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.
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.
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?
Have you ever done Rope Drop at Disney. Do you even know what I am talking about? READ to learn about this Popular Time.
Hey guys, First I want to mention that if you like this blog, these posts…make sure to SUBSCRIBE. SCROLL all the way down and add your email address to get updated every-time I post. I will no longer be linking this blog to Facebook, FB just doesn’t circulate them 🙁 Ok, now back to Rope Drop. We love Rope Drop, especially for when a NEW experience is open. But for those who are scratching your head…let me explain ALL about Rope Drop at Disney.
Years ago, like back when I was youngish…they would let people into the parks, slightly early. You would show your ticket and wait behind an actual ROPE. They (the Cast Members and sometimes Characters) would slowly walk the rope back, allowing more and more guests to enter the park but it also allowed you to get closer and closer to your first destination. This process was known as Rope Drop. It basically meant you were first in line, first in the park and were actual there when they dropped the rope and you got to RUN (I mean walk at a proper pace) and get your first fastpass or ride your first ride of the day.
Like all good things, someone ruined it. Actually it was a bunch of people that ruined it. As Disney got more and more popular and certain experiences came out, people would RUN, knock others over, race and trip and fall to get to the MOST Popular NEW thing. This of course became a trend and was deemed unsafe. Imagine herds and herds of people running, knocking over strollers, little kids, etc. I admit, I did this, I remember being apart of this. I, of course, did it safely as I grew up doing this “race” (quick Nina get a fastpass to Haunted Mansion, hurry). But others, not so much. So Disney stopped, for the most part, doing this.
Then for a while, they would do a “Rope Drop” where people went through the turnstiles and got to wait in-front of the train Station, but actually IN the park. They would welcome you into the park and you could watch them introduce the Family of the Day. Then character after character would arrive on the train. Thats right, the Walt Disney World Railroad would bring a whole celebration of amazing characters for all to see and wave at. Rope Drop became a FUN thing to witness, not just a “first in the park” event. But, of course…that ended too 🙁 They realized that as much as people loved that Welcome Show, that space between the turnstiles and Main Street just wasn’t big enough. AND people would still RUN through the entrance halls and it caused issues. People, aka guests, just can’t contain their excitement. Especially once Elsa and Anna arrived to the Magic Kingdom, lol. Something about those Frozen sisters got everyone a little crazy.
Rope Drop for a NEW Land/Ride:
Rope Drop for a NEW experience can often be a completely different “rope”. It could mean that they let you into the park as normal, but hold you in an area within the park to prepare you into a certain land or NEW ride cue. They might actually use a rope as the area might be smaller and easier to contain. This happened for Rope Drop of Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland. We got into the park a little before opening. Then they held us at the entrance into Adventureland, which is a narrower space. We all gathered and waited. Once the rope was dropped, we all raced to the NEW land. Some ran, some walked and some looked very confused, lol. Either way, we were all going to the same location, had the same goal…but some wanted it more than others I guess. And yes, I ran. I was filming and holding my kids’ hand all at the same time. WE rode the Falcon within 10 mins and it was worth it. We loved the rush, the adrenaline flow and the excitement.
So basically, the moral of the story is this…when I say to arrive at Rope Drop, I mean arrive BEFORE the park actually opens and wait. I mean you should calmly get to your destination at a brisk pace. There may or may not be an actual rope and there may or may not be a little show, a welcome party, etc. It may just mean that you enter the park before all the other sleeping people do. Grab a coffee and a muffin and just do it.
So I am sitting here watching my son (age 4) throw a fun little tantrum and thinking…thank goodness we are NOT at Disney, lol. Yep it happens; kids get tired, overloaded with sweets, too much stimulation, need more sleep and they aren’t the only ones. Adults get hungry, hot, tired and CRANKY too…so much fun, right – NOT. Unfortunately when at Disney…tantrums can still be a thing…but luckily there are ways to AVOID them. Perhaps not 100%, but at least bring them down to a tolerable level.
Dealing with a tantrum at Disney seems to be a common worry or concern of many of my clients and I try my best to walk them through the steps to avoid such an event. With 2 kids, both in the tantrum age zone…it’s something I try my best to avoid as well. I have been to Disney more times than I can count and have taken my kiddies several times, at various ages and have learned a few things.
