Disney Parks Photo Project

Disney Parks Photo Project

Hi everyone! I wanted to share with you Disney’s newest photography blog, “The Looking Glass”. I enjoy photography and I was really excited when I discovered that Disney had recently launched this blog. The idea of the blog is to “capture the idea of the theme parks” from a new and unique perspective. Disney has hired seven different photographers to perform this task and so far they have been doing a great job. The pictures are really unique and beautiful and I highly recommend that you check it out.

Have a magical day!

xoxo – Michaela

The Crystal Palace

The Crystal Palace is a great choice for breakfast, lunch, or dinner if you or someone in your family loves Winnie the Pooh. The Crystal Palace is a buffet style restaurant in the Magic Kingdom located right off Main Street USA near the entrance to Adventureland. While you eat Pooh and his friends (Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore) come and visit your table. My family and I usually like to eat here for lunch as it is a good way to relax for an hour or so after being in the park all morning.

Tigger stops by for a hug!

Breakfast includes traditional American dishes such as pastries, fresh fruit, omelets, and assorted cereals. Lunch and dinner typically includes chicken, salmon, carved steak, as well as chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, and pizza for the kids. Ice cream, cookies, and other sweets are served at the the dessert bar. Like all character dining experiences, The Crystal Palace is a great way to meet characters without waiting in long lines. Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore all come right to your table while you are eating and this can be a very memorable experience for kids and adults alike. This restaurant tends to be popular so I recommend getting an Advance Dining Reservation if you and your family wants to eat here.

Have a magical day!

xoxo – Michaela

See Your Favorite Characters on the Big Stage

The are many opportunities to see your favorite characters in the parks. There are meet and greets and character dining experiences for all guests. Another great way to see your favorite characters is in the many shows and musicals that the parks offer.

Magic Kingdom

1) Mickey’s PhilharMagic – This movie is a great choice for the whole family especially if you want to cool off for while. This 3-D film features Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse and takes you on a fun-filled trip through some of your favorite Disney films such as Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. This film, located in Fantasyland, is about 12 minutes long and runs throughout the day.

2) Dream-Along with Mickey – This show runs throughout the day in front of Cinderella’s Castle. The show celebrates the magic of dreams and is great for younger children. This show also features many characters like Mickey, Minnie, Cinderella, Snow White, Peter Pan, and Captain Hook. Make sure to check your Times Guide to see what times this show will be playing.

3) Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial – Learn how to be a pirate from the one and only Captain Jack Sparrow. This show invites children to take the stage with Captain Jack as he teaches them how to be a pirate. The show runs throughout the day and can be a very memorable experience for young kids. This show is located in Adventureland and runs at numerous times throughout the day.

Captain Jack Sparrow teaches young children how to be a pirate.

Captain Jack Sparrow

4) Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor – This interactive show located in Tomorrowland invites you to help Mike Wazowski power the city of Monstropolis with your laughter. This is a great show for both kids and adults and is sure to make you laugh. The show is about 15 minutes and runs continuously throughout the day.

5) Country Bear Jamboree – This 20 minute show located in Frontierland is a great show if you need to relax for a few minutes. This show features the Country Bears singing some your favorite classic country songs.

Join these singing bears and their friends in the Country Bear Jamboree!

EPCOT

1) Turtle Talk with Crush – This is show is located in the Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion and invites children to have a fun-filled discussion with Crush from Finding Nemo. Because the show revolves around your questions every show is different. Even if you’re traveling without kids this is a great show to sit in on as it is very cute and entertaining. The show is about 15 minutes long and runs throughout the day.

2) Circle of Life – This show features Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa, from The Lion King and teaches children and adults alike about human impacts on the environment. This attraction is located in the The Land Pavilion and is about 20 minutes long, running continuously throughout the day.

Hollywood Studios

1) Fantasmic – Fantasmic is a great way to see many of your favorite characters. This 25-minute fireworks and water show takes you into the imagination of Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. This show is only performed on select nights so check your Times Guide to see when it will be playing. Furthermore this show is extremely popular so I recommend getting to the theater, located on Sunset Boulevard, early if you want to find a good seat.

