Wrapping Up Some Business … Before Tomorrow’s Action Kicks Off! [Poll Results]

Action?  What action?  My friends, tomorrow, the 2018 (yes, I know it is still 2017) All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Attractions “Series” kicks off!

We’re getting a head start on the New Year, folks!  Leading off?  Sticking with tradition, Disney’s Animal Kingdom steps up to the plate to test your opinions first.

Yes, indeed, led by former champions – Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safaris – and joined by upstarts – Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey – the competition will begin!

Will Pandora knock off our perennial favorites?  You’ll decide that when you elect the 2018 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Animal Kingdom Attraction!  Join us tomorrow and VOTE!

Until then, let’s clean up some earlier business, eh?  Did you listen to our “kick off” podcast?  No?  Then, by all means, catch it at …

Episode 417 – Animal Kingdom Favorite Attractions Poll!

Fun times, if I do have to say so myself.  Hey!  John Peters and I got Doug Davis to rant about the same topic three separate times in the same show!  And, you know, “ranting means ratings”.

Anyway, Doug has himself convinced that Expedition Everest is the absolute worst coaster in The World.  Hmm.  Well, John and I disagree, that’s for sure.  Do you?  The votes spoke loud and clear!

Which of these three options is the best roller coaster?  Find the article at … An Epic Roller Coaster Showdown!

  • Expedition Everest – 62%
  • Big Thunder – 28%
  • Seven Dwarfs – 10%

Yes.  I did omit Hollywood Studios’ Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith.  Frankly, I felt it came up in our conversation as a side-comment.  Would its inclusion have changed the results?  Nope.

A few days ago, I floated an unsubstantiated rumor or speculation … will Space Mountain get demolished within five years of the TRON coaster opening?

After all, why do we need two indoor sci-fi roller coasters directly adjacent to each other?  Find the full article at … UNSUBSTANTIATED Rumor Reaction: Space Mountain!

What was your verdict?  First, over 80% of you “screamed” that this rumor best be false!  Not a big surprise, at all, I’d say.  What did some of you have to say, though?

“Iconic” seemed to be the word of the day.  However, I was interested to hear this … “Space Mountain is at every park but Shanghai.  It’s a Disney Parks institution … not to be said that those can’t close.

What I would not be surprised at is if Space Mountain closed after the 50th, maybe in 2023, and a complete refurb was done to bring it more in line with the other Space Mountains.”

And, “I don’t think that it will be eliminated as it’s pretty iconic.  That being said, TRON being opened would definitely allow for a long-term refurbishment and/or rebranding without worries regarding attendance.

But, as far as a total destruction?  No.  There’s no chance Disney would do this without having something impossibly amazing to take its place.  Even then, they’d have to deal with a ton of fans that were furious about it.”

Finally, “Personally, I’m not a fan of Space Mountain, so I’d be thrilled at a rebranding.  But, I’d put even that at less than 25% … particularly since there’s been such a massive outcry over a relatively minor change to Pirates.

Disney isn’t stupid.  They realize that Universal is gaining marketshare and that every little bit of bad press or attendee outrage is worth avoiding in the near future.”

What do you think, everyone?  Do those comments sum it all up?  I’d say that they do.  Myself, I can see a massive rebuild on Space’s horizon.  I do not see a full destruction.

An Epic Roller Coaster Showdown! VOTE!

Hello, folks!  We need your help!  How so?  Well, what better way to end a week than with an old-fashioned roller coaster “throw-down” … presented All in WDW style.  By way of a poll, that is!

Actually, I promise … this, seemingly random, vote is going to make much more sense after you listen to next week’s mid-week episode of the WDW Main Street Podcast.  So, bear with me, OK?

Last night, Doug, John, and I pre-recorded a show in which we seeded the “contenders” that will compete in this year’s Animal Kingdom favorite attractions “tournament”.

Led by our reigning “champion” – Kilimanjaro Safaris – and joined for the first time by Disney’s two new newcomers from Pandora, twenty-four attractions will vie for your favor.  It is set to kick off next Friday, the 15th, folks.  Please mark your calendars!

Anyway, in the midst of our discussion, a spirited debate ensued.  The question at hand is quite simple.  Which of these three options is the best roller coaster?  Thanks for your help, my friends!

WDW Main Street – Episode #319 – Our “Living” Lists!

Join us at the WDW Main Street Pub as Doug, Dennis, John and I present our “Living” Lists!  What Disney-related things do we want to do before all is said and done?

From ‘easy-to-accomplish’ to very lofty aspirations, we cover it all.  Sit back, relax, and listen, folks.  This show was a blast to record.  It’ll be great fun to listen!  It’s …

WDW Main Street – Episode #319 – Our “Living” Lists!

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WDW Main Street – Episode #315 – Our “Perfect” WDW Christmas Days!

Doug, Dennis, and I gather together in the Main Street Pub to “plan” our ideal way to spend Christmas Day in The World!

In what resorts did we choose to stay?  Where will we eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner?  Disney Springs might be in line to see a lot of our business!

We even have an imaginary “unlimited FastPass+”.  What three attractions will we use it to enjoy over and over again?  Listen to the show find out!

WDW Main Street – Episode #315 – Our “Perfect” WDW Christmas Days!

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Walt Disney World Construction? It’s Walt’s Fault!

Welcome, my friends!  Welcome to an All in WDW milestone … our 1,000th post!  1,000?  Yes.  1,000.

As I sorted out what to write today, I kept asking myself what All in WDW is about.  Why do I do this?  Well, I settled on “dreams”.

Bear with me for a minute …

We all hate construction, don’t we?  I mean, face it.  Imagine this – you’re driving down the highway and you run into a 10 mile long “demolition” zone.  Frustrating.

Now, pretend you’re on your way to Walt Disney World.  Infuriating!

How about construction at Disney?  There’s plenty of it to see nowadays, that’s for sure.

Downtown Disney (uh, Disney Springs).  Animal Kingdom.  Epcot.  The Polynesian has seen the light at the end of the tunnel, at least.

You know, when you think about it, the only good things about construction – Disney or otherwise – are the results.  Like …

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

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The Boathouse

Just a few of the great additions that have recently appeared in our – Disney – lives!

We must remember that construction is born from someone’s dream, and, although we might not understand their vision, it will likely work out for the best in the end.

I need to remember that when I think of the Maelstrom to Frozen transformation, I guess.

Anyway, I have embraced one hidden “gem” in Disney’s construction (er, refurbishment) addiction.  It has been in our plain sight all along!  Walt’s words!

Walt's Words - Dreams

Walt Disney told us that, “All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”  Also, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

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So, what is All in WDW about?  A dream.  My dream.  I can’t make my true dream – to live in Orlando – come true quite yet.

All in WDW is my effort to bring Walt’s World to you, but, what I have begun to realize is this … it’s also my first step towards making my own dreams come true.

Have a great Monday, my friends.  Today, may you make – or begin to make – your own dreams come true!