Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Now I Know My......Wait What?

Beast's Rose in France

Where I had been away from the blogs for a while, I only noticed yesterday that a hand full of you guys have already moved in and started so before anything else, I want to congratulate those of you that have and good luck from here on out. And for those of you that are almost in Orlando and Disney, whether it’s a couple days, a week, a month, and for some of you (Abby) a whole program I want to wish you guys safe flights or drives and good move ins and great programs.

That’s all I’m going to say about that (so when you are starting your program, know that that was the only blessing you are getting……maybe…..probably not). Today and Tomorrow, I have two objectives. The first, today, is to give you guys my Top Fiv….er something……well you’ll find out in a minute. The second, tomorrow, is to pick up where I left off on the “Best Ride at Disney World” contest with a joint Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios (R.I.P. MGM) round. But now, as Mickey Mouse would say “On With the Show”

Today I thought it would be fun to do a Top 26 Walt Disney World A-Z Part 1/4. Now I’m sure that you may not agree with some of these but let’s face it, both Splash Mountain and Space Mountain start with an S but only one can represent in the list. I also want to tell you that there may be a better answer that I don’t put or that *GASP* I didn’t think of, but keep in mind that I also wanted to go with some things that may not have been the absolute obvious answer (ex. I didn’t use the College Program for C because you guys might have already had that in your minds). I do encourage you guys to comment below with your own favorite version of any of the letters. So let’s try this:

A Asia- I know that I could have just as easily said Animal Kingdom and have that encompass all the lands including Asia, however I feel it is important to note how much Asia does standing on it’s own. It obviously starts with Expedition Everest, it’s pride and joy. But then you have Kali River Rapids which remains to this day, the only ride that I have ridden more than 7x’s in a row. Asia is also home to the Pangea Jungle Trek with some amazing Tigers, awesome Fruit Bats, and (insert adjective that begins with “A”) Kimodo Dragons. And how can I forget Yak and Yeti, Animal Kingdom’s only sit down restaurant, and it’s adjacent Tea Cart with some great Black and Oolong tea. I don’t think you could say enough good things about this land. I might go as far as to say that if there was one land in any Disney World park that best exemplifies the Imagineer’s ability to creating amazing themeing, this is it.

B Boardwalk- If Asia was the example of best themed Disney World land, then Boardwalk is the best themed Disney World hotel. I’m not going to say to much because I went over a lot of the Boardwalk splendor in a past article. I’ll just throw out a few things and leave it at that: Watch any sports match on any one of the ESPN Zone’s 200+ televisions, enjoy an Ice Cream cone from Seashore Sweets, rent a four or six person bike, step into the hotel and find yourself transported into a simpler time in America, and I STILL WANT A LAMB BURGER FROM KOUZINA.

C Columbia Harbor House- Alright, Alright, so this choice is probably based HUGELY on personal bias (I only lived there for seven months) but it’s not as much of a stretch as you may think. I mean consider this, you can’t go wrong with any of the QSRFB locations on property (I think they say “It’s not fast food. It’s good food fast”) and you probably won’t find any better on property than the Columbia Harbor House. Their Fish and Chips are better than anything I had in the most famous pubs in London. The Chicken nuggets are some of the best chicken on property (yes, even better than the Roasted chicken at Cosmic Ray’s). And the fries, when they are hot, are just the best snack I can think of. Take all that and a great tasting vegetarian menu and you have a QSRFB location that could rival some of the Table Service restaurants.

D Dinosaur- I said it before and I’ll say it again, Dinosaur is to me “Disney World.” From the moment you arrive at the Dino Institute’s doors to the moment to are….well…getting back in line for the ride, Dinosaur is the second most well themed ride at Disney World (Everest is first but another “E” took the spot). This attraction features by far the most amusing Pre-Show hosted by the Cosby Show’s Felicia Reshard and Dr. Grant Seeker (Disney Magic Pun). And the ride itself throws enough smells, special effects, and AA dinosaurs to make you believe “That the Future is Truly in the Past.”

E EPCOT- I really don’t know what to say about this one. EPCOT is by far my favorite park. Future World boasts some of the best family E Ticket attractions (Soarin’ and Test Track) as well as some neat technology in the different Innoventions. The World Showcase features probably (with no contest) the best food in any theme park around the world as well as the best live performances, shopping, and location themes on Disney property.

F First Visit Pin- You may think that I couldn’t come up with anything else “F’ (I could), I just think that this one is important. You see, the First Visit pin along with the My Birthday or I’m Celebrating or whatever else pins they have exemplify the difference that Disney provides. You aren’t just “another customer,” you are their guest and every cast member tries their hardest to make sure that your first visit is as magical as you dreamed it would be (or better if you are a glass half empty person).

G Great Movie Ride- I don’t think I have ever met anybody who has ridden this ride and not loved it. It’s pretty amazing how well Disney was able to translate some of the most iconic movie scenes into an attraction that guests can ride through The movie montage at the end is absolutely amazing. And if there is any ride in Disney World that keeps with the Disney spirit of Cast Member/Guest interaction more than the Great Movie Ride, I don’t know what it is.

Have a Magical....er....Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah-Day!!!


  1. I love the Great Movie Ride, but I always cover my eyes at the "Alien" part. I have yet to see it and I'm 20! I've been to DW a zillion times and I still never look!

  2. It used to come down alot lower and that used to be pretty scary. But now, it's not that bad. It barely comes down and it's basically hidden in all the fog they shoot down.

  3. WOO SHOUTOUT! I feel special. And I really like your ABCs of Disney... please do monorail for M! And Poly for P! But monorail for sure. "Por favor mantenganse alejado de las puertas!"

  4. I got really excited when the alien stopped getting all up in my face. I'm just saying.

  5. Oh. I left out the part where I love the Harbor House. It's not a Disney vacation unless I eat there. :)