Who knew Terror could be so much fun

I don’t know if it’s my love of Hollywood or my love for Disney but when I took part in the Tower of Terror attraction I was taken from 2012 to 1939. I’m not sure if you know the premise behind this incredible attraction so let me fill you in. This Twilight Zone Inspired attraction feels true to life as you enter. The story goes something along the lines of 5 unfortunate souls are at the Hollywood Hotel on Halloween night in 1939, they are in the hotel elevator when a storm come through and they are never seen again…strange yes, but it makes for an incredible attraction that often has long wait times. The fastpass is a definite to insure your ticket on the mysterious elevator.
As you approach the ride you will walk through a dusty library that looks abandoned and you will be greeted by a bell hop however it is not your normal friendly greeting so prepare yourself for great acting and a feeling of terror. It’s fun but I must say every time I ride this ride I get that scary feeling in my stomach. The fun kind but definitely a sense of “Do I really want to get on this elevator”?
When the ride opens and you enter the elevator you will buckle in be ready for a ride, a fun little fact is that you never have the same sequence so you can ride time and time again and never be able to tell weather your going up or down. As the ride starts you get start in complete darkness, when the door opens you will find yourself in the the hallway which explains the unfortunate event that lost 5 souls. You will not know if your dropping to the ground or sailing  13 stories to the top of the elevator. It is really the ride of a lifetime and one that makes great memories, I would suggest not eating before you ride it. It is definitely a ride for people of all ages however it might be a little much for children under 9.
When you finish the ride and are “released” back to the real world you will go through a gift shop filled with lots of memorable trinkets  don’t forget to take a look at your picture from the ride, even if you do not purchase it, it is sure to make your day!
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Amy Blades

An Animation Experience-Art Imitating Life!

On a recent trip to Walt Disney World I did something I have never done before…I took an Art class! And I had the best teacher-a real Disney Animator! Animation Academy is one of the lesser known attractions at Hollywood Studios but it is now one of my favorites in all of the parks.

Welcome to Animation Academy

It is located in The Magic of Disney Animation building where you can watch a video about Disney animation, view animation exhibits, experience interactive animation stations, and visit with some of your favorite Disney Characters.  Classes run about 20 minutes total and begin every half hour. There is a cast member inside the building to point you to the waiting area for the class.

Once the doors open you Walk in and choose a seat. Everyone has their own work station.

Your Disney Animation instructor is a real Disney animator! They will discuss the characters they specialize in and then ask who has been to the class before. They will try to make sure you don’t draw a character you have already drawn in a previous class. They will then bring the options to a vote. Our class voted on Pluto.  The animator walks you through each tiny step of the process. I am NOT an artist and I was skeptical that I could actually draw Pluto. Even halfway through I thought “there is NO way this will look like Pluto”. But the final product speaks for itself!

We drew pluto!

Everyone has their own style but you can always tell who the character is!

If you are lucky, you may even run into the character you drew. Minutes after we walked outside from our drawing class we saw Pluto (and Goofy) right under the Sorcerer’s hat. Pluto was really excited to see our pictures!

Pluto checks it out

(Goofy though was a bit jealous…here my husband assures him that we will draw him next time!)

Goofy is jealous

Pluto approves!

I would HIGHLY recommend taking the time to do the Animators class. I went twice and got to draw Flynn from Tangled the second time .

For more tips of “other” Disney World attractions besides the great rides, or for ANY of your Disney Planning needs contact me at Aleshia@travelwiththemagic.com or 1-800-670-4312 ext 139.

See ya Real Soon!
-Aleshia Sokoloski