|10-02-2006, 01:32 PM||#1|
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Chicago suburbs
Trip Report in Progress -- Part II (10/1)
Trip Report in Progress – Part II
Got up at about 10 AM, had some breakfast, and tried to read some online news. No dice. Internet connection was unhappy. After a call to WDW internet support, during which they discovered a software problem on their end and correct, all was well. Went down to the lobby to catch a bus to MK, first asking whether they had available the weekly schedules for this week. Nope. Nothing yet. Bummer. Found out that MK has EMH tonight. Maybe we’ll check that out, but maybe not. It’s supposed to be 92 today, and it’s certainly pretty hot right now….
Headed off to MK, arriving there a bit before 11. Feeling more disneyfied after staring down Main Street! Yay!! Headed off to the new POTC, but made a brief stop by the Enchanted Tiki Room. I think I’ll just say that we won’t be visiting that attraction again.
Headed off to POTC, where there’s a 30 minute line – not too bad. I like to people watch while in line, especially when people engage in unusual or unbelievable behavior. Today’s unbelievable behavior was precipitated by a 5 y/o boy who would bite the arms of his grandmother, father, and mother when they tried to move him along in line (they were about 10 feet ahead of us). It was hard not to stare. All of the adults had huge red welts on their arms from this little cannibal. Now, I know that if I had done what that kid was doing, my parents would have ensured that I had to get dentures, IYKWIM. At the least, I would have been frog-marched out of the park and been made to sit on my little arse in a corner of the hotel room for the rest of the day. Aiyah!!
Anyway, the ride was a blast. Love the new Davy Jones smoke/water effect. I think what’s great about the ride now is that there a sense of an obvious story that keeps the ride cohesive, rather than a bunch of semi-related scenes from a pirate’s life. (And I’m sure Disney loves this: more $$ for them from the films.) Of course, if you haven’t seen the movies, then the ride really doesn’t make sense – and you’re no more lost than you would have been in the original ride. Overall, I think it’s a gain for everyone.
After POTC, we ate lunch at Pecos Bill’s in Frontierland. Lunch was pretty good. Then we got FPs for BTMR and hotfooted it over to Tomorrowland. Had desserts, then got another FP for SM. Hotfooted it back to Frontierland via Liberty Square (the parade was just starting, so it took a bit longer than expected).
BTMR was pretty awesome. We were in the last car, and had two screaming teenage girls behind us. They screamed whether it was scary or not. They even continued to scream as we entered the station and *after* they got off the ride. I made a few loud comments to Eric about what a screamingly good ride it was (which had the couple in front of us laughing). Then, as we got outside, I turned quickly around, and, looking at them, screamed a high-pitched scream that had the two girls jumping out of their socks and screaming out of real fright. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. It was like watching one of my cats unexpectedly jump in fright when they see themselves in the mirror, complete with “poof-tail.” What a hoot!
Afterward, we headed back to Tomorrowland to use our SM FPs. On the way out of Adventureland, we were lucky enough to see Capt. Jack Sparrow put on a show. It was one of the best side-shows I’ve seen in a long time, and the actor had all of Sparrow’s mannerisms and speech affectations down pat.
Arrived in Tomorrowland, did the TTA, then SM. I still think that the left side of SM has the best track. Can’t decide whether EE is better than SM. SM has continuous darkness plus a longer ride going for it; yet EE is faster and a bit more exciting, somehow. Plus, the theming at SM is *very* dated. Hmmm. Still not sure. Oh well.
Anyway, by that time it was 4 PM and we were ready to head back to the hotel. Many screaming children were on the bus, but fortunately, BW was the very first stop! Woo hoo!!
Back to the room for a bit of refreshment before joining jdvm (whom we’d never met before) for dinner at the Flying Fish Cafe. He is an awesome guy, and dinner was lots of fun. Let me say, if you like fish or a good steak, FF is definitely the place to go!!
Afterward, since I was slightly toasted (I think it was the after-dinner port, though it could easily have been the wine or Bay Breeze during dinner, or even the Pina CoLava beforehand at the Bellevue Lounge….), we headed back to the room and watched Seattle die a painful death at the hands of my new hometown team, Da Bears. Woo hoo! Then it was sleepy time.
Tomorrow: Epcot, I think!
|10-02-2006, 05:18 PM||#3|
Glad to hear no more falling objects today! Sounds like you had a much better time in the MK. Although the biter and screamers sounded a little annoying Thanks for sharing! (And while you're sharing...feel free to send one of those PinaCoLavas this way )
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