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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

What To Do When It Rains

It is common in Florida for it to rain. Showers can happen anythime during the day, but they do not typically last long. Some only last 20 minutes at a time. Many guests will leave the park immediately once it starts sprinkling. Don't do this! Stay in the park and wait out the rain because it will stop eventually. Instead, find something to do to take cover for a little while. Here are some suggestions based on what park you are at that day:

Animal Kingdom
Tip: The best time to ride the safari is in the rain. The animals absolutely love to play in the rain and they'll come right up to the safari truck. The queue is covered, so don't worry about getting too wet while waiting in line.

Best Place To Be: Discovery Island
You can easily run from gift shop to gift shop to take cover. And you can get some amazing pictures of the Tree of Life while you wait for the rain to stop. The It's Tough To Be a Bug attraction is a 10 minute show with an indoor queue, which is perfect for waiting out a short shower.

Back-up Plan: Dinosaur. 
If you find yourself in Dinoland during a shower, ditch the carnival style games and head to Dinosaur. Both the ride and queue are indoors. If it is still raining after the ride, hang out in the gift shop. 

Avoid: Asia
This land is very spread out. The gift shops and attractions are very far apart from each other. 

Best Place To Be: The Land Pavilion and the Seas Pavilion
There's a lot to do at the Land Pavilion. Ride Soarin', Living With the Land, watch the Circle of Life short film, or grab a bite to eat at the Sunshine Seasons. It is also a short walk to the Seas Pavilion, which is another source of entertainment. You can ride The Seas With Nemo and Friends, explore the aquariums, or watch Turtle Talk With Crush.

Back-up Plan: Mission Space
The queue and attraction are indoors. If it is still raining after the ride, play some of the space themed games with the rest of your party.

Avoid: The World Showcase
It's a long walk between buildings and there is little outdoor coverings.

Hollywood Studios
Tip: Rain could cancel showings of Fantasmic. Ask Cast Members about this about half an hour before the show starts. 

Best Place To Be: Animation Courtyard
Here you  can catch a showing of the Voyage of the Little Mermaid, explore Star Wars Launch Bay or do a little souvenir shopping. A few feet away is One Man's Dream walk through exhibit and the Great Movie Ride. After the rain stops, make a beeline to Tower of Terror or Rock 'n Rollercoaster. The lines might have lightened.

Back-up Plan: Star Tours
If you find yourself on the opposite end of the park from Animation Courtyard, stay over in Echo Lake and ride Star Tours. The queue and ride are indoors.

Avoid: Rock 'n Rollercoaster
Sure, this ride is indoors. But the queue often stretches outside, with no cover. And the wait time is usually an hour, so you'll be trapped to wait outside in the rain for a while before you make it indoors to the actual ride. 

Magic Kingdom
Best Place to Be: Tomorrowland
All of the attractions are indoors and there's covered pathways in between the attractions at the entrance. The Laugh Floor is a great attraction to pass time while waiting for a short shower to end. Next to it is the People Mover and Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. After the rain clears, try to make it Space Mountain. The lines might have lightened due to the rain.

Back-up Plan: Enchanted Tiki Room
This is a 15 minute indoor show. Nearby is Pirates of the Caribbean, another indoor ride. 

Avoid: Fantasyland
Fantasyland floods. There's dips in the pavement that make huge, unaviodable puddles. It is also the most crowded. If you do happen to get stuck in Fantasyland during a shower, head to Mickey's Philharmagic. It is a 15 minute indoor show.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

This Week in Disney History (Feb 26)

Feb 26: In 2002, the security at the Sacramento International Airport find a suspicious looking item and evacuate the place. The suspicious looking item that was mistaken for a bomb turned out to be a Mickey Mouse snow globe. 

Feb 27: When You Wish Upon A Star wins an Oscar for best original song at the 13th Academy Awards in 1941. The song was written by Ned Washington and Leigh Harline. The song is sung by Disney Legend Cliff Edwards. It has been added to the USA's Library of Congress National Recording Registry for being "culturally and historically significant". The song has since become the theme song of the Walt Disney Company. It is played before every episode of the Walt Disney television series and in the logo before almost every Disney movie. Currently, Magic Kingdom uses the song in its Wishes firework show. 

Feb 28: The Mickey Mouse Club wins a Golden Globe for Best TV Show in 1957.

Feb 29: The Disney theme parks hold a Leap Day celebration in 2009. Disneyland and Magic Kingdom open up at 6 a.m. Animal Kingdom has an event to teach guests about amphibians. 

March 1: Walt Disney gives a speech on the Metropolitan Opera Broadcast in 1941.  He said, "Once a man has tasted freedom he will never be content to be a slave. That is why I believe that this frightfulness we see everywhere today is only temporary. Tomorrow will be better for as long as America keeps alive the ideals of freedom and a better life. All men will want to be free and share our way of life. There must be so much that I should have said, but haven't. What I will say now is just what most of us are probably thinking every day. I thank God and America for the right to live and raise my family under the flag of tolerance, democracy and freedom".
March 2:  That's So Raven wins the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Television Series in 2007.

March 3: Bobby Driscoll celebrates his 9th birthday with Walt Disney on the set of Song of the South in 1947. Bobby Driscoll is most noted for his role of Peter Pan. He also starred in Disney's live action version of Treasure Planet. 

Song of the South:  

March 4: Two important figures in the Disney company share a birthday. Ward Kimball is born in Minneapolis in 1914. He is best known for his work animating Jiminy Cricket, Dumbo, Timothy Mouse, The Cheshire Cat, The Mad Hatter, and Ludwig Van Drake. 

Frank Wells is born in Coronado, California in 1932. He earned his BA at Oxford. He was the president of the Walt Disney Company 1969-1994. He is hononred with a Main Street window in Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris. His Disneyland and Walt Disney World windows say "Seven Summit Expeditions - Frank G. Wells, President". This is a tribute to the fact that he climbed 6 of the 7 tallest mountains in the world. The Lion King was also dedicated to him.