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  • mickeymouseathletics 11:48 pm on May 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Mickey Mouse Athletics | Disney Sports 

    Hey Matt, hate to see you go. You made a pretty awesome website. Extremely informative. For anybody looking for a mix of Disney, Imagination, and Sports, visit Mickey Mouse Athletics for schedules, information, statistics, and history of teams and athletes…it’s just almost like Disney Sports, even better…

    http://www.MickeyMouseAthletics.com

     
  • Matt 4:55 pm on July 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , disney lines, disney long lines, disney wait, disney wait times, Disney World, , , , , , red card, , , , , wait time, wait times, , , ,   

    Disney’s Awesome Things #20: Being the Chosen One to Hold the Red Card 

    #20In the wonderful world of wait times, some folks often wonder how Disney manages to constantly keep an accurate wait time up for guests. And that’s where the infamous red card comes in.

    If you’ve ever been the “chosen one” to hold the Red Card, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.

    Every so often, a cast member will scan the magnetic card and give it to one lucky guest. Then when said guest gets to the end of the line, another cast member scans the card, which updates the ride’s wait time.

    “This card is used to help provide you with the most accurate wait time. Please hand the card to a cast member at the end of the line. Thank you.”

    The fate of the ride wait time is in your hands. Now doesn’t that feel awesome?

    Photo by mrkathika

     
    • Caitlin 5:51 pm on July 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve done this a few times. I call it being the “wait time probe.” 😀

      • Matt 6:44 pm on July 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Haha nice Caitlin! 😉

        By the way, if you want an avatar to show up next to your name like a few folks did in the previous post’s comments, just go to gravatar.com and set up one there. It’ll show on many blogs including this one. Just in case you’re interested. 🙂

    • gaylin 7:16 pm on July 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have been handed many a red card – I wonder if I look responsible or something. I always feel like I am contributing a wee bit to the magic.

      • Matt 8:15 pm on July 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        LOL I feel responsible when I’m wearing it too. It’s a nice feeling…gives me a sense of helping out, and like you said,contributing to the magic. 🙂

    • Beth 7:30 pm on July 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      love it! On one of our trips it became a joke because we were asked to hold the red card so many times. We started to get disappointed when we weren’t asked to hold it!

      • Matt 8:18 pm on July 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Wow Beth that’s awesome! Haha I don’t think we’ve had it more than twice in one trip, but it seems you had a lucky visit. 😉

    • pennythoughts1 6:09 am on July 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I love being asked to hold the card!

    • Maxmiliano 7:44 am on May 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve received a red card once. It was cool! =D

    • Anonymous 7:18 pm on June 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Got one, thought I was allowed to skip the line. Oops.

    • Anonymous 6:37 pm on February 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Too bad they don’t give you a fast pass card. We’ve been given one on more than one occasion at Busch Gardens!

  • Matt 10:01 am on July 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Disney World, , miserable, miserable vacation, , , , , , showers, , , , , , , ,   

    Want to Have a Bad Vacation? Here’s How 

    When I’m in the parks, I always see a family having a bad time. Here are the five stupidest ways families force themselves into a miserable vacation.

    Make kids go on things they’re scared of
    You know what? I think we should take little Suzie on the Haunted Mansion! That’s genius – and as the parents are dragging her through the door, she could be kicking, screaming, and crying for another reason. She probably just has to go to the bathroom, she’ll be fine.

    I’m not really sure what are going through parents’ minds as they drag their terrified son or daughter on a potentially scary ride. Maybe they think it’ll cure their fears if they go on it at a young age. Maybe they just want to ride it and don’t care. Maybe they haven’t heard of the Baby Swap.

    Never come to an agreement about anything
    “What do you want to ride next?” “Oh I don’t know, maybe Thunder Mountain.” “Well I want to ride Pirates again.” “Well you know Figment probably doesn’t have a wait.” “Yes but that’s in a different park.” “Well do you want to go to Epcot?” “No.” “Fine then.” “I’m hungry.” “Want some popcorn?” “Hey look, it’s Pirates!”

    Sure it can be hard to decide what to do, but at least make a decision. I mean there’s only so many hours in a day, and you shouldn’t spend all of them choosing what to do. Just pick something and do it. Then you’ll actually get things accomplished.

    Never take a break
    The next idea people get is to run themselves ragged. They want to cram all these things into one vacation, they want to cram having fun into a certain time frame – which doesn’t work.

