AMA Insider Spring 2018 / Over 55 - Page 38

New and Now the latest park offerings are really out of this world Get the Look Dress the part at the park guardians of the galaxy: Mission breakout Disneyland At Disney California Adventure park, an animatronic Rocket leads you on a mission to save star-lord, Drax, Gamora and Groot, who’ve been trapped by the Collector. You’ll board a gantry lift up a tower and experience randomized scenes featuring the characters. Whether you’ve seen the films or not, this drop ride’s thrill factor is through the roof—literally! electric Mickey bubble blowers provide endless entertainment, especially in lineups Mouse ears range from classic black to glowing star Wars versions comfy kicks are key to having a magical day …or go full princess At Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (both resorts), kids are made over as princesses and knights. packages range from $64.95 usD—for hair, makeup, nails and a sash—to $199.95 usD for full styling with a costume. pre-book through your AMA travel special- ist to avoid any royal disappointments. How to Beat the Lines Ways to minimize wait times to maximize thrills 38 Spring 2018 AMA inSider 1 pandora: The World of Avatar Walt Disney World spanning five hectares, this land within Disney’s Animal Kingdom recreates Avatar’s moon-planet of pandora. Disney Imagineers captured its elements, from floating mountains to bioluminescent flora. (Be sure to visit the park by day and at night to see its transformation.) pandora features two attractions: na’vi River Journey, a dark ride through a glowing nighttime jungle, and Avatar flight of passage, an exhilarating 3D flight on a winged banshee that’s so realistic, it even breathes. 2 3 4 ride early or ride late stay on-site Fastpass it get the app Staying at a Disney hotel means you can partake in Extra Magic Hours, when the parks are open only to hotel guests. Get a FastPass for the rides you want to do most. They allow you to skip much of the line at an appointed hour. Download the Disneyland or Walt Disney World app to check wait times and plan your ride strategy accordingly. Parks open as early as 8 a.m. and close as late as midnight. Fringe hours are far less busy than midday. suDOCK/DIsnEY; character tees span the Disney universe from Goofy to Groot