Disney Cruise Line Gets Tangled

Tangled: The Musical, exclusive to the Magic in Disney Cruise Line’s Fleet, debuted last November and I had an opportunity to see the production, talk with the designers, and step into The Snuggly Duckling as the ship was in dock in Miami.

Disney Cruise Line Disney Magic Tangled The Musical

At an hour long, only 40 minutes shorter than the movie, Tangled: The Musical is a visually stunning production that brings the beloved animated world to life with just as much heart with three new songs created just for this show.

Disney Cruise Line Disney Magic Tangled The Musical

The show stays true to the storyline from the hit feature film—with a few special twists to create a live stage production—featuring favorite characters like Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, the villainous Mother Gothel and Maximus the guard horse.
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The story follows the thrilling adventure of Rapunzel as she escapes the confines of her tower and the clutches of Mother Gothel, who wishes to shield the secret of Rapunzel’s magical golden tresses and royal roots. Rapunzel strikes up an unlikely friendship with the suave, crown-stealing bandit Flynn Rider, and together they face ruffians, thugs and a budding romance on a hair-raising journey filled with classic Disney playfulness and whimsy that will delight audiences of all ages.

Disney Cruise Line Disney Magic Tangled The Musical

The amazing composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater returned to pen the three new songs and to add musicality to the flow of Tangled: The Musical.

The three new songs are “Flower of Gold” which opens the show with a look at the birth and abduction of Rapunzel, “Wanted Man” gives us a closer look at who Flynn Rider is, and my favorite “When The Princess Returns” is set in the Kingdom of Corona and captures the spirit of just how much Rapunzel was loved and the optimism & hope surrounding her hopeful return.

Disney Cruise Line Disney Magic Tangled The Musical

In addition to new melodies you will also experience favorite songs from the movie, including “When Will My Life Begin,” “Mother Knows Best,” “I’ve Got a Dream”, and the Grammy Award-winning ballad “I See the Light” that will bring you to tears.

Disney Cruise Line Disney Magic Tangled The Musical

The production is full of beautiful costumes, puppetry that will have you wondering how they bring Maximus to life, and sets that transport you from the Walt Disney Theatre & immerse you in the world of Tangled.

Disney Cruise Line Disney Magic Tangled The Musical

Disney assembled an all-star creative team to develop this extravagant production, and having the chance to talk with them only made me appreciate Tangled: The Musical more.

Disney Cruise Line Disney Magic Tangled The Musical

Master puppet designer Michael Curry, whose extraordinary creations are featured in Disney’s Tony Award-winning musical “The Lion King” on Broadway, has created a new standard and level of puppetry in Maximus blending craftsmanship with the comedic abilities of the actor to create this sassy character who is the mane.

Disney Cruise Line Disney Magic Tangled The Musical

During our time on the Magic, we got to hear from the two of the show’s designers. 

Disney Cruise Line Disney Magic Tangled The Musical

Tony Award-winning designer Paloma Young joined the team to create the beautiful and vibrant costumes. While the inspiration for the costumes came from a ‘natural place’ with flower iconography and natural textures, Paloma had a personal inspiration for Rapunzel that you might not expect.

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I’ve been calling her the ‘Pinterest Princess’, in that she has so much energy and creativity. And she paints, she bakes, she braids her hair in all sorts of different ways, and is sort of this contemporary idea. You can just imagine Rapunzel’s Pinterest Board with things like ‘Today this is how I painted the lanterns’, so I was inspired by both Folk Craft and contemporary interpretation of Folk Craft.

So for total funsies, I felt it was necessary to create my own Tangled Pinterest Board!

Bradley Kay is the Senior Art Designer of Tangled: The Musical, and he spoke on the process of bringing Tangled to life on stage.

Disney Cruise Line Disney Magic Tangled The Musical

When I got the script I went back to the source material. To Bavaria, the forrest, the palace, the scope of the area, the lanterns, and really all the elements and how we could adapt that to bring the show to the stage so we aren’t lifting and repeating the film and make it much more theatrical.

