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Old 06-25-2010, 01:57 PM   #196
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I love Figment too! I liked his other rides better, but at least as long as he still has one...

I also like to take my shoes off for Soarin', my favorite part is to dip them in the water over Redwood Creek, but I don't like to ride it in Epcot. The queue is so drab and boring and after flying home to Disneyland to get off the ride and be 3000 miles from home! It's just not right!

Maybe I'll try it again sometime, but for now I'm content to ride Soarin' at home, besides we don't ridiculous wait times like 140 minutes!

You guys really pack a lot in! Looking forward to hearing how you actually get to all four parks in one day!
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That's quite a list, can't wait to see how many of those things you get to mark off!
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I keep learning more and more about your personality and sense of humour!

definitely a 'you had to be there...' but .... I have a wonderful imagination of all sorts of possible scenarios!

Sounds like you had fun which is really wonderful!!
Yup. A definite "had to be there" moment.


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NEVER MET FIGMENT!!!
Does not compute...system failure....blasphemy...

I have been obsessed with Figment for (good lord I shouldn't have added this up) 20 years...in fact we are almost a year apart in age
I actually MET him a few years back.
And while without the dreamfinder and the original attraction he isn't his same self...I still love figment
As I never met the original, he's going to remain a Figment of my Imagination.

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I love Figment too! I liked his other rides better, but at least as long as he still has one...

I also like to take my shoes off for Soarin', my favorite part is to dip them in the water over Redwood Creek, but I don't like to ride it in Epcot. The queue is so drab and boring and after flying home to Disneyland to get off the ride and be 3000 miles from home! It's just not right!

Maybe I'll try it again sometime, but for now I'm content to ride Soarin' at home, besides we don't ridiculous wait times like 140 minutes!

You guys really pack a lot in! Looking forward to hearing how you actually get to all four parks in one day!
Thanks. I better get moving on this TR if I'm to hit all 4 parks in one day!
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That's quite a list, can't wait to see how many of those things you get to mark off!
Part 2 - coming up! I was almost daunted by it when I put it together; but then I realised that we didn't have to do everything!
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Day 9 – Four Parks, One World… in One Day! Part 2

Saving the World – one country at a time!

After I met the boys, we headed to the Norway Team Possible Recruitment center. We picked up the Kimmunicator and made a beeline for Germany.

DH loves the details of these models. Nothing for me to worry about here!



Someday, when he’s older, I might worry about DS and the blonde models. But for now, nothing for me to worry about here either!



The Kimmunicator triggers off the most amazing ‘hidden Disneys’.




One mission down and it’s already snack time!



And DS never wastes an opportunity to play on some drums. I had to remind him about Saving the World!




Time to check out the China Syndrome!



Mysterious ‘hidden Disneys’ miraculously appeared everytime we hit the buttons on the Kimmunicator.







DH and I shared a green tea slushie from China! If I’m ever back there, I’m getting myself another one just for myself!


Mexico was next on the list…and I hoped that we wouldn't run into any Drug Lords.



Push another button and yet another ‘hidden Disney’ erupts!



And I love that the Kim Possible missions bring life and light into the most innocuous of displays everywhere! Even those that seem to be there for the theming aspects!



The numbers formed a code that when entered into the Kimmunicator, allowed us to proceed with the mission.

A most illuminating activity to do at Epcot and we saved the world in Mexico as well.





I’ll be the first to acknowledge that Saving the World is a most worthwhile endeavour – but we were all starving by this point.

The Cantina de San Angel might be closed; but there was a kiosk outside of the pavilion serving food.

DS got the nachos supreme.



DH decided on the standard nachos (I have no idea why!).



This was definitely the pick of the 3 meals! The Cheese Quesadilla was really delicious.



Recharged, we pressed on with Saving the World.



Kim Possible seems to be everywhere - even in England (James Bond must be elsewhere on another mission)! Would you believe that we got a golf ball out of the change box?



Which we put in here for the next set of instructions…



Believe it or not, the toy soldier actually talks! Listen carefully or the world will end!


For those eagle-eyed readers, you may notice that I am wearing my birthday pin. It was past 1 pm by this stage and it was probably my birthday in Australia....so I figured I could legitimately wear the pin .


And we found that even butterfly wings carry ‘hidden Disneys’.



All our Kim Possible missions were completed and it was time to say goodbye to the Kimmunicator. I don’t know if anyone posts real letters or postcards using this mailbox – but it’s real function is as a cell phone recycling box.



DH just loves being the thorn amongst the roses! So, I took this picture to keep him happy.



