Tag: Disney World

Walt’s Good Night Kiss

Walt’s Good Night Kiss

If you are like Hot Hubby and I, you have never witnessed Walt Disney’s Kiss Goodnight.  Did you know that at the end of every day, Magic Kingdom has a special treat to say goodbye to all of the guests in the park.  It is a two minute message that runs every 30 minutes after the park has officially closed.  Because Main Street is open for an hour after the park closes, the kiss can be heard up to three times a night.

The “kiss” starts with Cinderella Castle “sparkling” as the music from When You Wish Upon a Star slowly builds.  A narrator then greets the last of the guests in the Magic Kingdom, saying:

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, on behalf of everyone here at the Magic Kingdom, we thank you for joining us today for a magic gathering of family, friends, fun, and fantasy. We hope your magical journey with us has created wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

Walt Disney said that the Magic Kingdom is a world of imagination, hopes, and dreams. In this timeless land of enchantment, magic and make believe are reborn, and fairy tales come true. The Magic Kingdom is a place for the young and the young at heart. A special place where when you wish upon a star, your dreams can come true. Until we see you again, have a safe trip home. Thank you, and goodnight.”

This is listed on some lists as a must see, but so far, we have never been able to stay up that late.   We are heading back in November, so maybe this will be the trip, we finally get a kiss from  Walt.

Have you ever seen this amazing “kiss” from Walt Disney?IMG_1580

Good Bye Old Friend

Good Bye Old Friend

This week was the last trip through The Great Movie Ride.   If you haven’t been to Hollywood Studios, this is a movie-themed ride that took you through the best scenes of classic movies.  The ride officially closed on August 17, 2017, to be replaced with Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

The Ride has animatronic figures, live actors, special effects, movie sets and projections to create iconic scenes from twelve classic films throughout motion picture history.  The outside of the ride was styled to look like the Famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, one of Hollywood’s most famous movie palaces.  It even had handprints in cement, which is just like Grauman’s.disney handprints

Inside the ride featured scenes from famous movies such as  Gene Kelly swinging from a lamp post from Singin’ in the Rain, followed by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke singing on the rooftops of London from Mary Poppins.  There was a Western, a Gangster movie, Casablanca was featured as well as The Wizard of Oz.  It was a great ride, but the most current movie featured, Raiders of the Lost Ark was released in the 1981.

Disney fans are always split when this happens.  Half are extremely sad and don’t want any changes to ever come to Disney World.   Others are eagerly awaiting the new ride and can’t wait to see what the Imagineers have created for us.   I love tradition, but The Great Movie Ride felt old-fashioned and out of date to me. I am definitely in the second crowd.  Hot Hubby does not like change and he is still pouting.

Are you on Team Change or Team Pout?Grauman's theatre

 

 

 

 

Battle of the Lands – Disneyland vs Disney World

Battle of the Lands – Disneyland vs Disney World

Hot Hubby and I were having dinner with friends last night and the question came up, “What is the difference between Disneyland and Walt Disney World.”  Once, I got over the shock that there were grown ups, who did not know the answer…I decided to answer the question on this blog.

First:   Disneyland is in California.  Disney World is in Florida

Second:  Disneyland is the original, opened in 1955.  People say it is more magical, because it is the park that Walt Disney built.  Walt lived at Disneyland during construction and his apartment keeps a light on in tribute to his genius…but I digress.

Disney World did not open until 1971 and it is newer, bigger and closer to Floridians.

Third:  Disneyland consists of two major Parks – Disneyland and California Adventure which have their own flare and rides.   Disneyland is broken into 8 majors lands: Adventureland, Critter Country,  Fantasyland, Frontierland, Main Street USA, Mickey’s Toon Town, New Orleans Square and Tomorrowland.  Soon there will be 9 when Stars Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in 2019 at Disneyland (first).  Disneyland can be conquered in a day but Hot Hubby prefers the two-day approach.

Disney World has 4 Major Parks and 2 Water Parks:  Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, Blizzard Beach Water Park and Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.   The Disney Company learned a lot when building Disneyland and they secretly bought millions of acres for the Disney World Development.  So there is a lot more walking and  you can easily fill a week in Florida with everything there is to do.

Florida’s Magic Kingdom most closely matches Disneyland with seven lands:  Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Main Street USA, Liberty Square, MickHot hubby and castleey’s Toontown Fair and Tomorrowland.   Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is also opening in 2019, but after the Disneyland one opens.

Finally, the most important detail:   The center of Disneyland is Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and Cinderella’s Castle is the center of Magic Kingdom.

Hot Hubby and I are standing in front of one of the castles, do you know which one?  Sleeping Beauty or Cinderella?

Disney World Planning – Which Days?

Disney World Planning – Which Days?

I am so excited to be going to Disney World in Florida for 7 days in November.  But after the excitement, comes the planning.  I have already made my dining reservations, which you can do 180 days before your trip.

Next step, planning your Fast Pass selections, which you can do 60 days before your trip.  First, I have been researching and have determined which rides I want at each park and I wrote about that in a previous post.   Second, now I need to pick a day for each park, so I can choose the correct ride on the correct day.  It wouldn’t ruin my trip to just wing it, but this is my first trip with my new Bonus children (Hot Hubby’s children) and I am trying to look good….ha ha.

There are Four Parks.  During our visit , Epcot has the Food & Wine Festival, the Food & Wine Marathon and the Very Merry Christmas Party is going on at Disney  World.  These are definitely something to notice and schedule around.  The Food & Wine Festival will be fun, but will make Epcot very crowded on the weekend.   Very Merry Christmas party closes Disney World early and requires a separate ticket, so we will avoid that area, except for the day we have tickets!

We are traveling with little ones, so we will plan to be at the park early, leave after lunch for nap time (not sure who will need this most the kids, or Hot Hubby).  Then return to the park for late afternoon fun.

Here is my plan:

Sunday – Animal Kingdom – 9 am – 7 pm  start small and build up

Monday – Hollywood Studios – 9 am – 8 pm

Tuesday – Magic Kingdom 9am – 9 pm Late start to see Fantasmic

Wednesday –  Epcot – Princess dinner reservations

Thursday – Magic Kingdom – Very Merry Christmas Party

Friday – Magic Kingdom

I probably need to put a day off in there, but what should I move?  I am too excited to think about a day at the pool instead of a day with MICKEY!  Maybe if I just put two late start days into the schedule, I won’t be totally exhausted by Saturday…..but if I am….i can sleep at home!

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