Fun Fact Friday- Soarin’ Flight #5505

Soarin’ Over California opened at Disney’s California Adventure park in the Condor Flats area of the park on February 8, 2001.  It was so popular that it was duplicated and added to “The Land” pavilion at Epcot on May 5th, 2005.  In honor of the opening day at Epcot the flight number is 5505.

In 2016 the ride closed for refurbishments on January 4th.  It reopened on June 17th, 2016 as “Soarin’ Around the World.”  This reimagined ride still pays homage to the original opening day at Epcot.

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Next time you’re at Epcot listen for the flight attendants (cast members in the Soarin’ area) to announce that flight number 5505 (Get it, 5505 is the date 5/5/2005) is now departing 🙂

 

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Words of Walt- Education

“I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.”

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As an educator, this is is completely different approach than what we take in American public schools.  Our job is to educate, and then hope that our students are entertained along the way.  Walt valued education, and that is evident through many attractions that focus on sharing history and literary moments (Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, the Hall of Presidents, the Carousel of Progress, Tom Sawyer’s Island, PLUS all of the educational moments at Epcot that Walt didn’t even get to see!).  By bringing these attractions to life, he focused on entertaining, and having education as a secondary product.  Park goers are being entertained and learning, without even realizing it!

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Fun Fact Friday- Hall of Presidents Part 2

Monday was President’s Day, so I published a rare “Fun Fact Monday” (it just doesn’t roll off the tongue like Fun Fact Friday!).  There is SO much to know about this attraction though, so today I would like to follow up with some more fun facts!

Fun Fact #1– The only place that you can see the Presidential Seal on display outside of the White House is at the Hall of Presidents.  In fact, it took Congressional approval for the seal to be displayed at the Magic Kingdom.  The seal is surrounded by a small fence to protect it from guests standing on it.

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Fun Fact #2– The Hall of Presidents opened up on October 1, 1971 when the Magic Kingdom first opened it’s doors, making it one of Disney World’s original attractions.  The attraction has been running for nearly 46 year now, and has to close every 4 to 8 years to undergo refurbishments to make way for the newest POTUS.  (The Hall is currently closed to make way for the new President Trump audio animatronic figure, and will re-open on June 29, 2017).

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Fun Fact #3- When Epcot’s Spaceship Earth needed audio animatronics, molds of the presidents were used for to speed up the process! Teddy Roosevelt was recreated into an Egyptian priest and again as a senator in Rome. James Buchanan was made into Johannes Gutenberg and can be seen standing next to the life changing printing press. Eisenhower is the lute player and the sculptor is actually from the mold of Ulysses S. Grant. Two more presidents, Franklin Pierce and John Tyler, can also be seen as scholars.

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Tuesday’s Tip- Using the Baby Centers at the parks

High chairs, changing stations, formula, baby food, and toddler sized toilets… these are all things that you can find at the Baby Care Centers at Walt Disney World’s four theme parks.  Disney World is a place for families, including those with young children.  To make travel easier for all families, they have these centers to accommodate those with younger children.

In each Baby Care Center you’ll find the following

  • Private rooms with rocking chairs for nursing mothers
  • Changing room with tables and a unisex bathroom
  • Feeding area with high chairs
  • Kitchen with a microwave, oven, and sink
  • Main room with television, table, chairs, and sofa
  • Toddler sized toilets
  • An on-site shop that offers formula, baby food, juice, diapers, wipes, sunscreen, over the counter medication, and clothing for purchase.

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Where are these baby care centers located?

At the Magic Kingdom you’ll find the baby care center between Casey’s Corner and the Crystal Palace (just left of Main Street USA as you head towards Adventureland)

At Epcot you’ll find the baby care center in the Odyssey building.  This building is right in between future world, and Mexico, in the World Showcase.

At Animal Kingdom you’ll find the baby care center next to Pizzafari.  To to the left of the tree of life to get to Pizzafari, pass it, and it’ll be on the left.

At Hollywood Studios you’ll find the baby care center located in at the front of the park located in the guest relations building.

Worried about cleanliness?  No worries at all, each changing table is equipped with disposable paper liners, and dedicated Baby Center cast members will be ready with paper towels and other clean up supplies if necessary.

While you’re allowed to nurse your baby anywhere you like, these areas are air conditioned and equipped for all of your baby needs.  This includes pumping.  In each of  nursing rooms there are electrical outlets for you to plug in your pump.

Do you have an older child that you’re worried about what to do with them while you are taking care of the little one?  No worries, the toddler can relax in the small main lounge area.  On the tv you’ll find Disney movies, as well as books and coloring pages in the lounge area to keep them entertained.

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Musical Monday- Music of the Parks pt. 3

One of my favorite ways to beat the Disney Blues (a prolonged period of time without a Disney trip) is to listen to music from the Disney parks on YouTube. The last two Monday’s I’ve featured music from the parks (Illuminations soundtrack, and the Magic Kingdom Entrance loop).  Today’s selection comes from The Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion at Epcot.  To me this is one of the most relaxing tracks to listen to.  It’s very peaceful, and when I close my eyes I can picture myself in that pavilion watching the fish swim in the grand aquarium.

Prior to the pavilion being called “The Seas with Nemo and Friends” the pavilion was called “The Living Seas” and it also has a very calming soundtrack.

I have come home several times to find my husband (who works from home) listening to one of these loops as he works.  These two tracks provide easy listening while getting you in a Disney mood 🙂

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Musical Monday- The Music of the Parks

One of my favorite thing to do when I’m missing Disney is to listen to Disney music on YouTube.  The next few Mondays I will be sharing some of my music from the parks to listen to!  If you’re planning your next trip or going through Disney withdraw check out the park loops etc. on YouTube 🙂

My park is Epcot, so I will start with the music of Illuminations.  (I actually have an entire Epcot playlist on YouTube!)

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Musical Monday- Soarin Around the World

So we had the opportunity to ride the new Soarin Around the World twice during our day at Epcot last week.  I will not post a video with the new footage, because I believe that the first time should be a surprise when you watch it!!!  But I will say that I was SOOOO happy that they used the same basis for the music.

Jerry Goldsmith wrote the original music for the Soarin Over California ride.  The music is so calm and peaceful!  It is probably one of my favorite compositions in all of the Disney parks.  Goldsmith passed away of lung cancer in 2004, so I knew that they wouldn’t be able to commission him to write a new piece for the attraction.  I was pleasantly surprised how they rearranged the original score to reflect the changes in the film, yet paying homage to the original composition.

The youtube clip above is a sample, not the full arrangement of the new music.  This is the only one that I could find that doesn’t show the new film as well, and as I stated I didn’t want to be a spoiler!!!!

Below is the original music.

I will also say that the addition of the third theater at the Land Pavilion for Soarin is AWESOME!  While we didn’t get to go into the new theater, it has significantly cut down on the wait time, making it accessible without a fastpass.  The first time we rode it, we had a fastpass, and the second time we had about a 20 minute wait.

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