Saturday, March 18, 2017

RMH Travel Comparing Disneyland to Walt Disney World....Disney Hollywood Stuido

Hi Blogging World for those that follow my Facebook or visit my website often know that I am a Disneyland fanatic with a great Disneyland Crowd Calendar on her web site and we go to Disneyland a lot (for over 35 years for me). I have gone to Walt Disney World a few times, but it been a while until just recently. We just got back form 9 day trip to Walt Disney World and can't wait to give a great review of the rides/attractions and shows we did.

Let me start of by saying I hate HATE writing, and I do not think I do it well. But I do love Disney and I love helping families plan magical vacations to Disney, and well also to cruise and All Inclusive. But my first passions the reason I became a travel planner  and learned more about other destinations and experienced them was because of my love for helping others plan their trips to Disney.

I am doing a series on this blog, comparing all the parks to each other. I will come back and up date this blog as I write for the other parks.

Magic Kingdom Review
Epcot
Disney Animal Kingdom
Disneyland
California Adventure

 For this blog I am going to list the attractions and my, my son's (9 year old thrill seeker who hates big drops only), and my mother who is 59 years old with a medical condition of a bad heart, so was in an electric wheel chair. These are our thoughts, and may be different from yours. A saying I love to say and I hope you get the meaning. "One person yuck is another person's yum so don't yuck their yum." I usually say this in regards to food options, I mean unless the restaurant has all HORRIBLE reviews, I tend to find that not everyone has the same taste, but this can apply to everything in life including rides, attractions and shows. So unless there are a ton of bad reviews, take a review with a grain of salt...and this includes mine. I tried to be impartial but that is impossible for anyone to truly be.

I can't wait until the two new lands open up at Disney Hollywood Studio's as of right now, I find this park to be really a 1/2 of day park. Though I guess we did spend a full day though we divided it into two days, but it was because we repeated a few rides on both dates.

Hollywood Boulevard

The Great Movie Ride-this is a long ride of 22 minutes but it shows lots and lots of movies. I really liked it. I liked outside the ride they had famous stars foot prints and most of the stars that agreed to be put on their walk a fame included their children and I thought it was really cute.

 The rest of this land is shops and few food places. We walked thru a few of the shops but that was about it.

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks-We did the dessert party for this one, and the view you got with the dessert party was amazing, but the dessert party itself left a very bad taste in my mouth. My mom is in an EVC because last year she almost died as her lungs filled with blood clots. She still has a hard time walking great distance or standing. We get to the party and all the EVC tables are taken so they shove us off to the side and say a manager will come to help us. No manager showed up or anyone to help. I ended up making a make shift table on the floor next to my mom for my son and I and my mom ate on her EVC. Then when a family left the table they shouldn't have been at because they weren't EVC, I quickly grabbed it and we finished the dessert party. But NEVER did a CM come to help us like the host cast member promised they would. And when we complained they gave us a half hearted oh we are sorry that shouldn't have happened. Which annoyed me because I know Disney can be better. Anyways, the firework show, seemed more like a laser show to me with some fireworks. It was ok, my son loved it and wants to do this party again. We will see if we will. I will post some desert pictures. I didn't take photos during the fireworks cause I wanted to be in the moment with my son. 




Echo Lake

For the First time In Forever: A "Frozen" Sing-Along Celebration-Long name, its mostly live singing the song of Frozen and some cute surprises...if you like the movie.

Star Wars: Path of The Jedi-A saga film experience, including footage from "Star Wars" films

Celebrity Spotlight: You meet Olaf

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular-Cute show, they ask for volunteers so you could be part of the stunt show.

Jedi Training: Trails of the Temple-If you visit Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost early in the day, your children 4-12 may be registered for the show but space is limited so get there early. If you sign up your children, they get to be Jedi Trainers for 20 minutes and then they put their skills to the test as two Sith appear and you battle them.

Star Tours-The Adventures Continue-3-D, motion-simulated space flight, supposedly there are over 60 different simulations. Though I feel there is only 1/2 dozen different scenes and each mix of them is why they say so many. Though every time a movie comes out they seem to add another two or three new choices...this ride is exactly like Disneyland's, except different ques.

