December 9, 2015

My Top 10 Rides at Walt Disney World: Part 2

Did you miss Part 1? Check that out here.  Everyone has their favourites, so I thought I would let you in on my favourite attractions. If you were to find me in the parks, I would mostly be riding these, or seeing my favourite shows. Keep an eye out for that list soon! Let’s get on with the list!

Toy Story Midway Mania

5. Toy Story Midway Mania

I seriously love this ride! The queue is so detailed, and where you board the ride you feel like you are in Andy’s room! I always try to beat Ethan (which I have yet to do), and will ride it over and over just to try. You’ll need a Fastpass+ for this one, otherwise you could be waiting over an hour. My favourite time to ride is either first thing in the morning or at night during Extra Magic Hours. I will walk off the ride and get right back in line. This ride is also amazing because of how accommodating it is. In 2012 I went with my family, and as you may already know that includes my sister Alex who is in a wheelchair. They have vehicles that accommodated her custom chair! They even have an adapted system for the “cannons” that include a button to push instead of pulling the string. During this trip Alex wasn’t feeling very well, but this ride made her smile. Check out the picture below (the quality isn’t the greatest but it will give you an idea of the adapted car. You can also sort of see the buttons on the triggers, the button is yellow on the green cannon).

Toy Storia Mania Car

 

4. Soarin’

I love Soarin’ so much that it is the only attraction that made in into the “What I Love..” series, which you can read here. Again this is an attraction that is really special to me because of Alex. This is something that she would never get to experience in real life, but to see her face when it feels like you are hang-gliding, is pretty amazing. I love the views and the smells, but the music is the best. Soarin’ is going under refurbishment in the new year, and will re-open in the summer with a new “movie”. It will be called Soarin’ Around the World. While I’m sad to see the original show go, I have to admit that it will better fit the theme of Epcot. I do hope the score stays the same!

3. Tower of Terror

It’s just the best! I love how detailed everything is, and if you are a fan of The Twilight Zone you might recognize some nods to the series in line! I’m usually a complete wimp, so I feel mighty brave when I go on this one. I love that’s it’s not just a drop zone, but it has a storyline to it. And the view at the top? You can’t beat it! Just remember to keep your eyes open!

You're about to enter... The Twilight Zone.

You’re about to enter… The Twilight Zone.

2. The Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion is such a great attraction, it’s definitely a classic. I remember the first time I rode it when I was 5, and after seeing the Disneyland version on the Sing-a-long songs VHS I mentioned in part 1, I really wanted to go on it. So my Mom and I went, and I closed my eyes the entire time. Alex was always scared of that scene growing up, so I think it got to me a little. At least, that’s the excuse I’m going with. Now, it’s one of my favourite rides. The details are amazing, and I love the technology used throughout the ride. During my trip in February, we went on this ride and got to hear some details about how they pull off the effects. Don’t worry, I won’t ruin it for you! But you might recognize the voice of Madame Leota from two Disney Movies, I’ll give you a chance to find a video and put the answer at the bottom of the post!

1. Splash Mountain

Zip-a-Dee-Do-Dah indeed! Splash Mountain is my #1. In my opinion, you get the most bang for your buck with this ride. At almost 10 minutes in length, you really escape the lines and the park, and are immersed in the attraction. I love the characters and the story, and it doesn’t help that the water is refreshing during a hot Florida day! The queue is extremely detailed, and the ride is too! I love the music, and find something new every time I ride. It’s always funny after the big drop to see who get’s splashed the worst! In February Ethan and I rode at night (which was a first for me, and there was no line!) and has our rain jackets. During the big drop I had my hood up and crouch over, while Ethan got hit right in the face with a wave. It was hilarious! It’s always different with who gets wet, which makes it more fun. I love that even after you take the plunge, there is still more of the ride left, and the best song kicks in! I can never pass up a ride on Splash Mountain. It just brings me a lot of joy. At the top of that hill, seeing the castle straight ahead is just perfect. That’s about the best word I can find to describe it.

Br'er Rabbit

What is your favourite attraction in Walt Disney World? Let me know in the comments!

And  the answer to the question of The Haunted Mansion: Madame Leota is voiced by Eleanor Audrey, who also voices Lady Tremaine from Cinderella and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty! Another fun fact about Madame Leota: the voice is done by Eleanor Audrey, but her face is that of Leota Toombs. You can find her voice (which was too high for Madame Leota) near the end of the attraction. She is a ghost sitting on a door frame saying “hurry baccck, don’t forget your death certificate”.

Thanks for reading,

Kelsey

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