Back to a normal week with plenty of fun scheduled. However, my wife did let me know we will need to take some days off from Disney soon as she has some projects she’d like to get to. I guarantee that will lead to plenty of conversations like this:
Wifey: “Take me to the Magic Kingdom.”
Me: “You scheduled today as a day off for projects.”
Wifey: “I don’t care, take me to the Magic Kingdom!”
Me: “I told you this would happen.”
Wifey: “I miss Disney World, take me to the Animal Kingdom.”
Me: “I miss it, too. Book some Fastpasses and let’s go!”
Regardless, this week is going to be fun as we are hitting many parks and mixing in Busch Gardens for the first time!!
Walt Disney World Day 26 -Animal Kingdom
What a night! We started with our first EVER Fastpass+ for Avatar: Flight of Passage, which we have been on before, but not without at least a two-hour wait. I felt like a VIP passing the entire line and getting to ride this within 15 minutes of arriving at the park.
We also rode Kali River Rapids for the second time and my wife swears it was more intense this time around. In addition, we hit Dinosaur, which is one ride we have been on just about every time we go to the Animal Kingdom. In addition, we did the Kilimanjaro Safari and we watched the Tree of Life Awakening.
One of our goals was to see the Gorillas at Gorilla Falls, but they were weirdly in for the day very early. We did walk the trail and see the other animals, however.
Overall, it was a pretty fun-filled evening with great rides and entertainment!
Walt Disney World Day 27 -Magic Kingdom
We jam our Magic Kingdom nights full of fun and this one included a new ride for us. My wife has been on Space Mountain before and I may have been, but we were both children when it happened. This was the first time we hit the iconic Disney World ride in our year at Disney.
As I mentioned in my Week 6 Recap, I won’t be going into much detail on the rides anymore as I am just going to be repeating myself. However, Space Mountain was new to us, so I thought I would give some detail to our experience.
First, my wife felt this was a ride she had to work her way up to as she doesn’t care for dark rides and isn’t the biggest fan of coasters. She was scared but did like the entrance and the theming throughout. She does like space, so I thought this would be a good one for her.
Second, I was pumped to go on this ride! I have been waiting 27 days to ride this and see how it stacks up. Finally, I can place it on my list of top Disney rides and top Florida rides below.
Finally, I thought it was a great ride, but I had built it up a bit in my head due to the waiting. My wife didn’t hate it, but didn’t love it. The seat is a bit small for a guy my size and my backpack was too much. Next time, I will ditch the backpack in a locker (or with the wife if she won’t ride it) and see how it compared.
Overall, Space Mountain is a must-do ride and it was worth the wait!
Along with Space Mountain, we hit several other rides in the Magic Kingdom as we got through our three Fastpasses and just kept booking new ones. The rides we hit included:
- Peter Pan’s Flight (it’s the wife’s favorite)
- Peoplemover (twice)
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Big Thunder Mountain
- Haunted Mansion
- The Train (sort of counts)
We also scored some free sample treats in the Circus area of two apples. One was covered with stuff to taste like apple pie and the other was some sort of chocolate. I am in the middle of a cleanse, but still indulged as it’s hard to turn down free Disney treats.
During our Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride, we saw the fireworks show. It’s now my new favorite spot to watch the fireworks from as I get the show and a ride all at once!
Walt Disney World Day 28 -Hollywood Studios
We had quite an interesting night at Hollywood Studios. With Fastpasses for Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster, Toy Story Mania and Alien Swirling Saucers, it was already planned to be a pretty cool night. However, we also did Slinky Dog Dash twice and Toy Story Mania an extra time.
We ended up starting with Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster, which I love, but I don’t know if my wife will ever do again. We also got our first of the special pennies, which we are going to try to collect as many as possible this year.
