Must-Do Attractions At Magic Kingdom

  

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As many of you already know, my family and I are avid Disney vacationers. Naturally then, I feel like I know what the best rides are at Walt Disney World, and which ones are just “meh.” However, as a future educator, I definitely am aware that no one person can know everything about a given subject, despite how much of an expert they think they are.

So during my internship, I learned just how true that statement is. Throughout the program, I was exposed to some fantastic rides that I in the past overlooked. Two specifically come to mind and I got to ride them on one of the last days of my program. (Just in time!)

Both of these attractions are located in Magic Kingdom. The first one is Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, located in Tomorrowland. Honestly, I avoided Laugh Floor because I thought it was geared towards younger children. However, I quickly found out it is great for ALL ages. Laugh Floor is where the famed characters from Monsters, Inc. entertain the crowd with some jokes, often using the audience members as inspiration. The first time I was there, my friend and I got picked on by the comedians…and we loved it! And here’s a hint if you too want to become the butt of their jokes: sit in front of the lamps.

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My second hidden gem ride is Mickey’s Philharmagic, which is in the center of Fantasyland. I was apprehensive to ride this attraction because for some reason I thought of it as outdated. However, as a route to escape the rain, I checked it out. For those who do not know, it is a 3-D movie/musical featuring various Disney characters and their infamous songs. Being a 90s Disney baby, I LOVED seeing these classics and singing along to the music that make up the soundtrack of my childhood. And I wasn’t the only one! I noticed several other guests singing just as loud and cheering along. It was a really fun experience and one that I look back fondly on.

Both attractions are super fun, each for their own different reasons, and favorites of College Program interns. I am so glad I got to experience them both. And they are definitely added to “Brittany’s Favorite Rides” list, ha!

Written by: Brittany Madden – Follow Brittany’s blog Britty Loves Disney

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What Working At Disney Taught Me | Hidden Mickey Hot Spot

  

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One of my favorite things to do while at WDW is search for Hidden Mickeys (HMs for short). I even had the official book that listed the location of thousands of HMs in every park, resort, restaurant…even the Disney cruise ships! I would take this book with me on all of my family’s Disney vacation, marking off the ones I found and continue searching for the ones I had yet to discover. It was, and still is, one of my favorite pastimes while visiting WDW. And the best thing about hunting for HMs is it’s free, holla!

For those who don’t know, HMs are exactly what they sound like: they are hidden pictures of Mickey Mouse. Guests can find HMs on rides, inside stores, on sidewalks…basically anything within the WDW area is susceptible for a HM. Most often, HMs are the classic image of Mickey Mouse: one large circle, with two smaller ones on top. HMs do come in different forms though, such as an entire silhouette of Mickey Mouse, so keep your eye out! Also, look beyond just paintings or drawings…many HMs are made with unusual items, like rope, car tires, or plates. And Mickey Mouse isn’t the only one that gets to participate in the fun! Other famous characters, like Goofy and Tinkerbell, have also been spotted hidden within the Disney decor.

Disney Imagineers are responsible for starting the HM tradition. It is the Imagineers’ way of marking their stamp on whatever project they worked on. Think of it kind of like when an artist signs his/her name on a painting.

Before I started the Disney College Program, I was of course very well-aware of HMs. However, I was not aware that I was working nearby the home to the largest collection of HMs in all of Walt Disney World! During my training, I found out that Rafiki’s Planet Watch (which is where the Wildlife Express Train takes guests to and from) has over 100 HMs. In other words, if HMs were like gold, Rafiki’s would be Fort Knox! =P

Being the avid HM hunter that I am, I naturally added this fun fact to every spiel I conducted. I even gave guests hints to some of their locations. And because I love you all so much, here are two hints I frequently told guests: 1) Look into the eyes of the animals and 2) Be sure to investigate the animal mural as you walk into Rafiki’s.

Learning about Rafiki’s HM claim to fame perfectly illustrates one of my favorite things about working for Disney. That is, no matter how long you have worked there or many times you have visited the parks, there is still so much to learn, see, and do. Every experience at Disney is unique and special, which is why I love it so very much!

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What Working At Disney Taught Me | Don’t Step Over the Yellow Line!

  

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Unlike many of the attractions throughout Walt Disney World, my job at the Wildlife Express Train was extremely safety conscious. This was for very valid reasons, as riders could get severely injured if they did not follow safety protocols. One way we enforced these safety rules was through the use of yellow painted lines, which were painted at various locations on both platforms.

In fact, these yellow lines are a common safety tactic used throughout Disney. And they all mean the same thing: do not cross them! Talking about and explaining these lines were a daily occurrence at my job, as they were crucial to protecting guests.

I think yellow was used because it is a bright a visualize cue, saying “Hey, don’t step here!” Or maybe it is a nod to The Wizard of Oz. Who knows?! Nonetheless, the point is for guests to not step over it, ha! Plus, by using the same color, the lines promote consistency. Essentially, Disney is training its guests to be aware of the yellow lines and know their meaning. (FYI: If you see masking tape on the ground, they mean the same thing as a yellow line!)

You have no idea how many times I had to remind guests to “please do not step over the yellow line” or “wait to unfold your strollers until you have crossed the yellow line.” On more than one occasion, I had guests get angry or frustrated with this rule. However, we enforced it because it protected guests from harm. So if you want to be an awesome guest, seriously please don’t cross them, haha!

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Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort & 15 Acre Lake

  

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Next to Port Orleans Riverside, Coronado Springs has always been one of our favorite resorts. We’ve stayed many times and have been more than happy with it. One of my favorite things about it is the beautiful 15 acre man-made lake. The distance around the whole lake is just under a mile (.97 miles), so it’s perfect for getting in a quick workout, or a relaxing walk, morning or night. In fact, on our last trip my husband got up every morning and went running while the girls got ready.

I’ve read several negatives reviews about the amount of walking at Coronado, but we don’t mind it. The resort itself is designed with Spanish influences, and the grounds are impeccably landscaped with trees from 10 different states. Environmentalists will be happy to note that the mulch in the landscaped beds consists of shredded wood from recycled pallets.

Although we personally love how spread out the resort is, if you have small kids or trouble walking, this could be problematic for you. Have you stayed at Coronado? If so, what are your opinions?

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