If You Snooze You May Miss Out At Walt Disney World – Part 1

If You Snooze You May Miss Out At Walt Disney World

Part 1

Walt Disney World isn’t necessarily a vacation in the sense many people think about—to make the most of your time you are not going to be able to sleep in and lounge around.  You can do Walt Disney World that way, but if you do you won’t be able to experience as much of what the resort has to offer.  You can sleep when you get home, Disney is for fun!  Make a park plan that gives you some earlier evenings to make up for the early mornings.  Try plan in a break day to enjoy your resort and to refresh and refuel.  Here are some things you may miss if you choose to snooze!!

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Cooler Temperatures

While this might not matter in parts of November-early March/April, it is of vital importance during the hot, hot, hot days of summer.  Central Florida is hot & humid (this is not breaking news), so one of the best ways to beat the heat is to get up early and get to the parks first thing in the morning.   A plan I have done recently — arrive early (in summer it will still be hot, but not as bad), tour through lunch time, have lunch at your favorite restaurant in one of the parks and return to your resort.  Have some R & R time, visit the pool area at your resort or have a nap.  Return to the one of the parks in the evening.  Most parks have later summer hours.

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More Time

This is an obvious reason.  The earlier you get up and get to the park the more total hours you have to tour the parks and shorter the lines.  Many people on their first visit think 1 day per park is enough, but really even at the parks with fewer attractions a day may be pushing it to see and do everything there.  You want to maximize your ticket value, so get up and get to one of the parks!  Rope Drop to Fireworks!!

Pre-Opening Breakfast

Many people like to take advantage of a pre-park opening breakfast.  A lot of these involve characters like Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom, Akershus Princess Storybook Dining or Garden Grill at Epcot, Tusker House at Animal Kingdom, or Hollywood & Vine at Hollywood Studios, but Be Our Guest at Magic Kingdom is also a contender.  These are often the most sought after breakfast times because you get a few advantages.  1. You are not “wasting” open park attraction time on eating.   2. You may have some photo-ops in a relatively empty park.  3.  Some of the locations put you in an advantageous spot for attractions once the park is officially open.  For instance, Akershus is located just outside the entrance to Frozen Ever After; Garden Grill is just upstairs from Soarin’, and Be Our Guest is right around the corner from 7 Dwarfs Mine Train.  I recently had an 8 am breakfast at Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom.  We were able to take advantage of all three of the above.  No lines at three of our favorite attractions!

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

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‘Once Upon A Time’ Projection Show

‘Once Upon A Time’ Projection Show

 

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In this new show at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Mrs. Potts from “Beauty and the Beast” shares bedtime stories with Chip, taking them (and all of us) on a magical trip through the most adventurous scenes from favorite Disney films like “Cinderella,” “Peter Pan,” “Alice in Wonderland”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, and “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.”

Scenes included are a flight with Peter Pan from London to Never Land and a daring duel between Gaston and Beast. Mrs. Potts and Chip end their bedtime story with a grand finale that includes appearances by characters from even more Disney films.

The show, which was inspired by one of a similar name at Tokyo Disneyland Park, uses projection mapping technology to cover every nook and cranny of Cinderella’s Castle in vibrant images that appear almost three-dimensional.

The show is about 15 minutes and is usually presented just prior to the park’s closing.  I personally just viewed this show and was not disappointed.  It is a must see when visiting Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

As Mrs. Potts and Chip say together, “And they lived happily ever after,” the performance reaches its grand finale. During the grand finale, various characters from Frozen and Lion King also appear. The show ends with an explosive fiery scene.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

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Happily Ever After Fireworks

Happily Ever After Fireworks

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Disney’s brand new “Happily Ever After” fireworks show is an 18-minute spectacle that features moments from classic Disney films such as The Little Mermaid and Aladdin to modern blockbusters Moana and Zootopia. Cinderella’s Castle becomes part of the story itself, with dazzling projections bringing our favorite Disney stories to life on and around the 18-story-tall castle.

 

Characters and scenes from more than 25 Disney films are featured in “Happily Ever After” Fireworks presentation. This new Disney display features state-of-the-art projections, enhanced by more than 50 choreographed spotlights, brilliant lasers and plenty of magical fireworks. “Happily Ever After” through an extremely moving score, brings a message home that anyone can grab hold of their dreams and make them come true as long as they have enough courage to listen to what guides them and brave enough to pursue their destiny.

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The score for “Happily Ever After” was recorded by a 75-piece orchestra in London and includes tunes from a multitude of Disney movies, including AladdinBraveTarzanThe Lion KingThe Little MermaidToy Story and The Princess and the Frog.

I personally thought that Disney’s previous fireworks show “Wishes” would be hard to replace.  I quickly changed my mind after viewing “Happily Ever After”. This show should not be missed on your next trip to Disney World.  It is truly magical.

