Our visit to Disney!

Trip Start Sep 20, 2007
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Trip End May 16, 2008


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Saturday, January 12, 2008

This is a little late in being posted, but here it is anyway...out of sequence. We went to Epcot on December 20, Disney-MGM on the 21st and the kids went to The Magic Kingdom on the 22nd while I moved the trailer to the campground from the Resort.
 
Our day at Epcot started off with some rides. We commence with Spaceship Earth...a ride within the Epcot "ball". We went up and around viewing the various displays. Once we were done we were amazed at the amount of stuff we had seen inside. The next stop was the Universe of Energy. A ride back in time to the age of the Dinosaur and the making of one of our energy sources, then flying forward to the modern era of solar and wind generating power. We then visited Mission: SPACE, where we chose to join the Orange Team for some intense training for a mission to Mars. Our team, flying our rocket ship to the red planet.
 
Back on earth we end up at the Test Track. Replacing some Crash Test Dummies we test out some new GM models to ensure the vehicles are road worth for the general public. Driving down some of the worse roads imaginable, that is, until I remember the roads I've been down during my travels. Avoidance manoeuvres...high speed banking and crash barrier testing. The vehicles barely passed but we survived to drive around the real world.
 
We calm things down with a ride under the Sea with Nemo and Friends. Aboard the "clamobile" we join Nemo, Dori and Crush for a visit to the world of the ocean. We walk over to The Land to get "fastpass" tickets to Soarin', a hang gliding experience. The line ups are quite long and with the fastpass ticket we can get through quicker at a specified time.
 
With time to kill we head to the World Showcase. In my other blogs I've talked about my visit there on New Year's Eve. Certain Pavillions have cultural shows to showcase their country. We make a stop in Mexico for a Grand Fiesta cruise with the three caballeros...Donald Duck, Panchito and Josť Carioca. Outside the China Pavillion we stop and watch the Dragon Legend Acrobats in mind boggling feats of body twisting movements. In Italy we see a hilarious   adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet using members of the crowd.
 
We stop for something to eat at the American Adventure. Our final stop of the day is at the French Pavilion. There we watch a 20 minute movie showcasing the French Countryside. Having been to France as a teenager this reminds me of my desire to return to Europe and visit so many other places there. We grab some patisserie in one of the French establishments. Katrine, who hasn't been feeling well most of the day, is looking progressively worse. We decide that maybe it is time to leave even though we haven't done the Soarin' ride, seen the remaining Pavilions, and were hoping to stick around for the IllumiNations light display.
 
Day 2 at Disney was at Disney-MGM. There were a lot more people at Disney at the end of the week then there were at Universal at the beginning of the week. Quite early the park was packed like sardines. We start off on Hollywood Boulevard and the Great Movie Ride...where we travelled through classic film scenes and Hollywood moments. Next up was Sounds Dangerous with a wacky audio show in complete darkness. With the number of people in the park we knew early that we wouldn't be able to see everything we wanted. Decisions had to be made. We grab some Fastpasses for the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, planning on coming back later after we wait in line and see some other attraction. We get into the Star Tours attraction within a reasonable time for a thrilling Stars Wars flight simulator ride.
 
We stop and eat the sandwiches we had made then go see the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure. After having been watered down by the sneeze of a giant dog we fight the crowds to get to the Disney-MGM Backlot Tour. That finished we find out that we won't be able to make it to the Indiana Jones attraction for the allotted time of our Fastpass tickets. The Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show is about to start soon anyways so we follow the mass of people to the grandstands for that. Check out the video for this amazing stunt show.
 
There were 2 rides left at the far end of the park that we hadn't been to yet. From the line-ups we knew we would have to chose one or the other. The choices were the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. We walk to the Rollercoaster and after talking it over decide we've done quite a few rollercoaster's this week and we can hear the screams of the people on the Tower of Terror. We get in line there for what must have been at least an hour of zigzagging towards the front of the line. Finally inside the "Hotel" lobby we strap ourselves in for the elevator ride from hell. Up and down and back numerous times with stops where you could see outside, then back in the dark. Now you understood why you could hear all the screams when you were in the park. We stop at the end of the ride and everyone is excited from this amazing ride. The ride attendant directs everyone towards the exit but stops us. Asks us what we thought of the ride and if we want to go again. He brings us to a regular elevator and down to the line-up where we jump the queue to be first in line for another ride on the elevator from hell.
 
It's almost time for the first Fantasmic light show. We decide to watch this show instead of the later one then grab a bite to eat outside the park. See the video of the beginning of this show. We had seen the Fantasmic show in Disneyland a few years ago and I thought that one was better. Maybe we just had better seats, but the experience was different.
 
We stop at Chili's for a late night supper. Then head back to the Resort to finish packing as checkout is early and we have to get all our stuff into the trailer so that I can move it to the campground.
 
Saturday the 22nd. The kids want to go to the Magic Kingdom. The resort room empty and the trailer all packed up I drop them off at the Magic Kingdom gate. It wasn't very warm in the morning but the forecast said it would. I told the kids to text message me at 2 to let me know how they were doing and if they were planning on staying late I would come and join them. I get a message to pick them up at 3. The weather never did warm up so they were cold. There were also a lot of people. The rides are mostly for the younger kids. We get back to the campground and play some cards.
 
So that was our three days at Disney. With the exception of the Tower of Terror and the Stunt Show we found Universal a better park for an older crowd. The volume of people at Disney also impacted our perception of the fun factor. Maybe going back to Disney when there are less people might change our view but we thought Universal was the better park.
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