Raptor Experience

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On one of our last trips to Universal Orlando, we were lucky enough to be able to have our own experience with a Raptor. It was a lot of fun and the way everything was set up was interesting. This was a little while ago so I’m sure they have worked out a better way to have this experience.

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Our Favorite Disney Rides!

Since we are only T minus 5 days till blasting off on our Disney vacation we thought maybe we would share some of our all time favorite rides. These rides are scattered throughout all the parks and are not limited to just one. These are in no particular order but just some of our favorites!

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The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Hollywood Studios)- There is something so terribly awful yet good about this ride. It’s almost as if we love to hate it. This ride essentially drops you into the Hollywood Hotel that has since been abandoned. After venturing through the hotel you find yourself entering an old service elevator. The elevator then takes you all the way up to the 13th floor and then proceeds to drop you down. The ride is set to be random so it’s unknown how many times you will go up in the elevator only to be plummeted down 13 floors again. See why we love to hate it?

Test Track (Epcot)- This ride is really cool because it lets you jump right into the logistics of designing your own vehicle. Once that is completed you hop into a car and ride in it while it completes all sorts of different testing. Right before the ride is complete you get to take the car for a ride on a track where you zoom around going up to 65 miles per hour.

Star Tours (Hollywood Studios)- This is one of our must sees! Since we are big fans of Star Wars we really enjoy getting on this ride. It essentially throws you into the world of Star Wars. C-3PO and R2-D2 great you and unexpectedly the ship malfunctions and C-3PO is left to command the ship. You meander through different places like Tatooine and Naboo and come face to face with different Star Wars characters. The only question is can you safely get back to the Alliance base?

Chararters In Flight (Disney Springs)- Now this isn’t your typical Disney ride. It’s not included with park admission tickets. It’s priced separately and may not be good for people afraid of heights. When we were there last there was lots of construction going on and we were able to see a lot of it since we were so high up. This is basically a hot air balloon that is tethered to the ground. It can hold many more people than a standard hot air balloon. If you are not afraid of heights it was worth the admission fee ($20.00 per person when we were last there.) If you are afraid of heights we would probably recommend skipping it and not paying additional money for something you more than likely wouldn’t enjoy. We will tell you that the views are stunning. You can even see some of the larger attractions from some of the parks.

Dinosaur (Animal Kingdom)- This is (in our opinion) one of the most intense rides Disney offers. You become a recruit to travel through time to rescue an Iguanadon before a giant meteor hits and wipes out everything. Can you find it and bring it back before getting wiped out by the meteor or even worse be eaten by a scary dinosaur? We do really want to stress that we find this ride very intense. It is very jerky and when we were on it the last time we found ourselves looking at each other with bewildered looks on our faces. We really didn’t remember just how intense it is. This may not be suitable for all children.

The Haunted Mansion (Magic Kingdom)- The Haunted Mansion is a whole lot of fun. We always feel badly for the children in line that are nervous and anxious about going on it. It’s really not scary for anyone no matter your age. Yes, it is a haunted mansion but Disney puts it’s delicate spin on it so no ghosts will actually get to you!

The Monorail (travels between Magic Kingdom and Epcot and a few resort hotels)- This is more of a transport shuttle to get between Magic Kingdom and Epcot or to get to a resort that is on the Monorail line. We’ve taken it a few times and really enjoy it (as long as it’s not tightly packed with people!) As it moves along throughout Disney property you can see a lot of great things. We especially love getting to see the resorts that Disney offers since we’ve only stayed at one (and it wasn’t on the Monorail line.)

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Soarin (Epcot)- This is such a fun ride. It allows you to hang glide over the state of California. It’s a little tough if you don’t like heights but it is also exhilerating. Basically you sit in your “hang glider” and watch an IMAX screen that gives you the feeling of hang gliding 40 feet in the air. The scenes change to different visuals throughout California from the Golden Gate Bridge to the ocean. It’s a must do for us!

Spaceship Earth (Epcot)- Sit back and relax as you are swept back to the dawn of time. The ride is narrated by Judi Dench and chronicles a look from the very beginning of mankind. Look into the past and see what the Egyptians did and work your way up through history to present times. It’s a great history lesson for the young and the old.

