Earlier this year, Disney and Chevrolet teamed up to re-invent Epcot’s Test Track attraction — the longest and fastest attraction in Walt Disney history! On my latest visit to Walt Disney World, I felt the need for speed, and decided to take a spin. Maybe you can’t tell from the video, but I was flying at speeds of 65 miles per hour! Using Disney’s Fastpass (don’t go to Disney without one!) I was able to skip the long lines and get right to the high-octane fun. Add Test Track to the list of attractions that both parents and kids can enjoy. It’s educational, innovative with just the right amount of adrenaline-pumping action.
The last time I took a vacation to Walt Disney World, fanny packs and slouch socks ruled the world. But a lot has changed since then, and I recently got a chance to see first-hand what twenty years of innovation has done to Walt Disney World. Suffice to say, I was wowed!
My first stop was the newly re-imagined New Fantasyland, the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history. I felt like a kid again, flying high on Dumbo, going under the sea singing my favorite hits from The Little Mermaid (of which I knew every…single…word) and escaping to Beast’s castle where five star dining meets five star fantasy. Here’s a little taste of my four most enchanting moments at New Fantasyland.
Indulge me, if you would, for a moment. Well, really for about three minutes. As I mentioned in my post on Tips for First-Time Cruisers, I was on the inaugural sailing of the Disney Dream last month. I decided to take my 8-year-old-niece along to see what she thought of the ship since, of course, kids and families are very important to Disney Cruise Line’s bottom line.
She loved the ship — as did I — and it was a treat to see it through her eyes. This video is just a few of her favorite parts of the trip.
Today I’ll set sail on Disney’s newest and largest ship, the Disney Dream, for a quick two-night media cruise to get acquainted with the ship. Now, while this may be my first Disney cruise, this isn’t my first rodeo (rodeo = cruise in this case), so I know a bit about the ins and outs of a cruise vacation. If you’re considering a cruise (and why not, with prices now up to 65 percent off), there are a few tips first-timers need to know to make the most out of a vacation on the high seas. Keep in mind these are general guidelines and may not be applied across all cruise lines.
You may have seen the news of the Disney Dream as it pulled into its home in Port Canaveral, Fla. this week. With this news and the New Year, it’s prime time to recognize the industry’s newest ships. They’re big; they’re bad (and by that I mean awesome!); and they sparkle like a shiny new ship should.