Archives for February 2016
Movie #7 in our New Year’s Resolution list was The Three Caballeros. This film premiered in Mexico City on December 21, 1944. It was released in the United States on February 3, 1945 and in the United Kingdom in March, 1945. This was the first time I had seen this movie all the way through. One thing that immediately stood out to me was the Birthday of Donald Duck. In the movie, Donald receives 3 presents from his friends in Latin America for his birthday on “Friday the 13th.” I always thought Donald’s birthday was June 9, 1934… so I did some research and found this on disney.wikia.com:
Donald’s birthday is officially recognized as June 9,1934, the day his debut film was released, but in The Three Caballeros, his birthday is given as simply “Friday the 13th,” while in Donald’s Happy Birthday, it is elaborated to be March 13th.
Regardless of when Donald’s birthday really is, this movie obviously reminded me of the Gran Fiesta Tour in the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase. Watching this movie will definitely make you appreciate this attraction more!
|Gran Fiesta Tour|
|The Three Caballeros movie|
Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure is a fun, interactive, FREE activity for children young and old at Epcot’s World Showcase. This attraction opened in 2012 and I’ll be honest, I’ve never experienced this adventure firsthand. Each time we’ve been at the World Showcase, we were either crunched for time or nobody in my party wanted to try it with me. That WILL change on my trip this summer!
When you are ready to play, you need to go to a recruitment center near the International Gateway (above) or to the Italy Pavilion. While there you will receive your assignment and pick up your F.O.N.E., which stands for Field Operative Notifacation Equipment. This is basically a flip phone and it will provide clues and guide you through the
game mission. The F.O.N.E. will connect you with characters from the show Phineas & Ferb who will give clues to help you defeat Dr Doofenshmirtz.
Your clues will take you to one of the following countries in the World Showcase:
- United Kingdom
The Circle of Life attraction is an indoor movie inside The Land Pavilion in Future World of Epcot. This attraction opened in January of 1995. This is a 20 minute movie featuring Pumba, Timon, and Simba from The Lion King. The movie focuses on the environment and how we are connected to the land. Pumba and Timon want to build “Hakuna Matata Resort” and have to cut down trees and dam up rivers to make it happen. Simba reminds them of their environmental responsibilities and cutting trees and damming rivers will upset the environment. This show combines both live footage and animation and has footage from over 30 countries. This is an attraction that can be enjoyed by all age groups.
- If you sit near the back it’s easier to see the whole screen without looking from side to side. The back also exits before those sitting closer to the screen.
- This is a great place to go if you need to get out of the sun for a while and get some rest.
- I have never seen this 428 seat theatre full, so if you have to wait, it’s only waiting for the current movie to end so you can enter.
- This attraction is wheelchair accessible. Guests needing assistive listening devices can visit guest services for information. Reflective captioning is also available.
Soarin’ is an attraction inside The Land Pavilion in Epcot’s Future World. It opened in May 2005. The original attraction, “Soarin’ Over California” opened at Disney’s California Adventure in February 2001. Currently, this attraction in Epcot is closed for refurbishments and a remodel. They are adding a third theatre, new digital screens and projection system, and a new film which will be “Soarin’ Around the World”. This new film will include scenes from The Great Wall of China, the African savannas and Monument Valley in the USA.
The original attraction “Soarin'” was about 5 minutes long, but the lines can be over 100 minutes! (In the video above, you can see the screen from the actual ride starting at 6:00 minutes.) Soarin’ took guests on a journey over the state of California as if you were hang gliding. While “flying” you will see and smell many different things. You’ll fly over the Golden Gate Bridge, kayakers, the ocean, ski slopes, orange groves, the redwood forests and more landscapes. My favorite part was the end when you “fly” down Main Street USA towards Sleeping Beauty Castle while the fireworks are showing.
Imagineers created this attraction using a 180 degree IMAX projection dome and filmed aerial footage to be shown on the screen. Guests are sitting in individual seats on three different rows. They are lifted 40 feet in the air as they view the beautiful scenes of California. The first row is lifted a bit higher than row 2 and row 2 is higher than row 3. As the cameras swoop over the landscape, the seats also swing and sway the direction of the camera to help give you an even more realistic feel of hang gliding.
While waiting on this attraction in the stand by line, you can participate in several interactive games. Using infrared technology, you can participate in up to 5 games such as:
- Train your bird for a race.
- Collect treasures as you pilot a hot air ballon.
- Pop the Blobs to find a picture underneath.
- Create a virtual landscape.
- Make FastPass+ reservations or head straight to this attraction as soon as the park opens to get in the stand by line.
- Guests must be 40in or taller to ride.
- This attraction is enjoyed by everyone, as long as you are tall enough to ride.
- Children under 7 must be accompanied by a person 14 years or older.
- Rider Switch is offered for this attraction.
- Guests who experience motion sickness may not want to ride! While this is a very slow moving, gentle ride, the movement of the seats along with the huge screen may make you queazy.
- Try to get in row 1as it is the highest and the other rows are under you and slightly back. When you are on rows 2 and 3, you sometimes see the feet of other guests dangling above your head.
- Guests who use wheelchairs must be able to transfer to the ride vehicle seat. Melissa at Rolling with the Magic has more to share about this Accessible Attraction.
- Lake Titicaca, where Donald Duck visits Lake Titicaca, mingles with the locals, and meets a llama.
- Pedro, a short about a small airplane, Pedro, who has to pick up mail from Argentina and bring it back to Chile while dealing with Aconcagua, the tallest mountain outside of Asia, a vulture, and plane trouble.
- El Gaucho Goofy, American cowboy Goofy is taken to Argentina to learn how to be a Gaucho.
- Aquarela do Brasil, this means Watercolor of Brazil, and that is exactly what the cartoon is about. A watercolor paintbrush paints the scenes of South America and Donald Duck meets his new friend Jose Carioca.
Ten years ago I stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge for the first time. We had a fabulous time there. There were so many unique things to do there, we could have made a vacation out of this resort alone! One of my favorite FREE things to do at Animal Kingdom Lodge is use night vision equipment to view the animals in the savanna. Sadly, I don’t have any photos of this experience because this trip was “pre blogging” and I wasn’t taking a photo of every. little. thing. we. did. at that time! 🙂
Typically from 9-11pm, you can find a cast member at the Uzima Savanna Overlook who will teach you how to use the night vision equipment and help you identify the animals you find. Check with the front desk or a cast member to confirm the time night vision viewing is being offered. One unique thing about the savanna is at night, they are all illuminated by artificial moonlight to make it seem like there is a full moon each night. This will definitely help you spot those animals with the night vision equipment!
You can read more and see a video on the Disney Parks Blog!