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If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

 

 

Cool Information About Pirates Of The Caribbean Disney World Part 3

Cool Information About Pirates Of The Caribbean In Disney World

Part 3

 

Name That Tune

Chances are most guests leave Pirates of the Caribbean humming the theme song, “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)”. The lyrics for the now famous tune were written by Francis Xavier Atencio (who also wrote not only the initial script for the attraction, but the script and main song lyrics for the Haunted Mansion ride), while the music was composed by George Bruns, who has written music for many Disney movies. Yo Ho!!

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Updating a Classic

The ride was recently updated on several fronts to give it a bit of a facelift. Characters have been given new, more colorful costumes (and Barbosa’s character is now wearing his outfit from the most recent movie).  Lighting has also been updated to help make the characters pop against their background, and make them easier to see. The animatronics have also been renovated to help them move more naturally and smoothly. Though the figures and scenes themselves haven’t changed, the updated animatronics will make guests feel like they’re seeing a brand new ride!

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Rum and Smoke

Another of the updates to the attraction involves smells on the ride. A guest favorite has long been the musty, dank smell of the water on Pirates of the Caribbean. While this scent can still be noticed in the ride queue, it’s been removed from the ride itself. The good news? It’s been replaced by other, even better, smells, including rum and burning odors.

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If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

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Cool Information About Pirates Of The Caribbean Part 2

Cool Information About Pirates Of The Caribbean Part 2

 

Famous Voices

You’ll notice a lot of familiar voices throughout Pirates of the Caribbean. Of course, all of the actors from the films inspired by the ride voice their respective characters in the attraction. Paul Frees, who was the original voice of Donald Duck’s uncle, as well as the voice of the Ghost Host on Haunted Mansion, provides his voice for some of the other pirates. Then there’s Thurl Ravenscroft, better known as Tony the Tiger, who also voices characters on the ride.

Swashbuckling Secrets

Eagle-eyed guests will notice some hidden gems throughout the ride queue and attraction. While waiting to board your boat, watch for two pirate skeletons playing chess; rumour has it the game is an eternal stalemate! Once the ride begins, one of the skeletons in the beach scene wears one an old costume from Jungle Cruise. Finally, keep an eye out for a pirate resembling Abraham Lincoln – he’s a retired character from the Hall of Presidents.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

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Cool Information About Pirates Of The Caribbean Part 1

Cool Information About Pirates Of The Caribbean

Part 1

Years in the Making

For years before the ride was constructed, there had been plans for a pirate-themed attraction in Disney World. Initially, it was planned as a wax museum, but later it was decided to use audio-animatronics to tell a pirate tale. Pirates of the Caribbean has the honor of being the last attraction that Walt Disney oversaw in Disneyland. Rumor has it that before the ride opened, Disney Imagineers pushed Walt through the ride on a make shift dolly, at the same speed the boats would go on the actual attraction. Disney World’s version of the ride opened in 1973, and has remained one of the most popular attractions in Magic Kingdom to date!

Special Effects

Despite the epic battle and fire spreading through town, the effects used in Pirates are relatively simple. The cannon effects involve flashes of light and air blasts timed with the movement of the prop cannons, making it seem like unseen cannonballs are speeding by.  Guests are even blasted with air at the same time, adding to the effect.  Guests may even feel a spray of water at times.  The “fire” that occurs in town is comprised of fans, lights, and cloth, which combine to make it look like the town is actually on fire.

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Hollywood Influence

It’s common known now that this attraction inspired a hit series of Pirates of the Caribbean movies (made by Disney), which have now in turn influenced the ride itself.  Due to the film’s popularity, their both rides in Disneyland and Disney World were changed to feature everyone’s favorite heroes and villains from the series of movies. You’ll find Captain Jack Sparrow hanging out throughout the ride, and Captain Barbossa also makes an appearance. The mermaids featured in “On Stranger Tides” show up too. Johnny Depp (who plays Captain Jack Sparrow) himself decided to visit Disneyland’s Pirates ride, playing his famous character for unsuspecting guests – so you never know who will show up on this popular attraction.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

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Facts About Walt Disney World Fireworks – Part 4

Facts About Walt Disney World Fireworks – Part 4

There is no better way to end a day at Walt Disney World than with a Fireworks show. No one does fireworks better than Disney. A lot goes into putting on the shows night after night. Here are some more facts and things that you might want to know about the fireworks at Walt Disney World.

Happily Ever After

Wishes Nighttime Spectacular was a much loved fireworks display that delighted guests at the Magic Kingdom for over a dozen years. When it was announced that it was ending, many people thought that it couldn’t be replaced. Disney has outdone themselves with Happily Ever After. The show debuted on May 12, 2017, and the results are amazing. Cinderella Castle becomes the backdrop for the projection show, but that doesn’t mean that the fireworks are scaled back. In fact, they’re bigger and bolder than ever. Seventeen different Disney movies are featured in the show, and the songs have been updated for the score. While most guests will choose to watch from Main Street, U.S.A., there are great viewing areas throughout the Magic Kingdom. Happily Ever After is not to be missed, and even die hard Wishes fans agree that it is incredible.

