2011: Star Tours – The Adventure Continues (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)
Editor’s Note: And so, here we are – to close out the series, we’re adding an “extra” article in our forty-part blog series in celebration of a 2011 addition to the Vacation Kingdom. Please welcome to The Window Seat Wes Holloman, Walt Disney World Moms Panel Guest Author. Happy 40th Anniversary, Walt Disney World!
In 2011, the re-vamped Star Tours – The Adventure Continues opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This is just one of the many 3D attractions at Walt Disney World theme parks. Check out the some other 3D attractions you’ll have to visit during your Walt Disney World Resort vacation.
Ever wish you could fly on a magic carpet, become prey to some of the coolest bugs around, dance your way to save the world, or fly a special mission to attack and destroy the Death Star? There is such a place where YOU and your family can experience this AND MORE!
Walt Disney World Resort has six innovative and imaginative 3D attractions to WOW the young and young-at-heart, truly pulling you into the storyline! Some attractions go beyond the world of 3D to 4D, where you will “feel” the experience from the storyline adding to the fun!
I have five kids ranging in age from 11 to a one-year-old, and I LOVE experiencing the magic of Disney through their eyes. We have ranked some of our favorite 3D attractions for you. (Disney Tip: these attractions are a great place to beat the heat and rest your feet, so guests of all ages enjoy them).
6. Captain EO (Epcot) – This is a nostalgic 3D attraction where Captain EO, played by Michael Jackson, and his ragtag crew are sent on a mission to save the world from the evil Supreme Leader. I love the creative storyline, the special 4D “surprises” awaiting you and of course the dancing! Please be advised that there are some pretty scary moments for younger guests.
5. It’s Tough To Be A Bug (Disney’s Animal Kingdom) – This attraction stars Flik and his insect friends who teach humans that bugs are friends, not pests. This attraction combines some innovative animatronics, incredible special effects, great use of humor for all ages and some “pesky” 4D surprises! If your kids do not like bugs or sudden loud noises, they could get scared. (Disney tip: sit kids who might be afraid in your lap. You will “protect” them from some 4D experiences.)
4. Muppet*Vision 3-D (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) – Muppet fans will LOVE this funny and inventive attraction! Walk into the famous Muppet Theater and experience a behind-the-scenes tour of the crazy Muppet labs! There are so many funny gags – some in 4D, great songs and awesome 3D effects. Nothing in this attraction is scary for my kids, so just sit back, relax and enjoy the show!
3. Star Tours – The Adventure Continues – (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) This newly updated galactic adventure 3D simulator attraction takes you all over the galaxy, from Tatooine to the Death Star. The best part is there are more than 40 different ride combinations, letting YOU experience a new ride every time. My older kids LOVE this must-see attraction! (Disney Tip: you must be 40 inches or taller to ride this attraction, and it’s always best to check height requirements beforehand.
2. Mickey’s PhilharMagic (Magic Kingdom) – Mickey Mouse and the gang take you on a symphony masterpiece as you help Donald Duck find Mickey’s Sorcerer Hat as it flies through some of the most beloved Disney classics including Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and more! From the songs to the 4D surprises, your family will enjoy every minute of this attraction!
1. Toy Story Mania (Hollywood Studios) – This is hands down my family’s favorite attraction at Walt Disney World! Enter a world of toys and fun as you become part of this 3D attraction. Shoot plates, balloons, barn animals and more in a carnival-themed extravaganza! (Disney Tip: the line for Toy Story Mania can be very long. Take advantage of Disney’s complimentary FASTPASS Service. Get your FASTPASS upon entering the park to ensure a ride on this Magical experience.)
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