This is our fourth week going to Walt Disney World and we are having probably too much fun if that’s possible. This week started with a spontaneous visit to the Magic Kingdom on Sunday, due to the right Fastpass+ coming available.
My wife was on top of it and when Seven Dwarfs Mine Train came available; she swooped it up and told me we should go. I concurred (just like a doctor would, a Catch Me if You Can reference) and we were off for the park.
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Walt Disney World Day 14 – Magic Kingdom
The entire reason we went was for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride. We don’t usually go on Sundays, as it’s supposed to be a relaxing day off. When a good Fastpass+ comes available, however, you take it!
Usually, this ride has a wait of more than 60 minutes and we have seen it as high as 120 minutes. This was the first time we saw a Fastpass+ available for it, so we took it!
Mad Tea Party
We started the night with the Mad Tea Party, which is iconic, of course. The Disney Tea Cups are just something you have to do and they are a bit more fun than you might think. I enjoyed the ride and we had plenty of fun on the Tea Cups.
We had some time to kill, so my wife wanted to do the Peoplemover ride, of course. We always love this ride and it’s one of those hidden gems for us.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Another ride we haven’t done, Winnie the Pooh offers a great classic choice. It was enjoyable and actually a bit more intense than I would have expected. Don’t get me wrong, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is not an intense ride, but it was a bit more than some of the slow rides we have been on at Walt Disney World so far.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Even with a Fastpass+ the wait was about 15 minutes, but much better than the standby time of 75 minutes. It was a good decision to go as this was a very cool ride. It’s perfect for those that don’t love coasters but want to do a bit of a beginner’s coaster and enjoy the story of Snow White.
Since Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is more intense than the smaller coasters, it’s perfect for so many riders. In addition, the ride tells a story and provides plenty of other entertainment along the way. It’s not just a fast coaster that keeps going and going. Seven Dwarfs offers a ride with a mixture of some speed with some slowdowns and plenty of storytelling.
Walt Disney World Day 15 – Epcot
Epcot is one of my favorite parks and it got even better for me. This was just a short night of about 2.5 hours since we were running late, but we still had plenty of fun.
After Imagination, we headed to Mexico to do a bit of exploring. My wife jokes that Mexican Donald Duck is her boyfriend on the side, so we always have that fun running joke going in Mexico.
We checked out the shops, walked up the handicap ramp (pretty cool scenery) and hung out for a while. Of course, we did the boat ride before heading out of Mexico.
Our main Fastpass+ was delayed because the ride was shut down temporarily. However, we still did Test Track before leaving!
We haven’t been able to get on Test Track until now and my wife scored a Fastpass+ so we took advantage. Even with a Fastpass+, we waited about 25 minutes to get on. The single rider line was shorter, but we wanted to do it together.
Our car was unique and had police lights on it (I think). It scored a 207, which was not bad considering the top for the day was a 232. We didn’t win anything in our group except for performance as we scored the highest for that category.
The test drive is pretty cool and very realistic. I love fast rides, so this one will likely be going into my top ten this week! I can’t wait to do it again!
Walt Disney World Day 16 – Magic Kingdom
Not one of our better days at Walt Disney World this year, it was Friday the 13th and our luck wasn’t so great. It started with the insane traffic in 192 on our way to Disney, which put us running late for our first Fastpass+. It took about 20 minutes longer than normal to get to the park.
We barely made it to the Tomorrowland Speedway and after riding it, we could have skipped it. I know this ride probably appeals to some children, but it’s the worst ride we have been on so far at Disney. You can barely control the car, it’s very slow and at the end, it was like being stuck in Orlando traffic again.
Personally, I would be okay if Disney replaced this ride with something better. It doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense in Tomorrowland either, but that’s just my opinion. It’s the first ride I haven’t been able to say something positive about.
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
While The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is obviously designed for children, it was pretty fun. My wife enjoyed it quite a bit. It was a breath of fresh air considering we had a horrible Tomorrowland Speedway experience and found out our Big Thunder Mountain Fastpass+ wasn’t going to be good because the ride closed.
Yes, we get to use that Fastpass+ for anything else in the park (except Peter Pan’s Flight and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train), but Space Mountain was also closed and my wife wasn’t ready to do Splash Mountain. That left me going into the day thinking I got to do one of the more thrilling rides but ended up with something far less thrilling.
Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
While this is a pretty cool ride and I do enjoy The Little Mermaid, it wasn’t a good replacement for Big Thunder Mountain. I almost had my wife convinced to do Space Mountain, but it closed down, so we ended up here at Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid. Friday the 13th Strikes again!
Overall, this was one of the least magical days we have had at Walt Disney World. On top of all I have mentioned, the Monorail was down when we arrived, which delayed us getting into the park even more. While I enjoy the Ferry, it’s a slower option most of the time, but far more reliable than the monorail.
It seems like every other time we go to the Magic Kingdom we struggle with something and it’s a lot of work to get there. We will be making some adjustments to the way we enjoy this park as it hasn’t been our favorite so far.
Walt Disney World Day 17 – Animal Kingdom
My absolute favorite park at Walt Disney World, today we went to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I love this park from the sounds to the rides to the shows. When we first got our Annual Passes, I would have never thought the Animal Kingdom would be my favorite park, but it has become a place of complete enjoyment for me.
We scheduled 3 Fastpass+ experiences including 2 shows and 1 ride. We were also able to score a 4th Fastpass+ once we used all three up and tried to get a 5th, but decided to wait for Flight of Passage instead.
