Archive for December, 2011


Toy Story Mania

Toy Story Mania is an amazingly fun, interactive game/ride in Hollywood Studios. You climb into little moving “cars” decorated carnival style and away you go. Disney’s amazing 3D technology mixes with much-loved Toy Story characters and the sheer joy of throwing virtual pies at targets and breaking 3D dishes to make this ride a smash hit. Such is the popularity of this ride that lines are often over an hour-long. At least the Disney Imagineers decorated the waiting area enthusiastically enough to keep most children occupied for most of the wait. There are giant toys of all kinds, countless photo opportunities, and even a giant, talking Mr. Potato Head with eyes and arms that really move! Mr. Potato Head talks to the guests and sings “1 potato, 2 potato.” If you’re lucky enough to get fast passes, the wait time is shortened considerably. However, you have to be a seasoned professional (or a very early rising sprinter) to gain the much-coveted Fast Pass for Toy Story Mania. They are often gone within half an hour of the park’s opening. The line for fast passes is sometimes longer than the wait for the ride itself (Wink wink)!  Also, you don’t need every member of your party in the line with you when you get fast passes for everyone, but you do need their park tickets and they need to be inside the park already. Toy Story Mania is extremely fun and deserves at least one visit. So remember this: Those who are brave enough to brave the lines will have great rewards.

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Monorails

Disney’s monorail, or ‘Highway in the Sky’ is a terrific way to get around.   The only drawback is that monorails don’t stop at every hotel. This means that if you have your heart set on taking it, and you’re staying at, say, Wilderness Lodge, you may end up taking a boat to the Magic Kingdom.   Other than that, I highly recommend the monorails to almost everyone.  They are very safe, although the utmost care should be taken when helping little children on and off.  Otherwise, they just might lose a shoe; it may fall onto the track.  The monorails also offer spectacular views, and narration to tell you what’s what outside your window.  Occasionally, you have to switch monorails to get to your desired destination, but that shouldn’t turn you against them.  After all, the same is true for buses and boats.  The only thing that it is not true for is walking (unless you have to switch shoes)!  Here’s a list of the hotels that the monorails run from.  Please let me know if I’ve missed anything.

Polynesian

Contemporary

Bay Lake

Grand Floridian

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