Riding on the Magic Carpets of Aladdin in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom

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On May 24, 2001, a new ride opened in Adventureland: The Magic Carpets of Aladdin.

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The magic carpets flying high over a splashing fountain below.  Beautiful.

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin in Adventureland is one of our favorite rides at the Magic Kingdom.

Adventureland is our favorite land!

Walking into Adventureland.

The wait lines for it are never very long.

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All aboard!  Our flying carpet ride awaits…

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is such a fun ride!  We think that it’s a cooler version of the Dumbo ride because you pilot flying “magic carpets” instead of elephants.

Insider Tip #1:  The wait times are always much, much shorter at the Flying Carpets than they are over at the Dumbo ride.  In fact, there was no wait at all when we got there!

Insider Tip #2: Sit in the front seat to control how high your carpet flies and sit in the back seat to make it tilt forwards and back.

Insider Tip #3:  Yes, the camel out front spits water….and a great distance! It’s controlled by a behind-the-scenes cast member, and yes, they can see you! 🙂

Flying high over Agrabah on a magic carpet around a giant genie lamp:

Flying high!

Flying high with the wind in my hair!

Great views of Adventureland from up here!

Great views of Adventureland from up here!

Holding onto my flower crown.

Caroline holding onto her flower crown in the wind.

Elly has picked up a shift at Agrabah next week.

Wheeeeee…….

Watch the guests below get spit on by the Royal Camel!

That guy just got spit on by the camel!

Watch out below!  That guy just got spit on by the camel!

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Watch out as you walk by her or you may get wet!

The Spitting Camel statue has been a staple of The Magic Carpets of Aladdin since it opened in 2001.

She used to part of Aladdin’s Royal Caravan in the 3pm Parade.

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Aladdin’s Royal Caravan

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In 2001, one of these camels became the Spitting Camel in Adventureland!

We personally avoid her spitting water at us, but many guests love it!

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This is also where you can meet Aladdin and Jasmine in Agrabah:

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We have met Aladdin and Princess Jasmine several times.

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Meeting the Genie in Adventureland during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (he’s a rare character!).

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This is Jasmine’s new costume, she much more covered up now.

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Her new costume is mint green now.

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When Elly was a Disney Cast Member, she actually worked in Agrabah!

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The very colorful Agrabah Bazaar costume

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May 24, 2019: Aladdin opens to good reviews.

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Princess Jasmine’s costumes are lit!!!

We liked this movie a lot!

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Opening Day:  Seeing Aladdin in 3D. Pretty cool!

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Ready for a fun – and long – day at the Magic Kingdom!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Hidden Treasures Beneath Your Feet at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

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Welcome to Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom!

In Adventureland, you can find broken tiles, gems, jewelry, and ‘coins’ scattered in the concrete pavement all around The Flying Carpets of Aladdin.

Finding the Hidden Treasures of Adventureland – Where to Look

Start looking down at the pavement here - lots of gems everywhere!!!

Start looking down at the pavement here – lots of gems everywhere!!!

While we were waiting in the Aladdin and Jasmine meet & greet line at Agrabah Bazaar, we pointed out some interesting pieces in the pavement to the young guests waiting in line with us.

All of them – boys and girls – bent down to exam to jewelry more closely and all of them reached out and tried to pick up the pieces!  🙂

The most jewelry can be found outside the Bazaar.

The most jewelry in Adventureland can be found in the pavement outside the Bazaar.

There’s actually a lot of jewelry pressed into the pavement, like long necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. The closer you get to the Aladdin and Jasmine ‘Meet & Greet’ area, the more jewelry is scattered on the ground.

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A pretty ‘diamond’ bracelet near the Bazaar.

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Treasures set into the pavement…this is the tiniest Hidden Mickey at the Magic Kingdom!!!

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Watch out as you walk by her or you may get wet!

Riding on The Flying Carpets of Aladdin

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Adventureland is our favorite land!

