Magical Blogorail – Magic Kingdom Attractions for Rainy Days!

Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Blue. Enjoy the ride as we share Tips for Rainy Disney Days.

When it rains, here are five attractions at the Magic Kingdom to enjoy!
When it rains, here are five attractions at the Magic Kingdom to enjoy!

Hello everyone, and thank you for joining us today!  In this edition of the Magical Blogorail, we are taking a look at some tips for enjoying Disney even when it is raining.  Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean that the fun has to end!  In fact, it is often during periods of rain that the parks clear out, leaving a lot of great attractions just waiting to be enjoyed with much smaller lines!  But for this post, I’m taking a look at five Magic Kingdom attractions that are good for enjoying during a shower because they are long enough that you often can enjoy the ride/show/attraction, and when it is over, the rain has passed!

Country Bear Jamboree

Country Bear Jamboree is a great show, rain or shine!
Country Bear Jamboree is a great show, rain or shine!

This show is a favorite of mine — and is a Walt Disney World/Magic Kingdom original from October 1, 1971!  It’s kind of homey, kind of country, but it’s a lot of fun for this writer!  The show is 15 minutes, 55 seconds long, and has a generous lobby to wait in, so if it’s raining, it’s a great place to avoid the storm!

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

The Carousel of Progress is located in Tomorrowland, and is a great show to enjoy at any time!
The Carousel of Progress is located in Tomorrowland, and is a great show to enjoy at any time!

Another great attraction during the rain is the Carousel of Progress.  This show is an all time favorite of mine, but what makes this attraction great for rainy days is that the overhang is great for staying out of the rain, and the show is long enough to see you through a lot of Florida showers!

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean has many unique features to beat the rain!
Pirates of the Caribbean has many unique features to beat the rain!

When it comes to queue lines at the Magic Kingdom, you’ll be hard pressed to find an attraction with as great of a queue as Pirates of the Caribbean, especially for rainy days.  If it’s raining, and you want to get out of the rain, head into Pirates and you’ll be able to meander through hundreds of feet of covered areas to reach the attraction, and then, the attraction itself is long enough that you might just forget that it’s raining!  Lastly, if you have gotten wet in the rain, if you happen to get splashed on the ride, it won’t be nearly as annoying!  Sounds like a win-win-win to me!

Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Mickey's PhilharMagic is a great show to see when it rains!
Mickey’s PhilharMagic is a great show to see when it rains!

If you want a great show, incredible scenes from some of your favorite Disney movies, and great music that lasts for a while, then have a look at Mickey’s PhilharMagic.  This show is great to beat the rain with, and when the show is over, if it’s still raining, go wander through the gift shop for a while and get some souvenirs taken care of!

it’s a small world

it's a small world is a slow enough ride that you can use it to beat the rain!
it’s a small world is a slow enough ride that you can use it to beat the rain!

I know what you’re going to say — don’t ride it’s a small world because of the song!  You don’t want that stuck in your head all day, rain or no rain!  Of course, I love the song, so I don’t mind getting it stuck in my head, but it’s a great way to escape the rain, with it’s long covered queue line and long, slow moving boat ride!

You know, sometimes the rain doesn’t go away very quickly, and you have to endure the ponchos and umbrellas and all of that mess.  However, when the rain does stay for a while, it can often lead to a lot of people deciding to leave the park for the day.  When that happens, like it did for us back in 2010, it leads to photos like this one, during a very low capacity extra magic hours.  Mickey and Minnie were riding Dumbo after midnight that night!

Sometimes the rain doesn't go away very quickly...
Sometimes the rain doesn’t go away very quickly…

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Frontierland Station.

Here is the map of our Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop – My Dreams of Disney – Magic Kingdom Rainy Day Attractions
2nd Stop – Frontierland Station – Don’t Let The Weather Rain On Your Disney Parade
3rd Stop – Ashley Aspires – Rainy Day Resort Hopping
4th Stop – Saving Up for Disney – 10 Tips for Surviving a Disneyland Rainy Day
Final Stop – Magical Mickey Tips- Top Tips for Rainy Day Options at Walt Disney World

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Sophie’s Favorite Attraction – Splash Mountain!

Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail. Enjoy the ride as we share Disney attractions reviews from our kids.

The 52' Drop from the top of Splash Mountain!
The 52′ Drop from the top of Splash Mountain!

Hello Disney Fans!!! Today, I’m writing about my favorite attraction: Splash Mountain!!! Would you believe that for a long time, I was utterly, terrified of that drop?  If you’ve been with us in an earlier time, then you know that story. If this is the first post you’ve read, kick back and let me type a story for you.

It was in the trip of 2012. My parents and I were with a friend who loved Splash Mountain. One thing lead to another, and somehow, they convinced me to go and ride with them. It was the scariest thing for me! I was so paranoid that we would actually go into the briar patch! About half way through “the laughing place,” Daddy’s hat fell down and touched me. I. WAS. SO. SCARED!!! I thought it was an oversized queen bee about to sting me or something! I was screaming like bloody murder! The funniest part was when we were going up to the top. My mom was next to me, and she said that I was holding on so tightly, I was cutting off circulation. As we were going down the drop, I prepared for a lot of thorns. But, we didn’t go into the briar patch. I was like “AHHHHH!!!…. oh.” I saw that we went through a small tunnel. I was actually going under the briar patch! So now that i’m not afraid of the briars, I really like the ride, as you can tell from this picture of a group of us going on Splash Mountain (I’m in the pink Minnie Ears in the front on the right).

Getting ready to ride Splash Mountain again!
Getting ready to ride Splash Mountain again!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Mommy to All Girls.

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Here is the map of our Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop – My Dreams of Disney – Sophie’s Favorite Attraction – Splash Mountain!
2nd Stop – Mommy to All Girls – The Kolb Girls Review Disney Attractions
3rd Stop – For the Love of Disney – Top 5 Disney Rides for Kids… outside of Fantasyland!
4th Stop – Sparks of Magic – Magic Kids Talk: Favorite Disney Attractions
Final Stop – Dad for Disney – Kid Sized Review: Toy Story Midway Mania

Cinderella’s Royal Table – My Most Romantic Disney Restaurant!

Welcome to the next stop on Magical Blogorail Green . Today we are discussing why Cinderella’s Royal Table is my pick for the most romantic Disney restaurant!

Dinner inside Cinderella Castle is a very romantic occasion!
Dinner inside Cinderella Castle is a very romantic occasion!

Ah, Cinderella Castle and Valentine’s Day.  Two words that were made for each other when it comes to romantic encounters.  In this month’s Blogorail post, we are talking about our most romantic Disney restaurants — and for me, I immediately thought of Cinderella Castle!  For those that don’t know, inside the walkway between the front and the rear of the Castle is a dining location called “Cinderella’s Royal Table”.  If you have reservations for this location, you will get to enjoy a wonderful meal on the second floor of the Castle.

Certainly, the restaurant is primarily a kid friendly restaurant — there likely won’t ever be a time when you are eating there when there aren’t some kids enjoying breakfast, lunch, or dinner there.  However, that doesn’t mean that the experience isn’t romantic.  When two people are in love, the world truly does kind of fade away into the background because they only have eyes for one another.  I remember way back in 2001 my wife Cindy and I went to Walt Disney World before our daughter Sophie was born, and we were able to get a lunch reservation the day we were there!  As certain as I was that there were children there while we were eating, I don’t remember that at all — because I only had eyes for my wife.

Fireworks exploding around the Castle. Image courtesy my friend Neal.
Fireworks exploding around the Castle. Image courtesy my friend Neal.

The last time that we ate at Cinderella’s Royal Table was in 2012 when we visited with our friends Neal and Kerry, their kids, and our friend Monica and her daughter.  We made a reservation for the restaurant, and I was disappointed that the time we could get was 8:40PM.  However, as I discovered and wrote about here, that time was a blessing in disguise, as we were inside the Castle when Wishes was performed, and we had a very romantic and unique location to view it from that I had never experienced before!

Also, if you are considering proposing to your special someone, then Cinderella’s Royal Table or the vicinity of the Castle are the place to do it from!  You can schedule a special dinner for you and your loved one, and they can even put the ring on the plate as part of your dessert course, or you can improvise yourself and ask her in front of the Castle, like what happened with my niece Stephanie and her husband Shane.

