Good morning! It’s going to be a very rainy day in Atlanta today, my friends, and Mrs. All in WDW and I don’t mind one little bit. Why? Because we’re about to take off on a “Four Parks in One Day” adventure with Josh and Jenna!
That’s right! Starting in Disney’s Animal Kingdom at 10 AM this morning, ResortTV1 will embark on a journey through all four Disney parks in one single day!
Begin with all of your Animal Kingdom favorites – Expedition Everest,Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Pandora – and end with a night-time stroll through Disney’s Magic Kingdom! And, hey! Can’t watch all day? Stop back throughout the day! They’ll still be touring!
Forget those chores, everyone. Turn off those football games. Join the fun! Enjoy a “loaded” Walt Disney World Saturday! Take off on a Four-Park Adventure with ResortTV1!
Until then, get warmed up with this live ride through Spaceship Earth! Recorded last night, Josh and Jenna’s journey begins at about the 12 minute mark. Enjoy it by clicking on the picture below!
Sixteen days ago, two heavyweight fighters climbed into the ring to battle for Magic Kingdom supremacy. After a late-round flurry of “punches”, The Mountain raised its fist in victory. Meanwhile, The Mansion screamed fluke and demanded an immediate rematch. Well, just two short weeks later, the Victorian Gothic manor …
My personal favorites … Illuminations, Spaceship Earth, Rock ‘n’ Roller, and Kilimanjaro Safaris. Gone. My favorite park … Epcot. Out. Oof.
I’m compelled to start today’s post by showing just a little bit of love to those four attractions. And, where I had some company – about 36% of you across the two groups voted for one of the four, to be exact – I feel a bit lonely. I mean, I have to be in the vast minority of people who have no favorite left in the finale. Hah, I feel like my NCAA bracket got completely busted after the first round of games!
Please bear with me for one minute … Illuminations is my ultimate favorite attraction because I find the majesty of the soundtrack in combination with the power of the fireworks display to be very uplifting. And, the rumors that Disney is considering a “refurbishment” of the show causes me considerable sadness and distress.
I often tell Mrs. All in WDW that you don’t know you’re in Disney until you can smell Rome burning. Yes, Spaceship Earth is a bit plodding and slow – and, it is the same every time – and, I certainly prefer the earlier versions – but, it is Spaceship Earth! How can you not love Spaceship Earth? How can you not love Epcot? Oh, Epcot. I miss you already!
The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is the only ride I can (and have) gone on again and again and again. In fact, one morning, my max was six times straight. I wasn’t “quite right” for a few hours, but it was a blast! There’s nothing like the rush of being launched into that tunnel and through that initial double-loop. The only ride that comes close for me in thrills is Everest.
And, Kilimanjaro … I just love the zebras, giraffes, lions, and all their friends. Sure, you get bumped and bruised along as you bounce through the safari, but it is a unique experience for any “zoo lover” out there. I’m so sad.
OK, enough whining and complaining. If the loss of Epcot in this competition is the biggest news from yesterday’s results, then the next biggest is that it only took two weeks for Haunted Mansion to get its much-needed, well-deserved, rematch with Splash Mountain. Overwhelming winners of their respective 1st Round groups, those two behemoths have to battle each other one more time while also taking on the very best of Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Who will climb to the top of the heap?
This is the culmination of “Championship Week”, fans! What will our story be? Will Splash do it one more time? Was its upset victory over Mansion indeed a fluke? Will Everest or Tower take the Magic Kingdom down? I’m dying to find out … aren’t you? Vote! Vote! Vote! Bring your friends! Get them to vote too!
The hoopla is about to begin. In more ways than one!
Mrs. All in WDW and I have seen two bus caravans arrive in the last few days and know that the Syracuse Orange and the Louisville Cardinals are staying at local hotels mere walking distance from our home. Yes, the NCAA festivities are about to start, and Atlanta is already alight with excitement.
