Magic Kingdom; If I could only RIDE 3 rides.

Ever wonder to yourself, if I am headed to Magic Kingdom and can ONLY ride 3 rides, which would I chose? Read ON for my list…

Hey Guys, Perhaps this is just me, but often I am put in a situation where I am only going to a park for a few and have to narrow down my ride choices. But what if you can ride whatever you want, but can only ride 3, what would you do? Would you experience all your favorites? All the popular, hard to get rides? Would you ride rides from your childhood that perhaps make you the happiest? Here is my list of 3 Magic Kingdom rides/attractions I would do If I only got 3 at Disney World.

Haunted Mansion:

I love the Haunted Mansion, but I love it more and more being a mom. My daughter is SO amazed by this ride that it brings new joy to my life. I love the Not So Scary spookiness of it all. How it gives you a little fright at the very beginning, then leads you to your Doom Buggie through a cob-webby hallway of haunted portraits and art.. I am not sure how they managed to make a ride so eerie, yet almost happy at the same time. I especially love it knowing that parts of the ride were recreated from the famous Winchester Mystery House, which is in my home-town. Its very familiar and happy for me. Just remember to pay attention to the Grave Yard before the ride. Silly humor is my jam.

Pirates of the Caribbean:

Love, Love, Love the Pirates of the Caribbean. As I do prefer the original, before Jack Sparrow and before Redd the rum slinging pirate, I am in awe by the music; the song, the lyrics. The words chosen for the Yo, Ho, Yo Ho song are just amazing. I love “we’re devils and black sheep, really bad eggs”, “but we’re loved by our mommies and dads”. The magic and skill behind those words mixed with music made for a perfect, stuck in your head song. I would fall asleep to the park soundtrack as a kid and this was always my favorite. I also love being stopped in my boat during the burning, fire scene…the way they made those logs really look like they are burning, cracking and ready to fall still amaze me today.

We Wants the Redhead!!
People Mover:

Yep, I am one of those crazy fanatics that loves the super simple, super chill People Mover. Partly because I remember riding it as a kid with my Gramma (who is now passed) or I remember riding it with my daughter for the first time when she was 2 and just couldn’t stop smiling. We would get on, then off, then on again…riding like 3 times in a row. It has one of the best views of the castle and the park in general and it oddly whips you around corners and takes you inside Space Mountain, the ONE ride I refuse to ride. AND it never had a line, which made it even better. Of course the last few times I have been in Magic Kingdom, it did have a line. Once I waited like 35 mins for it, which is super crazy.

So…whats your list. If you could ride any 3 rides, BUT just those 3 – what would you pick?

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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Whats the BEST Theme Park Bag?

Headed to the parks and wondering, whats the BEST Theme Park bag to bring, to carry around ALL day long, to take on the rides? Read On…

Hey All, Happy Monday!! So who already has a “case of the Mondays”, lol? It’s currently Sunday evening and I already feel drained, lol. I spent all weekend trying out NEW bags for the parks. I am constantly trying to prefect my packing, improve my bag selection and try everything out. After doing Universal Orlando and Magic Kingdom in the HIGH heat last week, I have some thoughts.

The Purse:

Purses are everywhere in the parks, especially crossbody bags. If you are a purse lady, just think about the stuff you are packing. Will everything ALL fit, will you have to remove 6 things before getting to the bottom. Where will your water go? Is it summer or winter when you go? Will you need to carry around extra stuff due to the weather? All these things will help determine what size purse you might need. In the end, I think light-weight, washable and durable would be key. Due to back issues, I can’t carry a purse after too long…so for that reason alone…I am NOT a Purse Lady anymore.

The MINI Backpack:

Those Cute, Adorable, Character themed Mini Backpacks by Loungefly are EVERYWHERE. Not only are they in every store, around every corner…but everyone is carrying one. I even saw kids and a few guys rocking them. So after being jealous, I just ordered one; so we shall see what I think in a few, but my main concern is WATER. Where does one put a water bottle and what if it leaks, eek?? Perhaps I worry about the wrong things, lol. Clearly these bags are about fashion. If you carry one, where does the water go and did it leak?

The Fanny Pack:

Before you start judging, these are EVERYWHERE too. And many people aren’t wearing them on a fanny, but around the shoulder as a neck/shoulder crossbody bag. Like a tightly fitted sling bag. I was intrigued…so of course I got a few to try out. Again with the Water?!?!? Where does one put water? I love the idea of this, as I do sling bags…you never have to take them off. Just flip around from the back to the front. Using the restroom, keep them on. Sitting to eat, keep it on. On a coaster, keep it on. In fact, on many rides at Universal, this was the ONLY allowed bag…everything else had to be in a locker.

Cute Fanny Pack
The Trusty Backpack:

Sadly the backpack is my jam. And I say this as…I truly get tired of wearing one. In the summer heat I can feel my back getting all sweaty from the bag. And no matter how much I try to pack light, it always starts feeling too heavy. Again, I did have an accident that affected my back, so I am more sensitive than others in that way…but to NOT have to use a backpack…especially in the summer would be AMAZING. But my TIP: get little containers and pack only a few squeezes of sunscreen, pack only 2 Advil instead of the entire bottle. Pack 2 band-aids verses the whole box. The weight adds up, I promise. Especially when you start carrying all your kids stuff too.

