Another one of our favorite Walt Disney World attractions is Pirates of the Caribbean! This classic Disney attraction is timeless, as it has been one of Disney's most popular since it first opened and even inspired a blockbuster film series starring everyone's favorite pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow. Nowadays, you can even find Captain Jack in this adventurous ride, popping up here and there in his pursuit for treasure!
Why is this ride such a success? Well, unlike attractions which have height requirements and are a little too thrilling, everyone in the family can ride Pirates of the Caribbean. There are a few scary moments and a short, dark drop; but these aren't overly intense. They're enough to satisfy thrill seekers; but not too scary to keep young or wary riders away. Secondly, Pirates is pleasant blend of adventure and humor. This attraction is like walking into a movie where danger and excitement is around every corner, but yet you're laughing at the pirates' crazy antics and humorous situations! Finally, Pirates is a quality attraction with lots of detail. You can probably find something new that you haven't seen each time you ride!
So if you are a fan of Pirates of the Caribbean, or you're planning to hop aboard on your next visit to Walt Disney World, check out our Pirates of the Caribbean Tips!
Right or Left? When you reach the entrance to Pirates of the Caribbean, you will have the choice to go right or left. While this may vary, the left line is typically shorter than the right because people naturally head to the right in a crowd!
To Wait, or not Wait? That is the question. Even though this attraction is one of Disney World's most popular, don't be concerned about long lines. While you may have to wait, the line actually moves rather quickly and most of the queue is indoors, housed in what it supposed to be a Spanish fort. It's usually dim and cool inside, a welcome relief from the central Florida heat; and you truly as if you stepped back in time!
Seating Arrangements: The ship you board for your pirate voyage can seat a surprisingly large number of guests. Therefore, your family or group will get to sit together, a good thing to know when you have little ones! If you are traveling with a large family, or with all adults, your host should seat you to several rows within the same ship.
Cannon Fire! Towards the beginning of your voyage, you will enter a scene where a pirate ship is firing at a nearby fort; and you're in the crossfire! Small, underwater cannons blow water around your ship to simulate cannon balls hitting the water; and while most of them are far from your ship, there are few that are close. It may be wise to keep younger children in the middle seats, as opposed to those on the end, just in case they get scared.
Look Out Below! At the beginning of your adventure, your pirate ship will float into a very dark area before descending this attraction's only drop. It's not a very big drop; but it can frighten some children and cause some guests to get a little wet. It may be wise to be prepared for both of these possibilities.
Marco Daviso: Pay attention to the final scene of this attraction, where Captain Jack is enjoying the treasure he finally found. Pay attention to the crest overhead that says Marco Daviso. This is a tribute or a signature from Disney Imagineer, Marc Davis, who had a big hand in many of Disney's best attractions and movies!
Check Mate: When walking through Pirates of the Caribbean's queue, look through the barred windows to find two skeletons playing chess below. The board is setup in a way that neither piece can move, so the joke is that the pirates died trying to finish the game!
Head to Higher Ground: Because Pirates of the Caribbean, and its queue is housed entirely indoors and can handle large numbers of guests, this is a great attraction to experience during a sudden, Florida shower or a rainy day. If it's still raining once you finished your ride, you can hunt for some pirate booty of your time in the giftshop located at the attraction's exit!
Is Pirates of the Caribbean one of your favorite attractions? Do you have any tips to share?
Today, I'm joining fellow blogger Heidi from Heidi's Ramblings, Reflections and Reviews for the Alphabet Blog Hop! Today, the letter is "N" so I'm posting things from Disney World that begin with that letter. It's a lot of fun! Be sure to visit Heidi's site to see what other bloggers have posted too. Enjoy!
N is for Nutritious! (and delicious!)
Norway! One of my favorite World Showcase Pavilions!
The Crystal Palace at Night!
Hope you enjoyed today's Alphabet Blog Hop! Check Heidi's Ramblings, Reflections and Reviews to see what the other bloggers have posted about the letter "N"or to link up yourself!
Hollywood Studios' Rock n' Roller Coaster is one of our favorite Walt Disney World attractions! We have to ride it at least each trip because it's just pure fun. Plus, that 0 to 60 mph catapult just never gets old!
While an Aerosmith themed roller coaster at Walt Disney World may seem a little odd; the combination of fast cars, rock and roll, and adrenaline are a recipe for pure awesome! Plus, this particular attraction really targeted an audience that Disney doesn't always appeal to: men, teens, and singles.
If you are a fan of Rock n' Roller Coaster, or are planning on giving this thrilling ride a try, check out our Rock n' Roller Coaster tips!
