Question(s) of the Week

Over the course of this week, my friend Darin will be doing a ‘takeover’ of Wandering in Disney. The both of us and our wives recently went to Walt Disney World and he’ll be here offering his thoughts. Darin and I do a podcast called The RoseBuds that you can check out here. I’ll be around with a post or two but it’s mostly going to be Darin. Leave any questions or thoughts in the comments and I will still get to them.

Every Sunday all of our writers get together and answer a Disney related question. Not here though. This is my takeover and apparently I have the freedom to do whatever I want (Editor’s Note – Yeah, I’ve basically given up), so since I never got to answer a classic Question of the Week I’m taking five older questions from one of my favorite segments on the blog and answering them myself.

Beast's castle

Question of the Week: There’s a rumored Pixar Place expansion in the soon-to-be newly named Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If you could pick any Pixar film (or franchise) and put them into an attraction for this area, what film would you choose? It doesn’t have to be your favorite Pixar film but the one that you think best translates to a theme park.

Darin- WALL-E! Where the heck is Wall-E in the Disney Parks? I gave up hope there were any Wall-E related souvenirs in the parks, but I think that movie would be perfect for a ride. I mean the beginning of the movie is exploration which is half the fun of being in a Disney Park and also what you’re doing at the front of every movie based ride. Then there is the romantic angle which again every movie based ride goes though. Don’t you think the scene where Wall-E and Eve fly around space could be beautiful as an animatronic or 3D show? The film becomes an action movie as well and there for the ride you are on becomes faster and more exciting. So many ideas pop into my head for a Wall-E ride and I hope at one point this becomes reality.

Matterhorn at night

Question of the Week: What is typically in your backpack/bag for a day at Disneyland? Or do you try to not bring very much with you?

Darin- Blood sugar tester. Insulin. Refillable cup. Hoodie. Wife’s stuff. Next question please.

Question of the Week:  If you could be any character for a Disney Meet & Greet, which character would you be? Consider the costume you’d have to wear, the personality you’d have to portray, and the popularity of your character.

A Bug's Land

Darin- Flik from A Bug’s Life. An easy answer. The costume would be pretty annoying I would assume, but which one wouldn’t. I would be stuffed into A Bug’s Land which no one is at so I would never be overwhelmed with people. Honestly I was confused Flik was even there. I mean no one is thinking how cool Flik is when they think of characters they would like to meet at a Disney Park. When we did see him though, I was pleasantly surprised. So I would know that if anyone did come up for an autograph or picture they were true fans, or near boredom. They are at A Bug’s Land after all. As for a personality I would have to put on, just wave. His face is already saying everything you need to know.

Question of the Week: If you could spend one night in any attraction, which one would you choose? You’ll be able to walk around, we’ll pretend that no one would be in there to clean it and the attraction would still run if you wanted it to.

Darin- Great question whoever. I think I’ll pick Peter Pan’s Flight because the ride is so relaxing so it could ease me to sleep, but mostly I had this as my pick because there is literally a bed in the queue at Walt Disney World. I don’t know if the rules are against me going in the queue. If I can, I am surely going on this one. Obviously, it will always be cool floating above London and Neverland so that is also a plus. If I cannot go in the queue for the ride than I will pick the lazy river at the Blizzard Beach water park and if I cannot pick that, then I pick nothing.

Peter Pan Sign

Question of the Week: Besides the castles, what is your favorite park icon (or landmark) and why? The choices would be the Tree of Life (Animal Kingdom), Spaceship Earth (Epcot), Chinese Theater (Disney’s Hollywood Studios), and Carthay Circle (Disney’s California Adventure).

Darin- This is a real nice question. The Tree of Life is my answer. Spaceship Earth is quite the sight to see, the Chinese Theater is a worthy replica of the one in Hollywood, but does not have much to offer other than that. I looked up Carthay Circle and do not remember that at all. Tree of Life is so awesome though, this is the landmark (even more than the castles) that I look at the most. There are dozens of animals that are carved into the tree. It’s hard to see some and fun when you can discover one you did not see before. Also the greatest attraction of all time It’s Tough to Be a Bug! is located under the tree, so that is surely a plus.

ToL ram day

– Darin

You Can Count On Counter-Service

Over the course of this week, my friend Darin will be doing a ‘takeover’ of Wandering in Disney. The both of us and our wives recently went to Walt Disney World and he’ll be here offering his thoughts. Darin and I do a podcast called The RoseBuds that you can check out here. I’ll be around with a post or two but it’s mostly going to be Darin. Leave any questions or thoughts in the comments and I will still get to them.

When casual people, or maybe just me, think of a Disney park, they are bound to jump the great rides, then possibly the characters you can meet or watch in a parade and then they might think of the atmosphere. If you are like me then food was barely on your mind when anticipating a visit to a park. Luckily, my Disney savvy friends, who frequently are wandering in Disney, know more than the casual park goer and readied me and my wife for the grand smorgasbord that we would consume. Before we set off on our grand week-long adventure to Disney World I was most excited for some sit down restaurants. To my surprise, I found most of my positive food memories were not from table service, but from the quick service places. The sit down places were all good. I tried everyone’s food and it was usually pretty quality stuff. Unfortunately, most places left me still hungry. Teppan Edo, in Epcot, filled me up and it was pretty cool to watch someone make your food in front of you and the Ohana was all you could eat so I was full then, but the other places we went left me hungry. I mostly blame my own stomach for this. A regular human would most likely be filled up by the end of their meal, but this post is mostly for the food vacuums like me.

Mickey cinnamon roll AK

Now obviously every quick service restaurant won’t knock it out of the park, but I do need to bring some of those up. One of the last things I ate was a foot long chili cheese hot dog from Fairfax Fare located in Hollywood Studios. This was not very good and I possibly proclaimed it was “The worst thing I ever ate” while consuming it. I also ate a bad burger at one point that I completely blame on myself for getting. Do not let that get you down though, every other quick service meal that I got was really good to excellent during my trip. If you really wanted to you could skip on the sit down restaurants and only eat the counter service meals and still feast like a king. Let’s begin with the first quick service I ate, which was pulled pork nachos at Captain Cooks at the Polynesian resort. The resort is Polynesian themed, same place where Ohana was as well, so the nachos were Hawaiian themed. The chips were more like potato chips and tasted really nice. I really enjoyed the pulled pork on top which surely influenced me to get more items that included pulled pork in them several times through the course of our trip.

