I mentioned in a previous post that I believe The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (ToT) is the only ride in all of Walt Disney World for which the child swap is worth the time. Yes, you heard me right. I don't think Soarin', Expedition Everest, Splash Mountain, or Rock 'N' Roller Coaster are worth the time it takes to do a child swap. (Side note: child swap refers to when one parent rides first and then when he/she is done, the second parent has their turn, but can by-pass the line).
Why did I give ToT this honor? Well, I may be biased because I thoroughly enjoy haunted house-type rides (anywhere), but I believe ToT is the most well done ride in all of Walt Disney World. As with all Disney attractions, it's not just a ride, but an experience. You can find a free-fall ride at numerous theme parks. In fact, we have one called Drop Tower at the large amusement park in my region. It...
For those braving the Easter week crowds at Disney's Hollywood Studios, there's a few changes in the park hours and schedules you'll want to be aware of.
Hollywood Studios will be opening at 8am from April 17th to the 23rd, with a 7am opening for morning Extra Magic Hours on Monday and Friday.
In addition, the show schedule will ramp up for the week to allow more guests opportunities to see various shows.
If you are like the many visitors to studioscentral.com, and enjoy spending most of your Walt Disney World vacation at Disney's Hollywood Studios (DHS), doesn't it make sense to stay close to "home"?
Assuming you're dead set on carrying over the Disney magic to your sleeping quarters (as I firmly am), you'll be staying on Disney property. When trying to decide on a resort close to DHS, you have many Disney resorts to choose from (even though DHS doesn't have an official "resort area"). If you want the convenience of being able to walk to your resort from DHS (approximately 15 minutes away by foot) or to take a boat, you can stay at one of the Epcot-area resorts: Boardwalk Inn, Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin, Yacht Club Resort and Beach Club Resort. Keep in mind, however, that these resorts are all "Deluxe Disney Resorts", and if you're planning to pay rack rates, these resorts...
Too many times than I care to remember, I have heard friends and family members say they are avoiding Disney's Hollywod Studios (DHS) on their trip to Walt Disney World (WDW) because (and I quote) "there's nothing for kids there". Let's reflect on this statement, shall we?
Of course, for young children, DHS can't compete with Magic Kingdom for the fantastical attractions. Although DHS brings the movies to life, you won't find carousel-type rides as found in Dumbo the Flying Elephant, flying boats as found in Peter Pan's flight, or mine cars as found in Snow White's Scary Adventures. What you will find, however, is an opportunity to introduce your children to wonderful live performances, whether it's by the singers in Beauty and The Beast - Live on Stage or the Voyage of the Little Mermaid, the stunt drivers in Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, or the actors in Indiana...
When it comes to a new attraction like Star Tours 2, the most common question I'll hear is "Is it open for ride previews?". Now you can have that question answered with the brand new app for iPhone, Android and Palm WebOS!
The Star Tours 2 App is free, and it's available now in the Android marketplace and for iPhones and Palm WebOS by navigating to http://m.touringplans.com/wdw/star-tours-2. The iOS version does not have push notifications yet, but we've...
Ridley Pearson held a book signing at the Writer's Stop shop in Disney's Hollywood Studios on April 5, 2011. Pearson's presence drew a large crowd of fans eager to meet the author and have him sign their books.
Our friend Yulady was able to go with her daughter to the book signing and get us some great photos. The crowds for Pearson developed as early as 9:00am when guests lined up at the Writer's Stop just to buy the book. By 12:30 Yulady lined up with her daughter for the 2:00pm start. The line eventually looped toward the Streets of America up to the face painting area twice. He was very nice and gracious with Stephanie and all of her questions
Ridley Pearson is best known in the Disney community for co-authoring the Peter and the Starcatchers series with Dave Barry- a prequel all about the boy who never grew up and how he came to Neverland- and also the Kingdom Keepers books. The thriller series follows a group of Orlando teenagers who act as virtual hosts inside the Disney Parks. But at night, after the gates close and everyone has left, they battle the forces of good and evil and strive to keep Disney's most infamous villains, known as the Overtakers, from...
Before I was "DisneyMommy", my husband and I went on a few Disney vacations by ourselves. Any true Disney fan knows you don't need kids to enjoy the World, right? You remember those trips, don't you? The kind where you can stay in the parks all day and watch all the parades without rushing back in the afternoon for nap time? Or the kind where you can stay out late and enjoy Fastasmic or appreciate the increased fright factor of riding the Hollywood Tower of Terror in the moonlight? But I digress... my husband and I have many great memories of our Walt Disney World (WDW) trips without kids, but one in particular stands out:
It was 2008, during the Year of a Million Dreams campaign. As good little WDW veterans, we always got to the parks (and still do with kids!) for rope drop. As soon as we were allowed through the turnstiles, my husband and I started motoring to secure...
Starting in June, Lightning McQueen will replace Herbie the love bug in Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show.
Herbie had been part of the show since the attraction debuted in Disney's Hollywood Studios but the opportunity to create synergy between the parks and the upcoming Cars 2 film was too good to pass up.
No specific date is set yet for Lightning's first appearance but over in Disneyland Paris, he has already become part of the show.
Thanks to our friend Paul Chadkin for the hat tip!