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    Re: My big ol' 7 day WDW TR - with pictures and more!

    I bet Disney does not want you taping their stuff and bootlegiing it for any reason. But instead of saying it staright up, they use the "This film is 50 years old excuse. And they do not give any warnings about you filming during mickeys 3d show because they know that they won't have a problem with people bootlegging it so others can download it from the internet and such .

    But keep the pictures coming

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    Re: My big ol' 7 day WDW TR - with pictures and more!

    Well, if they don't want people recording the counting-it's-days Carousel of Progress because they're going to release a DVD, then fine.

    But it better include the original attraction, because the one at MK right now is a lousy script compared to the original Carousel.

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    Re: My big ol' 7 day WDW TR - with pictures and more!

    pictures, please))))))))))))) great report, looks like you do not do ast rides or thrilling rides, so no reports on these, no tot etc. but Please post more pics

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    Re: My big ol' 7 day WDW TR - with pictures and more!

    I second what hakuna makarla said!

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    Re: My big ol' 7 day WDW TR - with pictures and more!

    Quote Originally Posted by hakuna makarla
    looks like you do not do ast rides or thrilling rides, so no reports on these, no tot etc.
    I didn't even try TOT or MS, and the Soarin thing was just my fear of heights but it's the only time it happened. I plan to visit DLR when the Pirates makeover, Nemo subs, and Rocket Mountain are all open and I'll give Soarin another try then.

    A large part of my trip was finally riding the mountain range! Before this, I've only been familiar with Splash and the old original Matterhorn.

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    Re: My big ol' 7 day WDW TR - with pictures and more!

    Soarin' is worth giving another try, and like I said if it's your fear of heights, try the last row.

    Did you enjoy the mountain range? Or will I just have to wait and find out in the rest of the TR? (Which, I might add, I hope comes soon. Very good read. )

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    Re: My big ol' 7 day WDW TR - with pictures and more!

    Great report -- I'm really enjoying it!
    And hey we can't all love the thrill rides

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    Don't feel bad about Soarin. I am not thrilled with heights (except coasters for some strange reason ... you should have seen me on the observation platforms on the 70th floor of Rockefeller Center, I was holding on to the walls) but I am fine on Soarin, I just don't look down -- I look at the film.

    You never know what can spook a person. I had a friend develop HAS (Hysterical Attraction Syndrome ...need to copyright that) a decade ago on Horizons at Epcot. This was a 30-something professional woman who had gone on EVERY mountain at the MK with no problems at all, but the combination of slowmoving Omnimover type vehicles and film projections made her go nuts ... crying hysterically, acting like she was gonna hurl. Very ugly Epcot moment.

    Speaking of which, sounds like you didn't get to eat any good meals. Is that true? Disney fast food is mostly a waste of time. Disney fine dining though is great. A food court is ... not.

    Oh, one other comment on your observation about the skunk smell on Imagination (and the belching on Stitch and the stink bug on ITTBAB) ... that's what I have commented on in other threads about lowest-common denominator humor that is so in today. It's so tacky and WalMartish ...also the original Imagination had the smell of lavender when you went into the DreamPort and Horizons had the infamous oranges you get now in Soarin.).

    Keep the reports coming and I'll keep reading!

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    Re: My big ol' 7 day WDW TR - with pictures and more!

    Quote Originally Posted by WDW1974
    Don't feel bad about Soarin. I am not thrilled with heights (except coasters for some strange reason ... you should have seen me on the observation platforms on the 70th floor of Rockefeller Center, I was holding on to the walls) but I am fine on Soarin, I just don't look down -- I look at the film.
    It was being in the front row, with an unobscured view of the blue screen from the floor. I thought about the motion of the mechanical arm and about where I was going to be and wanted off immediately. I calmly told the people I had befriended in line that I just realized what kind of ride this is and then yelled for assistance.

    Speaking of which, sounds like you didn't get to eat any good meals. Is that true? Disney fast food is mostly a waste of time. Disney fine dining though is great. A food court is ... not.
    Less money on fancy food means more money for guilty pleasure souvenirs like Mickey gloves that I'll never use. I know that sounds silly, but also consider that I live about 20 minutes from a ton of world-class dining.

    Also, I literally misplaced $100 that was never seen again on my second day, so that kind of dug into my budget a bit. I'm sure it gave somebody else a real zip-a-dee-doo-dah day, though. *blushes*

    Oh, one other comment on your observation about the skunk smell on Imagination (and the belching on Stitch and the stink bug on ITTBAB) ... that's what I have commented on in other threads about lowest-common denominator humor that is so in today. It's so tacky and WalMartish
    Like volunteering to drink Beverly instead of having it tricked on you, or scratching a foul scratch and sniff, there is an element to fun in experiencing things that your palette finds to be distasteful. But at least people have the option of skipping the drink or not scratching. Being strapped into a chair and having something foul blown at you without any input on your part is rather unfair.
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    Re: My big ol' 7 day WDW TR - with pictures and more!