Captain Cook's nachos

The next counter service meal was probably one of the best you could get with the dining plan. At The Flame Tree Barbecue inside of Animal Kingdom there was a quick service meal you could get that was like an appetizer platter, but instead with meat to the likes of BBQ chicken, a half rack of ribs, pulled pork, jalapeno cornbread and a side of baked beans as well as coleslaw. It was five dollars more than the average quick service meal and like I said if you have the dinning plan it’s a crazy deal because that plan comes with a drink and a snack or desert. Now, I am not going to go on here praising this meal as the best I have ever had, but if you are like me and always have an appetite it was a whole great array of food and still all pretty delicious. For my side snack I got onion rings which were good, but I didn’t really make a dent in them because I was just too full.

Flame Tree entree

I had a turkey leg here, I believe it was the first night and that is surely a Disney classic. You cannot walk around Magic Kingdom or Disneyland ten minutes without seeing someone scarf down a giant turkey leg. And I was walking around proud being able to be one of those people. I was also proud of myself because it was a delicious choice. I’m not a huge turkey fan, it is probably one of the easiest foods to mess up, but Disney’s is good. For lunch one day we ate at Be Our Guest, which is quick service until dinner then they set up for it to be a table service restaurant. That had some pretty good meat, potatoes and some green beans that I enjoyed quite a bit. Now I really have been saving the best for last. Near Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom is Sleepy Hollow. Here is where they serve an amazing sandwich called the Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich. This is where the bread is a waffle folded like a taco and in the middle is chicken covered in a delicious sweet and spicy sauce. Also in the middle is a scoop of coleslaw. These are all strange foods to put together, but the conclusion is fantastic. I was determined to have zero repeat meals on this trip and if anything tempted me the most it was going back to the Sleepy Hollow and getting the Chicken Waffle Sandwich.

Braised Pork

Now I am no way knocking Disney restaurants here. The experience for some of them was great additions to the trip, like the waiter at Skippers or seeing wild life outside the window while eating at Sanaa. I would say with my first visit that the sit down meals are an essential to a Disney World vacation, but if you are not on the dining plan and need to save a bit of money there is nothing wrong with going to quick service places.

– Darin

Top Ten Awkward Moments at Disney Parks

Over the course of this week, my friend Darin will be doing a ‘takeover’ of Wandering in Disney. The both of us and our wives recently went to Walt Disney World and he’ll be here offering his thoughts. Darin and I do a podcast called The RoseBuds that you can check out here. I’ll be around with a post or two but it’s mostly going to be Darin. Leave any questions or thoughts in the comments and I will still get to them.

The Disney Parks are constantly deemed “The Happiest Place on Earth” and I tend to agree with that statement. The cast members are always happy to see you and every inch of the park is detailed and thought out to give off the illusion that you really are in a different kind of place where everything is going perfectly. There are a few awkward moments that do break the magic and here I will countdown the top ten most awkward of them.

Waiting for parade

First I will give some honorable mentions. These are ones that did not make the list just because they are mostly unavoidable. These will probably happen to you while on your trip and are not that big a deal from breaking any sort of illusion that you are in a magical land.

The announcement during a ride to keep arms inside the vehicle.
At some point someone is going to try to touch something and we will get a guy saying “Please keep your hands inside.” It will interrupt some part of the ride, but is bound to happen.

Maters Jamboree

Using a FastPass and having to walk past everybody that has been waiting in line for over half an hour or more.
You are going to use a FastPass at some point. You will have to walk down a long empty queue with a filled one right next to it. It is the only time you really feel guilt while in the park or at least I hope you do.

It’s a Small World in general.
I don’t like this ride. The song is annoying. It seems like a long ride. (Editors note – this should be redacted but I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion, no matter how wrong it is.)

When a tall person stands in front of you before a show starts.
If you are in the least bit shorter than average and you are seeing a decent amount of shows at a Disney parks someone taller will stand in front of you that will obscure your view. My advice just take one step to the side.

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Eating bad food.
You are bound to go someplace to eat and get something just plain gross. I had a bad burger as well as a terrible giant hot dog. I feel a vacation would not be complete without not liking a meal, it has a certain sense of charm about it.

Now we will move on to the real list of awkward, strange and just plain weird moments.

10. The characters on a parade float waving even when in restricted area.
So this one was just odd for me, but while waiting for the parade to go by (more on that later by the way) I glanced over where the float was about to turn and the characters were still waving. If you look over there you see a non-decorated section and a bunch of background stuff. I was momentarily distracted from the illusion

FoF MH and SW

9. Getting stuck on a ride.
This one could happen to anyone and most likely will on a trip to a Disney Park, but when it does happen it is pretty awkward. This is why it made the list. I sat for about five minutes on The Little Mermaid ride Under the Sea. We sat there watching Eric and Ariel almost kiss as Sebastian sang “Kiss the Girl”. It also ruined me from getting me the high score at Toy Story Mania! and let your precious Andrew get the win instead.  (Editor’s note – redacted due to false information)

Little Mermaid Boat Scene

8. The end of Spaceship Earth.
Spaceship Earth is a decent enough ride. At the end though you ride backwards in the dark as you take a survey. The survey is kind of useless and dumb, but it takes forever to load, so you are sitting in the dark with nothing happening. You are literally just waiting, surrounded by your own thoughts. That’s not why I’m at Disney World.

7. The people you encounter as a single rider.
The single rider line is a blessing, sometimes cutting hours out of waiting in line. The only thing is you do not get to ride with your family or friends. It has its pros and cons, but is a brilliant idea for a time saver so you can do more activities at the park. The real downside is who you get to ride with. At Disneyland I rode Splash Mountain a few times. I was usually with a group of three, sitting in the fourth seat. I always had fun, but had no idea what to do when we got the picture. Do I play along? Do I act scared? Or do I just go stoned face? (Editor’s note and awkward moment – Going on a trip with people who plan their poses for dumb ride photos.) At Disney World I had the experience of sitting behind a fighting couple with their son sitting in the middle of them. They were bickering the entire time as I witnessed from right behind them. The best part is when the dad lost his hat and a few minutes later we got stuck by a small waterfall and the mother was being splashed. It did distract me from one of my favorite rides, but was a good story as well.

