April 3, 2015: Weekly Disney News Roundup

The baby rhino at Disney’s Animal Kingdom has been named Kiama by popular vote. Her park debut has yet to be announced.
A giant sand sculpture has been added in front of Animal Kingdom to promote the upcoming “Monkey Kingdom” movie.
Rumor that a new attraction (not “Frozen” in Norway) is coming to Epcot in 2016. Check out the full story at wdwnt.com.
Blizzard Beach waterpark at WDW marks its 20th anniversary.
DVC’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows has opened.
A new construction permit suggests change coming to Wilderness Lodge; likely major renovation and conversion of hotel rooms to DVC timeshare villas.
Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto opens at the Polynesian resort.
Disney Cruise Line announces “Tangled: the Musical” will premiere aboard the Disney Magic in November.
Another live-action re-make is in the works by Disney: “Mulan.”
Disney announces a live-action “Winnie the Pooh” movie is in development. When will it end?
Disney has eight winners in Nickelodeon’s 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Award.
Favorite TV Show: Austin and Ally.
Favorite Family TV show: Modern Family.
Favorite TV Actor: Russ Lynch.
Favorite TV Actress: Laura Marano.
Favorite Villian: Angelina Jolie/Maleficent.
Favorite Animated Film: “Big Hero 6.”
Favorite New Artist: Fifth Harmony.
Favorite Female Singer: Selena Gomez

Roly’s Thoughts on “The Three Caballeros” Movie

The Three Caballeros movie review-A teenager’s comedic take on this movie

Hello. Today you will find out a little something about me. I HATE THIS MOVIE. This is by far, my least favorite of the 54 full-length animated Disney movies!!! Even worse than Disney’s Atlantis (By far the worst of the 54).

Shoot em Panchito!
Shoot em Panchito!

For all of you who love the ride, Grand Fiesta Tour staring the Three Caballeros in the Mexico Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase and are wondering about the connection to the movie by the same name, The Three Caballeros is the second part. Saludos Amigos is the first part, and I will cover that later. First of all, unless you are determined to watch it, DON’T!! That is my opinion. You could check it out and see what you think, but juts be prepared. (Warning: movie may cause headaches, nausea, diarrhea, suicidal thoughts or actions, anger, violent tendencies, hair-pulling, or hostility to everyone. Consult your doctor before watching this movie.)This movie, like many of the weaker Disney movies of this time (Fantasia, Make Mine music, Saludos Amigos, etc.) is separated into segments, connected by a storyline (albeit a weak one) unlike Fantasia. The movie starts off with Donald getting several presents, each one with a short story to go with it. The first one is the only enjoyable part of the movie in my opinion. Donald receives a movie in this one. It is voiced by Sterling Hollaway, (Winnie the Pooh, Cheshire Cat, Mr. Stork) and follows a cold- blooded penguin, who longs to get away from the south pole and onto a sunny island somewhere far away. I won’t give away how this ends but you can probably guess. The next one is a story about a

This just in, Jose Carioca died of lung cancer, SHOCKER.
This just in, Jose Carioca died of lung cancer, SHOCKER.

boy with a flying donkey, much like dumbo, and could be found entertaining by some… but not me (just watch Dumbo, it’s much better.) The last of the three is where it gets ridiculously boring. Jose Carioca returns to Donald in the last present, a pop-up book. Jose croons a horrible song about the town of Baia, which seems to go on for an eternity. They eventually fall for a woman; (yes, a human woman), and the theme of the ENTIRE rest of the movie begins.

Just give it up Donald, your a duck.
Just give it up Donald, your a duck.

I will not go much into much of the rest of the movie, as I have already given it more time than it deserves, but I will elaborate on what I said about the theme of the movie. First though, let me give some good news. You are through almost a third of the movie by now. The hair pulling and other side effects may begin, as I am sure the rest of the warnings are far behind you (except maybe nausea and vomiting.) The “theme” is arguably a tour of Mexico, with the third Caballero, Panchito. But no… THIS is not the REAL theme. The true theme is Donald trying to kiss, stare at, make out with, kidnap or.. ok i’m getting ahead of myself. Maybe i’m looking into it a BIT too much. But basically he tries to get a woman the whole rest of the movie. Now if you are not: 1-dead or 2-asleep by the end, then you are probably one of those people who enjoyed Hugo, or Ponyo. If this is true, well, you are beyond my help I am afraid.

Yeah, you show 'em ,Panchito!!!
Yeah, you show ’em ,Panchito!!!

Thanks, Roly. 🙂

Peace at Walt Disney World?-

Some people aren’t as enamored with Disney as we are and one of the reasons I hear is the crowds. I understand this as the crowds are about the only thing I don’t like about Disney World. There is a way to avoid this to some extent and have a little more peaceful vacation.

Steamrolling Bay is, in my opinion, the best pool that we have been to at Disney. it has plenty of seating and has great theming.
Stormalong Bay is, in the best pool that we have been to at Disney. It has plenty of seating and has great theming.

One major way to find some peace at Disney World is to not try to do everything in one day or even in one trip. Take a mid-day siesta or at least rest. Lounge by the pool or pop in a DVD (free for DVC members). If you are in the parks, there are a few secluded spots. A particular favorite of mine is in the seating area in the back of the Great Britain Pavilion of Epcot. It is beautiful and almost always quiet. In the Magic Kingdom the People Mover in Tomorrowland is always quick to board and a peaceful ride around Tomorrowland. Hollywood Studios has seating available in various spots; some more quiet than others. Animal Kingdom has some benches tucked away in various spots in the shade. The Flights of Wonder is a bird show that is relatively peaceful and there is always available seating.

Flights of Wonder is a great, entertaining show with tons of seats.
Flights of Wonder is a great, entertaining show with ample seating.

Another thing to consider is time of day and park. The park opening and close to park closing has the thinnest crowds; with midday being busy almost always. I am not an early riser, so I opt to try to stay until park closing. Magic Kingdom is the busiest of the four parks, which is understandable being the “most magical” park to most folks (myself included). Usually the park that has extra magic hours in the morning will certainly be the busiest throughout the day and sometimes into the night. The park with the extra magic hours in the evening will also tend to start to get busier as evening approaches.

The Peoplemover is a relaxing ride with normal no wait, and is a great place to have a seat and calm down.
The Peoplemover is a relaxing ride with normally no wait, and is a great place to have a seat and relax.

Peace at Walt Disney World is attainable. Expectations going into your vacation will partially determine how attainable this is for you and your family. If you expect to get through every or most every ride/attraction in one trip you may feel very stressed and it may ruin your trip. If you come in with the expectation that you can/will return and try and take it slower and just see your must-see attractions you can find peace even in a crowded place like Walt Disney World.

Perdita