Podcast Episode 140: Our Disney Opinions

Just like most people, we love to share our opinions.  This week we’re giving you our opinions on lots of Disney attractions!  We cover rides, shows, fireworks, you name it!   Listen in to hear which attractions we love, hate, and what give us ALL the feels!

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Podcast Episode 132: March Madness of Disney Rides

It’s that time of year again!  Time to pit our Disney favorites up against each other to see which one reigns supreme! This time, we’re comparing our favorite Walt Disney World rides.  Find out which of these 16 attractions we voted as our number one favorite.  We think you’ll be surprised by which one comes out on top!

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Podcast Episode 128: Before And After – Which Is Better?

This week we discuss the changes Walt Disney World has undergone over the years and whether we liked it before the changes or after.  You might be surprised by some of our answers!

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Podcast Episode 126: Best Walt Disney World Queues

Nobody likes to stand in line when they’re on vacation, neither do we.  We understand that frustration so we’ve compiled our list of the best attraction queues at Walt Disney World!

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Awaken Summer: EPCOT

Thanks to Disney Travel Professionals for the photo.

Thanks to Disney Travel Professionals for the photo.

Yes, Awaken Summer is almost here and so many changes and fun events and new stuff is coming to Disney! It is going to be fantastic. Who is more excited than me? Probably someone going soon. I turned in my WDW card for a DCL card for the Summer and starting to question it with all the new comings (and goings!) But, hey it will still be there in the Fall – I hope!

So, for EPCOT they are going to have a few MASSIVE things to celebrate Awaken Summer!

First, Soarin’ is about to re-open. Now, they did refurbish the Soarin’ ride in two ways – first IMG_3179they added an extra theater and so that is going to help the lines tremendosly. Second, they changed the movie from Soarin’ Over California to Soarin’ Over the World. If you have been missing the old Cali version you can watch that up until June 17th when the brand new Soarin’ Over the World debuts at Disneyland in California and Epcot at Walt Disney World. For this attraction we are giving the premiere not to our friends at Shanghai Disneyland and letting them show it first on their grand opening June 16th! Watch out for some new smells and all new video. Very Exciting!

Speaking of helping Soarin’ lines, one thing that is not going to help the lines is the opening of the new Frozen Ever After ride in Norway. Reason this will change the lines at Soarin’ is it is a new ride that is another Tier 1 – so choose new Soarin’ or new Frozen? EEK! This ride in Norway is taking place in Arendale and replaces a crowd favorite Maelstrom – so big shoes to fill!

Another Frozen addition (because how can you have too much Frozen? Well, let me show you how…nope never mind!) You can not meet and greet with Anna and Elsa at Epcot at the Royal Sommerhus, also in Norway. There are no fastpass+ available for this meet and greet. Oh, and I guess I should add since Anna and Elsa are going to be in Epcot they will no longer be in Walt Disney World for meet and greets – well, clearly they can not be in two places at once?!

 

Refurbishments! Just out!!

Yes, it is always nerve-wracking to check refurbishment lists as you get closer and closer to your magical vacation. Will you favorite rides be running smooth or getting a paint job (or an extra track!) Though it can be disappointing to see it is a good thing. Disney keeps on top of all of their attractions to make sure they are in good, safe, and beautiful working condition. All it means to see your favorite ride is down is to start planning a future trip.

Magic Kingdom Park

Best Ride of All –

Monorail –                                                                                              Now to April 2016

According to Disney: “The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available.”

