Hmmm... where to begin..
I got in the car yesterday... got to MGM. The park was crowded and I was having visions of DLP last Sunday where walking in a straight (or gayly foward) line was simply impossible. Between dodging strollers and crazy brats running amock..it was tough getting anywhere in a hurry.
Anyways... The reason for my being there was to check out Paris' Motors, Action! stunt show which is currently on rehearsal performances, although I suspect that is as good as it will get. Was lucky to get a FP for the show (which I really didn't need after all) and couple of hours later, I got to see the show. First up...rude guests. You'd thing that a show this noisy, featuring screetching wheels and kaboom explosions, they would take the time to tell guests with small kids to be awared of those moments in the show... Well, as soon as the show started, the 4 or so yr old little girl in front of me went psycho and started crying asking mommy to take her away. After much debate, the kid was taken out. Then there was the baby in the back who would not stop crying for the duration of the show. So I was in top shape handing out nasty stares to young parents who did nothing to aliviate their child's concerns.. Then the lady next to me had the need to talk on her cellphone during one of the stunts as well, while the british family a few feet away thought it was politically correct and acceptable dress policy to have their young son playing in the steps without shirts and shoes, with only pajama style troussers on him.... HOW RUDE!!!
On the other hand...I can't blame them... It's obvious this show is not for the stroller set. Now about the show itself... it is just as impressive as the Paris version. In fact, I had intended to see the Paris show last Sunday at WDSP but got there too late to catch their 3pm performance, instead opting for their CineMagique show (Martin Short on his best role ever), so be it. It's amazing how well everything was reproduced here at MGM from the Paris show..the sets, the stands, the theater main entrance... it's like Paris deja-vue. MGM's queue seems a bit bigger and expansive, and even the distance between the theater and the stands appear to be more expansive, so I felt the show looked farther away than Paris'.
The only thing that bogs down the show are the constant blah blah blah...during the next scene setting up moments. Also the Herbie plug is shameless but this is Eisner's Disney, is it not? The show started with a DeeDee Magno look alike (New MMC mouseketeer) telling us all about the show..and such, then a Dave Coullier look-alike taking over as the "director". Mind you...they point our attention to the video clips showing on the jumbotrom up above the sets and tell us.. "this video was shot as the action unfolded in front of you..." however, I spotted sun light and shadows on the video, which looked ok, but, we happened to be having a very cloudy shadowless day yesterday... so HA! we were being tricked!
All in all, they did a good job. I won't go into details but the show does deliver thrills, and I recommend it. After all, we are getting the best France's studio park has to offer here. But I would have prefered Cinemagique instead.
Quick detour to EPCOT Center to ride 'Soarin' at The Land. Again... nothing new here from the DCA version,but the queue sure is nice. EPCOT? well packed to the gills as well.
Then on to MK... MK as usual was well attended and getting around quickly was impossible. Went into the newly re-worked Stitch. Disappointment sets in. There was discarded trash inside the main theater. Do I have to see an empty bottle of 7up and dirty discarded napkins on the theater steps? Why o why can't we go back to the days when NO ONE was allowed to enter queues with food/drinks in hand?? Anyways...the "new" Stitch. There is nothing new here really. The show remains as boring as before albeit it does feature a different finale which is somewhat funny. But still the end comes abruptly and it feels like Kirk telling Spock to abort abort abort!!!! I get off the show smelling like chilly dog.
Then to kill time I go over to Splash Mountain. gee...after so many repeated rides on TDL's Splash, the MK version seems so so dark at times. Anyways... many problems here... the hopping Brer Rabbit was out for the count. He wasn't even there. I noticed at least two AAs out of order just sitting there. The queue was trashed with discarded gargabe. etc etc etc...
Very sad, and I pity the ones who had to stand by for over 75 minutes to ride an attraction in this condition.
After a quick bite at the Pecos Bill Cafe (now known as Tall Tales Cafe, a name I dislike a lot) I headed over to the castle to put me once again thru the torture of watching Cinderellabration Lite on the castle's stage. This being the last show, and the crowd being as huge as it was... it was a bit difficult. I honestly wish they had benches in the castle area so people can sit and enjoy the show better. Instead, with those huge strollers around, fathers putting their kids on their shoulders and everyone standing, it can become a very frustrating thing to enjoy any show at Cinderella Castle's forecourt.
I still managed to enjoy the show while also enjoying people fighting in front of me, yelling at some others to sit down so they could see.. but this is not Tokyo. There is no regards for other's here. It's all about ME! ME! ME!
The show presented as night fell over Orlando, does look much nicer at night when the castle lighting takes over and strobes are better seen. The audience did give it an enthusiastic applause in the beginning and at the end. The comments I heard from people around me was positive for the most part.. Me? I was biting my tongue and thinking "Go see the TDL one!!! " But why bother??? Besides the TDL version has closed already and no longer plays. All in all, the show is better at night and I would only recommend you take a look during the night time hrs.
A quick stop at the newly reopened Plaza Pavillion to sample the asian style menu. The place now calls itself the Noodle Station. The portion of noodles I had was plentiful and quite tasty, but it doesn't taste the same way it does in Asia, but what the heck...this is a nice change from the dreaded hamburgers, fries and hotdogs du jour served everywhere else at the MK.
The lines here were short but there were lots of people were enjoying their food in the dining area, but it's too early to call this place a hit yet.
On other unrelated news, the HKDL kids seems to be doing quite well at the MK. Most of them here on training for their puny little park in Lantau are doing a decent job and most seem personable and eager to help out guests. It's obvious they are excited about the oportunities they are having. I just pray to the heavens they won't pick up the bad habits of CMs at WDW, such as chewing gum on stage and wearing white sneakers with their costumes, which are 'Disney Look' violations I saw a plenty yesterday in several areas... worst offender CM's? Monorails and Tomorrowland attractions.
As for the park itself.. it was not all that clean. I will comment no further since I have been critizised for beating on a dead horse. But there is room for improvement in the Custodial areas...which is sad to say since Disney once set the example in that dept. But now it's OLC doing the honors there in Tokyo.
After that... I left and came home. All in all, it was an enjoyable walk thru some areas of WDW. Sorry If I bored you to death :o