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The Good Vibe Travel Blog’s Top 5 Exciting Walt Disney World Attractions

     Join us as we countdown our 5 favorite exciting Walt Disney World attractions and compare your faves with ours!

#5 Test Track – Epcot

 We love the excitement of the speed trial at the end of Test Track, reaching the top speed of 64.9 miles, making it the fastest Disney attraction ever built. But, we honestly miss the testing procedures that the original attraction simulated. Our kids love the addition of designing your own car, but we still miss the original. Always, an exciting finish for sure! Kristy likes Expedition Everest better than Test Track and I like Test Track better just because it doesn’t go backwards! Test Track had to make our list since it’s the fastest and longest (length, not timing) Disney attraction. Each TT vehicle’s computers are rumored to have more processing power than the Space Shuttle. Wow! That’s some amazing Disney Imagineering! I like the history of this attraction and that they used the same building as the original attraction,World of Motion. This is a super-fun ride and makes everyone in our family happy. We decided that Expedition Everest will get a special mention and that will be in a post all itself!

#4 The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror- Disney’s Hollywood Studios

We both love Tower of Terror, even though the “free fall” feeling always scares the bejesus out of me! On our last trip I swear I was at one point, standing up straight in my seat!! Lol. This amazingly themed attraction and it’s technological advances keeps us going back for more. I would just love to hang out in the Hollywood Tower Hotel for a few hours! Wouldn’t you? Standing at 199 feet tall, if taller, it would have to comply with FAA regulations and have a red flashing aircraft warning light on the rooftop and Disney Imagineers felt that would not keep in with the 1930’s design they were going for. We call this attraction a technological marvel because of the upgrades given over the last few years. Remember when it opened? No longer just one big “drop,” (you are actually pulled down and not dropped.) You really never know what kind of ride you are going to get and that my friends is Disney magic at its finest.

#3 Splash Mountain- Magic Kingdom

Our Good Vibe family on Splash and I’m the easiest to spot. Just trying to crouch down under the seat. That’s all. 😝

I have a love/hate relationship with this attraction. Kristy absolutely loves it. Me, not so much. Lol. I love the animatronics, the theming, the great music, the talented voice cast and Tony Baxter, who came up with the idea, is one of my fave Imagineers. I just hate that drop! Always have. It’s a 50 foot drop!! I would rather ride Tower of Terror, than Splash Mountain. Really. But, I always get talked into riding it. And, until we reach the bottom, I always hope for a malfunction so we can walk off. It never happens. Anyways, I do feel better with the lap bars that were added in 2011. I can remember them not being there when this attraction first opened and for years later and holding onto my kiddos during the drop, worried they would fall out. It was a happy addition for this scaredy cat! In all, it’s a wonderful ride, if you don’t mind that huge drop and getting wet! Yes, everyone gets wet. Last month, there was a basket in the queue with Splash Mountain themed Ziploc bags to keep your electronics dry. Very cute. Very thoughtful and very telling. You will get wet!

#2 Slinky Dog Dash- Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Y’all, we didn’t joke about the speed! Look at our hair! 💨

We both LOVE this roller coaster!! There is only one other attraction that we love just a bit more. Slinky Dog Dash surprised us in that it was a bit more exciting than we expected! If you are thinking this is a boring family coaster, think again! Plenty of speed! Plenty of thrills! Plenty of wonderment for the whole family. Just when you think it’s over, Disney surprises you with more. A second mid-ride launch, a first for Disney Parks! This coaster is our fave coaster on Disney property. Not only is it way more fun than we expected, it is truly a feast for the eyes for every Toy Story fan! There is something to see around every corner and Disney Imagineers really outdid themselves with the design. Check out the Fastpass+ scanner, it’s an oversized Crayola crayon! This coaster is a fast-loading coaster, the wait times may be long, but the CM’s do a great job of keeping things moving right along and are very efficient. When you get close to the front of the line, there is no time to play on your phone, you will be on your way very soon. Awesome, awesome coaster and really could almost tie for #1, with us!

#1 Avatar Flight of Passage- Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Ok, y’all, when an attraction can bring you to tears and bring up so many emotions that come with being immersed in such an amazing place, it has to be #1! Flight of Passage is absolutely amazing. During the ride, I thought to myself, this must be what heaven feels like. Really. It’s so calming, so peaceful and honestly a work of art! You actually feel like you are flying! I even patted my Banshee during our ride, without even thinking! Getting into the ride vehicle is almost like getting on a motorcycle but with back and leg restraints. It’s harder for those taller people as many of our tall family members were squished in by CM’s to make sure they were safe. It’s an opportunity for a good laugh, as your family member is quite surprised from the squishing! The beginning of the ride, brings out many “oohs” and “awws ” from first time guests. Disney Imagineers created the most innovative and immersive attraction in the world and built it with huge crowds in mind. You can’t get bored going through this queue. It’s absolutely fascinating from start to finish. It does help greatly to have seen the movie a few times as the queue area does include the history of Pandora. Our whole family loves this ride! Because of the full immersion of this amazing attraction and watching a screen, I did have to take off the 3D glasses as I was getting a bit motion sick, which is common for me. (I cannot ride Star Tours at all.) Taking the glasses off did help me and I still will ride again. Maybe with some meds first? Lol. We aren’t going to give away any more spoilers, we want you to experience it for yourselves! It’s truly amazing and most definitely our #1 attraction in Walt Disney World.

