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Can You Take a Cooler Into Disney World and Have a Picnic?

Can You Take a Cooler Into Disney World and Have a Picnic?

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How to Prepare for Walking at Disney World

How to Prepare for Walking at Disney World

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What is the Shortest Ride in Disney World?

What is the Shortest Ride in Disney World?

Being a fan of Disney World trivia, I was curious what the shortest rides at Disney World.

So I did a little research, found some great photos, threw in my two cents, and voila — this post was born!

All ride length times are from WDW Info.

 

Disney’s World Shortest Ride

The Barnstormer
1 minute 3 seconds

Barmstormer ride at Disney Worl
Photo courtesy of Brett at Disney Photo Snapper

I haven’t ridden on The Barnstormer since it was called “Goofy’s Barnstormer” and located in Mickey’s Toontown Fair, which is now long gone.

The Barnstormer (now located in the Storyland Circus area ofFantasyland) is supposed to be an easy way to introduce toddlers and preschoolers to roller coasters.

It does that well, but that’s about the only thing it’s good for. At barely a minute long, it’s ridiculously short, especially considering that almost half the ride is just getting you up to the top of the hill so the ride can begin.

Still, my oldest daughter loved it when she was four years old, so I have no hatred for the ride. I just have no plans to ride it again — until I have grandchildren to ride it with.

 

Disney World’s Second Shortest Ride

Rock n Roller Coaster
1 minute 22 seconds

Rock n Roller Coaster ride at Disney World
Photo courtesy of Judd at WDWOW

I was a little surprised that Rock n Roller Coaster (located in Hollywood Studios) was this short. I think it’s because it, um, wastes no time getting going (to put it mildly).

This is definitely one of my favorite rides in Disney World. You can learn more about the ride and why they chose Aerosmith (and what band they really wanted) by reading my Rock n Roller Coaster post).

Disney World’s Third Shortest Ride(s)

There are 6 rides that all clock in at 1 minute and 30 seconds, making them tied for the third shortest ride. They’re also very similar to each other.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Dumbo ride at Walt Disney World
Photo courtesy of Brett at Disney Photo Snapper

Astro Orbiter

Astro Orbiter ride at Disney World
Photo courtesy of Judd at WDWOW

The Astro Orbiter, located in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland, is the Dumbo concept, but up higher and with a rocket theme. It has a nice view of the park, especially at night).

Note: This is a ride that can be challenging (although not impossible) for “Pooh-sized” guests to get in and out of. If that’s you, consider riding it alone (or at least with someone much smaller than you).

 

Magic Carpets of Aladdin

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, located in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland, is the Dumbo concept, but on flying carpets (and with Dole Whip very nearby).

My kids actually liked this ride quite a bit, because you can try to dodge water that the camels are spitting at you.

Some parents love this ride as an alternative for Dumbo with a much shorter line.

 

Triceratop Spin

Triceratop Spin ride at Disney World
Photo courtesy of Brett at Disney Photo Snapper

I kinda hate DinoLand USA, where Triceratop Spin is located in Animal Kingdom. It looks very unimaginative and un-Disney-like. (I do really like the ride Dinosaur, though, which is over to the side of all that garishness.)

Anyway, what can I say about Triceratop Spin? It’s Dumbo, but with dinosaurs, and it looks like your basic carny ride.

 

Mad Tea Party

Mad Tea Party ride at Disney World
Photo courtesy of Judd at WDWOW

Ever since I was a kid I loved rides like the Tilt-a-Whirl, where you spin like crazy. So even though the Mad Tea Party (or “teacups,” as my family always called them), is nothing special, I’m a little partial to it.

 

Alien Swirling Saucers

Alien Swirling Saucers at Toy Story Land in Disneys Hollywood Studios
Photo courtesy of Brett at Disney Photo Snapper

Alien Swirling Saucers, located in Hollywood Studio’s Toy Story Land, is kind of a milder version of Mad Tea Party. I’ve never ridden it, but I’ve heard it described as “more of a whip than a spin,” so maybe the takeaway is that it’s okay to ride if you get motion sick, but something to avoid if you have a bad back.

Either which way, it doesn’t look like the most exciting ride in the world, but I’m sure it’s fun for little ones who love Toy Story.

 

What are the Longest Rides & Attractions in Disney World?

What are the Longest Rides & Attractions in Disney World?

If you’re a fan of Disney World trivia like I am, you might be curious what the longest ride in all of Disney World is. After reading this post, you’ll know both the longest ride and the longest attraction, as well as a few runners-up. […]

When Will ‘Ohana Reopen in 2021? (And why is the Polynesian closed?)

