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33: Draw 20 Disney Characters at the Animation Academy

Last September, I shared the first 10 drawings in my quest to draw 20 different Disney characters at the Animation Academy in Hollywood Studios. Just last week, I finally met my goal of bringing my total to twenty. Here are the results :) !

Goofy

Goofy

Jack Skellington

Jack Skellington

Russel from Up

Russell from Up

Olaf the Snowman

Olaf the Snowman

Mickey Mouse!!!

Mickey Mouse!!!

(The instructor assured me that Mickey Mouse is a different character than Sorcerer Mickey, who I drew for my previous post… at least from an animation perspective :). Whew!)

Eeyore

Eeyore

Elsa from Frozen

Elsa from Frozen

Donald Duck as Darth Maul

Donald Duck as Darth Maul

Okay… that one was NOT my “best work.” ;) Each year around Star Wars Weekends, you may luck out and get to draw a Disney character dressed as a Star Wars character. This next picture is the instructor’s drawing, which shows you what he is supposed to look like…

Donald Duck as Darth Maul

Donald Duck as Darth Maul

Rapunzel

Rapunzel

Juuust kidding! That one is another instructor’s drawing. I won it by answering a Disney trivia question (Donald Duck’s middle name, by the way, is “Fauntleroy,” in case you are ever in a situation where you might find that information handy ;) ). Here is my drawing of Rapunzel…

Rapunzel

Rapunzel

I’m sure you can see why I preferred to put up the instructor’s instead ;) .

But now, for my very own pièce de résistance… it’s the GENIE OF THE LAAAAAAAAAAMP!!!!!!

Genie!

GENIE!!!

I just have to reiterate from my previous post: I CAN’T DRAW at all… not a bit, at least on my own. I mean, I know not all of these are masterpieces, but some of them you can actually tell who they are without the caption (at least, I think so ;) ).

The point is, this fun and unique experience is absolutely worth a try. It’s a wonderful change of pace during a busy park day, and you walk out with your very own handmade souvenir… possibly of one of your favorite characters. So, pull up a seat, grab a pencil, and see what YOU can create at the Animation Academy!

 

48 (COMPLETE): Experience all the attractions in New Fantasyland

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is all set to open on May 28th. With this coaster comes the completion of New Fantasyland, and watching it come to life piece by piece over the past couple of years has been an experience I will never forget.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (2)
I was fortunate to happen upon a “soft opening” of the Mine Train prior to its official opening this coming Wednesday, and this attraction really is the icing on an already beautiful cake.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (5)
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (4)
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (3)
To be honest, I was sad when Snow White’s Scary Adventures closed in May of 2012 to help make room for all the new experiences New Fantasyland had to hold (the former site of Snow White’s Scary Adventures is now home to Princess Fairytale Hall). I thought that ride was exceptionally beautiful in its artwork and audio animatronics depicting scenes from the film, and had a charm all its own.

I walked away from Seven Dwarfs Mine Train feeling like all the beauty of the previous Snow White attraction had returned… and then some. I was expecting a fun roller coaster, and that’s what I got! The seats swing from side to side while propelling forward, and the twists, hills, and turns were more thrilling and faster than I expected.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (7)
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (1)
But I wasn’t expecting the presence of the characters to amaze and touch me as much as it did, and while the mountain is lovely outside, I certainly wasn’t expecting the inside to be as beautiful as it is. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has everything a great Disney attraction is known for: it’s gorgeous, it’s innovative, it brings wonderful Disney film moments to life, and it’s FUN.

Living in Florida, there has understandably been a LOT of coverage in anticipation of this attraction opening, and I actually did my best to avoid it. I wanted to be surprised and see it with entirely new eyes the first time I rode it. For that reason, I’m not sharing very many of my pictures here, in case you are hoping for a “spoiler-free” experience as well. But in the name of appropriate Bucket List documentation, here’s my view from the very last row…

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (9)
And I will also share that this

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (8)
… only captures a teeny tiny bit of the beauty waiting for YOU inside the mountain!

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (6)
Until now, this goal was “In Progress.” You can read about my other experiences in New Fantasyland by clicking any of the links below:

Be Our Guest Restaurant
Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
Gaston’s Tavern
The Barnstormer and Pete’s Silly Side Show
Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Casey Jr Splash ‘N’ Soak Station
Enchanted Tales with Belle
Princess Fairytale Hall

 

24: Beat My Husband at Toy Story Midway Mania

Toy Story Midway Mania (1)
Toy Story Midway Mania (3)
Toy Story Midway Mania (5)
Toy Story Midway Mania (6)

Round 1!
Guess who was Player 1 :( ?

