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posted by misse1000
 WOW! A little overwhelming, huh? Here to help!
WOW! A little overwhelming, huh? Here to help!
As a Disney nut, I always get questions. And I get a lot of Fastpass questions. So I'm answering some populaire questions here:

-What is a fastpass?

A fastpass is a ticket that toi use to reduce your wait time on select attractions. They are free with theme park admission. Essentially, when toi approach a ride with this option, you'll see a sign that has a time slot to come back. toi go up to the machine and insert your park ticket. toi will get a ticket with the time to come back printed on them. (see the bottom fastpass example)

-Wait, the cost is free?

Yes, completely free, even with the most...
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posted by deltabannermen
The very first themed area of all Disney theme parks in Main rue USA. At the haut, retour au début of Main rue is the Town Square and I thought I'd focus on the attractions available in this area.

The very first attraction is, of course, the Railroad which has a station looking over Town Square. Guests enter through underpasses running underneath the Railroad station into Town Square. This is the case in all the Disney theme parks except Disneyland Tokyo.

I'll cover the Railroad in another post as it tours around the parks, passing through many different lands.

It never fails to amaze me how much thought...
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posted by deltabannermen
One of the mainstays of the Disney theme parks are the 'shows'. At various times during the day, and at various locations, mini-musicals are presented for the guests. Disneyland Paris, for example, has a stage erected near to Sleeping Beauty's château where various themed shows are presented.

As my thoughts are focussed, at the moment, on Main rue USA, I thought I'd take a look at Main Street's very own mini-musical - the Trolley Show.

Ten performers, five men and five women trundle into Main rue aboard a turn of the century, horse-drawn trolley car and proceed to entertain the assembled...
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posted by deltabannermen
Following on from my post about Snow White's Scary Adventures (which is still over in the Imagineer section - sorry - feel free to go and hunt it out in case the mods don't déplacer it over here as other posters advised me). Also that post gives a bit plus background on why I've started posting this odd little ramblings.

With this classic dark ride, I've titled it with the French name as this is the version I have most recently ridden.

Les Voyages de Pinocchio has guests enter a ornate, wooden entrance modelled on the buildings seen in the film. After the usual twisty, turny queue, riders climb into...
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In a Nutshell

Location: Polynesian Resort
Food type: Hawaiian
Price: Moderately high-high (depending on where toi sit)
Type: Family
Serving style: Family-style
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Rating

On a scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest

Food: 3
Show: 3
Overall environment: 3
Dealing with nourriture allergies: 2
Kids: 4
Recommended: No

The "fakey luau" as Nani once referred to the luau where she worked in the film Lilo and Stitch fits this place oh so well.

Let me just start par saying that I had a bad experience with the nourriture there. toi go to a Hawaiian restaurant,and generally, toi find pineapple there. Guess who's allergic to pineapple?...
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I have made a collection over the years and thought I would share some with you. I don't know where all of the info came from, but I did get it of the several different websites. Hope toi enjoy!

1. The 180-foot-tall Spaceship Earth at the entrance to Epcot weighs approximately 16 million pounds.
2. The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster launches at a speed of 0 to 60 miles per heure in 2.8 seconds.
3. Foods and Drinks Consumed each year
-75 million Cokes
-13 million bottles of water
-10 million hamburgers
-6 million hotdogs
-9 million pounds of french fries
- 300,000 pounds of popcorn
-319,353 lbs. of chocolate...
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posted by misse1000
Over my past trips to Disney, I have done many things, and to be honest, forgotten most of it. Some things are never to be forgotten, though. Here are some of my favori memories...

First tooth REALLY lost...

I Lost my first tooth at Animal Kingdom. I had eaten an pomme several days before. My tooth had been really loose, and I refused to pull it and wouldn't let anyone else pull it either. That day, we ate at Pizzafari, and when we left, we discovered that I had no tooth. My parents say that I swallowed it, but I maintain that it got Lost and thrown away in the crust...

Speaking of teeth...

Not...
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 WOW! Spectacular view of the Contemporary from the haut, retour au début of baie Lake Tower, accesible only to DVC members
WOW! Spectacular view of the Contemporary from the top of Bay Lake Tower, accesible only to DVC members
I compiled my liste of the Best resorts on Disney property. My liste shows the haut, retour au début five per catagory:

Top Five Kid resorts
5. Polynesian
4. All Star
3. Pop Century
2. Animal Kingdom Lodge
1. Contemporary

Explanation: I based this a lot on my favoris as a kid. Obviously, my tastes have changed (see below), but I assembled the kid ones. While kids will l’amour the theme of the All étoile, star and Pop Century Resorts, they will l’amour the monorail in the Contemporary and Polynesian resorts. Animal Kingdom Lodge features the animaux which kids will love, and Contemporary has Chef Mickey's and a huge arcade, and it...
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In a nutshell
Resort type: Deluxe
Pricing: Higher priced
Location: Near Animal Kingdom theme park (Is NOT within walking distance)
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Ratings (on a scale of 1=5, 5 being the highest)
Overall rating: 4.5
Room size: 4
Environment: 5
Pool:3.5
Proximity to parks: 2
Things to do: 5
Sit down restaurants? Yes
Counter service nourriture quality: 5
Kids: 5
Recommend: Strongly

Picture it: waking up and seeing giraffes outside your window. This can become a reality at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, but with not just giraffes, but zebras, gazelle,...
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Let's face it. Disney's link is generally useless for anything besides booking your trip. They are biased because their main focus is to sell their product, the website is updated very infrequently, and is confusing a lot of the time. Which is why my information that I give to toi here is generally from other sources. Sure, if toi wanna know the real deal, toi could get a guidebook, in which case I recommend link, but that often means even plus money out of your pocket. There are sources out there, besides my articles on here and the forum topics, that can help toi with planning your trip....
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posted by misse1000
 The new queue area for l’espace Mountain
The new queue area for Space Mountain
The "new and improved" l’espace Mountain recently opened at Walt Disney World. Frankly, I don't see what the fuss is all about.

