Top 5 Relaxing Rides/Shows at Hollywood Studios

Here it is the last of the 4 parks of Walt Disney World, Hollywood Studios. This list took a little longer than the others because there are not as many rides here as there are shows. Here it is, our Top 5 Relaxing rides/shows of Hollywood studios.

5) Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular: this is a fun entertaining show at Hollywood Studios, it does get some people involved from the audience, you don’t have to volunteer though and it does get you off your feet for a while. The downfall here is that it does get you off your feet but on a hot day you are still outside. At the end though the show is fun and you do get to sit down so it does make our Top 5.

4) Voyage of the Little Mermaid: We loved this show and it was really cute. It is air conditioned and the seats are like theater seats. We enjoyed watching the “movie” as a live action here but it isn’t as long as some of the other shows that are offered at Hollywood Studios. It does get you off your feet for a little while and gives you a nice cool place to relax.

3) Toy Story Mania: This is about the only real relaxing ride on our list. It may not seem so relaxing to some because you do have to shoot stuff in the gallery, but you do get to sit down for a little while and the cue is air conditioned. The reason it made our Top 5 as a relaxing ride is more for if you are a parent of kids who have to sit on your lap. You get to sit back and let them control the ride while you relax in the seat! Downfall to this ride is it always has a long cue.

2)For the First Time in Forever, A Frozen Sing Along: This is a 30 minute show about the Frozen movie. It replaced Aladdin, which was also amazing, and so the seats here are wonderful. It is again air conditioned and gives you a nice break from the heat outside. It is Frozen and the Queen can make it snow, so we wouldn’t expect anything less than a cool place to chill, and let it go.

1) Our number one is….BEAUTY AND THE BEAST LIVE ON STAGE! This show is 25 minutes long and is amazing. You have the chance to sit back and relax and watch an amazing performance and listen to some of your favorite classic songs from the movie. We love this show and can’t wait to take Alice on our upcoming trip.

That is our Top 5 Relaxing Rides/ Shows at Hollywood studios!

Honorable Mention to: Disney Junior LIVE! This is fun especially if you have kids, it didn’t make the Top 5 for one reason…NO SEATS. You read that right, no seats, you sit on the floor for this one. The kids are up dancing for the most part so the open room without seats is understandable but it is a killer on the back.

Until next time remember: The best is yet to come!

 

 

Top 5 Relaxing Rides at Animal Kingdom

We have done Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and now it is time for Animal Kingdom!

5) Rafiki’s Planet Watch Train: We loved the train to Rafiki’s planet watch, we love even more that you can just ride it around, and around, and around, to your hearts content. Now we do like to go to Rafiki’s planet watch hangout there and then ride the train a few times but it is a great place to sit and relax for a little while. We loved the train ride because we did get to see the Baby Rhino at their behind the scene location. It was really cool, and so is the breeze from the ride.

4) It’s Tough To Be A Bug: This is a cute sit down show, the first time we did it though Sammie did scream at the end when the “Bugs” touched her butt. Sorry spoiler, but trust us Sammie wished she had that heads up beforehand. This is a great sit down show that lasts about 9 minutes. It is cute, the stink bugs really do stink though so fair warning. It is cool in the theater and the seats are decent. Nice time to relax and watch the entertainment of Bugs!

3) Finding Nemo the Musical: Very cute show and it is a great way to relax for more than a few minutes. This is a 40 minute show, so this isn’t for someone who can’t or won’t sit long. Not sure how Alice will do when we take her.  Now they can let you leave if your child becomes crazy or is screaming. However if you child falls asleep in a carrier and can sleep through noise, this is a great place to let them sleep and you can get off your feet.

2) Festival of The Lion King: This did not make number one for us for one reason: Bleacher seating. Love this show it is amazing and a must do while at Animal Kingdom, but the seats do not have a back which can be hard for some. We do however love this show and it is a great place to relax. This is another long one at 30 minutes but it is amazing and entertaining. The music is beautiful and it is so much fun to see some of your favorite Lion King characters!

