May 7th 2010 – Day 3 starts off early just like the first two days. We get a wake up call from Mickey again and Stitch must have slept in because he didn’t rudely interrupt Mickey this time. Today is Epcot!
We’ve adopted our tactic for doing the major attractions early to avoid long lines and missed fast passes. Please remember that it may seem we did all these rides fairly quickly and had a lot of fast passes, these are over the course of 4-5 hours so it was much longer then it sounds here. First up we headed to The Land and hoped aboard Soarin’. I tried thinking of a way to explain the ride but I think the Disney website does it much better. Here it is in the lovely quotes:
“Soarin’ is a serene, multisensory attraction that simulates a peaceful hang-gliding flight over California. Experience the feeling of free flight from 40 feet in the air while surrounded by scenic panoramas including the Golden Gate Bridge, Malibu and LA.”
You are hung in front of a HUGE screen and it feels like you are really Soarin (ha) through these vast landscapes. We had great timing when we got there because we had a 10 minute wait time. Once we came out there was over 30mins wait time. Decided to grab some fast passes to come back later in the day.
Next we headed over to visit my very good friend Nemo, he told us that he had a show we had to check out. I couldn’t disappoint my fishy friend so we headed on over to The Seas with Nemo & Friends. Again this was another very well themed ride. The line up to the ride was very dark to represent being under water. The ride was extremely cute as it took you through the story of my good friend Nemo. I won’t ruin the surprises in there for you.
Since I paid a visit to my friend Nemo I had to head over and visit my other good friend Ellen. She has her own ride you know and it’s called Ellen’s Energy Adventure. I’m not the best at explaining things clearly so here is a quote from the Disney website explaining the attraction:
“Starring comedian Ellen DeGeneres, this multimedia attraction takes you on a trip from the eras of the Big Bang and dinosaurs to the present, exploring what powers the universe and our daily lives. Venture to the future to see how we’ll eventually live!”
I won’t be too harsh on Ellen but the ride wasn’t the best thing since Splash Mountain or Expedition Everest. If there’s something you can skip I’d say you won’t miss much. Her jokes are funny as always but that’s about it.
The park has various Disney Characters that are made out of flowers and other plants, we tried to get photos of them all.
Next we grabbed some fast passes for Mission: SPACE since the line up was already about a 30minute wait (our plan isn’t fool proof, too many variables to take into account). While we waited we quickly headed over to Test Track and used some fast passes we grabbed earlier in the day. You are pretty much a crash test dummy and you are put into a car and put through various tests. The last test you go up to 60 miles per hour and circle the building. That was a lot of fun minus the jerk that decided that putting their WHITE gum on the seat before me. I sat in it without noticing and had a white blotch of gum on my butt for the rest of the day.
When our fast past was up for Mission: SPACE we only did the less intense since the wait was 10mins vs the 30min wait for the more intense (this was the fast pass line). If you are someone that hates small tight spaces then you can avoid this ride, and they tell you that over and over and over again before the ride begins. It makes you feel like you are taking off in a space shuttle and head to Mars and do some funky flying and what not. There are only four people to a shuttle and each person is given a role and at a specific time you have to press one of your two buttons to make something happen. Also if you get motion sick rather easily (like I do) then you will get a bit dizzy after this one. I’m willing to try the more intense ride next time.
Here are some more of the Disney Characters that we took photos of! Real ones and ones made out of flowers!
After getting the major attractions out of the way we started walking through all the Pavilions. First up was the Mexico Pavilion where the shops, restaurant, and attraction were inside a Aztec Pyramid. It was something to see. We checked out the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros. Which I’m sure most of you remember. It was a cute ride and relaxing.
In the Norway Pavilion they had another boat ride that went through some of Norway’s History, it was called Maelstrom. Just your typical boat ride with a movie to watch once you hit the end.
The other Pavilions we checked out were American Adventure, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, and Morocco. They all had nice gift shops with unique items that are from that country and either a quick service restaurant or a sit down or both! In the Canada Pavilion you could buy Smarties. I forgot that those are a Canadian thing, and no I did not buy any!
At the China pavilion we caught an acrobat show where there were girls spinning pieces of circular cloth on their feet and arms, boys using cans to do acrobatics, and another group of girls using hoola hoops. They were a very talented group of kids.
