Disney World or Disneyland... it really doesn't make a difference. The two parks may be on opposite sides of the country, but both are magical places that just about anybody who's anybody will want to visit over and over again throughout their lifetime. While some claim that having children along only makes the experience that much grander, other couples say that it's the ideal trip for two. Disney World (and Disneyland, alike) are simply places that bring a smile to anyone's face and put a little joy in everyone's heart; sometimes, all it takes is for one to hear a bit of that familiar tune from "It's A Small World" or "Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress." Either way, once one starts reminiscing about their ride on their Doom Buggy in "The Haunted Mansion," or that quick rush of adrenaline as the runaway train clickity-clacks in, through, and around "Big Thunder Mountain Railroad," it's hard to stop.
Despite the heat, or inclement weather, or the long lines, Disney is truly an experience to not only be remembered but to be repeated again and again. Hopefully, while scrolling through this fun and adventurous quiz, some might feel a tinge of delight as they're reminded of a similar trip from years past. And, to those who haven't yet had the experience, perhaps this will spark some interest when the next vacation opportunity comes around. Not only that, but the reward at the end of the quiz is one's very own Disney-created sidekick! And, the best part is, our trip requires no entrance fee! Enjoy!
Jungle Cruise: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
Disney's "Jungle Cruise" is a riverboat ride located in Adventureland. It simulates a riverboat cruise down several of the major rivers of Africa and South America. Guests get to ride on a remade version of a tramp steamer from an explorers' lodge and are taken on a trip to see many different jungle animals.
Pirates of the Caribbean: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
"Pirates of the Caribbean," the ride--not the movie (that's another quiz), is a boat ride at the Magic Kingdom. This attraction tells the story of a bunch of pirates and their woes, troubles, and triumphs. Some consider this to be an example of (if not a favorite) of some of the best animatronics in the park; not to mention the catchy tune, "Yo-Ho, yo-ho a pirate's life for me ... !" Arrrgh!
Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
Walt Disney's "Enchanted Tiki Room" is [now] a shortened version of the original attraction, which first started in 1963 (at Disneyland). The stars of the show are four singing, wise-cracking parrots named, José, Fritz, Michael, and Pierre. The show is a series of songs and jokes sung and told by dozens of birds, plants, and tikis, that all come to life.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
This roller coaster rushes through and around a “mountain.” The idea is that it's a runaway mine train. "Big Thunder Mountain" contains a lot of great (but fun) examples of a realistic mining town; complete with falling rocks, and an earthquake. Ride it at night if possible. The seats in the back are the best!
Splash Mountain: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
Splash Mountain tells the story of Br’er Rabbit, who goes off in search of adventure. And finds it. Along with Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear! The ride covers more than half a mile, splashing and sloshing through swamps, caves, and backwoods bayous, before the five-story plunge into Br’er Rabbit’s home! What else can anyone say, but ... “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.”
Country Bear Jamboree: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
The "Jamboree" is a hilarious cast of animatronic bears that sing and stomp just like a real Western-style hoedown! Many people claim to like it simply because it serves as an air-conditioned rest stop, on a hot day. However, most songs are still the same, and the Country Bear Jamboree has run for so long that the bears might just be a few steps away from retirement.
The Haunted Mansion: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
This particular ride starts with a haunting introduction, in a room that actually appears to stretch and morph before everyone's very eyes. The rest of the attraction takes place aboard a gloomy Doom Buggy for a spooky journey through a maze of haunted rooms and graveyards. There's also a chilling seance room and a ghostly group of singing spirits and hitch-hiking ghouls as you near the way out.
The Muppets Present ... Great Moments in U.S. History: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
This "Muppet" version of U.S. History is hosted by "J.J." Jefferson, the town crier of Liberty Square and Sam the Eagle (the most patriotic of Muppets, of course). Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and Gonzo are also part of the show. The historic presentation is performed several times a day. There are multiple versions of the show, but all of them contain the Muppets' famous humor.
Dumbo The Flying Elephant: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
Climb aboard any one of the multi-colored 'Dumbos' and take off into the air! The ride is based on Disney’s 1941 animated classic movie. During this soaring adventure, one can steer Dumbo to fly skyward or to fly low by moving the handle inside the Dumbo-themed gondola. Feel the wind blowing by and hear all the children's happy shouts as Dumbo continues his aerial (no Disney pun intended) acrobatics!
It's a Small World: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
Everyone will sing along to the classic song (seriously, whether they want to or not) during a delightful boat tour hosted by the children of the world. From a colorful dock, climb aboard a boat and set sail along the "Seven Seaways Waterway" on what is roughly a ten-minute journey.
Peter Pan's Flight: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
Peter Pan’s Flight is well-designed, with happy theme songs uniting some favorite Disney characters. This indoor ride begins in the Darling family’s house before taking off on a relaxing (and air-conditioned) trip in a “flying pirate ship” to Never-Never Land, where Peter saves Wendy from Captain Hook and having to walk the plank.
