Hello dear readers!  Apologies for the long delay in writing this update, and I hope you find it worth the wait.

In this edition of Matt’s Musings, we have some general Disney Updates, our “Minnie Van” Experience, and the first installment of Matt’s Favorite Things.

Toy Story Land

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This was a better picture, but I had to crop out some heads.

We visited the (relatively) newly opened Toy Story Land a few weeks ago, and as you should expect Disney did not disappoint!

First, I apologize for the poor quality of my pictures.  There may be better pictures on Evil Boss Wife’s (EBW) phone, but I have not cracked her pass-code yet.  I can tell you it is not my birthday nor our anniversary.  I digress…

The idea of Toy Story Land is that you are shrunk down to the size of a toy, and so all the thematic elements are giant toys.  While the land is not as completely immersive as Pandora or what I expect the forthcoming Galaxies Edge will be, it is still brilliantly themed.

BUZZ

How I feel and look when I first wake up in the morning

As far as attractions go, Toy Story Land introduces two new major attractions to compliment the already very popular Toy Story Mania.  The new attractions are Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers.

Slinky Dog Dash

We were unable to get a fast-pass for Slinky Dog Dash.  This was not good.

Not having a fast-pass resulted in us riding standby, and waiting in line for about 2 hours.

I was relegated to an electronic conveyance Vehicle (ECV) because I still cannot walk (more below).  I can tell you this for sure:  I chipped a lot of paint in that line due to my poor driving skills around that never ending queue line.

A two hour line is something of a slow moving existential crisis, as Hudson can attest below.

Anger, followed by defeat.

Once the existential crisis was over, we boarded the coaster, and I found it to be a highly enjoyable attraction.  In fact, I loved it.

I would say it compares favorably  to Seven Dwarfs Mine train in terms of the best “junior level” Disney Roller Coaster.

The ride itself is not too intense, and the coaster flows on the tracks very smoothly.  For us, this is a must do attraction going forward.

Alien Swirling Saucers  

This was more of a meh.

I view this as a “nice to do” attraction, but not a requirement for us.  We had a Fast Pass for Alien Swirling Saucers, which saved us about an hour of wait.  That is not say this is NOT a fun attraction, it certainly is, but I do not think it is worth an hour wait.

Essentially, Alien Swirling Saucers is a re-themed and slightly updated version of Tea cups, or any attraction that generally spins.  We have all been on this kind of attraction before.  The Toy Story theme is cool and well done, but the “ride” itself is not breaking new ground.

Our Assessment

Toy Story Land is awesome.

Our advice is to use your FastPass on  Slinky Dog Dash, and if that is not available use it on Toy Story Mania.  These are both must do attractions for us.

If Alien Swirling Saucers has a 25 minute or less standby line, then go ahead and do it.  Though I would not feel disappointment if you miss it.

 

Star Wars: Galaxy’s  Edge – Assorted Information

We have some Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge updates!

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First, we now know the names of the two major attractions:

  1. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  2. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Details on these are still a bit scarce, but I think it is fair to expect that both will be the most popular attractions in Walt Disney World for quite some time after they open.

Take my money now.

Secondly, there will be a Star Wars Themed Hotel.  

{let that sink in}

The theme is that your are staying on a luxury star ship liner.  Like a cruise, except in the “space” of the Star War’s Universe.  The goal is to be a completely unique and immersive Star Wars experience.

I shall call this hotel (?): “resort ship,” because I am not sure what else to call it.

Guests staying on board the resort ship will have a special entrance to Galaxy’s edge, which is super cool.

Lastly,  the resort ship appears to have fewer than 100 cabins.  Not only will this quickly become the most expensive option at Walt Disney World, it will also likely be the hardest to get.

Take my money, again.

Minnie Van!

During our last trip we decided to give a Minnie Van a try.

Minnie Vans are a ride-share service you can book through the Lyft application on your phone.  Minnie vans are very similar to regular Lyft or UBER  rides, though with a few considerable differences.

For our first trip, we took the Minnie Van from Hollywood Studios to Wilderness Lodge.

MINNIE VAN

Here is what you should know  about the Minnie Van: 

  1.  This is a premium product, you will pay more for this than a standard cab, UBER, or Lyft.
  2. The Drivers of the Minnie Vans are Disney Cast Members, meaning they work for Disney.
  3. The vehicles are equipped with booster/car seats, which is convenient.
  4. They play theme music based on your destination.  This was super awesome, and I need my own theme music.

We really enjoyed our Minnie Van ride, despite the fact it was a bit more expensive than what we could have paid just for a cab etc.  We would definitely use a Minnie Van again.

General Matt Update

Before we get to the first installment of Matt’s Favorite Things, I would like to give an update about my general status.  As my 11 long time readers know I had surgery on my left ankle in August.

To put it mildly, my recovery has not gone well, and like most things I can only blame myself.

I am working through Physical Therapy, and hopefully my ambulatory ability will improve to better than “slow zombie” soon.  Though for now…  consider me the guy you want to be chased by a bear with…

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General Chaos Around Me at all Times

 

Matt’s Favorite Things  – Installment 1

  1. Shows about mining gold in Alaska – We are going to go on a Disney Cruise to Alaska one day, and I am going to mine some gold.
  2. Starbucks Red Cups – this is how I know it is okay to listen to Christmas Music.
  3. Elastic – I have let myself go a bit (to put it mildly) since losing the ability to walk, and I have found that elastic does not judge me.  It does not notice, nor does it care.  Elastic may be my best friend.
  4. Heated Car Seats – I do not have to explain this one.  We live in a tundra hellscape.
  5. Unsubscribing from emails lists –  I get emails every day from the same companies, some times more than once per day.  I am starting to unsubscribe.  When I need you, I will come see you… or go to your website, definitely I will just go to your website.  Hopefully, I won’t miss any sales you failed to tell me about.