In the End, you want a bag that you are comfortable with. One that fits you. If you are a fanny pack person, ROCK-IT. Dig a purse, you go girl. If you can cram ALL your stuff in a cute Loungefly Mini Backpack, do it. And sadly, if you are like me and just might be stuck with a backpack, just remember less is more. Pack what you need, but try to limit the packaging, the extra containers and especially the large containers of things you don’t really need.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

For those who are curious about the NEW ride at Disney, here you go. At this time, Star Wars Land has only ONE ride and WAS it worth the wait?

Hey Fans, this week has been a bit crazy. Between the opening of Galaxy’s Edge and Dorian…life at Disney has been a bit of a roller coaster. The opening week of Star Wars Land wasn’t as crowded as expected and many were able to explore the land in peace, thanks Dorian. I am a bit jelly over this. Of course the big draw to this NEW land was the Millennium Falcon ride and as someone who has ridden it 5X so far, here is what I have to say about Millennium Falcon, Smugglers Run.

Millennium Falcon!!
The Wait:

So I think the biggest worry for this ride, this experience, is the wait and is the wait, as in the line, worth it. Basically how long would you wait for this ride? Many, many people have waited hours and hours before for a ride. This is just not something I understand. Perhaps its because I have kids or have other things to experience, but not sure I could or would wait longer than about 60+ mins for any ride (especially with kids, as a mom). As far as the Falcon goes and with it being NEW…I was willing to wait about 1.5 hours. Luckily I didn’t have too, the most we waited was 60 mins and that was per the kids. They decided after riding it at Rope Drop that 45-60 mins was the most they would wait for this attraction. And I think that’s a good number, especially considering the bathrooms aren’t easy to come by.

The queue:

So to touch on my last point, bathrooms…I want it noted that once you enter the building, the front main entrance to the ride…you are kinda locked in. We didn’t see a cast member again until we were ready to see Hondo (READ On). So if anyone has to use the bathroom, you are stuck; no one to tell, no where to go and really no place to exit. And if you do exit, how will you get back into the line. GO TO THE BATHROOM FIRST, lol!! So the line goes back and forth, in and out of the ride queue, there isn’t much to see when outside, other than the backside of the falcon, which is very cool. But you are weaving in and out until you get inside. Once inside you enter a hanger like area with random droid parts, a staged table of sabacc, pilot lockers, etc. Its on theme and fun to look at. You go back and forth inside this area for a while, climbing higher and higher until you reach another doorway.

Once in this doorway, you are again seeing the backside of the Falcon, but higher up. Being able to see the Falcon so close is amazing. The details and colors will blow your mind. I once had to paint a decent sized model of the Falcon and I remember painting all those areas, those colors, those aged and distressed markings. AMAZING!! After this doorway, you are close. Soon you will finally see a Cast Member at another entrance, this is when you get filed into a room to meet Hondo. He welcomes you, explains the situation, you see Chewie and get a lowdown of the mission. Then you are filtered into another hallway before given your positions. Pilot, Gunner or Engineer. SEE VIDEO…

The Falcon:

Once you have your job and color card, you wait in the center of the Falcon, the same area where Chewie was playing his Cyber Chess Game, Same area where Luke got his first Jedi Training Lessons. Get your camera out fast for a quick pic as soon you will be flying the Falcon. Make sure to look for Luke’s Training helmet and get a pic around the “Chess” table. Position rundowns: Pilots “fly” the Falcon complete with Light Speed and trying NOT to crash. The Gunners shot everything and anything. And the Engineers fix the systems by pressing the right buttons at the right time. All 3 jobs work together to complete a favorable outcome; not to die and to collect as many bottles of coaxium as you can.

The Ride:

Once your RIDE COLOR is called, you are off. You quickly get in your seats, buckle up and you are off. Lights are going off like crazy and depending on your job, you just react and push. After riding it 5Xs, I can say that what you do or don’t do DOES matter. The ride is different, shorter or longer depending on the skills of your team. I also found that flying with pilots who crash less (aka NOT my kids), the ride was more smooth, lol. As a Gunner I was pressing buttons like crazy and as Pilots, my kids crashed often and even didn’t push the lever to Light Speed quick enough…this all mattered. In the end, we still made it make safe and got at least 1-2 containers of coaxium, which was Hondo’s goal. Being in the Falcon and flying to Lightspeed was amazing!! It was a Family HIT!

The Skinny:

Ride it, enjoy it. It’s the worth the wait. At least the 60 mins or less we rode it for. After doing it a few times, we might have waited less, but since its still so new…we weren’t being too picky. For motion…I found it was best to NOT be a pilot, to not look at the screen and just concentrate on my flashing buttons. I was very pleased that I didn’t get sick, but also knew that looking up and out would have changed that outcome. Its similar to Mission Space, but not as intense for the motion. Its almost like Star Tours was BEFORE the 3D glasses, but with buttons and levers to press. As far as the wait for the land itself, it was a FUN ride…but I am waiting to see what Rise of the Resistance is like. I do wish I was able to fly more or control more within the Falcon ride, but I get it; Disney needed to make it appropriate for littles too. After seeing my son have a hard time reaching the levers, I realized this.

How about you? What did you think? Have you ridden it yet?

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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