Located over in Adventureland, the Flying Carpets of Aladdin is such a fun ride!  We think that it’s a cooler version of the Dumbo ride because you pilot flying “magic carpets” instead of flying elephants.

Insider Tip #1:  The wait times are always much, much shorter at the Flying Carpets than they are over at the Dumbo ride.  In fact, there was no wait at all when we got there!

Insider Tip #2: Sit in the front seat to control how high your carpet flies and sit in the back seat to make it tilt forwards and back.

Insider Tip #3:  Yes, the camel “spits”!  It’s controlled by a behind-the-scenes cast member, and yes, they can see you!

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All aboard! My flying carpet ride awaits…

Flying high over Agrabah on a magic flying carpet around a giant genie lamp:

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Flying high!

Great views of Adventureland from up here!

Great views of Adventureland from up here!

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Holding onto my flower crown.

Elly has picked up a shift at Agrabah next week.

Wheeee…

That guy just got spit on by the camel!

That guy just got spit on by the camel!

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A few years ago, Jasmine and Aladdin got major costume updates.

Not everyone was happy with their new look, but we like it.

Jasmine’s new costume:

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Jasmine’s new outfit.

Aladdin’s new costume:

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He’s got a sweet royal purple cape now!

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May 2019:  Princess Jasmine’s costumes are lit in the new live action ‘Aladdin’ movie!!!

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We traded for this Princess Jasmine pin with a cast member right outside the bazaar.

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The Ghost Bride’s Ring

The Ghost Bride’s Engagement Ring

This probably the most famous piece of jewelry in the pavement at the Magic Kingdom.

We always forget exactly where her ring is and have to look extra hard to find it. Every time!

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Look right here in the corner.

Anyone else found this ring in the Haunted Mansion queue line???

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The Ghost Ring: It’s her ring.

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Meeting Aladdin and Jasmine - they were so nice!!

Meeting Aladdin and Jasmine – they were both so nice!!

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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They signed my autograph book.

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Meeting Jasmine at MNSSHP party night:

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We met Princess Jasmine during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and the Genie too (he’s a rare character).

2019 Nightmare Before Christmas Overlay at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion

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Long, long wait lines for this attraction…always get a FastPass!

We got to see the “Nightmare Before Christmas” version of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion on our last visit to Disneyland and did NOT like it!

We are so glad that they don’t do this movie overlay at Disney World’s Haunted Mansion! Especially not for 4 months out of the year!

It’s ugly!

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The Haunted Mansion Holiday at night this Halloween fall season.  Lots of pumpkins and Jack O’Lanterns everywhere.

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Holiday 2019

Are you ready for a tour of the eerie estate’s merry macabre makeover – and to meet some real holidays spirits – from September 6, 2019 to January 6, 2020?

Take your seat in a gloomy Doom Buggy for a spooky tour through this decorated house of happy haunts.

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion at Christmas 2019

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The Haunted Mansion Holiday premiered at Disneyland in Fall 2001, merging Halloween and Christmas with “Nightmare Before Christmas,” with ride décor that would start Labor Day weekend, last through Halloween, and beyond the Holiday season into the new year at Disneyland.

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The wait line was super long…over 60 minutes when we were there in October. 😦

This movie overlay on the attraction runs from September 6, 2019 to January 6, 2020 making the attraction available for guests to experience for approximately one third of the year.

Are you kidding me??!!!

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There’s tons of “snow” and jack o’lanterns all over the ride.

Decked Out for the Horror-Days

Explore the estate at its eeriest with tons of frightfully festive touches—courtesy of Jack Skellington!

This fall, the Haunted Mansion is transformed with jack o’ lanterns and wreaths, terrifying toys and kooky characters from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s a creep-tastic classic you won’t want to miss!

Experience all your favorite frights plus scary seasonal surprises—all thanks to Jack himself. Sally, Oogie Boogie and other Nightmare nasties will also be on hand to wish you “Season’s Screamings!”

