I haven’t been to Disneyland since Amber was still in her stroller and we didn’t get a chance to visit the California Adventure park. This new addition makes me want to go very, very soon. But with a reported wait time of 6+ hours for the new Radiator Springs Racers ride…I might need to wait a while. Check out the new additions!
It took the entire weeknd however I uploaded several videos onto my YouTube channel for your Disney viewing pleasure! These were taken from a few of our past trips in 2009 and 2011. I have several more that I will be sharing within the next few days so subscribe and stay tuned!
Having gone to Disney World about 7 times in the last 8 years, we have built up quite a list of our favorite attractions. It is quite impossible to experience everything in one trip, that’s why we keep going back! Here is a list of our family’s top ten Disney attractions:
Fantasmic is a live show that takes place after dark at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It is a classic tale of good vs. bad and takes place inside one of Mickey’s dreams. Utilizing exciting water, fire and laser effects, it is one of the most impressive Disney show that we have ever seen. If you want a good seat, I’d advise you to get to the stadium at least one hour before the show. The stadium holds thousands of people but especially in the summer months, it can fill up quickly. You’ll be glad you waited; the show is definitely worth it!
9. Spaceship Earth
The giant silver ball which houses the attraction Spaceship Earth is the center point and “symbol” of EPCOT and can be seen for miles. The ride itself is a slow-moving and relaxing journey through time that explores the creation and development of communication and technology. It is a 16 minute long attraction that moves slowly from the bottom of the “ball” to the top with a slow journey back down at the end of the ride. On the way down you get to design your own “future”. Originally narrated by Walter Cronkite, this was always my family’s favorite EPCOT attraction back when I was young. The best time to visit Spaceship Earth would be first thing when the park opens or in the evening hours while everyone is getting their seats for the Illuminations laser show. Even though it is one of the original EPCOT attractions, it is still very popular!
8. Expedition Everest
Yet another highlight of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Rock’n’Rollercoaster is personally my favorite attraction within all of Disney World; the fam really enjoys it too especially the kids. We are all huge Aerosmith fans so even waiting in line for this ride is enjoyable. getting to hear their songs while singing along makes for a fun time. Once inside you get to “meet” up with the band as Steven (Tyler that is) tells his manager to order up a super stretch limo to take us all to the concert with them. One thing tho– they’re running late so we gotta hurry! You board the coaster and get yourself braced in. Come around the corner and once at the stoplight the countdown begins. 3…2…1…green light! You take off, zero to 60 in 2.8 seconds. Off into the dark you go with only neon road signs to light the way. The ride is full of twists and turns and it is the only Disney ride to feature not one…but two inversions. The best part? Your journey is set to a soundtrack of Aerosmith songs which blare out of the speakers behind your head. Five of them to be exact. Aerosmith worked with Disney imagineers to record a special soundtrack just for the attraction. Hint: Right as your train takes off into the darkness you will notice a flash of light — smile! You can view your photo after the ride. Yes, that is our photo up there!
Undoubtedly the best attraction ever created by our talented Disney imagineers, it’s no wonder why it was decided to bring this attraction to WDW from it’s original home at Disney’s California Adventure park. Located at EPCOT inside the Land pavilion, Soarin’ is possibly the most popular attraction among all 4 parks. While you wait in line, there are fun games to play on the screens in front of you and all of the Disney castmembers who work the ride are dressed as airline personnel. You are brought into a “briefing” area in which you view a quick video about the journey you are about to take. Then you and close to 100 other people are led into a huge room where you climb aboard your ride vehicle that resembles several large gliders put together. The lights go off…you feel a cool breeze and you are quickly whisked upwards as the music starts and suddenly you are flying over the ground! As you take your aerial tour of several locations throughout California, you can literally smell the orange groves and feel the cool breeze as you glide over the snow. Try to catch a golf ball, stick your toe in the ocean waves, or wave at the jet fighter pilot hovering next to you. The whole ride crescendos to the finale where you glide over the light parade at Disneyland and get a front row seat to the firework show! Amazing, absolutely amazing and something I promise you will never forget. Very important tip: Similar to Toy Story Mania — to avoid extensive wait times for Soarin’, send someone to get the FastPasses after rope drop while the rest of your party enjoys breakfast at Sunshine Seasons inside the same pavilion. It is sort of a ritual for us now; we do this every single trip and it works out perfectly!