Florida’s Next Theme Park Might Be A….Snow Park?!?!?!

When you think of Florida as a tourist destination, you imagine a lot of things – sunshine, beaches, the theme parks of the Orlando area, the history of St. Augustine, the laid back feelings of Key West, etc. But there’s one thing most people don’t think about.

Snow.

But thanks to some innovative people, that might be about to change.

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WDW’s Space Mountain: The Tricky Way They Increased Capacity But Maintained Safety

As any Disney fan who’s been to Walt Disney World in the past decade or so, WDW is crowded almost 100% of the time. The larger the crowds, the longer the waits, especially if you don’t have a Fast Pass for a certain attraction.

One way that Disney helps to make the queues shorter is to increase ride capacity; whereas an attraction may be able to run XX number of cars at any given time, they may only run YY number of cars during slower times (this decreases wear and tear on the ride vehicles and saves Disney having to pay for more Cast Members [Disneyspeak for employees], but will increase it to XX number of cars when things are busier.

Depending on the type of attraction, that “XX” number may still be pretty low, so they figure out how to increase its capacity in other ways. Dumbo The Flying Elephant is a perfect example of this – this attraction originally opened with 10 ride vehicles when the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971. It was updated in 1983 and then had 16 ride vehicles, but that still wasn’t enough for the massive lines the ride would get, so in 2012 they built a second Dumbo ride (after moving the original to another area of the park so there would be enough room), which doubled the ride’s capacity.

(Above: 1971 & 1983 versions, artist rendering of 2012 version)

But then you have an attraction like Space Mountain, where the way to maintain a decent capacity becomes a little trickier…

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I Still Want This Credit Card, How Much 1 Year On Disney Cruise Would Cost, Why Points/Miles Fans Buy Gift Cards, & More!

Happy Saturday friends, and hooray, it’s finally the weekend! Here’s a recap of what’s gone on at YMMV this week. From what we’ve written to what others wrote that we really liked and wanted to share, it’s all here, in one convenient place!

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Hundreds of Thousands Face Passport Revocation, Non-Star Wars Fan Opinion of Star Wars Land, TSA Line Slowdown & More!

Happy Saturday friends, and hooray, it’s finally the weekend! Here’s a recap of what’s gone on at YMMV this week. From what we’ve written to what others wrote that we really liked and wanted to share, it’s all here, in one convenient place!

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I’m Not A Star Wars Fan. Here’s What I Thought Of Disney’s Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge (No Spoilers!)

My name is Sharon and I’m not a Star Wars fan. There, I said it.

I went with my dad to see the very first SW movie when it was released and as we exited the theater when it was over, I distinctly remember telling him that I thought the movie was, “too intense for kids.”

Thus was the beginning of 40+ years of non-fandom.

That being said, I’ve SEEN all the movies, some of them more than once. But I was never one to say I loved or even liked most, if any of them; just that my friends (or later on, my husband and friends) were going and so I’d go too, just because. But I never really enjoyed them.

So when Disney announced in 2015 they were building virtually identical Star Wars-themed lands in Disneyland and Walt Disney World, my response was, “Meh.”

However, I’m married to a Star Wars geek and I knew that once the land opened at WDW, there was going to be some “Star Wars land” in my future. So we made a plan, at my suggestion, to go on the Sunday after it opened – they would have an early opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the park where Galaxy’s Edge is located, for guests staying on-site, so Joe got us a hotel room. And away we went, to a galaxy far, far away.

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