Top RIDES at Disney World & Disneyland

Visiting Disney can be overwhelming. Figuring out which rides to experience can be challenging. READ about my favorite rides at Disney World & Disneyland

Hey fans, I am planning on doing several helpful lists of my top rides, resort, restaurants, etc…but thought I would start with this. My TOP favorite rides in each USA Disney Theme Park. Walt Disney World AND Disneyland Resort. These are my favorite rides, for no specific reason, just the rides I love and will continue to ride over and over again. I would love to hear your list – make sure to comment.

Almost made the cut – Jungle Cruise
Magic Kingdom – Disney World:

This park is probably the hardest out of any park as there are SO many options. But for me, I am gonna say Pirates of the Caribbean. I would love to say the Pirates BEFORE they changed it, but even with the recent changes…it’s still a favorite and something I ride EVERY trip. In fact when I visited WDW pregnant, my Dr told me no pirates and well…she wasn’t on my happy list during that trip ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love the song, the familiarity from childhood. And the silly, singing pirates with dirty feet and sleeping with the pigs. “We wants the Redhead.”

Epcot – Disney World:

AS this was also a hard one, it ended up being a no-brainier. One ride that I hate to miss and will fastpasses or RUN to directly after rope drop is Soarin’ Around the World. I have been SO many times, you think I would be tired of it – nope. Its just so different from other attractions. I love the smells, the sights and the feeling like you are flying, even though it can make me a little nauseous (just close your eyes).

Animal Kingdom – Disney World:

This was an easy one – Kilimanjaro Safari. Sorry Pandora fans, nothing will beat the ability to see animals roam “freely” and enjoy life eating grass and grazing. Nothing with beat watching a baby hippo splash in the pond with her mom or seeing a lion rest on pride rock. Even being a vegan, I love this ride. It feels like the animals are happy and well cared for. I love that each time it’s a different experience, morning, noon or evening.

Hollywood Studios – Disney World:

This selection might be short lived once Galaxy’s Edge opens, but for now its Toy Story Mania. This could be due to my son who makes us ride this over and over again, especially at Disneyland where we can. But its a fave. My choice would have been the Backlot Tour and it might become Rise of the Resistance, but for now…Toy Story has my heart.

Disneyland Park:

100% Dumbo!! Its been my favorite since I was a kid and since my Disney life started in California, that’s where my heart is. It’s an original attraction that made little Nina very, very happy. Even today I tear up when on the Disneyland version. It goes oddly fast for a Flying Elephant and has the most beautiful view of Fantasyland, especially at night when the lights are on.

California Adventure: Disneyland

For this park, my favorite is an attraction or an experience – I love the Animation Academy. For those that don’t know this hidden gem, its a drawing class in the park. A Disney animator teaches you how to draw a certain character using only a pencil. NO erasers. The artist in me LOVES this. I love the concept, the actual experience so much. Think about it, with a place so filled with animated characters, shows and rides…why not learn how it all started…by drawing a mouse?!?!

Learn HOW to Draw GOOFY!!

Remember this is MY personal favorite list. These aren’t necessarily the rides to RUN to or to fastpass, but they are the attractions I won’t miss. I come from a place of childhood memories, growing up in the park. This is what drives my list, drives me. I love the original attractions that Walt helped create. The attractions that draw me closer and closer for whatever emotional reason. This is what makes Disney Parks so great, so many options. So, whats your list?

I love helping make memories for my clients every day, contact me if interested in a vacation. Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

Frozen Ever After, Ride at Epcot

Thinking about visiting Epcot? Worried there isn’t enough to do? How about Frozen Ever After in Epcot?

Hey guys, it seems I often get families worried there isn’t enough for kids to do at Epcot ๐Ÿ™ READ and FOLLOW along as I post about all the fun Epcot has to offer, including the attraction, Frozen Ever After. This ride is so popular its actually a TOP Tier ride and more often than not, a super long line. Sing with Elsa, Anna and Olaf and take a boat ride thru Arendelle.

Frozen Ever After – Epcot
Location:

This attraction is located in Epcot, at Walt Disney World. It’s in the World Showcase, in Norway. It’s easy to spot as once in the Norway area you start seeing glimpses of Frozen everywhere. In Norway you can actually meet Elsa and Anna and get lots of cool Frozen merchandise and with the NEW movie coming out this Nov…just wait. You can also enjoy a fun Princess Meal in Norway as well.

The Queue:

As I am sure you have been reading all my other ride posts, you would know that most rides have a queue, a holding area (so to speak) that is basically the pre-ride. Frozen Ever After has a semi decent queue, its feels like you are in the village surrounding the castle, complete with Oaken’s Trading Post. When in that area, listen closely. Its a fun way to pass the time before the ride begins. Look around at the shop and see what you can spot on the shelves.

The Ride:

So the ride itself is inside a Viking Boat and for those that remember the original ride in that area, Maelstrom, its the SAME boats. Its actually also the same ride track. So you board a boat, in water, and coast away into Arendelle. You meet Elsa, Anna, Olaf and the gang and “let it go”. The ride features a decent drop, but nothing to scary. The big surprise about this ride is…it goes backwards. Yep, there is a part in the ride where you are rushing backwards. And if in the front row…you might get a splash during the drop, which is towards the end of the ride.

