Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

July 30, 2014

Disneyland Hotel Signature Suites

Disneyland Hotel Signature Suites

Want a look inside the Disneyland Hotel Signature Suites? These 5 very special Disneyland Hotel Signature Suites are available (at a price of course) and now you can take a sneak peak inside when you watch this new video:

The Disneyland Hotel Fairy Tale Suite is a dream come true. Tinker Bell will magically greet you at the door as you enter this suite fit for a Princess and her Prince.

Disneyland Fairy Tale Suite

The canopied King Size bed is lavishly decorated. My favorite part of the suite has to be the amazing bathroom. Lots of ornate decoration in muted colors.

Disneyland hotel fairy tale suite

Of course it has a huge tub and a television which magically appears in the mirror.

The Pirates of the Caribbean Suite starts with the theme as soon as you arrive with the doorbell that plays Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life For Me.

Disneyland Hotel Pirates of the Caribbean Suite

The decor is rich dark woods, with luxurious soft furnishings. You would of course expect to find treasures inside the Pirate Suite and you won’t be disappointed. Look closely and you will find many pirate themed items including a replica of Captain Jack Sparrow’s revolver.

The Pirates of the Caribbean Suite has a living room and two bedrooms. The master bedroom has a very opulently decorated four poster bed. The kids will be happy in the second bedroom which of course has a pirate theme.

Thankfully the Pirates of the Caribbean Suite has rather more updated bathroom features than you would find on a Pirate Ship and includes a Jacuzzi tub and steam shower.

Or would you prefer the Disneyland Hotel Big Thunder Mountain Suite?

Disneyland Hotel Big Thunder Mountain Suite

Push the doorbell and you will hear the sound of howling wolves. Push a button on the wall and you will hear sounds from the classic Big Thunder Mountain attraction. You will have all the luxury and amenities that you would expect including a flat screen television that conceals art work, a surround sound system, and of course lots of mine train artifacts.

There are 2 bedrooms in the Big Thunder Mountain Suite. Lots of dark wood and comfortable furnishing which give a rustic theme.

Big Thunder Mountain Suite Bathroom

This bathroom in the Big Thunder Mountain Suite has a wonderful copper bath. And of course there is a television screen concealed in the bathroom mirror so you can watch your favorite Disney movies while soaking in the tub.

How about staying in the Mickey Mouse Penthouse Suite in the Disneyland Hotel?

Disneyland Hotel Mickey Mouse Penthouse Suite

This suite has a very modern feel and is decorated in the Mickey Mouse colors of black, white, red and yellow. This has to be the least favorite for me. The master bedroom features a King bed, whilst the kids will love the round bed in their room.

The master bathroom has a steam shower, Jacuzzi tub and of course a television concealed in the mirror.

The Adventureland Suite at the Disneyland Hotel takes it’s inspiration from the Jungle Cruise and the Enchanted Tikki Room in the parks.

Disneyland Hotel Adventureland Suite

There is a beautiful four poster king bed in the master bedroom on the Adventureland Suite. Dark woods and lavish fabrics evoke a jungle safari feel – with a lot of luxury of course. An unusual feature is the claw foot bath in the bedroom. The second bedroom is a kids dream as the design makes it feel as though you are sleeping in a safari tent.

The best feature of the Adventureland Suite is the stone grotto. An amazing steam and rain shower which even has light and sound effects.

Disney Adventureland Suite

If you want to enquire about prices and availability of any of the Disneyland Hotel Signature Suites please call (714) 956-6425.

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Which of the Disneyland Signature Suites would you like to stay in?

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride More Details Revealed By Disney

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride

Disney fans are eagerly awaiting the opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride in Disney’s Magic Kingdom New Fantasyland. Still no details on when the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride will actually open but here is a great video which shows the process of designing and painting the vehicles for this attraction.

Watch as Imagineers Ben VanBeusekon and Mary MacEachin reveal more details about the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction:

As always the attention to detail on the ride looks amazing. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride vehicles may take up to a week to paint. Each vehicle on the ride is slightly different – just as it would be on a real mine train.

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride is going to be a very different experience as the vehicles move back and forth as they move forward. All adding to the authenticity of the ride.

“The authenticity in a ride car is absolutely crucial in the storytelling. In order to immerse the guests into the story and actually have them believe that they are in the mine train with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, it has to be right down to the detail.” said Van Beusekon

The ride with be a family attraction rather than a scary thrill ride. Something less intense than Disney’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will run outside and then go inside through the mine tunnels. The attraction looks amazing from the video.