We had lunch at the Rose & Pub in the United Kingdom Pavilion, it was WELL worth the wait. The girl that served us was from Jersey which is an island off the UK. She was incredibly friendly, funny, and polite. I had roast beef, potatoes, gravy, greens, and Yorkshire pudding! It was absolutely delicious. While were eating we saw two separate women get extremely upset with the servers. One lady got mad because she had to wait to get a table and pointed out there were 3 free tables just sitting there outside. Another woman literally freaked out when they were seated outside and wanted to be inside, and the lovely girl tried to explain nicely that the inside was full and if they wanted to sit inside they would have to wait longer. Then the woman just lost it after hearing the word “wait”. There’s no pleasing some people is there.
This time we didn’t head back to the resort to have a nap. We felt pretty good and weren’t overly tired so we stuck it out. We went and checked out Spaceship Earth which is right inside the Epcot ball. IT was a 16 minute ride that takes you through human history and into the future. It was enjoyable.
A weird thing that we saw was a sky writer that wrote “U + GOD = :)” in the sky. Apparently this guy does it all the time. The guy must have a lot of money and nothing better to do with his time. The message doesn’t bother me at all.
Another thing we checked out was the Coke store that allowed you to sample (for free) soft drinks from around the world. These are the same ones you can try out in Las Vegas. It was enjoyable watching unknowing people try the Beverley drink from Italy!
Then we went and checked out the China Circle Vision movie which was really neat! The movie was projected all around the room so you can see everything in a 360 view. It went through China’s landmarks and other important parts of the beautiful country. For supper we decided that we wanted to have Chinese, so that’s what we had.
After we just walked around taking more photos of all the lovely Disney Characters that were made of flowers. Then we grabbed a spot near the Italy pavilion for the Illuminations show. The area we were in got really crowded quickly and this guy that was standing in this corner left and the crowd just naturally filled in the spot to make room for others. I happened to fill that empty spot and the guy comes back a good 20minutes later and rudely says to me “Do you mind? I didn’t leave.” I found that to be a bit rude but whatever I could still see the show perfectly.
The show was great and what made it even better is we had this 5 year old boy be the commentary for the entire show. Guess what? We have it all on video too! Listen carefully to the background and you can hear him. The video is in two parts!
We left Epcot at around 10:00pm and we were more then done! It was a really long day but very enjoyable. Sadly Jacob wasn’t there to greet us from our adventure. But at least our decorated window was welcoming!
The next day is Hollywood Studios so check back for that! Hope you all are enjoying my trip report!
May 6th, 2010 – Another early morning for us, but this time we got a wake up call from Mickey and his rude friend Stitch. Had to make sure we were up and ready to make it to the Magic Kingdom for rope drop at 8am. Picked up some breakfast in the food court at our resort and we were off!
Thankfully this time our bus driver was able to get to the right park and in a timely manner. The bus was packed, but we made it there just before rope drop! This was the only rope drop we actually made throughout the entire trip. I’d have to say this one was very impressive! After watching the opening that was the first time I fully realized that I’m in Walt Disney World, it was a great feeling. Instead of using a wall of text to explain it to you, I’ll just show you a video! Everyone loves a video.
After watching Mickey and his friends dance around, the park was officially opened for the day! We were using the same tactic as the day before. Get all the major attractions out of the way with minimal wait times and get fast passes for the attractions we want to do again. First up on the list was Space Mountain in Tomorrowland! I wasn’t expecting the ride to be completely in the dark, but it was. I was told that they recently refurbished the attraction and added a video game for people to play while they are waiting in line. Seeing as there was next to no line we didn’t get a chance to play it. Looked like a game where you collected trash and tried to get as much as you can before the timer went out. We enjoyed the ride so much that we walked right back onto it, with no wait. After the second ride we grabbed a fast pass since they were already handing them out for 11am.
After going through space a couple of times we checked out the rest of Tomorrowland. Walking through all the shops and also checked out Stitch’s Great Escape. We walked down to Fantasyland to check out the attractions there. Many of them were for smaller children, so we skipped over them. I’m also not a big fan of rides that spin in fast small circles, which is what the Tea Cups were.
Being my first time to the park I wasn’t aware that Adventureland and Frontierland weren’t open until 9am. A Cast Member kindly told us that after we tried to walk through the castle and we were stopped because they were filming a TV show. So we headed back through Fantasyland then to Tomorrowland and went to see what they were filming. We figured it was just a commercial for the resort since what they were recording looked very generic and no Zac Efron was to be seen, but I could be wrong.
