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My Favorite Line Queue

Another post moved from Texas Travel Girl, you can read the original post HERE

Today I am posting about my favorite line queue at the Walt Disney World Resort.

This is my day 4 feature of my favorite things about Disney

If you missed Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival CLICK HERE
If you missed Why I Love Epcot CLICK HERE
If you missed The Animals of Animal Kingdom CLICK HERE

Toy Story Mania, is quite possibly one of the most delightfully fun rides out there, it is a midway themed ride, that honestly is complete fun for the entire family. It is a 3D ride, that allows you to play midway games and compete with the person in your ride vehicle.

In fact, it has started a wonderfully delightful tradition, with someone who shall remain namless, that he refers to as JATSMAK (which stands for Jen’s Annual Toy Story Mania A** Kicking). I won the first time we played and well I have been destroyed each time since. As you can see by the following photos!

JATSMAK #1

This is quite possibly one of the only rides I don’t mind waiting in line for as I find the queue flashes me back to my extremely awesome childhood. The queue features many “toys” that a lot of children grew up with. I know my brother and I did.

Not to mention when one of those Florida showers hits you, it is all completely inside.

clearly happy to be in line ๐Ÿ™‚

Simply put, I love waiting in this line so much because it makes me think of the wonderful childhood I had, and well anything that sparks wonderful memories is a great thing, right?

Anyway, the line has paintings of the Toy Story Characters, replicas of fun toys like Tinker Toys, game pieces, cards and my personal favorite barrel of monkeys.

Also many childhood games are also featured along the line, such as Candy Land, Scrabble, Mouse Trap, Checkers and so much more.

Eventually, you will come up to Mr. Potato Head, who hosts and sings for you. This is probably the only annoying part, because I think he sings the same three songs over and over and over, and if you are in a very long line, it can get annoying quick, but I think it is part of the experience. Plus, I think the kids seem to like it, so hey if it keeps the kiddos entertained in a long line, even better!

The ride carts, feature the smaller characters of Toy Story, I was lucky enough to ride in “The Litte Green Aliens” cart, they are so cute, they make me smile everytime!

The best tip I can give, onece you enter this entrance start looking for the “Easter Eggs”, those are worth mega points! Oh, and have fun!

Anyway, enjoy the pictures from quite possibly the best line ever!

What is your favorite line to wait in?

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The Animals of Animal Kingdom

Still working on moving all my Texas Travel Girl posts over to this site ๐Ÿ™‚ You can view the original post HERE

This week I have been posting about some of my favorite Disney moments in honor of the Leap Day Celebration that is less than a week away.

If you missed Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival CLICK HERE
If you missed Why I love Epcot CLICK HERE

I went through all my photos, trying to decide what today’s post would feature, and I decided that I would give the stars of Disney’s Animal Kingdom a little love.

I have only rode Kilimanjaro Safaris Expedition once but I really enjoyed it. We were very lucky to get some pretty great shots of the animals, with the crappy camera I had at the time.

For those of you that have rode this ride, know that is an “African Safari” and there are many animals you will be able to see. We were able to see lions, hippos elephants, rhinos, Giraffes, Warthogs, Wildebeest, Zebras, Flamingos and so much more.

I have an incredible soft spot for animals, and while I go to zoo’s I do sometimes have an ethical issue with some zoos. Shouldn’t these animals be left in the wild, but lately I have found myself visiting more and more zoos, that focus on conservations and saving endangered species. I do know I NEVER plan on going to a zoo in a foreign country, but that will be for another post all together. Anyway, the point I am trying to make here, the animals are allowed to roam free so this allows for a different experience everytime you ride this ride.

I really want to do the Wild Africa Trek but the price tag has deterred me for my upcoming trip, so maybe if I can scrimp & save I might be able to book it when I go back in November.

