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Top 5 Disney Get Wet Rides

Roly (son) Water rides are some of the best. They are perfect for hot days when you need to cool off or just want to get wet. With the prices at Disney parks, it might be better than buying a soda. Here are my Top 5 Disney Get Wet Rides, from both Walt Disney World [… for full post go to our new site, which is our main focus. We will eventualy stop posting on here entirely, but until then, stay posted.

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Disney Parks Tip: The Single Rider Line

"Single Rider Line at Radiator Springs Racers"

Some rides at Disneyland and Walt Disney World offer single rider lines. For the single rider line, you have to be okay with being seated where-ever there is a space. You will not be seated with anyone else from your party. When there is an empty seat on a ride such as when there is a party of 3 on a ride with 2 seats per row, you are seated in the seat next to third member of that party. It is a great way to decrease wait time, if you don’t mind riding “alone.” The reason to do this is to cut your wait time. In general, I have found that you can usually cut your wait time compared to the stand-by line by 1/2 to 1/3.


"California Screams has a single rider line"

The California parks employ this on more rides; so, we will start there.


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Top 10 Places at Magic Kingdom

This is a completely subjective list of course. That is the whole point. These 10 places were chosen for the feeling I get when I am in the places; whether they are a recognized attraction or just a resting spot. I will elaborate why I chose each of the ten. I hope you will respond with some of your favorite places.

1)The Enchanted Forest by Gaston’s Tavern-

I chose this because of the many good memories I have had sitting outside of Gaston’s Tavern with a Lafou’s Brew. I think this spot is unparalleled in all of Walt Disney World for the peace it brings. It is… (for full post click the link:

Best Flatbreads of WDW

Margherita Flatbread at Gasparilla Island Grill (photo from DisneyFoodBlog

Disney parks are the masters of the flatbread.  The quality of Disney’s food can run the gamut and is often debated.  I have found that the flatbreads consistantly are flavorful, filling, and a good value.  Many are like personal pizzas, which is good; others branch into new culninary territories and are pleasant surprises for your taste buds.  If you are set on pizza, check out the prior article on Pizza at Walt Disney World.  I have tried nearly every flatbread at the parks and the deluxe/DVC resorts.  Here are in my opinion the 5 best flatbreads at WDW…  [for full post see:

Gaston’s Tavern

Belle’s Village is my favorite part of Magic Kingdom. There are two buildings that make it up. The first is Gaston’s Tavern, and the second is Bonjour Gifts. Gaston’s Tavern is designed after the tavern in “Beauty and the Beast” where the citizens in the bar sang “Gaston.” Gaston’s Tavern is made up of two sitting […For rest of post see:]

Little Known Facts About It’s A Small World

It’s a Small World is one of the most beloved rides in the Disney parks. It premiered in Disneyland, but is now in all 5 Disney parks. There is a wealth of information available about It’s a Small World. Below are some of things that you may not know and may find interesting about the ride.

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Top 10 Disney Songs

This is a list of my top 10-ish Disney songs. I cheated and couldn’t pick 10, so for sake of round numbers I chose 20 with a little about each one. This list is really in no particular order, and I could have had more. There are links of the songs with videos.  I hope you enjoy this list and will think of your favorites as well. In honor of the power of music in movies, below is the scene from UP that tells the story of Carl and Ellie.

1)Winnie-the-Pooh theme song-Since this is my favorite Disney movie (The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh) I had to have this as part of the top 10.

2)Up Down Touch the Ground-Another song from the Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh. I love when Pooh says he is doing his stoutness exercises.

3)Bare Necessities-This is such a happy song from The Jungle Book and Phil Harris who voiced Baloo also sang this song. (for full post go to the following link:

A Stroll Through Disney’s California Adventure

Disney’s California Adventure, along with Disneyland Resort, are the two parks making up Disneyland in Anaheim, California.  It has not always been very popular, but with the addition of Cars Land and the re-imagining of Grizzly Peak, it is much improved and gaining popularity.  For those better acquainted with Walt Disney World in Florida, there are parts of Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot, but it definitely has its own personality.  Here is a brief pictorial stroll through Disney’s California Adventure.  Enjoy!

Buena Vista Street

Open entering the park, you are on Buena Vista Street which is themed on 1930s Hollywood and includes a replica of the Carthay (To continue reading, check out our new site…)

10 Reasons to Run the Space Coast Maratheon

"2015 Space Coast Marathon"

The Space Coast Marathon is held after Thanksgiving each year on the Atlantic coast of Florida in the beautiful town of Cocoa.  It is Florida’s longest, continually running, annual marathon.  The name and space theming stem from it’s proximity to Cape Canaveral and NASA.  The Space Coast Marathon is a well ran, friendly, mid-sized race with great scenery and the extra space themed fun factor.  Here are the top 10 reasons why you should register to run the Space Coast Marathon.

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  1. "Space Coast Marathon near Disney"

    Location:  1 hour from Orlando Theme Parks.  Cocoa Village is an easy 1 hour drive from Walt Disney.. [For full post go to our new and better site:

July 32, 2015: Disney Weekly News Roundup

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July 31, 2015: Disney Weekly News Roundup
  • Disney has added watermarks over PhotoPass images on the website.  They are trying to stop people from taking screen shots of their photos to save money.
  • A fight broke out between three women in line for Test Track at Epcot last Saturday.  Hot days and long lines can wear on one’s nerves.
  • Garden Grill Restaurant in the Land Pavilion at Epcot will begin to serve lunch again on November 8.
  • Disney Channel will host their first ever on-line casting call for actors between the ages of 10 and 17 through August 6. DisneyChannelTalentSearch
  • Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters attraction will open next year at Disney’s California Adventure where Luigi’s Casa della Tires was located.  Rumor has it that it will operate via the GPS system used on the Tokyo Disney Winnie the Pooh ride.
  • Walt Disney:  One Man’s Dream and Voyage of the Little Mermaid are rumored to join Mushu and The Magic of Disney Animation as the next attractions to close in Hollywood Studios sometime this fall, making way for the upcoming changes to the park.
  • Fantasmic! at Hollywood Studios has undergone it’s first change to the projection portion in 17 years.  Tangled, Princess and the Frog, and Frozen can now be viewed.
  • Reservations can now be made for premium events at the 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival by calling Disney at (407) 939-3378.
  • Chase Disney Visa Card is offering exclusive benefits and events at the 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival for cardholders.  As in previous years, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, changing stations and an interactive section will be available at the Chase Lounge on the third floor of the American Adventure.  There will also be three special dining events:  Brews, Breakfast and More (Sept. 28), The Making of the Party for the Senses (Oct. 27), and The Creation of the Food and Wine Festival Marketplaces (Nov. 9).  For more information, check out

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