    It’s important to take breaks. Breaks are what keep you happy in the heat and crowds. Without breaks it won’t take long for your whole party to feel exhausted and miserable. Sit on a bench, go inside a gift shop, get some ice cream, whatever – it will help!

    Be disappointed if you don’t do everything
    Depending how often you visit the World and how long you stay, chances are you’re not going to get to do everything you want each trip. And you know what? That’s okay!

    Do as much as you can (while still keeping your sanity), and whatever doesn’t get done you can do next trip. Don’t burn yourself out over something that minuscule. Just do what you can and enjoy every second of it.

    Let weather ruin your day
    “Aw man! It’s raining! This means everything is going to close. We might as well go back to the hotel now. This is awful.” No, it’s not at all bad – it’s actually a very good thing.

    Quick rain showers do a few things: they clear the parks, they cool you down, and they force you to get out of the heat and enjoy a few indoor (but no less fun) attractions.

    What do you think?
    These are the top 5 things I see folks doing in the Parks that make them miserable. What about you? Do you do these things? Do you like Grumpy? Share with me.

     
    • DeAnna Welch 1:32 pm on July 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      OVERPACKING – I see people with a rolling suitcase in the parks, practically. What in the world are you thinking??? It really is okay to leave your luggage in your RESORT! It’s a little different if you have a baby, but if not, there’s no reason you need all that junk to be carted around all day. Put what you think you “may need later” in a locker at the front of the park, and enjoy your day unincumbered. Then if you really need that deck of cards, shoe horn and set of speakers, you’ll only need walk a little to get to them, but you’ve saved yourself traction on your back later.

      CUTESY SHOES – This applies more to women than men. I see SO MANY women in HIGH HEELS or cutesy little shoes with no support walking painful miles through the parks. Save those things for your night out to dinner. ATHLETIC SHOES are your best bet, and even those should be worn about 2 weeks before your vacation to break them in. I may not look as “cute” as the woman in high heels, but I sure look smart when the day’s over, we’re both sitting on the monorail, and she’s full of blisters and crippled. Who’s cute now? lol

      • Matt 1:36 pm on July 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Haha hey DeAnna those are both very good tips!

        I love the overpacking one – it’s so much trouble than it’s worth. At most you should bring a little backpack type thing, but usually I only bring a camera and that’s it. The parks are so much nicer when you aren’t falling over due to the amount of stuff you bring.

        LOL Yes those high heels sure are important in Disney World where everyone cares so much how they look! 😉

    • John 2:08 pm on July 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve already been disappointed for not riding everything. But I was with a Brazilian friend and that was his first time in WDW.

      We see some nasty situations sometimes, huh!?
      One thing is to eat too much during lunch. Come on, there are lots of Mc Donalds in Orlando, you can eat 5 double cheeseburgers there. Don’t do it in a place where you WILL have to walk under the sun, wait in line and go to rides that will make all that food seem alive in your stomach.
      Then we see one sick family member, ruining the day of all others.
      Eating well is also a key element for having a good day at WDW.
      BTW Matt, here’s a suggestion: what about a post about the parks restaurants? Something like what is best and what is not worth going?

      • Matt 3:07 pm on July 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Very true John, and thanks for the suggestion! That’s a great idea for a post…I’m making note of that right now. 🙂

    • Caitlin 3:30 pm on July 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Another good way to ruin a vacation is to not have a good plan. If you don’t have a good plan when you go to a park, you’ll be spending most of your day in lines, and that’s definitely not fun! Having a plan also helps to keep the disagreements away. 🙂

      • Matt 3:35 pm on July 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        GREAT tip Caitlin…I completely forgot about the importance of having a plan! LOL

        Yep that would help the disagreements go away, and it’ll definitely let you get more done.

    • gaylin 3:33 pm on July 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What always cracks me up is waiting for the bus to a theme park at the resort, there is always one family that has thoughtfully loaded up little Johnnies stroller with 80 pounds of crap for the day and then the mom (usually mom?? why??) gets all indignant and aggressive with the bus driver when he tells them she has to empty and fold the stroller to get on the bus. While the rest of us patiently wait in the morning heat to just get on the darn bus to go have fun.

      Another thing that always worries me is seeing a baby in a stroller in the heat and humidity with no shade, looking red and hot. How scary it must be to be the victim of that kind of parenting, cover the stroller, heat stroke is so dangerous.