Epcot

Soarin’ –                                                                                    Jan. 4, 2016 – Summer 2016

Circle of Life –                                                                                       Feb. 7 – Apr. 2, 2016

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Pizza Planet –                                                                                       Feb. 7 – Apr. 2, 2016

Toy Story Midway Mania –  1 Day Only                                                         Mar. 15, 2016

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure –  Closing Permanently    Apr. 3, 2016

Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show –  Closing Permanently       Apr. 3, 2016

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

Flights of Wonder –                                                                          Jan. 25 – Mar. 31, 2016

Warung Outpost –                                                                            Jan. 25 – Mar. 17, 2016

Boneyard –                                                                                        Feb. 22 – Mar. 19, 2016

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Annual Refurbishment –                                                                    Jan. 4 – Mar. 19, 2016

 Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

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Resorts

Bay Lake Tower at The Contemporary Resort

Bay Cove Pool  –                                                                               Feb. 1-March 18, 2016

Soft goods refurbishment –                                                        April 2-October 14, 2016

 

Animal Kingdom Lodge

Concierge Lounge –                                                                                      May 7-22, 2016

AKL- Jambo House (Soft goods rehab) –                                  January 1- May 20, 2016

 

Art of Animation

Schoolyard Sprayground-                                                               Jan. 4-March 11, 2016

 

Beach Club Villas

Soft goods and bath rehab-                                                                Jan. 1-May 20, 2016

 

Boardwalk Inn

Exterior Painting and Repair-                                                                           May 5, 2016

Flying Fish Restaurant-                                                           Feb. 1-September 30, 2016

Seashore Sweets-                                                                               Closed Permanently

 

Caribbean Beach Resort

Aruba Pool–                                                                                       Feb. 22-April 15, 2016

 

Polynesian Village Resort

General Construction through Spring 2016

East Pool-                                                                                                        Through 2016

 

Pop Century

Bowling Pool-                                                                                   Feb. 15-March 1, 2016

 

Port Orleans Riverside

Ol’ Man Island Pool-                                                                         Jan. 11-March 4, 2016

 

Saratoga Springs

Soft goods rehab-                                                                               Feb. 7-June 22, 2016

 

Wilderness Lodge

General Resort refurbishment through 2017

Cub’s Den-                                                                                           closed through 2017

Sturdy Branches Health Club-                                                             July- October 2016

 

Hilton Head Island

Beach Renourishment-                                                                            May 1-June 4, 2016

Dolphin Hotel

Guest room Renovations-                                                      June 2016-September 2016

 

Disney Springs

Planet Hollywood-                                                                              Jan. 6-Summer 2016

Mickey’s Pantry/The Spice and Tea Exchange-                          Feb. 29-March 14, 2016

D23 News and Exciting Announcements

Oh my! If you are a Disney fan you know how much news came out this past weekend at D23 in Anaheim. If you are NOT a Disney fan you probably still heard some of it because it is crazy and wild all the cool stuff that is coming. If you are like me then you do not want to wait but want it all now! But go ahead and go to Disney and enjoy what is there now because with change you may lose some of your old favorites! But, do not worry because all the new stuff will make you quickly forget!

 

Thanks Disney Travel Professionals Page for the use of the photo.

Star Wars Land – Thanks Disney Travel Professionals Page for the use of the photo.

First, let’s talk about the BIGGEST news from D23 and I think we can all agree it is the new alcohol policy for Disney Cruise Line. Right??? Okay no that was not the biggest news at all (but I will address this news later but for now let’s start positive) and the biggest news…drum roll please… Star Wars Land. Yes, finally for all you Star Wars lovers (which clearly from the crowds at Star Wars Weekends is a ton) there is going to be an answer to your needs. Star Wars Land is going to be located at Disney Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World (so thankfully something will be there to entertain us people) and at the Disney Land Resort.

“I am thrilled to announce the next chapter in the long and exciting history between Disney Parks and Star Wars,” said Iger. “We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single themed land expansion ever. These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet, including an epic Star Wars adventure that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.”

 

There is more to come on this and stay with us here at Dolewhipped.com because we are bringing it to you!

Thanks to Disney Parks Blog for the photo.

Thanks to Disney Parks Blog for the photo.

Second, more lands! Yes, there are more lands coming our way including Toy Story Land coming to Disney Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World (again actual things to do there!) and at Animal Kingdom they are going with Pandora – The World of Avatar. I am sure Disney will do a great job with this as they do with everything. Another cool thing coming to Animal Kingdom that really gets me ready to go is After Dark at Animal Kingdom. They will have a show called “Rivers of Light” that sounds spectacular and is coming this Spring and also the Kilimanjaro Safari is going to have a night-time safari that will be a special type of safari and sounds awesome. I am a huge fan of Animal Kingdom and love seeing it grow.