1)Our number one is…Kilimanjaro Safaris: This hit number one for us because it is an all time favorite of ours. With decent seats, and seeing animals, it is Animal Kingdom after all, we love this relaxing ride through the African Plains. We have seen so many really cool animals on this ride and it is even better in the rain. Between the sitting, cool breeze, amazing animals, and the ability to relax and take some cool pictures, it ranks number one in our books.

What about you? Do you have a favorite at Animal kingdom? Leave it in the comments below!

Until next time remember: The best is yet to come!

Top 5 Relaxing Rides at Epcot

We have already done our top 5 relaxing rides at Magic Kingdom so next up is Epcot.

5) Impressions De France: this is a great place to cool off. It has seats which is nice and even better it is Air Conditioned! Located at the back of the France Pavilion this movie about France comes in at number 5 for one reason: Sammie fell asleep. It is great information if you are awake and there is lots to learn. When we did this though Sammie was pregnant with Alice at the time and needed a break. She fell asleep for this entire movie, which is 18 minutes long. She can say that it is a perfect location for a quick snooze.

4) The Sea with Nemo and Friends: A short 5 minute ride but it does get you off your feet. This is a nice short ride that again is air conditioned. Although we have never seen this line exceed a 25 minute wait time, if there is a long wait the cue is air conditioned and there is lots to see. When you get off this ride you can explore the aquarium at the end which is a nice little break from everything else and again it is air conditioned. This ride may be short but it is fun.

3) Grand Fiesta Tour: located inside the Mexico Pavilion this is about a 8-10 minute ride and is a nice way to get off your feet. The Mexico Pavilion tends to be cooler because it is darker inside. This is a great little boat ride to find Donald, find hidden mickeys, and relax. This is another one that rarely if ever has a long wait time. The only time we saw a long line was a school group had gotten there before us and had like 50 people.

2) Spaceship Earth: You can’t miss this ride, located right at the opening inside the giant dome ball, Spaceship Earth is one of our all time favorites. This 15 minute ride is a great way to take a break and relax. You also get to answer some fun questions and get to watch a movie of yourselfs at the end in your future! Pretty cool, plus it tends to be cooler. Unless the ride stops at the fire and smoke part…then it tends to be a little hot and a little smokey. But ultimately this ride is great for relaxation.

1)Our number one is…LIVING WITH THE LAND! Our favorite Epcot ride, we ride it at least 10 times while there, we love living with the land. This 20 minute ride is a great way to relax and learn some really cool things about Disney’s greenhouse and how they grow foods, which you can enjoy at the Garden Grill, right above the ride. This is also a great one for anyone who looks for hidden mickeys, why? There are a ton! Some are trickier than others but they are 100% worth looking for at this location. 20 minute ride through the greenhouse, we were sold and it was surprisingly cool inside.

So there you have it our Top 5 Relaxing rides at Epcot. What about you? Do you have a favorite? leave it in the comments below!

Until next time remember: The best is yet to come!

Our Top 5 Relaxing Rides at Magic Kingdom

We figured this would be a good one to do, a busy day at any of the park calls for a sit down ride that you can just chill out on for a few minutes and not feel crazy. Especially on those hot days! Here are our top 5 Relaxing rides at Magic Kingdom!

5) The Train: Okay so the train may seem like a lame thing to put on here but you can ride it to different parts of the park or in one big circle. This will allow you to just take a little time to relax. Kids don’t know the difference on what is considered an attraction or not. The train is the perfect way to take a break and even possibly catch a little snooze.

4) Jungle Cruise: This attraction is full of punny remarks, but it is sit down and it is a longer ride. This is a nice break to sit back, relax, and enjoy the jokes. There are great sites to see like the 8th Wonder of the World! I mean who doesn’t love the backside of a waterfall? But getting off your feet for this journey through the jungle is great!

3) The Country Bear Jamboree: This 15 minute show is a great way to sit down and take a break. The show is fun but our favorite thing is that you get to sit. It is a great way to entertain the kids while taking a nice break from the heat. The theater is dark and last time we were there this was air conditioned. This gets you a nice cool off place with some entertainment!