    MickeyMania, very solid report about your 2nd day. Your criticism and praise is fair and educated and presented with finesse. I like that, and enjoyed the read very much..

    Only one regret... Too bad you skipped Snow White at the MK. If you thought Peter Pan was bad (maybe because it is still the way it looked in 1971 for the most part) I would have loved toknow your opinion on the worst Snow White ride out there as well.... Oh well...

    Thanks for posting your report and will eagerly await the next installement. And yes.. TDL's Hunny Hunt rules the dark ride Kingdom.

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    Re: My big ol' 7 day WDW TR - with pictures and more!

    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyMania
    It was being in the front row, with an unobscured view of the blue screen from the floor. I thought about the motion of the mechanical arm and about where I was going to be and wanted off immediately. I calmly told the people I had befriended in line that I just realized what kind of ride this is and then yelled for assistance.
    Sounds like a panic attack to me. Not fun. ... It actually took me about a dozen rides on Soarin to look down ... when I did, I was sorry. As long as I look straight out at the movie, I'm fine.



    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyMania
    Less money on fancy food means more money for guilty pleasure souvenirs like Mickey gloves that I'll never use. I know that sounds silly, but also consider that I live about 20 minutes from a ton of world-class dining.

    Also, I literally misplaced $100 that was never seen again on my second day, so that kind of dug into my budget a bit. *blushes*.
    I can understand that. I go to Vegas to eat more than gamble! But the prices at some of those 4-5 star casinos have become ridiculous. I won't be dining at MGM Grand's CraftSteak again, that's for sure, no matter how many awards the chef has won.

    I do love that Piero's near the Marriott Suites ... reminds me of old Vegas ... great food, only moderate (at most) prices.




    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyMania

    Like volunteering to drink Beverly instead of having it tricked on you, or scratching a foul scratch and sniff, there is an element to fun in experiencing things that your palette finds to be distasteful. But at least people have the option of skipping the drink or not scratching. Being strapped into a chair and having something foul blown at you without any input on your part is rather unfair.
    Yes, MickeyMania, but it does appeal to the lowbrow crowd that WDW has been courting the past decade as they've lowered their quality.

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    Re: My big ol' 7 day WDW TR - with pictures and more!

    Just found this thread......looking forward to part 3!!!
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    WDW1974, I'll have to try that restaurant you mentioned.

    I hope to have some nice pictures, including a few desktops, and maybe a couple movies after this, assuming I have the time to finish this TR.

    Day 3

    Today was early entry day at the MK, but I had a bit of a lost money emergency I mentioned above holding me back. I spent the morning and the night (I left the privacy thing on the door) searching for my lost money, but no luck.

    A new CM appeared on the bus platform this morning, which brings me to...
    Controversial subject: quality of CMs. Maybe it's the weather, maybe it's because the wages are closer to the state's cost of living than in California, maybe I was just lucky, but most people I saw at WDW seemed to be really trying to put the effort into their jobs. Now, some of them just don't have the outgoing personality to do their jobs quite so well and should probably be backstage. And I wonder what's happening to the Florida school system when I see The "Hauted" Mansion written on a board, or "Departurs" on a hotel whiteboard day after day.

    But this one CM appeared at the bus platform, and I'm not going to name her name even though I took note of it, because that would be rude. And her attitude was very un-Disney like.

    *announcing the upcoming bus* "MAAAGIC KINGDOM!! STAND BACK!!! I NEED EVERYONE TO STAND BACK BEHIND THE PILLARS!!!" *going after the few children who didn't see or think it didn't apply to them* "I NEED YOU TO STAND BACK FOR THE BUS!!"

    Upon getting on the bus, I eavesdropped on a couple of Moms up front.

    Mom A: "And did you notice? She wasn't being nice about it, she was bitchy. OOPS!"
    Mom B: "Oh, don't worry about it, he knows not to use that word. But, yeah, it's like, 'this is Disney World, you could try to smile a little.'"

    This same CM appeared later in my trip at the MK doing much the same job. "EVERYBODY, MOVE TO THE LEFT!!" I figure it's only a matter of time before someone goes to Guest Relations about this, but it won't be me because I'm just too much of a humanist, I guess.

