Hi travel friends! Here are our most popular posts for September 2019. Some of them were actually written before September (heads up that rules and offers change and we can’t guarantee that those older posts are still accurate), so take a look to make sure you didn’t miss any of the good stuff:
The FAA announced last week that it plans to conduct evacuation testing this November, to decide if passengers are able to evacuate planes in a safe and timely manner during an emergency.
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…
We all know the drill…before the plane takes off, the flight attendants have to tell us what we need to do regarding cabin safety in the event of an emergency. We’re all supposed to watch the demonstration so we know where the exits are, how to use the seat belt, oxygen mask and life vests, to not smoke or mess with the smoke detectors on the plane, etc. Most of us watch the demonstration every single time because we know how important it is. And we’ve all seen those who foolishly (and rudely) pay no attention whatsoever, mostly because they’re repetitive and sometimes kind of boring. But what if the safety demonstrations were like any of these?
Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.