2) The Carousel of Progress: Another wonderful sit down show to enjoy. This too is air conditioned. A classic ride for anyone to enjoy and this 20 minute long ride tells you all about the great big beautiful tomorrow! You will be singing this song by the end of the show. It is great way to relax and we have even seen some people catching a nap. Starting in the 1900s and ending in what they believed would be the 21st Century, this ride is a wonderful classic and a must see. The wait times for this are usually not very long and it is totally worth it!

1) Our number one and all time favorite, THE PEOPLE MOVER: This is a great little tour around Tomorrowland and goes through some of the history behind some of Walt’s dreams. It takes you through space mountain, into Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, and above one of the gift shops. This is a great ride and it is even better for people watching! Wave to other cars that you pass by because they might just wave back! We also have found this to be nice when it is drizzling and still hot out, the breeze is just right and you will get slightly wet but it is the perfect amount of cooling.

 

That is it! Our Top 5 relaxing rides at the Magic Kingdom!

Until next time remember: The best is yet to come!

(Featured Image credit to Disneys Memory Maker Package)

5 Reasons we think Memory Maker is worth it.

We love using the Memory Maker when we go and it isn’t for the ride photos. We love getting all the photos outside of the rides and with this upcoming trip being Alice’s first time, we wanted to make sure to get all the  photos! So here are 5 reasons we love The Memory Maker at Disney World.

  1. All the money you honestly save: The Memory Maker costs $169.00 if purchased in advance of your trip and $199.00 to start immediately if you purchase at the park. If you purchase the Memory Maker in advance but too close to your trip, the day before your trip, the first three days won’t have the Memory Maker because of processing. The cost to purchase a photo that a Photopass photographer takes, plus the ride photos, the special character meet and greets, etc… those photo costs can add up quickly. With PhotoPass you spend the $169 and you get ALL OF YOUR PHOTOS. From the day the photo was taken you have 45 days to download your photo before you lose it. We have hundreds of photos that would have cost us a lot more than the price of the Memory Maker. It may not seem like it but it does save you money, if photos are a priority to you.
  2. The Magic Shots: Disney can make Magic happen everywhere and that includes with the photos. These photos are called magic shots and they can make some of those amazing disney characters join in your photos. For example we have photos with Tinkerbell and Olaf! I have seen Stich as well and there are many different ones at each park! All those Magic shots that a photographer does are included in your Memory Maker price.
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  3. The quality of the photos: The cast members taking the photos aren’t just random teenagers that they pulled off the streets. These are legit photographers that have been trained to take these photos. We have tons of beautiful photos especially at Epcot that we wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for these amazing cast members. Great quality photos for a pretty good price. Most photo studios charge $169 for 20 photos on a CD.
  4. The ability to share the Memory Maker with your entire group. Only one person in your group has to purchase the Memory Maker. That means whether you have a group of 2 or a group of 10 you all can use the same account. You can even split the cost if you go with friends and that makes this even more affordable. This is great for families especially. We will be going with Sammie’s family next year and we will definitely be getting this so we can capture all the moments with Grammie and Papa, Uncle, and Auntie.
  5. Finally you get any character meet and greet that has a photopass photographer. This includes Mickey, Tinkerbell, Ariel, etc. There are lots of characters to meet and wonderful photographers to capture those moments. We have some amazing candid moments of use talking to Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder that we wouldn’t have gotten without the memory maker. This is a great way to capture some really amazing memories with these characters and you don’t have to fumble around with your camera.
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So there you go our Top 5 reasons we think Memory Maker is totally worth it. If you are a first timer to Disney or you are going with your child for the first time, we definitely suggest the Memory Maker just to capture those first moments. It is worth it.

Until next time remember: The best is yet to come!!!!

Our Top 5 go to Adventures

Here are our Top 5 go to adventures on days we are looking to go and explore.

