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1 Year Anniversary!

Hey everyone! So I got a message today saying that it was the 1 year anniversary of Katie’s Keys to the Kingdom! Yay!

I just wanted to thank all my followers for supporting me! You guys are great! I feel my writing has really improved, and I’ve definately learned a lot in this last year. Thanks so much!

Katie xx

“I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing- that it was all started by a mouse.”

-Walt Disney

 

The Jungle Cruise 

Due to Disney’s recent announcement of a Skipper Canteen coming to Adventureland (Magic Kingdom) and a live action Jungle Book movie, I have decided to do a post on the Jungle Cruise.

Take a relaxing boat tour through the jungles of Asia, as your expert guide shows you the best (and worst) parts of the jungle.  Be prepared to see all sorts of animals like elephants, crocodiles, hippos, lions, and hyenas.

*Note: There are no live animals on this ride. All animals and people, except your guide, are audio animatronics.*

  

 The Jungle Cruise is located in Adventureland in Magic Kingdom. This ride’s line can get really long in the afternoon, but it’s usually pretty short any time before lunch.


This ride is wheel chair accessible, and is great for all ages. This really is a great attraction, so don’t miss it!

Oh, and watch out for head hunters! 🙂

Extra Magic Hours

During Extra Magic Hours, guests staying on site can enjoy a little more time in a certain park on certain days, either after the park has closed or before the park opens to the general public.

This is a perk only for on site guests and it is one more reason to stay at a Disney hotel rather than off site.

If you are staying off site, this can still work to your advantage. On days with Extra Magic Hours, that park tends to be busier. So I’d suggest looking at the Extra Magic Hour schedule on Disney’s website, and plan to avoid being at that park on that day.

If your staying on Disney property, I’d still recommend going to the park with the Extra Magic Hours. Even if it’s busier through the day, there’s considerably less people during those hours since the park is closed to the general public.

This is definitely a good perk for on site guests. It’s just one more reason to stay at a Disney Resort!

The Parent Swap

If your traveling with young children, or even older children, then you will definitely want to use the Parent Swap option at one point or another.

When your child either doesn’t want to ride, or is too short to ride an attraction, ask a cast member at the entrance to the ride for a Parent Swap. One adult can wait with the child, while the rest of the party rides. When they come off, the adult that waited with the child and two other people can ride again without waiting in line.

You don’t have to pay for the Parent Swap and you don’t have to reserve it ahead of time. It’s an excellent perk, especially for families with infants.

I don’t think I’ve met anyone that enjoys every ride at Disney. I don’t. So don’t force a child to go on a ride they’re scared of. Use the Parent Swap!

The Big Ball: aka Spaceship Earth

I’m sure, even if you’ve never been to Disney, you have seen pictures of the big ball that is the icon for Epcot. Even though it is known to me and my family as “the big ball”, it’s proper name is Spaceship Earth.  Inside there is a ride, no, a time machine, that will allow you to “sail through a universe of time”, and explore the past, from the discovery of fire, to the dawn of computers.


Yes, I know, it’s an educational ride..To think you might actually learn something on vacation! (But that happens at EPCOT!) Seriously though, every time I go on it, I learn something I missed last time. It really is a fun way of learning some history! So parents, do your kids a favor and make them go on it! They will most likely enjoy it, even if they won’t admit it.

At the end of the ride, you get to take a mini quiz about yourself and your preferences. Then, the computer will calculate what your future might be like. It always brings a smile to my face!

*Tip: If you’ve been on this ride more than once, mix up your answers to the test for a change in your future. My brother and I did this for the first time earlier this year, and we laughed so hard!*

Don’t forget to smile for the camera at the beginning! Hold up little kids so the camera can see them, as the seats in the vehicle are pretty low.

The time machines seat 2 rows of 2 in a car. They go backwards once, but their incredibly slow and smooth. It is not at all scary, and the whole ride is inside the ball.  

First thing in the morning, the line is rather long since it’s the first thing everyone sees when they go in. So, go back a little later in the day for a shorter line

“Like a grand and miraculous spaceship, our planet has sailed through the universe of time. But where are we going? And what kind of future will we discover there? Surprisingly, the answers lie in our past.” -Spaceship Earth

Discover the past, and dream of the future, with Spaceship Earth.

Toy Story Midway Mania

With the recent anouncment of a Toy Story Land coming to Hollywood Studios and Toy Story 4, it seems fitting to do a post on the popular Toy Story Midway Mania attraction in Hollywood Studios.

