Travelling With a Large Group

I got back from my most recent Disney vacation on Friday and this was my first vacation with a large group.  All my other recent vacations had only my wife and daughter as travelers.  This trip had my wife’s entire family meeting us there for the week.  This caused our travelling party to balloon to 10 people.  Getting around Walt Disney World is much more difficult with a group of 10 than with a group of three.

To make matters if more difficult, for everyone that was joining us, it was either their first visit ever or their first visit in a really long time.  Some of these problems come from not understanding the size of Walt Disney World while others come from just general problems of travelling around with 10 people.

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Watch This Space!

Here’s what you should expect to read after I return from vacation after Thanksgiving:

  • Dining reviews of Yachtsman Steakhouse, Boatwright’s, Be Our Guest (lunch), Via Napoli,
  • Room reviews of Port Orleans Riverside and One Bedroom Villa at Bay Lake Tower
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Review
  • Ride Review of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and a First Time Experience on Space Mountain from my daughter’s perspective
  • A Full Trip Report (broken up into several posts)
  • Lots and Lots and Lots of Pictures

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  I’ll see ya real soon!

What I am Looking Forward to Next Week

Later this week, I will be heading down to Walt Disney World for a nice long eight-day vacation in the world.  My  wife and I have been planning this trip for over a year.  Today, I am posting some of the Florida/Walt Disney World related things that I am looking forward to during this vacation.

1. Warmer Weather

Those of us in the upstate NY area got to wake up to an inch of slushy/starting to melt snow.  Nothing gets me down more than snow and snow in November is not something I like seeing.  So, I decided to look at the weather for later in the week for Orlando.  Friday’s forecast: Partly Sunny and 74 degrees.  Temperatures early next week get into the mid 80’s.  I can live with one day of crappy weather knowing I’ll be in the warmth soon.

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World of Motion

World of Motion is the focus of today’s Fastpass to History.  This attraction was one of the original Future World attractions.  It had a great 13-year run before it was closed for over two years.  During this period, it was completely redesigned and turned into Test Track.

General Motors has always been the sponsor of this attraction and its flagging sales in the mid-90’s was the cause of the redesign from World of Motion to Test Track.  General Motors wanted an attraction that focus solely on cars and Disney Imagineers worked with them to design Test Track.

But that is the future, this post is about the time when Test Track was World of Motion.  This attraction was a lot like Spaceship Earth – a long duration Omnimover attraction.  From start to finish, the attraction took around 15 minutes.

The attraction started with the early history of travel starting with, of course, your feet before moving on to rafts, animal power, and the chariot.

World of Motion #1


The attraction continued into the role of Leonardo di Vinci and flight.  Then dove into the role of steam power up and down the Mississippi River before putting you in the middle of the world’s first “traffic jam.”  The attraction closed with the future of travel and transformed your Omnimover into a simulated car of tomorrow as you entered the CenterCore (city of the future).

World of Motion #2

The car, to me, looks like a larger version of the Tron Cycles.

Tron Cycle

That is today’s Fastpass to History look at World of Motion.  Do any of our readers remember going on this original EPCOT Center attraction.

Thanks for reading!


Last Minute Planning Tips


Dad For Disney has reached single digits until his upcoming trip to Walt Disney World.  Reaching single digits means the vacation is now close enough to start doing some serious trip planning and not of the Fastpass+ and ADR variety.  Some actual, “THIS TRIP IS REALLY HAPPENING!” type of planning.  Today, I’m going to  go some of the things on my “last-minute checklist” to make sure that everything is good to go when that departure day actually comes.

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