By the time we did all that it was now 9am and the rest of the park was opened! Headed over to Frontierland and checked out the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. The theming of the ride was outstanding! It really felt like you were there. The ride was enjoyable and if you liked the movies I’d recommend going here. After we wanted to check out Splash Mountain, but low and behold they were filming yet again! We ended up going to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad while we waited for Splash Mountain to reopen. When we were done with Big Thunder Mountain Railroad we headed to Splash Mountain and it was reopened! They were still doing some filming but it was of people going down the final drop on the attraction. When we finally got to the final drop I made sure to wave to the cameras! I also got soaking wet, which was to be expected. Next we went to the house of the most famous mouse in the world….
Two words for you: Mickey’s House!
Apparently I have very good tastes in t-shirts because throughout the day I got about 5 questions/compliments about the t-shirt I was wearing. It had a picture of Gizmo from the Gremlin’s movies. I had Cast Members and random people give me thumbs up and high fives because of my shirt. Or maybe everyone was just being nice, who knows. Either way I got a lot of attention that’s for sure.
After our adventure on Splash Mountain we headed to the Haunted Mansion. I really love how the Cast Members really get into their roles. The butler for this attraction kept telling us to “move your bodies alllll the way to the end. If you can fit a body in between yourself and the person in front of you, you can put your body there!”. It was another attraction where you sit in a cart and it just pulls you through and shows you some neat things. The one part that was my favorite is how they made the ghosts look like they were actually there. It’s a bit creepy that they are able to do that but oh so cool. I was saddened that there wasn’t a huge gift shop after the attraction but there was a small cart that had plenty of items for me to spend my money on. I bought a nice Haunted Mansion keychain and a Baby Jack plush (from The Nightmare Before Christmas). The Cast Member working there was asking me if I was going to move into the Mansion (be the 1000th ghost) and talking to me about the Bride. I found it cool how in character they get!
Disney World is not complete until you do It’s A Small World, which is what we did. Yes it was cute but I can see how it could get annoying quickly. Thankfully it’s not overly long. But now I can say that I have done it, and it was enjoyable for what it was.
We headed back to Tomorrowland and got to see the talking trash can. It’s exactly what you are thinking. It’s a trash can that rolls around and talks to guests. It doesn’t have preset phrases there is someone actually doing the voice. It was absolutely hilarious. It was talking to this girl, who had to be about 12 years old, and she was holding her little brother’s hand. The trash can asked her “is this your boyfriend?” she responds with “No, this is my brother”. Then the trash can asks “Now why would you be dating your brother!?”. Oh man I could not stop laughing. Once we were finished with the trash can we checked out the Buzz Lightyear attraction and went to Space Mountain once more before heading back to the hotel for an afternoon nap.
Before heading back to our Resort the skies opened up and poured. We thought we could wait it out but after waiting half an hour we decided to just suffer through the rain to walk to our bus stop. Which is exactly what we did and were soaking wet. But we were already soaked once that day so what’s once more?
After a good hour nap at the resort we decided we wanted to head to Epcot just to walk through it once and eat at one of the pavilions. We decided on eating at the Japanese Pavilion and I got to have Japanese Curry! I haven’t had proper curry since I lived in Japan back in 2003 and it was absolutely delicious! Now since we were going to come back to Epcot we didn’t do any attractions and just walked through the pavilions. Once that was done we headed back to the Magic Kingdom to catch Spectro Magic and Wishes!
Found ourselves a nice spot right at the end of Mainstreet USA near the Castle. Spector Magic was first and it was very cute and very bright! All the characters were wearing lights on them and there were no other lights on in the park. It’s something I highly recommend if are at the Magic Kingdom on the right night! We got a little bit of video so here it is! It’s a playlist so the next video will play.
Once that was done there wasn’t much time until Wishes start so we just stayed where we were since we had a very good view of Cinderella’s Castle. The fireworks were done to music and it was one of the best fireworks displays I’ve seen (the fireworks show done back home are very impressive too). The music fit the show perfectly and I over head a little girl say to her mother “Look mom! Magic IS REAL!”. That was by far the cutest thing I’ve heard any child say. Again another playlist and all the videos will play in order.
What an amazing day! We didn’t get back to our Resort until probably 12:30am and we were up since 6am that morning. It was worth the sore feet and soaked clothing. My favorite part of the day was Splash Mountain, The Haunted Mansion, Spectro Magic, and Wishes. So much to see and do!! The next day is a full day at Epcot! Lots of adventures there! Check back for my blog post on that day!
I leave you with our little friend that lives near our resort hotel room. His name is Jacob the Rabbit. Isn’t he the cutest?
We arrived in Orlando on May 4th at 11pm and got to our Pop Century Resort shortly after midnight. We went to bed right away since we were getting up at 7am to head to the Animal Kingdom for 9am.