And we ran into more familiar friends in England.



I found this picture in our collection and I’ve posted it for a fellow Aussie to look at. I might be a “cruel, cruel woman”…but as I don’t have any R&C food porn, I don’t think I can be accused (this time).



For anyone who hasn’t done the Kim Possible thing at Epcot, do yourself a favour. It doesn’t matter if you have kids or not. A whole world of seemingly static window displays comes alive with that Kimmunicator and it helps you see the countries in a whole new different way. It is well worth the effort and in our travels this day, we came across numerous adults who were doing the missions without kids!

It was way past 2 pm by this stage and we still had 3 parks to go.....we were going to need a heap of Disney to get through our list!

[Up next - only 2 hours to spend at Magic Kingdom]
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Well don't come to AZ! We seem to be having a ton of problems with them here!

Wow I am so going to do the Kim Possible missions next time! I thought it was going to be cheesy but maybe not so much and besides I go on the hunt for characters so it can't be all bad right??
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Well don't come to AZ! We seem to be having a ton of problems with them here!

Wow I am so going to do the Kim Possible missions next time! I thought it was going to be cheesy but maybe not so much and besides I go on the hunt for characters so it can't be all bad right??
During the Kim Possible missions, we bumped into Alice, Mary, Jasmine, Ali, Snow White, Pooh, Tigger. Unfortunately, DS didn't want to stop except for Pooh and Tigger. The queues were too long for the others; so it never quite worked out for me.
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We haven't done any of the Kim Possible missions yet, but they look like they might be fun. I think my youngest especially would enjoy them
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We haven't done any of the Kim Possible missions yet, but they look like they might be fun. I think my youngest especially would enjoy them
I had originally thought that KP had every chance of being lame. And to someone else it might be. But we had a great time with it! Let me know what you think when you get the opportunity to try it out.
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Day 9 – Four Parks, One World… in One Day! Part 3

The Mountains of Magic Kingdom – in under 2 hours

It was way past 2 pm by the time we completed our Epcot items of Test Track, Soarin’ and Kim Possible/shopping round the World Showcase. These attractions had taken way more time than I had thought and my hopes of completing everything on our list were fast evaporating.

Next on our list was the Mountains of MK – all 3 of them! I had no idea if we were going to be able to achieve this aim; but given that there seemed to be low crowds at Epcot, it was worth a trip out there.

We caught the monorail out and after transferring at the TTC, we got into MK around 3.30 pm. I realized very quickly that MK was not as busy on this day either.

After doing the RnRC several times at HS, DS decided that he was up for the challenge of Space Mountain. And given that this was the one mountain that he hadn’t gotten on all week, DH rushed off to Tomorrowland to pick up fast passes for Space Mountain.

DS and I headed out for Splash Mountain; but it didn’t take much to side-track me.



After turtles, this is my most favourite snack and it just screams Disney Park to me!

Once again, we’ve seriously underdone photographs at MK (non-existent)! It seems to be a consistent theme for us this trip.

We got to the waterfall and the stand-by line was 20 minutes. 20 minutes on a hot, humid afternoon? Either we were dreaming or Pixie dust was working for us today!


DH caught up with us at this point and we got in line. I got completely soaked on this ride and had to walk around in my wet clothes for the rest of the afternoon. Splash Mountain down; 2 to go.

The stand-by line for Big Thunder Mountain was 35 minutes. So, we got in line and we were amazed! Within 40 minutes of getting in line, we had 2 mountains down and 1 to go.

With fast passes in hand, we headed across to Space Mountain. Our window hadn’t opened up but stand-by was 10 minutes. DS loved this ride and we naturally rode it again with our fast passes! For the record, I believe that this ride is much better at DLR. The ride at WDW is a little jerky and I don’t think (but don’t know for sure) it is as long or the curves as tight as the DLR version.

We started to head out and make our way to the next park; but when we walked past the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, I knew we had to make a detour in. This had not been on our list to do but it is an attraction that isn’t at DLR and none of us had ever done this attraction before. The comedy routine was great at times and corny at worst. But it was certainly worth our stop because DH ended up being Randall and DS was absolutely thrilled to see his dad up on the big screen!
And I don’t care what Laugh Floor thinks! DH is still a prince to me.

It was nearly 6 pm by the time we came out of the Laugh Floor; and we had achieved what I had thought was impossible - riding the 3 Magic Kingdom mountains in half an afternoon and literally without the use of fast passes! Given our experience last week with the crowds, I certainly didn't think this was possible at all!

