Best rides at Epcot

Epcot, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, was originally conceived by Walt Disney as a concept of urban living, but when he passed away the powers that be decided that realising Walt’s vision without him leading it was too risky, so it became a park based around the future, innovation and learning.

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Best rides at Epcot

Epcot is the most un-Disney of all the Disney World parks and has a few stand-out headliner rides with a number of smaller-scale attractions and interesting shows. It feels less like a theme park and more like the most badass fun science & history park ever.

See?

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Best rides at Hollywood Studios

Following on from my most favourite rides at Magic Kingdom, we continue on to Hollywood Studios. Probably my joint-favourite park (with Animal Kingdom) and ranks way higher in the “oh my god I’m going to die on this ride that was awesome let’s do that again” stakes than any other park.

Best rides at Hollywood Studios

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

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Best rides at Magic Kingdom

I’m never happier than when I’m screaming my way round one of the thrill-rides at Disney World and love that the rides are more than just that – the experience of exploring a fantasy, telling a story and sharing that thrill with people you know (and don’t know!) around you that goes way beyond just any other theme park ride. I also hold the noddy-rides (Dumbos, Flying Carpets, TriceraTop Spin) dear to my heart and will watch every stage show going, so absolutely nothing is off-limits. EXCEPT MISSION SPACE: ORANGE. Once and never again. Never, ever again. More on that later.  First up, Magic Kingdom!

Best rides at Magic Kingdom

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Snacking round the Disney World parks

The last time I visited WDW I remember chicken nuggets became a substantial food group of my holiday diet (a childhood love, rekindled) but that we also had some really lovely dinners at Portobello in Downtown Disney, The Wave at the Contemporary Resort and a lightning-filled meal at Rainforest Cafe. Dining standards in the parks have risen significantly in recent years with healthier sides and more interesting snacks.  There are those days where you just want to eat something on-the-go or don’t have the time for a table service restaurant lunch, so these are the foods (and drinks!) I’d like to try.

Mochi ice cream balls @ Japan Pavilion, Epcot [link]

Ice cream mochi

Ice cream mochi – photo by See-ming Lee

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Fireworks at Disney World

The nightly fireworks across the various parks of Disney World are the stuff of legend, it blows my mind to think that such spectacular fireworks take place each night and at multiple parks.  There are loads of different spots to watch fireworks from, some offering their own additional entertainment to that offered inside the parks themselves.

Magic Kingdom: Wishes

Holiday Wishes photo

Holiday Wishes photo by Jeff Krause

Magic Kingdom’s Wishes are “the daddy” of fireworks displays and plays out a story of good versus evil by projecting lights and graphics on to Cinderella’s Castle.

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Blizzard Beach Disney Waterpark in December… really?

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Photo by the brilliant Gary Burke

Are you mad to go to Blizzard Beach in December?

There are days on a Disney holiday when you wake up and your body says “no, not today”. The French call this “heavy legs”. I call this “running round like a loon in the park for 5 days straight” (less catchy, granted) and a pool day is just what the doctor ordered. But why settle for just a pool when you could have lots of pools and a lazy river, and crazy slides that you ride a ski lift to get to? A ski lift!

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Take a seat, get comfy, we’ve much to discuss.

Photo by Tom Bricker from Disneytouristblog.com

Photo by Tom Bricker from Disneytouristblog.com

What is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party is held at Magic Kingdom on select dates during November – December and includes spectacular parades, fireworks, stage shows, character dance parties, complimentary hot chocolate & cookies plus a whole bunch of rare character meet & greets around the park. Did you know the Seven Dwarfs don’t come out at any other time of the year?

It’s also that thing you might have seen referred to as MVMCP which looks like a cat just walked over your keyboard but it’s actually just an acronym.  Took me some time to tell my MVMCPs from my MNSSHPs.

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We’re off to the Candlelight Processional 2013

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Photo by the amazing casajump

Following on from my guide to the Candlelight Processional at Epcot, I’ve finally picked a date, a time and a place for our dining package. As a (thoroughly) English person, I had to decipher the list of celebrity narrators via Wikipeadia to discover the faces behind the names, who are all very well known in the US.

There was also a lot of soul (stomach?) searching browsing the restaurant menus, admiring photos of the interiors, checking out reviews etc, and finally came to a decision on who we’ll be seeing and where we’ll be eating…

Our Candlelight Processional celebrity narrator will be (this is probably going to change 17 times in the run-up to Christmas):

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