 

Hollywood & Vine- This is a dining option for Fantasmic Package which is why we ate here for dinner. If you do breakfast, you can meet Disney Junior characters, and for lunch and dinner Minnie's Seasonal Dining. Its a buffet and the food was very mediocre.  Here are the photos from dinner
This is a PhotoPass photo











Oasis Canteen-If you are on the dining plan, a great used of your snack credit is to get a big funnel cake, topped with ice cream and strawberries. It is large enough to share and we got one on both days we visited.

Backlot Express-Its burgers and nuggets, we got some nuggets here and it was OK. We were just hungry and at the end of our trips and was so disappointed in pizza so we just went to look for something simple

There are other shops and food places here, we bought my dad an Indiana Jones hat because he always wanted one.

Muppets Courtyard

Muppet Vision 3D-Its a cute little show that has some surprises if you never scene it. Disney California Adventure Park has this attraction for awhile but now they have turned it onto other things.

PizzeRizzo-We walked up to this Italian-American pizzeria but when we saw it had unusually pizza and our great disappointment in the pizza place at Animal Kingdom and even Vi Napoli, we turned back and went to Backlot Express. I remember liking this place when it was the Toy Story Pizza Planet but my mother and even son who loves Pizza said no to even trying this place on our last day here

There is also a sit down place Mama Melrose's Ristorante

 Commissary Lane

Mickey and Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams-You meet Mickey dressed as Sorcerer's Apprentice and Minnie Mouse in her red carpet couture!

Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater Restaurant-I did not eat here yet, but it is on my bucket list. I heard the food was ok, but I like the idea that old Sci-Fi B rate movies play while you eat. Ironic funny thing is, one of the films that plays scared me when I was 5.

ABC Commissary- Quick service burger, ribs chicken, salad. We had lunch here it was ok.

Pixar Place

Toy Story Mania- This ride is like Disneyland's midway-style 4-D Shootin' game staring your favorite Toy Story Characters, and they keep score. I like this game, ironically I did horrible at WDW but do great at Disneyland. I usually am the top person of the hour but never the day. I didn't do half as good at WDW which makes me wonder if the point system is different.

There is a quick service hot dog, popcorn, soft prezel and frozen beverages here. They also have photopass shots.













Animation Courtyard

Walt Disney: One Man's Dream-Little multimedia gallery that outlines Walt's life. At the back you could meet Moana. My son like looking at first but got bored quickly

Voyage of The Little Mermaid-I think the highlights to this show got smaller, when I first saw it years ago, I remember it being longer and liking it a lot more. This time, it seems they did two songs and it was done. I would have liked it to be a bit longer. Its live action, with puppets too.

Star Wars Launch Bay-You can view movie props, play video games and meet some Star Wars heroes and villains. This is also where they set up the Star War Fireworks Desert Party. Be warned the Dessert party is NOT set up as well as the other Dessert Parties there are NOT enough tables, especially for those that have young children or those with Disabilities and they will just shove you to the side and say too bad. (at least that is what they did to us, even though we paid good money for the experience)

Disney Junio-Live on Stage! We didn't go in but from what I have been told and scene it is just like Disneyland's show. If your children love Disney Junior they will like this puppet show.

Sunset Boulevard



 Some fun magic shots you can get on Sunset Boulevard

 

Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage-Like the Little Mermaid show, I remember this one being so much better the first time I saw it. More of a mini show instead of a highlight show it now seems to be. IF you like highlights of the show you will enjoy this live action production.

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith- I have to say, I tricked my son into go on this ride. He had this fear of upside down roller coasters that he wouldn't even TRY one. And lucky for me when he youtube the ride, he didn't notice the inversions. The funny thing was several times before we got to this day and ride, while on the bus, in line and I think talking at a restaurant, this ride was brought up and I kind of indicated that my son didn't know it went upside down and to keep it on the down low and all the parents helped me out, they shhh their children before they could reveal the secret. And while in line the first time, we never heard the announcement about it going upside down though the second and forth time thru we did.  With that said my planned worked my son loved the ride and rode it a few times.