Up! A Great Bird Adventure
A very cool show including some of the most unique birds I have ever seen, Up! A Great Bird Adventure offered something fun for everybody. It was exciting, relaxing, enjoyable and colorful. The birds are quite majestic and some are pretty funny, too. I recommend this show for anybody that wants to have a good time.
Festival of the Lion King
My wife has been looking forward to this show for a few months now and we finally went. Usually, we don’t arrive early enough, but we made a special point to do the Animal Kingdom on a Saturday because of this show.
Festival of the Lion King a Broadway-style show filled with fun. I think the Monkeys are the funniest and it has to be a dream come true to get paid to act silly and do acrobats. This show was absolutely amazing and one of the very best we have seen at Walt Disney World so far.
I have been looking forward to this ride for quite some time now and it was open! We had a Fastpass+, so we skipped the line and got in on about 10 minutes. I don’t know what I expected, but my expectations were blown away.
My wife was terrified of Expedition Everest, which usually means it’s a good ride and I loved it. You really do get a sense like you go upside down when it goes backwards into the dark. It’s a thrilling ride and will certainly be cracking my top ten this week.
Another kiddie ride that picks you up and gently spins you around, TriceraTop Spin is great for kids. I don’t mind these rides as they are relaxing and I like to play with the joystick that moves you up and down, lol. My wife loves these rides and it was another one she enjoyed.
This was the 5th or 6th time we have been on Dinosaur and it’s still one of my favorites. We usually get on without a Fastpass+, but the ride was down earlier in the day so it was a 50-minute wait. This was our bonus Fastpass+ that we booked after using the first 3 and we got on in about 15 minutes.
Every single time we have been on this, it has been a slightly different experience. My wife had never noticed the security camera footage of the dinosaur at the end and the people we ride with always make the experience different. It was, as usual, very enjoyable and quite a bit of fun.
Avatar Flight of Passage
We just re-watched the movie Avatar and wanted to experience Flight of Passage again. After sitting down in Pandora for dinner, we noticed the wait was only 95 minutes, which is incredible for this ride. When we first arrived at the park it was 150 minutes.
We got in line and usually, we get stuck outside, but we were past the second person that usually collects the safety information cards within just a few minutes. They were not handing out safety information cards anymore, which was odd, but we don’t really need one, anyway.
The line moves super-fast until we got into the lab, and then we got stalled a bit. We were still in the first room for instructions for the ride within 70 minutes and off the ride within about 85 minutes, so it was a great time to get in line for Flight of Passage.
Since we re-watched Avatar, a lot of the instructions and theming made far more sense to us as it had been years since either of us had seen the movie. This ride never disappoints and it’s always a great experience.
I heard last time that if you’re on the end you don’t get splashed as much or get the smells as much. I was at the very end (seat #16) and I received plenty of splashing and smells, so I don’t think this is completely accurate.
We did learn a trick, however. If you’re a party of 1 or 2 and they ask you to skip the line, it means you will likely be on the end because they are filling in the last few spots. If you want to be in the middle, just don’t raise your hand and let someone else skip the line.
Recapping the Week
A strong start on Sunday with Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, this week was all about new rides, with a few old favorites mixed in. Other than our not so magical experience on Friday the 13th, this week was a very fun time at Walt Disney World.
We usually go on Tuesdays, as well, but this week was supposed to be the week we moved from one RV Resort to another. However, we had a problem with one of our hydraulic jacks and were not able to move, so we are at the same place for a couple more weeks while we get it sorted out. I will have more info on that soon, in one of my RV posts.
My wife did say she experienced a bit of burnout this week. I don’t know if that’s related to going to Walt Disney World so much or if it has to do with the RV issue or the fact that she hasn’t been feeling 100% this week.
We also made the decision to add in Busch Gardens and Sea World by purchasing an Annual Pass for both while they were still giving away a day of the Dining Deal. These will start to get mixed in slowly, as we still want to keep our focus on Walt Disney World, but want to enjoy these parks, too. We will probably to Annual Passes for Universal Studios in the future, as well.
We also have Movie Passes, which gives us a bit of additional entertainment to mix things up. This week we did go see Jurassic World at the AMC Disney Springs, which was a very nice theater and we are now excited to go back to Disney Springs in the future.
Of course, we do have the two water parks as a part of our Annual Pass at Disney and we will be mixing those in soon, too.
Anyway, here are the stats for this week at Walt Disney World and my new, expanded Top 20 rides!
- Total Days – 4
- Total Park Visits – 4
- Steps – 29,083
- Approximate time at Disney – 15 hours, 1 minute
Yearly Totals (Started June 17th, 2018)
- Total Days – 17
- Total Park Visits – 19
- Steps – 146,291
- Approximate time at Disney – 82 hours, 54 minute
Current Top 20 Walt Disney World Rides
I have expanded my top rides list because there too many good rides that we have been on to keep it at just 10. Here’s my new Top 20 after riding about a half dozen new-to-us rides this week!
1. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
2. Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
3. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
4. Avatar Flight of Passage
5. Test Track
6. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
7. Slinky Dog Dash
8. Soarin’ Around the World
10. Na’vi River Journey
11. Toy Story Mania
12. Kali River Rapids
14. Kilimanjaro Safari
15. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
16. Peter Pan’s Flight
17. Spaceship Earth
18. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
19. Pirates of the Caribbean
20. Alien Swirling Saucers
There are still several rides we have yet to do, so this list will certainly be changing over the next few months.
Current Top 7 Walt Disney World Shows
1. River of Light
2. Festival of the Lion King
3. Mickey’s PhilharMagic
4. Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
5. It’s Tough to be a Bug
6. Up! A Great Bird Adventure
7. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
We have only started to see some of the shows, so this list will be expanded and updated soon.