Disney World Day 6

Trip Start Mar 25, 2013
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Trip End Apr 21, 2013

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Disney World Day 6
Magic Hours Animal Kingdom 7am
Meet the Disney Princesses at Town Square Theater 8am
Toy Story Mania ride & Muppet's 3D 15min 2pm
Hollywood Pixar Pals Countdown Parade 3pm
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! 30 min show 4pm
Dinner 4.44pm
Fantasmic Fireworks 2 shows 8:30pm 30 min seat at 8pm  show can get reserved seats with a dining package 8pm
Extra Hours Epcot Center 10:30pm
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Thursday 4th April - Epcot & Hollywood Studios
It's still raining so we'll just have to see what we can get done today without being impacted on by the rain, i'm sure it won't be too big a problem though.
We arrived at Epcot at 10:00am only to see yet again incredible lines - not sure what it is about Epcot but the lines have been at least 3 times that of the other parks both times. We went straight to the ride called Soarin - which is hugely popular - we were lucky to get fast pass tickets as at 12:00pm they were sold out, the ride wasn't until 11:45am so we had plenty of time to get some other attractions done.
There was another attraction called Living of the Land which only had 2 people waiting so we decided to give it a go, it was moreso an educational boat ride showing the history of food production in the US and then the new methods of crop raising, it was interesting.
We went to have some breaky and after this we went through some really nice garden setting which were setup based on the theme of the recent movie "The Great and Powerful Oz - this movie we happened to see in New York and it was excellent, so we got lots of photos and the kids then had a play in a playground with all sorts of fun playground equipment.
We then went down to another ride called the Nordstrom which was a Viking Ship ride based on Norway, it was OK but very short, it only lasted about 5 minutes, funnily this was one ride that we were sure we didn't want to miss as there was a lot of hype about it, but it was way overrated, but still worth doing, the wait was only 5 minutes as we got there right on opening at 11:00am. After this we went through a Mexican village setting and went on a Ride called the 3 Amigo's - or something like that anyway - it was really well done with loads of classic cartoon characters being displayed throughout the ride and very bright and colorful, yet again there was no flash photos allowed but I was able to set my camera accordingly to get photos without flash.
We were now set for the most hyped up ride at Epcot called Soarin, this is a ride where we were sitting in a row of seats which then lifted into the air and flew straight into a massive projector screen which covered the entire front wall, it basically was a birds eye view flying over famous US landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Yosemite, Arizona etc, I thought it was just amazing as did Jack, Wendy and Lilia had to focus carefully of a particular spot so as not to get sick, but they survived without too much trouble. There were so many people who were now prepared to line up for near 3 hours to get a ride as the fast passes had all been allocated for the remainder of the day, there were a lot of people who just missed out.
We tried to get some more special Disney Dollars - there were supposed to be some printed based on the theme of the Pirates of the Caribbean but unfortunately despite trying at 4 different places they were not available, later on we found out that they had in fact been sold out for a long time and it would not be possible to get any as they were very collectible, no big deal though as I already had quite a few really nice notes based on the 50th anniversary - which i was told are also now quite collectible.

Well we had to make a bee hive home as we had dinner reservations at 4:45pm at Hollywood Studios.
We had a quick rest and left the RV at 3:00pm, but everything takes so long it took 1 1/2 hours to get there, no one seems to go beyond slow pace and despite trying to catch connecting buses our bus drive seemed to just dawdle along which caused us to miss the awaiting but, so we had no choice but to sit for another 30 minutes waiting for the next bus, finally it arrived and we got to Hollywood studios at 4:30pm, just enough time to race over to the Tower of Terror and get a fast pass - this was scheduled for 8:00pm. In the next couple of hours we were going to have to fit in 3 attractions which was near impossible.
We arrived at the restaurant with reservations right on time, only to be told that we had to wait, which again put a spanner in the works as it would now mean we would miss out on 1 attraction.
We enjoyed the dinner which was a buffet style and the food was excellent, but we races through our meal to ensure that we had enough time to get to see a couple of important shows. Wendy and Lilia raced over to see a show called Beauty and the Beast, this took 20 minutes during which Jack and I walked around the shops.
When this finished we had to now race over to another show we really wanted to see which was the Indiana Jones stunt Spectacular - this was just incredible and very entertaining. once this finished we went to buy Jack a custom Star wars lightsaber which he was able to build and customise exactly the way he wanted, it was well worth it and he was just stoked.
We were now ready for the Tower of Terror - I must say I wasn't overly excited as i knew what i was in for, Jack was a little hesitant also but we both went through with it, Jack loved it I thought it was a bit too stomach dropping for my liking but i'm glad i did it, the best thing was the layout and display within the tower, it was just incredible, if only i took my camera.
We finished that and Wendy was waiting to urge us to hurry as the last thing to do was to see a nighttime show with fireworks and water displays where the water was sprayed into a fan and the various disney movies were projected into the water streams, along with all the chartacters and spectacular light shows, it was really worth seeing, we also have special seating due to having eaten at one of their restaurants, which was lucky as the stadium was full to capacity with only standing room left.
We had to head straight home as we need to return to Hollywood studios in the morning before 7:00am to try our best to get a spot in the Star Wars Padowan Training - this has been booked out for days and Jack wants to do it so badly we just have to try again. So we have plans to get there and when the gates open at 7:00 we will really have to run to the location to try and reserve a spot for him, despite the training show running over a 12 hours period is is just so popular and very hard to secure a place.
We will drive the RV tomorrow and try to get to the Kennedy Space Centre also tomorrow, so we need to make time for parking and we are allocating an extra hour due to all the little delays we have been encountering along the way.
Being our last day at Disney world tomorrow there were still so many things we just couldn't do due to crowds and unavailability, but we are more than happy with what we have accomplished.


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Sue, Belinda, Amy, Jenny & family on

Hello Wendy, Paul, Jack & Lilia! We have been watching your travels. I am printing it out for mum so she can read and see the photos in hard copy. Sounds like you are all having a fabulous time. Paul, all the photos are teriffic (some better than postcards!). Think I've got my head around the website now but sorry there is no photo of us with our comment, still working on that! Jenny says 'hello' and we have been looking at photos from Jenny's office at work. She is thinking of you too, as we all are. Love to you all xxx. Looking forward to the next installment.

glenrae
glenrae on

Hi again, What a ride, Ross & I have just been on the Espedition Everest ride on Youtube, that was enough for me :-). No wonder you are keeping the other two passes as souvenirs. So glad the girls decided to give Everest a miss. Wonder what you are doing today, can't wait to hear. Are you going on the Tower of Terror? I just loved that and would go again if we were there :-). I know you haven't been on it yet unless you missed it in your commentary - BTW you are doing a great job, it is like we are there with you all.
I had a problem posting a comment from my phone last night, I'd already shut down my laptop and I've posted a comment from my mobile before but this time it only gave me the right side of the comment box and even then I couldn't click on "post comment". I'll have to take my laptop when we go to South Australia otherwise you'll think we vanished into thin air :-).
Luv to you all, xxxxoooo

Also hi Sue, Belinda, Amy, Val & Jenny I guess you are enjoying this virtual trip as much as we are - well Val the printed version. Luv Glen xx

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