With that we started looking at the carvings and the paint styles.

This is Rapunzel and this is Rapunzel’s view of her world, so we started off very rigid from the moment you enter the Tower. But when we get to her it gets soft and fluid reflecting her murals and paintings. Then once we go out of the Tower with her, I tried to go through her eyes where everything is even more soft and fluid with no straight lines in the entire set. 

The Tangled fun doesn’t stop there at O’Gills Pub has been taken over by Thugs for the night, and you can sling a mug at The Snuggly Duckling.

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I was bowled over by tith clever details from the movie and touches inspired by the regulars of The Snuggly Duckling! I mean…who WOULDN’T want to play a game of THUGO!

In the main dining rooms of the Magic, you will also find two desserts from The Snuggly Duckling.

I really enjoyed my time with Disney Cruise Line on the Disney Magic to see Tangled: The Musical, and I have my fingers crossed that I will get to experience a full sailing one day!

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You can find more pictures from my time on the Disney Magic to experience the ship and Tangled: The Musical on our Facebook Page.

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Tips For Resolving Ticket and MagicBand Issues

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Hopefully it hasn’t happened to you, but this weekend I renewed my Walt Disney World Annual Pass and during the process I ran into to an issue and needed some extra help with a MagicBand issue.

From this experience I wanted to share with you six tips to make the process of dealing with technical issues a little easier.

Six Tips for Dealing with Walt Disney World Ticket and MagicBand Issues

1. Make sure you have the right number to call.

The phone number to call for these issues is (407) 939-7765, which is open 7 days a week from 7am – 11pm EST. If you are a guest under 18, you will need permission to call.

2. Stay Calm.

Now I wish I had followed my own advice as first on this one! The issue I had originally made it seem as if my account was blank, meaning I had lost all of my information and PhotoPass pictures.

But I definitely suggest taking a moment before calling, because it makes communication much easier.

3. Set aside some time for the call.  

Getting to the bottom of an issue can take a little time, so make sure you have the time to wait for a Cast Member to answer your call and for the concern to be resolved.

We are all busy, but I found that I am less frantic and more open to finding solutions when I am less stressed about a time crunch.

My worst idea on this one was once calling from the Car Riders Pick-Up Line at my daughter’s school…I don’t recommend that at all!

4. Be at your computer when you call in for help.

While many issues can be also dealt with by looking at the My Disney Experience App, it is often more helpful if you can be in front of your computer when you are speaking with the Cast Member helping you.

5. Share as much information as you can about the issue.

As soon as I run into any issue or concern, the first thing I do is stop dead in my tracks and write down details about how I ran into them so they are easier to identify or recreate if necessary.

Some information you might want to take note of include:

  • Time & Date of issue
  • If it happened Online (the Walt Disney World website) or My Disney Experience App or in the Parks
  • MagicBand Number (if you are trying to link a specific MagicBand to your account)
  • What exactly happened
  • What I did after the issue (i.e. Did you check with any of your connected Family or Friends to see if you were still visible in their My Disney Experience App?)

6. Take the survey at the end of the call.

Not being in a rush also includes taking the time to complete the short survey at the end of the call, because the feedback about the lines of communication helps optimize the experience for the future as well as helps recognize Cast Members for doing an exceptional job.

Now while I hope that you never need this information, I hope that you find it helpful in case you do!

 

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Spring Has Sprung At Epcot

Wordless Wednesday

February 10, 2016

Wordless Wednesday Epcot Spring February 2016

This week’s Wordless Wednesday takes us to Epcot at Walt Disney World where Spring has Sprung early, and beautiful flowers are popping up all over the Park. While I think these are Pink Snapdragons, I know that they are the absolute perfect shade of pink!

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The Lion Guard Adventure Roars Into Animal Kingdom #DisneyKids

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The Lion Guard Adventure debuted at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and this photo scavenger hunt allows fans of Disney Junior’s newest animated show “The Lion Guard” to become an Honorary Member of The Lion Guard, and our whole family had a wild day taking part in the fun.