Prince Charming's Regal Carrousel: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
Climb aboard an ornate carousel horse to gallop around a colorful medieval tent within Cinderella's Castle Courtyard and pick out one of 90 wood-carved ornate horses, or one intricately carved chariot. As an old-fashioned organ plays, the horses parade up and down in a gentle counter-clockwise direction. Again, some park-goers claim to like this ride because of the shade and a slight breeze.
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
Out of all the Walt Disney World roller-coasters, "The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train" is somewhere between The Barnstormer and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Basically, it’s geared to younger kids who’ve been on amusement park rides before. There are no loops, and no massive hills or drops; instead, the Mine Train’s real trick is that your seat moves side-to-side as it goes through the turns.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
"The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" is a sunny, upbeat, and fun ride. Everyone travels in a Honey Pot, through the pages of a huge picture book into the Hundred Acre Wood; where guests encounter Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, Rabbit, Tigger, Kanga, and Roo as they contend with a typical blustery day. There’s even an odd dream sequence with Heffalumps and Woozles.
Mad Tea Party: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
Guests on this ride spin around feverishly in big teacups. Alice in Wonderland's Mad Hatter provides the theme. Traditionally, teenagers like to lure adults onto the teacups, then turn the wheel in the middle (making the cup spin faster), until the adults are pressed against the sides and on the verge of throwing up.
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
This ride is based on the space commander Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story film series. The story line has tourists and Buzz trying to save the universe from the evil Emperor Zurg. The indoor ride is interactive as well and one can actually steer or 'spin' the car and shoot simulated laser cannons at Zurg and all his evil minions. The first room’s mechanical claw and red robot also contain high-value targets.
Astro Orbiter: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
Maneuver a rocket-like spacecraft into the farthest reaches of space and back. As the newest star pilot to join the fleet, the time has come for brave tourists to take to the sky like a real astronaut. Board an elevator with fellow cadets and ascend to a loading platform for the space flight to begin.
Space Mountain: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
"Space Mountain" is an indoor, dark, high-speed, outer space-themed, roller coaster. Whew! Believe it, the description may be wordy, but the ride is worth the wait! Space Mountain first opened in January 1975. It's the oldest operating roller coaster in the Magic Kingdom and the state of Florida. It's also one the few rides that is still in it's original form.
Tomorrowland Speedway: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
And, in ... 3 - 2 - 1 - GO! Accelerate at (okay, it's really only 7 miles per hour) and drive around a scenic half-a-mile long racetrack. Drive around sharp bends, past lush foliage, and pick up the pace underneath the small bridge. Along the way, listen to an announcer call the race overhead, as cars pass such iconic attractions as Space Mountain in the not too far off distance.
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
It's been said before, but bears repeating ... this is another popular ride partially due to the fact that it's an extremely quick moving line and it's a chance to sit down (for a ten-minute tour) and enjoy the soft breezes while also zooming in and out of other, air-conditioned, Tomorrowland attractions. It's also one of the better rides for a spectacular view of Tomorrowland at night.
Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
"Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress" is a four-act show, per se, offering a nostalgic look at how technology changed the lives of an animatronic family across the 20th century. The first version of the show was originally presented for the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, in keeping with the fair’s theme of progress.
Stitch's Great Escape: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
"Stitch’s Great Escape!" stars the havoc-wreaking little alien form from the Disney animated movie, Lilo & Stitch. During this attraction, Stitch is a prisoner of the galactic authorities and is being transferred to a processing facility en route to his final place of incarceration. He manages to escape by employing an efficient though gross trick, knocking out power to the facility in the process.
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
We learned in "Monster's Inc." that children’s screams could be converted to electricity, which was used to power a town inhabited by monsters. During the film, the monsters discovered that laughter worked even better as an energy source. So, in this attraction, the monsters have set up a comedy club to capture as many laughs as they possibly can.
Muppet Vision 3D: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
The curtain rises to reveal Kermit, Miss Piggy and the entire Muppet gang on screen in 3D, as they invite you on a zany tour of Muppet Labs for a demonstration of their newest, high-tech film process, "MuppetVision 3D." Things quickly get out of hand, though, during a presentation with Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker, and the result is a seemingly endless stream of disastrous, yet comic events!
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
Most will scream in terror as they are suddenly hurled down the abandoned elevator shaft that unexpectedly changes direction and surges back up to the hotel level! Gaze out through a missing wall 13 stories high as the doors inexplicably open and close to reveal the hotel grounds. It's as if the elevator were possessed by some unseen spook, as it plummets down and speeds upward over and over again, the sound of cables snapping and metal clanging overhead.
Rock 'N' RollerCoaster Starring Aerosmith: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
It begins with guests entering a private recording studio with Aerosmith. When the band’s manager informs the group that they’re late for a concert on the other side of town, the band invites tourists to come along. That's when everyone gets to hop inside a super-stretch "limo" and hold on tight as it takes off at an amazing 60 miles per hour (yes, 60 mph!) into the Los Angeles night on the way to the big show, with Aerosmith songs playing all around!