I just wish that they would announce the date for the opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train!

Are you looking forward to riding the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train?

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Top 10 Disney Magic Kingdom Rides for Seniors

What are the Top 10 Disney Magic Kingdom rides for seniors? When we think of Disney World many think that it is a place just for children but really it is for everyone of any age. Whether you are traveling with family or making the trip to Walt Disney World by yourselves it really can be The Happiest Place on Earth for seniors too.

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So here is a Top 10 list of attractions which may particularly appeal to seniors in Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

Jungle Cruise

This 10 minute boat tour is one of the original Disney World rides which opened in 1971. Guests board a boat and take a trip down The Amazon, The Congo, The Nile and The Macong River. Along the way you will encounter lots of animatronic animals including elephants, monkeys, snakes and hippos. The main attraction of the Jungle Cruise is your guide. Corny jokes abound but it is all good fun for all ages.

This is a Fast Pass attraction so make use of that if you can. Lines can get pretty long but they do move quickly as the boats are loaded. The line area is under cover but it can get pretty hot in the waiting area so make sure you get a Fast Pass if the line is over 20 minutes.

Peter Pan’s Flight

This wonderful ride will take you flying over the streets of London in a magical flying pirate ship. The theme is of course the story of Peter Pan. You will fly over scenes from the story and encounter Captain Hook , The Crocodile and Mr Smee.

Peter Pan’s Flight is one of the most popular Magic Kingdom attractions. It also has one of the longest wait times anywhere in a Disney park. Make sure that you get a Fast Pass. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the line is shorter than the published wait time – there is a hidden element to the line which you only discover once you have been standing in it for quite a while!

Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin

Fight the evil Emperor Zurg on this fun Tomorrowland attraction. Guests board a 2 person space cruiser to start their journey through 10 very colorful scenes. As one of Buzz LIghtyear’s Junior Space Rangers you use the laser guns to shoot at the targets. When you hit one of the targets you will get points. At the end of the ride you can compare your scores on the Space Ranger board to see how you measure up to your fellow Rangers.

This ride is a lot of fun and brings out the competitor in most everyone of all ages. Often you will be tempted to go back to improve your score!

This is a Fast Pass attraction. The line does move quickly most of the time but if it is over 20 minutes get a Fast Pass. Most of the line is indoors but if it is extending outside then get a Fast Pass.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the original and best of all of the Disney World attractions. This should be on everyone’s must see list whatever their age.

Guests board a 15 passenger boat to take an almost 9 minute water ride to encounter the Pirates of the Caribbean. There is a small drop in the dark but nothing too scary. You will glide past over 100 animatronic figures and encounter a pirate attack complete with explosions. All good fun and set to a song which will probably remain with you forever!

There isn’t a Fast Pass for this ride but lines tend to move quickly. Another great feature is that the line is completely under cover so you can escape from the Florida heat for a while.

Carousel of Progress

There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow. So goes the song which is sung throughout this original and very nostalgic Magic Kingdom attraction. The attraction is set in a huge revolving theater which takes you from around the beginning of the 1900s to what is meant to be the present day. There are 4 scenes which represent the different generations of one family. At the end of each scene the theater rotates and you move to the next one.

This is one of those thought provoking attractions which appeals to most ages. The animatronics figures tell the story of how technology has changed their lives, from the invention of electricity to the technology of the present day (well to the mid 90s anyway).

This is one of those attractions that you should see at least once but probably won’t be on your list of things to do again. The lines are generally very short.

It’s A Small World

A Disney classic and a must see on anyones list, but this will particularly appeal to seniors. A slow moving indoor boat ride past hundreds of animatronic dolls happily singing a song about the unity of the world. This is a Disney World classic and was the last ride to be overseen by Walt himself. The one warning is that you will probably never be able to get the song out of your head!

There is no Fast Pass for It’s A Small World but the lines do tend to move pretty fast as it loads continuously. If the lines are outside the building then wait until later in the day, or during a parade when lines should be shorter.

The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh

This is a gentle and colorful ride through the whimsical world of Winnie the Pooh and friends. Guests board a 4 person vehicle (or Hunny Pot) and head off on a short but sweet ride with Winnie the Pooh on his search for his pot of honey.