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Kion, the lion cub son of Simba and Nala and future king of the Pride Lands, has come to the park to find new friends to join the Lion Guard. But where is Kion—and where are his fellow protectors of the Pride Lands: Ono, Bunga, Fuli and Beshte?

To start your adventure, visit select merchandise locations around Animal Kingdom to pick up a guide map that is full of kid-friendly facts and clues to engage your child’s curiosity and inspire them as future “protectors” of wildlife.

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Here is where you can pick up your The Lion Guard Adventure Guide Maps:

Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Africa

  • Zuri’s Sweet Shop
  • Mombasa Marketplace
  • Festival of the Lion King

Discovery Island

  • Island Mercantile

Asia

  • Maharajah

Using your map, set out on your quest to take a picture with five kid-sized statues around the Park.

KION – Fiercest

Lions like KION communicate and scare off enemies with their fierce ROAR. ‘ROAR’ like KION!

The Lion Guard Adventure Disney's Animal Kingdom

The Lion Guard Adventure Disney's Animal Kingdom

ONO – Keenest of Sight

Birds use their KEEN EYES in flight to hunt insects. Use your KEEN EYES and your arms ‘like wings’ to fly like ONO.

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The Lion Guard Adventure Disney's Animal Kingdom

BUNGA – Brave

Honey badgers like BUNGA, with their thick, armor-like skin are fearless and BRAVE. Raise your arms and shout ‘Zuka Zama!’ Show how BRAVE you are.

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BESHTE – Strongest

Hippos like BESHTE love to rest in cool water. But on land, they can use their STRONG LEGS to out run a human. Flex your STRONG ARMS AND LEGS like BESHTE.

The Lion Guard Adventure Disney's Animal Kingdom

The Lion Guard Adventure Disney's Animal Kingdom

FULI – Fastest

Cheetahs like FULI, the fastest animal on land, use their tails for balance to run up to 70 miles per hour! Crouch down like FULI, ready to run your FASTEST!

The Lion Guard Adventure Disney's Animal Kingdom

The Lion Guard Adventure Disney's Animal Kingdom

What makes The Lion Guard Adventure a great addition to your day at Animal Kingdom is that all of the figures are conveniently ‘hidden’ on a normal path through the park as to not take too much time away from the attractions and shows.

The adventure ends at Rafiki’s Planet Watch where you take The Lion Guard Pledge before you receive your Lion Guard Mark of the Shield and become a new member of The Lion Guard.

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The Lion Guard Pledge

I promise

To use my keen eyes

To see right and wrong,

To use my roar, and

To be brave, fast, and strong.

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I will protect

My animal friends.

I pledge to the Lion Guard, 

I will defend!

We really had a good time playing The Lion Guard Adventure, which only added an additional 30 minutes to our day due to Zoe wanting to take the perfect Selfie, and it is something that we will definitely do again on our next visit to Animal Kingdom.

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La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil Introduces New Acts And Special Offer

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La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil Introduces New Acts And Special Offer

 

La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil is always evolving with new additions, and the newest acts introduced into the show honor the past while looking forward to the future of entertainment.

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Aerial Bamboo may be new to La Nouba, but this rare performance has a deep history that starts in China and involves a pole-shaped apparatus, originally made of bamboo but now made of steel, suspended from the ceiling, with attached loops used for a variety of tricks and stunts.

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This breathtaking performance marks the United States premiere of Russian couple Alexander and Ekaterina Abramov that will have you on the edge of your seat as Ekaterina is held only by Alexander – his arms, his feet and even his teeth – as he himself hangs by his feet or arms high above the stage.

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I was spellbound by their talent, and I am pretty sure I didn’t breathe as the duo performed and she spun like a top. It was fantastic!

As a huge fan of America’s Best Dance Crew (Yes, I know I am dating myself here), I was really excited to see this B-Boy trio take the Cirque du Soleil stage for the first time!

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If you aren’t familiar, B-Boying is a physically demanding form of dance, in which performers execute acrobatic tricks and moves, including flips and spins, to music.

