquee features of a Disney Wedding – Cinderella’s Coach (at a price of $2,850). Imagine arriving at your wedding in Cinderalla’s Coach pulled by six Welsh ponies and accompanied by a driver and two footmen – in regal garb of course. But this fairytale even one-ups the original fairytale - no midnight deadline for the magic to disappear.

The Disney Fairy Tale Weddings website has the Disney wedding pricing information.

 

Disney World Peak Crowds

Capacity crowds on Wednesday forced Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios to temporarily restrict admission.  This week is a notoriously high-volume week for the Disney parks, as kids are out for Christmas vacation.

If you’re interested in seeing how the Disney World crowds fluctuate throughout the year, week by week, check out this neat Disney World crowds calendar.

Disney’s Cars Land

Disney’s new Cars Land in California is coming ever closer to completion. Some of the featured rides include Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree (get pulled along by Mater in a rusty trailer), Luigi’s Flying Tires (hovercraft bumber cars!), and Radiator Springs Racers (a car racing ride).

Check out the videos below, rev your engines, and start getting excited.

Disneyland Surprise – So Happy I Could Cry

Mix a little Disney Magic with a cute little girl and add an element of surprise – and what do you get? Well, let’s not spoil the surprise. Watch the video below to see this little girl’s reaction.

One More Disney Day

According to Disney, they have a “rockin’ New Year’s Secret” tied to the “One More Disney Day” campaign. Speculation has people guessing that it has something to do with the extra day in the leap year, with the parks possible staying opening throughout the full 24 hours of February 29th. The secret will be officially spilled at Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve with Ryan Secrest on December 31st.

Their final teaser is ”Disney Parks will be celebrating like never before”. Knowing how well Disney celebrates everything already, we can only imagine what they may in store.

So what do you think the big secret is?

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – Disney Style

One day to go before the night before Christmas arrives, the biggest night of anticipation for children everywhere.  Disney narrates the classic poem with voices from all throughout the Magic Kingdom.

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!

On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,

So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,

With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof

The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my head, and was turning around,

Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;

A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,

And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;

He had a broad face and a little round belly,

That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,

And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”

Disney’s Pirate League – Pirate Makeovers for Boys

A big thanks to my great friend Kelly Cockshaw, whom I met at our childrens’ preschool. Her family just got back from Disney World, and she graciously offered to share some very fun activities that she did with her boys:

A while back, Colleen wrote a blog post about the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Downtown Disney.  Because I have two rough-and-tumble boys, she suggested that we try the Pirate’s League in the Magic Kingdom. It was a great suggestion! As soon as we entered the Pirate’s League, the cast members made the boys feel like they had joined a secret pirate crew. They were given real pirate names (“Ned Bladecutter” and “Joseph Bluefish”) and were transformed into their choice of pirate. With face paint, a sash, tattoo, eye patch, kerchief, earring and sword, they were then “sworn in” to the pirate’s league, and ushered into a back room for their pirate initiation and photo.

The price is very reasonable – $29.95!  Of course they have options to upgrade your pirate costume and accessories, but keep in mind you will want to buy the adorable picture they take, which is an additional $15.00.

Here are a few tips for making the most of your pirate adventure:

  • Make your reservations well in advance (407-WDW-CREW), especially if you have more than one child and want them to go at the same time.
  • Try to get an appointment early in the day, or later in the afternoon. Our appointment was mid-day, and it really interfered with us getting around the Magic Kingdom in a timely fashion.
  • Have the kids wear a plain, solid shirt – it will look more authentic under their pirate sash!

Dreaming of Test Track

Zoom Baby! A video memory that we made for 5 year old Kenzie since this was her favorite thrill ride while at Epcot. A great ride for preschoolers and young kids excited for a thrill but hesitant about giant rollercoasters – no downhills on this one – just pure speed! (Next time, I’ll be more prepared and video when the car goes zooming outside.)

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