The Tech:

So, as you saw in the video…the technology in this ride is pretty cool. It was actually quiet hard for the imagineers to figure out and accomplish. When on the ride and you look really, really close you will notice that the figures, specifically the girls are like sculptures where a projection is on the face area that make them animate. It gives them the appearance as if they are singing and talking. This is totally new tech and very different from the original animatronic characters on earlier rides, such as Pirates of the Caribbean. In fact this new tech was also used on Lightning McQueen (in Hollywood Studios).

All in all, I love this ride and never miss it. I love the thrill of going backwards and I love trying to figure out the tech, its the artist in me. And, believe it or not, I have not lost the Frozen appeal. I want to note that this is not a princess ride, so please don’t skip it because you have boys, this is a family friendly, ALL ages/genders ride. My son LOVES it. So give Epcot a try, Fastpass Frozen Ever After and enjoy!

I would love to help you plan your Disney Vacation, it is my FULL TIME job after all. I am the Expert ๐Ÿ˜‰ Mahalo for Reading and Following along with my blog & vlog – Nina

Disney’s Star Wars Land – Galaxy’s Edge

Headed to Disney and wondering about Star Wars Land? READ and Learn the skinny on the situation and what you will find.

Hey guys, talking about one of my favorite topics and one that has my clients a little overwhelmed. What is Star Wars Land aka Galaxy’s Edge, do I really need to see it and how can I maximize the magic? First its currently ONLY opened at Disneyland, but the Walt Disney World opening is just weeks away and waiting has been a LONG time coming. For those who aren’t HUGE Star Wars fans or for those who want the simple breakdown – this is the post for you.

Star Wars Land – Galaxy’s Edge
Inside:

One thing people are wondering is, what exactly is Galaxy’s Edge and what’s inside. Well for starters, its a planet/place like no other, its Batuu. Its a place where the First Order (the Dark Side) has taken over and if you are lucky you will spot some members of the Resistance (the Good Side). Storm Troopers, Kilo Ren, Ray and Chewie walk around and are living life in Batuu as if its REAL. They have special signage, greetings and have NO clue about what Disney is. Its completely immersive and very much a Planet like Endor or Tatooine.

The Rides/Shops:

Currently only ONE ride is open, will be open, at Galaxy’s Edge and that’s the Millennium Falcon. Yep, you heard me…you might get the chance to pilot the Falcon and even…if super lucky…put it into hyper drive. The second ride, Rise of the Resistance is still to come later this year as the tech behind the ride is SO new and advanced, it needed more time. There are several shops in G.E., ONE being a place to design and build your very OWN lightsaber and your own robotic droid (aka BB Unit or R2 unit). Several other shops with “costumes”, creatures, plush, pins, games, etc to be found as well.

Food:

First there is the Cantina which is the HUGE draw for this planet. Of course, food isn’t really on the menu, but pre-mixed beverages are. Along with, of course, the entertainment and the fact that you are in a Star Wars Cantina. There is also a Blue/Green Milk stand (Dairy-Free), space worthy popcorn and Docking Bay 7 which is the quick service food location. NOTE: You will NOT find your usual Disney treats on this planet, as Disney doesn’t exist in Star Wars. BUT try some Star Wars treats and Enjoy!

The Skinny:

For those who want the simple breakdown…here you go. The Lightsabers are $199+ EACH and you have to purchase BEFORE you build or even enter the workshop. Droids (which are super cute and interact with the land) are $100+ The Cantina and the Savi’s Workshop (lightsabers) are SO popular that Disneyland is having people make reservations (day of). The Blue/Green Milk is getting mixed reviews, but worth a try. The food is getting rave reviews but its also not your typical food, think food from another planet. AND since Disney doesn’t want this land flooded with people and lines, Disneyland has developed a “Boarding Group” pass that only allows a certain number of people into Batuu at a time. With this plan, I haven’t seen the line for the Falcon Ride to be longer than 45 mins which is a LOW wait time for a NEW ride.

WDW:

I can’t say this enough, NO ONE knows what this is going to be like once its opens at Walt Disney World. It could be beyond crazy OR they could instill a last min “boarding group” pass plan that gives guests a waiting queue to enter the land, thus reducing line wait times. NO fastpasses are available or exist or will be developed for the land, especially at this time. But a boarding group could be the “fastpass” answer for this. Its working great at Disneyland. I am hoping WDW will follow suit and is paying close attention to how its working at its Californian counter-part.

For now I am helping my clients create custom plans for this regarding their personal needs and desires. As a HUGE Fan, you couldn’t keep me away but for others, it might be something to save for next time. It’s a personal choice and something I am talking about daily with my clients. Stay tuned as I will be posting more and more about this. Especially as I build my very own R2 Unit next month in Disneyland ๐Ÿ™‚

Mahalo for reading and following along. I would love to custom plan you a Disney Vacation – let me know – Nina