We 53 years late getting around to this. Yes we know this ride was originally designed in 1964, then it went to Disneyland, before the carousel progress arrive at the Magic Kingdom in 1975. So why do we like this attraction so much? Well it’s a bit of a time capsule, yes the family at the end it seems a little dated now because we have all those technologies, but this is a throwback to the old style amusement and itself is a reason to see it. Plus it has air-conditioning in Florida and you sit down for 20 minutes.
On a scale of 1.0 to 5.9 it got a 4.2 out of 5.9
Once again spring is in the air. And that means it’s time to head to Epcot for yet another flower and Garden Festival. This year creativity seem to return to the park, as in past years it seemed like a rerun of the 2014 festival. Yes we know not everybody lives 30 minutes from the park but also it did seem as if they forgot to plan for the festivals the past two years. Could it be the expansion of Pandora, Star Wars land, toy story land made them relegate this to the back burner, we don’t know? Oh he will say is that this is one of the better festivals in a long time with the colorful colorful colorful topiaries and the outdoor kitchens featuring fantastic treats.
On a scale of 1.0 to 5. a 5.0 out of 5.9
Oh come on now your probably saying to yourself, how is this worthy of a review, when Disneyland spends a whole month transforming the Haunted MAnsion out west. Your right on the surface this is a basi overlay and just a tweak of the script on the other hand it’s a breath of fresh or to what is sometimes a ride that is a little to much corn. Hop aboard as we go on the Jingle Cruise at the Magic Kingdom.
Ok so first off we said its a just a simple overlay so is it worth waiting in line 65 minuets without a fast pass? Well we had a fast pass so we’re going to say no, however if your offered this attraction as one of your fast pass options as the E-ticket attractions at the park are ot available, then this is a welcome treat. We have in the past rode the regular Jungle Cruise at 1:15am on Feb 29th 2012 during the One More Disney Day event just to cross that off our list of unique attractions.
When it comes to the Jingle Cruise what can you expect? Short answer lots of Christmas jokes. Long answer however is a holiday treat filled with humorous corny Christmas puns peppered in with the Jungle cruise script. Once again like the regular ride the Skopper can make or break the ride. The day we rode our Skipper was funny, self deprecating, and totally into the role. Yes we know the job has to be repetitive with the same script over and over but breathing life into the hat script for a whole 8 hour shift is what can make this cheesy attraction a winner.
On a scale of 1.0 to 5.9 it got a 5.2 out of 5.9
Yes we know that progress must be made and that things come and go. What are we getting at you say? The answer is simple with the Streets of America closed down to become Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land means that the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights had to leave and what we now have is Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam.
If you’ve been to MGM in the past few months then you’ve seen the Star Wars show displayed on the Chinese Theater which is home to The Great Movie Ride. Basically that means it uses the same infrastructure as that show with large screen projections on the theater and lasers. While the overall concept is good, compared to the Osborne lights we’ve been so accustomed to , it does feel like a bit of a letdown. The main issues we had was while this is a Christmas show, a lot of the clips used where not from Disney Christmas cartoons, that it self took away form the over all holiday feel of the show.
Is this show a total bust? Well no if you haven’t been to MGMin a few years or never saw the Osborne Lights. Honestly the fireworks of Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam remind us if the original Sorcery in the Sky that we saw way back in 1990. But over all had this show been over the at the Magic Kingdom instead of MGM it would be a better fit. However it’s a catch 22 you don’t have 5 million lights and ha half the par under construction it was either Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam or nothing.
On a scale of 1.0 to 5.9 it got a 3.8 out of 5.9
When you make reservations six months in advance this better be the best dinner ever, oh yes we’re going there, it’s Be Our Guest at the Magic Kingdom.
We’ll be honest Magic Kingdom has ok walk up food and a great taco salad bar but for years Epcot was the place to go for fantastic sit down restaurants. Finallythe changed in 2012 with the opening of Be Our Guest.
Thankfully this restaurant lives up to the hype of the food it is delicious in every sense, the food is Epcot quality what you would see in the world showcase not the walk ups of the Magic Kingdom. Deeming is phenomenal everything model after the movie to a T the West Wing the grand ballroom everything is there the food is just the icing on the cake. Speaking of cake there is the infamous gray stuff it’s delicious we don’t know what’s in it but it’s delicious.
And of course the atmosphere pays off when you get an actual meeting with the beast himself now he used to meet in France at Epcot, whatever since 2012 when does restaurant open he’s now the exclusive location so if you want to meet him this is a must do to get your character fix.
Here ye! Here ye! After 2 1/2 years the maelstrom has finally been repurposed and reborn as frozen ever after in the Norway pavilion at Epcot.
so for a dark ride that is not a roller coaster that is the first one toopen since 2012 how does this stack up? The answer is pretty damn well the AAs or audio amatronics are top notch the sound is fantastic. Yes it’s more or less based frozen and frozen fever, but it does a really good job of hitting all the high notes (pun intended.)
now we didn’t wait five hours like people did an opening day for but like the mine train attraction your going need fast passes to enjoy the ride with out the long wait.
Scale of 1.0 5.9 it got a 5.2 at a 5.9
We first rode Soarin back when it was the new ride in 2005. We also written it at DU CA, and saw a preview of what it will look like with 4K. So now it’s time to return to Epcot and witness Soarin around the World. Ever since say around 2010 rumors have started swirl that this ride will be updated to have more with the world showcase countries in Epcot versus a California only ride. Well finally in January 2016 the ride to close refurbishment in that time a third theater was also added. So the big question is Patrick Warburton still the host of the ride, the answer is yes. Well the original had breath taking scenes set to music with fast cuts, this version of the ride incorporates more of a fluid story and has seamless transitions from one scene to the next this just like the new test track is a major improvement over the original ride. Wow the original was good with it being only California and that being all but meet at Epcot it did seem time to tighten world showcase this is how you do a re-Ferb right.
On a scale of 1.0 5.9 it got a 5.9 out of 5.9