Category: Attraction Spotlight

Attraction Spotlight – Toy Story Midway Mania

Probably the most popular attraction over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Toy Story Midway Mania is a family friendly good time. Opening first at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 31, 2008, and few weeks later at Disney’s California adventure on June 17, 2008, and then over at Tokyo DisneySea on July 9,2012. The gist of the attraction is that Andy has recieved a bunch of carnival style games and once he goes off the toys have gotten them out to play. The idea is to use your cars cannons to shoot the targets and try to get the high score for your half of the vehicle as you run thru the 5 mini-games. The attraction also keeps up with the hourly and daily high scores.

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Attraction Spotlight – Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Hold on to your hats, this weeks attraction will take you 0 to 57 mph in 2.8 seconds. The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (usually shortened to the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster) opened in Hollywood Stuios on July 29,1999, and on March 16, 2002, at Walt Disney World Studios Park over in Disneyland Paris. The Coaster is the second-fastest attraction at Walt Disney World, bested only by Test Track, and is the fastest over at Disneyland Paris. It’s currently the most extreme of the Disney coasters featuring a 4.5 G (ge-force) loop that is actually beyond what an astronaut feels during a space shuttle launch. This coaster is fun, surrounding you with Aerosmith beats (different for each train) the entire ride.

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Attraction Spotlight – Journey Into Imagination With Figment

This attraction, nestled in the Imagination! Pavilion in Epcot’s Future World, has went thru many changes over the years. It features one of the best characters Disney has ever created and he’s never had his own T.V. show or movie. Though he has starred in recent years in his own comic book. Meet Figment, the small purple dragon intended to be the physical embodiment of the imagination. He’s the mascot for the pavilion and star of the attraction, Journey into Imagination. The attraction is a constant moving dark ride, that’s actually on it’s third iteration with rumors abounding of it getting a major refurb or re-do once again in the near future. While Figment has maintained massive popularity since the attraction originally opened on March 5, 1983, the attraction itself has had it share of ups and downs. Besides Figment, the other star of the original incarnation of the attraction has stayed incredibly popular. His name is Dreamfinder, and though he is not part of the current version, he has a vast following of loyal fans. He appeared in the recent comic book series with Figment, and is set to return for the next series coming soon from Marvel. There’s been several calls from fans over the years to bring him back to the attraction, but the last time he was seen was at a D23 event a few years ago.

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Attraction Spotlight – Kilimanjaro Safaris

Located in Africa section of Animal Kingdom and taking up one of the largest, if not the largest area per square foot for an attraction at any Disney Park sits Kilimanjaro Safaris (opened April 22,1998). This is one of the best experiences at Animal Kingdom and is highly popular. FastPass+ is recomended unless you beeline for it first thing when the park opens. Which actually you may want to do as typically the anials are more active then. To note though, the activity level of the animals varies during the day and also many can walk right upto or in the road, so you are likely to have a different experience everytime you ride. From personal experience I would suggest avoiding the back row as you can get bounced about a foot off your seat on some of the bumps you encounter. Guests are encouraged to have their cameras ready, as you will get a lot of opportunities for unique photos as you go thru the safari.

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Attraction Spotlight – Stitch’s Great Escape

Alas, none of those is the route Disney chose and so we have Stitch’s Great Escape, one of the biggest love it or hate it attractions across all Disney Parks. Few attractions get the internet outcries to be removed, or scrapped and redone. The attraction is on the FastPass+ system but excluding the busiest times, you’re honestly wasting your FastPass+ selection with it. The initial pre-show with Pleakley loads up every 10 minutes or so, leaving little to no wait if you just hit the stand-by line. Besides, personally I’d rather use my selections on Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, and Splash Mountain even though I thoroughly enjoy Stitch’s Great Escape.