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
With the backdrop of temple ruins, Indiana Jones makes a huge entrance and the show swings into (pun intended) non-stop action. In pursuit of the golden idol, Indy and his companion, Marion, battle dangerous bad guys, leap from tall buildings and make other daring escapes as fake bullets fly and a moving vehicle bursts into flames!
Star Tours: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
Based on the Star Wars movie, this was supposedly Disney World’s first simulator ride. Guests board a simple 'Star Tours' transport vehicle and, as one might've guessed, things go a bit wrong. It turns out there's a rebel spy onboard, maybe even in this very tour group, and evil agents of the dark side give chase across the Star Wars galaxy!
Spaceship Earth: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
This ride spirals through the 18-story interior of Epcot’s legendary landmark, taking visitors past animatronic scenes depicting mankind’s developments in communications, from cave painting to printing to television to space communications and computer networks. The ride shows an amazing use of the sphere’s interior.
Test Track: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
Guests board a six-seat vehicle on this ride, attached to a track on the ground, for an actual drive through Chevrolet’s 'test track.' The idea is that guests are taking part in a computer simulation designed to test their vehicle’s performance. The vehicle’s tests include braking maneuvers, cornering, and acceleration, culminating in a spin around the outside of the pavilion at speeds of up to 65 miles per hour!
Journey Into Imagination: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
"Journey into Imagination" takes guests on a tour of the zany 'Imagination Institute.' Sometimes as a passive observer and sometimes as a test subject while the ride provides a glimpse of the imaginary lab’s inner workings. Stimulating all the senses and then some. The ride presents tourists with optical illusions, an experiment in which noise generates colors, and a room that defies gravity.
Living With the Land: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
This boat ride takes visitors through swamps, past inhospitable farm environments, and then through a futuristic greenhouse where real crops are actually grown using the newest and latest agricultural technologies. The greenhouse exhibits change constantly; along with familiar fruits and grains. This produce is used in restaurants throughout Disney World.
Turtle Talk With Crush: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
"Turtle Talk with Crush" is an interactive theater show (in the A/C), starring the 150-year-old surfer dude turtle from 'Finding Nemo.' Although it starts like a typical Disney theme park attraction, 'Turtle Talk' quickly turns into a surprisingly good, interactive encounter as the on-screen Crush begins to have actual conversations with guests in the audience.
Soarin' Around the World: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
Once guests enter the main theater, they're secured in a seat similar to those on an inverted roller coaster. When everyone is in place, the seats swing into position, making tourists feel as if the floor has dropped away, and guests are suspended with their legs dangling. Next, riders embark on a simulated hang-glider tour, with IMAX-quality images projected all around and with the flight simulator moving in sync with the movie.
It's Tough to Be a Bug: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
Called "It's Tough to Be a Bug!," this funny 3-D presentation is about the difficulties of being, well ... a bug . Compared to the relatively serious tone of Disney's Animal Kingdom in general, "It's Tough to Be a Bug!" stands alone, by providing some much needed levity and whimsy. The show combines a 3-D film with a lot of tactile and visual special effects.
The Tree of Life: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
The "Tree of Life," apart from its size, is quite a work of art! Although from afar it’s certainly magnificent and imposing, it’s not until one examines the tree at close range that they truly appreciate its rich detail. What appears to be ancient gnarled bark is, hundreds of carvings of wildlife, each flowing seamlessly in and out of the trunk, roots, and limbs of the tree.
Avatar Flight of Passage: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
Guests are led into an enclosed room filled with what looks like stationary bicycles without pedals. They're then handed 3-D goggles and told to approach the “bike," swing one leg over, and mount it. The room goes dark, there’s a flash of light, and suddenly guest's brains are “linked” to the Na’vi surfing a banshee. Riders swoop up and down, left and right, on this flying dragon, going over the Pandora plains, through the mountains, and skimming its seas.
Na'Vi River Journey: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
The "Na’vi River Journey" is a four and a half minute boat ride through the Pandora jungle. Guests begin by boarding one of two small, rafts joined together. Off riders go into the nighttime jungle, past glowing plants and exotic animals. The ride’s big star, however, is the Shaman of Songs, displayed in the ride’s culminating scene.
Kilimanjaro Safaris: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
Guests climb aboard an open air safari vehicle and hang on tight as they take off on a guided tour into the African outback; where over thirty-four different kinds of exotic African wildlife roam free. As the bumpy transport makes its way through rugged terrain, tourists glimpse an array of exotic animals in a variety of unique habitats.
WildLife Express Train: NOW or FAST PASS LATER
This particular train ride snakes along behind the African wildlife reserve, as it makes its loop connecting Harambe to Rafiki's Planet Watch and to Conservation Station. Throughout the ride, guests see the nighttime enclosures for the animals from the popular Kilimanjaro Safari. Similarly, returning to Harambe, tourists see the backstage areas of Asia.