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Disneyland Duel: Matterhorn v. Star Tours

Is the Matterhorn too bumpy? Does Star Tours give you motion sickness? We’ll answer these and other questions in our third DISNEYLAND DUEL, where we pit two random attractions against each other. Then I rate them for Location, Queue, Wait Times, Ambiance, Excitement, Enjoyment, and Nostalgia. At the end, we crown a winner!

Today we see who wins between the MATTERHORN and STAR TOURS, two Disneyland classics which are within a stone’s throw of each other. Let’s see who wins in this turbulent Disneyland attraction duel!

Disney World reopening in July! What we know and what we don’t…

Disney just announced some reopening dates for Disney World in Florida. JULY 11TH, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom would re-open. Then JULY 15TH Hollywood Studios and EPCOT will open, too. Disney Springs is already open, and I suspect the water parks will stay closed longer because crowds are more contained and germs seem easier to spread in that environment.

Obviously, there are a bunch of rules and guidelines we’ll all have to follow. Things like wearing masks, temperature checks, social distancing. Apparently some kind of (as yet to be revealed) park reservation system. Parades, fireworks, character dining are on hold, too, since they want to avoid crowds however possible. Lots more to consider though, some of which I cover in more detail here:

 

Can Big Thunder Mountain help you pass Kidney Stones? Maybe…

On this week’s THE SCOOP PART II, let’s talk about Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. We’ll talk petting zoos, kidney stones, computers, and more as we give you a quick lesson on the attraction’s history (and a super helpful protip, too).

 

How do you pick the best Disneyland hotel for you?

Disneyland trips are no easy thing to plan and one of the MOST IMPORTANT decisions you’ll make is what hotel to stay at! So where do you even begin to figure out which hotel is best for you?

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Disney Duel: Smuggler’s Run or Indiana Jones — which Disneyland attraction wins??

The 2nd episode of our DISNEYLAND DUEL series pits Smuggler’s Run against Indiana Jones. It’ll be a real slugfest between Lucasfilm properties, let’s see who comes out on top!

Disney Duel: Splash Mountain v. Incredicoaster

My newest video series, DISNEY DUEL, is where we settle scores between attractions, hotels, foods, and more. I’ll rate two randomly chosen Disney picks and then declare a winner! Then, it’s up to you all to leave comments and let me know if you agree or disagree.

The first episode pits SPLASH MOUNTAIN (Disneyland) against the INCREDICOASTER (California Adventure). Who will prevail… let’s find out?

Crucial Disney Terminology for any trip

Disney has a lot of their own terms for things. Since communication is key, especially when interacting with cast members, I thought it would be helpful to outline some of the most common terms that you’ll encounter:

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Time saving hacks for Disneyland’s Peak Season

For every person that goes to Disneyland, most of them don’t enjoy wasting time. Obviously, the BEST time saving hack is going on a week day during off season if you can. But, not everyone can do that. So, here are some hacks you can leverage any time of year:

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Bucket List Item Complete: My First Visit to Walt’s Beloved Club 33 (with pics)!

Because I am heavily crowd-averse, I would almost never be caught at Disneyland on a Saturday… during Halloween peak… during the 60th celebration time. But, I had to bend my own rules this weekend because a very, very, very special opportunity arose for my fiancee and I– a chance to dine at the very prestigious Club 33!

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