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Attraction Spotlight – The Jungle Cruise

One of the iconic attractions at Disneyland (July 17, 1955), the Magic Kingdom (October 1, 1971), Tokyo Disneyland (April 15, 1983), and Hong Kong Disneyland (September 12, 2005 and named the Jungle River Cruise). The Jungle Cruise takes you down the rivers of Asia, Africa, and South America in replicas of the 1930s tramp steamers. While there is a script, the narration is typically all ad-lib and full of jokes given by the Cast Member piloting the boat. There are several audio-animatronic animals along the course of the cruise showing you scenes of headhunters, a destroyed camp, a pride of lions, elephants, tigers, and more. Disnyland Paris is the only Magic Kingdom like park open without a Jungle Cruise attraction, though Shanghai Disneyland opening in 2016 may or may not have one. For the Holidays starting in 2013, The Jungle Cruise turned into the Jingle Cruise at the Magic Kingdom and in Dinsneyland with renamed boats, decorations on the docks, and some holiday related jokes added into the mix.

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Attraction Spotlight – The Haunted Mansion

Few attractions have as big of a fan base as The Haunted Mansion. It has had both a movie release, to theaters, starring Eddie Murphy and it’s on product line going beyond the regular gift shop shirts to plates, ornaments, and collectibles. There are versions of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland (opened August 9, 1969), the Magic Kingdom (opened October 1, 1971), Disneyland Paris (opened April 15, 1983), and Tokyo Disneyland (opened April 12,1992). While not confirmed, I’d imagine Shanghai Disneyland will get a version at some point if it’s not already there when it opens in 2016.

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Attraction Spotlight – Mission Space

Mission Space, as simulator attraction in Epcot where Horizons used to sit, that lets you participate in a training mission to goto Mars. Mission Space has two variations: Green Team and Orange Team. Orange Team is the more intense version utilizing a centrifuge to simulate geforces. There are a total of four simulator groups with each “team” getting two. Originally all of them ran the centrifuge, however, in 2006 Disney added the tamer Green Team variation to accomidate those not wanting to feel the geforces or at least not to that extent. The pavillion is sponsered by HP, who took over sponsership when they merged with Compaq in 2002.

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Attraction Spotlight – Peter Pan’s Flight

One of the most popular attractions for children has to be Peter Pan’s Flight. Originally built in 1955 for opening day at Disneyland, you can now find Peter Pan’s Flight at the Magic Kingdom (October 1, 1971), Disneyland Paris (April 12, 1992), Tokyo Disneyland (April 15, 1983), and Soon at Shanghai Disneyland when it opens in 2016. It is a suspended dark ride type attraction lasting two and half minutes to three minutes depending on which version you are on. The original idea for Disneyland was that you’d be flying thru from Peter Pan’s perspective. However, many guests didn’t get that from the attraction and were left wondering where Peter was. In 1971, a version opened at the Magic Kingdom expanding on the original and adding in audio-animatronics, though it kept with the theme and format of it’s Pacific Coast counterpart. In 1983, The Disneyland version got an overhaul during it’s Fantasyland refurb and added in an audio-animatronic of Peter into the ride.

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Attraction Spotlight – Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest, the 18th mountain themed Disney attraction, stands at 199.5 feet and takes guests on a wild train ride around Mt. Everest. One of the three major attractions at Animal Kingdom, Expedition Everest opened in 2006, 8 years after Animal Kingdom opened, and is listed in the 2011 Guinness Book of World Records as the most expensive coaster ever built. The attraction is also home to the most complicated audio-animatronic that Disney has ever built, the Yeti.

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Attraction Spotlight – Tower of Terror

Originally opening at Disney MGM Studios (now Hollywood Studios) on July 22, 1994. Disney has since added the attraction to Disney’s California Adventure (May 2, 2004), Tokyo Disneysea (September 22, 2006), and Walt Disney Studios Park (December 22, 2007). The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is among Disney’s most thrilling attractions, leaving most guests loving it or vowing never to ride it again.

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