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The 2019 Gingerbread House proudly sitting on the dining room table.  Not as tall as last year’s house.

The Gingerbread House in the Dining Room

One of the most dazzling and awe-inspiring features of the holiday attraction is the handmade gingerbread house in the dining room.

The gingerbread house has been a prominent feature of the Haunted Mansion Holiday since the attraction overlay’s debut in 2001. Multiple pastry chefs work together every year to construct the gingerbread house, many of whom have been a part of the tradition since its conception in 2001. Each house takes an average of two weeks to complete and includes a combination of gingerbread, powdered sugar, egg whites, lemon juice, fondant, and glitter.

Every year, pastry chefs create a fresh Gingerbread House version with a new theme.

Fast Facts about the 2019 Gingerbread House:

It’s 10 feet tall

It took 6 Pastry Chefs 13 days to make using:

30 lbs. of gingerbread

75 lbs. of powdered sugar

120 lbs. of icing

3 gallons of egg whites

Watch video of it’s creation: Making the 2019 Gingerbread House at Disneyland

You can see it for yourself when riding your doom buggy through the grand ballroom scene. The gingerbread house is always the centerpiece of the ballroom’s long table. Be sure to take a deep breath so you can smell the delicious sweet scent of gingerbread as you pass through the room!

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The huge 2018 Gingerbread House – over 10 feet tall! – sitting on the dining room table.

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Ooogie Boogie at the end of the ride.

The Oogie Boogie Man

Guests can see Oogie as their doom buggy ride is coming to an end. The impressive and massive Oogie Boogie animatronic takes the place of the three Hitchhiking Ghosts at the end of the attraction, providing guests with gifts (instead of ghosts) from his “Holiday Tricks and Treats” wheel.

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Jack Skellington at his character meet and greet. Way too creepy for us!!!!!!!!!!!

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Holding some spidery Halloween balloons!

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Happy Halloween!

We Love Dole Whip at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

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Christian getting us some Dole Whips for us.

Pineapple Dole Whips are served at five Disney locations worldwide:  At Disney World’s Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom, at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, at Disneyland’s Adventureland, and the Dole Plantation in Hawaii.

And – secret tip – it’s also served at Epcot during the International Food and Wine Festival in the fall! There you can even have it spiked with some rum!

Feeling Like Some Dole Whip!

Dole Whip Floats served with chilled pineapple juice!

We always get a Dole Whip Float while waiting for the Enchanted Tiki Show in Adventureland.  They allow you to bring it into the show if you haven’t finished it out in the waiting area.

Our favorite place to get a Dole Whip at Disney World is at the Polynesian Resort after having lunch at Captain Cook’s.  dole1

Getting some Dole Whip at the Pineapple Lanai.

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Yum!!!

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Huge carved spoons

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Perfection!  $4.99

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The Dole Whip menu

Check out some of the new Dole Whip merchandise we spotted:

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Dole Whip Magic Band (want)

 

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Dole Whip kitchen magnets

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Dole Whip Mickey Ears

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Brand new Dole Whip travel mugs, $22.99

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Pineapples were considered royal fruit…the fruit of kings.  (Poster at Captain Cook’s)

Yum, Dole Whip floats!

Dole Whip Floats are the best on a hot day! (We’re at the Enchanted Tiki Room.)

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You can even Disney Bound at the Parks as Dole Whip:

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Disney Bounding as Dole Whip – We LOVE it!!

More on Disney Bounding: Tips on Disney Bounding from Experts!

Can't be rushed when eating a Dole Whip Float!

You can’t be rushed when eating a Dole Whip Float!

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We love Dole Whip! ❤

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Stitch enjoying some Dole Whip too!

Yum!

Yum!

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We were lucky to visit the Dole Plantation in Hawaii last summer:

Touring the Dole Plantation on Oahu Island

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A celebration of all things pineapple!

One of the stops on the Aulani Excursion – Majestic Circle Island Tour was at Oahu’s Dole Plantation.

