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Kill, Refurb, Marry: Aerial Spinner Rides

Kill-Marry-RefurbIt’s time for another Kill, Refurb, Marry!  This month we’re taking a look at aerial spinner rides in Walt Disney World. Hmmm…since most of these attractions are basically the same in terms of the overall experience, I decided to look at theming and atmosphere around the attractions.  From there it was a pretty easy decision.  Plus there are only 4 to choose from so…

Let’s get started!

Kill – The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Now this might seems strange for me since Aladdin is one of my favorite movies and I seriously love those spitting camels the “greet” guests, but this attraction is in a HORRIBLE location.  Adventureland used to be wide open.  There was room to move around and enjoy your Dole Whip in peace!

Ahhhh just look at all that space.  Now The Magic Carpets of Aladdin sits right in the middle of that space causing congestion, stroller traffic jams and frustration.  While the attraction itself is actually kind of fun, this needs to be moved.  We want our space back!

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Refurb – Astro Orbiter

The worst thing about this attraction is the queue.  I probably haven’t ridden this in over 25 years because those rickety elevators are the things nightmares are made of.  Not only do they look like a death trap stuffed with sweaty park guests, they are an inefficient way to move the line.  This leads to a backup even on the slowest days.  The attraction itself provides a wonderful view of Tomorrowland and I’ve heard it’s a great spot to catch the fireworks.  Let’s just come up with a better queue system people.

Marry – Dumbo The Flying Elephant

Dumbo is a CLASSIC Disney attraction and since it has been moved to Storybook Circus in Fantasyland, it’s even better.  First of all, there are now 2 spinners so the wait times are definitely more manageable.  Second, the attraction is beyond beautiful.  The redesign includes a water feature, lights, etc…  It’s stunning.  Never change Dumbo!

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Now it’s time for you to play along!  What are your choices for aerial spinner rides to Kill, Refurb, Marry??

Make sure to check out some of the other posts from the Kill, Refurb, Marry Blog Hop!

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New to Me: Magic Kingdom Edition

In planning for an upcoming trip to Walt Disney World, I was thinking about things I wanted to do. Being fortunate to visit a few times a year I’ve done many of the must dos, but I still have not seen everything. Actually I’m far from it! So I thought this would be a fun new series here on RAD. Over the next few weeks, I will be covering some of the attractions, restaurants and recreation that I’ve never experienced (or haven’t done in a super long time) at WDW. Fun, right?! Let’s get started with the original park…The Magic Kingdom!

New To Me MK

Since I’ve been visiting the Magic Kingdom since 1985, it’s safe to say that I’ve done almost everything in this park.  But there are certainly some exceptions…some that might surprise you.

Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor

For some reason, this attraction has never appealed to me.  I love the film and the characters, but there is something about the audience participation aspect to this attraction that makes me want to steer clear.  As you’ll see in this series, many of the things I haven’t done are stage shows and interactive attractions…seems to be an ongoing theme of things I don’t like (or perceive to not like since I haven’t done them!).

I’ve heard mixed reviews about Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor, but given my love of corny jokes I think I’d probably enjoy it.  Time to give this one a try…

Dumbo (the new version)

Dumbo

How gorgeous are the new Dumbo attractions?!  I’ve only visited this area once since it opened and the wait was about 50 minutes, which is why I haven’t experienced the new version yet. This was early on before the 2nd ride was added and before the new interactive queue.  I am also yet to see the entire Storybook Circus area complete and would love to explore Pete’s Silly Sideshow and Big Top Souvenirs…the details look amazing!  Growing up in WDW, Dumbo will always hold a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to take a spin.

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Be Our Guest

I think this is on everyone’s must do list right now.  I’ve been dying to eat here since it opened a few months ago, but just haven’t been able to make it due to the hectic nature of race weekends.  This needs to happen on my next trip.  I’m actually more interested in visiting for lunch here.  Not only because it’s easier to get in, but because I’m intrigued by the “Magic Rose” you get when you order.  However, I will need to have a glass of wine in the Magic Kingdom one of these days 😉

Cinderella’s Royal Table

This is actually a surprising one for me to realize I’ve never eaten here.  Maybe I did when I was a younger when it was King Stephen’s Banquet Hall which I have foggy memories of, but I really don’t remember.  (Dad…do you remember eating here??)  You know that I’m a foodie and enjoy all of the fine dining options available at WDW, so I think this is why this is never a priority for me.  I have heard such mixed reviews about Cinderella’s Royal Table and the price for a meal is ridiculous based on the quality I’ve seen in various reviews.  $52 for scrambled eggs and sausage or $65 for a mixed green salad and some chicken pasta…um no thanks.  Yes, I know it’s all about the ambiance, but I still can’t get behind this.  I would LOVE to dine in Cindy’s castle, but I think I’ll be sticking with Beast’s Castle for now.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Christmas isn’t my favorite holiday.  Gasp, Shock, Awe…Estelle just dropped to the floor…I know, shocking.  It’s just always such a stressful time of year for me and I much prefer Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day…you know, fun holidays without obligations.  While Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party looks fun, I haven’t wanted to shell out the $55+ just for a parade, a few shows and some cookies.  I feel like I can enjoy the holiday decor during regular park hours and get my fill of Christmas cheer.  Plus, the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are the real winner of the holiday season in WDW.  Who knows…maybe one year, I can be convinced to go.

What attractions and restaurants are new to you in the Magic Kingdom??