I was able to visit Animal Kingdom and MGM this past weekend, with an additional bonus of getting to meet Kevin Yee. Here are the thoughts I had when visiting these two parks:
Rockin' Roller Coaster: Wow that was fun! The start litteraly took my breath away! Definitely a reason to return to MGM.
Lights, Motors, Action: I was actually surprised that I enjoyed it. I walked away with new knowledge, therefore I was educated, and I enjoyed the stunts themselves, thus I was entertained. A good job of Edutainment, I thought. Had the show not had the learning element, I may have not been quite as impressed. After all, it's no Miami Vice Action Spectacular (does anyone else remember that stunt show?).
Everest Expedition: An enjoyable ride. It felt like a modern Matterhorn. I guess it must be very intimidating to folks, as the both the party in front of me and the party behind me were both wondering if they would be able to handle it. A lady behind me even went so far as to take a motion sickness pills. She braved it though, and seemed to have enjoyed the ride. The only thing I didn't like about this ride was the part of the queue with all the bells. Watching adults act like big kids trying to ring every bell with an obnoxious "DONG!" in my ear only depresses me about the state of society
That Safari Ride (sorry, can't remember the actual name): This was perhaps the highlight of my weekend. As I stated in Part 1, my last time at WDW was in '98, and Animal Kingdom had just opened. We were so bored with this park, that the Dinosaur ride was thought to be the best ride with my family. The safari ride was lame, and I felt like Allen Grant on the Jurassic Park tour waiting to see something and not seeing anything. This time around was totally different. Getting to see Crocs, hippos, 2 baby elephants nursing off their mother, and a pride of lions sleeping was fantastic! Perhaps my only criticism is that I wish they would do away with the whole poacher thing and put in more animals. Jay Leno's words rung through my head as I realized the ride was pretty much over, "More animals! More animals!".
Hall of Presidents: I returned to the Magic Kingdom and decided to see if they had updated Hall of Presidents since I had last been then during the Clinton years. As I sat in the pre-show area in front of the portrait of the greatest president of the 20th Century, Ronald Regan , I was actually surprised by the kids who came in and continually asked their parents where was President Bush's portrait. When they saw the bust of the President, they would get excited and take pictures. For a president who doesn't seem to popular among adults (myself included, being dissappointed from a Regan-conservative point of view), he certainly seems to be popular with the kids.
Overall, I've enjoyed visting all the parks. I'm certainly glad I have an AP, and will continue to visit on my days off.