Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios

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An early morning wake-up put us at the very front of the line to enter the Magic Kingdom; in fact, we were the first family through our turnstile.  I got a fun shot of Mickey with his hand in front of his face by accident, so I call it my paparazzi shot.  We got on a number of rides:

  • Splash Mountain (rode with Dad on this one)
  • Big Thunder Mountain (Mom and I were in the very front car)
  • Haunted Mansion (one of the singing busts was down and my mom actually spotted someone dressed in black working on it)
  • It's a Small World (the entrance is being redone right now, the loading area is whiter than I remember, they also have redone some of the rooms and dolls since the last time I rode this attraction.  I always think the platypi look pretty aggressive)
  • Monsters INC Laugh Floor (what's the capital of Russia? R!)
  • Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin (I think the lasers are going bad since I only scored 2700 total; I haven't had a score that low in an extremely long time if ever)
  • Carousel of Progress (not always running, I appreciated getting the chance to ride through this family's journey across the 20th century)
  • wandered through Mickey's Toontown Country Fair
  • Peter Pan's Magical Flight (though a simple design, I love this older attraction)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (although the line stretched outside the pavillion, it moved quickly; we had to deal with line cutters somewhat though which did get frustrating; the family ahead of us had a little girl who was crying at the beginning of the line but zonked out on her dad's shoulder before we got to the loading area)
  • my parents saw the Enchanted Tiki Room

In the afternoon we took short naps back at the resort.

Hide from the paparazzi!
  Then we boarded a water taxi down to Downtown Disney.  I found a T-shirt for my "niece" (best friend just had a baby three days before I flew to Florida), got free samples at Ghiradelli Chocolate, and then had dinner at the Earl of Sandwich.

That evening we headed over to Hollywood Studios just in time to see the final show of American Idol: The Experience.  Seven amazing performers--the winners from each of the earlier shows in the day--took the stage for 90 seconds to wow the crowd.  After the performance the three judges gave their input, positive comments overall from the two women and a mixed bag of comments from the man (supposed to be Simon's counterpart).  Our winner was a 14-year old boy from Massachusetts whose strong voice filled the auditorium with his rendition of "You Keep Me Hanging On.

"  As we walked out of the building, we noticed a very cloudy sky; sure enough, the rain started coming down before we were able to get to a gift shop for shelter.  We spent the next hour or so hopping from store to store, our very simple ponchos keeping us dry over the short distances.  As we neared the end of Sunset Boulevard, we decided to forego the waiting in the Hollywood Bowl for Fantasmic (there would be seating still available even only five minutes before the show) and rode Tower of Terror twice and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster once (Dad actually sat this one out).  Our decision proved to be a very smart one: they cancelled the showings of Fantasmic due to weather.  Tower of Terror is our favorite attraction in the park so that was definitely time much better spent!

kerisina says:
I will go over there this oct...
thanks for the tips....
Keri
Posted on: Jul 18, 2009
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