walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

November 2014 WDW Trip Report: Ride photos, Seven Dwarfs, JetBlue's Fly-Fi

Disney is now using the RFID info it gets from you band to auto-magically connect your ride photo to your account. It appears to work well. If you don't have a band and account, you can still tap your ticket card to be able to retrieve the photos later.

If you are traveling with a large group, and set up friends etc. correctly, you'll be able to collect everyone in the group in one MemoryMaker. This probably makes the MemoryMaker price make sense. There were a couple mystery photos, however, I think that is because A. tapped her band to a couple of random photo selections along the way. If you have a photographer take pictures of you and connected that to your band, they'll show up as well, however, the Belle story telling attraction is still only on the card so you do have to hang onto that. For now.

I finally rode Seven Dwarfs! Best family coaster ever. The seats feel a little small, but not in that horrible my knees are jammed sort of way. The lap bars are individual, so if a parent with a belly can ride next to a small child and no one is unsafe or miserable. It is SMOOTH! There's this great sort of swing on the curves, but mostly just no jarring bumping rattling. My daughter complained about the lack of bumping because that sort of means coaster to her. But I _loved_ the smoothness. [ETA: But the lines are nuts. If you can't get a FastPass, just ride it another year.]

The first and last thirds of the ride are runaway train type action. The middle third is a dark ride with dwarfs singing Hi Ho Hi Ho It's Home from Work We Go and a bunch of diamonds and time punch cards and so forth. Pretty. The sequencing works well. As with almost all of the newer dark rides, there isn't really a lot of small detail -- you really can grasp virtually every visual element the first or maybe second time through. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I miss the surprises of the nth time through a ride ("That woman has a baby in a baby carrier on her back!" on Peter Pan, type of thing). On the other hand, this is a much better fit for the medium.

JetBlue's Fly-Fi is wireless on a plane. Cool! Not much more to say about it than that. It is there. You can use it during the main part of the flight. It seems to mostly work. I didn't use it much because I get motion sick on everything if I try to read for more than a few seconds at a time.
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