Cars Land night as you go rock

6. Having to go to the bathroom while in line.
Lines are pretty unavoidable when it comes to Disney Parks and they are not really that bad especially with the right group or even just your phone. When it starts getting awkward is when you have to go to the bathroom. There are many steps in this phase of your trip; there is the realization phase where you discover you indeed do have to use the restroom and will have to quite a bit when you exit the attraction, then there is a panic phase where you wonder if it is worth it to leave the line and not go on the ride you been waiting for or not meet this character you adore so much, then there is the light at the end of the tunnel when you finally do sit down for the ride or get that picture with a beloved Disney character. You are happy at this point not really because you made it to Space Mountain or got Mickey’s autograph but soon you will be able to relieve yourself.

Restrooms sign

5. Getting stuck in a parade.
More than once during my visit to Disney World we were leaving Magic Kingdom and had to wait for a parade to go by. If you are stuck on the wrong side, you have to wait for the duration of the parade to pass. All I was thinking during these times is what if someone needed to get out, like had a medical emergency. I assume they have protocol for that, but it was one of the only thoughts racing through my mind at the time.

4. The ride with no one on it.
It was strange to go on Country Bear Jamboree or The Barnstormer and find that there were just not a lot of people who were waiting to be on the ride. The Barnstormer is not that weird because it is a kiddy coaster and it was one in the morning when we rode that. The Jamboree though was fun and I thought would have more people, but it didn’t. For a place so busy at most times it was strange for me to see ones that were not filled to the brim with guest. It is almost a sad sight to see.

CBJ

3. Running into people in the crowd.
Epcot had their Food & Wine Festival going on during our trip to Disney World and during the day was the most crowded. Here is where you are going to run into someone, it is mostly just a slight touch of the shoulder to stepping on someone’s heel, but other ones could be worse. Andrew claims to have run right into a lady who came out of nowhere. He also claimed that she apologized even though he thought that it was entirely his fault. My wife tripped on a stroller and ran her face into someone’s shoulder. Her face hurt for the remainder of the day. You really have to maneuver your way through a ton of people hoping you don’t live the same fate of my friends.

2. The huge time jump in Carousal of Progress.
The Carousal of Progress is actually a pretty charming ride. It takes us through about three decades of the early twentieth century and mentions inventions that we find common now, but were modern marvels back then like the radio or cars. The awkward part, and still pretty charming, is the huge time jump in the fourth section of the attraction which is some undisclosed time where futuristic items are predicted. Or at least I assume that is what it was at one point. Instead it is things we already have like realistic video games and voice activation. It is an odd moment on the ride and is a bit confusing, but still fun nevertheless.

Tarzan's Treehouse

1. Realizing that Swiss Family Robinson/Tarzan’s Treehouse is not a ride and indeed something you have to walk up.
Walking all day at a Disney Park can be quite exhausting. Luckily you get to sit during a longer ride or just go sit and grab a bite. You could also go up Tarzan’s Treehouse at Disneyland or the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse at Disney World (which was closed when we went most recently.) If you have no idea what these tree houses are you might be tricked into going on them. For a bit you might just assume that the stairs you are heading up go to some vehicle that takes you on a tour that will show you characters and sets from either movie. Nope! This is just a long walk of stairs that lead to some pretty cool props, but still you are climbing stairs after being on your feet all day anyway. If these were just on the ground I wouldn’t have minded and been impressed with all the recreations. If this post has been about anything it is to warn you the exhausting trip that is the treehouse attractions.

– Darin

Ohana Dinner Review

Over the next week, my friend Darin will be doing a ‘takeover’ of Wandering in Disney. The both of us and our wives recently went to Walt Disney World and he’ll be here offering his thoughts. Darin and I do a podcast called The RoseBuds that you can check out here. I’ll be around with a post or two but it’s mostly going to be Darin. Leave any questions or thoughts in the comments and I will still get to them.

Ohana Platter

When I was younger and I got to pick the place to eat on account it was my birthday I would usually pick some sort of buffet setting. The idea of an “all you can eat” was astonishing to me. I’m still in the mindset that this concept is right up my alley, but the food at the majority of buffet chains is lack luster at best. I never really found a decent place to eat and eventually stopped picking that setting. There was food at Disneyland being the Big Thunder Ranch BBQ that was really good and an all you can eat breakfast that was decent enough. The Big Thunder Ranch was the clear winner for best buffet I ever had. That was until this trip when we went to Ohana located at the Polynesian resort. This restaurant does accept the Disney Dining Plan as well as AP discounts and Tables in Wonderland.  Ohana features an array of delicious Hawaiian food, a good wait staff, a wonderful setting and unique live entertainment.

Ohana grill

I did not know quite what to expect from this place. They never brought menus out but instead started with a salad. It tasted fine, as did the bread they gave us. People say it is hard to mess up certain foods and with these two this was no exception. The con with that statement is that it is also hard to have it be above and beyond. Fortunately, the bread and salad being merely good is the most negative this review will say. After a bit they brought out a giant platter filled with food, it was basically an appetizer platter, only bigger than most. This heavenly platter included noodles, pork dumplings, veggies and chicken wings. Everything in this platter was awesome and there was so much it felt difficult to get enough of each because you wanted more of something else. I did eat quite a bit of wings here, due to the fact that those are probably my favorite food. At this point all four of us were almost getting full. And of course that is when they bring out giant kabobs stacked with either steak, shrimp or chicken. The first serving they brought out they just plop it on your plate, assuming you would want it. Later on they started asking what you wanted more of, but first they wanted you to eat at last a few of everything. They gave off the impression that they were proud of the food and knew you were most likely to enjoy it and want more. Unfortunately, because of the loads of food I already ate I never made it to the shrimp, but I heard good things. The chicken was nice, not my favorite part of the meal and the steak rivaled others for best steak I had on the trip. That, besides the wings, was the food I kept coming back to. (Editors note – the dessert was incredible, as well.)

