For most people, photography is strictly casual, which means they’re likely shooting nearly everything on their smartphones as it happens. This is fine, of course, if the moment is something worth remembering, but you don’t necessarily foresee it becoming a future cherished memory — like the time you accidentally gave your toddler dog food instead of cereal. However, vacations (Disney trips, in particular) tend to be events we’d like to look back on fondly, so why not create some images that you can look back at, uh, fondly, even if you’re just using a smartphone.
Rad Disney Dad
The number one complaint about Disney parks I always hear from non-Disney-obsessed people is that they’re too crowded. The number of people in the parks at any given time is oppressive, and it makes enjoying yourself a near impossibility. False. But while I can’t magically erase a person’s agoraphobia (or, more specifically, enochlophobia), I can perhaps point out a few reasons that the crowds aren’t as bad as you might think.
As a family of four, we all have our own (very strong) opinions about our favorite place, so it seems only fitting that I share the spotlight a bit with the Rad Girls who make up three quarters of the Rad Fam. What follows is Rad Mom’s comprehensive guide to Walt Disney World, with some of my own clarifications sprinkled in for continuity and irreverence.
What makes a great ride? Despite the fact that we all have different favorites and different criteria for determining those favorites, I believe that there are a few overlapping characteristics that most people look for in a great ride. And I think the PeopleMover checks off all of those boxes.
As a family of four, we all have our own (very strong) opinions about our favorite place, so it seems only fitting that I share the spotlight a bit with the Rad Girls who make up three quarters of the Rad Fam. What follows is Rad Ella’s comprehensive guide to Walt Disney World, with some of my own clarifications sprinkled in for continuity and irreverence.
OK, here it is. The big one. The list that will surely ruffle some feathers, rub some people the wrong way, and other such oddly tangible idioms. For CJ’s sake I’ll go ahead and say that the opinions expressed within are solely those of Rad Disney Dad and do not reflect the opinions of the ZADD Crew — unless of course you agree with me, in which case these absolutely are the opinions of the ZADD Crew. Let’s dive in, shall we?
As a family of four, we all have our own (very strong) opinions about our favorite place, so it seems only fitting that I share the spotlight a bit with the Rad Girls who make up three quarters of the Rad Fam. What follows is Rad Hallie’s comprehensive guide to Walt Disney World, with some of my own clarifications sprinkled in for continuity and irreverence.
We can both sit here and pretend that your children are going to be absolutely perfect during your entire trip to Disney and that the likelihood of a misbehavior “incident” is small, but Rad Dad doesn’t deal in the currency of fantasy — only truth. And he also apparently refers to himself in third person…
With how often the contributors to this blog visit Disney, it is inevitable that we will sometimes have a less than stellar experience. It could be the weather, the crowds, or (however unlikely) the service, but probability dictates that we will all at some point have a negative experience befall us. But what if that negative experience somehow transforms into a beloved memory? Is that even possible?
People’s opinions on Epcot vary about as much as their opinions on politics, religion, and which Kardashian is actually the worst (does Kanye count?), so some of you might fervently agree with my picks while some of you will vehemently disagree. Let me know what you think in the comments down below. I’m also going to start incorporating alternative rides as suggestions in this episode, so let me know if you agree or disagree with my suggestions there as well.
Did you know that most people who visit the most magical theme park in the world share a number of characteristics? Someone should really categorize them and then make a list that half mocks them for the entertainment of millions — or the three of you reading my article who aren’t directly related to me in some way.
We all do it. We go on vacation and get talked into buying trinkets and baubles that have little to no relevance to the vacation, the location, or the experiences had while there. We give in to the moment and walk away with useless junk that clutters a space in our homes until it is eventually broken or thrown away. Disney is no different. They’ll happily sell you an LED glow stick that will promptly stop working the minute you get back to your resort. So, what kind of souvenirs should you buy instead?
Hollywood Studios is undergoing one of the most aggressive expansions in Disney history, which is going to have a dramatic impact on how the park is perceived, but until recently, Hollywood Studios was a half-day experience — a fun place to spend some time and ride some classics, but not necessarily worth the full-day treatment. Considering the amazing new attractions that have recently opened — as well as those coming on the distant horizon — let’s take a look at what are now undoubtedly the four most overrated attractions in the park.
For many of us Disney-obsessed adults, the constant implication that Disney is only for kids and that we’re somehow suffering through our family trips is alarmingly common. It’s almost as though people think that just because you’re a grown human person it’s somehow impossible to enjoy Disney in the same way that your children do. Let’s go ahead and squash this myth right now.
We’ve all been there, forced to travel with friends or family members whose enthusiasm for Disney is — shall we say — somewhat less than yours. How can you salvage what you consider to be the full Disney experience when you’re faced with such a suboptimal situation? I have a few ideas (and I would also like to apologize in advance to anyone named Nancy)…
If we’re being honest with ourselves, there are more than a few rides that we typically avoid when visiting the parks, and there are still more that — while considered popular by many guests — do not live up to the wait times (and/or hype) associated with them. I thought I would explore this topic in a series of Rad Rants about the most overrated attractions in Walt Disney World, starting with those in Animal Kingdom.
While we have incredibly talented photographers here on the ZADD Crew Blog who constantly amaze and inspire us with their artistic visions of Walt Disney World, it is highly unlikely that you will have such talent following you around during your days at the parks unless you are some sort of social media impresario or a wealthy, narcissistic weirdo. So how can you produce similar results even if your knowledge of photography amounts to little more than pressing the shutter button on your phone?
If you’ve been following Nicole Ellington’s blogs, you’ve probably learned about a wide variety of ways to keep your kids entertained while visiting the parks (check her work out here); however, I recently noticed a gaping hole in Nicole’s extensive body of work.
I’ve already talked about my need for speed on here, so you might imagine that waiting in line for character signatures runs contrary to the goal of maximizing time within the parks — and you’d be right. There is a wide variety of characters you can meet in the Walt Disney World parks, so how can you possibly fill your children’s autograph books with pictures and signatures and still have time to experience all the parks have to offer?
Though we are born and bred southerners, I do not consider our expectations in regards to manners and courtesy to be anything special. We feel as though manners are a matter of common sense: treat others with respect and it will be returned. Though a trip to the parks can be exciting — especially if it’s a rare occurrence — it’s important to remember that you are one family among tens of thousands of people. Here are some basic tips to help you avoid making a social faux pas that at the very least could be irritating to your fellow guests — or at the most could make everyone else in the parks want to toss you off a freeway overpass.