OK back on topic. While in the line queue it is of course very well themed, as if you really are preparing to go on an African Safari, The ride vehicles are vehicles that have been designed to actually look like safari vehicles. This ride is of course themed in a way only Imagineers could design it in my opinion. The idea of the ride, is that you are on Safari, but your guy gets a distress call that a baby elephant has been taken by poachers, and you are going to try and save the elephant, all while seeing “real animals” on the ride. A very smart way for Disney to make awareness for a VERY REAL problem. Can’t get enough of Disney’s Animal Kingdom?

Pictures from the line queue:

a cheat sheet of animals you can expect to see

a little blurry but I think it makes a valid point


You can learn a lot about this ride if you watch the video, Disney Parks: Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which is available on Amazon.

Seriously what they have accomplished on this ride is truly amazing. Granted I have never been on a real African Safari so technically I don’t have anything to compare it too, but I think it is amazing.

Anyway, here are a few of the animals we managed to snap a shot of on this ride.

Enjoy!

my favorite with out a doubt

if you squint you can see the lions in the background
a well hidden rhino

Why I love Epcot

Note this post was taken from Texas Travel Girl, you can view the original post HERE

Very soon I will be returning to the world, and in honor of the One More Day Promotion, I am posting about some of my favorite Disney experiences

If you missed yesterday’s post about Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival CLICK HERE

It is no secret that I want to travel and see the world. I want to step off planes in foreign and exotic lands, smile at people, learn cultures & languages, volunteer, make a difference, step out of my comfort zone and well live a little.

Epcot in a very round about way, allows me to do this without having to get my passport stamped. When you go to the World Showcase, it allows you to walk from one country to the next all in the course of a day. It allows you “visit” Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Morocco, France, The United Kingdom, Canada and the US.

You can shop for products that are often manufactured in those countries, eat “food from each country” and my favorite part, meet natives from each country. Disney uses Cast Members that are native to the country that the pavillion represent. So while I can’t really take off to Morocco and dive into their culture (at this time but hopefully soon!), it allows you to enjoy a little slice of the culture at one of the Happiest Places on Earth.

Another reason I love Epcot? I am a huge advocate for constant learning. Epcot allows me to do this. It is a very educational experience, and I think every time I go, I learn something new. You can learn about conservation and the need to recycle in the Land Pavillion. Sharks and Fish in the Sea’s Pavillion and so much more!

Anyway, here are some of my favorite pictures from around Epcot. Enjoy!

Also the photos are not the greatest as most were taken before with my crappy old camera, but I think they are awesome!



The Donald Pinata makes me giggle

$37,500 gets you this castle? Any takers?

I am pretty sure I am the only person in the world that LOVES this ride

What are the reasons YOU love Epcot?

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Note: ย This post was taken from my Texas Travel Girl page, you can view the original post HERE

As the past few weekends, have been kinda boring and uneventful. I decided to go through my old albums and see what I can post about. In honor of the One More Disney Day Celebration and the fact that I love all things Disney to the point of obsession. I figure I would talk about last year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

I want to be very clear… I DO NOT HAVE A GREEN THUMB. Not even close. I love plants & flowers, but they do not last very long around me. My mother can grow ferns from a seedling, I however can kill a cactus.

The festival is very pretty, and I was lucky enough to experience it late April to early May, which I think is prime Florida season. The skies were a beautiful shade of blue.

See the pretty blue skies!

For all of you lucky people that have a true Green Thumb HGTV & DIY designers offer of presentations on multiple gardening topics. I did not partake in these events. I don’t think HGTV could save my plants.

On the weekends they have Flower Power Concert series, we were able to witness Paul Revere & The Raiders. If you know who that is good for you. I didn’t, apparently I showed my age according to the 60s something couple we met.

Anyway, my absolute favorite part of this festival? The amazing Disney Character Topiaries. Which the majorty of the photo’s from today’s blog will come from. I can’t choose a favorite. The best part, when I went back in October, it was amazing to see the topiaries spread out throughout the parks.

Anyway, enjoy the photos, and if you ever find yourself in Orlando during the festival, it is worth a visit. Especially if gardening is your thing! The photos may take awhile to load, I have a lot of them, so be patient.

Enjoy!

Lotso





Which is your favorite? The Lady and the Tramp makes me smile the most!