 The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror-My son has been on the one at Disneyland and refuses to EVER go on this ride again. With that said I think the one at WDW is better, you take a little ride before the dropping begins. So...I rode this ride alone.


I am in the back with my arms up












Fantasmic!-I love they have seats for this show at WDW, but Disneyland show is just better. There are things about Disneyland's that is more magical. But I love both productions. 
 


 There were several quick service places to eat around here including an area called Sunset Ranch Market with fresh produce and ice cream. There were also two stores one was called Once Upon a Time. Now there is a show called that as well and I love RumBelle and I have scene people post photos of Mr. Gold's shop from Disney Hollywood Studios so I went on a hunt to find the props and set of his shop and walked thru that store and was so disappointing there was no ONCE stuff in it. I later found out, what I was looking for is now in the construction area of Star Wars land or maybe Toy Story Land. I was sad about that.


Well that is the end of the park map. Here is a picture of the park map I was looking at to write this blog:Image result for Disney Hollywood Studios map

At this time, I will like to offer my services as a travel agent to book your magical vacation. I would like to inform you that when you book with RMH Travel it doesn't cost one cent more than booking direct with Disney, in fact your statement will look the same because you are booking with Disney, but you are allowing RMH Travel to book it on your behalf and in return Disney will give me a small commission that goes toward supporting my family. But if you book direct, Disney just pockets that money, so please when you book your vacations, please consider booking it with me.



I promised to make your vacation even more magical and to take your Disney vacation to a whole new level. As your travel planner, I am here to help you every step of the way with as much or as little help as you wish for.  Whether this is your first time going to a Walt Disney Park or your 100th time, I am here to help make your vacation a magical one.
For you free no obligation quote, please click here to be taken to my website. 
If you would like to join a FACEBOOK planning discussion group, I invite you to join one of the groups I run: 
 
You can also check out my website: www.RMHTravel.com, 

On my web site you will see that I work with many suppliers not just Disney to book magical vacations to many destinations and I try to make each and every vacation I plan and book a magical one, whether its to one of Disney's many parks, or taking a trip to the Bahamas I am here for you. 

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Friday, March 3, 2017

RMH Travel Comparing Disneyland to Walt Disney World....Animal Kingdom reviewed of each and Almost Every Attraction.

Hi Blogging World for those that follow my Facebook or visit my website often know that I am a Disneyland fanatic with a great Disneyland Crowd Calendar on her web site and we go to Disneyland a lot (for over 35 years for me). I have gone to Walt Disney World a few times, but it been a while until just recently. We just got back form 9 day trip to Walt Disney World and can't wait to give a great review of the rides/attractions and shows we did.

Let me start of by saying I hate HATE writing, and I do not think I do it well. But I do love Disney and I love helping families plan magical vacations to Disney, and well also to cruise and All Inclusive. But my first passions the reason I became a travel planner  and learned more about other destinations and experienced them was because of my love for helping others plan their trips to Disney.

I am doing a series on this blog, comparing all the parks to each other. I will come back and up date this blog as I write for the other parks.

Magic Kingdom Review
Disney Hollywood Studio
Epcot
Disneyland
California Adventure

 For this blog I am going to list the attractions and my, my son's (9 year old thrill seeker who hates big drops only), and my mother who is 59 years old with a medical condition of a bad heart, so was in an electric wheel chair. These are our thoughts, and may be different from yours. A saying I love to say and I hope you get the meaning. "One person yuck is another person's yum so don't yuck their yum." I usually say this in regards to food options, I mean unless the restaurant has all HORRIBLE reviews, I tend to find that not everyone has the same taste, but this can apply to everything in life including rides, attractions and shows. So unless there are a ton of bad reviews, take a review with a grain of salt...and this includes mine. I tried to be impartial but that is impossible for anyone to truly be.

Before I start this review, a lot of the attractions at Animal Kingdom are looking at animals and I can't say that I can add anything to those except to tell you what animals are there...But I am going to write all the blogs the same, so I am listing the attractions, and will just skip listing the food places. Also, this is our FAVORITE park at Walt Disney World, many people chose Magic Kingdom, and I can see why but to us Disneyland beats Magic Kingdom and we go to Disneyland all the time so...that is why we liked Animal Kingdom best.

