Guest blog by Ciara Halloran – Comparing Disney Water Rides

Today, my 13 year old daughter, Ciara, is my guest blogger.
Ciara compares the following "boat" Walt Disney Water Rides:
It's a Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean , Gran Fiesta Tour 
Starring The Three Caballeros, and Maelstrom.  
She also enticed her 7 year old sister, Ceili, to do a video review.
Enjoy - and - thanks Ciara!
It's a Small World is a Disney classic that is loved by many. According to Wikipedia, the 

ride features over 300 brightly costumed audio-animatronic dolls in the style of children 

of the world, frolicking in a spirit of international unity, and singing the attraction's title 

song, which has a theme of global peace.
With that said, It's a Small World was intended to give every rider a clear understanding 

for the theme (as stated above the theme of the attraction and song is global peace). 

However, my family and I have ridden It's a Small World countless times and always 

leave with the same thoughts and memories of the ride. What are those thoughts? Well, 

the song - "It's a small world after all, it's a small world after all, it's a small world after all, 

it's a small small world". The song is a catchy yet very irritating song. Even though this 

is true, the catchiness of the song is very contagious. All day the song will be stuck in 

your head, and you will want to ride it all over again.
It's a Small World has just had new renovations done as well. I have to say that my 

family and I were not impressed with them. The renovations did enhance the intended 

theme, however defeated what we think was the most important part. The song. These 

renovations changed the language or the tune of the song with every room you moved 

through. It made the song less catchy, and let's just say we only went on that ride once 

while there.
Pirates of the Caribbean is another well known ride at The Walt Disney World Resort. A  

ride for fans of the movies and for adventure seekers. I myself am not a fan of this ride, 

however, my 7 year old sister loves it. The reason I'm not so keen to ride it every time, 

is honestly I find the robots pretty creepy. This ride is filled with robots dressed as pirates 

that look like the characters in the movie. They creep me out because they are very 

realistic looking, and I'm not sure why, but I've just never been too fond of robots, especially 

those that look like real people. On the other hand, my 7 year is sister is not frightened 

by the robots at all, and is rather is a huge fan of the ride. Whenever we go, Ceili (my 

sister) insists on riding at least 5 times. This trip I believe we rode it 9 times in total! 

We aren't quite sure why she loves it so much because she has only ever seen one of 

the movies when she was really little. When I asked her why she loves it so much her 

answer was simply just "the pirates".
The Gran Fiesta Tour (Starring The Three Caballeros) is a lesser known attraction, 

however is one of my family's favourites. This attraction is in Walt Disney World's 

EPCOT theme park. It is located in the World Showcase's Mexico pavilion. Once you 

board the slow moving boat (like in Pirates of the Caribbean, It's a Small World, and 

Maelstrom) the ride takes you through the Mexican pavilion, and at one point goes right 

by the restaurant. This ride shows each rider the adventure of The Three Caballeros 

(Donald Duck and 2 friends) which makes it very enjoyable for younger riders. My family 

highly recommends this ride.
The last ride I am going to review is Maelstrom. This attraction is also located in 

EPCOT's World Showcase, however is in the Norway pavilion. This ride is full of 

information on the culture and everyday life of the average Norwegian, however is very 

confusing for younger riders. When I asked Ceili for her opinion on the ride she said "It's

really boring, and I didn't understand it at all". With that said, my parents understood 

the ride, however Ceili was right. It is not the most exciting ride, and we were fine with

only riding it once. Overall, I would only recommend this ride to people that are really

interested in the culture of Norway. I would not recommend this to families with very

little children because as mentioned in the interview with Ceili, the ride does have a very 

slight drop backwards, and the ride is filled with trolls (which scared my sister).
Let me know if you have any questions - and - watch the video interview with my sister.
Thanks, Ciara!
Contact me to book your next Disney holiday. (Ciara will help me advise you about things that will interest your teen.)
Sheila Gallant-Halloran
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