Thank you so much for following us and reading our longest post! This was a lot of fun and we will countdown more of our faves very soon.

Feel free to comment or contact us. We would love to hear from you.

Good vibes and Disney rides, Darcie

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Disney Oscars Facts

     Since the 91st Academy Awards are underway, we thought we would go through some Disney Academy Awards (commonly referred to as the Oscars) facts.

     Did you know that, Walt Disney still holds many records at the Academy Awards. He is credited with winning the most Oscars in history, the most nominations and the most losses. He won twenty-two competitive Academy Awards from a total of fifty-nine nominations and received four honorary Oscars.

     Walt’s first competitive Academy Award win was at the 5th Academy Awards in 1932 in the category of Best Short Subject for the film Flowers and Trees. This short was produced by Walt Disney, himself and was nothing short of genius. It was originally in production in black and white and after Walt agreed to test it in Technicolor, he ordered the short redone in color. Of course, this caused the production to go over budget, but the cartoon was such a hit that profits covered the budget overage. Proving that Walt Disney was definitely a leader in his field.

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     The four honorary Academy Awards Walt Disney received were:

1932- for the creation of Mickey Mouse. Making Mickey the first non-human to receive an Academy Award.

1939- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs– “recognized as a significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field for the motion picture cartoon.” Walt received one normal size statuette and seven little Oscars. (Funny though, many thought Walt would fail making this animated motion picture and called Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs “Disney’s Folly”).

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1941- The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award- awarded periodically to “creative producers whose bodies of work reflect a consistently high quality of motion picture production.”

1942- Walt Disney, et al., including the RCA Manufacturing Company, “for their outstanding contribution to the advancement of the use of sound in motion pictures through the production of Fantasia.”

It’s just amazing to think that after all of these years, Walt Disney still holds these Academy Awards records. Many of his Oscars are housed today, at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, California.

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If you are interested in reading more about Walt’s nominations, wins and losses check out AMC’s filmsite, which helped us with some of the historical data in this post.

Good vibes and Disney rides, Darcie

 

 

 

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Mission: Space Restaurant Update

     While we visited Epcot, we were able to see the progress of the new space-themed restaurant that will be adjacent to the Mission: Space attraction and right next to Test Track.

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If walking from Universe of Energy/ Guardians of the Galaxy you would pass Mission: Space on your left and you would see the left side of Test Track as pictured above. This path to the left is to the new restaurant.

  This is a much needed addition to Future World. Dining choices are a bit scarce on this side of the park, compared to World Showcase. I love that it will be space-themed, which will provide an alternative for those of us that don’t ride Mission: Space. ( I’m a chicken for sure!) We will be able to get our space fix and eat delicious food at the same time! Yay! I love themed restaurants!! I love the themeing in Coral Reef and always have a great meal every time I visit. There will be no doubts on whether or not the food will be out-of-this-world! According to Disney, The Patina Restaurant Group will be operating this new restaurant. They currently operate several on Disney property, Tutto Italia and Via Napoli at Epcot and Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs, to name a few.

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We will provide more updates as soon as we get  them. I, personally, cannot wait to try this restaurant!

Good vibes and Disney rides, Darcie

 

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Disney World Skyliner Update

     We just got home from another magical vacation and we wanted to give you an update! We can’t help but to be excited about Disney World’s newest transportation system! Disney’s Skyliner will hopefully help alleviate some of the massive traffic in and around Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Just think of the new point-of-views that each guest will get when these open! As if we didn’t have our cameras out enough already. Lol

      Slated to open this fall, this gondola transportation system will surely help with the crowds expected after the opening of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. But, if you are like me, I welcome any kind of Disney transportation because I get lost every time I try to drive on property! And yes, I have been visiting for over 40 years now. Lol

Here is a map that shows what resorts and the two parks that the Skyliner will service.

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Epcot’s Skyliner station looks absolutely majestic. So beautiful and fits right in with World Showcase!

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The station over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are almost identical to the design of their entrance and they have an awesome new public restroom area with the same design before you reach the entrance! Perfect after a long bus or gondola ride or if you are taking the walkway to Epcot and The Boardwalk!

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 We are so excited and can’t wait to see more! Follow us here or on Facebook and Instagram for more great Disney info!

 

Good vibes and Disney rides, Darcie

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Meet our Marathon Friend

     Just a couple of weeks ago we introduced a friend of ours, Kaylie. Kaylie is training for her first Disney marathon. The Wine and Dine Half Marathon, to be exact.

      Kaylie has been kind enough to invite us to follow her on her marathon training journey. Join us over the next few months to learn more about Kaylie’s journey and see her progress.

 

Kaylie’s first update…

 

 

When it’s too cold to run outside, sometimes you have to improvise and run laps around the pool table! The most important thing is that you’re moving! This time last year I had set a goal to run a 5k and had started training for it. It seemed impossible I remember running five minutes straight, it made me throw up. It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t fast but I was doing it! You can do it too! Start training, just don’t give up. You don’t have to be professional to run a Disney 5k. Imagine rewarding yourself with a trip to Disney to run a 5k, 10k or a marathon. I can’t wait to share the Disney marathon experience with you.