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The Dole Plantation’s Country Store.

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Celebrating 118 years!

We only had about ½ hour to shop at the Country Store and get some Dole Whip. The Country Store was LOADED with every kind of pineapple merchandise that you can think of and then some.

Everything was bright yellow and very cheerful.

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My Dole Whip in a souvenir cup.

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Caroline’s Dole Whip with chunks of fresh pineapple. So good!

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Pineapples growing in rows. Pineapple plants grow from the leafy tops of the fruit. Simply cut the crown off the top of the fruit and place it in soil. You should have a baby pineapple in about 12 months!

Some more photos from inside the Country Store:

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Yellow, yellow everywhere! The Logo Shop.

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Pineapple everything!

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Fresh pineapple chunks.

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YUM!!!!

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She’s making our Dole Whip treat!

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Prices – $27 for a Pineapple Split!!!

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Saying yes to a Pineapple Macaron. $3.75

Pineapple candies.

We bought this shirt!

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The Dole Plantation is northeast of the Aulani Resort.

Originally operating as a fruit stand beginning in 1950, Dole Plantation opened to the public as Hawaii’s “Pineapple Experience” in 1989.

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A little pineapple.

Today, Dole Plantation is one of Oahu’s most popular visitor attractions and welcomes more than one million visitors a year.

Dole Plantation provides enjoyable activities for the entire family, including the Pineapple Express Train Tour, the Plantation Garden Tour, and the Pineapple Garden Maze.

Also popular is our plantation Country Store offering a wide variety of Dole Plantation gifts, local favorites, foods and refreshments including the world-famous Dole Whip.

And, before you leave you can purchase fresh pineapple to take home.

Dole Plantation is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Hope to see you soon!

Dole Plantation

64-1550 Kamehameha Hwy.

Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786

Phone: 808-621-8408

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We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Improvements in Adventureland Continue Ahead of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening Next Week

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May 31st, Disneyland: Grand opening of Star Was: Galaxy’s Edge.

The new Adventureland sign at Disneyland is up!

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May 24, 2019: The new Adventureland sign is in place!

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The walkway is so much wider now!  Much, Much better to hand the expected crowds.

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April 19, 2019: The Adventureland arch is down, replaced by the small sign on the right. Already the entrance into Adventureland feels bigger.

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April 15, 2019:  You can see all the wasted walkway space. The new Adventureland sign will be much bigger, maybe 2x.

April 2019:  Disneyland has filed a permit to demolish the current Adventureland sign and widen the pathway in preparation for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge  crowds.

According to the permit, Disney will replace the sign with a new one that doesn’t rely on footers in the walking space. The exact wording in the permit calls for a “demo [of] existing marquee and install new with footings and sign”.
This widening should increase the opening into Adventureland by at least 10 feet.
By comparison, look how wide the Adventureland entrance is at the Magic Kingdom:
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Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom:  Now, that’s a nice, wide walkway…plenty of room for guests and strollers!

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So many guests standing around here at the ride’s entrance waiting for family to return.

However, we still expect a bottleneck of people by the Indiana Jones ride.

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Only looks like this when the ride is closed.

This is all part of a park-wide effort to widen several pathways for the massive crowds expected when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens on May 31st.

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May 31, 2019  NO THANK YOU!

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.  Expect crazy crowds all summer long!!!!

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Stormtroopers will be on constant patrol enforcing 4 hour visit limit.

If you’re looking to visit a galaxy far, far away at the end of this month, you’ll want to note that you only have about four hours to do so.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set to open in Disneyland on May 31 and in an effort to avoid overcrowding, the happiest place on earth will use Stormtroopers to enforce the 4-Hour time limit.

The Stormtrooper-enforced time limit is just one of the precautions the park plans to use to avoid potential crowd chaos upon its opening.

star wars1Disney engineers and landscapers have widened walkways in Adventureland and improved queuing systems throughout Disneyland in an attempt to accommodate more visitors.