Ohana Bread Pudding

As for the atmosphere of the place, it was nice. The place had a homey and simple look to it. Everything was set up well, the tables had enough room. That is totally a pet peeve of mine, when I get up and cannot move very well because of lack of space. It did help that there was a walkway around the restaurant. Besides the simple parts the restaurant was decorated with Hawaiian themed decorations, mostly in the entrance. I loved this set up. The decorations were never overdone, it was perfectly laid out. Now I know not everyone will get the experience we got, but we were there as the fireworks for the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party went off. They played the soundtrack that went along with fireworks as if you were at Magic Kingdom. It was cool of them do that with our perfect view of the show, especially if you have a slight fear of being close to fireworks, like I do.

Ohana Kitchen

The food was top-notch like I said, but a clear second that makes this an essential experience was the live entertainment. Usually you would have a band play a song on their stage and say thank you after some claps. Here we got a guy walking around playing his ukulele and singing. When he wasn’t singing he was telling us, and making us say, some words in Hawaiian. A few times he made a certain group of people get up from their meal and participate in something. The first for us, was he called all the kids to participate in a race where they pushed a coconut with a broom. That was a lot of fun. He then called people who were celebrating anniversaries and then later the people whose birthday it was. He did this to embarrass people mostly like asking how old they turned and having us clap for it. He was very entertaining. The wait staff was pretty nice too, always coming by with food and being pretty funny as well. They say Ohana means “family” and the staff, cooks and live entertainment really made you feel like part of the family there. Ohana was a near perfect dining experience, the only real down side was I got full and yet still wanted to eat.

Meat Ohana

– Darin

Hello Wanderers

Over the next week, my friend Darin will be doing a ‘takeover’ of Wandering in Disney.  The both of us and our wives recently went to Walt Disney World and he’ll be here offering his thoughts over the next week.  Darin and I do a podcast called The RoseBuds that you can check out here.  I’ll be around with a post or two but it’s mostly going to be Darin.  Leave any questions or thoughts in the comments and I will still get to them.  Welcome, Darin!

Hello Wanderers, (I assume that is what we are supposed to call you) and welcome to my week takeover. My name is Darin Skaggs and I’m friends with two Wandering in Disney writers, Andrew and Melissa Long. I recently went on a trip with them and my wife Mackenzie to Walt Disney World. To probably your shock and my pleasure this was my first time visiting Disney World. Somehow this is only my third visit to a Disney park, the first being a one day Disneyland visit with my family back around 2006 and another Disneyland trip with the Long’s in 2014 that lasted five days. So since I am a Disney park baby and I recently found out what the term Disneybounding means, I will proclaim this week Bounding in Disney. I understand that this is vaguely correct, I am just too pleased with myself so we are all going to have to deal with it. So to start off the week, this post will be all about a first timers visit to the park.

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I’ll start with the anticipation for going to the park. I didn’t quite know what to expect when getting there. It was explained to me how the parks were laid out, but I am more of a visual learner, so I did not fully know until we got there. All I really knew before going was the castle was bigger in Magic Kingdom, there was a giant sphere in Epcot and a huge tree within Animal Kingdom. There was also the Tower of Terror for Hollywood Studios, but I didn’t really know about that (which is appropriate for Hollywood Studios in its current state, but we’ll get to that.) Upon getting there I loved that there was one giant, iconic landmark that you can associate with each park. We stayed at the Pop Century hotel for most of the trip and it was nice, pretty normal hotel, but the outside had fun designs having a theme for certain decades from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. It was fun to see that, along with the Art of Animation across the way. I know it is a strange statement but I could just go look at hotels and rate them on how they look on the outside. We later stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge which looks really nice and bonus, we got to watch animals like Zebras and Giraffes while sitting on our porch. Here I am praising the hotels we stayed at and barely talking about the parks.

Friendship Faire fisheye

We started our trip with Magic Kingdom, and of course why wouldn’t you. Pardon the pun, but there is something truly magical walking to the center of Main Street to get the first view of Cinderella’s Castle. You really do just stand their stunned for a moment at how gorgeous it is and that it is indeed much larger than Sleeping Beauty’s castle in Disneyland. The layout of the park is really similar to that of Disneyland, so much so that I was never really lost. Obviously, there are a few beats that are different, but I always knew where I was in this park. That is not really a knock on the park, it is still incredible. It was just a strange feeling being somewhere I was never before and knowing exactly where I was. So much so that when I found myself near The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, a ride not featured at the California park, I felt completely lost with a fear of never finding my way back again. This is the park with the most rides, it seems like the other parks do not have enough rides in them, maybe because this one is so packed. On this first day we rode all the classics including Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, etc. We also hit attractions new to me like Mickey’s PhilharMagic and Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor which were both quite fun. One night the park closed at 2 AM, so we all went on all the smaller rides which was actually some of the most fun I had on the trip. Have you ever gone on The Barnstormer, a roller coaster for young kids, four times in a row without having to get off? Well I have and it was awesome.

FoF Wendy

Last time I went to Disneyland I did not care much for doing the shows or parades. For some reason and thankfully so I embraced them this time around. I saw the fireworks (I hate fireworks normally) and liked them quite a bit. The shows performed in front the castle were delightful, Mickey’s Friendship Faire was super cheesy (in the best way) and the Hocus Pocus musical show that was performed during the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween was great, focusing on a ton of Disney villain’s. Hollywood Studios had an incredible Star Wars firework show that, for a moment, made me forget I hate fireworks. Epcot had a really great show as well. The parades were fun, me and my wife got really into waving at characters even if they were just normally dressed Cast Members. The Boo To You parade (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party) had a really catchy bad guy song that got stuck in my head despite not knowing how it went, but that is not important right now. Let us move on to the other parks.

