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Walt Disney World Year in Review; SummerInFL Retrospective; Six Flags Over Georgia

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by , 01-06-2012 at 06:21 PM



Here we go with the first Weekend Update of the New Year! What better way to celebrate than taking a look back at the preceding year? Denise Preskitt and SummerInFL both share a retrospective look at their very busy, very Disney 2011. I envy both of these ladies for their fierce determination to document their travels and share them with us.

Sir Clinksalot documented his trip to the Deep South with the Theme Park Review gang. We have more photos of his trip – this week we visit Six Flags Over Georgia.

Have a great weekend!




Here's Denise Preskitt's Year End Review Part Two


Here is the second half to my year - it's hard to choose photos for two updates from a full year, we packed so much in!

The Magic Kingdom cut Flynn Rider from the Tangled meet-and-greet, even though he was tremendously popular.


It was actually a very emotional goodbye with the characters, CM assists and friends, and we took photos and video after the meet-and-greet was over and balloons were lifted in the air:


Our video of the last day:




I tried my first (and last) real mint julep at Club 33 this year. I like the non-alcoholic version better!


We also have a Club 33 Video Tour from this year:




Dick Van Dyke and the Vantastix performed at the D23 Expo this year:


And the Hensons and Muppets were there to accept the Disney Legends Award on behalf of the late Jim Henson:


I have thousands of Disneyland photos from the trip, but one of my favorite surprises was the Mary Poppins show (I've never seen it) in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle:


We also went off-property (including 4 visits to In and Out Burger). One day we went to the Tim Burton exhibit in L.A., Santa Monica Pier, and I really wanted to see the Venice canals.



40 Years of Magic:


The best part of the 40 Year event was the fireworks:



LEGOLAND opened, and we were there for the press event:


The details in MINILAND include this man on a toilet:


Water skiers:


Chef Todd English had a booth at the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic, greeting guests. I highly recommend this event!


The Fort Wilderness Halloween Golf Cart Parade had some stunning entries, including this Alice in Wonderland cart:


The train set in Epcot's Germany Pavilion always joins in whatever Festival is going on. During the Food and Wine Festival, this guy sits in what looks like an outhouse with a bottle:


Halloween at the Magic Kingdom:


Halloween Donald:


We were there for the announcement of Iceploration at Busch Gardens:


And enjoyed a day at Discovery Cove - at a special $59 day rate!



Jaws closed at Universal Studios to make way for the new Harry Potter expansion (that was actually in January, but I took the photos in December!)






I saw Grinchmas for the first time!:



Cinderella Castle:



There are gingerbread displays across property for the holidays, and the Grand Floridian display is likely the best known.


Samantha Brown and Mario Lopez host the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade:


We had a wonderful time at the Bok Tower Gardens for their holiday mansion tour tweet-up. Each room had a different theme, from The Grinch that Stole Christmas to A Christmas Story.



Impressions de France:


New waffle sandwiches at the Magic Kingdom!



Puss in Boots at the Gaylord Palms Resort:


And as part of ICE!



Christmas tree and fountain at the Polynesian Resort:



Timothy Mouse:


Spaceship Earth:


Captain America at Fantasy of Flight's Roar n Soar:


Sea World surprised us in a huge way this year, they do Christmas as well as any other park! There is so much entertainment, including this fantastic ice show:


This was the first time we have seen the Christmas golf cart parade at Fort Wilderness. It's much smaller than other golf cart parades held there, but still fun!





Mater display at the Kona Cafe:


Marlee Matlin is an incredible narrator for the Candlelight Processional:



New Years Eve at Disney's Hollywood Studios:


Video from the Lights! Camera! Happy New Year! Fireworks:




And from the Polynesian Resort Beach (a day earlier):



And to keep up to date, the new Dumbo was testing in the Magic Kingdom a few days ago! The current Dumbo is closing after Sunday to be moved to the new location.




Video of Dumbo testing:




After taking 75,000 or so photos last year, it's hard to whittle it down to just about 70 for the 2 updates!


As always, you can read about all of these stories in more detail at Denise's website: Mousesteps.com



SummerInFL also had quite a year exploring the sights!


With a new year I like to take a look back at the places I've been the previous year. It helps me appreciate the wonderful opportunities that my life presents me with and the photos I enjoyed taking along the way.

So I hope you enjoy my compilation of favorite places, faces and overall locations through out my travels.

