So I got the chance to finally get down to WDW for a week, I went with my friend and his mum. I've been going to Disneyland every year of my life, so I was pretty excited to have a little change of pace.
We stayed in the Old Key West Resort (what a resort!) and we instantly fell in love with the extra 3 hours we got for staying at a Disney resort.
Magic Kingdom wasn't really notable in that it isn't exactly different from Disneyland. I didn't get much of a chance to really check out Fantasyland or Toon Town thoroughly as my friend just wanted to stick to the big rides, but I was pretty impressed in what I saw.
I prefer the Disneyland Splash Mountain because they don't have that water shoot up and come crashing down on the boat when you're about to go up that lift hill right past the drop every time a log goes down the drop. I don't really like getting soaked on rides, but even though it did have that element of suspense going up to it, I didn't really like it. BTM pretty much the same deal, pretty much the same.
Jungle Cruise I really liked though, I liked that it was longer than the one in Disneyland and we had a hilarious British skipper. Kid says "Look look! Gorillas!" and he says "Yes, I know, I've been on this ride before", no one does deadpan humour like the Brits.
Pirates is better in Disneyland, enough said.
Space Mountain was sorta painful as it was jerky like the Matterhorn. I liked the left side though, and the line always moved really quickly.
Cinderella's Castle is great, its my favourite one out there so far.
Not gonna dwell too much on MK though, as its pretty much exactly the same as Disneyland sans Indy and Star Tours.
Animal Kingdom was easily my favourite one. Themed to perfection. Looking out from the bridge next to Expedition Everest to the Tree of Life over the water is easily one of the best views I've seen in a Disney park. Absolutely gorgeous. Speaking of which, I'd have to say that Expedition Everest is the best Disney ride out there right now. In terms of innovation, theming, surprises, animatronics, and just general fun, it has it all. I didn't really know what to expect when I first rode it, but instantly fell in love with it. The Yeti at the end is incredible. Same goes for Dinosaur, I hadn't really read too much about it, so wasn't really sure what to expect from it. Really well done, the carnotaurus really freaked me out the first time, we got a hilarious picture out of it. Enjoyed the Safari, pretty much what I expected it to be. Kali River Rapids could have been a bit longer, but still fun. Other than Dinoland its just an amazing park. I love the way its themed, and the vegetation and plant life is amazing. Can't wait to go back.
Hollywood Studios I knew virtually nothing about before going. I knew Tower of Terror and Rock 'n Roller Coaster was there... and that was pretty much it. Not much to say about ToT, pretty much exactly the same as the one in DCA. Really liked that there was different drop sequences each time. Rock 'n Roller Coaster... I think I was expecting too much. I liked the launch, but I thought it was sort of pathetically themed and was just a bunch of inversions. I prefer speed and big drops over going upside down over and over, so I wasn't too bothered with it. Definitely not worth the three hour wait that there always seemed to be. My favourite part of Hollywood Studios was definitely the shows. First saw the Indy Stunts Show, and really liked it. The chick who was introducing it had the most annoying voice in the world though. The car show was INCREDIBLE! Wow those guys can drive, it was really entertaining, haven't ever seen anything like it. Lots of explosions, fast cars, cool chases, motorcycles, guns, people falling off of buildings, the show really had everything a guy needs to have a good time. Interesting to find out how they do those chase scenes in movies too. Fantasmic was incredible, surprisingly I had never taken the time to go see it in Disneyland and I never knew quite what I was missing out on. Really great show, love the water effects. Mickey rules.
Epcot was different, and for that reason I really liked it. Test Track I was unimpressed with the first time, we had waited so long for a ride that had essentially 15 seconds of fun, the rest was just going up steep hills and driving past hot lamps. But the second time I really appreciated it a bit more, realized how innovative and different it is from anything else really, and that 15 seconds of acceleration is pretty intense. Still not worth longer than an hour of waiting. Mission Space I also liked simply because I've never experienced anything like it. Soarin' exactly the same, still an amazing ride though. What I really enjoyed about Epcot was World Showcase. I could've spent all day just going to each different little pavilion and talking to the people that worked there from all those different countries. They were all so friendly, and were really keen to answer questions about their homeland, of which I was full of. I also liked that they included countries like Morocco and Norway. Maelstrom was a bit of a laugh, wasn't expecting much though so I wasn't exactly let down. We went to Canada last, and I thought they did a good job with it. I thought the movie was really well done, I dunno how many of you have gone out to see O Canada but I think it does an amazing job of showing what Canada is really like. Plus when they showed Calgary, I was able to see my apartment building because it was 360 degrees. I had never heard the song they played at the end of it before, and really liked it. Martin Short was a good choice as well. The French movie was good too, but a little dry. The views and chateaus they showed were beautiful, but half the theatre was dozing off by the end of it. Definitely planning on looking into going to work at the Canadian pavilion.
Above all, what I loved about WDW was that it truly is the ultimate escape from reality. Not even from the top of ToT or Expedition Everest can you ever see signs of life outside of Disneyworld. You spend all day in parks, travelling between them in buses through the forests, and then return home to your resort without once catching a glimpse of the outside world. As Walt intended, I'm sure. This is what sets it apart, in my eyes at least, from the other parks. Its the ultimate getaway.
Anyway, just some thoughts from a first timer!