May 17, 2017

Disabilities & Disney: Accessibility at Animal Kingdom!

Hello, friends! Today we are finishing up the Disney & Disabilities series, and I just wanted to thank you for joining me! Today we’re talking about the accessibility requirements at Disney’s Animal Kindgom! Keeping in mind that all of the animal “exhibits” are wheelchair accessible, this list might be pretty short! Animal Kingdom is more about the animals then it is about rides. In any case, let’s jump in!

 

Guests may remain in wheelchair

It’s tough to be a bug

Wildlife Express Train

Kilimanjaros Safaris*

Festival of the Lion King

Finding Nemo- The Musical

Flights of Wonder

Character Meets

Rivers of Light

Tree of Life Awakenings

 

 

 

 

 

 

*guests in ECV’s must transfer to a wheelchair, and can ride in a wheelchair. Sidenote- it’s very bumpy, so you should take into consideration if you might be more comfortable in the regular seat or in a wheelchair!

 Accessibility at Animal Kingdom

Guests must transfer to Ride Vehicle

Dinosaur

Expedition Everest

Kali River Rapids

Primeval Whirl

NEW! Avatar Flight of Passage*

NEW! Na’vi River Journey

TriceraTop Spin

 

 

 

 

 

*guests in ECV’s must transfer to a wheelchair, then transfer to ride

NEW- Pandora- The World of Avatar opens May 27th!

Accessibility at Animal Kingdom

 

I have to say I am excited for Pandora to open, from what we could see when we went in November, it’s going to be pretty cool! As you can see, the accessibility information for the two new attractions is already on the website, which is great! I also watched a from The Tim Tracker where he goes into Pandora before it opens, so if you are interested in seeing inside, check out the video here. He and his wife give really honest feedback, and do a great job of showing you around. Spoiler alert: Pandora is gorgeous!

Animal Kingdom is such a fun park to wander and explore! If you think of this park as a half day park, try staying all day next time! With the Tree of Life Awakenings, and Rivers of Light, I think you’ll have a great time! There are so many trails and paths to explore, and everything is so lush and beautiful! I always notice new things.

Accessibility at Animal Kingdom

Other posts in the Disney & Disabilities Series:

Disney & Disabilities: A GREAT Relationship

Disney & Disabilities: Accessibility at Magic Kingdom

Disney & Disabilities: Accessibility at Epcot

Disney & Disabilities: Accessibility at Hollywood Studios

Disney & Disabilities: Accessibility at Animal Kingdom (you’re here!)

If there’s something accessibility related you’d like to see on the blog, please let me know! I’d love to help share as much information as possible, because it might help someone. If you know someone who might find this information helpful, please help to spread the word!

Thank you again for joining me this week!

 

 

Kelsey
May 3, 2017

Disney & Disabilities: Accessibility at Hollywood Studios!

Hello everyone, Happy Wednesday! Today we are continuing on in the Disney & Disabilities post series, and we are going through the attractions at Hollywood Studios and their disability requirements. It might be short and sweet, but I’ll be sharing which rides require guests to transfer from their wheelchair to ride, and which ones they can remain in the wheelchair.

Hollywood Studios is a little bit different than the other parks because of the number or shows, but it’s great in that way for people with disabilities! My sister loves entertainment, so it’s one of her favourite parks to hang out at. And she also loves the thrills! Okay, let’s get started!

What's Accessible at Hollywood Studios

Guests may remain in wheelchair

The Great Movie Ride

Muppet*Vision 3D

Star Wars Launch Bay

Star Wars: Path of the Jedi

Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream

Toy Story Midway Mania*

Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage

All Character Meet & Greets

Disney Junior: Live on Stage

Fantasmic!

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-a-long Celebration

Indiana Jones™ Epic Stunt Spectacular

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectaular (fireworks)

*guests in ECV must transfer to wheelchair, and ride in wheelchair

 

What's Accessible at Hollywood Studios

Guests are required to transfer

Rock’n’Rollecoaster Starring Aerosmith

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

What's Accessible at Hollywood Studios

If you watched the Disney Vlogs, you may have seen the vehicle used for wheelchairs on Toy Story Mania, and it’s still interactive! If you haven’t watched that vlog, you can find it here. We only spent a few hours at Hollywood Studios because of that state it’s in right now (aka all of the construction!), but we still had fun there!

I thought I would also note something that happened on our last trip when we went to see Fantasmic! While we were entering with the regular crowds, because we had a wheelchair with us we got to go to the accessible seating with the FastPass+ seating. Your mileage nay vary with this, and we weren’t expecting anything, but we definitely got a better view. I guess my advice is to walk closer to the inside of the path where you might be more visible 😉

 

Check out the other posts in the Disney & Disabilities series:

Disney & Disabilities: A GREAT Relationship

Disney & Disabilities: Accessibility at Magic Kingdom

Disney & Disabilities: Accessibility at Epcot

Disney & Disabilities: Accessibility at Hollywood Studios (you’re here!)

These posts are short and sweet, but I hope they are helpful for those who need it! If you know someone who might benefit from these posts, share it with them! Also if there are any other disability-related posts you’d like to see here on A Disney Obsession, let me know in the comments!