Wait times can be long for this popular ride and the line is outside so get a Fast Pass or ride early or late in the day. Often you will get a surprise Fast Pass for Mickey’s PhilharMagic show so be sure that you stop by and watch this very entertaining attraction too.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover

This is a great place to give you a wonderful overview of the park and have a much needed rest after walking around the Magic Kingdom! I always advise people of all ages to take a break on the Transit Authority as it is a relatively quiet and restful place to sit down for a while.

Walt Disney was fascinated by innovative transport systems. The Transit Authority is a 10 minute ride on a track above Tomorrowland which gives you great views of Cinderella’s Castle. It even takes you right through Space Mountain so that you can see the ride vehicles flashing by and often hear the screams of the passengers! If you want to go around again the Cast Members are usually fine with this unless there is a line.

Wait times for Transit Authority tend to be short at most times of the day.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

If you enjoy mild roller coasters then Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a great option for seniors. It is thrilling rather than scary, but be aware that it is bumpy with twists and turns so if you have any of the health problems listed on the warning then you should avoid the ride.

The theming on the ride is some of the best in the whole of Walt Disney World. You board a runaway mine train for a 3 and a half minute fun ride at speeds of up to 30 miles an hour. There are no big drops but there are 3 small dips and plenty of twists and turns.

There is a Fast Pass for Big Thunder Mountain. Lines can be up to 60 minutes so make sure you ride early, late or get a Fast Pass.

Splash Mountain

If you don’t mind getting wet then head for Splash Mountain. Take the warnings seriously – there is a serious risk you will get absolutely drenched!

The ride is based on the 1946 Disney classic movie Song of the South. Lots of cheerful animatronic characters and scenes with Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox. The tune is very catchy and you will be sure to be singing it by the end of this ride.

Guests board 8 passenger logs for this 11 minute ride. There are several climbs, drops, and twists but of course the major event is the 5 story 40 mph drop.

There is a Fast Pass for Splash Mountain. If you plan to ride both this and Big Thunder Mountain then get a Fast Pass for the one that you aren’t riding.

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Disney World Roller Coasters

When you think of Disney World you probably think of Mickey Mouse and Cinderella. But don’t overlook the Disney World roller coasters. You will find some of the world’s most innovative and family oriented roller coasters in Walt Disney World.

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Disney World is known for it’s mountains. You will find Disney classic roller coasters Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain at Magic Kingdom. Disney’s newest mountain, Expedition Everest is in Animal Kingdom. If you want to accelerate from 0 to 57 mph in just 2.8 seconds and experience more G Force than a Shuttle launch then Aerosmith’s Rock N Roller Coaster at Disney Hollywood Studios is the place to be. Of course Disney has something for all ages and the little ones can enjoy Goofy’s Barnstormer in Magic Kingdom.

Which Disney World roller coaster travels at just 28 mph but is probably the best known of all? Which train gives you the most thrilling ride on Big Thunder Mountain? And how can you spend less time in line and more time enjoying the attractions?

Disney World Space Mountain

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Space Mountain is perhaps the best known and best loved Disney World roller coaster. It is located in Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom. It opened on January 15th 1975 and has been one of Disney World’s most popular rides ever since. Space Mountain is a roller coaster in the dark which relies heavily on Disney Imagineering for it’s appeal. Riders are surprised to learn that the top speed of Space Mountain is just 28 miles per hour. The steepest drop is 39 degrees. But it’s twists and turns and unexpected drops make is one of the best loved and most popular Disney World rides.

There are 2 roller coaster tracks inside Space Mountain – Alpha and Omega. But no need to be concerned about which side that you get as both offers the same experience.

Best loved of course means long lines. So make use of the Fast Pass system when you can. Space Mountain is the first attraction that many people head to when arriving at Magic Kingdom. It is often a good idea not to just be one of the crowd – so if you want to cut down your wait time make sure that you head to Tomorrowland for a Fast Pass as soon as you arrive. Another tactic is to wait until nearer park closing to see how long the line is.

The height restriction for Space Mountain is 44″ and children under the age of 7 must have an adult with them. If you have a child too small or just too scared to ride then use the Child Swap facility where one parent can ride and the other waits. The waiting parent can then swap and enter the Fast Pass Line. Ask a Cast Member for details before joining the line.

