Why Disney's Animal Kingdom Is More Than A Half Day Park

Over at TouringPlans they've posted a great article that gives six reasons why Disney's Animal Kingdom is not just a half day park. I've heard a lot of people online make the half-day park claim and several people in my own family aren't inclined to give it more time than that either. But I really think they are missing out. It's true that if the only thing you care about is rides, then you're not going to occupy even half a day. But opening your eyes to all the things going on around… Continue reading...

The Festival of Fantasy Parade At The Magic Kingdom

I've been covering the Festival of Fantasy Parade that Disney has been working on for a few months and everything about it promised to be something special. Well it's here and if these photos by Disney Photography Blog are anything to go by, it really is something else. These floats are huge. Far bigger than anything we've seen previously. And you can see the incredible level of detail on them in these photos too. On top of that the creative costuming for the dancers really adds to… Continue reading...

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The only part of the New Fantasyland expansion in The Magic Kingdom that isn't complete yet is the dark ride/roller coaster The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train but as this photo shows construction is well under way. The train itself is now on the rails and has undergone its first drop test (where it runs under its own gravity on the rails). By the standards of modern roller coasters this is considered a tame ride but not only does it combine indoor scenes it also has cars that sway from side to side which should make a pretty unique… Continue reading...

Disney Water Taxi

Here's one of those boats I mentioned in the last post heading towards the Beach Club lighthouse (it does light up at night) to pick up any early risers and take them across to the Boardwalk since the parks aren't open yet. Those of us who are feeling a little more ambitious, can just stroll across the bridge and reach the boardwalk that way. . Continue reading...

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

One of the many places to sample food in Disney World, Akershus is situated in the Norway section of the Epcot World Showcase. It's a character dining spot that features some of the Disney Princesses. However in this case I didn't actually eat there. I just thought it looked very atmospheric lit up at night like this. . Continue reading...