Originally, the plan was to time out Slinky Dog Dash to ride it with the fireworks from the Star Wars show. We got in line about an hour before 10pm (fireworks time) because the ride has a 60-minute wait. However, it took about 30 minutes to get on, so we got in line again when it had a 45-minute wait. We had to request the first row and let some people go ahead of us, but we were able to get on right at 10pm and catch a few fireworks towards the end of our second ride on Slinky Dog Dash.
After Slinky, we headed over to Toy Story Mania for our Fastpass, but it only had a 5-minute wait. We did standby first, and then our Fastpass and yes, my wife beat me both times, as usual.
Another odd thing happened with Alien Swirling Saucers. It was down for the majority of our night so we had a multiple experience Fastpass to use. We couldn’t figure out how to use it because it’s not good for Slinky Dog Dash and we already had a couple of pretty good choices reserved. About 8:30pm, the ride finally came back up, which my wife loves, so we used the Fastpass.
Overall, it was one of our better nights at Hollywood Studios because we stayed busy. We are learning that our best days are when we stay busy with rides, even if they are not our favorite choices.
Walt Disney World Day 29 -Epcot
Epcot is still one of our favorite parks, but it was a shorter night for us. We started with something new for us, Turtle Talk with Crush. This is the first show we have been to where it’s very much for kids and not so much for adults.
After the show, we did the Nemo ride since it’s right there and had a 5-minute wait. Then, we headed over to do Mission Space. We have done the Green mission, but not the Orange, so we went for Orange. This is the second ride at Disney I can honestly say I never need to do again. I enjoyed the Green mission, but Orange is just too much for both of us. It wasn’t fun at all.
This nearly ruined our night, but we recovered because we had a Fastpass+ for Frozen Ever After. It was only our second time on this ride because it always has a long wait and it’s a bit difficult to get a Fastpass+ for.
After Frozen, we raced to Spaceship Earth and were one of the last ones let on the ride. Overall, we had a great time at Epcot with one exception: the Orange Mission at Mission Space.
Recapping the Week
Even with it being a shorter week, we still did a few new things for us. It was fun and I think we are both ready to get back to our normal Disney schedule this week.
- Total Days – 4
- Total Park Visits – 4
- Steps – 35.314
- Approximate time at Disney – 18 hours, 35 minutes
Yearly Totals (Started June 17th, 2018)
- Total Days – 29
- Total Park Visits – 30
- Steps – 256,638
- Approximate time at Disney – 137 hours, 14 minutes
Current Top 20 Walt Disney World Rides
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. Space Mountain
7. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
8. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
9. Slinky Dog Dash
10. Soarin’ Around the World
12. Mission Space (less intense version)
13. Na’vi River Journey
14. Toy Story Mania
15. Kali River Rapids
16. Kilimanjaro Safari
18. Spaceship Earth
19. Pirates of the Caribbean
20. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Current Top 10 Walt Disney World Shows
1. River of Light
2. Short Film Festival
3. Festival of the Lion King
4. Mickey’s PhilharMagic
5. Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
7. Up! A Great Bird Adventure
8. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
9. It’s Tough to be a Bug
10. Indiana Jones
Walt Disney Worlds Attractions I Don’t Need to Ever Do Again
I am introducing a new list this week as there are a few attractions at Disney I don’t ever need to do again. This list is short but may grow over time.
1. Tomorrowland Speedway (tear it down and put in real go-carts or something better)
2. Mission Space: Orange Mission (I am sure some people love it, but it’s not for me.)
3. It’s a Small World After all (simply not a fan)
4. Star Tours (Did it twice, made me feel sick both times and personally, it could use some updating to be more like Flight of Passage and Soarin’)
Top 10 Rides at All Florida Theme Parks
1. Kraken (SeaWorld)
2. Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster (Hollywood Studios)
3. Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain (Animal Kingdom)
4. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Hollywood Studios)
5. Avatar Flight of Passage (Animal Kingdom)
6. Test Track (Epcot)
7. Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom)
8. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Magic Kingdom)
9. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Magic Kingdom)
10. Slinky Dog Dash (Hollywood Studios)