But as we still had 2 parks to make and more of our wish list to accomplish, none of us wasted any time thinking about impossible missions!

[Up next – Asia and Bugs at night!]
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Wow...I am totally impressed with how fast you guys are cruising the world, and getting so much done!

These crowd levels are more like what we experienced our entire week...only I know this was well after we had left.

And as for that Dismeet...wow! Our Cinco meet was a LOT more tame!
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Woo Hoo for getting all 3 mountains done, even while arriving in the late afternoon - that's awesome! Again, I will agree with you that DLRs Space Mountain is better than WDWs. I was really hoping the referb would bring it closer to the DL version, but it's not even close.
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Your so indulgent! I couldn't bring myself to have all those tasty treats! I love looking at the food porn though!
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Wow...I am totally impressed with how fast you guys are cruising the world, and getting so much done!

These crowd levels are more like what we experienced our entire week...only I know this was well after we had left.

And as for that Dismeet...wow! Our Cinco meet was a LOT more tame!
Both DisMeets were great for different reasons! I'm only sorry that I had a major headache at the Cinco meet and didn't interact a lot more with everyone.

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Woo Hoo for getting all 3 mountains done, even while arriving in the late afternoon - that's awesome! Again, I will agree with you that DLRs Space Mountain is better than WDWs. I was really hoping the referb would bring it closer to the DL version, but it's not even close.
I keep wondering if I dreamed that afternoon at MK.

I think its nice that the rides are a little different at the different parks - but you're right about Space.

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I don't go to Disney all that often; and we're walking soooo much that it doesn't seem to be indulgent at all. But you're right! We like our sweet things!
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Day 9 – Four Parks, One World… in One Day! Part 4

EMH at AK

The reason that 4 parks in one day was a possibility for us to achieve was due to the fact that today was Wednesday and we had the privilege of evening EMH at Animal Kingdom. The make or break for us came down to one thing. We had to catch a bus from MK over to AK.

And we nearly didn’t make it there!

There was an AK bus waiting at the bus stop but DS had to make a pit stop and we ended up missing that bus. A bus to HS pulled in and with a look at each other, DH and I *almost* got on this bus instead. But given how the day had panned out so far, I decided to chance our luck again.

The next bus came along within 5 minutes and it was heading to AK. Lady Luck and Pixie Magic were still with us!



We headed straight for Everest. In twilight lighting, the Mountain looks gorgeous.



DH decided to sit this one out. So, DS and I headed in together. There was no queue and it was walk straight on only.
If you look carefully at the picture, you might be able to see DS and myself on the coaster.

DS wanted to do it again and managed to persuade DH to get on as well. DS would have gotten on to this ride a third time but I reminded him that it was getting colder and if he left it any later, we would not be getting on Kali.

Kali was also walk straight on and it also ended up being a 2-ride experience. This time, we had decided to ask for extra plastic bags from the Everest photo shop. The bags were strategically ‘worn’ to keep “bits” of us dry.

We then headed for the tree. Again, the twilight lighting makes for a gorgeous shot.



DS had never been keen on 4-D movies; but tonight he had no choice. DH and I made him sit through It’s Tough to be A Bug. It’s one of our favourite movie experiences at a Disney Park. Sadly, I don’t think we convinced DS to become keener on 4-D movies this night. And he particularly didn't enjoy the "end bit" (pun intended) of the experience (which is of course DH and my favourite part). Maybe next time!

I’m glad we took the time out with a PhotoPass photographer for this shot. I’m also particularly thankful that we passed him our camera to take this shot.



Compared to the ones on the Disney PhotoPass (I’ve ordered the DVD and am waiting for it to arrive), this shot is the pick of the bunch!

I have one point of interest to share about our night at AK. I met a really nice elderly gentleman over at Kali and over the course of our conversation; he told me that he was here on a Grand Gathering.
Figuring that we might have something in common, I asked him how many in the party (thinking he might say about 9 or 10). There were 17 of them! And he had paid for his entire family of 17 for their trip! There were about 8 members missing and he’s been doing this every year for the last 4 or 5 years; and planning the trip for next year.

Sir, if you’re out there, please adopt me into your family.

And for anyone else reading this who was traveling with their extended family – image planning a trip for 17 (or 25!).

We had managed to get through our list at AK thanks to EMH! 3 parks down and one to go!

[Up next - The second showing at DHS]
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You are just crusing right through that list!

And, no I can't imagine trying to plan a trip for 17 (or 25!) people and being able to make everyone happy - ugggg, no thank you!
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