Archives for March 2011
hear my guitar weepthrough speed of sound, riding inencore of flowers
I chose this haiku because I immediately thought of the attraction “Rock’n’Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith.” This is one of my favorite attractions and I was thrilled to find out I could use one of my photos from the attraction to accompany one of JB’s Mouse of Zen Haiku poems. Obviously, with it being the “rock’n’roller coaster” I thought of the giant guitar outside the attraction to go along with the first line of the poem “hear my guitar weep.” The speed of the ride going from 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds ties into the second line “through speed of sound, riding in”. The last line “encore of flowers” makes me think of the guests riding in a limousine bringing along flowers to throw to the band after the performance!
I love this attraction. It’s definitely a “must do” when I visit Hollywood Studios! I don’t even mind standing in the queue for this one… as long as I don’t ride right after Tower of Terror! In my old age, I can’t handle that much excitement back to back. The “G-Force Studios” memorabilia is fun to look at and the Aerosmith tunes playing will get anyone excited! “Seeing” Aerosmith wrap up a recording session and hurry out the door inviting all of us, their guests, to attend the concert with them sets the stage perfectly for what is to come!
The Rock’n’roller Coaster has been at Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World since July 29, 1999. It’s the best thrill ride at WDW in my opinion. The maximum height of the ride is 80 feet, the maximum speed is 60 mph, the maximum G Force is 4.5 and the length from start to finish is 3:12 (which is the exact running time of Aerosmith’s greatest hit ‘Sweet Emotion.’) There are 125 speakers and 24 sub-woofers in each limo of the Rock’n’Roller Coaster. There are over 900 speakers in the attraction. There are two rollover loops and one corkscrew in the ride. There is 3, 403 feet of track and the track is more than half a mile long. The launch of the coaster catapults you 200 feet and each limo can hold 24 guests (the exact number of passengers a standard stretch limo can hold!). While riding, you can hear one of the following Aerosmith songs playing:
- Dude (Looks Like a Lady)
- Walk this Way
- Love in an Elevator (Love in a Roller Coaster for the attraction!)
- Sweet Emotion
- Young Lust
- Back in the Saddle
- Nine Lives
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While I have never met Pocahontas herself, I have met two of the supporting characters in her movie! Maybe one day I’ll run into Pocahontas…
I met Meeko during a trip to Animal Kingdom in February of 2005. We were on our way to the entrance of the park and found Meeko hanging out with a few other characters. I quickly met up with him, got his autograph and took a quick photo before entering the park!
While I’m not a fan of Governor J Ratcliffe, I met him anyway. We were ending a long day at the Magic Kingdom during our trip in 2006. JAG was asleep in the stroller, so I met the Gov. alone. He’s not a friendly looking guy at all! But, he was nice enough to sign my autograph book and snap a picture!
How’s this for post #200??
Conversation tonight between me and hubby when a commercial for a show about military funerals came on-
Hubs: That soldier was from Alabama.
Me: How do you know?
Hubs: He had an Alabama flag on his headstone.
Me: Isn’t our flag also St. Andrew’s cross? Maybe he just likes St. Andrew.
Hubs: No, not our state flag, the University of Alabama flag.
Me: Oh my. Please don’t put an Auburn logo on my headstone when I die.
Hubs: Oh, I am. I’ll also include Aubie [the Auburn mascot] doing this [makes a crazy face while standing in a crazy pose]. And a big eagle with his talons doing this [makes a creepy “eagle” face with is fingers sticking out as talons].
Me: Fine. As long as there is a Hidden Mickey somewhere in that mess, I’ll be fine.
Hubs: That’s it! I’ll put a Hidden Mickey INSIDE your casket with you. That way when people go down to look at your body I can tell them it’s a big game… “See if you can find the Hidden Mickey!”
Great. This is what I have to look forward to.
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Over the years my favorite park at Walt Disney World has evolved. When I was a child, it was definitely Magic Kingdom. Probably because Magic Kingdom and Epcot were my only options and I saw Epcot as too educational and boring! When MGM, now Disney’s Hollywood Studios, opened and for several years following, it was my favorite park. At that time I was in high school and was “too cool” to say Magic Kingdom was my favorite because it was “for kids” and I couldn’t say Epcot was my favorite for fear of being labeled a “geek.” Animal Kingdom, while I still love it, is the only park that hasn’t been a favorite of mine at some point.
As a teenager, MGM was my favorite because of it’s uniqueness, newness and diversity in attractions. I loved the movie theme and felt I could relate to it better. I really felt like I was “part of the show” when I was at MGM. Our family has great memories of strolling along Hollywood Boulevard and mingling with the street performers, taking part in the special effects, and posing for interactive photos! My favorite attraction at that time was the Backstage Studio Tour! I loved the Golden Girls house on Residential Avenue!
Now that I’m older and have kids and a family of my own, I have to say Magic Kingdom is my favorite. I’ve been asked several times, “If you could go to Walt Disney World for a only one day, where would you go?” My answer is always Magic Kingdom. I feel like I can see more there that encompasses Disney and Walt himself. I also feel like everyone in my family can enjoy this park equally. There are thrill rides, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain for my 10 year old and husband to enjoy. There is fantasy land for my 2 year old to enjoy. Then there are attractions that all of us can enjoy as a family- Pirates of the Caribbean, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, the PeopleMover and Jungle Cruise. There are great counter service and table service restaurants that everyone in my family will eat and enjoy. There are plenty of shows, parades and character interactions to keep everyone happy. Magic Kingdom seems more magical to me than the other parks and for me, it’s the magic that makes Disney so unique. Walking down Main Street USA always gives me chills and brings tears to my eyes. I don’t get that feeling in any of the other parks.
HOWEVER… if I only had one day and I was with my husband and no kids, I think I may choose Epcot!! (Can you tell this was a difficult topic for me!! How can I choose just one park!?) Epcot is a slower pace and is more romantic. I love strolling around World Showcase Lagoon enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the countries. I enjoy trying new foods at the countries and talking to the cast members about their home countries. Soarin’, Test Track and Mission Space in Future World provide the “thrill” aspect if we want it, but we would prefer to leisurely hang out in World Showcase. The table service meals throughout the world showcase are amazing and there’s nothing better than ending a day with an adult beverage watching Illuminations with your spouse.
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I’m always trying to decide on the best places at Walt Disney World to get a family photo made. Usually if there is a Photopass Photographer or a Kodak picture spot sign, you know it’ll be a decent place for a picture.
I wonder where I could get this picture made?!!?
I’m so excited about the new interactive queue at Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion! I’ve been reading about it on blogs, websites and twitter. My parents just missed it while they were there last week, but it should be in full swing in September when I visit! I wonder if Cman will be too scared to ride?!
Yesterday, I got my daily “Disney Trivia” email and the question was about the Haunted Mansion.
“What true-life mansion is the Haunted Mansion at Disney World partly modeled after?”
I had no idea what the answer was, but this morning, the answer (along with today’s trivia question) was waiting for me in my in box! The answer is…
“The Harry Packer Mansion” in Jim Thorpe, PA.
When I first saw the photo on the left, I didn’t really see much of a resemblance to the WDW Haunted Mansion. But, after finding the photo on the right, I could see a better resemblance! Here is a photo of the WDW Haunted Mansion. What do you think? Do you see the resemblance?