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We went to Animal Kingdom the second day and unfortunately did not go back any other day. Even though we had seven days in the park, it is hard to do everything you want to do. And that is how they get you to come back, and I am perfectly alright with that. Animal Kingdom is beautiful. The Tree of Life which sits in the center of the park and features dozens of animals carved into the bark is really a sight to behold. I spent a good few minutes just starting at it trying to figure out how many animals I could spot on it. That is one of best parts of Disney parks, the attention to detail. It would be mad, but I could see myself spending a trip to a Disney park just looking around and noticing all the details, no rides, no food, just observation. If I did do that I would have missed out on some pretty great rides. Kilimanjaro Safaris is an absolute delight. You are driven around by a guide to view some wild animals like lions, rhinos, crocodiles and many others. This seems like one of the best jobs that a Cast Member could have. You get to drive around guests who are constantly in amazement of what they are seeing and spout off fun animal facts along the way. The Kali River Rapids are a great rapids ride and there are some trails that you can walk to see additional wild life. Expedition Everest was the biggest surprise for me. Luckily I went into these parks with little knowledge of what was going to happen. This is a brilliant roller coaster with a story to it. I’ll just leave it at that just in case you don’t know anything about it. It was great going into it blind. The most underrated attraction at Disney World, and possibly anywhere, is here as well. It Is Tough To Be a Bug! is the strangest idea to ever come out of the minds of Imagineers. It is basically Flick from A Bug’s Life putting on a show with his fellow bugs teaching us the difficulty of being a bug. Things go terribly wrong and it all ends with screaming kids (maybe even adults) and most likely a few walk outs. The best part is that there is hardly any set up for a horrific time, it is cutesy and filled with puns for plays that bugs would perform. Speaking of kids, located in Animal Kingdom is Dinoland. The most dated and unneeded part of all in Disney World. The rest of Animal Kingdom is like I said beautiful, designed to look like an authentic African or Asian town then while walking through it, BOOM, you are hit with a kids theme park that (intentionally) looks like a crappy fair that has just come to town. It is the most jarring transition in all the parks, it is such a strange place. There is also a Lion King show here that was so amazing I nearly cried, but let’s move on to Epcot.

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Epcot was the oddest place for me during the trip. When all was said and done the four of us on the trip ranked the parks first which we thought was best, then our favorite. For some reason, and still, I put Epcot for the best park. My friends were understandably confused at this notion. I totally understand why. Spaceship Earth is nostalgic at best, there are very little rides and only few are great. I mean Frozen Ever After is hidden in the back of Norway. Soarin’ is really great to me and I am certainly a sucker for aquariums. I’ve always outlasted my friends in being in an aquarium, interest wise. The Nemo ride kind of stunk and The Land area wasn’t all that great. So why do I love this park? I’ll be honest the Food and Wine Festival was going on at this time which certainly helped. I was eating cheese soup, then sushi and then a lamb meatball all in the span of fifteen minutes, which is paradise for a guy who is always hungry, especially because it was all so delicious. Those all closed after a certain point and I ventured off on my own and just walked the World Showcase looking at all the great designs for each country. It was relaxing. The whole set up was great for me and the transition from the world to the “future” is kind of fun as well. All in all World Showcase was definitely one of my favorite parts about all of Disney World despite the lack of rides and that the Mexico section is way too narrow and gets way too crowded.

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I guess that just leaves Hollywood Studios. Now the other three parks I walked into and was overwhelmed with excitement and joy. Poor, poor Hollywood Studios. I bet at one point it was a really great park and probably soon will compete with the other ones. Right now they are doing a ton of construction with the park to make room for more Star Wars stuff and I believe other rides. All that really shows, so many parts to the park are closed off. I got a good sense of the other three parks, I knew where I was going and where I have been. That includes the one day spent in Animal Kingdom. I had no idea where anything is or where I was in Hollywood Studios. I found some restaurants I heard of a while back and I don’t know how we got there or really how to get back to the exit. Even your fearless leader was lost for a bit (editors note – I can neither confirm or deny). The most ironic part of all this is the very few attractions that are featured here are some of the best. We saw the Fantasmic! show, which is arguably the best at Disney World. There is obviously the Tower of Terror which is a great ride and also has one of the best queues. Star Tours is always a classic ride along with Toy Story Mania! The Great Movie Ride is odd, doesn’t really make sense why it exists, but it was right up my alley. Like It’s Tough to Be a Bug!, Hollywood Studios has one of the strangest ideas to come out of thin air with Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith. The ride does indeed star Aerosmith, as you hear one of their songs while you ride a pretty intense coaster that goes upside down, while it is dark and all you really see is road signs. It is really odd, but a blast. I didn’t love being here, but had a lot of fun on the rides and with the Star Wars firework show I mentioned forever ago.

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Obviously, I had a grand ol’ time at Disney World. We went to Blizzard Beach, the winter themed water park which was a lot of fun. I really conclude two things there, the big slides hurt a bit and the lazy river is my favorite thing of all time. We didn’t make it Disney Springs except for lunch at the Boathouse, the other water park or the two miniature golf courses, but I guess all that will be for next time. I was having such a good time I was already planning my next trip around day three of the seven day venture. I wish I’d gone more when I was younger, but there is no doubt I will make it priority to get to a Disney park more often.

– Darin

October 2016 Walt Disney World Trip Report – Part 1

Since I’ve started following and going to Disney Parks a little more than the average person I’ve heard many warnings of traveling to Walt Disney World during hurricane season.  Still, I never took them too seriously as Walt Disney World has hardly ever closed down due to weather.  But as our vacation on October 7th drew closer and closer, it became clear that these warnings warranted my attention.

Now, before I go further I just want to say that my thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by Hurricane Matthew.  My little vacation is nothing compared to the devastation some are going through due to that natural disaster.  Seeing that this is a trip report, I’m going to tell how the hurricane affected my trip in this first part because I think it may be of interest to some people.  If it sounds like I’m complaining that my plans got changed, I’m really not.  As the mission to rebuild Haiti and other spots in the Caribbean begins, here is a link to donate if you feel so moved to help those hurt by this terrible storm.

As I said, my wife and I plus our friends Darin and Mackenzie were scheduled to arrive in Orlando on October 7th.  That was the day the hurricane affected Orlando and all of the parks were closed.  Our flight was cancelled the day before the 7th and so we started to look at other options.  We had planned to not have a rental car and just use Disney transportation the whole trip.  We scrapped that plan to a degree and flew into Tampa late on the 7th.  Tampa wasn’t suffering from the high winds Orlando was and our flights went off without much of a hitch at all (our second flight of the trip was delayed by 20 minutes which was way better than we had initially hoped for.)

