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For the past week, I have been at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

31 Dec

Interested in planning a trip, or do you already have a trip reserved? Keep reading! Over the next week, I will go in depth about each park, talking about my favorite attractions and shows, and explaining why some attractions did not make my “let’s do that again” list.

Leaving before the end of the week? Here’s my top three for each park.

Magic Kingdom

  • The Magic Kingdom Mountain Range – Space, Splash, and Thunder Mountain. Only have time for one? Go for Thunder Mountain in Frontier Land.
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant. Its not a trip to Disney without a ride on this classic.
  • The Mad Tea Party. Again, its a classic. See how fast you can get them to spin!


  • Test Track. Disney joined with Chevrolet, and spiced up this ride with a little design-your-own-car magic and on the ride,  you do “test” the car, and you see how your car ranks along with the others in your group. Really neat!
  • Soarin’ – I’ve been waiting years to get on this ride, and yes, it is awesome. You don’t move much at all, but the sensation IS like you are truly flying. I have been nauseated on some rides like this in the past, but this one wasn’t a problem.
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends. Why? The ride lets out in a giant aquarium, where you’ve got to catch Turtle Talk with Crush, whether or not you have kids. It’s quite funny to hear some of the things that the kids come up with to ask him.

Hollywood Studios

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster! This is probably my favorite roller coaster of all time. Featuring Aerosmith, it’s quite the rockin’ ride. Have you ever hit a loop from the bottom before? This coaster goes from 0-60 mph in under three seconds, and the first thing you hit is a loop.
  • Toy Story Midway Mania. Okay, this ride has been there for at least four years, but this has been the first time we have been able to do it due to a two hour plus wait time. Is it worth the wait? If you’re going for three days, probably not, but if you’re going for five or more, yes!!! It’s an absolute blast.
  • Fantasmic. While this night time show isn’t what it once was, it is definitely worth catching!

Animal Kingdom

  • Expedition Everest. Are you up for a thrilling ride through Mount Everest? It’s quite the adventure, and you’re in for quite a surprise when the Yeti destroys your track.
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris. Not just for animal lovers, this is a wonderful trek through the Kilimanjaro reserve to see their protect animals. There was a baby rhino when we were there! Our guide pointed out a hidden Donald Duck on the lion’s rocks. Ask your guide if s/he knows about it.
  • Finding Nemo: The Musical. Definitely unique, it’s a super cute show combining the hit Finding Nemo, and theatrics. The props that they use are unforgettable.

Here’s just a few additional tips for those staying on Disney property:

  • Don’t forget to use your extra magic hours, especially the evening ones! The wait for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster dropped from 100+ minutes to 40 or less. Thunder Mountain went from 60 minutes to ten. Be sure to have your hotel key on you, though. That’s how they make sure you’re a park guest.
  • If your hotel offers mugs that are free to refill at the resort for every day of your stay, bite the bullet and spend the $15 on the mugs. My family and I calculated it out. By eating lunch and dinner at the resort the first day, and breakfast and lunch at the resort the second day, the mug had already paid for itself, looking at the cost of an individual drink for each meal. Add on the hot chocolate and coffee that we had, and it was well worth the initial cost.
  • Bring two pairs of shoes. This seems little crazy, but if you switch off every day, your feet will be less likely to ache. Trust me, comparing 2011 to 2012 Christmas, all three of us had less achey feet over this past Christmas.
  • Purchase Birnbaum’s Official Guide to Walt Disney World, especially if you have never been there before. It ranks each ride and show, so you can figure out which ones certain members of your party may want to skip, and they also have half day suggestions if you’re traveling with toddlers, because one day is just too much for them. No, I’m not being paid to endorse them, but every year since our very first time vising Disney World, probably fifteen years or so ago, we’ve bought them and they’ve been a huge help.

Be sure to drop by the blog later this week to see what I have to say, much more in depth, about each park!