      I am with DeAnna when I see women in high heels! Makes me laugh every time. Right along with women who wear a face layered with make-up, bet that feels great about 2 p.m.!

      • Matt 3:42 pm on July 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        LOL All very true!

        I think the 80 lbs. of crap in strollers is just the over-worrying mothers. 😉

        Yep heat stroke is very dangerous. I’ve seen people come close to it in WDW and it’s serious stuff…especially for babies. I think that’s the time when indoor rides are a necessity!

        Thanks, as always, for sharing your thoughts Gaylin. 🙂

        • DeAnna Welch 11:06 pm on July 22, 2010 Permalink

          Matt, is there a way to add a pic, or is it just the normal “ghost” figure that accompanies our posts? lol

      • DeAnna Welch 11:08 pm on July 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m hearing ya on the caked-on make-up, Gaylin, and let’s not forget the chicks who took the time to roll their hair. It’s obviously their first time to meet “suhthin’ humidity”!

    • Matt 11:18 am on July 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey DeAnna – Yep you sure can add a pic (unless you like the ghost LOL). Just go to http://en.gravatar.com/ and register there – then upload a pic of you and it will appear on MANY blogs around the web when you comment. Hope this helps, let me know if you have any more questions! 🙂

      • immrsd2u 11:33 am on July 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks! DONE! Let’s see if it works………

        • Matt 11:35 am on July 23, 2010 Permalink

          NICE! It worked! Good job. 😉

    • gaylin 4:30 pm on July 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Matt, thanks for the info on Gravatar, now let’s see if I did this right as well!

      • Matt 5:06 pm on July 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Ah yep you did too – nice!! Now we’re starting to see some personality on here! 😉

    • Torquay holiday cottages 10:52 pm on July 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I love this blog entry! Made me laugh LOL. True, one should never get disappointed when they don’t get to try out everything. There’s always another time, another chance to do the rest.

      • Matt 9:00 am on July 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Glad it made you laugh – and yep you’re point is very true! Another time, another chance.

        (Sorry I had to edit the end of your comment for our comment guidelines). 🙂

    • Wendie 4:52 am on August 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      OVERTIRING the kids got to be the most stupid, it backfires with hellish and fiery tantrums=)

      • Matt 8:37 am on August 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Yep I’ve seen that a lot too, Wendie. Parents often forget that kids can not go as far as them, etc. etc…and it doesn’t end well! LOL

    • Marilyn @ our cheap disney vacation 10:08 am on April 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Oh yeah, I’ve seen that family. If the get into the park late and stick it out till the fireworks. Thier kids are hot and tired and the parents have lost of semblance of patience. It sad to see them slaughtering the disney experience.

    • ekenekensson@gmail.com 2:34 pm on May 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Once upon a time, in a faraway land,
      A young Prince lived in a shining castle
      Although he had everything his heart desired,
      The Prince was spoiled, selfish, and unkind.
      But then, one winter’s night, an old beggar-woman came to the castle,
      And offered him a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter cold.
      Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the Prince sneered at the gift and turned the old woman away,
      But she warned him not to be deceived by appearances,
      For beauty is found within.
      And when he dismissed her again, the old woman’s ugliness melted away
      To reveal a beautiful Enchantress.
      The Prince tried to apologize, but it was too late,
      For she had seen that there was no love in his heart.
      And as punishment, she transformed him into a hideous Beast, and placed a powerful spell on the castle, and all who lived there.
      Ashamed of his monstrous form, the Beast concealed himself inside his castle, with a magic mirror as his only window to the outside world.
      The rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose, which would bloom until his 21st year.
      If he could learn to love another, and earn her love in return,
      By the time the last petal fell, then the spell would be broken.
      If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time.
      As the years passed, he fell into despair, and lost all hope.
      For who could ever learn to love a Beast?

  • Matt 4:52 pm on July 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , disney rain, disney storm, , Disney World, humid, , , , , , shower, , , , , , , , , weather   

    Disney’s Awesome Things #19: Short Rain Showers that Clear the Park 

    #19You can see it coming from a mile away. It’s those dreaded Florida afternoon showers that get everyone soaked, cold, and miserable. But something awesome happens when the storm ends.

    That’s right – the clouds blow away, the sun comes out, you can feel the humidity rise as the storm is now over. But what’s so awesome? The fact that everyone is gone.