As always thank you for reading!

Kelsey
April 19, 2017

My 10 Favourite Disney Animated Movies

Hello everyone! This week I thought I would take a break from the Disney & Disabilities post series for something a little more fun. I’m counting down my 10 favourite Disney Animated movies. These do not include Pixar, and the list also includes some honorable mentions, because picking 10 was hard. Okay, let’s get started, and see if you can guess which gets the top spot! Also, this is the 100th post on A Disney Obsession! I just wanted to say a quick thank you, I never thought I would have made it this far! Okay, back to the post at hand, let’s jump in!

My 10 Favourite Disney Animated Movies

#10: The Aristocats

I remember loving this movie so much when I was a kid! When it came to Netflix, I had to watch it! It brought back so many memories. I love the songs, and Marie was a always my favourite. I  had a stuffed animal Marie that I loved! It’s probably still around somewhere.

 

9: Frozen

I had a hard time deciding where to put Frozen in this list! I still love this movie, but I think it’s a little overrated especially with a certain newer movie that came out last year. Basically, Sven is the reason I love this movie so much! And I love anything Sven. I still love the music and could watch it again and again, but it had to get pushed down the list a bit.

8: Lilo & Stitch

I love the story of Lilo and Stitch, and the message it sends. Plus, I love Stitch just in general. We have a Stitch cookie jar in our kitchen, and it always makes me smile! Ethan hadn’t seen Lilo & Stitch until maybe last year, when I finally made him watch it. I also love the music in the film, and remember watching the special features when we got the DVD with my sister.

7: Tarzan

Tarzan really doesn’t get a lot of recognition, but it’s a Disney movie Ethan and I both love! My family has the soundtrack, so one of my favourite parts has always been the music.

6: The Lion King

A classic, and a perfect example of the Disney music I grew up with! I remember I had a cassette tape in our van that had music from The Lion King, Sailor Moon and other things, and I just loved listening to it. I still love to go back and watch the classics once in a while.

5: Hercules

Hercules was a Disney movie that I never owned on VHS! When I was around 7or 8, I would go to a babysitters house after school and watch Hercules every day. Yep, every. day. I was obsessed! I still love it so much and think it deserves more credit than it’s given. They still can’t watch it, because I watched it too much. In their opinion anyway 🙂

4: Moana

I can’t remember the last time I was this obsessed with a Disney movie! So it had to get a top spot on this list. I love the direction Disney movies are headed, and the story and music in Moana are top notch! I can’t get enough of it, if you haven’t noticed with how often I bring it up around here 🙂

3: Tangled

Another newer film that ranks right up there for me! The story, the characters (Pascal and Maximus!), and the music. Plus Mandy Moore! And the lantern scene is one of the greatest moments in a Disney movie ever. I just love Tangled. I remember when I went to Walt Disney World with my high school, where I first saw a poster for Tangled. We were at Hollywood Studios in the animation building meeting The Incredibles, and on the wall there was the first poster. It just had Rapunzel’s tower and I think her hair, but I just distinctly remember that!

2-Aladdin

Aladdin has always been my second favourite. I love the story, the music, the characters, and can watch it over and over. When we didn’t have a working VHS player, I remember going years without watching it, and when it finally came back on DVD, I got to see it again! I probably watched it more than my #1 because we always had it on VHS, actually!

1- The little mermaid

The Little Mermaid has always been, and probably will always be my favourite Disney movie. I’ve loved it for as long as I can remember. I remember when I didn’t have it on VHJS so I would always watch it at my cousins house. Then I got it on VHS, and lost it! I was so happy when they announced a ride was coming to Magic Kingdom, and it was the first thing Ethan and I did on our first trip just the two of us in 2013. Ethan even videotaped my face on that ride-through. I was a happy camper! Voyage of The Little Mermaid at Hollywood Studios (or MGM back then) was also the first thing I ever did in Walt Disney World! Ariel has a special place in my heart.

Honorable mentions

Of course I can’t just narrow it down to 10 Disney Movies, so I’ve listed a few honorable mentions as well 🙂

Oliver and company- I remember watching this movie all the time when I was a kid! It took a while for me to realize the story it was mirroring, but I always loved it! I’m not really a cat person, but it I could have a cat, I would want to have Oliver.

Beauty and the Beast- I think I didn’t watch Beauty and the Beast a lot when I was a kid because my sister was scared of it, but it’s really grown on me in the last few years. I think it’s one of the Disney movies I’ve watched most often in the last few years. And I think Gaston might be my favourite Disney villain.

Cinderella- I can’t quite put my finger on what I love about this movie. It’s like it relaxes me, and just brings a smile to my face. There’s not a ton of music in it, but I do love what is there. Plus Gus-Gus! 😀

The Sword in the Stone- Another one I loved watching when I was a kid! I don’t remember much about it and haven’t watched it in a long time, but I will watch it soon!
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Thank you for joining me today in my count down! I didn’t really realize how many Disney movies there are until I had to pick 10! I think I picked a few that aren’t always given the credit I think they deserve. I also think a persons favourite Disney movie says a lot about them, so I’d love to know what some of your favourite Disney movies are, let me know in the comments!

 

 

Kelsey