Park of the Week: Islands of Adventure

What are the best individual elements of each Disney Resort?

Walt Disney World: Scoping interest in views regarding individual elements of each Disney Resort, in order to spread appreciation of the smaller details each park has to offer.

From Lauren Hayhurst
Posted December 10, 2010 at 12:41 PM
And will these best bits ever unite? Will the backwards Indiana Jones ride from Disneyland Paris come to Florida?

Will they ever update Space Mountain in Florida to have a powered acceleration-start like in Paris?

And why can't every castle have a cool fire-breathing dragon in its dungeon? When will a big show like Fantasmic be transferred from Florida to Paris?

What other cool elements do you like that are only found in one Disney Resort?

From Victoria Jurkowski
Posted December 10, 2010 at 9:01 PM
Alice in wonderland, casey jr, storybook canals, and mr. toad's wild ride (not sure about international parks but i know they're in disneyland and not disney world). I LOVE the california fantasyland.

And where is this dragon?

From Jan Hayhurst
Posted December 11, 2010 at 6:57 AM
Hey Victoria! The dragon is in Dinseyland Paris. It's Malificent, the evil witch in Sleeping Beauty, when she turns into the dragon at the end of the movie. The dragon is in a dungeon under the castle at Magic Kingdom. You go down these windy steps and into a cave and the dragon is there, breathing smoke and half-sleeping, then everynow and again it opens its eyes and moves its head, and then you notice the metal chain keeping it down in the dungeon is actually broken! It's a cool little touch that not many people know about :-)

From Anthony Murphy
Posted December 11, 2010 at 1:46 PM
Disneyland Paris is amazing because of the excellent whimiscal scenery, which is left a bit out of the American Parks. The scenery is super detailed including squared trees in front of the castle.

One attraction I found myself liking more than I thought was Alice's Curious Labyrinth which is, of course, a hedge maze. It has basic dark ride animatronics that jump up and down and interacting push buttons that make noise along with a relatively challenging maze (harder than you would think) and very physical (bending down to get though small doors, etc). In the center of the Maze is the Queen of Heart's castle where you can sit in her throne. Lots of fun, but not very wheelchair accesable which could explain why it isn't here stateside. I would have liked to have seen it placed where Pooh's Playful Spot stood!

From Victoria Jurkowski
Posted December 11, 2010 at 8:18 PM
Wow Disneyland Paris sounds fantastic. It has just moved to the top of my list of parks to visit (too bad it won't happen for awhile).

From Lauren Hayhurst
Posted December 13, 2010 at 8:29 AM
Thanks Anthony, I'd forgotten about the maze, brilliant! Victoria, you should definitely go one day! Another cool thing is Le Passage Enchanté d'Aladdin where you can walk round and visit miniture scenes from the movie, it's all dark and sparkling!

From Anthony Murphy
Posted December 13, 2010 at 9:56 AM
DLP is interesting because it is basically MK with DL's attractions, but as if it was made in the 90s.

It has all of "Disney's Greatest Hits" including Its a Small World, Pirates of the Carribean, and the Tecups, but in Disneyland's style!

So, as for my "hits"

Pirates (DL)
Its a Small World (DL)
Haunted Mansion (toss up)
Tiki Room (DL)
Astro Orbitor (WDW)

From Caroline Davis
Posted December 14, 2010 at 2:55 PM
The way that Space Mountain looks on the outside in DLP is amazing. The whole of Tomorrowland there has a Jules Verne feel to it. I actually prefer the rides at DL and WDW, because the ride at DLP is too similar to the Rockin' Roller Coaster.

Are we just talking about the 'Magic Kingdom' attractions? Because if not California Screamin' has to be there.

Agree with the maze at DLP, that's brilliant.

From Amianne Moore
Posted December 17, 2010 at 4:28 PM
The Hollywood Tower of Terror in Disney's Hollywood Studios and Expedition Everest are 2 of my all time favorites at Walt Disney World. I have yet to visit any of the other Disneyland's, so I cannnot comment on them, but hope to at some point.

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