We arrived at Tampa around 10 PM with two plans.  Plan A was to get in and drive straight to Disney’s Pop Century Resort, our hotel for most of the week.  Plan B was to stay in Tampa that night if the weather dictated that we couldn’t drive and then we’d head to Orlando the next morning.  Orlando had a curfew that was supposed to go until 7 AM that next Saturday and we didn’t want to get a ticket for being out driving when we weren’t supposed to.  Thankfully, the curfew was lifted by the time our flight landed and we started our drive from Tampa to Disney World.

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I’d never flown into Tampa before, and had only gone through Orlando.  If you are going straight to Walt Disney World and enjoy renting a car more than using Disney’s Magical Express (which is a complimentary bus service straight to Disney World from the Orlando airport, if staying at a Disney hotel) then flying into Tampa is a good option.  The drive from the airport was just over an hour-long and incredibly easy.  Our drive went on without a hitch and we made it to our hotel just before midnight.  I’d happily recommend flying into the Tampa airport if the prices were cheaper there.

The hotels were definitely scrambling at that point in the night as our wait to check-in was about half an hour.  There were a ton of people just getting there that night and Pop Century was slightly understaffed.  With that being said, I give a ton of credit to those cast members working.  They were all in good spirits even after what I can only imagine were excruciatingly long shifts.

All in all, we made it to Walt Disney World only about 12 hours later than we had initially planned.  That was great, considering we weren’t sure at some points if we’d make it there before the next Monday.  While I don’t typically recommend airlines, Delta was very good in helping us reschedule our flights.  Disney also handled the situation with caution and understanding.  By the time we got there the only remnants left from the hurricane were gustation.

a few fallen branches in the parking lots.  While I don’t think the winds caused much more than that, they did a great job of cleaning up the resorts and parks.  If I hadn’t known that a hurricane had just gone through Florida, I wouldn’t have been able to tell by the parks and resorts presentation.

After a long day of travel, we decide to sleep in for a while the following morning.  We dropped off our rental car at the Swan hotel and then headed to Magic Kingdom.  As you could imagine, there were gobs of people waiting at the guest relations windows the day after the parks were closed.  Unfortunately, Melissa and I had to join that crowd activate our annual pass.  We waited there for about half an hour and then finally made it into the park.

After having gone to Disneyland a decent amount over the last two years, Magic Kingdom’s castle is stunning.  While I love the Disneyland Castle, Magic Kingdom’s is jaw dropping.  The expansion of the hub looks nice as well with the grass areas all around.  While I think the removal of trees in that hub takes some of the scale out of the castle, I was impressed by the hub overall.

We spent the late morning on the left side of the park.  Splash Mountain was first and is always great.  The Magic Kingdom version offers an incredible view just before the drop.  We stopped in for some water after the ride (which is funny now that I think about it).  Mackenzie’s birthday was that week so she had a birthday pin on her shirt.  So, instead of just getting waters we also got four frozen lemonades with Mickey straws.  Between Mackenzie’s birthday and what I expect was some guest relations after the hurricane, there was definitely an uptick in free items given to us this trip.

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After we enjoyed our drinks we took a ride through the Caribbean with some pirates.  The Magic Kingdom version of this ride is always somewhat underwhelming to me.  Pirates of the Caribbean is still impressive but compared to Disneyland it’s disappointing.  After Pirates, we rode on Jungle Cruise and that prepared us for our lunch at Skipper Canteen.  You can read my review of that restaurant here.

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was closed during our trip and that left Frontierland feeling pretty empty.  Even when Big Thunder is rolling, that area could use a smaller attraction to help spread out the people.

After lunch we went on Space Mountain and the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor.  Monsters Inc. really has no business in Tomorrowland but that is a fun attraction.  If I was completely blue-skying (a term Imagineers use when they are making initial plans for a park) I would move Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor to Pixar Place in Hollywood Studios and replace it in Tomorrowland with something more futuristic.  I don’t think that’s in the plans, as Stitch’s Great Escape and possibly the Speedway need replacing first.

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I do think that Tomorrowland is starting to look really nice.  The aesthetics are starting to come back with beautiful colors and a nice bright look into tomorrow.  While the rides in the area are somewhat hit and miss, the area looks good.  Compared to Disneyland, Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland is heads and toes ahead.

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After spending time in Tomorrowland we stumbled upon the new midday stage show, Mickey’s Friendship Faire.  I’ll have a review of that in the next week or two.  We enjoyed ourselves that afternoon, watching the show and then taking it fairly easy moving from ride to ride.  We utilized the rolling 4th FastPass after we completed our first 3.  After some kinks when My Disney Experience and Magic Bands initially rolled out, those kinks seem to have righted themselves and the app is pretty easy to use.

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After a relaxing afternoon we went over to eat dinner at Captain Cook’s in the Polynesian.  While the counter-service restaurants in Magic Kingdom can be lacking, there are plenty of good options on the monorail loop.  We enjoyed our meal and then took the boat back over for the night at the park.

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Country Bear Jamboree is a classic attraction that I’m so happy is still in Magic Kingdom.  Like I said, Frontierland could use another smaller attraction or two.  Country Bear Jamboree fits that category and is cheesy, dumb and fun.  We enjoyed that show before heading over to Main Street for the fireworks.

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We settled in on Main Street after taking the train around the park.  We were right behind a walking path, which leads to a pretty good view but a ton of distractions especially during Celebrate the Magic (the projection show prior to the fireworks).

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Wishes was great as usual.  While I’m ready for a new show at Magic Kingdom, I will miss this one when it goes away.  I’m guessing Wishes will stick around for another few years before giving way to a new nighttime spectacular for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary.

Something that will not be sticking around until then is the Main Street Electrical Parade.  In fact, that parade is gone now but we were able to watch it the night before it’s finale.  While the parade is no doubt a classic, it’s easy to see why this parade is going away and won’t last too long at Disneyland.

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It’s unclear what Magic Kingdom’s long-term plans are for a nighttime parade.  It’s short-term plans are to not have a parade.  That can’t continue as this park simply gets too crowded and needs another big entertainment option.  I hope an innovative, new parade is in the works for next summer but I won’t hold my breath.  That’d be almost 9 months of breath holding and I simply don’t have that stamina.