Toy Story midway mania (1)
Round 2!
Guess who was Player 1 :( ?

Toy Story Midway Mania (9)
Toy Story Midway Mania (10)
Round 3!
GUESS WHO WAS PLAYER 1 :) ?!?

Toy Story midway mania (3)
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28: Ride Peter Pan’s Flight with my dear friend

Why do we love Peter Pan’s Flight so much?

Magic Kingdom Peter Pans Flight
Because you can hop on board one of these…

Peter Pans Flight (1)
Peter Pans Flight (3)
Peter Pans Flight (2)
And suddenly…

“When there’s a smile in your heart
There’s no better time to start
Think of all the joy you’ll find
When you leave the world behind
And bid your cares good-bye
YOU CAN FLY! YOU CAN FLY! YOU CAN FLY!”

Peter Pans Flight
Peter Pan’s Flight is a GREAT choice when considering how to use your FastPass+ options. It’s such a beloved attraction that there is always a huge line… and there is good reason for that. Peter Pan’s Flight is an attraction that is quintessentially Disney, and the flight over London is an image that rarely escapes anyone’s memory.

I did ride Peter Pan’s Flight with my friend, by the way… I wanted to respect her privacy and not include our pictures here. When she and I first met and discovered we were fellow Disney fans, Peter Pan’s Flight was one of the first things she mentioned, and experiencing this ride with her is something I’ll never forget :) .

65: Experience every Attraction in Walt Disney World

If you’ve seen my Disney Bucket List, you may have noticed that I’ve included very little about rides at Walt Disney World. One reason for this is because Bucket Lists, by nature, are about things you haven’t done, and I’d experienced the vast majority of rides at Walt Disney World (though not all… until now :) ).

Big Thunder Mountain Magic Kingdom (2)
The second reason is that Walt Disney World, regardless of how it appears at first glance, is about SO much more than rides. It’s about atmosphere, heart, memories, family and friends, and magic.

But, let’s face it… it IS more than a little about the rides, isn’t it ;) ? Because Disney attractions are simply a BLAST!! So, let’s have at it!

Little Mermaid Under the Sea 08

Hop on board!

Little Mermaid Under the Sea 09
Having at long last experienced every attraction in Walt Disney World, I’d like to present my not-very-highly-anticipated (yet HIGHLY subjective)…

RIDERS CHOICE AWARDS!

MAGIC KINGDOM

Favorite attraction:
Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion
Favorite thrill:
Big Thunder Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain Magic Kingdom
Sentimental favorite:
Peter Pan’s Flight

Magic Kingdom Peter Pans Flight
Most underrated:
Tom Sawyer Island

Mystery Mine
Favorite Queue:
Space Mountain

Space Mountain
Thanks, but no thanks:
Stitch’s Great Escape

Magic Kingdom Stitch Great Escape
Wonder of the World:
The Hall of Presidents

Magic Kingdom Hall of Presidents
EPCOT

Favorite Attraction:
Soarin’

EPCOT Soarin
Favorite thrill:
Soarin’

Sentimental favorite:
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros

EPCOT Gran Fiesta Tour Three Caballeros
Most underrated:
Living with the Land

EPCOT Living with the Land
Favorite Queue:
The Seas with Nemo and Friends

EPCOT The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Wonder of the World:
The American Adventure

EPCOT American Adventure

ANIMAL KINGDOM

Favorite Attraction:
Kilimanjaro Safaris

Animal Kingom Kilimajaro Safaris
Favorite thrill:
Expedition Everest

Animal Kingdom Expedition Everest
Favorite Queue:
Expedition Everest

Most underrated:
Flights of Wonder

Animal Kingdom Flights of Wonder
Wonder of the World:
Dinosaur

Animal Kingdom Dinosaur
HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

Favorite Attraction:
Star Tours

Hollywood Studios Star Tours
Favorite thrill:
Rock & Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Rock n Roller Coaster Aerosmith
Sentimental favorite:
Animation Academy

Hollywood Studios Animation Academy (11)
Most underrated:
Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream

Hollywood Studios One Mans Dream Walt Disney
Favorite Queue:
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

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Wonder of the World:
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Like I said, this list is HIGHLY subjective! Please feel welcome to let me know your winners in the “Comments” below!

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