Millennium Falcon VS. Slinky Dog

Which to Fastpass: Millennium Falcon OR Slinky Dog. AS you can ONLY pick ONE.

Dear Nina, Love your Page!! I am getting ready to make fastpasses and I am stuck. It won’t let me select Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run AND Slinky Dog. My family wants to ride BOTH. How do we chose, how can we ride both?

Hi Reader, thanks for contacting me. Yes, that is quiet the pickle and sadly…super common. Most guests want to ride it all, especially the NEW, hit rides. And thanks to the Fastpass+ TIER system, some rides in a certain category (Tier 1) prevent you from selecting more than ONE. So you do have to chose between those rides…OR do you???

I get this question alot from my clients and sadly…this is just the way. This is Disney’s way of “thinning the heard” so to speak, if they didn’t have a tier level, everyone would be getting the same 3-4 rides, at every park, and then the fastpass (skip the stand-by line) system wouldn’t work properly. But here are my suggestions to by-pass this:

HOPPER PASS:

With so many NEW rides out and apon us, I have really been pushing Hopper Passes for people who want to try to see and do it all, but espcially RIDE it ALL. With a Hopper pass, you could pass each of those rides on 2 different days, then HOP to another park (as needed) later on. Its a Win-Win and exactly what my family does.

ROPE DROP:

Another option is rising early in the day and getting to the park BEFORE it opens. You can pass one of the rides, then RUN (walk at a brisk pace) to the other ASAP. You will be part of a huge crowd also doing this, but it might cut-down on some line waiting time later in the day.

KEEP CHECKING:

Another option feels like “leaving it up to fate” but you could pass one and when at the park, that day, keep your eye on the app and keep trying to pass the other one as you have used your first 3 passes. Think late evening or during show times. This is also a good time to keep checking the wait times, as you could just sneak into line when it has a moment of being shorter, usually during meal times or later in the day.

PRO- TIP:

Either way, there really isn’t a perfect answer or cheat on this one, thankfully we personally do longer trips, so for us…visiting the same park twice isn’t a huge stretch. So my tip, extend your trip. Plan on doing a week-long vacation knowing you want to see and do more than the system allows. Talk to your Travel Agent and get the low down BEFORE you make too many plans and decisions. Knowing this stuff BEFORE you get too far down the rabbit hole really makes a difference. And if it helps; I would pass Millennium Falcon, see the VIDEO below.

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Disney Rides that make me go, Blah

I just might lose followers over this, but there are a few Rides & Attractions that I always skip and pretty much give me zero feels.

Hey guys, after posting a few times about the rides I love, I thought I would post rides that give me the opposite feeling. These aren’t rides that I can’t do anymore, these are attractions that just don’t entertain me, like at all. WARNING: Some of these are popular, lol…and I just might upset a few people. Just remember its all in good fun, after-all many people dislike my favorites. Disney Rides that make me go Blah…

Epcot:

Don’t kill me, but Journey into the Imagination with Figment. I am so not interested in this ride. Of course, my kids love it. I like the concept and Figment but could do without the rest. Perhaps I am over stinky humor but I find the ride boring and annoying. Perhaps if there was more to it or if the audience was more involved I would think different. I feel like I am on some lame slow ride witnessing an old 1970’s science experiment. Its just not for me, sorry.

Animal Kingdom:

I think, I think at least a few people would agree with me on this one, but Its Tough to be a Bug. First, I don’t like the queue area. I can’t tell you how many times I felt stuck in an underground hole FILLED with too many people. We were practically on top of each other waiting in line to enter the show. All I kept thinking was A – don’t lose any kids and B – what if there was a fire or an emergency. The whole thing gave me the heebie-jeebies. And of course some kid knocked their fathers RED Slurpee like drink on the floor and it splashed up ALL over me. I had no where to go, with no way to clean up. Joy, sticky fingers! Then the show starts…always with a screaming kid. Then more screaming and crying once the bugs start crawling on you. I, of course, love this part, but its just odd and seems kinda like shock value verses real entertainment. Just not my jam, sorry folks.

At least the outside line gives you Up-Close views of the Tree of Life.
Hollywood Studios:

Another attraction I might get dinged for, Voyage of the Little Mermaid with Lightning McQueen being a super close second. But for discussion, Voyage of the Little Mermaid was cute and simple but so not worth getting in line, sitting and waiting for a show to start. I guess I would be willing to do it again if it was raining or if my kids begged…but it was a HUGE bust for this Mermaid loving gal. The puppets were cute and the acting was good, but I was BORED. I guess compared to the Frozen Sing a Long Show, its doesn’t even come close to to the same level of entertainment. Anyone else??