    Yep it’s true that those rain showers really clear the crowds. It starts raining, and it’s like the floodgate keeping all the little guests in suddenly opens and people pour out of the park.

    Sure it’s now uncomfortably humid, but look on the awesome side. You now have the park close to yourself. Now stroll through that empty park and enjoy yourself.

    Photo by Joe

     
    • Melissa 4:59 pm on July 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Great choice! One of the benefits of being a Floridian instead of just the average Disney tourist :).

      • Matt 5:00 pm on July 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Haha very true, Melissa. All those poor tourists think they have to leave! 😉

    • gaylin 5:08 pm on July 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My favourite thing is when it starts to rain and people leave the water park!! Ha ha, as if rain is going to make you wetter than swimming!

      Then it is time to race off to the Crush ‘N Gusher for lots of slides after everyone leaves.

      • Matt 5:12 pm on July 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        LOL That’s awesome Gaylin. But I’m sad to admit I’ve never been to a Disney waterpark. I know, I know. Hypocrite! =P

      • Vera 11:24 am on February 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        My best tip is to go to the water parks during any warm winter days. They’re absolutely empty and Crush N’ Gusher the best when rode 5 times in a row.

    • gaylin 6:52 pm on July 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Matt,
      until you go down the water coasters at Typhoon Lagoon’s Crush ‘N Gusher, you won’t know what you are missing. The first time we went on it, we must have gone on the slides 20 or 30 times in one day. So much fun.

      I have had lunch with an Imagineer once and it turned out he had helped design the Crush ‘N Gusher area and all the theming. Had a great time talking to him.

      • Matt 8:10 pm on July 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I know, I know…I really need to go!

        You had lunch with an Imagineer? That’s awesome Gaylin! 🙂

    • gaylin 11:22 pm on July 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      It was totally awesome to have lunch with an Imagineer. Private dining room at the Brown Derby, excellent service. Talked about everything Disney you can think of. About 3 hours, relaxed, informative, great food. Well worth it.

      • Matt 11:21 am on July 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Wow I can’t imagine…that must have been very very cool! And Brown Derby is nice too!

    • John 12:22 pm on July 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, talking about water park and rain… it happened to me once at the Blizzard Beach!
      The greatest thing was to be relaxing under one of those umbrellas, while watching people running away from rain (yeah, the rain would really make them wetter…. lol), and than ride the Summit Plummet 5 times, with almost no lines!
      That was a real thrill!!! I love Blizzard Beach!!

      • Matt 6:36 pm on July 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Haha that’s funny John. That sounds like the rain let you have a blast!

    • Gary 12:51 pm on July 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I love animal kingdom on the rain!

      • Matt 6:37 pm on July 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve only been in Animal Kingdom in the rain once. I was next up to ride Expedition Everest and they shut it down for a few minutes. =P

    • Joel 10:59 pm on August 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      We went to WDW i June. This was true for Animal Knigdom and Epcot, however Magic Kingdom the crowds were even larger after the rain. However, I believe the reason for the crowds was that it was the first week the East Coast schools were out for Summer vacation and no one was leaving the park. We also figured June 18 would be least crowded day since Universal was opening Harry Potter, In the morning it was nice, but it was extremely crowded in the afternoon, Several people had come from Universal and said they left and came to WDW because the Harry Potter Section and ride were terrible.

      • Matt 2:59 pm on August 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        My birthday is June 18. =D

        That’s unfortunate…usually crowds are cleared by the rain but I guess the summer is so busy people are glad the heat is less and stay. I thought Harry Potter was supposed to be awesome? 😉

    • ekenekensson@gmail.com 2:55 pm on May 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      The Beauty And The Man
      -CAST-
      The Prince Beast,(Baby),Danny,Cats Don’t Dance
      The Prince Beast,Thomas O’Malley,The Aristocats
      The Beast,Ralph,Wreck-It Ralph
      Belle,Duchess,The Aristocats
      The Witch,Beauty and the Beast
      The Fairy,Beauty and the Beast
      Lumiere,Beauty and the Beast
      Cogsworth,Beauty and the Beast
      Mrs. Potts,Beauty and the Beast
      Chip,Beauty and the Beast
      Maurice,Mr. Toad,The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
      Lefou,Grand Duke,Cinderella
      Gaston,Waternoose,Monsters, Inc
      Philippe,Beauty and the Beast
      Babette,Beauty and the Beast
      Monsieur D’Arque,Samson,The Wild
      Featherduster,Beauty and the Beast
      Bimbette,Beauty and the Beast
      Footstool,Beauty and the Beast
      Coming Soon On Youtube Are Summer in 2013.

