Sunday, April 13, 2014

Haunted Mansion Ride Through, March 2, 2014

The Haunted Mansion is one of the original attractions at the Magic Kingdom.  It's located at Liberty Square next to the Liberty Bell Riverboat ride and across from the Columbia Harbour House Quick Service Restaurant.  You currently can get FastPass + on this attraction so that you can have a minimal wait to board the ride.  The Haunted Mansion has interactive activities in the standby queue when you get closer to the entrance to mansion.  Once you get through the entrance.  The cast members bring you to a room where they ask you to go to the "dead center".  Once everyone is in the room, the doors close and a "ghost host" tells you about the room that you are in.  You then see the painting stretch and reveal a funny ending to the person pictured in the painting.  Then the "ghost host" turns out all the lights and tells you to find the way out.

Inside the stretching room

Once the room doors open, you are led to the line where you wait to board the omnimover vehicle.  Once you are in omnimover, you will enjoy a guided tour through the haunted mansion.  I have taken video of the ride, including the stretching room.  A lot of the ride is in the dark.  My video camera had a hard time focusing on some of the things in the mansion.  I apologize ahead of time if you are not able view parts of the video.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Affection Station at Rafiki's Planet Watch at Animal Kingdom - March 3, 2014

Animal Kingdom would not be the Animal Kingdom without the animals that the park features in it's attractions and throughout the green areas of the park.  One of the attractions that features animals is Affection Station.  It allows visitors to get really up close to an animal and pet it.  Affection Station is Disney World's version of a petting farm.  Visitors not only can pet an animal, they can also brush their hair using brushes that are available throughout Affection Station.

A goat roaming around
The animals that were available for petting were goats, sheep, and potbelly pigs.  To pet these animals, they need to be roaming around and not in their roped off areas where they feed on treats and drink water.  Visitors are not able to feed the animals.  There were other animals at Affection Station that visitors could look at, but were caged off to prevent them from being petted.  These animals were mules, cows, and donkeys.  Here is video of the animals that I could get up close to.

Before you exit Affection Station, visitors should wash their hands at the washing stations located near the exit doors.  Also, check the bottom of your shoes to make sure you clean up the animal droppings that you might have accidentally stepped on.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It's a Small World from Row 6 at Disney World - March 2, 2014

I previously posted to this blog a ride video of the It's a Small World ride from back in 2009 (It's A Small World ride video from the Magic Kingdom - December 2009).  I recently went back to the Magic Kingdom on March 2, 2014 to take another ride video of It's a Small World.  One difference that I did notice before entering the standby ride line was the addition of the new FastPass + gates.  The other difference that I noticed were the locations of the line for entering and exiting the line.  If you look at the video from 2009, you will see that people board the boat from the right side of the boat, and then exist the boat from the left.  In the video that I took in March, you will notice that people board the boat from the left side of the boat, and exit from the right side of the boat.  I was assigned Row 6, which is the last row on the boat.

The Animatronics inside It's a Small World

The animatronics inside the ride seem unchanged since I last created a video of the ride back in 2009.  The same "It's a Small World" song continuously loops throughout the entire boat ride. No additional scenes and animatronics were added.  This is a classic ride that all visitors should ride at least once.  It allows the entire family to enjoy a leisurely boat ride.  Here is the video of ride that I took on March 2, 2014.

Gi-Tar Dan outside of Conservation Station at Rafiki's Planet Watch - March 3, 2014

On March 3, 2014, I decided to start my day at Disney's Animal Kingdom,  It's been a while since I've visited Rafiki's Planet Watch so I wanted to see what has changed in that area.  I took the Wilderness Express train from Africa to get to Rafiki's Planet Watch.  I got off the Wilderness Express train and headed to the Conservation Station.  Once I got to the Conservation Station, I noticed a man playing a guitar and singing a song to a family.  As I got closer to the man, I recognized that this was the same man that used to entertain guests at Camp Minnie-Mickey.  The man calls himself Gi-Tar Dan and has entertained visitors inside the Animal Kingdom for many years.

Gi-Tar Dan

I wondered what Animal Kingdom would do with him when Camp Minnie-Mickey was being converted as part of the Avatarland expansion.  Now we can continue to enjoy his guitar playing and singing outside of the Conservation Station.  Here's a small clip of Gi-Tar Dan entertaining a family.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Main Street Electrical Parade - March 2, 2014

The Main Street Electrical Parade has been a long time favorite of mine.  The night time parade has been at the Magic Kingdom since the opening of the Magic Kingdom.  However, for a period of time, the parade was replaced with the Spectromagic parade.  I liked Spectromagic, but I felt that it should not have replaced the Main Street Electrical Parade.  To me, the Main Street Electrical Parade was a tradition that was enjoyed by millions of people that visited the park.  I was happy when Disney World decided to bring it back as the main night time parade.  Now I can enjoy the parade once again!

My mom took these photos of the parade when we watched it on March 2, 2014.

Two things make me always want to watch the parade: The floats with the many moving lights, and the amazing unforgettable soundtrack.  Visitors of all ages enjoy this parade.  I took video of it so that you can also share in the Main Street Electrical Parade.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mulch, Sweat and Shears at Disney Hollywood Studios - March 3, 2014

The Mulch, Sweat and Shears lineup at 6:25pm
On March 3, 2014, I had the opportunity to watch not one, but two Mulch, Sweat and Shears performances at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  My mom and I were at Disney's Hollywood Studios to take a drawing course at the Animation Academy.  We were able to catch their performance at 6:25pm and at 9:05pm.  What I did not know is there were different versions of the lineup that performed that night.  Each lineup did different styles of songs and had a different lead singer.  Both lineups had comedy that they did as part of their act.  Mulch, Sweat and Shears performances are awesome.  They cover songs from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and now.  I have video of both performances so that you can see the differences between the lineups.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid Ride Through from the FastPass+ line - March 2, 2014

Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid is a family dark ride that is located in New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom.  Disney's California Adventure has the same ride.  The biggest difference is the queue line.  Disney World has built a great interactive queue for the visitors that will visit it when lines are 40 minutes or more.  We had the opportunity to take the FastPass + line.  We walked on the ride without having to go through the long queue.  The ride contains a lot of cool animatronics.  I made a video of the full ride experience from FastPass + line.