Attractions I missed, and some I never want to see again!



On my most recent visit to Walt Disney World, there were some of MY traditional attractions I didn’t get to visit because of various reasons.  Whether a refurbishment, bad timing, or too many other things to do, there was sacrifice that had to take place!

The top of the list for me, The American Adventure!  In the dozen or so trips I have taken to WDW, This is the first time I have missed this patriotic tribute to the USA!  Yes, I tear up every time I see this presentation!  But, I had to sacrifice it to do the Candlelight Processional.  Was that a good reason?  Yeah, I think it was!

Next on my miss list is It’s A Small World.  I know the song is annoying, and goes on forever in your mind!  But, it is a classic Disney attractions that was closed for refurbishment the entire week we were visiting!  I’m not sure what they were doing.  Maybe painting all the dolls?  Installing cameras for the new Memory Maker package?  Putting in some kind of interaction for MagicBands?  Whatever it was, I missed one of my favorite rides.

My family has yet to see Kali River Rapids!  In the two trips we have taken in the last 22 months, Kali was closed for refurb both times!  I do hope to get to ride this someday before they decide to move it into the Avatar project! (no rumors of this happening have reached my ears)

One attraction that stands above the rest as one I can miss from this point on is Stitch’s Great Escape!  The pre-show was really funny, and I got my hopes up only to have them bashed against the rock of despair once the main show began.  After being clamped into the chair, there was no way for ME and my daughter to escape!  And believe me, we would have if we could have!  

After seeing Lights! Motors! Action! twice, I can see I don’t need to go back to that one again.  Don’t get me wrong, it is a good show and if you haven’t seen it, go see it on your next visit!  It is exciting and it is very interesting to see how it all fits together, but I’m pretty much done with that attraction.

Ellen’s Energy Adventure is just too different from the original for my taste.  I don’t enjoy the Jeopardy! round, and I find most the conversation to be boring.  If you’re looking for a good half-hour nap, you may be in the right spot.  Unless this attraction gets a refurb, I will not be wasting my time in EPCOT.

How about you?  What are some of you Can’t Miss attractions?  What are some you don’t need to see EVER again?  Let me know, I’d love to hear from you!

For now, Have a Blessed and Magical week…and Stay Warm!!

threestandswdw EXTRA…Frozen Review

Frozen Poster

So, I know that I am really late with this, but I had a Walt Disney World vacation, Christmas, and a few other things pop up in my life. I was finally able to take the threestrandswdw kids, including my 15 year old son, to see “Frozen” at the theater!

This movie is quite worth watching with the entire family! The animation is spotless and the soundtrack if fabulous! I know the teasers that were released early in 2013 didn’t look very enticing. I am happy to report that this film blows away any competition for the foreseeable future. I don’t know if it will get any Oscar nods, but it should!

Without giving anything away, the story is about two sisters. One has a ‘gift’. The other does not! In the end it is the sister’s love for each other that pulls the story to an exciting and touching conclusion. Don’t get out of your seat for even a minute of this movie as it moves pretty quickly.

I give “Frozen” a popcorn rating of four bags!! See it in the theater to get to full impact of the striking colors and awesome music!

Until next time, have a Blessed and Magical week, my friends


When Should I Go To Walt Disney World?

When to make a visit to Walt Disney World is one of the most asked questions. When to go often depends on when you are available to take a vacation. And, there seem to be more people visiting at all times of the year. However, there are still ‘lighter’ times to have an adventure at The Happiest Place on Earth.

Let’s look at a few of the busiest times first. There’s the week around July 4th with celebrations throughout the week. After that, the rest of July and August is pretty much a rush the whole time. Next on the calendar would be the week around Thanksgiving. There are a bunch of people who make the pilgrimage to the Orlando area during this time to squeeze a few days of magic in around the turkey. And the busiest time, I think, is the week of Christmas through New Year’s. Crowds are CRAZY, loud, hot, and not moving quickly around any of the parks.

That being said, there are some pretty good times that don’t see this kind of crowding take place. First of all, the month of January after the New Year’s through the week of Presidents Day is quite peaceful. Most attractions are walk on, and chances of a walk-up dining experience are better than average! Temperatures can be a little fickle, but rain is scarce.

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The month of May can be pretty good after the Spring Break crowds go away and before the Summer rush begins. Weather can be warmer and a bit wetter, but a rainy day at a Disney Park is better than a day in the real world!

September through October can be pretty quiet. Keep in mind that October brings around the EPCOT Food and Wine Expo, and the weekends can be busy around World Showcase. But, the weather may cool down a bit from the summer heat and humidity, and crowds do lighten up through the week.

So, study your schedule carefully and choose wisely the time of year you want to visit! The more you plan, the more you will get out of your vacation. There are many online tools available to help you, and if time to plan is not a part of your schedule, make use of a Disney Authorized Travel Planner! They are here to help make your trip magical! If you need one, let me know, I can refer you to someone in your area!

Have a Magical and Blessed New Year!