1. Decisions, Decisions...: When deciding whether to ride Rock n' Roller Coaster or Tower of Terror first, we recommend Rock n' Roller Coaster. This is because the line for Tower of Terror is almost always shorter; and riding Rock n' Roller Coaster first and early is one of the best ways to ride with a short wait!
2. FastPass: This is one of those Disney attractions that we recommend grabbing a FastPass for. While we have walked on this ride a few times over the years, these occurrences are rare. The line usually runs at about half an hour to an hour or more; and FastPasses are almost always gone by dinner. Moral of the story: get a FastPass early!
3. Recording Studio: Many Disney attractions show guests video clips in the queue areas to communicate the storyline; and at Rock n' Roller Coaster, Disney takes this method to new heights! We're taking realistic hologram-like Aerosmith band members in a recording studio who invite you along to their concert! You just have to see it for yourself. Anyway, when you enter this area to watch the hologram clip, move all the way to other side of the room instead of crowding up front. If you're up against the door, you will be first to enter the second part of the queue and hopefully get to ride sooner!
4. Say Cheese!: When you board your limo and are about to be catapulted into the tunnel, be prepared to get your picture taken! Disney takes guests' pictures on many of their rides during major moments: and right when your limo takes off is when Disney snaps a photo of you! Smile!
5. Watch Your Head: Your limo takes goes from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds, which will snap your head back if you're neck isn't resting against the headrest. Therefore, when your limo stops at the tunnel, keep your head back!
6. Details: Like most Disney attractions, this ride is full of details. Be sure to notice the guitar doors and pillars, the vintage Rock posters on the wall, the record shaped emblem on the floor, and the old, vintage music equipment on display! Then, when waiting in the second part of the queue(the parking garage), pay attention to the buildings across from the queue area and the signs overhead!
7. Baggage: There are pockets in the back of the seat in front of you for your stuff; but if you are carrying around backpacks or purses like we do, these aren't big enough; and we don't want to leave up to chance the possibility of our belongings falling out of our limo when we're screaming upside down. Therefore, we recommend leaving your stuff with someone who isn't riding, or just holding on to it during your ride. While it may be a bit of a hassle, it may give you more peace of mind to know that you won't lose your stuff!
8. Gift Shop: Across the courtyard at Rock n' Roller Coaster, opposite of where you enter to ride, there is the ride's gift shop, which also serves as the ride's exit. You can enter this shop even if you are not riding this coaster or if you just want to wait for your family in the air conditioning.
9. Two by Two: Each row of this ride vehicle seats only two. Be aware of this if you are riding in a group with an odd number.
10: Hair Scare: Ladies, we recommend bringing a brush with you if you plan to ride Rock n' Roller Coaster. Your hair will not look the same as it did when you first boarded your super stretch limo!
Do you have a Rock n' Roller Coaster tip to share with us and other readers? Let us know by commenting below!
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One of my favorite Disney princesses at one of my favorite Disney World restaurants, Akershus!
Have you ever stopped during your mad dash through the Walt Disney World parks to check out the window displays? Believe me, they contain just as much magical design as Cinderella Castle and your favorite attractions. Check out a few of our favorites below!
This window display can be found in Hollywood Studios on the Streets of America. It's one of our favorites because it's all about a Disney vacation; and we really like the sign in the corner! So true!
This window display is located on Main Street U.S.A. Isn't it elegant?
This window display can be found in Fantasyland at the Sir Mickey's gift shop. The windows tell the story of what happened in this classic Mickey cartoon! See the poster of the giant in the background?
On Main Street U.S.A. you can find a series of windows that contain scenes from classic Disney movies! The characters even move! (Sorry for the glare!)
This is another one of the classic Disney movie windows on Main Street U.S.A. You can also see windows displaying scenes from The Little Mermaid and Pocahontas too!
Have you ever noticed any of Disney's magical window displays? Let us know!
Believe it or not, there are some things that are free at Walt Disney World; and we are here to let you know where to find them!
Anyone who has ever been to Walt Disney World knows that Disney Cast Members are no ordinary theme park employees! Many of them strive to make guests' experiences even more magical; and some even treat guests to a little "free" magic!
For example, on a trip to Disney World a few years ago, my Disney Dad and I were waiting at the end of a long line for a bus. We didn't think we would make it on the bus; but once everyone in front of us had boarded, the bus driver made room and squeezed us on board.
Because the bus was crowded, the only place we could stand was at the front of the bus, near the kind bus driver. He started talking with us; and we ended up chatting with him the whole way to the park! Before we got off the bus, the driver stopped us and handed us two bus licenses approved by Mickey Mouse!