2) Lights, Motor, Action! Extreme Stunt Show – This show is about 30 minutes long and shows you how Hollywood creates its amazing car stunts. This is a fun action packed show that is great for the whole family. Be sure to be on the lookout for Lightening McQueen who likes to make an appearance during this show. This show runs a few times each day at the Backlot so be sure to check your Times Guide to see when it will be playing while you are there.

Cars perform many stunts during this action packed show!

Lights, Motor, Action shows the audience how they safely use fire when making movies.

3) Beauty and the Beast – This Broadway-style show tells the story of the beloved Disney Classic, Beauty and the Beast.  This live show is about 20 minutes long and features your favorite songs from this beloved Disney movie. It usually runs a few times each day so check your Times Guide to see which performance time works best for you. The theater is located on Sunset Boulevard near the Tower of Terror.

4) Disney Junior – Located in the Animation Courtyard, this show is great for young children. The show invites children to jump, dance, and sing along with some of their favorite characters from Disney Junior television shows like Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Little Einsteins, and the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Showtimes for this attraction can vary so be sure to check your Times Guide if this is something you want to see.

5) Voyage of the Little Mermaid – One of my favorite shows, the Voyage of the Little Mermaid allows you to relive the Disney Classic through colorful puppets, live performers, special effects and movie clips. The show is about 15 minutes long and runs continuously throughout the day.

6) Star Wars: Jedi Training Academy – Kids ages 4-12 are invited to learn how to use the Force from a Jedi Master. As they train to become Jedi Knights, children will pledge the sacred Jedi-Oath and learn how to use a lightsaber. At the end of this 30 minute show the participating children get to battle Darth Vader. This show runs at various times throughout the day so check your Times Guide to see when it will be running when you are in the park. The show only allows about 15 children to participate during each show, so if you have a child who wants to participate you must get their early and your child will have to wait in line. Cast members entertain children with games while they wait.

Junior Jedi’s learn the art of the lightsaber.

Younger brother John battles Darth Vader!

7) Muppet Vision 3-D – Muppet-Vision 3-D is fun-filled comedy featuring your favorite Muppets including Kermit the Frog and Ms. piggy. This movie is located in the Backlot and has continuous 20 minute showings throughout the day.

Animal Kingdom

1) Festival of the Lion King – The Festival of the Lion King is one my favorite shows in the parks. The show is a high-energy live show featuring your favorite characters from The Lion King. This is a show for the whole family and great show to watch if you need to sit down and cool off. The show is located in an indoor theater in Camp Minnie Mickey and is approximately 30 minutes long. Check your Times Guide to see what times this show will playing at.

Simba greets guests in The Festival of the Lion King

2) Finding Nemo the Musical – Take a trip under the sea and visit Nemo and all of his friends. This performance is approximately 30 minutes long and uses large puppets and catchy songs to help tell the story Finding Nemo. The play is performed in an indoor theater located in Dinoland USA. Check your Times Guide to see what times this musical is showing.

3) It’s Tough to be a Bug – This 3-D movie is located in the Tree of Life and runs continuously throughout the day. The show is approximately 10 minutes long and invites guests to become honorary bugs as Flick and his friends from A Bugs Life show you what its like to be a bug.

Have a Magical Day!

xoxo – Michaela

Walt Disney + George Lucas = Disney’s Magical Star Wars Weekend

Walt Disney + George Lucas = Disney’s Magical Star Wars Weekend

Walt Disney + George Lucas = Disney's Magical Star Wars Weekend

Star Wars Weekend is taking place right now in Disney World! During this spectacular event, you can get an autograph from one of your favorite Star Wars characters, learn how to be a Jedi, and party at a fun, Star Wars themed event! To get specific details about the event, check out the Disney website: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/hollywood-studios/special-events/star-wars-weekend/