First…kids will be kids. Just because you spent your hard earn cash on what is supposed to be the BEST VACATION of a life-time…doesn’t mean your toddler is going to change. You know you kid(s) the best. You know their triggers, limits and issues. And you need to be honest to yourself about it. This is also where the adult tantrums come into play, lol. As an adult, we want to see and do stuff too. We want to stay up late and watch the parade/fireworks and do the special Holiday party. We want to have a few adult beverages and relax. We want to ride the coasters and do some thrill rides. BUT…we also want to see the magic in our kid’s eyes, see their faces light up with wonder and delight…but It can come to the point where we need to decide, what is more important? OR find a happy mix; a healthy medium. This is something I have developed over time and each and every trip gets better and better; as kids ages change so does the experience.
BIG kid in stroller; she is happy & entertained while WE get a break.
Things to consider, thoughts to ponder about YOUR child: LIMITS…
• Walking – Strollers are NOT just for toddlers…if your older kid isn’t a grand walker…consider a stroller
• Sweets – Some kids have a limit, some can’t handle it at all. Giving them a limit WILL help.
• Sleep – Some kids NEED sleep, some can handle a little less than normal…but sleep is a MUST.
• Length of Day – Some kids crash out early, some are night-owls…some with a mid-day nap can flourish
• Food – Some NEED to eat at normal times, some can snack until a BIG meal…but DON’T push it off.
• Lights, Sounds, Stimulation – Some kids are ok with all the action, some kids are overwhelmed (consider breaks, head-phones, distractions)
• Heat – some people are ok in the heat, some people just can’t function (same with crowds). Know this and prepare.
Dole Whip; nice treat, but LOTS of sugar – try sharing.
Mickey Pretzel…my FAVORITE snack.
Be honest…if your kid tends to throw more fits after a birthday party (SUGAR) or after a long day at the zoo or fair is burnt out…then consider that at Disney. It’s OK to miss a few things, especially if it prevents a melt-down. Consider cutting back on the treats (we allow ONE per day), consider NOT doing the night-time fun every night (perhaps every other), consider packing or renting a stroller for an older child to prevent (my legs are tired whining). Pack “distractions” for kids who get easily bored (waiting in line) or overwhelmed. Consider saving an experience for “next” time. For us…this is the Holiday Parties…I am dying to take the kids, but when the time is right.
With all these trips under my belt you would NOT believe what I have witnessed (not that this will be you); parents forcing crying kids on rides, kids climbing on chains, bars and displays, kids having over-tired meltdowns during the evening parade, kids begging for more and more treats/toys, parents yelling, screaming and dragging kids along. It’s hard…we ALL want to see and do it all…but we ALL have our limits. Some kids are scared of certain rides, some are just hungry, some are dehydrated and need to drink more water and EVERYONE needs to make sure they get plenty or rest…PLUS parents need breaks too.
Disney HAS healthy snack options…
LOTS of healthy options at Disney…
For us…as long as I try to keep it healthy (packing healthy snacks/bars), limit sweets, provide LOTS of water (not milk, juice or soda) and make sure we ALL have plenty of sleep…our Disney vacations have always been 100% Magical and Amazing. But I also keep it real…I know my kids. And I know me. I know what I need to walk for a week straight, to deal with kids and a husband and to keep everyone together. I know what my husband needs (evening adult drink, lol) and I know what makes sense for us, for NOW, for THIS trip. I have dealt with a tantrum or two (not just from the kids) and although they weren’t that bad, I did learn from them. Disney is amazing, but it’s also BIG, long, loud, crazy, FUN, filled with sweet treats, shopping AND people. One needs to learn to adapt and “go with the flow” while also tending to all the needs of the group.
Don’t forget to take time out for “play”…its NOT all about the rides.
I know some of this seems generic, but it’s about YOU, not what your friend did, your neighbor did or even what I did…it’s about what is GOOD for YOU. This is something I help all my clients with. I will have long chats about concerns and worries and help plan the best vacation per THEM, their needs. Each and every client/trip/family is different. It’s not something you can compare or copy…every trip is unique. One family’s favorite or ideal resort might not be yours, same with restaurants, rides and other activities.
This TOY camera saved our trip last time…He took LOTS of “pictures”.
I post this…not as a deterrent to Disney, but as an honest account. This is something to think about and plan for…to have guidelines and back-up thoughts…to “practice” before you travel. To prepare and learn about all the “quiet” spots, children play areas and best resorts for a mid-day break (if needed). To know when to push and when to alter your plans, lol. **As a Travel Agent specializing in Disney vacations…it is my job to know the parks, resorts, restaurants, rides and attractions. It’s my job to see and do it all…it’s also my job to help and give advice to the best of my knowledge and expertise. Consider putting your trust in an agent whose FULL-TIME job is Disney, someone who knows more than just ONE resort. My services are 100% FREE if you book with me and as a Disney Vacation Planner…I book directly with Disney. Check me out – http://www.facebook.com/wordofmouse