Day 3: Tuesday July 4
One of the employees at Epcot had told me that AK or DMGM would be the best places to go during the day on the 4th since Epcot and MK would be close to capacity.
She was right, because DMGM had very light crowds and as I left that evening I saw Disney personnel warning riders that MK was "closed."
I had a fun time at DMGM. I loved all the posters for the new shows and movies as well as the classics:
Maybe it's time to take this one down.
Speaking of odd, out of date things, take a look at this desk inside the Animation tour:
I was a little giddy after spotting a collection of Atari cartridges on the right side of the second shelf.
The animation tour was much better than it was last time I went (right after the studio had closed) they did a much better job giving you stuff to look at rather than a bunch of empty offices. They even had several Oscars on display.
There were lots of great characters out including:
Chip and Dale's love interest Clarice:
Lightning McQueen and Mater
And of course, the Power Rangers:
I tried the new Playhouse Disney character breakfast. It was very well done with some human hosts who interacted with the kids (just like the PCH Grill's breakfast in Anaheim.)
The characters included Leo and June from Little Einsteins and Jojo and Goliath from Jojo's Circus (don't feel bad if you don't know who they are... I didn't either.)
For lunch I went to the incredible SciFi Dine In theater:
The server came by at one point and told me he was sorry that I just missed the shuttle launch. If he had known is was going to launch he would have let me go out and look at it.
Then I took in the Beauty and the Beast show (and it's awesome pre-show)
I also went through the Walt Disney: One Man's Dream exhibit. They seemed to have eliminated the no photography rule that they were enforcing a few years back. Plenty of people were taking photos and video.
I took the opportunity to look over Roy's opening day notes:
Feeling a rainstorm coming I headed into Muppet Vision 3D. Even though there was no line I still decided to go all the way through the queue and check out all the great posters:
After I got out of Muppet Vision, I noticed that the rain had come and gone.
The next stop of this day was to the Polynesian Resort. I had tickets for the spirit of Aloha, but I arrived extra early to find a drink in a pineapple.
The Lapu Lapu:
This is a fruity drink served inside a pineapple. You can get it at the Spirit of Aloha show or at the Ohana bar inside the Great Ceremonial House.
(quick tip: at 6pm on most night the Great Ceremonial House - AKA the lobby - hosts a torch lighting ceremony complete with drum playing and fire dancing. It's an abbreviated free version of the Aloha show. Take the monorail there sometime. Its pretty cool.)
Back to the Lapu Lapu. I had read that it was a "pretty strong" drink. Mine wasn't, so I guess it's up to the bartender how strong it is. It's a bit pricey, but you get to walk around drinking from a pineapple!
And I did.
I walked everywhere with my Lapu Lapu. When it was empty I grabbed a Sprite from the Soda machine and drank that. When that was empty I poured a bottled water inside it.
If you get one, be prepared to get asked "where did you get that" or told "that's the kind of drink I need" from every person you pass. The Lapu Lapu draws a whole lot of attention.
I loved the Lapu Lapu.
Until I got to the Spirit of Aloha show and traded it in for a Monkey Coconut.
I personally didn't like this drink and I couldn't wait to finish it. But I love that coconut! I named him "Doug" and put him in my living room.
The coconut is hollowed out and has a small plastic cup inside that is removable and reusable.
The Spirit of Aloha show features gorgeous ladies hula dancing in grass skirts, warriors juggling fire and some information about island culture.
It also features a storyline about a girl who moves from the island to the mainland and how her auntie wants her to keep her traditions. It also features a bunch of teenage surfers. This "hip" modern storyline seems unnecessary and takes away from the other parts of the show.
In my opinion, a simple old fashioned show (fire dancers, hula etc.) would work better. After all, the Hoop Dee Doo show doesn't need any modern touches why does this show.
Nonetheless, it is a good show with great food and some really neat performances.
At one point during the show they asked for everyone with a Fourth of July birthday to come up on stage. I thought they say "everyone with a birthday in late November come up on stage" so I went on stage and did the birthday hula.
Can you spot me in the photo?
Because of the fireworks at MK and on the Seven Seas Lagoon the show takes an extra long intermission on the 4th of July. Because of this I highly recommend this show on that date. The fireworks viewing was awesome (on the beach right behind the theater) and we got all the MK audio and could even see Tinkerbell fly over the castle.
As part of the fireworks the Electric Water pageant floats were present with the stars and stripes floating on the water.
These were really AMAZING fireworks and the beach was so big it was easy to find your own secluded place. I only suggest bringing a towel with you so you can sit on the beach and not get "sandy."
After the show as everyone headed to the Polynesian's bus stops we walked the other way to the Grand Floridian. It actually looked closer and it was a nice quite walk. Once we got there we checked out their fine lobby which had on display a nice metal ferris wheel model:
Then we went outside and caught a bus to Pleasure Island's Adventurer's club.
The actors were fun and entertaining and then at midnight it was back outside for MORE fireworks:
Another impressive display, this time set to the tune of Born in the USA and other patriotic pop tunes.
After a little more time at the Adventurer's Club and a visit to World of Disney I went back to the room to call it a night.
Well, almost... first I HAD to watch some more Appliance Direct infomercials.
Day 4 (the final day) coming soon...