Magic Kingdom/Epcot
Lake Buena Vista, FL 01/29/2011






Kapok Gardens
Clearwater, FL 03/12/2011




Strawberry Festival Pig Races
Plant City, FL 03/13/2011


John's Pass
Madeira Beach, FL 04/09/2011




Safety Harbor, FL 04/17/2011


Star Tours Preview
Tampa, FL 05/07/2011


Epcot Flower & Garden Festival
Lake Buena Vista, FL 05/07/2011


Magic Kingdom
Lake Buena Vista, FL 05/14/2011


Road Trip - FL, GA, TN
06/2011




Magic Kingdom 06/19/2011




Kennedy Space Center
Titusville, FL 07/23/2011




Busch Gardens
Tampa, FL 08/14/2011


Walt Disney World
Lake Buena Vista, FL 08/26/2011




Disney's Hollywood Studios
Lake Buena Vista, FL 09/03/2011


Brooker Creek Nature Preserve
Palm Harbor, FL 10/09/2011


Animal Kingdom Lodge
Lake Buena Vista, FL 10/21/2011


Museum of Fine Art
St. Petersburg, FL 10/30/2011




Upper Tampa Bay Trail
Tampa, FL 11/06/2011


Animal Kingdom
Lake Buena Vista, FL 11/13/2011


Vizcaye Museum
Miami, FL 11/21/2011




Christmastime
11/30/2011


Epcot
Lake Buena Vista, FL 12/12/2011


John Chesnut Park
Palm Harbor, FL 12/27/2011







Big Clinks and Little Clinks visit Six Flags Over Georgia


Long overdue is Sir Clinksalot's visit to Deep South Bash at Six Flags Over Georgia.

The parks entrance area is dominated by Goliath (which was new since my last visit in 2005)



Our friends at Theme Park Review sure know how to put on an amazing event

The parks entrance

The first stop during our morning ERT (Exclusive Ride Time) session was the parks newest coaster "Dare Devil Dive"

It's quite twisty

Next was the parks stand-up coaster, Georgia Scorcher (which is my personal favorite Stand-Up coaster)

And of course, the Georgia Cyclone (seeing a Georgia Theme here?)

One of the best rides, not just at this park, but anywhere, is the classic Mindbender

It may not look like much, but it packs a punch

Monster Mansion is the parks recently re-done dark ride. It's a real treat.

Let's go check out the Monster Picnic





Beware of the Monster Marsh



But just like every story, this one has a happy ending



The park features a really great kids area, and one of the more unique kiddie coasters around.



A little shout out to Sir Clinksalot Jr. who rode his 100th coaster on this trip

Next week, we will continue our look at the park including an amazing back-stage tour.




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And that brings us to the end of another week. Our photographers have just enough time to reload their cameras before we see you all again next weekend. Thank you to all of our wonderful readers, and as always, a huge thank you to our amazing team of global photographers, spies, and gossips:


Denise Preskitt Mousesteps.com
SummerInFL Summer's Photo Gallery
Sir Clinksalot

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Updated 01-07-2012 at 09:40 AM by Weekend Update

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  1. jpg391's Avatar
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    Another great weekend update!
  2. MJM's Avatar
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    Denise and Summer, thanks for the trip down memory lane. I especially enjoyed the pics of the non-Disney parks and events. The Halloween Golf Cart parade, Vizcaya and Bok Towers are now on my bucket list of places/events that I have never been and want to see. And I agree with Denise that the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Event is wonderful and the Christmas celebration at Sea World this year was amazing. The pics of Six Flags were interesting, too. Thanks to all for documenting your travels and sharing them with us.
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    I don't understand why Flynn was cut from the meet and greet at Magic Kingdom. He's a very popular character and everyone seems to like seeing "the couple" together, especially since they're so affectionate with each other.
    They (kind of) did the same thing over at Disneyland. Flynn is still there, but it's a 50-50 chance of seeing him. He doesn't always make an appearance. With a wait time still at least an hour, I would think guests at Disneyland would be upset to finally get in there and not see him.
  4. a-net-fan's Avatar
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    In the Flynn video, does anyone know who the guy in the blue italia shirt is? Is he another actor who plays Flynn??
  5. DisWedWay's Avatar
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    I remember the suspended shark hanging from the wooden frame at Universal. Disney Legend Madame Leotta once told me she was commisoned to give an estimate to paint it many years ago. Doing it the Disney way involved 7 values of color to make it look real, but she turned it down when they only wanted 2 colors which it still is. Love those Mint Juleps at Disneyland. Great walkabout! PD
  6. QuiGonJ's Avatar
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    Awesome update, thanks! Haven't seen Six Flags over Georgia since 1978! =)
  7. Timekeeper's Avatar
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    Nice Update! I remember seeing a Youtube Video of the old SFOG dark ride, when it was called "Monster Plantation." Nice to see it still there.


    Timekeeper