When Will ‘Ohana Reopen in 2021? (And why is the Polynesian closed?)

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How to Make a DIY Unicorn Dream Catcher

How to Make a DIY Unicorn Dream Catcher

This cute DIY unicorn dream catcher is a great decoration for a unicorn-themed party or simply to hang in a girl’s bedroom.

One of the things I like about this craft is that it was very inexpensive, and you probably have most of these things around your house.

My daughter has a huge box of yarn in her closet, and for the cardboard we just cut up a box from a recent Amazon purchase. So we didn’t have to go shopping for any special materials.

We made our dream catcher with pinks, purple, and white, with a yellow horn. But obviously you can choose whichever colors you like. Using a multi-colored pastel yarn to wrap around the hoop would create a nice effect.

 

Dream Catcher Craft Supplies

  • Cardboard (we cut up an Amazon box from a recent delievery)
  • Black Sharpie marker
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Acrylic paint (white & pink)
  • Yarn (white, yellow, purple, dark pink, & light pink)
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Glitter (optional)

 

Supplies for unicorn dream catcher

 

Unicorn Dream Catcher Instructions

  1. Trace around a bowl with a sharpie marker onto a piece of cardboard twice, so you have 2 circles.

    Trace a bowl against cardboard

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  3. Inside each circle, draw an inner circle, making them concentric. (We just drew ours freehand. If you want to be more precise, you could measure an inch inside at four different spots in the circle and mark them with dots first.)

    Drawing smaller circle within circle

  4.  

    Sharpie and 2 concentric circles on cardboard

     

  5. Cut out the inside circle so you have a hoop.

    Cutting out center of circles to make hoop

  6.  

  7. Hot glue the two hoops together to make it one thicker hoop.

    Glue gun 2 cardboard circles together

  8.  

  9. Hot glue a piece of light pink yarn to the hoop …

    Glue pink yarn on cardboard circles

  10.  

  11. … and wrap the pink yarn all the way around it.

    Wrapping light pink yarn around hoop

  12.  

    Hoop wrapped in pink yarn

     

  13. Cut six 24-inch pieces of dark pink yarn.

    Dark Pink thread measured 24 inches

     

  14. Then do the same thing with the purple, white, and light pink yarn.

    4 groups of yarn for the slipknots

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  16. Create a slip knot around the hoop with the dark pink threads.

    Tie dark pink slipknot around hoop

  17.  

  18. Then do the same with the white, purple, and light pink threads.

    4 colors of tails for dream catcher

  19.  

  20. cut 12-inch pieces of various colors of yarn. Here you can be creative, both in how many colors you want to use and how many pieces of yarn you want to cut.

    Measuring purple yarn with a ruler

     

    4 colors of yarn cut

  21.  

  22. Glue each of the 12-inch pieces of yarn going across the hoop in various directions. This is “the catchy stuff for catching your dreams,” as my 3 year old next door neighbor described it.

    Putting on the catchy stuff

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  24. Now return to your cardboard and Sharpie marker. Draw a triangle for the unicorn horn and two semi-ovals for the ears, and cut them out.

    Cutting out unicorn horn and ears

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  26. Hot glue a piece of yellow string to the cardboard horn …

    Glue yellow yarn to unicorn horn

     

  27. … and wrap the entire horn in yellow string.

    Yellow string wrapped around unicorn horn

  28.  

  29. Paint the ears white …

    Painting unicorn ear white

     

    Unicorn ears painted white

  30.  

  31. … and when the white paint dries, paint a smaller portion of the ears pink.

    Painting part of unicorn ear pink

  32.  

  33. Glue the horn and ears onto the top of the pink circle.

    Gluing horns and ears onto circle

  34. If you want, add glitter!

    Adding glitter to dream catcher

  35.  

    Video — How to Draw a Unicorn Dream Catcher

    Want to make a pretty drawing of a unicorn dream catcher? Then check out the instructions in this video.