To get a jump on the action, we, the All in WDW community, have finally arrived at THE day. We have been building up to it all week. It is time to elevate one of eight of the finest attractions in Walt Disney World to the All in WDW “pedestal” entitled Readers’ Favorite WDW Attraction. Which attraction – of the eight – will rule “The World”?
But, before we move on, how’d we do on yesterday’s trivia questions? Well, Splash ended up being a tougher ‘nut’ than I expected. The overwhelming response was “Laughing Place Landing”. In truth, I’ll refer to the WDW web site … “During your log-flume adventure, visit such whimsical watering holes amid Chick-A-Pin Hill as:
the Fishing Place
the Old Swimming Hole
Br’er Fox’s Lair
Br’er Rabbit’s home in the briar patch”
“Splash Mountain invites you to clap and sing to several classic Disney songs, including: Ev’rybody’s Got a Laughing Place“. Wikipedia helps out with, “Br’er Rabbit continues on his journey to find his ‘laughing place’.” All this to say that I made up the phrase “Laughing Place Landing”. Critter Cave was the correct choice.
When it comes to the infamous bride that ‘haunts the Magic Kingdom’s mansion’, the Bride has been altered several times over the years. However, she now appears at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World as Constance Hatchaway – the “Black Widow Bride”.
Enough of trivia! It’s time to get to business!
One thing I know about this poll before it even starts is that there is no combination of four attractions that won’t produce a 1st Round grouping full of controversy. I can hear it already, ‘Why’d Splash Mountain have to be put with Spaceship Earth?’ Or, something like that. Well, I think I have a fair and objective solution, my friends.
We spent the entire week taking on eight trivia questions – one for each contending attraction. The voter response total for each individual poll is how I seeded this impending competition. For example, the “champions” of each park were seeded as follows (trivia poll vote totals in parenthesis):
Illuminations – 81
Splash – 64
Tower – 47
Everest – 45
The second-place finishers for each park were, likewise, seeded:
Spaceship – 72
Mansion – 57
Roller – 41
Safaris – 38
Each of the groups below are filled by two champions and two runners-up. Of the “champions”, seeds #1 and #4 are matched with seeds #2 and #3 of the second-place attractions. Meanwhile, seeds #2 and #3 of the “champions” meet #1 and #4 of the runners-up to fill a group. It was the fairest way for me to present this competition, in my opinion, and here it is!
Vote, vote, vote, my friends! Spread the word! This is your chance to determine just what is the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Attraction! Who will rule “The World”!
Call this the beginning of “Championship Week”, my friends!
The city of Atlanta is already bursting with activity and excitement as the NCAA’s remaining four men’s basketball teams prepare to descend upon the Georgia Dome. I have to tell you that Mrs. All in WDW and I can’t wait to see the “hoop-la” unfold. Pun intended!
In the meantime, in honor of the NCAA’s impending arrival, All in WDW, itself, is about to explode with action! Two weeks ago, I promised to present ‘the poll of all polls’. It will be the “grand-daddy” of them all. Yes, I’m talking about the vote to name All in WDW’s Favorite WDW Attraction! That’s right. It’s almost here!
But, for now, it’s Championship Week, and like the fans of Syracuse, Michigan, Louisville, and upstart Wichita State, we should savor the build-up. We can’t just jump right into the vote, now can we? No, we need to be patient, fans. Our ‘challenge’ will begin soon enough. In fact, I’ll ‘spill the beans’ … we’ll start the epic event this Friday!!
I hope I don’t need to remind you, but, just in case, there are eight contenders for the WDW title – two from each park. Today, we’ll start by giving some love to the Animal Kingdom’s representatives – Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safaris Expedition. Those two attractions engaged in an epic ‘throw-down’ back in December that ‘netted’ Everest the AK title. As they prepare to enter in battle again later this week, let’s honor them with tackling some attraction-specific trivia! Enjoy!
Oh, and tomorrow? Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
Question #1: Expedition Everest has six “old and rusty” steam-like trains. The trains are themed as being part of ___________________.
Now that you’re done with that wild ride, move ahead to …
Question #2: Which of these animals will you not find on your short safari through the Harambe Wildlife Reserve?