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Disney World Top Seven Must Sees Part Two


Number 4: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Yes you really do go upside down! And you will be rockin out the whole time you are going!

This one is a no-brainer for me. I love Aerosmith. I love roller-coasters. Put the two together and what could be better!  The ride premise is simple and is established in the pre-show. Aerosmith is inviting you to attend their next concert which is across town in LA. To make sure you get there in style they are providing a super-stretch limo. You leave the pre-show and head to the final queue before climbing into your limo.

Your limo is, of course, the roller coaster car and the cars look the part. Unlike any other roller-coaster at Disney though, these cars come complete with a rocking sound system. You pull up to the launch which is also unlike most roller coasters. There is no steep hill to climb. You go from sitting still on a flat track to 57 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds. When they say get ready and push your head back, you better listen!

Then your tour of LA begins accompanied by blaring Aerosmith. The ride is inside, similar to Space Mountain, but is far more energetic. You blast by traffic signs at high speed and even do some inversions before finally arriving at the concert. Unfortunately the concert turns out to be a gift shop. I guess the driver made a wrong turn somewhere.

Even though I have always missed the concert I never miss Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. In fact, my wife and I usually use the single rider line and we have ridden it up to five times in one hour.

Number 3: Wishes Nighttime Spectacular at the Magic Kingdom

An amazing shot of the fireworks with Walt and Mickey in the foreground. For the official Disney page click the picture.

Wishes Nighttime Spectacular is the closing ceremony for the Magic Kingdom. It is an amazing fireworks show with a story. Jiminey Cricket is the narrator of the story that revolves around good triumphing over evil. Not real unique for Disney World but hey we are looking for a happy ending to our already glorious day in the Happiest Place on Earth right?

Story or no story the fireworks are amazing. There is something primal about the lights and the sounds, some of which will reverberate through your body, that brings out the kid in all of us. And what kid doesn’t love fireworks? Okay Elijah, my son was scared by his first fireworks display and it was on the backyard variety but he was young. Most kids love fireworks and this display puts the average Fourth of July display to shame. Maybe its the music. Maybe its Cinderella’s castle serving as the backdrop. Oh and did I mention you get to see Tinkerbell fly? That’s pretty impressive too.

During special seasons of the year the show changes up a little bit and on the Fourth of July rumor has it that the number of rockets shot increases to almost double. The best viewing is in front of Cinderella’s Castle but you can see the show from all over the park. There is a special dining package which includes reserved seating and also a special package that allows you to watch the show from the Seven Seas Lagoon.

Number 2: Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Festival of the Lion King is an acrobatic musical extravaganza featuring most of your favorites from the movie. Click the picture for a sneak preview from the Disney website.

I am going to admit up I might be one of the few people to include this one on a list of Top Seven Must Sees but I offer no apologies. This is not a ride. It is a show. As the name suggests it is loosely based on the Lion King. The key word being loosely. Many of the primary characters from the movie make appearances, namely Simba, Pumba, Timon and of course Scar do make appearances though.

The show centers around the premise of a festival being held. Scar of course is attempting to disrupt it. This is a show but not a play! There is a lot of excellent singing centered around four characters created for the show. There are also acrobatics including a spirited performance by the “Tumble Monkeys”. The finale of the show even involves a character flying high above the audience as the cast sings “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”.

I am not sure exactly what it is about this show that moves me so much but it does! I love it. I watch it every time I go and sometimes multiple times during a trip. Check it out if you haven’t already and let me know your thoughts.

For the grumpy’s number one Walt Disney World Must Sees click here.

If you missed grumpy’s earlier installment of the Walt Disney World Must Sees click here.

 

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About grumpydisney

Okay since I am a Disney addict and they don't have a twelve step program for Walt Disney World I will serve my addiction by blogging about the place I'd rather be!

Posted on November 28, 2011, in Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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