Every few weeks our writers get together and answer a Disney-related question. Here is this week’s!
Question of the Week: If you had to introduce someone to the Disney Parks, but could only show (take them on) 3 experiences what would those 3 things be? Let’s leave off Main Street and the park icons. You can jump from park to park though.
Leslie – Pirates of the Caribbean in Disneyland, one of Walt’s originals and it shows the wonder and fantasy as well and how far the technology of Walt’s time really showcased the magic. Toy Story Mania in Hollywood Studios, this ride is interactive and has a fun competitive element which is found in other rides. In a perfect world we have fast passes so we don’t have to wait a long time haha. Finally the Jungle Cruise in Magic Kingdom, magic means not taking yourself too seriously. Puns lighten the mood and help in my opinion make everything even better. Also you haven’t lived until you have seen the 8th wonder of the world!
Darin – So first off, I would send the person on Haunted Mansion (Disneyland probably) to show them that this park can have spooky moments, but also have a goofy sense of humor about itself. Then we would head straight for Star Tours (Disneyland) to show them a more intense ride that is really fun with plenty of familiar fanfare. Finally, we would go to Rock N’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith (Hollywood Studios) to let them know to leave all expectations at the door. These are not my favorite rides of all time, I don’t want to over hype them for this mystery person.
Andrew – Some good answers so far and I would definitely choose Pirates or the Haunted Mansion. Since they were already picked all leave them off though. Fantasmic! on the river at Disneyland would be a must. I don’t think anything embodies the charm and coziness of Disneyland while still displaying its grandeur like Fantasmic!
My second choice is a selfish one, as I would take on Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom. This shows how diverse and expansive the Disney Parks can be. Plus, it’s my favorite ride.
Last but not least, my third choice is simply walking around World Showcase at night. I think this might be cheating my own question and I’m also assuming this mystery person is an adult. There is an energy that World Showcase has at night that is quite beautiful. The soundtrack, sights, and spirit of Epcot is palpable on those walks around the promenade and this gives this mystery guest 3 very different experiences that are all great.
Melissa – This is tough as you’ve all already chosen such great rides and experiences! In an effort to not duplicate, here are my three choices.
1. The Disneyland Railroad: this ride is so iconic to Disneyland. It makes you feel like a little kid every time you ride it and you never know what (or who) you’ll see. I think it would give our mystery guest a real sense of the history of the park along with help them grasp the magic of seeing the park as a whole.
2. Cars Land/ Radiator Springs Racers: I’m kinda going for a two-fer here (sorry if that’s cheating). Cars land shows just how detailed and intricate the parks can be. Every detail from the Pixar movie is captured in this fun-filled land. Plus it holds my favorite ride. I’d jump through time a little bit here so we could experience it as the lights came on and walk our way down to the ride and go for a drive!
3. The Festival of the Lion King: this would be my last choice. It has so much fun, adventure, spirit and magic happening all around you during the show. It is one my favorite experiences in all the parks and shows how creative and fun the Imagineers can be.
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