The queue area is much improved. The games look cool. I only got to play for a minute because when I went, for once the line was impossibly short. That exceeded my expectations. I was expecting them to be like in Soarin’, which are no fun and totally pointless (but now we're getting off topic).

Inside the waiting area, there is now a barrier between the track and the waiting area so toi can no longer see the track from the line. That's better. They added some new lights...
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Walt Disney World has recently posté a video explaining the new interactive queue for Magic Kingdom's Big Thunder Mountain.

The entertainment in the cue will involve excitement from the first moment toi step in; the first thing Disney guests will experience is the 'mining office'. The mining office is about how toi would start toi jour mining, and it might even gives some clues to if it's some kind of mystery! There will also be an explosive magazine room-which will have dynamo sticks-, lenses which let toi see the shaft, and much more!

My opinion:
Although, I have not yet experienced the new...
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posted by misse1000
I've spent a lot of time figuring out how to maximize my Disney vacations. One great way to do this is par using the great apps for the parks. I've compiled a liste of some of the best apps for your Disney vacation. Unless otherwise noted, these apps are available for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android. Remember that Magic Kingdom and Epcot offer free in-park Wi-Fi, with Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom coming soon, so toi can use the apps even if your device needs Wi-Fi. Plus, if you're running low on data, connect to the Wi-Fi and save your gigabytes.

My Disney Experience par Disney

The...
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Determining the crowds at certain parks can be valuable. It can help toi plan Fastpasses,determine whether another park would be better that day, whatever. My guide for determining crowds will let toi determine the crowd par looking at two ou three rides.

Magic Kingdom:
Except for Extra Magic Hours days (in which toi should only spend the evening here), do not come to Magic Kingdom on weekends ou holidays. It is excessively crowded on these days. Out of all the theme parks, this one will most likely be the most crowded on any donné jour (unless another park has a special event going on that day)....
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 Our Favourite Main Characters.
Our Favourite Main Characters.
Hi guys, I managed to watch the final farewell of Dream Along with Mickey on Youtube and I have to say that the montrer was magical and breathtaking that we're all going to miss this montrer for sure!

The Story-Line

The story itself has a moral value in it, never give up on your dreams and remember to cherish it! We also get to see our favourite Disney characters come to live on stage, including the princesses who sang their respective trademark songs with their princes.
Maleficent, along with Captain Hook and Mr Smee will come and turn our dreams into nightmares. The audience will get a chance to...
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Gran Fiesta Tour starring the Three Caballeros is the updated version of a water ride, El Rio Del Tiempo (The River of Time) situated in the Mexico pavilion since its opening. It is much the same ride (and I will take a look at that in plus detail in another post) but with added colour of the Three Caballeros, Donald, Jose and Panchito. This guide begins with the version of the ride that I rode with my wife on our visit in 2007.

The entrance to Gran Fiesta Tour is to the left of the Plaza de Los Amigos which leads toi to a short weaving queue line and down to the boarding area. Here, guest board...
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posted by deltabannermen
The Three Caballeros is a film which, whilst obscure within the feature film canon, actually has a quite prominent presence at Epcot, to the extent that the film actually has a ride themed around it. Having commenté on how odd it is that an enormously famous film such as Bambi has almost no presence in the parks, let alone a ride based on it, it seems just as odd that an obscure package film such as The Three Caballeros would do.

But with Latin America being the focus of two package films, and Mexico being represented par the character of Panchito Pistoles in the seconde of the two, a tour of...
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posted by deltabannermen
Dumbo, the film, has donné birth to possibly the most famous Disney theme park ride of them all - Dumbo, the Flying Elephant. It is a ride which is seen at all the Disney parks (and in many other theme parks, just without the 'Dumbo' theming - but often still with flying elephants).

The iterations at Disneyland Paris and California are practically identical. They have a beautiful clockwork theming with decorations which include images of Mr Stork. Timothy souris sits atop the ride. Water cascades below the ride and each Dumbo, with ears outstretched, has a different coloured seat. These seats...
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posted by deltabannermen
The newest attraction to be themed on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Disney World. It is part of the expanded Fantasyland and is a rollercoaster themed around, obviously, the diamond mine the dwarfs work in. Only opening in 2014, I've yet to ride it, but as a massive fan of rollercoasters I look vers l'avant, vers l’avant to putting the experience haut, retour au début of my liste when we return to Florida in the future. Courtesy of Youtube, it looks like a fun, not-too-intense coaster with some good dips and curves. The highlights look to be the dark ride elements. The trains pass through the...
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In a nutshell
Resort type: Deluxe, Deluxe Villas
Pricing: Higher priced
Location: Epcot Resorts Area, right outside International Gateway, within walking distance to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios
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Ratings (on a scale of 1=5, 5 being the highest)
Overall rating: 4.5
Room size: 5, Villas: 4
Environment: 4
Pool:5
Proximity to parks: 5
Things to do: 4
Sit down restaurants? Yes
Counter service nourriture quality: 4
Kids: 3
Recommend: Strongly

These resorts are one of my (and my family's) favorites. They have a relaxed atmosphere with plenty to enjoy.

Perhaps the best thing about theses resorts is the pool...
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