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Toy Story Mania opened seven years ago in Pixar Place. This attraction is a bit difficult to explain. It’s 3D, it’s a video game, and it’s a ride. There is some spinning but it’s not bad at all. It’s very smooth. When you get in your vehicle,there is a pop gun in front of you. To shoot, you pull the string on the back of the gun. Though the gun technically doesn’t shoot anything, as the whole attraction is virtual. You aim it at the targets on the screen and shoot. Some targets are worth more points than others. The gun shoots something different every game. Sometimes it’s pies, sometimes darts, and sometimes you shoot rings around the little green aliens!  It’s a lot like Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin in Magic Kingdom, except this ones targets and lasers are virtual and 3D.

 

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This ride probably has one of the longest lines in all of  Disney World, so definitely Fastpass this one!

Toy Story Mania is a great ride and a definite must do!

 

 

Disney World Line Busters

Tired of waiting in long lines in the Florida heat? Well here are some rides to help you beat the heat and the crowds!

1. It’s a Small World. Take a relaxing ride on “the happiest cruise that ever sailed”, and listen to the little dolls sing. (Caution: Catchy tune may get caught in your head for the rest of the day!)The only time I’ve seen the ride over 10 minutes is on March Break, and if it’s raining.  Location: Magic Kingdom, Fantasyland.

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2. The Three Caballeros.  Another relaxing boat ride follows the adventures of Donald Duck as he tours Mexico. I’ve always been able to walk right on this ride. Location: Epcot, World Showcase, Mexican Pavilion.

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3. The Country Bear Jamboree. Singing bears in an air-conditioned theatre. Need I say more?

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This is one of my favourite Disney shows! I often catch myself singing the songs,(Again, Caution: Catchy tunes ahead!) and I laugh every time I see it! There are shows every 12 minutes, and I’ve never seen the theatre full. Location: Magic Kingdom, Frontierland.

4. Muppet Vision 3D. Dr Honeydew and Beaker’s latest creation, Waldo, gets into all sorts of 3D mischief in this Muppet adventure. This is a great 13 minute show that rarely ever has a wait. Location: Hollywood Studios, not far from Star Tours.

5. The Carousel of Progress. Another one of my personal favourites, this revolving theatre takes you on a journey through time, as it follows an American family through the changes of the 1900s. From the dawn of electric lights to the invention of flat screen TVs, it really sheds light on how much progress has been made in the past century. I guarantee you will never have to wait more than 10 minutes for this attraction! Location: Magic Kingdom, Tomorrowland.

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These are the best line busters, but there are plenty more! All the rides I listed are good for those unexpected Florida rains, too, as they are all indoors.

Hope this helps, and enjoy your Disney vacation!

 

 

 

Katie’s Top Ten in Magic Kingdom: #9 Haunted Mansion

Take a tour through a haunted house in your Doom Buggy, with a ghost as your guide! There are ghosts everywhere, totalling “999 happy haunts”. It goes backwards once, but it’s really slow and smooth. I love the illusions. Like the floating candlestick in the hallway, or  the invisible ghost playing the organ.

*Note: When you reach the banquet scene, the dishes next to the head of the table form a hidden Mickey.*

This is probably not the best ride for younger kids. If you have a fear of ghosts, zombies, haunted houses, or the dark, check out the Ol’ Christmas Shoppe across the street while the rest of your party rides it. (Don’t forget about the Parent Swap option!) The Haunted Mansion is an awesome ride. Just try not to pick up any hitchhiking ghosts along the way!!

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Katie’s Top Ten in Magic Kingdom: #8 Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan’s Flight is a really cool ride! It’s in Fantasyland, right across from Its A Small World.

Hop aboard your miniture pirate ship and set sail through the story of Peter Pan.  The coolest part? Your pirate ship flies!

This is an extremely popular ride, and the line gets SUPER long! So either Fastpass it, or go as soon as the park opens.

This attraction is not fast and it’s not scary, so anyone can go on it. It’s definatly worth a ride!

Katie’s Top Ten in Magic Kingdom: #6 It’s a Small World

No matter your age, you need to go on It’s a Small World! It’s a classic Disney attraction and was one of the original rides when the park opened. It’s also one of the few rides that Disney has in all 5 of their theme parks.

Take a trip around the world on a relaxing boat ride. You’ll go through Asia, Hawaii, Russia, United Kingdom, Mexico, the Netherlands, Australia, Africa, and China and see all the animals and little dolls embracing their culture, all the while singing the theme song “It’s a Small World After All” in a variety of languages. Be prepared though, this catchy tune is likely to go through your head for the rest of the day!

The ride is an especially great one if you want to beat the heat (as the ride is completely indoors) or beat the lines! The only times I’ve seen the line over 10 minutes is on a holiday, or if it’s raining.

This is such a cute attraction! Don’t leave until you go on “the happiest cruise that ever sailed!”