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Song of the South movie review

For all of you who are as big a Disney fan as me, you know Song of the South is banned. I had the luck of finding it on YouTube, and put it on Apple TV. This movie was banned for racism, as it is set on a plantation in the post-Civil War period of America. (This movie is the basis for the Splash Mountain attraction.) First of sotsall, if you are expecting a cartoon about Brer Rabbit and all the other Brer critters (which are seen in Splash Mountain), you’ll be disappointed. Know before watching this movie that it is in fact, about a young boy visiting his rich Grandmothers plantation. On the way, his dad (who grew up there) tells him about Uncle Remus and his tales of Brer Rabbit. Once they arrive, the father immediately leaves for Atlanta (it is implied the mother and father are having marital problems.) Later that night the boy runs away and meets Uncle Remus. That night Uncle Remus then tells him the first tale of Brer Rabbit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bWyhj7siEY#t=99 He goes on to tell him two more tales throughout the movie, and they all help the boy out in some way or another. The mother eventually gets mad at Uncle Remus and tells him to stop telling the boy stories. (There is no coherent explanation for this, but Uncle Remus says he won’t tell any more stories.) Later, he tells one last story, which yet again helps the boy out, and also stops a little girl from crying. The mom goes gets very upset and tells Uncle Remus to leave the boy alone. Uncle Remus leaves the plantation and it seems the movie will end on a sad note. (I won’t give the ending away completely in case you decide to watch it.) The movie ends up with a great ending and Uncle Remus ends up being the hero. It’s a good story; it’s a shame that the setting makes it offensive to some people. Roly

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Roly’s Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride Review

This picture shows Angus Macbadger.
This picture shows Angus Macbadger.

Hey, Roly here, and today I will be giving a short, overall review of Mr. Toads Wild Ride. (I will go into more depth about the ride in future posts.)

The outside of the ride itself is wonderfully themed-unlike Fantasyland rides in WDW which I covered in my Disneyland Fantasyland review- in order for it to look like you are walking into Toad Hall. The queue itself is themed to look like Toad Hall, where the ride starts.

Mole is interrupted in his dinner.
Mole is interrupted in his dinner.

The whole ride is based around the part you never see in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad; Toady’s ride in his motorcar. You drive by and through some of the scenes from the movie while trying to escape the police. You narrowly escape mowing down a few people, escape an explosion, and almost collide with a car. At the end of it all, you go to the place where all bad little toads go. The Hell scene is said to be one of the main reasons they took out the ride in WDW. That was before my time though, and the Disneyland version is all I have to go by.

Now, I love thrill rides, and I love rides based on my favorite movies. This ride is neither of those, and yet it is my favorite ride in the either of the California parks. In my opinion it is the third best ride at all six of the disney parks I have been to, right behind Peter Pan and Tower of Terror.

My favorite part of the ride.
My favorite part of the ride.

If Disney ever takes out this ride, I will be extremely mad. I believe I know now why there was such pushback against Disney removing the ride from WDW.

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the newest WDW roller coaster and is the centerpiece of New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom. It opened on May 28, 2014 and is based on “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” It was touted as part coaster, part dark ride. We have had the opportunity to ride it several times, the first right after the fire in November (That’s another story). I want to share an overview and my opinion of the ride, but not give any spoilers for those of you who have not yet ridden it.

This fire was caused by the Wished Nighttime Spectacular fireworks, and was put out before there could be any real danger.
This fire was caused by the Wished Nighttime Spectacular fireworks, and was put out before there could be any real danger.

Queue: The outer facade is a tree-covered hill with rail tracks coming out. The outside line is amid the forest. You pass the front of the dwarfs cottage before entering into the mine. The inside queue is interactive with games to entertain you while you wait. The stand-by wait is usually over an hour. These will help pass the time. Personally, I will not wait that long for any attraction. When you come to the gem-filled barrels, make sure that you and the people around you get ALL of the barrels spinning as fast as you can and keep looking up. You will get a nice surprise.

I am pretty sure you will never see the dwarves marching out to work, but this is still a very nice picture.
I am pretty sure you will never see the dwarves marching out to work, but this is still a very nice picture.

Ride: The ride begins as a roller coaster, transitions to a dark ride, goes back to coaster, and ends as a dark ride. It is a “family friendly” coaster with an intensity similar to Big Thunder Mountain, but much smoother. It and Goofy’s Barnstormer are the only two coasters that Perdita will ride. The car that you ride in is an ornately carved barrel that sways as you round corners. You can feel this. It is a neat sensation that adds to the ride and makes it seem less jerky. The dark ride portions have some of the most impressive audio-animatronics. Several, including the vultures, are recycled from Snow White’s Scary Adventures. The only problem with the dark ride portions is that they are too brief. Songs from the film, “Heigh-Ho” and the “Yodel Song” are all a part of the ride.

The mine portion, seen in this picture, looks as if it is straight from the movie. It has the most advanced animatronics, which makes them have smooth, realistic, yet cartoonish movements.
The mine portion, seen in this picture, looks as if it is straight from the movie. It has the most advanced animatronics, which makes them have smooth, realistic, yet cartoonish movements.

Photos: There are two on-ride cameras. You can purchase photos and videos through Disney’s Photopass. The videos are new to us, and we were impressed. Unlike the other WDW rides, there are no screens to view the photos after the ride. The photos and video are sent to your email for viewing and purchase.

Impression: This is not an intense experience for thrill ride enthusiasts, but it won’t disappoint most of us. It is also not a completely meek experience like “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.” I do think that it strikes a nice balance, though, with a good dose of both. As with many Disney rides, I have been able to appreciate the details and have enjoyed it more the more times I have ridden it. I love that I can ride it with Perdita and still get my coaster fix. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is definitely worth a Fastpass-plus spot. I wish the dark ride portion was longer, but that is my only complaint.

Pongo