After the parade we were all pretty tired so I sent the others on their way back to Pop Century as I took some photos.  While this is generally one of my favorite parts of the day, I was pretty exhausted that night and didn’t stay out very long.  Here are a few photos that turned out okay.

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After that I called it a night and stumbled back to the bus, proceeded to forget our room number with a dead phone and finally found my way to bed about 20 minutes later than I should have.  It was a great first day and the stress of trying to figure out how to arrive in Disney World seemed like a long-gone memory.

I’ll be back with part 2 of this trip report soon.  Do you have any comments, questions or things you’d like to see in these trip reports?  Please let me know in the comments below.  Thank you for reading!

– Andrew

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen Restaurant Review

Skipper Canteen is a table-service restaurant in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.  This restaurant sits in Adventureland, across the way from the world-famous Jungle Cruise.  Skipper Canteen serves a variety of different cuisine that is fairly exotic (at least for a theme park restaurant).  Skipper Canteen counts as one credit if you are on the Disney Dining Plan and they also offer 20% off to those who have annual passes or Tables in Wonderland.  I recently dined here for lunch and this review will cover that meal.

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Walking into Skipper Canteen, you are met with an array of colors that all compliment each other well.  The place is bright and charming.  There are several different dining areas and we were seated in the main dining room.  The restaurant’s back story is that they serve the skippers who just finished giving their tours of the Jungle Cruise.  With that in mind, it should be no surprise that there are visual gags and puns everywhere.

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On our way to be seated, the hostess wasn’t afraid to drop puns at a speed that would may the Gilmore Girls blush.  That didn’t stop once our waiter came to the table.  Not that I’m complaining, the jokes were pretty funny and the waiter worked hard to make sure we were having a good time even if this wasn’t a typical dining experience.

Truthfully, I can see why Skipper Canteen has been a somewhat polarizing restaurant since it’s opening.  From the amount of joking done by the wait staff (which shouldn’t bother anyone unless they were looking a romantic date night and came to the wrong place) and the fairly adventurous menu, this isn’t a typical theme park restaurant.  I’ll get this out-of-the-way now, I loved that it wasn’t a typical restaurant.

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There are plenty of places to go for those that want cheeseburgers, chicken strips, and fries.  Skipper Canteen isn’t that place which means it’s fairly unique.  Not to mention, the restaurant is also beautiful and has a ton of personality.

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Being in Magic Kingdom, Skipper Canteen doesn’t offer any alcoholic drinks but they do have some variety from the usual soft drinks.  The top drink photo is the Punch Line Punch which tasted like a mango punch.  The bottom drink is the Schweitzer Slush.  It’s a mix of frozen apple juice and passion fruit with green apple boba in it.  I liked both drinks and would recommend getting them, especially if you are on the dining plan.  Neither were out-of-this-world good but I did enjoy them.

Moving on to the food, the menu is adventurous as I’ve already said.  Here’s a link to it.

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I ordered the whole fried sustainable fish, which on this day was a lion fish.  In a somewhat eerie chain of events, I saw this fish swimming around in the Seas at Epcot.  The waiter explained why this fish was being served and if I was a better blogger I would have remembered enough to repeat it here.  Despite the somewhat jarring appearance, the fish was delicious.  It was easy to pull apart and get the juicy part of the fish without getting stuck with bones.  Even the quills on the fish were edible and tasted somewhat like potato chips.  The fry on the fish was pretty light and not greasy at all.  The sauce on the bottom was comparable to soy sauce but slightly sweeter.  My only complaint with the dish was that it could have used a vegetable of some kind alongside it.

One other little note on this dish is that they give you two fishes to eat instead of just one.  If it had been just one fish this may not have been very filling but with two there was plenty here.

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Melissa ordered the Char Siu Pork and also enjoyed it.  She said the cut of meat was one of the better she had on the trip.  The pork was juicy and cooked very well.  She wasn’t a fan of the side choices on her plate which were Chinese broccoli and rice.  This had more to do with her tastes than how it was prepared though.

Other members of our group ordered the Chicken and the Grilled Steak.  The chicken was fairly average and was probably the worst of the entrees we ordered.  The steak was very good but by no means the best steak we tried on our trip.

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Moving on to desserts… This was a bit of a mixed bag.  The one above is the Kungaloosh! and it was the favorite of our table.  A chocolate cake with cashew-caramel ice cream and a caramelized banana, this dessert was fairly rich but the ice cream gave it a nice balance.

The Coconut Bar and the Lan Cake were both decent options but nothing out of this world.  I thought the Coconut Bar was at least ambitious and could be a hit for those that love coconut and/or lime.

Skippers Mango dessert

Another ambitious dessert was the Quick Sand!!! (don’t forget that third exclamation point!)  Sadly, I just didn’t like this one.  It’s a Jasmine Rice Pudding with a mango sauce.  If you really like jasmine rice then you will probably enjoy this dessert.  If not, I’d stay away as I think it takes a certain palate.  I will say that this dessert, and all the others, did seem to be prepared well and each were beautiful in presentation.

Overall, Skipper Canteen impressed.  This restaurant is somewhat successful due to its location.  I’m not sure Skipper Canteen would work as well in Epcot (with its vast array of dining experiences) or Animal Kingdom (since the newly opened Tiffins is like a fancier, better and more upscale version of this restaurant) but it fits the bill here.  In fact, I’d go as far as calling Skipper Canteen the best restaurant in the Magic Kingdom when you combine the interesting menu with the fun, beautiful theme.  We loved our meal here and look forward to going back.

Overall Rating – 9/10

– Andrew

Question of the Week (10/17/16)

Before we get to a goofy question of the week, I want to apologize for the inactivity on the blog.  I was at Walt Disney World over the last week and a half and will have many reviews and a trip report coming up soon.  To get things back in a groove, here’s a question of the week!  Don’t forget to leave your answer in the comments!

Question of the Week: Most of us have our go-to spot to rest or nap in the parks, where is yours? On a weirder note, if you were spending the night in the parks alone, where would you sleep? Anything is fair game, including any park!

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Cassie – I love napping in the animation studio or on the train, which I MISS! I seriously don’t think anyone cared about the Disneyland train more than I did! That place saved my life a lot. Now if there were NO RULES to where I could sleep I would probably pick in either the Peter Pan ride or on one of the ships on pirates of the Caribbean. Both are cool and dark and would be awesome places to stay the night.