Magic Kingdom:

Saving the best for last or saving the one people would hate me over for last. Eek. Ok, here it goes – Enchanted Tales with Belle. Ok I said it. Its hard to put my finger on a real reason for this show, but I assume its because I have better rides to enjoy at Magic Kingdom. With Magic Kingdom being my FAVORITE park, I could ride and ride all day. So to stop for this show just didn’t hit the mark for me…and I LOVE shows. I find this show only entertaining if one of my family or friends is asked to participate. If this makes me evil, then I am. I can see the excitement for kids, wondering if they will be picked and they get to see Belle…but I think I would prefer a bigger, better theater production show over what it is today. Again…just my opinion.

How about you? What is your list? I am sure some of you would list one of my favorites. Like my Gramma, she hated Its a Small World, a ride I ALWAYS go on, lol.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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What to Expect and HOW to Visit Galaxy’s Edge

So you’re headed to Disney but worried about Galaxy’s Edge? Wondering what to do or if you should skip it? READ this to learn the How to…

Hey fans, I was going to start writing about our recent adventure, but some NEW news just got leaked/released about the upcoming opening of Galaxy’s Edge, WDW. So I thought I would share that, for the moment. I have many families headed to WDW in a few days, weeks, months and the #1 concern is Galaxy’s Edge. Wondering if you should get up early, skip it entirely, will there be fastpasses? Let me see if I can ease some tension – How to do Galaxy’s Edge:

Fastpasses:

There will be NO fastpasses for any or ALL rides within Galaxy’s Edge. So you can stop asking this question, you can stop waiting for it to happen. BUT…keep reading as you will learn what they ARE doing to help with the crowds, just stop using or expecting the word fastpass to be used or included.

Reservations:

Reservations are available to make for ALL of the NON-ride experiences. So…if you plan on building a droid or a Lightsaber…get a reservation. If you plan on drinking in the Cantina, get a reservation. NOTE: The Cantina is a BAR, not a restaurant. They have like 2 “snack” items on the menu, but they aren’t the type of “snacks” you would be hoping for at a bar. So eat before or after you partake in enjoying a beverage. Also NOTE: The Cliff Dweller was yummy! NOW, making these reservations MEANS you are doing said activity and paying for them, so no last minute cancels or no-shows…they WILL charge you. Also…this may be a sure fire way to get into the land itself.

Cliff Dweller and a Beer!
Arrive Early:

So…as many of you, my clients, are families. I am talking to the families, the moms & dads when I say this. Hollywood Studios is opening up at 6am for RESORT guests for the next several weeks. For 99% of you, this is already TOO early for the kids. So no amount of getting there early will be early enough, if you catch my drift. Arriving at 6am just might be too late, so be prepared for that. There are crazy fans, young adults, people without kids that will be “camping out”. Some resorts are even arranging schedules so they can start serving breakfast as early as 2:30am. So…as much as I urge you to do the 6am walk of sleepy eyes, just note that the line might already be LONG. And I say this as the worst case, it might not be that bad for your trip…but prepare for it. We won’t know anything more concrete until it opens and we see the crowd levels.

NEW UPDATE:

It was recently leaked that WDW will have a Boarding Group System. This is GREAT news for those worried about LONG lines. Kids and long lines is not a good thing. Even a 60 min ride line left my kids squirming for the bathroom. So this boarding system is the same process that was created at Disneyland. SEE my images. You basically will log-in into your account, your My Disney Experience app on your phone and see if there is a required boarding group.

If yes, you join a group, through the app, on your phone. If a group is not required (meaning crowds are low) you can enter Galaxy’s Edge, through the door nearest to Muppets 3D Vision. So…as you enter Hollywood Studios, keep an eye on your app, your phone. If you end up needing a boarding group, the app will alert you when its time, so feel free to eat, ride and explore the park while waiting. You will have 2 hours to enter Galaxy’s Edge once your boarding group time is up. And the group is ONLY to enter the land itself, you still have to wait in line for any rides.

We LOVED Galaxy’s Edge and can’t wait to go back. Hope this helps!

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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