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May 22, 2019: Meet the cast members of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening team.

During the first three weeks of the attraction’s opening, guests will be required to make reservations for each member to enter the Star Wars land.

Guests will receive colored wristbands coordinating with their reserved four-hour time slot. Once that time window expires, Stormtroopers will patrol the park and politely tell visitors to leave so new visitors may enter.

“Four hours is a long time in the land,” Kris Theiler, vice president of the Disneyland Park says. “Most guests are going to find that they’re ready to roll after four hours.”

What happens if guests refuse to leave the park after their time slot expiration? Well, Disneyland is keeping pretty quiet on that part…maybe use “The Force” on them?

Park visitors who booked rooms at any of the three Disneyland Resort hotels automatically received reservations, while those who booked a stay elsewhere are required to reserve their slot online.

Reservations opened on May 2nd for the May 31st – June 23rd opening and the opening period dates were filled within two hours.

Following the 3-week “soft opening” time frame, Disneyland will launch a virtual queuing system similar to FastPass where guests can sign up for a boarding group.

Each boarding group will have a two-hour window in which guests can enter the Star Wars land, but no time limit once guests are inside.

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May 2, 2019 UPDATE:  All general admission passes to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge have been reserved at Disneyland.  They were gone within 2 HOURS this morning!

Hope you got yours!

Star Wars Reservations

All reservations through June 23, 2019 are gone unless you’re staying at a DLR hotel.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening this summer at both Disneyland and Disney World

Disney announced this month that Disneyland Park in California will open its Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction at Disneyland ahead of schedule on Friday, May 31st, while Disney World would open its Star Wars-themed area at the end of summer on August 29th.

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March 2019: Stars Wars: Galaxy’s Edge under construction at Disney World. Still so much to do!

The massive 14-acre Star Wars section of Disneyland’s park will be the largest single-themed land expansion ever, according to a press release from Disney, and will have restaurants – including the park’s first-ever cantina – as well as rides and other experiences to offer customers a fully-immersive experience.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is massive!

“Guests can become part of the story as they sample galactic food and beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run,” a previous press release stated. The park has also revealed that this new experience is a “choose your own adventure,” with each choice potentially impacting a guest’s visit.

Phase Two of the massive fully-immersive land, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, will be opening later this year.

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Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

On opening day for Phase One, you’ll be able to live your own Star Wars story and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, sample amazing galactic food and beverages, and explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and more.

Watch cool new  video:  Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge

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At the controls of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Only 6 people per simulator ride???

And for Phase Two opening later this year, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, is the most ambitious, immersive and advanced attraction ever imagined that will put guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance and will blur the lines between fantasy and reality.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Guests planning to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland park in California between May 31 and June 23, 2019 will need valid theme park admission AND will be required to make a no-cost reservation, subject to availability, to access the land.  It is expected that the Star Wars Land will reach capacity every day.

Information on how to make a reservation will be available soon on Disneyland.com. Guests staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels during these dates will receive a designated reservation to access Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during their stay (one reservation per registered guest); valid theme park admission is required.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will not be available during Extra Magic Hour or Magic Morning at Disneyland Park. [The area will be closed during EMH.]

Disney FASTPASS service and Disney MaxPass are unavailable for attractions in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

A reservation will not be offered or required to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at  Disney World this time.

March 15, 2019:  All lodgings at the Disneyland Resort are now completely booked the night before the grand opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on May 31st. This includes Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Paradise Pier and Disney’s Grand Californian.

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Feeling the Force with Jedi Mickey & Princess Leia Minnie.

We’ve written two books about our time working at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Meeting Darth Vader is actually pretty scary!  He’s close to 7 feet tall!

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Meeting Chewy. He is sooooo tall!  Even taller than Darth Vader! [May 2, 2019:  RIP Chewy!]

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With Darth Vader Goofy & Storm Trooper Donald

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Mickey and Minnie as Luke and Leia.