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Leslie – I might be the weird one because I don’t remember resting much during the time I spent there (it felt like borrowed time so I always wanted to keep moving) but when I did I really enjoyed the restaurants that had a view of attractions or guests. Like the Columbia Harbour House. I enjoyed sitting upstairs which was always much quieter and allowed me to view the crowds and either Fantasyland or possibly the Haunted Mansion based on where you are sitting. My roommate Devon showed me this spot (sorry Devon the secret is out!). As for spending the night if I’m not allowed to pick the Cinderella Castle Suite…I would probably really like to either sleep somewhere in the Star Tours attraction (like up in the Ewok huts) or in the Launch Bay (maybe in the pod racer though not certain how comfy it is).

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Andrew – The Animation Studio in California Adventure is a great place to rest and I love that spot in Columbia Harbor House.  Since both of those could have been my picks, I’ll go somewhere different.  The PeopleMover in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland is a perfect place to relax while still going on an attraction.  The line isn’t often long and if your group is small enough, you can stretch your legs out across the car.  One other tip is if there is no line for the PeopleMover, just ask to go around again.  Double your relaxation!  If I could pick anywhere to sleep, I’d probably pick Spaceship Earth.  It’s cool and dark in there and it’d also be great to tell people that you got to spend a night in the park icon.

That’s it for this question of the week.  Leave your answer in the comments!  If you have any questions for us leave those there as well or send us an email at wanderingindisney@gmail.com.  You can follow us on Facebook or subscribe to the blog on the right side of this page.  Thank you for reading and stay tuned for new posts coming this week!

U.S. Disney Park Power Rankings (October 2016)

Every few months I check in on the latest Disney Park news and add a little commentary.  What better way to do that than with America’s greatest and most meaningless pastime – power rankings.  Based on the most recent news and goings on at the U.S. Disney Parks, I will rank them from worst to first.  As I said, these rankings are completely meaningless and nothing more than having a somewhat interesting format to talk about the latest news.  You’ll probably disagree with me and that’s fine, just know that I’m right….

6. Disney’s Hollywood Studios – I’ll be honest, this park will be lowest in the rankings until Toy Story Land opens if not even later.  This is undoubtedly the worst Disney park in the U.S. right now, if not the world.  It’s going through a needed facelift and will surely be better

One bright spot in this park’s dark days is the opening of PizzeRizzo.  This counter service is taking the place of Pizza Planet in the newly renamed Muppets Courtyard.  The construction work looks really nice and the restaurant should bring a nice cohesion to the area.  While we wait for the huge construction projects to finish, I’m also excited to see the smaller changes they make to the parks like PizzeRizzo.

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Before we move on, I should mention that a rumor is going around that The Great Movie Ride will be replaced by a Mickey Mouse Ride.  I think this change makes sense even if I’d be sad to see The Great Movie Ride go.  I wish they’d build a Mickey Mouse Ride from the ground up instead of replacing a building, if this rumor holds true.  Again, this hasn’t been announced by Disney so it remains to be seen if this is true.

5. Disney California Adventure – This park drops in the power rankings mainly due to a lack of news.  There will be some Christmas entertainment and a special World of Color Christmas show.  That would boost the park if it weren’t for the unfortunate news that the Tower of Terror is being replaced by a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction.  This move seems short-sighted and doesn’t fit the area thematically.  I covered it in more detail here.   Outside of that, there isn’t much to see here.  Moving on…

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4. Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Part of the burden of writing these power rankings (ha!) is weighing attractions that are about to open compared to attractions that have just opened.  Rivers of Light SHOULD open sometime in the next month.  Yes, you’ve heard that before but Animal Kingdom’s new nighttime show is now on track and is being tested nightly at the park.  Of course, the show could be terrible but I don’t think that will be the case.  Animal Kingdom will open Pandora – The World of Avatar sometime in 2017 and then may become a true marquee park.  But, Rivers of Light is surely a step in the right direction and filling a void for the park.

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3. Epcot – As a whole, Epcot is closing more attractions than it’s opening.  Future World is a shell of it’s former self.  So, why is Epcot all the way up at number 3?  Mainly because of Food & Wine Festival.  While there’s an argument that the festival is overpriced and too crowded, it also augments Epcot’s best current feature – World Showcase.  There’s a definite energy that Food & Wine brings to the park.  When the crowds are too high, that energy isn’t much fun.  But most of the time that feeling makes the park more vibrant.

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Rumors persist that a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction will overtake Ellen’s Energy Adventure in Epcot.  Like DCA, this seems like a bad thematic fit.  This is only a rumor so far though unlike DCA.

2. Magic Kingdom – The bad news? Magic Kingdom is losing its nighttime parade and there doesn’t seem to be a plan for a nighttime replacement in the immediate future.  The good news?  The Main Street Electrical Parade is old and tired.  Hopefully there will be something new in the works by next summer.  If there is then this is a good change overall.

Also of note, ‘The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History’ opened on October 1st in Liberty Square.  The show was met with good reviews and can add a burst of energy to that section of the park.  We’ll have a review of the show up by the end of the month.

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Magic Kingdom has also started doing some maintenance work in Tomorrowland, making it more vibrant and aesthetically pleasing.  Both U.S. Tomorrowland’s are in desperate need of this and I hope it continues.  Somewhat related, Stitch’s Great Escape is on its last legs and probably won’t be in Magic Kingdom for much longer.  The rumored replacement is a Wreck-It Ralph racing attraction.  That doesn’t fit Tomorrowland but not much does so I’ll look past it.

1. Disneyland – Where’s Magic Kingdom’s nighttime parade going?  Over to Disneyland to fill in while Paint the Night gets refurbished.  It seems that Disneyland is really focused on making sure there is plenty of entertainment options while Rivers of America is closed.  For that reason alone, I give them the top spot in the power rankings.  Honestly, it felt like Disney has been penny-pinching for the last few years.  That doesn’t make loyal fans feel good.  Expanding entertainment like Disneyland has is one way to do that.  I give them credit for that and hope to see more of it for all parks in the future.

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That’s it for these power rankings!  If you have any thoughts or questions please let me know in the comments!

– Andrew