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The La Nouba artistic staff scoured the globe for its three inaugural B-Boys: Josh Ortiz (“Incredible Josh”), Jean Carlos Lloret (“Bebo”) and Dmytro Li (“Flying Buddha”). The three hail respectively from the Bronx, N.Y., the Boston area and Ukraine and are performing together for the first time. All three have been dancing since their youth and bring their own unique styles to the act.

I got the chance to see them dance on the La Nouba Stage (I totally geeked out), and it was a treat to see them up-close!

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La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil Disney Springs Walt Disney World New Acts January 2016

What makes these acts work so well is that La Nouba brought back original choreographer Debra Brown, original composer Benoit Jutras, and original lighting designer Luc Lafortune to seamlessly integrate these new acts into the show.

And if that wasn’t enough, La Nouba has created a new partnership with Morimoto Asia.

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From now until July 31, 2016, all La Nouba by Cirque du Soliel guests will have the opportunity to purchase an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage on the Morimoto Asia menu and receive a complimentary four-piece California Roll or Vegetable Roll when they show their La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil ticket stub.

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Morimoto Asia is located at The Landings at Disney Springs, approximately a 5 minute walk from the La Nouba Theater, and is a great way to round out your evening at Disney Springs!

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If you can’t tell, I REALLY enjoyed the newest additions to La Nouba by Cirqu du Soleil and suggest that you check them out soon!

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Wordless Wednesday: Passing By Hagrid’s Hut

Wordless Wednesday: January 20, 2016

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This week’s Wordless Wednesday takes inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure to a door that I would love to knock on one day.

Who wouldn’t want to knock on that door, and be welcomed in by Hagrid for a cup of tea by the fire?

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Wordless Wednesday: Wisdom On A Wednesday At Animal Kingdom

Wordless Wednesday – January 13, 2016

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It does not matter who

you are or where you

are from. We are all

Children of the World.

I found this week’s Wordless Wednesday on the streets of the Harambe Market in Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World, and it’s message rings loud and true.

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#OntheGo Around the Parks: Taking It Easy In The Magic Kingdom

#OntheGo Around the Parks:

Taking It Easy In The Magic Kingdom

 

An awesome perk of living so close to Walt Disney World is being able to pop over for a quick visit, check out my last visit to Epcot, but it also means that when the Parks are busier you tend to steer clear of the crowds.

However on Monday I decided to venture to the Magic Kingdom for some time with my friend John for an easy, breezy day.

Now I say breezy, because it was definitely ‘Florida Cold’! We moved from Virginia and I went to school at Virginia Tech in the Blue Ridge Mountains (Go Hokies!), so I know it’s not cold-cold…but my blood has thinned considerably!

It was a beautiful day with a super blue sky! It was gorgeous.

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It was the perfect morning to take a leisurely stroll to Cinderella Castle where we caught part of Dream Along with Mickey (which I hadn’t seen in awhile).

#OntheGo Around the Parks Magic Kingdom January 11, 2016

We are both trying to get 10,000 steps a day, so we decided to take a walk through Fantasyland. The area was busy but not crazy. I had to stop to take a picture of Zoe’s favorite Princess’ Tower.

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And we also made a new friend. This little guy was so adorable!

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The wait for Haunted Mansion wasn’t awful (25 minutes), so we decided to see if there was room for 2 more…

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#OntheGo Around the Parks Magic Kingdom January 11, 2016Afterwards we decided to set sail on the ‘Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed’, and I had a lot of fun trying to catch some of the reflections. I’m going to go back with my DSLR to see if I can catch some better shots, but it was a fun photo adventure!

#OntheGo Around the Parks Magic Kingdom January 11, 2016

#OntheGo Around the Parks Magic Kingdom January 11, 2016

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We caught a quick bite to eat at Pecos Bill…but I forgot to take a picture of my burrito…I was hungry! However, I will say that I really wish they’d bring back some of the BBQ options.

When we were done with lunch we flew over to Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room for a sing-along with some of our favorite feathered friends.

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Our last ride of the day was on Pirates of the Caribbean, and while we were splashed quite a bit we had a great time.