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Ian having fun. (He bought this Jedi robe!)

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Meeting Kylo Ren

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Caroline in her Taste the Dark Side Mickey ice cream bar t-shirt at DHS.

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There can be only one winner in this battle…

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Two Jedi Knights:  They love their costumes!

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With our Jedi Knights at MNSSHP.

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Our brother Christian with Darth. Feeling The Force.

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December 2019 – We can’t wait!!!

 

The Spitting Camel Returns to The Magic Carpets of Aladdin in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom

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Watch out as you walk by her or you may get wet!

The spitting beauty of Adventureland is back!

After undergoing refurbishment for a few months, the beloved Spitting Camel of Adventureland is back and just in time for this weekend’s sweltering heat, too.

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Memorial Day Weekend 2019 forecast. HOT!!!

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So hot this weekend! 15 degrees above normal!

The Spitting Camel statue has been a staple of The Magic Carpets of Aladdin since 2001.

alladins-magic-carpet-rideWe personally avoid her spitting water at us, but many guests love it!

We noticed that she was gone during our trips to Disney World earlier this year.

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Adventureland is our favorite land!

Adventureland is our favorite land at the Magic Kingdom!

The Flying Carpets of Aladdin in Adventureland is one of our favorite rides at the Magic Kingdom.

The wait lines for it are never very long.

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All aboard!  Our flying carpet ride awaits…

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is such a fun ride!  We think that it’s a cooler version of the Dumbo ride because you pilot flying “magic carpets” instead of elephants.

Insider Tip #1:  The wait times are always much, much shorter at the Flying Carpets than they are over at the Dumbo ride.  In fact, there was no wait at all when we got there!

Insider Tip #2: Sit in the front seat to control how high your carpet flies and sit in the back seat to make it tilt forwards and back.

Insider Tip #3:  Yes, the camel out front spits water….and a great distance! It’s controlled by a behind-the-scenes cast member, and yes, they can see you! 🙂

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The flying carpets flying over a splashing fountain below.

Flying high over Agrabah on a magic carpet around a giant genie lamp:

Flying high!

Flying high with the wind in my hair!

Great views of Adventureland from up here!

Great views of Adventureland from up here!

Holding onto my flower crown.

Caroline holding onto her flower crown in the wind.

Elly has picked up a shift at Agrabah next week.

Wheeeeee…….

That guy just got spit on by the camel!

Watch out below!  That guy just got spit on by the camel!

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When I was a Disney Cast Member, I actually worked in Agrabah!

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My very colorful Agrabah Bazaar costume

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May 24, 2019: Aladdin opens today and we’re seeing it this weekend!

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Princess Jasmine’s costumes are lit!!!

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Disneyland Files Permit to Demolish Adventureland Sign and Widen Pathway for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Crowds

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April 19, 2019: The Adventureland arch is down, replaced by the small sign on the right.

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April 15, 2019:  You can see all the wasted walkway space. The new Adventureland sign will be much bigger, maybe 2x.

Disneyland has filed a permit to demolish the current Adventureland sign and widen the pathway in preparation for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge  crowds.

According to the permit, Disney will replace the sign with a new one that doesn’t rely on footers in the walking space. The exact wording in the permit calls for a “demo [of] existing marquee and install new with footings and sign”.
This widening should increase the opening into Adventureland by at least 10 feet.
By comparison, look how wide the Adventureland entrance is at the Magic Kingdom:
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Now, that’s a nice, wide walkway…plenty of room for guests and strollers!

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So many guests standing around here at the ride’s entrance waiting for family to return.

However, we still expect a bottleneck of people by the Indiana Jones ride.

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Only looks like this when the ride is closed.

This is all part of a park-wide effort to widen several pathways for the massive crowds expected when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens on May 31st.

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May 31, 2019  NO THANK YOU!

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.  Expect crazy crowds all summer long!!!!

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We’ve written two books about our time working at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Meeting Darth Vadar is actually pretty scary!