To experience Star Wars fun any time of the year, be sure to ride Star Tours! In this 3-D simulation ride, you fly through the galaxy as you try to keep the rebel spy housed in your ship safe so that you can defeat Darth Vader! Also, the Jedi Training Academy is a regular experience in Hollywood Studios. Taking place on the left side of Star Tours, kids ages 4-12 can take part in a 30-minute training session with Jedi Masters. Also, Princess Leia can sometimes be seen outside Tatooine Traders. Make sure you get a picture with her! For more information about Hollywood Studios, check out our previous posts: “You’re a Star: Experiencing Hollywood Studios” and “Lights, Camera, Action: Special Experiences in Hollywood Studios”. May the force be with you! ❤ Jessica

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If you are planning a Disney vacation in the near future, be sure to check out these tips that will help you plan your Epcot visit! Please comment on the post if you have any questions or any topic requests for future blog posts.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Disney

Epcot is my favorite park because there are so many things to explore! The list below compiles only a few of my favorite special experiences in Epcot.

1. Turtle Talk with Crush, located in The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion, is a wonderful interactive experience for young children. As an adult, I marvel over the technology needed to make this attraction possible! Young children are invited to sit on a special patch of carpet in the front of the room while benches are available for older visitors to watch. There is a large screen in the front of the room, depicting an underwater scene. Crush, the sea turtle from Finding Nemo, appears onscreen and begins to interact with the kids. Crush is able to answer specific questions from the children and even makes jokes about things that are happening in the room! This attraction is both a novelty experience for…

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11 Countries, 1 Park

One of the reasons I love Epcot is because of the World Showcase. The World Showcase is a showcase of 11 of the various cultures, cuisine, and histories of some of the globe’s many nations. Walking through the different pavilions is a great way for families young and old to experience and learn about the many nations and cultures of the world. Each pavilion has different options for dining and shopping as well as attractions that are both entertaining and informative.

Mexico – The Mexico Pavilion offers two different dining experiences. The San Angel Inn is located inside the pavilion’s Aztec temple and offers traditional Mexican cuisine for both lunch and dinner. La Hacienda de San Angel is located across from the Aztec temple and offers zesty Mexican meals. The restaurant is open for dinner and offers great views of the World Showcase Lagoon. If Mexican food is not your favorite the Mexico Pavilion itself is not to be missed. Step inside the Aztec temple a discover authentic Mexican goods such as pottery, baskets, jewelry, and more. Don’t forget to visit Donald and his friends on the Gran Fiesta Tour. This relaxing boat ride attraction takes you on a trip with Donald as he explores the different parts of Mexico. Art enthusiasts should check out the Mexican Folk Art Gallery to view beautiful Mexican woodcarvings and bright artwork.

Norway – The Norway Pavilion is one of my favorites. Make sure to take a ride  Maelstrom, a boat ride into the history and legends of Norway. Norway is also home to Akershus, a royal banquet hall that  features character dining with some of the Disney princesses. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers a taste of Norway with dishes that are sure to satisfy the whole family. This is a very popular restaurant so I recommend getting and advanced dining reservation if you want to eat here. If all you need is a quick snack stop by the Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe which serves coffee and a variety of pastries. Visit the Stave Church to view collection of authentic Norse weapons and artifacts. The Norway pavilion also features an array of shops that highlight Norway’s unique culture.

China – The China Pavilion offers a glimpse into one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Reflections of  China is a short film presented in circle-vision 360 that takes you on a journey to some of China’s most notable landmarks such as the Great Wall. Visit the pavilions art gallery where some of China’s great artistic achievements are available for viewing. The Nine Dragons Restaurant offers a variety of Chinese dishes including noodles and specialty seafood meals for both lunch and dinner. The Lotus Blossom Cafe is a quick service meal option that focuses on Asian dishes. Like all of the nations represented in the World Showcase, China has numerous shops selling authentic Chinese goods.

Germany – The Germany Pavilion is home to one of my favorite restaurants: the Biergarten. At the Biergarten you will dine on traditional German dishes such as different sausages and spaetzle while musicians provide traditional Oktoberfest entertainment throughout lunch and dinner. Sommerfest is a quick service option in the pavilion that offers well-known German dishes like bratwurst. Don’t forget to look through some of the shops in the pavilion. For a quick treat I recommend getting some caramel from Werther’s Karamell Küche!