      • ekenekensson@gmail.com 3:16 pm on May 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        The Beauty And The Penguin
        -CAST-
        The Prince Beast,(Baby),Mumble,Happy Feet
        The Prince Beast,Hubie,The Pebble and the Penguin
        The Beast,Secret Squirrel,Super Secret Secret Squirrel
        Belle,Marina,The Pebble and the Penguin
        The Witch,Beauty and the Beast
        The Fairy,Beauty and the Beast
        Lumiere,Beauty and the Beast
        Cogsworth,Beauty and the Beast
        Mrs. Potts,Beauty and the Beast
        Chip,Beauty and the Beast
        Maurice,King Triton,The Little Mermaid
        Lefou,Jerry,Tom and Jerry: The Movie
        Gaston,Tom,Tom and Jerry: The Movie
        Philippe,Beauty and the Beast
        Babette,Beauty and the Beast
        Monsieur D’Arque,Doctor Eggman,Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
        Featherduster,Beauty and the Beast
        Bimbette,Beauty and the Beast
        Footstool,Beauty and the Beast
        Coming Soon On Youtube Are Summer in 2013.

    • ekenekensson@gmail.com 11:26 am on June 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      The Beauty And The Lion
      -CAST-
      The Prince Beast,(Baby),Young Simba,The Lion King
      The Prince Beast,Simba,The Lion King
      The Beast,
      Belle,Nala,The Lion King
      The Witch,Beauty and the Beast
      The Fairy,Beauty and the Beast
      Lumiere,Beauty and the Beast
      Cogsworth,Beauty and the Beast
      Mrs. Potts,Beauty and the Beast
      Chip,Beauty and the Beast
      Maurice,Mufasa,The Lion King
      Lefou,Mr. Snoops,The Rescuers
      Gaston,McLeach,The Rescuers Down Under
      Philippe,Beauty and the Beast
      Babette,Beauty and the Beast
      Monsieur D’Arque,Bowler Hat Guy,Meet the Robinsons
      Featherduster,Beauty and the Beast
      Bimbette,Beauty and the Beast
      Footstool,Beauty and the Beast
      Coming Soon On Youtube Are Summer in 2013.

    • ekenekensson@gmail.com 1:42 pm on December 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      jultomtens verkstad
      Kalle Anka i djungeln
      Djunglboken
      Musse Pigg på camping
      Snövit och de sju dvärgarna
      Runkbögen Ferdinand
      Robin Hood
      Plutos julgran
      Filmklipp:
      2013:Simpsons Filmen,Richard Scarrys äventyrsvärld,Phineas och Ferb filmen,Den första snön
      2013:Familjen Flinta i Viva Rock Vegas,G-Force,Järnjätten,Croodarna
      2014:Pokémon 2 – ensam är stark,Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods,En julsaga
      2014:Spirit – Hästen från vildmarken,Hjälp! Jag är en fisk,Igor,Nemo – I drömmarnas land
      2014:Space Chimps,Space Chimps 2,Bartok den Fantastiske,Anastasia
      2014:Rudolf med den röda mulen,FernGully – den sista regnskogen,Milo mot Mars,Det magiska svärdet – Kampen om Camelot

    • ekenekensson@gmail.com 2:21 pm on January 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      jultomtens verkstad
      Kalle Anka i djungeln
      Djunglboken
      Musse Pigg på camping
      Snövit och de sju dvärgarna
      Runkbögen Ferdinand
      Robin Hood
      Plutos julgran
      Filmklipp:
      2013:Simpsons Filmen,Richard Scarrys äventyrsvärld,Phineas och Ferb filmen,Den första snön
      2014:Spirit – Hästen från vildmarken,Hjälp! Jag är en fisk,Igor,Nemo – I drömmarnas land
      2014:Space Chimps,Space Chimps 2,Bartok den Fantastiske,Anastasia
      2014:Pokémon 2 – ensam är stark,Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods,En julsaga
      2014:Rudolf med den röda mulen,FernGully – den sista regnskogen,Milo mot Mars,Det magiska svärdet – Kampen om Camelot

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