    With my late start, I didn't have any more to do with my early entry time than one more ride on the peoplemover before the park opened. I made a bad clothing choice wearing a shirt I had never worn before, and the shirt was giving all kinds of terrible itching. So I bought a WDW shirt (the blue tye-die one with Sorcerer Mickey and all the park weenies in his hands), switched clothes in a bathroom, and then got a Big Thunder Fastpass.




    Magic Kingdom: Sweet mother of...



    I hate having to go to the hotel for little good reason, but with a 1-2hr wait window, I trained it back to MS USA and back to the hotel to put up this shirt that was causing me problems and put on something that's been worn/washed/tried/true, then went back to MK. When I got back to the MK, my FP window was starting but BTMRR was 101. A CM tells me to hang onto my FP, it'll be good when it's started again. I decided to go kill time and see some of the attractions on this side that I have missed.

    First, the Hall of Presidents. I had something longer to say here about the placement of Reagan's hat next to an imitation copy of Dubya's boots, but it was too politically-charged. Let's just say I take the whole "Dubya is the new Reagan" thing as blasphemy and think they should just get his real boots or not have them in there.

    The show itself was alright, the lengthy movie didn't bother me although it did seem to focus on slavery in every step of the history of our union. Maybe because this is the south, and there's still a bunch of uncomfortable tensions amongst some.

    When the curtain rose, I did not expect that most of the presidents would only turn their heads, especially after that long introduction. I figured Washington at least would have something to say, but it's only Dubya and Abe. Dubya's animatronic was life-like enough for me, as I could stew uncomfortably just watching him talk up there. Lincoln finishes up the show to reunite the audience that Dubya silently divided.

    Big Thunder is still Down, so I have lunch at that big Frontierland fast food kitchen. After lunch, Big Thunder is working, so I hit the FP return.

    FastPass experience #2: The ride was down for hours, so now anyone with an FP from 11:30AM or earlier can get on. While I appreciate not having my FP wasted by a 101, so many FP people are getting on board that the queue seems incredibly long. Perhaps it's always like that, but it was room after room of people crammed into the switchbacks.

    Also, someone with a bazillion admission cards in his hand is running them all through the Fastpass machine at a breakneck pace. Maybe he's just the one guy getting FPs for his whole family, but he had SO many admission tickets, it wasn't likely! In a few days later at Space Mountain, I saw two people in a row doing this. Is there some sort of cheesy exploit to FP that I don't know about?

    BTMRR was the shakiest, roughest coaster in the range. The whole ride stalled out as we were at the summit of the second climb. A girl in the car behind me started getting scared, and old Captain Foolish turned his head around to say "Don't worry, they'll either let us out or..." as it started downhill again, heh. The earthquake room was cute, although by that point I had kind of had enough of the ride.

    BTMRR:
    Fun: **
    Discomfort: ***

    Next stop on the mountain tour is Everest. I considered Splash, having been on the DL one twice before in 1995. Although I prefer the seating and restraints better than the seating of the old DL logs, I noticed that the ride here has been timed to send someone down the big flume at the same moment that someone reaches the big lift, and a bunch of water guns absolutely DRENCH each log passing by on the left! No thanks. I prefer DL, where you can either sit in the back or sit in the front and duck at the big drop (although the new restraints may not allow it now.)

    So, onto DAK then, which I haven't gotten around to at all yet. Getting a Monorail heading in the direction of the TTC took forever (although I probably took the wrong line, as I noticed multiple Monorails headed west on the other track before I finally got one on my side) and the ride from TTC to DAK takes a while, so quite a bit of time passed.

    I finally arrived at DAK, and my favorite place here just has to be that huge forest just beyond thet gate. Finally, a lot of shade! If only they could have continued this further out past this area.




    Animal Kingdom: Now this is the kind of atmosphere I was hoping to see!



    I wandered towards Africa and the Kilamanjaro Safari. I'm not crazy about watching a bunch of animals, which is why I spent so little time at this park, but the Safari was always advertised as the big E-ride when the place first opened.

    Controversial subject: Africa theming and "poachers." As we've detailed here before, Africa is themed to look like an actual African village with few punches pulled. I actually do not mind this at all as long as it remains consistant, and it seems perhaps that tourists are too lazy to help keep the theme consistant. Because everything in Africa, from the post box to the fridge unit advertising the wine at a restaurant, is made to look aged and beaten-up, EXCEPT the trash cans. Trash cans are not just bright and noticeable as they should be, but they are Disney Spotless.




    Animal Kingdom: Ghetto mailbox, bling-bling trash.


    Animal Kingdom: An immaculate trash can disturbs the view of an otherwise destitute african village.