Disney Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Disney - Big Thunder Mountain

Disney’s Big Thunder Mountain is located in Frontierland is Magic Kingdom. This is another Disney classic having first appeared in Disneyland. The theme is a cursed runaway train in the abandoned town of Tumbleweed, an old gold rush town which was deserted following a flash flood. Big Thunder Mountain is wonderfully themed and the attention to detail is as you would expect from Disney, exceptional. The mountain is inspired by the landscape of Utah and Arizona’s Monument Valley.

The Big Thunder Mountain train reaches speeds of up to 30 miles an hour and there are 3 significant dips. The ride is 3 minutes long, Nothing really scary though so this one is usually fine to take the youngest of the kids provided they meet the 40″ height requirement. Guests who do not enjoy the larger roller coasters will usually enjoy Big Thunder Mountain. So even if you usually say no to roller coasters you may want to give Big Thunder Mountain a try.

Those looking for the more thrilling experience should ask the Cast Member is they can ride on the back.

Big Thunder Mountain is an entirely different experience after dark. If you have experienced it in the day time be sure to go back at night if you have the time,

It is one of the most popular rides in Magic Kingdom so be sure to use the Fast Pass system.

Rock N Roller Coaster

Disney - Rock N Roller Coaster

The Aerosmith Rock N Roller Coaster is one of the most popular rides in Walt Disney World. Located in Disney Hollywood Studios this 80 foot tall 2 minute 2 second indoor roller coaster ride accelerates from 0-57 mph in 2.8 seconds. Rock N Roller coaster is a ride which will satisfy even the most serious of adrenaline seekers.
You will experience between 4 and 5 G Force depending on where you sit in the ride.

Rock N Roller coaster may be a thrill ride but it is very much a Disney experience. The inspiration was the music of Aerosmith. Guests will first step into the G-Force Recording Studio to meet their rock and roll hosts. You will learn that Aerosmith need to leave quickly to speed their way to their next concert. You will travel in a special stretch limo as their guests.

The Aerosmith Rock N Roller Coaster features a specially recorded sound track which you will hear through special speakers mounted in your stretch limo vehicle. It almost takes your mind of the fact that you are speeding around the track at anywhere at up to 57 mph and going through 3 inversions. Well almost but not quite!

This is a pretty intense ride for Disney World and some guests may change their mind in the loading area. The sight of the stretch limo accelerating away at such speed is a little too much for some. If you decide it is all too much then just tell a Cast Member and they will show you how to exit.

Rock N Roller Coaster is a popular ride. A Fast Pass is available for this ride and there is also a Single Rider Line. Make use of both of these facilities if you can. Rock N Roller Coaster is right by Hollywood Tower of Terror so when you arrive in the park look at the board for the wait times on both of them and decide which to ride first and which to get a Fast Pass for.

There is a height requirement for Rock N Roller Coaster of 48 inches. A Child Swap is available. If there is a member of your party too small, young or just plain scared to ride the attraction then one of you can stand in line while the other waits with the child. Then after the first person has experienced the ride the other can get into the Fast Pass Line. You must ask a Cast Member for a Child Swap pass before you get in line.

Disney Expedition Everest

Disney - Expedition Everest HDR (Explored)

Head on over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the newest roller coaster. In keeping with Disney tradition Expedition Everest is another mountain attraction. It debuted on April 7th 2006 and took Disney Imagineers 6 years to research and build. As you would expect the attention to detail is amazing. The line for Expedition Everest is worth seeing even if you don’t want to experience the attraction!

Even though it is named after the great mountain, the ride is not meant to be a copy of the real Mount Everest. It is a fictional Forbidden Mountain which takes it’s inspiration from the story of the Yeti. Disney Imagineers created the most complex animatronic figure for the Yeti – unfortunately it always broke down quite a bit and is at the time of writing not working!

This is a roller coaster with twists, turns and drops. Definitely not one for the faint hearted. Yes it has the fabulous Disney touch, but at heart it is a fairly serious thrill experience.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this roller coaster is like Big Thunder Mountain – it is much more intense. Disney does emphasize that this is a family ride and many children do love it. But just be aware that some children also find it quite scary – just use your best judgment and remember that you can always use the Child Swap facility if your little one either doesn’t meet the 44″ height requirement of just doesn’t want to ride.

As you would expect Disney’s Expedition Everest is a popular ride. Head straight there when you enter the park in the morning if you want to skip the lines. Use a Fast Pass and the Single Rider line to save time.

There are so many great roller coasters in Walt Disney World. Whether you want the speed of Rock N Roller Coaster or the classic Space Mountain there is a Disney World roller coaster for everyone.

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