They made such great souvenirs; and I had never seen them anywhere before! I used one of them as an embellishment in one of my Disney scrapbooks; and even though I don't remember what park we went to that day, I still remember that bus driver and the little extra Disney magic he shared with us.
Have you ever had a Disney Cast Member give a little "free" magic to you and your family? If so, share your own story with us and other readers in the comment section below!
This week we are recommending:
The Unofficial Disney Character Hunting Guide showed some great pics of rare characters at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Check out MNSSHP 2011-Character Locations
to see more!
This week Magical Blogorail Green shared their resort hopping experiences! Resort hopping is one of our favorite things to do at Walt Disney World! To read more, hop aboard Walt Disney World: Not Just for Kids
!Be sure to check out our fellow Magical Blogorail Orange blog, Disney on Wheels! Melissa has been at Disney World and has posted some great pics from her trip! I'm sure you will enjoy them!
At A World View, check out a great article about the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique! This post shares a family's experience, along with photos, prices, info, and more! If you are thinking about visiting Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, be sure to visit A World View - Enjoying Walt Disney World!
WDW News Today shared a great video with interviews from Bob Iger and James Cameron regarding Avatar coming to Animal Kingdom! Check out it at VIDEO: Disney & Cameron Talk AVATAR Project.
The Disney Food Blog also had a great post this week regarding the New Menu: Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater!
This is one of our favorite Walt Disney World restaurants! Be sure to read this for yourself if this is one of your favorite dining destinations too!
Looking for a great deal at Walt Disney World? We have some dining secrets for you! Did you know that special treats you find at some of Disney World's restaurants can be found at some counter service spots for a cheaper price! It's true! Liberty Tree Tavern: Clam Chowder
At Liberty Tree Tavern, a bowl of Clam Chowder for lunch runs around $7; but at Columbia Harbor House, you can get a bowl of Clam Chowder for around $5 anytime!
The Brown Derby: Flourless Chocolate Cake
At Hollywood Studios' famous Brown Derby restaurant, you can order their flourless chocolate cake with sorbet for around $8. However, if you head around the corner and stop in at Starring Rolls, you can this enjoy flourless chocolate cake (minus the sorbet) for around $3!
Kona Cafe: Tonga Toast
The Polynesian Resort and its Kona Cafe is famous for Tonga Toast! With this breakfast treat's sides, this meal runs around $9. But you can get Tonga Toast by itself at the Polynesian's food court, Captain Cook's, for about $5!
Rose and Crown Pub: Fish & Chips
At Epcot's United Kingdom pavilion, Fish & Chips are a popular entree at the Rose and Crown Pub. You can get this trademark entree for about $16; but located at the same pavilion is the Yorkshire County Fish Shop, you get have Fish & Chips for $8!
Chefs de France: Creme Brulee
Another one of Epcot's delicious restaurants is Chefs de France! At this restaurant, you can enjoy sweet and creamy Creme Brulee for dessert for about $7. However, tucked near the back of this pavilion at the popular Boulangerie Pattiserie, you can enjoy Creme Brulee for $4 or Soarin' themed Creme Brulee at Sunshine Seasons in The Land pavilion!
Thanks to AllEars.net for Disney World menus and prices!
Today, I'm joining fellow blogger Heidi from Heidi's Ramblings, Reflections and Reviews for the Alphabet Blog Hop! Today, the letter is "M" so I'm posting things from Disney World that begin with that letter. It's a lot of fun! Be sure to visit Heidi's site to see what other bloggers have posted too. Enjoy!
"M" is for Morocco!
Mulan at the World Showcase's China Pavilion!
The Great Movie Ride!
Hope you enjoyed today's Alphabet Blog Hop! Check Heidi's Ramblings, Reflections and Reviews to see what the other bloggers have posted about the letter "M"or to link up yourself!
Believe it or not, there are some things that are free at Walt Disney World; and we are here to let you know where to find them!
Located at Epcot's Future World, there is a place called Club Cool. This refreshing spot sells all kinds of Coca-Cola merchandise, some of which you have probably never seen before!
But the real draw of Epcot's Club Cool is the soda fountains which offer tastes of soft drinks from all around the world! What's even cooler is that it's free! Yes, you can sample and enjoy soft drinks for free and experience different cultures all at the same time!
Not only is sampling international soft drinks fun, it can save you some cash! For example, after a long trek around World Showcase, don't pay for an overpriced beverage out of desperation, quench your thirst at Club Cool for nothing at all!