Italy – The Italy Pavilion is a beautiful pavilion with architecture reminiscent of the city of Venice. The Italy Pavilion offers two sit-down restaurants. Via Napoli celebrates the fine dining of Southern Italy, serving authentic  Neapolitan pizzas and delicious pastas. Tutto Italia Ristorante offers traditional Italian meals featuring handmade mozzarella and pasta. Take a walk around the pavilion and  indulge yourself in some Italian candies! Throughout the day musicians, clowns, and acting troupes perform in the Piazza.

America – The American pavilion allows you to take a glimpse into our nation’s rich history as it immerses you into a colonial-like environment. The American Adventure takes you on a trip through the history of America using patriotic music and audio-animatronics. Be sure to see to the Voices of Liberty or the Fife and Drum Corps to listen to classic American tunes. The Liberty Inn Restaurant is a quick service dining restaurant that serves American favorites such as hamburgers and hot dogs. The America Garden Theater features different live shows and musical performances throughout the year so be sure to check your times guide to see if anything is playing while you are there.

Japan – In the Japan Pavilion you can take a stroll through a traditional Japanese garden featuring a beautiful array of ponds, trees, and shrubbery. The Japan Pavilion is also home to Teppan Edo, a restaurant in which Japanese chefs cook your meal right in front of you!  Tokyo Dining is another dining option that serves traditional Japanese dishes. Both of these restaurants are open for lunch and dinner. Throughout the day Miyuki, a Japanese candy maker, entertains those young and old as she makes traditional Japanese candy in front of you. Art lovers should check out the Bijutsu-kan Gallery for a glimpse into Japanese art.

Morocco – In Morocco Pavilion you can eat at Restaurant Marrakesh, which offers some delicious traditional meals from North Africa for lunch and dinner. Throughout the day Mo’Rockin, a six person musical group, blends music from across the globe for a fun-filled show that will delight the whole family. Be sure to check out the shops of this pavilion for authentic goods such as woven belts and brass pots.

France – My favorite pavilion in World Showcase places you on the streets of Paris, with a view of the Eiffel Tower in the distance. There are two sit down restaurants in the pavilion. The first Les Chefs de France, open for lunch and dinner is a casual brasserie featuring French favorites. The second restaurant Bistro de Paris is slightly more upscale and is open for dinner only. It features traditional French meals and wines. This restaurant tends to be very popular so it is recommended that you try to get an advanced dining reservation. One of my favorite things to do in the France pavilion is stop by the bakery and pick up some bread and cheese for a quick lunch. Don’t forget to check out the French market for goods such as wine, soaps, and cosmetics.

United Kingdom – In the United Kingdom you can dine on English favorites at The Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room. There is also a quick service dining place across the street that serves typical English food such as fish and chips. Also be sure to check out the World Showcase Players, a hilarious improv  group who perform throughout the day. Check your times guide to find out when they will be performing. There are also quite a few shops that sell merchandise ranging from British teas to athletic gear.

Canada – In the Canada Pavilion take a  journey into this country in O Canada!, a film presented in circle-vision 360. Le Cellier Steakhouse is a popular dining option for many. Open for lunch and dinner the restaurant focuses on the cuisine of the different provinces of Canada. This restaurant is extremely popular so I highly recommend getting and advanced dining reservation if you wish to eat here.

Tips for Navigating the World Showcase:

1) Be aware that the World Showcase tends to open later than the rest of the park. So check out the other great parts of EPCOT before heading over to the Showcase.

2) If you have young children and are thinking of skipping the showcase for fear that they will not appreciate it, fear not. In each nation there is a Kidcot Fun Stop. These areas target young children allowing them to interact with cast members from other countries and do crafts that represent the culture of each country.

3)Another great option for kids is the Kim Possible Spy Game, which is soon going to be converted to feature Agent P (Perry), from Phineas and Ferb, instead of Kim Possible. This interactive game gives kids which allows them to travel to each pavilion and help  solve a mystery.