Shane proposing to my niece Stephanie!
Shane proposing to my niece Stephanie!

As you can see, romance truly does live at Cinderella Castle and Cinderella’s Royal Table!  Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Adventure in the Great Wide Somewhere.

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Here is the map of our Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop – Disney Mamas – Top 3 Spots for Romantic Dining at WDW
2nd Stop – Rolling with the Magic – Remy
3rd Stop – Disney Nouns – Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
4th Stop – My Dreams of Disney – Cinderella’s Royal Table
Final Stop – Adventure in the Great Wide Somewhere – Palo

How runDisney isn’t as bad as you think…

Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail. Enjoy the ride as we share our experiences, tips, and info to help you runDisney.

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Image ©Disney

The Princess 5K.  My daughter and I are going to be running in the Princess 5K on February 20, 2015.  We did much of our training for the race during the summer/early fall, and now need to do a quick recap of the training in the month before our big event.  As we contemplated doing this, one thing that we both started thinking about was how crazy it seems to be going to Disney to do a race. What were we thinking?!

After a brief moment of panic — and I mean very brief — we both stopped and regrouped to get our bearings.  The first thing that I reminded Sophie about was that we weren’t doing a marathon or a half marathon — we were simply doing the Princess 5K.  The 5K is just 3.1 miles.  No sweat.  I’ve run 5Ks before, and when we visit the parks, we easily walk upwards of 10 miles in a day, so there isn’t any reason why we couldn’t do the runDisney Princess 5K.

In addition, I told myself that doing this event isn’t just about doing the run.  This is a moment when my daughter and I can connect on something that just she and I are doing.  Sophie is a typical 13 year old teenager — so if you are a parent of one that age, you know that the days when your baby wants to hang out with you and do things that you like to do together are starting to be few and far between.  This race has been a great way for the two of us to spend more time together, to do the things together and to extend that bond longer.

Also, the race is Frozen themed — and we all loved seeing Frozen so much that we saw it more times in the theater than I think we ever saw any other movie.

Lastly, when you do the race, you’ll receive one of these special medals — depending on which race you are doing:

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Image ©Disney

So, in the end, the takeaway I have with the runDisney experience will be this (I hope):

runDisney: It isn’t as bad as you think!

What do you think?  Have you ever done a runDisney 5K or some other runDisney race?  What did you think of it?  Let me know in the comments, please, and thanks for stopping by!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Home is Where the Mouse is.

Merry Christmas 2014

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From all of us here at My Dreams of Disney, to all of you, we wish you a very Merry Christmas 2014, and a Happy New Year too!  May you remember in your hearts the reason that we have Christmas, and may all your dreams come true, whether you be at Disney or not.

For me, I thank God for all of you, for stopping by, for saying hello, for caring, for showing me each and every day what a blessing you all are.  I also give thanks to God for my family, for my friends, and for everyone that has hugged me when I needed a hug, laughed with me when I needed a laugh, cried with me when I needed a cry, and loved me — even if I don’t always deserve love.

For my Disney friends, I have several, but in particular I have some that I would love to mention by name today.

  1. To my friend Amanda, the original Disney’s Cheapskate Princess, I salute you, and love you for all of the friendship you have shown me over the years.
  2. To all of my friends on the Magical Blogorail, both past and present, I love you all — we have laughed quite a bit, cried when necessary, but most of all, we have loved one another — and I wouldn’t trade any of you for anything!
  3. To my friend Andy — the incredibly talented and generous photographer also known as the WDW Shutterbug, I salute you.  You are a great photographer, but even more, you are an even better friend.
  4. Lastly, but by no means least, I give thanks to my friends Steve and Lisa Griswold, owners of Pixie Vacations, and to all of my fellow Pixies.  You all are great people, and I am a better person for having known you.

I could go on and on, but I know you might have some last minute shopping to do or quality time to spend with your family than spending it online, so I’ll let you go.  Once again, Merry Christmas everyone, and thank you for all that you bring to the site each and every day!