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#OntheGo Around the Parks Magic Kingdom January 11, 2016 Pirates of Caribbean Hat Man

It was a great day with a great friend (Check out John’s Big Fat Panda site for his antics), and I can’t wait to take you along #OntheGo Around the Parks soon!

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#OnTheGo Around the Parks: An Afternoon at Epcot

 

#OnTheGo Around the Parks:

An Afternoon at Epcot

One thing that I really love doing is walking around the Parks, and while I usually tweet and Instagram my day I thought it would be a nice change to share my afternoon and my thoughts here.

It was a chilly (by Orlando standards) and slightly overcast afternoon at Epcot, but it was great to get out of the house for a few hours before I picked Zoe up from her after-school activity.

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I didn’t have any plans or FastPass+ return times, and I wasn’t in a rush so I decided to take an easy stroll around Future World.

My first stop was to see Baymax in his new Meet and Greet area in Innoventions West.

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This was my first time seeing the area, and it was great to see I wasn’t alone! He had a large line, and while his workshop background may seem sparse it fits right in with all of the construction that is going on inside of Innoventions.

After a quick picture, I decided to head over to The Seas with Nemo & Friends.

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This is one of Zoe’s favorite rides, and when we ride it’s often filled with a lot of pointing and chatting about what is going on around us so it was weird to ride it in silence.

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There was a lot of activity in the tanks as people were snorkeling. I would love to try that one day!

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I also had to find one of my all time favorite Hidden Mickeys…

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And Nemo!

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Heading over to The Land Pavilion I decided to keep up my Hidden Mickey Hunting, and found this little guy.

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While Soarin’ is closed until later this year, it was nice to see that the Pavilion was still chocked full of people!

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Living with the Land has always been one of my favorite rides!

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I found a ton of Mickeys and got to see a Florida Snowman.

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Before I leave, I always take a moment to say goodbye to the balloons.

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The latest addition to Epcot is the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival.

Onthego In the Parks Epcot

The Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival is a 3D experience that begins with a short film where you hear from John Lasseter and Ed Catmull talk about the beginnings of Pixar by showing the progression of their work.

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The Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival features 3 shorts in ways that you have never seen them before.

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‘Get a Horse’ is the first short that pops off the screen (literally) bringing this classic short to life in a whole new way. While the 3 and 4D effects were really well done, what really was amazing was to hear Walt Disney voicing Mickey ringing through the theater. I won’t lie…it gave me chills.

‘La Luna’ really sparkled in the 3D format, and it was really nice to revisit a short that is one of my favorites.

And finally, ‘For the Birds’ is a really quirky and fun short that ends the experience on a solid laugh.

We’ll miss you Captain EO, but I have to say that I really enjoyed watching the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival. I can’t wait to bring Zoe back with me next time!

Then it was off to Innoventions East to visit Colortopia Presented by Glidden.

If you haven’t had the chance to stop by and experience the newest spot in Innoventions…what are you waiting for?

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I really love all of the the different interactive areas and activities, and it is a really great way to spend some time out of the Florida elements.

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Seriously, what are you waiting for? I promise that you will really enjoy Colortopia…so go!

Onthego In the Parks Epcot

Walking out of Innoventions East I ran into the Jamminators. And while these guys have several identities throughout the year, I always like to stop for a second to watch them perform. They are a really fun group.

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And I was in luck, because today was ‘Junior Jamminator Day’ and I am now an honorary Jamminator!

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I haven’t ridden Test Track in awhile, so I decided to head over to the single rider line. It was a 25 minute wait, not too shabby, but it was nice to just relax and go with the flow!

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When you go through the single rider line you don’t get the full design experience, but the car I chose placed 2nd which is much better than when I do the designing so I will call it a win!!!

And it wouldn’t be a trip to Epcot without riding my absolute favorite ride in the world…Spaceship Earth.

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All in all it was a lovely afternoon at Epcot, and I hope that you enjoyed tagging along with me on my trip!

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See ya real soon!

 

-Shelley

 

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