Oasis

The Oasis Exhibits- you can see Barirusa and  Spoon bill

RainForest Cafe®- I am part of the Landry club (the restaurant chain that owns the Rainforest Cafe), we went to this one for breakfast, because it is one of my favorite breakfast spots when I am staying at Disneyland Hotel and have to walk Downtown Disney to get to the theme parks. This Rainforest Cafe, I was informed is the largest one out of all of them across the nation. And I can believe that, it was very large and I really like the lay out of this one better than the one at Disneyland. The food to me was the same. 
Rainforest Cafe Fish tanks
Rainforest Cafe next to our table

Rainforest cafe outside AK
 Garden Gates Gift-I didn't go here and I usually don't list places I didn't go individual but since this was the only place in this land I didn't I gave it, its only line.

Discovery Island




 Wilderness Explorers-Become a Wilderness Explorer by completing lots of challenges and earn badges as you work your way around the park! We got a book and, my son was overwhelmed by it and tried a few badges but quickly became frustrated and we stopped. It is very educational and I wanted to take the book home for later and ended up loosing it.

It's Tough to be a Bug!-This attraction is also at Disney California Adventure and the show is exactly the same. It's a 4D show that can be scary for young ones. Though this attraction has a FastPass+, you don't need one. At Disney California, this attractions, FastPass system was turned into Radiators Racers FastPass distribution because you don't need a FastPass for this attraction at either park. I think children 6 years to 10 years old that aren't easily scared will find the humor in this show.

Discovery Island Trails-Stroll along tranquil pathways and discover many animal around the Tree of Life. Some of the animals are Otter, Cotton-top Tamarin, Ring-tailed Lemur

Adventures Outpost-FastPass to meet Mickey and Minnie in their exploration headquarters. My son refused to let us do any Character meet and greet, though my mom and I did one at this park, it was because there was no line.

Flame Tree Barbecue-We had quick service lunch here, because everyone raved about the food and the value if you are on the dining plan, because you get a lot of food for you buck. I should have read the reviews better....I don't like smoked BBQ that well I like flamed and smothered in BBQ sauce, this food isn't smothered and taste smokey...so its my yuck but a LOT of peoples yum.

Pizzafari- We only ate here for lunch on our second day at Animal Kingdom because my son had requested Pizza. I have to say its flat bread with unusually pizza topping choices. It is NOT pizza. My son wasn't happy with the choice. It was OK pizza.

There are 7 other dining options in Discovery Island, most are quick service, I didn't try any of them. There was lots of little entertainments going on around the dinning spots, with dancers, singers and drummers. It was nice to have the entertainment while dining. There were also lots of little shops, we wondered around but bought nothing form them

Africa

 

Festival of the Lion King-Love loved this show, we saw it twice because we liked it soo much. Has puppetry, acrobats, and is very interactive Broadway type show. The second time my son volunteered.

Kilmanjaro Safaris-Have your camera out for this ride. I was worried about dropping it, so I didn't and missed some great shots of animals. We had a Giraffe so close to us we could have touched it. We liked see the animals on this ride. I can see how this ride can be AMAZING or horrible and its all weather the animals are active or not. Once the hippos were active and the next they weren't. Same with the other animals. So if you had a so-so experience try it again...unless you don't like watching animals...you will see Elephants, lion, gorilla, giraffe, hippopotamus, zebras and more.

Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail-Walk through tropical forest inhabited by African wild life see Elephant, lions, gorilla, Colobus monkey

Wildlife Express Train-I have never been on this train, I have gone to Walt Disney World many times and I always say I will but then because of its location never make it back to that part of the park in time to go to Rafiki's Planet Watch.



Donald's Dining Safari at Tusker House-They had some good unique food here, and it was one of my more favorite buffets. You get to see Goofy, Mickey, Donald and Daisy



 I had a drink at Dawa Bar while waiting to be seated at Tusker house, it was an ok drink. Across from the Tusker House is Tamu Tamu Refreshment that service Dole Whip with alcohol, we didn't get it, but we did get an ice cream sandwich from there, which was two big chocolate chocolate chip cookies between soft service ice cream. There are other quick service options and shops here. 