Our wakeup call came way too early, and sadly it wasn’t Mickey that was on the phone. But either way we started off our day very early. Went and had breakfast in the food court on the resort and lined up for the bus to the Animal Kingdom!
The bus ride took a bit longer then anticipated because our bus driver was in training and took a wrong turn and we ended up at the Magic Kingdom. It was a great way to start off the trip!
Finally arrived at the park at around 9:30am. Our first thought was to get the major attractions out of the way. So we headed over to Asia and tackled Expedition Everest with a 5 minute wait. It was my favorite ride throughout the entire trip. After the first ride we decided to grab a fast pass so we could enjoy the other attractions and not chance having to wait in line.
Next we hit up the Kali River. As we were walking up to the river a cast member greeted us with “You picked a perfect time to visit, the water is nice and wet!”. That’s just the beginning of the great things we’ve seen and heard from Cast Members. Again the wait time for the ride was only 5 minutes. The ride was much shorter then I anticipated but was still fun none the less. Luckily I was one of the few people that didn’t get soaked on the ride. We ran into this very interesting creature walking about in the forest. She moved ever so elegantly. You can see for yourself … she’s called DeVine.
After we decided to walk around the park and check out the Tree of Life and all the carvings around it. The detail of the carvings was stunning. I couldn’t believe the amount of detail that went into each and every carving. Since A Bug’s Life show was inside the Tree of Life that was our next stop. The show was incredibly cute and enjoyable despite the little girl that was beside me screaming the entire time because she was scared. The spiders and cockroaches were a bit scary so I completely understand why she was scared. No one likes cockroaches running under their bum.
Once the show was done we walked to Dinoland and checked out the Dinosaur ride. Again another 5 minute wait. It was an amusing ride and the animatronics were good. We wanted to check out Finding Nemo The Musical but the show wasn’t for another hour and a half. Instead checked out The Lion King. It was a live musical with a lot of dancing, fire, and acrobats. Lion King is one of my favorite Disney animations so I really enjoyed the show a lot.
For lunch we did counter service at the Yak & Yeti in Asia. The food wasn’t overly terrific and I had a long disgusting hair in my rice bowl. For dessert I had my very first Mickey Ice Cream Bar and it was fantastic! I had to eat it quickly since it was melting pretty quickly. After lunch we went to the Safari which was relaxing and enjoyable.
Our last stop at in the Animal Kingdom was meeting Mickey! We stood in line with the 5 year olds and finally got our photo taken with him. I’ve always wanted to meet Mickey and now I can say I have!
It was around 4pm when we left the Animal Kingdom and headed back to our resort for a nap. We didn’t get much sleep the night before and were up since 6am. Had an hour nap and showered up to head out for supper in Downtown Disney. I really wanted Mickey ears so I decided to get myself a special pair in Downtown Disney. Got my name on the back.
After supper we headed to Hollywood Studios to check out Fantasmic since it only plays twice a week and this would be our only chance to see it. Got there and the first show was already full to capacity so we waited around for the last show of the evening. While we waited we went to the Hollywood Tower of Terror. It wasn’t as BAD as I thought it was but I freaked myself out pretty good. Having nothing to really hold onto when you are dropping makes it worse. I love and hate the feeling of falling at the same time. It’s a love/hate relationship. There was a woman on the ride that was screaming “SAVE ME JESUS” each time we would drop. She also made it very clear that she didn’t like small dark rooms “OH HELL NO, HELL NO!”. At least there was someone else on the ride that was just as freaked out as me.
The line for the Tower of Terror wasn’t very long so we had an hour and a half before the next showing of Fantasmic. Thought we should probably stand in line very early to ensure we got into the show. This was one of the longest waits we had throughout the entire trip but it was absolutely worth it. The show was in an amphitheater and it was a mix of fireworks, pyrotechnics, and water. Instead of explaining it I’ll let you watch it! It’s broken up into three videos which is altogether 27 minutes long.
The show was amazing and I highly recommend it. It was well worth the wait. Make sure that’s on your list of MUST DOs when you visit.
After the fantastic show we caught a bus back to the hotel and before going into our room there were two ducks sitting right outside our door. They were quacking very loudly. I thought that was extremely cute. Never did get a chance to get a photo since they fly away pretty quickly when they saw us.
My first day in Walt Disney World was so much fun, I couldn’t believe that I had 6 more days of this! The next day was an early one again since we were going to the Magic Kingdom for Early Magic Hours at 8am. Also before I forget, here’s my 1st Visit button and all it’s glory! Check back in the next few days for my 2nd day in Walt Disney World!