Disney is in a league of its own. They do it end-to-end with hotels, transportation, parks, everything. Basically, it all comes down to the characters. Disney has a depth of popular characters which none of the other guys can rival. Of course, MK is also targeted towards younger children. The rides tend to be less about the thrill and more about characters and stories. There are too many rides to describe and really most of the park is exactly as it has been for many years. Tiki Room, Thunder Mountain, Splash Waterfalls, Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan, Space Mountain, etc. With the mad rush we experienced at MK, the saving grace was the speed pass system they've implemented. Nothing new here, but you scan your park tickets at various distribution points and you get a pass to visit that particular attraction at some designated time in the future. Times ranged from 30 minutes out to 6 hours out. Once you return in your assigned time zone, the estimated wait time is 15 minutes at most. The only catch is, you can only collect one speed pass every 2 hours. The system works out pretty well - you get a speed pass, visit a couple of other attractions, collect your next speed pass, and then finally redeem your previous one. Although most of the park hasn't changed, there are a couple of attractions which were really "new", and I'll quickly mention those.
Under the Sea (Little Mermaid) - This is a new ride in the new fantasy land area. It's not too different from all of the other fantasy land rides. Standard slow ride that's about the movie plot. You can tell it's new because the animatronics are amazing. Ariel's movements are so smooth and natural looking. That was pretty cool. It also looks like they're building a bunch of more rides in this new fantasy land area, which I'm sure will be nice additions.
Belle - This is actually not a ride, but an interactive story telling experience. The kids had a lot of fun on this one. Basically, in groups of like 40 you go into a "set" and meet Belle. All kids can volunteer to play a role in the story and then act it out with a "real" Belle. It was a good idea and nice experience for the kids.
Monsters Inc - This is a live comedy show which I thought was really entertaining. Of course it's all geared to the kids, but it was impressive because what you see is a series of Monsters on a screen, but it's not a pre-recorded show. So clearly, there's a comedian behind the scenes that is able to see and hear the audience. He does a highly interactive show with all sorts of volunteers and what not, but what you see on the screen is an animated monster speaking and so forth. It was really nice.
Toy Story - This is a not a new ride, but a quick mention that it's similar to the MIB experience at Universal. It's a laser-tag like show where you shoot the bad guys and get individual points. It's a fun competitively interactive game/ride.
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