Rock’n Rollercoaster featuring Aerosmith (Hollywood Studios)- As you tour through G-Force Records you are stopped to see that Aerosmith is finishing up some recording. Hop into a stretch limo and fly through the streets as you quickly make your way through Los Angeles to get to their next show. This ride is exhilarating and a lot of fun.

Expedition Everest (Animal Kingdom)- Journey through the Himalayas but as you do beware of the Yeti. This is a fun rollercoaster that even goes backwards as you hurry to get away from the Yeti. It can be intense but most kids we’ve seen have really liked the ride. Can you make it back in time without getting captured by the Yeti?

These are just some of our favorite rides in Disney World. Let us know in the comments what ride(s) are your favorite!

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Fun At Animal Kingdom

On our last visit to Disney we spent a good portion of the day in Animal Kingdom. We hadn’t been to this park in quite some time. It was a lot of fun to get to experience everything all over again.

One of our favorite rides is Expedition Everest- Legend of the Forbidden Mountain. It’s a rollercoaster ride set in the theming of the Himalaya Mountains. Disney does a great job of incorporating the legend of the Yeti, guardian of the mountain. This ride may be a little intense for the little ones but certainly is exciting for everyone else. The queue line was extremely long and took quite a bit of time. Overall though we loved the ride and really enjoyed all the details Disney put into creating a environment built around Mt. Everest.

One of our favorite places in Animal Kingdom is DinoLand, U.S.A. This area of the park is all themed around dinosaurs. It is also home to the ride DINOSAUR. This is one of Dave’s favorite rides. It somewhat reminds us of Jurassic Park. This ride is definitely intense. We hadn’t been on it in awhile and as we waited for what seemed like forever we tried to remember the ride. We didn’t realize how intense it had been in the past but we certainly remembered when we got off the ride. This ride was intense for us so it might not be ideal for smaller children.

We really love all the detailing that Disney has put into this park. We love being able to walk through the different lands. Africa and Asia are some of our favorites. It’s also nice to be able to eat at the different restaurants because they offer authentic foods from the different regions. It’s also fun to take pictures with characters at some of their meet and greets.  This park is certainly a must see for everyone.

What is your favorite things about Animal Kingdom?

Vacation Countdown~ 95 days left!!

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On our quest to research all things Universal Orlando, we just discovered that the big sign located at the entrance to Jurassic Park, right next to Toon Lagoon, has been removed. We are a little sad to see it go but excited to see what it leads to. Hopefully it means the much anticipated arrival of King Kong on Skull Island. Pretty sweet right? Well who really knows? All we do know is that it’s long been rumored that the latest construction that has been started in that same area of the park is Skull Island. Hopefully, the changes to the sign means great things to come. Seeing what Universal has been able to do with Harry Potter makes it highly likely that King Kong just might be the latest addition yet. It also makes us wonder what is to be with Jurassic Park as it stands in the park today? We enjoy the themed area as we have come to know it today. It’s sad to see changes although if it means upgrading the area and adding new theming then we both can agree we are in. If it means no more Jurassic Park, we both vote nay.

Here are some pictures of the Jurassic Park area during our last trip.

Let us know how you feel about the changes in the parks.

Vacation Countdown~ 105 days left

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Today is the 2nd day of our 5 days of Disney posts. Today is all about Animal Kingdom and all the great things it offers. We love this park and find it a pleasure to be able to visit. We love the animal safari and all the cultural and memorable experiences this Disney park offers.

On our last visit we arrived at the park nice and early and was able to get right on the Kilimanjaro Safari. We were really excited to load up on the safari truck and head off on our adventure. Here are some pics of some animals we saw.

Animal Kingdom is home to Mount Everest, which stands tall and majestic in the background of the park, beckoning people to try the Expedition Everest roller coaster and enticing them to see if they have what it takes to outrun the ominous Yeti.
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We also love Dinoland U.S.A., which is a dinosaur themed area in Animal Kingdom. It offers a dinosaur adventure ride and other rides that are themed toward younger kids. Even still we enjoyed it and consider it a must see.

Share with us your favorite Disney experiences!