I present to you a recounting of some Thoughts and Observations from my recent trip to Disney World.
I don't care that I've seen actual castles and that this one is made of plastic. I still like it.
1) Space Mountain rocks. I mean, seriously, I see how people get addicted to it.
2) Speaking of being addicted, our ride-addiction was Star Tours at Hollywood Studios. This ride was great when I first ride it in the '90s, but the addition of 3D and multiple scenes makes it really cool. I understand that they have up to 50 different scenarios, though it appears that they pick a handful for each day and recycle those. We rode 4 times, until things started repeating and we got sick of the underwater gungan episode (not that it wasn’t well done, we just hate gungans).
AT-AT in front of Star Tours
Droid inside waiting line for Star Tours. Sadly, my pictures of C-3PO and R2 turned out a bit dark. But this guy is cute.
3) I would live in the Haunted Mansion. Really, the building is just pretty. I wouldn’t even mind the ghosts.
Oh no! A haunted bookshelf!
4) Going to Disney World without any children makes you an oddball. Seriously, we saw maybe twenty couples without noticeable children the whole time we were there. But it also means that you get to cut ahead in line. I can’t tell you how many times we were waiting and one of the ride operators would start looking for a group of two to fill in the last seats on a ride. We got so that we had ninja reflexes for shooting our hands into the air and could even anticipate when the operator would start asking for twos. And getting to waltz onto a ride ahead of thirty people feels awesome.
5) But watch out for strollers. I was attacked by one within an hour of arriving—as in, broken-skin-on-my-heel attacked. Luckily, guest services is quite prepared to hand out Bandaids and Polysporin.
6) Epcot is way more awesome as an adult. I went to Disney World when I was about sixteen, and I recall being bored about half the time I was at Epcot. As an adult, I found it much more enjoyable, especially the ride through the greenhouses in “Living with the Land.” Though I would have loved some of the new rides they have at any age—Mission: Space and Soarin’ were total fun. The revival of Captain Eo, though, which stars Michael Jackson in his prime is just, um, well . . . there are few words to describe it. (“On crack” might work, though that would also work for a lot dance videos from the '80s.)
Chocolate! A cocoa plant inside Living With the Land.
I'm not sure what I thought bananas looked like while growing, but they didn't have a tail.
7) Speaking of Epcot, I want a jumping fountain like this one. I want it now, in my yard. (But if I get one, I probably won’t do any work ever again, because I’ll be too busy watching the fountain all day. So, fair warning.)
Jumping fountain. Seriously, this thing is so awesome! I could have watched it all day.
8) Speaking of things I want for my yard, here’s another from outside the Lego store in Downtown Disney.
Lego Maleficent. And Prince Charming, but who cares about him? (Wonder how much that kit would cost . . .)
9) Dumbo is fun at any age.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant--ah nostalgia!
10) Best overheard sentence. I leaving a ride behind a woman and her seven-year-old boy, and this beautiful bird was hanging out nearby. As we passed it, I heard her say, in a very serious tone that indicated this had been a problem for this child before, “Don’t you touch that bird’s butt!” (Which lead me to lots of questions re this child and bird-butt-touching, but I felt it would be rude to ask them.)
11) For someone like me, who knows literally almost every Disney song backwards and forwards, and can even tell you when various instrumental songs are played during the movies, Disney World is so very, very sweet and very, very dangerous all at the same time. Sweet because I love those songs and dangerous because I want to start singing along.
12) And, finally, a shout-out to the guidebook and websites we used. As my husband can attest, I am A Planner when it comes to vacations. I like to know exactly what we’re doing each day, the restaurants we want to try, etc., so we don’t waste valuable vacation time figuring out what to do each morning. To that end, I bought Mini Mickey: The Pocket-Sized Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World
by Bob Sehlinger and Ritchey Halphen, and used the handy Touring Plan guides for each park we visited: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios. They tell you what rides to ride in what in order, and they were phenomenal in terms of keeping us ahead of the crowds (though I’ll also say we’re really fast walkers). In any case, we didn’t wait more than 30 minutes for any ride, and most of the time the wait was shorter. Also AllEars
was hugely helpful in terms of picking out a Disney resort (we chose Port Orleans Riverside and were pleased with it) and knowing where to find food we’d like in the parks.
In short, it was a great trip. And a here few more pics, just cause.
In Epcot by the scientific advances plaques. My favorite is, of course, the printing press.
I don't care that the Mad Tea Party is basically a cute version of a regular fair ride. I love it.
Oh noes! I've been jailed with Evil Emperor Zurg!