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, KID Approved – Epcot

Got kids? Wondering which rides are best to enjoy and fastpass AND are kid approved? Read on for our Epcot list.

Hey guys, here you go. Another installment of…what my kids want to fastpass. As you might know…I recently had to make fastpasses for my family’s BIG Disney World Vacation. This time around I asked my kids to take control. They picked the dining locations AND the rides. But more specifically which rides I was to fastpass. They had to follow the guidelines set by Disney, per the Tiered System but got to pick whatever they wanted. My kids are not dare-devils but they are very Disney experienced…so basically these are rides picked by kid experts. Epcot Rides for Kids…

The BIG 3:

The BIG 3 as I call them are the 3 more “thrilling” rides that Epcot has to offer. Of course the kicker is, you can only fastpass ONE and my kids put all 3 on the list. So this is where major planning comes to play. I was able to pass 2 of the 3 and the 3rd we will be “running” too first thing in the morning. Those 3 rides are of course Soarin, Test Track and Frozen Ever After. All are amazing, which is why they are all my kids favorite. Test Track was the front runner for this trip since we just got back from riding Soarin‘ at Disneyland. And who isn’t tired of Olaf, right?!?!

Spaceship Earth:

We LOVE this ride!! Its a little dated, but that’s part of its charm. Its a ride throughout the ages, learning and witnessing the creation of communication. Of Technology. Watch man go from cave drawings to scrolls. See the written word get etched into time in books. Learn about the first computers and see how it all began. The best part, IMO, is the corny outfits and facial expressions on the characters faces. Its a great, slow moving, family friendly ride complete with some education. You can even create a futuristic, environmental home on the screen of your vehicle. This I am sure. is my kids favorite part. I can’t wait, especially as rumor has it….its getting a refurbishment soon.

Spaceship Earth at Night
Living with the Land:

So this is probably one of my least favorite rides, but most love it. Its Epcot, so of course this is an educational one. Its a slow moving boat ride, kinda like Its a Small World but without the intoxicating singing, lol. The best part of this ride is the garden area, in fact I could hang out in this section and skip the rest. You get to watch and be amazed by soil-free growing of all sorts of plants. Veggies growing from above, not in the ground, with recycled water that feeds plant after plant. And since I mentioned it, the part I don’t like is the tanks. They show you fish and other sea life and mention how the fish help feed the plants, but they also say how those fish also fed the surrounding restaurants. Being Vegan, that part isn’t my cup of tea.

So…whats on your kids list? Have you ever thought of letting the kids control the trip? Within reason, of course. My kids never know when we are going, but they know its booked and help plan when asked. This trip will be extra special as I am just the Travel Agent on this one, the rest is on them. They even picked the Resort.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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Disney+ What the Heck?

Did you get a subscription for Disney+? Or are you on the fence, still considering? Read on…Disney+ Streaming.

Hey Fans, sorry its been a few days, life got a little crazy and by little crazy, I mean I was sick. Well today Nov 12 was the BIG Day!! Big Day for what you might ask? It was the launch of the LONG awaited Disney+ Streaming Service. That’s right, Disney ALL THE TIME, on your devices!!! And I must say…we were VERY excited at my house.

The Wait:

This service has been in the works for longer than I can mention and was finally announced a few months back with the ability to purchase. Advance purchase was cheaper but you ran the risk of getting something without the complete and total knowledge of what you would see and how you could see it. But its Disney, so of course they say “jump” and you say “how high”. Being D23, I got a sweet deal, but it was a 3 YEAR (pay now) deal. Again its Disney so I just jumped on board. So for months we waited and waited, slowly getting more highly guarded info; new programs, specially created content and potential movies from the past.

Nov 12 – The Launch:

So the day finally came, kids were home from school (snow day) so having this to explore and enjoy all day was a huge bonus. We turn the TV on and…no Disney+ app. Idiot me thought since we have a Smart TV (Samsung) that I just needed to turn on the TV and BOOM instant magic, as I do with Netflix or Amazon. Nope. Apparently our TV is NOT compatible. Of course this was the worst time to realize this. Snow knee deep and 2 kids so excited they can’t function. MOM FAIL. Why didn’t I research this? Why didn’t I expect this? Either way, we needed Disney+ and we needed it NOW.

The Solution:

So with 2 sad kids I did some quick research, called a few people and took my sad (snow day) kids to the store to purchase our Life Saver, the Roku Express ($24.99). So for those in the same situation, here you go. Apparently Fire Stick and Chromecast were also options, but I went with the cheapest, hehe. Just plug in, sign up (no more fees) and BOOM Disney+. Sadly Disney+ was so dang popular (duh) that there were some streaming issues, but we just waited again. Being a Travel Agent, the streaming issues weren’t a shock, have you ever seen a Disney Deal Day (aka Free Dining), lol. After-all, at least mom got the app to appear.

Roku for the WIN!!!
The Shows:

Then, just when I started to suggest they watch Netflix, it worked. It was glorious. The kids were jumping, screaming and all I could think was, shhhh don’t scare it, lol. So much magic, so many options, what to watch first. Being the Disney Parks freaks that we are, we went with the Imagineer Series, OMG so good. And so informative. Of course they did such a good job that they made my youngest cry when mentioning the death of Walt. As my son said, I never like hearing that he died 🙁 Next it was a new series with Forky, then some Pixar shorts, then…the Mandalorian. Eek…a Star Wars Series with human actors (as in NOT animated). All I can say is WOW and OMG the ending. We were screaming, yelling at the TV and can’t wait for Episode 2. Then the kids watched “Steam Boat Willie” and a few other vintage shorts. We have a whole list for next time.

The Skinny:

If you love Disney, this is a given. But with the addition of Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and National Geographic…please how can you not purchase. Sure, there are some shows and movies that didn’t make the cut, but the current line-up FAR out-weighs that, IMO. And there was and probably will be streaming issues…but when it worked, it was glorious. So will you take the leap? Or did you?

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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