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Disney World vs Disneyland Paris

This is not a competition, as WDW is, was, and forever will be my favourite Disney destination. I did do a little comparison, though, on what some of the major differences are between Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris.

Space: This is obviously the biggest difference between the two parks. WDW is huge! And DLP is SUPER tiny in comparison! In Paris you can walk anywhere in 10 minutes. There are buses, but I think I only rode one once during our whole trip. Meanwhile, in Florida, you wouldn’t even THINK about walking! So that’s the main difference.

Colour: Ok. So this is kind of hard to describe, but all the colours in DLP just seem…brighter. If you’ve been there, you’ll probably know what I’m talking about. It’s weird. Even the grass seems to be a brighter green than anywhere else. I don’t know. Maybe I’m just crazy.

Shows: Do not, repeat, DO NOT, have high expectations for the shows. Well most of the shows. Some were pretty good. But most paled in comparison to WDW’s shows. Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show was amazing! Animagiqúe was horrible. I couldn’t wait to get out of the theatre! (Mostly due to the atrocious song they played!)

Food: Food is another thing that WDW does better. But the food at DLP was better than any of the other places I visited in Europe. Being an extremely picky eater, I had a hard time finding something to eat. The only restaurant that had food I actually really liked was Billy Bob’s Restaurant in Downtown Disney. That and the Disney hot chocolate, which was the best hot chocolate I’ve ever tasted! 🙂

So there were good things and there not so good things. It was really cool to get to go! Especially for the International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance, which I was lucky enough to participate in! I hope I can visit DLP again for this event. Walt Disney World is much better though, so anyone who is used to Disney World should not have such high expectations for Disneyland Paris. DLP is great though, and those four days were definitely my favourite part of my trip to Europe!

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Wildlife at Disney

Animal Kingdom isn’t the only place to see wildlife around Disney. There’s plenty of animals to spot around the parks. The trick is to know what your looking for and where to look!

Geckos

I would be very surprised if someone went to Disney and didn’t see any of these little lizards! They’re everywhere! Check along the sidewalks and pathways as they usually can be found soaking in the Florida sun. The place I seem to see geckos most is probably around Epcot’s entrance. My family likes to make a little game and count how many we see. We usually end up losing count though, because there’s just so many! (I’d just like to point out that, as many as there are, I’ve never seen a lizard in my hotel room!)


Bunnies

 Bunnies can often be spotted in Victoria Gardens at Epcot’s Canada pavilion. I also see them quite a bit at the Disney hotels. You have to be quiet to see them, as they scare easily. Even though bunnies can be pets, these ones are wild, so don’t try to pet them.

Ducks

Ducks are also common to see around Disney. Lakes, ponds, and outdoor eating areas are popular places to find ducks. Often times I have seen a mom and her ducklings, and they are just the cutest things!

  Alligators

You probably already know that Florida is famous for its gators, so it wouldn’t be uncommon for you to see any while you’re there. Disney likes to keep it’s lakes and ponds gator free, so it would be rare to see any in the parks or resorts.

Even if the parks are alligator-free, you may spot one sunning itself on the bank by the little swamps along the roads.

If your traveling through the Orlando International Airport, then you might be able to see a gator along the bank of the little island in the middle of the lake that the train goes around. Apparently, they let the alligators stay in the pond because they help with security…

These animals are just some of the more common wildlife that I’ve seen throughout Disney, but there’s plenty more! I do ask that you take your pictures and admire them from afar. Please don’t let your kids chase them or try to pet them. Any animal could act aggressively if they feel threatened. Just respect them and give them their space.

I hope you can spot some of these animals and more wildlife on your Disney vacation!




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! 🙂

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!