4) If this is your first time visiting Disney and you have young children, Epcot and the World Showcase is a great park to start at because the park is pretty laid back. Furthermore some young children might feel that Epcot is a step down after experiencing the Magic Kingdom. However this is just a suggestion.

5) The World Showcase is a great way to meet Disney characters. Check your times guide to see which characters will be making appearances in each country.

6) Don’t rush through the nations! Stop and take a look around you. Each nation has beautiful buildings that represent the architecture found in each country. Try and appreciate the little things that Disney does to make you feel like you are really walking through the streets of Paris or strolling through a Japanese Garden.

Hope this has helped you become more aware of the different and exciting things to do in Epcot’s World Showcase

Have a magical day!

xoxo – Michaela

Finding Princesses in the Parks

In honor of National Princess Week I have decided to dedicate a post on finding your favorite Disney Princesses in the parks. Currently there are 10 official princesses who are part of the Disney Princess line-up and they can be found throughout the parks.While almost all of the princesses can be found in the parades or in shows  here are some of the ways you can meet the princesses in person.

Princess Meet and Greet in Disney World

1) Snow White – Snow White can usually be found in both the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. In the Magic Kingdom she is sometimes found in the Town Square Theater at “Disney’s Storybook Princesses Meet and Greet”. **Fastpass is available for this meet and greet. Snow White is more often found in the Germany Pavilion of EPCOT. She usually makes appearances throughout the day, so I recommend checking the Times Guide to see when she will be around.

2) Cinderella –  Cinderella can usually be found in Town Square Theater at “Disney’s Storybook Princesses Meet and Greet”. There is usually a long line so I recommend getting a fastpass. There are also certain occasions where she can be found around the Castle however this is pretty rare.

3) Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) – Like Cinderella Aurora can usually be found in Town Square Theater at “Disney’s Storybook Princesses Meet and Greet”. She is sometimes found in the France Pavilion in EPCOT. I recommend checking your Times Guide to see if Aurora  will be making an appearance in EPCOT while you are there.

4) Ariel – Ariel can be found at the Magic Kingdom in the Adventureland Veranda. Check your Times Guide to find out what times she will be there on the day of your visit.

5) Belle – Belle is most commonly found in the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. In the Magic Kingdom a good place to find Belle is at Town Square Theater at “Disney’s Storybook Princesses Meet and Greet” with some of the other princesses. In EPCOT she can be found in the France Pavilion.

6) Jasmine – In the Magic Kingdom you can usually find Jasmine by The Magic Carpet’s of Aladdin ride in Adventureland. Also, she can typically found in the Morocco Pavilion in EPCOT. As with all meet and greets check your times guide to see when Jasmine will be making appearances.

7) Pocahontas -Pocahontas is one of the trickier characters to find. She is the only Disney Princess that can be found in Animal Kingdom. She is typically found in the Camp Minnie-Mickey Greeting Trails. However she can sometimes be found in other areas of the park. I highly recommend checking your Times Guide to see when Pocahontas will be making an appearance.

8) Mulan – EPCOT is the place to go if you want to meet Mulan. She is typically found in the China Pavilion.

9) Tiana – Tiana can usually be found in the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square. Check your Times Guide for her specific meet and greet times.

10) Rapunzel -Rapunzel has recently relocated from the Fairytale Garden by the Castle and she can now be found in the Town Square Courtyard. The line to meet Rapunzel tends to get extremely long so I recommend finding out what time she will be making appearances and get there early.

**Please note that  “Disney’s Storybook Princesses Meet and Greet” in Town Square is only a temporary home for the Disney Princesses. Upon completion of the Fantasyland Project they will be relocated to Fanstasyland. Snow White’s Scary Adventure will close and the area will be refurbished into a Princess Meet and Greet.

Dining With the Princesses

If you don’t want to wait in line to meet the princesses, you might want to look into a character dining meal. There are numerous character dining experiences that feature Disney’s leading ladies.