Rivers of Light - Thanks Disney Parks Blog for the use of the photo.

Rivers of Light – Thanks Disney Parks Blog for the use of the photo.

Two more quick but excellent things to mention is a new restaurant at Magic Kingdom and a change to Soarin’. The table service restaurant named “Jungle Skipper Canteen” and will be themed after the Jungle Cruise. I am loving another table service option inside Magic Kingdom so this is good news. Soarin’ will no longer be Soarin’ Over California but instead we will be Soarin’ Around the World. This change will be put in place both in Epcot’s Soarin’ attraction in Walt Disney World and in Disney’s California Adventure’s Soarin’ attraction in Disneyland.

Last, is the bad news. Disney Cruise Line has changed the alcohol policy and the change goes into effect for any cruises commencing on or after September 30, 2015. I am just going to bullet point the new rules as I cry:

  • Each Guest 21 years and older may bring two bottles of unopened wine or champagne (no larger than 750ml) or six beers (no larger than 12oz) onboard in carry-on luggage at the beginning of the voyage and at each port-of-call.
  • All alcoholic beverages packed in checked luggage will be removed and stored until the completion of the cruise.
  • Wine or champagne in excess of the two allowable bottles or beer in excess of the six beers will be stored and Guests may retrieve them at the end of the voyage.
  • All liquors and spirits (including powdered alcohol) are prohibited and will be stored until the completion of the cruise.
  • Guests must retrieve any stored alcohol at the end of the cruise. Uncollected alcohol will be destroyed and no compensation will be offered.
  • Alcohol brought on board may not be consumed in any lounge or public area.
  • Effective Sept. 30, 2015, the corkage fee charged to Guests who bring their own wine or champagne into one of our restaurants will be $25 per bottle.

So, that is it. I know it hurts because it hurts us all but I am just the bearer of the news. Disney Cruise Line is still the best hands down and now you just need to save a few more dollars to pay for drinks on board. Also, remember at each port you can get 2 bottles and alcohol is usually very cheap at most ports of call – hey looking at the bright side! But overall, the news was amazing and I can not wait for these new things! If you have any questions let me know.

 

Part 2: If I was an Imagineer for the Day at Disney…Epcot Version

Epcot ball

So, a few weeks ago I shared what changes I would make if I were an Imagineer for a day (boy I am quick with the renovations!) at Magic Kingdom. Today, I move on to Epcot. Many of you may be familiar with how and why this park was developed but to those not familiar I am going to give you a brief history. Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT) was planned and began it’s building near the end of Walt Disney’s life. It was to be a prototype of a planned community where people lived and worked. After Walt died most of his plans were destroyed and it became the theme park we all know and love as Epcot.

So, I am going to change three things about this park and the first is adding a country to world showcasethe World Showcase. I love something about all the countries that are already there but know there is room for more…and though I get stuck between a few options such as Brazil or Australia know that I am more than willing to visit these countries tourism boards and find out what they offer and decide who gets the new pavilion.

Second, I would change Soarin’ over California into Soarin’ over Florida or the East Coast or something other than exactly the same as California’s Disneyland’s attraction. I hear rumors that this is already in the works but who knows? Maybe they will read this post and decide to move forward!

ellensThird, I would change Ellen’s Energy Adventure…I know I love it too for a nice, long nap but even though this was a great attraction it has run its course. It is a tad bit too long for the normal attraction and attention span and it tends to get tiring in the middle. Plus with all that is going on it just is slow. It is a huge space and there is so much potential for a really cool new futuristic attraction that it seems long overdue to me.

So, what do you think? What country in the World Showcase do you want to see? Any you want to go? Tell me what you would do if you were an Imagineer for the Day at Epcot?