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If you are planning a trip to Disney World, be sure to include at least one or all of the Fireworks shows in your plans.  You will not regret staying late for any of the shows.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

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Facts About Walt Disney World Fireworks Part 3

Facts About Walt Disney World Fireworks Part 3

No Fireworks at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

While fireworks are the perfect ending to a day at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, or Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the same can’t be said at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Rivers of Light is the nighttime show, but there are no fireworks in it. The reason is simple, Disney does not want the loud fireworks to bother the animals who call the park home.

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IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

At Epcot the end of the night show is IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. Most nights the show takes place at 9:00pm. During the Christmas season it is moved back to 9:30. Fireworks are just one element of IllumiNations. It tells “The Story of Earth”. The tale is in three parts. There is a 350,000 pound globe in the story, and fire shoots 60 feet into the air. The show ends with fireworks in a grand finale that you won’t soon forget.

Disney EPCOT-IllumiNations

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

For years Disney’s Hollywood Studios only had fireworks for special events or holidays. Things changed when Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular debuted. The show received rave reviews from Star Wars fans, but Disney was not done. On June 17, 2016 Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular replaced it. The show uses both fireworks and projection to allow guests to relive some of the top moments from the Star Wars movies. The music of the legendary John Williams adds to the experience. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular is adaptable. Scenes from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have been added, even though the movie was released months after the fireworks debuted. There’s a good chance that there will be more changes, since more Star Wars movies are set to be released.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

Stay tuned for the finale in Part 4.

(Partially taken from DisDining.com)

Facts About Walt Disney World Disney Fireworks – Part 2

Facts About Walt Disney World Fireworks Part 2

There is no better way to end a day at Walt Disney World than with a Fireworks show. No one does fireworks better than Disney. A lot goes into putting on the shows night after night. Here are some more facts and things that you might want to know about the fireworks at Walt Disney World.

Fourth of July Fireworks

Dry Season

During the summer there is a chance of rain most days in Central Florida. The same is not always true during the late winter and spring. Sometimes weeks will go by with no measurable rain, and wild fires start to spring up. At the Magic Kingdom they will water down the pavement to keep down the possibility of fires. The fireworks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are a different story. To keep everyone safe, if the weather has been particularly dry Disney will cut back on the amount of fireworks that they use inside the park.

Two Shows in One Day?

In 2016, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. For the Christmas season, there was a replacement fireworks show called Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!. It ran from the middle of November until the end of the year. While people lined up early for the show, there were also some complaints about there being no Star Wars fireworks. The other show was brought back, and the two both ran most nights through the end of the season. That proves that it is possible to have two fireworks shows running simultaneously in one park. If you consider that there are fireworks in Fantasmic!, that’s three that were running at one time. All three shows were fantastic! Do not miss Fantasmic if you are planning a trip to Disney. Check the schedule at Hollywood Studios for dates and times of the show.

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Holiday Shows

Speaking of the holidays, they are always special at Walt Disney World. Special times call for special fireworks. In the past, there have been themed versions of The Wishes Fireworks show to coincide with Mickey’s two parties. Holiday fireworks also take place to celebrate Independence Day, and to ring in the New Year.

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Stay tuned for more facts about Disney’s fireworks in Part 3.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

(Partially taken from DisDining.com)

 

Facts About Walt Disney World Fireworks Part 1

Facts About Walt Disney World Fireworks Part 1

There is no better way to end a day at Walt Disney World than with a Fireworks show. No one does fireworks better than Disney. A lot goes into putting on the shows night after night. Here are facts and things that you might want to know about the fireworks at Walt Disney World.

Cost

Ever wonder how much it costs to set off all of those fireworks? You’re going to have to keep wondering, because Disney will not release that information. An educated guess is that it costs over $18 million a year. Disney uses over one million fireworks annually, and they are said to be the largest user of fireworks in the United States.

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Launch

Most fireworks use gunpowder for the launch but that is not the case at Walt Disney World. Instead, they use compressed air. There are two reasons for this. First, the launch is higher this way. Second, gunpowder is known for its fumes. There are no extra fumes for guests to breathe in when compressed air is used. That doesn’t mean that you won’t smell anything, the fireworks still burn. It just means that you won’t be breathing in gunpowder fumes.  Much better for the environment!

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Views

While the fireworks shows were created to be viewed inside the parks, it can be hard to fight your way out once they are finished. Great viewing areas for all the major shows can be found outside of the parks as well. The Magic Kingdom Resort Area hotels all sport fantastic places to watch, ask a Cast Member to point you in the right direction. For something extra special, make a dinner reservation at California Grill located in the Contemporary Resort. You’ll then enjoy arguably the best view outside of the Magic Kingdom.  Also, if you are a member of Disney’s Vacation Club, members can enjoy seeing the fireworks at Top of the World Lounge.  If you want to watch the fireworks from Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Epcot, head to the Epcot Resort Area. There are some great spots to watch along Crescent Lake. You don’t even need to be on Walt Disney World property to enjoy the fireworks. They can be seen and heard in many nearby areas, even if you’re miles away.

Fourth of July Fireworks

Stay tuned for more fun facts about Disney Fireworks in Part 2.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

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