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disneycub
12-04-2000, 08:36 PM
I'm writing this report late at night, mostly because I am still keyed up from the wonderful day we had at the World.

I was wide awake at 5:00 am this morning, and was actually waiting by the phone for Mickey's wake-up call. Got a warm shower, and had a breakfast of Fruit Loops and milk.

We were out the door by 7:00 am (still dark and cold out) for Early Entry into the Magic Kingdom. Main Street was beautifully decorated for the holidays, and Christmas music filled the air....but I guess I haven't gotten into the Christmas spirit as of yet. It'll come, I know it will.

We decided to go to Fantasyland immediately, where we found no waits for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. This attraction is just adorable and the special effects are lots of fun. We rode through it twice. The dream sequence is something to see, and the Heffalump that blows a smoke ring at you was something else.

We then took a trip to Never Never Land with Peter and the Darling Children, and braved the Adventures of Snow White. I remember being in Disneyland for the first time, and the Snow White attraction scared me into not doing any more dark rides. Apparently I've gotten over that.

We went over to Tomorrowland, and rode Buzz Lightyear. This attraction is so much fun! You aim laser cannons at moving targets and gain points by hitting them. I only got 27,500 points, which probably didn't qualify me for any kind of Space Ranger....actually I was having too good a time shooting a father and his young son in the space pod behind us.

Fast Pass was not open yet for Space Mountain, and there was a 20 minute wait....and it was every part of 20 minutes if not more. I dunno....Space Mountain just doesn't do it for me any more. It messes up my back and neck big time (darling, I am growing old....silver threads among the gold).

From there, we went to do the Haunted Mansion (always great fun), and Pirates of the Carribean. There was a live cast member in the last room, tied to a chair with an AA figure. Guess I have been spoiled by the Disneyland version of Pirates. The Magic Kingdom's version is good, but doesn't even come close to Disneyland's. The drop here is minor, there's no bayou section, and it just didn't seem quite as good. End of editorial comment.

We decided to brave the cold weather, and go on Splash Mountain anyway. There was virtually no line (gee, wonder why....). We sat in the front of the log and got pretty much soaked. For some reason, I just love this attraction. Note to maintenance, however. Check Brer Rabbit's shirt on the "leaving home" scene. You could see the mechanics *through* his shirt. How do you spell T-A-C-K-Y?

By that time, it was around 11:30, and we went to Casey's Corner for a hot dog. Looked through some of the shops, and decided to take the Monorail over to the Contemporary to look around. Big mistake. I saw the $1,000 fiber optic Main Street Electrical Parade wool and leather coat. Somebody I know wants it for Christmas! Are you listening, Santa? Are you?? I've been a fairly good boy this year.......

We came back to the Wilderness Lodge, and took about a 3.5 hour break. I fell asleep almost immediately and woke myself up by my own snoring (I'd make a lousy husband, lover, what-have-you.....).

We took off for MGM around 4:00 pm. It was still very chilly outside, so I layered with a t-shirt, sweat shirt, and jacket. We went over there primarily to see Fantasmic!, but I was lured by the Rock n' Roller Coaster. Even if it is an off-the-shelf ride, it sure is a blast! The 0-60 mph take-off is breathtaking, not to mention that 360 and the roll. Love the ride, love the soundtrack!

After RNR, we got in line for Fantasmic! and were seated in the Mickey section, dead center, almost at the top. Hard to tell which version I enjoy better. The pirate ship is missing from the Magic Kingdom version, but Malificent's dragon is much better here. You can see it a lot better than you can in Disneyland. There sure were a lot of parents who were hightailing it out of the amphitheater once Mickey's dreams turned into nightmares. And then there were the people who were just leaving before the show was over to beat the crowds, which I found rather rude to the performers and to the people who were trying to watch the performance. The parents with frightened children I can understand...... (getting off my soapbox.....)

We had some time, so I suggested we go and see the Osbourne family lights. We got the glasses that turned each light into a snowflake design, which was fun. It was also blowing snow on New York Street. One "flake" landed right in my ear, which gave me the shivers.....the display itself was something to see.

After we exited MGM, we got in the car and blasted over to the Boardwalk for our Illuminations Cruise. Thanks, Jessica! We had a wonderful skipper, CM Lori, who provided lots of very welcome blankets for our cruise around. Illuminations 2000: Reflections of Earth is absolutely wonderful, and from our vantage point under the International Gateway we had the perfect seats. The show just gave me the chills (like I didn't have them already from the cold!). We met Jim Thompson and his wife, and Deb and Deb from Maine. A perfect way to end a perfect night.

Tomorrow: Morning off, and Epcot Future World tomorrow afternoon.

Expenses:

Junk Food: Around $20.00
Mousekeeping: $2.00
Jelly Bellys (gotta have ‘em!) $5.00
Fantasmic Glow in the Dark Pin: $8.00
Illuminations Cruise: $24.00
Memories: Priceless (and I'm not kidding) :D

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LisaTx
12-04-2000, 09:14 PM
27,500? Snicker, snicker. ;) Hey Steve, hold the trigger down next time. :D

I agree about Space Mountain. It's really rough.

That jacket sounds amazing! :eek: You must have to be really good to get something like that from Santa. :eek:

Fantasmic, the Osborne Lights and an Illuminations Cruise. You guys were really busy. I bet the memories were priceless. :)

Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

Lisa :)

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Marla Hellwig
01-22-2001, 10:27 AM
Don't know if your Captain Lori was the same one we had in July but ours was very nice. Also enjoyed our cruise. Thanks for posting!