  1. The Smithsonian National Zoo. We love the National Zoo and there is always stuff to see and explore. We love walking around and exploring the exhibits there is always something “new” to see. For example the last time we went to the zoo the Lions were playing with a barrel. There is also wonderful demonstrations that go on and talks given by keepers. We always have fun at the zoo and we can make a whole day out of it. There is so much to see and do, it always makes for an awesome outing.
  2. The National  Aquarium. This is so much fun to explore, and there is tons to see. Our favorite part of the Aquarium is the large glass window that overlooks their Coral reef exhibit. There is so much to see and is a great place to play I spy with kids. The dolphin demonstration is a lot of fun as well, we have learned so much about dolphins. This is a great place to go and spend a day exploring each of the exhibits. 16864283_749067445247947_3076195235657947084_n
  3. Any park for a hike. We love hiking and we are always up to go for a nice walk around the park. Here in Maryland there are tons of parks that have tons of trails. We can pick on and go explore and always have a new adventure every time we go. Just make sure you have a stroller that is good on all terrain and pack plenty of water!!
  4. Exploring Washington DC. There are so many things to see in Washington that you can’t do it all in one day. We love picking a new a new Smithsonian, park, or area to explore every time we go. A hidden gem we recommend everyone go and do is the Botanical Gardens! This is a beautiful location and they have an outdoor garden off to the side of the building that is great for relaxing and taking pictures. Washington is great because most of the museums are free!
  5. Exploring Downtown Annapolis. This is another great place in Maryland to go and look around. With the Naval Academy right there, which yes you can go walk around at, and tons of little shops this is a great place to explore. We still haven’t seen it all and we have lived here for 4 years! We recommend Mission BBQ for lunch or dinner it is amazing!!!

We hope you like our Top 5 go to adventures!

Until next time remember: The best is yet to come!

Top 5 Rainy Day Activities

Let’s take a break from Disney, since that is not the only thing we started this blog for. We have have had a lot of rainy days her in Maryland lately and we figured why not post our Top 5 Rainy Day Activities?

#1 Movie Day: Now we know there are lots of feelings about letting your kids watch a lot of Television. We find that rainy days are an exception to limiting screen time. It is gloomy outside no one wants to do anything but sit around. Movies are a great way to get some extra snuggles in with your younger kids too. Now when we say movie day we mean an at home movie day. If you are brave enough to take your kids out, you are better than we are. We find that when it rains everyone had the same idea and heads to the movie theater or indoor playgrounds. We love doing at home movie days. We choose our favorite movies, make some of our favorite snacks, and cuddle up for a great day.

#2 Arts and Crafts: We love looking into doing arts and crafts on a rainy day. This can be as simple as breaking out the coloring book and crayons. We have also made telescopes out of paper towel rolls, painted using fruit, and made bird feeders out of old milk cartons. Now we didn’t do these crafts with just Alice, we also did them with friends’ kids who absolutely loved them. With toddlers a great way to let them explore without the mess is putting pain in a Zip-top bag and taping it to the table. They can squish it around without creating a huge mess. Just make sure your bag is closed.

#3 Dance Party: Rainy days leads to lots of built up energy even in a toddler. We love putting on music and letting Alice dance to the music. Pandora’s Raffi for kids is our favorite channel to listen too. A great way to get energy out for toddlers and honestly it can be be a great workout for the parents too.

#4 Playing in the Rain: Alice loves the rain and loves to play in it even more. As long as it isn’t thundering and lighting out we love playing in the rain. Throw those bathing suits on and go out and have a splash! Find your inner child and jump in a few puddles with the kids!

#5 Indoor Camping: Out family loves to camp in general so this one is a lot of fun for us. We use chairs to create a tent, we make camp food for dinner, and for dessert S’mores! You can put on some nature sounds, grab some flashlights and pretend you are in the great outdoors. This is a great one especially if the power goes out, taking what is scary for some kids and turning it into something fun and exciting will make for a great time. A great way to create a pretend fire is with some paper towel rolls and some red, orange, and yellow construction paper. cut paper to look like fire and glue to the paper towel rolls and just like that you have a fire safe for kids!

Those are our Top 5 Rainy Day Activities, we hope you enjoyed them and we look forward to sharing more ideas with you. If you have anything you are interested in us posting make sure to comment down below or shoot us an email!

Until next time have a great day and remember: The best is yet to come!