1) 1900 Park Fare – Located in the Grand Floridian this restaurant offers buffet style, American dining. The restaurant hosts Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner, where you can meet Cinderella, Prince Charming and other characters from beloved classic. This is a great option if you want to meet characters that are not typically found in the parks like Cinderella’s step-sisters. (Note that this restaurant offers character dining for other meals but they are not dining experiences with any of the princesses).

2) Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – Located in EPCOT’s Norway the Royal Banquet Hall is a great way to meet many of the princesses. Breakfast consists of American favorites. Lunch and dinner features a Norwegian buffet of cold dishes with hot entrees available à la carte.

3) Cinderella’s Royal Table – This restaurant is located inside Cinderella’s Castle and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Numerous Princess’s come to greet you as you dine on American favorites.

* All three of these restaurants are typically busy and it is unlikely that you will be able to be seated without an Advance Dining Reservation.

Have a magical day!

xoxo – Michaela

Secrets of the Magic Kingdom: Kiss Goodnight

To see the “Kiss Goodnight,” wait approximately 30 minutes to an hour after the Magic Kingdom is closed. If there are Extra Magic hours for the Magic Kingdom park, the “Kiss Goodnight” will appear after them. This is a great way to end your trip to Disney World. The castle sparkles, magical music is played, and Mickey even will say a special goodbye to you! However, make sure to get to the bus stop immediately after the show so that you don’t miss the last bus!

I Believe! Magical Experiences in the Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom, true to its name, is the most magical location in Disney World! It is the perfect place to meet the beautiful storybook princesses and get a hug from your favorite mouse. In this article, I have included my favorite experiences in the Magic Kingdom.

  • Character Greetings take place throughout all of the Disney World parks, but my favorite place to meet the princesses is in the Town Hall in the Main Street, U.S.A area. At any given time, you will be able to meet Mickey, Minnie, and three princesses, usually Belle, Aurora, and Cinderella. You can even get a fast pass for the character greetings Town Hall! The wait can vary from 5 minutes to over an hour depending on the time, so check the wait time before getting a pass. You can meet your other favorite characters in various locations around the Magic Kingdom. Snow White usually appears outside in the Main Street, U.S.A. area while Ariel is often seen in Adventureland. Tiana is located in Liberty Square and Rapunzel has a photo area made specifically for her and Flynn in  the garden to the right of the castle . Make sure to grab a park guide when entering the park so that you can check when your favorite characters are appearing.
  • Dream-Along with Mickey is a magical show that takes place on the stage in front of Cinderella’s castle regularly each day. Pick up a Times Guide when entering the park for a specific schedule. As this show is only 20 minutes long, it is a perfect opportunity to rest your legs. This spectacular experience includes Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Cinderella, Peter Pan, and many other lovable characters. The show begins with happily with a fun musical number, but mid-way through, Malificent appears and threatens Mickey. She declares that she will turn all of the happy dreams into nightmares! Mickey encourages the audience to chant “I Believe!” so that he can save the magic and Malificent’s evil plan will not succeed. The show ends happily with another great, upbeat musical performance. Visitors of all ages will not be able to stop smiling while watching this enchanting show! Even if you aren’t able to see the entire performance, try to place yourself in view of the back of the castle. At a point in the show, you can see Captain Hook and Peter Pan chasing one another around the castle!

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For information on nighttime shows and parades in the Magic Kingdom, see my previous posts From Fireworks to Family Fun: Nighttime Shows in Disney World and The Complete Guide to Disney World Parades. Have a magical day! ❤ Jessica

The Fast and the Furious of Disney Parks

For the most part people do not think of the Disney parks as “thrill-seeker” parks. That right tends to be reserved for parks boasting quite a few colorful steel coasters that rise high into the sky (Six Flags comes to mind). Despite this the Disney parks do offer numerous rides for thrill-seekers young and old. What sets these coasters apart from your average Six Flags coaster is the detail that goes into not only the construction of the ride and the queues but also the back story presented before each coaster. I have been to numerous theme parks that boast the tallest and the fastest, but when I think about my favorite coasters I always come back to the Disney parks. Here’s a list of the roller coasters you can find at the Disney parks.