    As far as the Safari goes, the poacher story wasn't really as big an issue for me as trying to convince myself that I'm not on the Jungle Cruise. Maybe our guide was telling a few more jokes than were really on the script. Maybe it was the guy on the cell phone in the vehicle during the ride (the guide tried to point it out to no avail: "Sir, you get cell phone reception out here? Wow, wouldn't want to pay your international minutes.") Probably it was a combination of that with the live-action twins of most the JC species like elephants, hippos, and gators. It was an okay ride, but not something I'd do twice.

    Festival of the Lion King was beginning very soon, so that was next. I have heard the phrase "broadway class" thrown about and that's not true, but this is a very well-done show that feels vaguely like a Cirque do Soleil show with a smaller cast and budget, but it's included with admission which makes it very much worth the time, and I generally don't care for most Disney stage entertainment at the parks. And the music is actually being sung instead of on tape, which is nice. I'm not nuts on The Lion Sleeps Tonight number, but it keeps the show at a just-right length. My only complaint is the comfort of the seating. I've sat in some lousy seats before, but when getting up from this show my rear end was literally NUMB!

    I started heading towards Asia to ride Everest, which appeared to still be going, but parade ropes were being busted out and it was one hour until the park closed, and I didn't want to be part of that closing rush. I should have kept going. Oh well.

    I went back to the hotel for a mid-day break before going back out to the MK for SpectroMagic. As I came in, people were already getting their places for the parade. Hmmm... Along the way I tried the Buzz Lightyear ride. I did not get a very high score, but I was juggling the camera in one hand and the ride controls in another. It was an okay ride, but not really one of my favorites, and the queue is somewhat irritable with it's constant sirens.

    I managed to finangle my way through the flood of people near the parade path at the Tomorrowland entrance to get nearly to the very front, with a very clear view of the parade. Proving once again that you don't have to wait forever as long as you're willing to be a little less than gracious. As a solo traveler I imagine it's a lot easier for me than it is for a family of four to squeeze in.

    The parade was decent, the music was no Baroque Hoedown but it was catchy, but I think it's time for management to start looking into a DreamLights style parade to replace this one. Then again, it's not as obviously old-tech as the MSEP, so I really don't know what to say. Maybe they could find a way to integrate the two in DLR or something, and stick the final result back on Main Street where it belongs.

    Space Mountain had a backed up line with CMs saying it was broken for the next 20 minutes while everything was reset, so I jumped back on the Peoplemover to see if the lights were on inside. No lights, but guys at the loading dock were cycling through cars. By the time my TTA ride was over, though, Space was back running and almost a walk-on. I wandered through the queue and got up to the loading dock, but chickened out at the last minute. I'd get around to it.

    By the time I left Space, the fireworks show was going on, which is the unofficial "get out, go home" signal, I found, because I had just gotten through the crowds to Main Street (I should have detoured through the noodle shop) and wound up in the exit flood.

    Over the tunnels out, a bunch of CMs were posed waving everyone home. Even better was the Mickey rubberhead out front telling people good night through recorded voice clips on the PA. Even adults were waving and giving shoutouts to him.




    Magic Kingdom: Nice touch. (Photoshopped a tad to make the signs readable.)



    Magic Kingdom: VERY nice touch.



    At this point, it gets a little hairy, because everybody else got about 3 busses before POFQ got one, and it was one of those busloads where everyone is packed with as many bodies as the bus can handle, trying to keep all their toes inside the federally-mandated yellow line. I wound up in the front of this crowd, riding Bus of FEAR back to the hotel for dinner and bed.

    Next part: World Showcase, Everest doesn't run, and I ride Space Mountain instead. Wait, I did? Holy moly, I did!!
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    Re: My big ol' 7 day WDW TR - with pictures and more!

    Hmmm... you seem to chicken out quite easily...at most everything.

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    Actually, I didn't skip Everest because I was chicken, I skipped it because of the time and trying not to get caught in a closure rush.

    I came back for it twice but it was closed all-day once, and the last day it was open they sent out a voice mail to all hotel rooms saying it would be open until 2PM, and the line snaked well into Asia. I'll do anything once, but I have to do it spontaneously. Really, though, I'm open to coasters if you can put me on one fast enough before I can have second thoughts. Motion simulators, though, are a no-no, from experience. Code-V ahoy.

    And Splash, I just didn't want to get THAT wet. Especially since a cold snap appeared after the first two days.

    And lastly, I actually DID want to ride Test Track, since it's my favorite kind of thrill, fast while close to the ground (heights really cause me to chicken more than speed.) Too bad it was refurb.

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