Rafiki's Planet Watch

I am ashamed to say we never made it here. You have to take the wildlife express train to get here, you are supposed to see cotton-top Tamarin, Tarantula and other animals. Only animals are there.

Asia

Flights of Wonder-really cool bird show...I was chosen to give a hawk a dollar and since the hawk didn't want to do the trick I was instead invited up for an owl to fly over my head...I took a video and posted it below. We saw this show twice, we liked it and both times the show was different.
Maharajah Jungle Trek-Self-guided walking tour of southeast Asia, home tiger, bats, and Komoda dragon

Meet and Greet-Its not on the map but right outside the Bird show is a meeting area and Baloo was always there and when I saw no one was going to see him I rushed over to get a photo, my mom joined me but my son refused.





Kali River Rapids-When I booked my trip, I saw this ride go on the refurbishment list, which made me sad because I had always loved this ride and knew my son would...but I had hope it said it would open a day before we left, which is why we planned a second day...but a week before we came...they extended the refurbishment....:( Anyways, you do get wet and its a fun rapid ride.





Expedition Everest-Legend of the Forbidden Mountain-If you can't tell from the many many photos posted...this was my son's FAVORITE ride over all the four parks. And I didn't even post all the photos we took on this ride. You must be 44 inches to ride this speeding train thru the Himalayan Mountains while avoiding the cluthes of the Yeti...some people compare this ride to Disneyland's Matterhorn but there is no comparing...this ride is WAY better and different. Only thing the same is there is a Yeti in both.


 There are several restaurant and shops in this land. We didn't try any...though I heard great things about Yak & Yeti

DinoLand U.S.A

The boneyard-its a fun little playground with slides and a sand box where kids can dig up dinosaur bones.

Fossil Fun Games- These are carnival type games that cost extra with dinosaur theme that you can play, we didn't

Finding Nemo-The Musical-There are new songs you never heard in the movie, its a puppet show. Its cute but I was happy with seeing it once.

Primeval Whril-I always said this ride looks like Goofy's Sky School (a ride at Disney California Adventure Park that is my son's FAVORITE ride there) meets the tea cups so I thought my son would like this ride, and though he said he did...he didn't request to go on it more than once. I thought it was cute and I actually liked it better than Goofy's Sky School

TriceraTops Spin-Dumbo has been turned into TriceraTops with back seats! We didn't go on them though.

DINOSAUR- The Indiana Jones track has been moved to this ride. (ok only those that have gone to Disneyland would get that) but this ride is jerky and I remember when I was in my 20s finding this ride fun scarier than I did in my 30s. Of course it could have been because my friends and I in our 20s were being quite more silly....but this time around I didn't find the POP of the Dino as scary. And my son didn't notice him at all as you can see from the picture.

There are a few eating places here as well that we didn't try.


Well that is the end of the park map and the list of rides and attractions listed on the Animal Kingdom Map. Here is the map I was looking at as I was writing.

Image result for animal kingdom map



 At this time, I will like to offer my services as a travel agent to book your magical vacation. I would like to inform you that when you book with RMH Travel it doesn't cost one cent more than booking direct with Disney, in fact your statement will look the same because you are booking with Disney, but you are allowing RMH Travel to book it on your behalf and in return Disney will give me a small commission that goes toward supporting my family. But if you book direct, Disney just pockets that money, so please when you book your vacations, please consider booking it with me.



I promised to make your vacation even more magical and to take your Disney vacation to a whole new level. As your travel planner, I am here to help you every step of the way with as much or as little help as you wish for.  Whether this is your first time going to a Walt Disney Park or your 100th time, I am here to help make your vacation a magical one.
For you free no obligation quote, please click here to be taken to my website. 
If you would like to join a FACEBOOK planning discussion group, I invite you to join one of the groups I run: 
 
You can also check out my website: www.RMHTravel.com, 
On my web site you will see that I work with many suppliers not just Disney to book magical vacations to many destinations and I try to make each and every vacation I plan and book a magical one, whether its to one of Disney's many parks, or taking a trip to the Bahamas I am here for you. 


Please comment and subscribe to my blog for further updates!