1) The Barnstormer – Newly refurbished as part of the Fantasyland expansion in the Magic Kingdom, the barnstormer takes you to the circus with the Great Goofini, a circus stunt pilot. This coaster is aimed towards younger children so if you have a child who is hesitant to go on coasters this might be a good place to start, as this coaster does not go that fast and has no terrifying drops. Height Requirement: 35 in.

2) Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – Get ready for the ‘wildest ride in the wilderness’ as you board a train to an abandoned mining town. This is a great coaster to ride with your family. It’s not too fast and its outside, so if you have young children who are fear the dark Thunder Mountain is a great choice. This coaster is located in both Disneyland Park and the Magic Kingdom. Fastpass is available but depending on crowd levels you may or may not need one. Height Requirement: 40 in.

3) Goofy’s Sky School – Learn how to fly a plane with Goofy in this fun-filled coaster located in Disney’s California Adventure Park. This coaster features sharp turns and quick drops as Goofy teaches you how to fly. Fastpass is available and you may want to get one of crowds levels are extremely high. Height Requirement: 42 in.

4) Primeval Whirl – Located in Animal Kingdom this coaster allows you board a time-machine and go back to when Dino’s ruled the planet. This spinning coaster is not very fast but is boasts extremely sharp turns. The ‘time-machine’ is continually spinning and whirling in different directions meaning that each time you ride your experience will be slightly different than your previous rides. Fastpass is available for this attraction but the line are usually not too long so I doubt that you will need one unless crowd levels are extremely high. Height Requirement: 48 in.

5) Matterhorn Bobsleds – Come face to face with the abominable snowman as you climb to the summit of the Matterhorn Mountain. Built for Walt’s love of the Switzerland Matterhorn, this coaster located in Disneyland Park, features two exciting tracks (known as the Fantasyland side and the Tomorrowland side). While both tracks are equally fun the Fantasyland side features some sharper turns and is slightly longer than the Tomorrowland side.  While this coaster is pretty mild it is definitely fun for the whole family. Height Requirement: 35 in.

6) Space Mountain – Space Mountain is one of the oldest coasters in the Disney parks. On this coaster, which can be found in the Magic Kingdom and in Disneyland Park you board of rocket like vehicle  into space. This coaster is relatively mild but does feature sudden drops and turns. Furthermore this coaster is in the dark, so it may be scary to some young children. The ride differs slightly on each coast but whether you ride in California or Florida you are sure to have a great time. This ride is very popular so I would recommend getting a fastpass. Height Requirement: 44 in.

7) Expedition Everest – Board a train bound for the summit of the Forbidden Mountain in the Himalayas but beware you’ll find more than just snow and ice on your journey. This coaster located in Animal Kingdom is my favorite coaster in Disney. The ride features an 80 ft drop and goes backwards for a period of time. Depending on crowd levels this coaster can get busy fast so I recommend trying to get a fastpass. However if the wait-time is not too long I recommend using the stand-by entrance, as there is a wonderfully detailed ‘museum’ which helps depict the history and culture of the Himalayas and the people who live there. Height Requirement: 44 in.

8) Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – This high-speed roller coaster is found in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and is not for the weak of heart. Board a super-stretch limousine and go from 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds as this limo zips you through the streets of LA so that you and fellow passengers can get to the Aerosmith concert on time. This is one of my favorite coasters in Disney World. Its the fastest coaster at the resort (the second fastest attraction after Test Track) and boasts numerous flips and turns.  I recommend getting a fastpass for this attraction as it is one of the more popular rides at Hollywood Studios. Height Requirement: 48 in.

9) California Screamin‘ – Located in Disney’s California Adventure Park, this coaster is the longest and fastest coaster at Disneyland Resort. Designed to look like 1930’s wooden coaster, this steel coaster boasts twists and turns as well as an 108 ft drop. This tends to be a popular attraction so I would recommend getting a fastpass. Height Requirement: 48 in.

I hope this guide to the Disney coasters helps all of you thrill-seekers out there next time you the visit the parks.

xoxo – Michaela