So today I tweeted a call for help ("I have no idea what to blog about. =(") at 1 am fully expecting no one even be awake, let alone help me out. But one of my lovely tweeps, @mfeige, came through in the clutch with a fabulous list of blog ideas. Thank you!
One of these ideas was to tell about my favorite rides, but this proved harder than I had expected. For some parks it was easy, but for others I wasn't really sure. So I decided I'd talk about my favorite rides from easiest-to-determine to hardest, and maybe give a runner-up or two (or four) along the way. Here goes nothing!
Epcot: Right away, I knew my favorite ride at Epcot: Soarin'. Believe it or not, I never rode Soarin' until last August. You see, I was in Walt Disney World in 2005 just a few days before the ride opened, and we heard so many good things about it that we knew we had to come back and see it soon. On our return trip in '06, our flight got snowed out, and our trip got cancelled. Then in '07, we went back to Walt Disney World, but only for one day, and without hoppers. We decided to do Magic Kingdom instead of Epcot and once again lost a chance to ride Soarin'. So finally, when we returned in August 2009, I got to ride it. We were right up at the front of the crowd at rope drop, did the group walk to the Land Pavilion, and were on the first ride of the day in the front row. It was absolutely amazing, more than I ever expected, and being in the front row the first time made it even better. I genuinely love Soarin'. Runner-up: Test Track because it's totally a blast even though I've driven faster in my own car.
Disney's Hollywood Studios: There was yet another ride that I tried for the first time in August that also quickly became my favorite: Toy Story Midway Mania. To me, this ride is like Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin plus technology on steroids. And I loooove me some Buzz Lightyear, so Toy Story Midway Mania was like the natural progression of this love. Again, I had no idea what to expect when I got on this ride, and I was extremely pleasantly surprised. I love that instead of slowly moving through the scenes like you do in Buzz Lightyear, you spin around to the next screen. I love the 4D effects even though I'm not crazy about the 3D ones. And I love the competitive nature of the game that makes it even more fun, even if I always lose. This is yet another ride that I absolutely love. Good job, Disney. (By the way, I also have the Toy Story Mania game for Wii. I may or may not have asked for it for Christmas.) Runner-up: Muppet Vision 3D because, come on, it's the Muppets.
Disney's Animal Kingdom: It didn't take much thought to determine my favorite ride in this park either; it has to be Kilimanjaro Safari. This attraction really is the centerpiece of the park to me. You ride around in your cool little jeep thing, you learn a little bit about poachers, and, of course, you get to see the animals. I especially love this ride because I get to see my two favorite animals: giraffes and elephants. And how can you beat that? Runner-up: Kali River Rapids because it's a little wild but not too scary for a ride wimp like me.
And finally... Magic Kingdom: This one's really, really hard for me. It might be because there are so many rides, and I really love them all. It's so hard for me to just pick one, but if I had to, it would probably be the Haunted Mansion. It was really, really difficult for me to choose this one, but the Haunted Mansion is just special. I can't remember ever going to Walt Disney World and not going on this ride. For some reason, I don't remember ever being afraid of it, even as a little kid. It's such a classic Disney attraction, and I think it's absolutely fantastic. Plus it always used to (and still always does) crack me up when the ghost rides with you at the end. Runner-up: Pirates of the Caribbean because it's another amazing, classic Disney attraction that epitomizes Walt Disney World for me.
So that's that. Those are my favorite rides, per park, in Walt Disney World. And now I absolutely want to hear from you. I would love to hear your favorite rides in each park, and if it was hard or easy for you to choose. Let me know in a comment, a tweet (@discollegeblog), or a Facebook comment. I can't wait to see if you agree or disagree with me!
(Another shoutout to @Disney_Alli who also gave me some great blog suggestions that you will be seeing in future posts. Thanks Allison!)
All images in this post are from allears.net, an amazing website with an amazingly large amount of info.