     

     

    DIY Unicorn Dream Catcher 2

    Unicorn Dream Catcher Craft

    Prep Time: 4 minutes
    Active Time: 45 minutes
    Total Time: 49 minutes

    Materials

    • Cardboard
    • Acrylic paint (white & pink)
    • Yarn (white, purple, yellow, dark pink, light pink)
    • Glitter (optional)

    Tools

    • Scissors
    • Sharpie Marker
    • Ruler
    • Glue gun & glue sticks
    • Paintbrush

    Instructions

    1. Trace around a bowl with a sharpie marker onto a piece of cardboard twice, so you have 2 circles.
    2. Inside each circle, draw an inner circle, making them concentric.
    3. Cut out the inside circle so you have a hoop.
    4. Hot glue the two hoops together to make it one thicker hoop.
    5. Hot glue a piece of light pink yarn to the hoop and and wrap it all the way around until the yarn completely covers the hoop.
    6. Cut six 24-inch pieces each of dark pink, light pink, purple, and white yarn.
    7. Using one color at a time, take all six pieces of yarn and create a slip knot at the bottom of the hoop.
    8. Cut several 12-inch pieces of yarn and glue them in criss-cross patterns across the hoop.
    9. Use a Sharpie marker to draw and cut a cardboard unicorn horn and two ears.
    10. Hot glue a piece of yellow string to the horn and wrap the string all the way around it.
    11. Paint the ears white and pink.
    12. Glue the ears and horn to the top of the hoop.
    13. Add glitter if desired.

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    How to Make a Unicorn Dream Catcher

Disney Trading Pins: Tips, Secrets, Scrappers, & Fakes

Disney Trading Pins: Tips, Secrets, Scrappers, & Fakes

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Unicorn Toys and Gifts for Girls: From  Toddlers Through Teenage

Unicorn Toys and Gifts for Girls: From Toddlers Through Teenage

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Easy Edible Playdough Recipe for Toddlers (with Nutella!)

Easy Edible Playdough Recipe for Toddlers (with Nutella!)

What’s even more fun than a hands-on craft with lots of sensory appeal for toddlers and preschoolers?

One that you can eat when you’re finished!

This homemade Nutella playdough has only 2 ingredients and is completely non-toxic and 100% edible. And if you’re a fan of Nutella, then you already know it’s sweet an delicious!

We used dinosaur cookie cutter, candy eyes, and sprinkles to cute little brown dinosaurs, but of course you can make whatever shapes you like with this dough … or just have fun squishing and molding it.

 

Edible Playdough Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Nutella Hazelnut Spread
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • Mixing bowl
  • Silicone spatula
  • Wax paper (or other non-stick surface material for play)
  • Optional: cookie cutters and sprinkles

Ingredients for Nutella playdough

 

How to Make the Playdough

  1. Measure 1/2 cup of Nutella Hazelnut Spread and put it in a mixing bowl.

    Nutella for edible playdough

     

    Nutella in mixing bowl

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  3. Add half of the powdered sugar to the bowl, and mix well with a silicone spatula.

    Adding powdered sugar to Nutella

     

    Stirring in powdered sugar

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  5. Begin kneading the dough with your hands to incorporate the sugar fully into the dough. (The dough will still be sticky at this point.)

    Kneading edible playdough with hands

  6.  

  7. Add the remaining powdered sugar, and knead continuously until all the sugar is incorporated, and the dough is smooth and pliable, without being sticky.

    Edible playdough after kneading

  8.  

  9. Break your dough into sections and push your favorite animal cookie cutters into it.

    Pressing down cookie cutter into dough

  10.  

  11. Gently add candy eyes.

    Candy eyes on playdough shape

  12.  

  13. Add candy sprinkles or whatever other edible decorations

    Dinosaur made with edible playdough

     

    Dinosaur made with Nutella playdough

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  15. When you’re ready, eat your creations! This playdough is, of course, non-toxic, 100% edible, and super tasty.

 

How to Store Homemade Playdough

This Nutella playdough can be stored for up to a week in the refrigerator, either in a ziploc bag or sealed plastic container. When you’re ready to play with it, set it out until it’s room temperature, and then have at it.

Dinosaur made with Nutella playdough

Homemade Nutella Playdough Recipe

Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Instructions

  1. Put the Nutella in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add half of the powdered sugar to the bowl, and mix well with a silicone spatula.
  3. Begin kneading the dough with your hands to incorporate the sugar fully into the dough. (The dough will still be sticky at this point.)
  4. Add the remaining powdered sugar, and knead continuously until all the sugar is incorporated, and the dough is smooth and pliable, without being sticky.
  5. Have fun with your dough! Squish it, shape it with cookie cutters, add sprinkles to it -- and don't forget to eat it!

Notes

If the dough becomes too greasy or sticky after playing with it for a while, just sprinkle some additional powdered sugar on it and knead it again.

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More Homemade Fun for Kids

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Are Umbrellas Allowed at Disney World? (and the Best Compact Travel Umbrellas)

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I was doing some online shopping for a new umbrella to keep in my car, because mine somehow disappeared recently. (I think it has something to do with one of my kids.) As I was looking for an umbrella, it got me wondering if using […]