Aaaand, the cast members at Universal were FRIENDLIER than the ones we encountered at WDW for the most part. How crazy is that?
Yes, had I not experienced it myself I would not have believed that this could be true.
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Originally Posted by Coheteboy
To sum it up for Mousercise, Islands of Adventure is a BEAUTIFUL park that nobody was seeing. It's just so dead compared to ANY of the Disney parks. Hopefully Harry Potter will change that because competition is something Disney World needs.
WDW needs some competition, badly. There are so many things at WDW that can be spiffied up or made just plain better (not that I didn't enjoy my time there). I can't wait to see Harry Potter at IOA !!!!
Also, another reason why I like IOA/Universal.....they have Starbucks!!!! I was so incredibly irritated that I couldn't find a soy latte at WDW, not even at Epcot.
Originally Posted by Melonballer
I visit IOA every time I go to Orlando. It is an awesome and beautiful park. Its a great change of pace from Disney World.
I will be doing the same in the future, for the same reasons
After a reasonable bus ride to from AK we made it to MGM.
I never really understood what the big deal was about the hat until I saw it in person. It just doesn't belong.
The entrance to Fantasmic.
First thing we did was grab FP's for Tower then we rode Rock'n Roller Coaster using the Single Rider line which took no time at all.
I thought it was just meh. Wasn't great, wasn't bad.
After we met up with Jeff we went on the Great Movie Ride.
Mary Poppins Carousel Horse
Didn't care for this ride. We were in the last train and a lot of it didn't make sense because the scenes and the dialog were really geared for the front car. Also, that part with the "gangster" was just terrible and the munchkins were creepy. I think this where I said "thank you" to a CM for courteously asking me to put my rice crispy treat away in the queue. Given the rest of the week's experiences it was such a subconscious reaction.
Next it was onto Tower
They did such a great job with the queue. It really feels like you are walking into a hilltop hotel with actual grounds. Not like at DCA where you pretty much go straight into the lobby.
for this one. Much better than DCA's. Longer and the car moves outside of the elevator shaft. So sad we didn't get to go on it a second time. We had planned on doing it before Fantasmic but ran out of time and then the park closed as Fantasmic was starting
After tower it was onto the Animation Building.
A sea of strollers (and people think the number of strollers at DL is bad)
Pal Mickey wanted us to go in.
And it was the same drawn to animation show they had a DCA. Yawn
Exhibits in the boring and not so aesthetically pleasing animation building
I don't know what this was about, she was on the phone.
At the exit Pal Mickey found a friend
After the Animation building we met up with DOOM BGI for dinner at 50's Prime Time. The food was good, our server was just ok. I think he called butterflylark sis a couple of times and told Coheteboy to get his elbows off the table but that was it.
Walking around the park...
I wanted to see this but the timing just didn't work out. That's the bad thing about shows, you are at the mercy of their scheduling.
I'd really like to see this stuff turned on
Inside the Muppet Store. Sets from one of the Muppet Movies as Pal Mickey informed us.
Didn't go on this
Before heading over to Fantasmic we saw one of the worst shows.
It was just so silly... Under the Sea at the beginning.....the dog . The girl playing Ariel had a nice voice but I didn't enjoy her rendition of Part of Your World.
On to Fantasmic. The Wolfpack set up a nice private party at on a patio at the back of the theater. I was very glad to not be in the sea of humanity in the theater.
This show is the same concept as DL except it has a theater, a fake moat, and it felt longer to me.
Instead of Peter Pan you get Pocahontas. I didn't enjoy this part.
Jafar was also a strange addition
Oh no Mickey!
It's no Mark Twain
Really glad I wasn't in that. We waited for most of the crowd to spill out of the arena, took at least 10 minutes.
I think it's nice that they have a Fantasmic at WDW, it just isn't the same as DL's.
To sum it up, MGM not my favorite park
Later that night we went to Pleasure Island for some fun at Adventurers Club and Mannequins. Sorry, no pics. I was too busy paying attention to my drink