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Old 03-04-2010, 06:46 PM   #91
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DH loves Off Kilter. I had to promise him we could stop and watch them this trip.

I too don't ride the orange side on Mission Space. I did it one time and that was enough for me. Green side rules!

I don't know when, but we are definately going to have to go to Beaches and Cream and at least get a No Way Jose. Maybe even a Kitchen Sink. I wonder how many calories are in each of those. Wait! Since you're in Disney, it's fat free and calorie free. Right?
Dug definitely enjoyed Off Kilter, and so did I. Wouldn't mind stopping to watch them for a little longer sometime.

I'm very curious what the Orange side of Mission Space is like, but I'm thinking it wouldn't be wise for me to go on it, since any ride with intense spinning (i.e. Tilt-a-Whirl, etc.) hurts my head. I'm not so much worried about my stomach as I am about ending up with a horrible headache.

It's funny how something as calorific as a No Way Jose can look positively dinky compared to a Kitchen Sink! And, yes, with all the walking you do at Disney, I believe all the food is calorie free!
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Just found your report and am really enjoying it. We're leaving in about a week and a half and planning on trying the 4 parks in a day challenge. I don't know if we'll be able to do all the headliners though because we'll have two roller coaster-leery eight year olds. I'm trying to figure out which park would be best to go to first. I had also thought AK would be best to go to in the morning. But then I guess there's no chance of TSM in DHS. Decisions, decisions...
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Loved the Epcot and B&C update! That ice cream looks good! One of these days we will make it over there for the Kitchen Sink. I've only ever been there once (and it was with girlfriends) and we made the mistake of eating first (really good burgers though) - and then we couldn't get the Kitchen Sink since we were too full! Ended up splitting a regular sundae similar to the No Way Jose! I can't remember which one right now - something with brownies! It was delicious! Anyway...carry on....

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Found the thread last night. I'm hooked. Going with friends in Oct. It will be my first time at the Poly. It looks like the tonga toast is a must. I'm very impressed with the 4 parks in a day idea, but I don't know if I could do it.

I have a son in a wheelchair. The stops on Buzz, probably, were to allow wheelchairs on and they have to be strapped down, before the ride can continue. This also happens on WP. HM, PoC and SE at Epcot (to name a few) stop to allow us to transfer from the chair to the ride, which for us can take longer than the rides where they put the chair on.

Can't wait for the next installment.
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I've already pulled together my video into an 8-minute synopsis.
Loved the videos!

I'm very impressed with your "4 parks 1 day" so far! Can't wait to hear about the ToT library...
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Just found your report and am really enjoying it. We're leaving in about a week and a half and planning on trying the 4 parks in a day challenge. I don't know if we'll be able to do all the headliners though because we'll have two roller coaster-leery eight year olds. I'm trying to figure out which park would be best to go to first. I had also thought AK would be best to go to in the morning. But then I guess there's no chance of TSM in DHS. Decisions, decisions...
Welcome! That's cool that you're going to try 4 parks in 1 day! Here's the three pieces of advice I have, based on our day:
1.) Pick a low-crowd day. We like to check the crowd calendar on touringplans.com. The day we did it was rated a "4", which is very low-crowd.
2.) Make sure the parks have long enough hours and take advantage of EMH, if possible. We had 8-9am EMH (at AK) and 7-10pm EMH (DHS), which we felt was plenty of time. The crowds seemed to thin a bit during EMH too. And, I could be wrong, but I'm guessing that MK and Epcot were not as busy because they did NOT have EMH, so people w/o park hoppers would be stuck in AK and/or DHS.
3.) Figure out what your priorities are for this day. For us, it wasn't so much doing all the headliners, it was more that we wanted to fully experience all four parks throughout the day. And we definitely got that. If we had wanted to do all the headliners, the ones we missed were: Space Mountain, Big Thunder, and Soarin'. But, if we'd really wanted to do those that day, we could have if we'd given up the sit-down meals, the riding things twice, the wandering around the BC/YC, the listening to Off Kilter, etc.

Oh, and stay tuned--we will do Toy Story Mania! Enjoy your trip and have fun!

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Loved the Epcot and B&C update! That ice cream looks good! One of these days we will make it over there for the Kitchen Sink. I've only ever been there once (and it was with girlfriends) and we made the mistake of eating first (really good burgers though) - and then we couldn't get the Kitchen Sink since we were too full! Ended up splitting a regular sundae similar to the No Way Jose! I can't remember which one right now - something with brownies! It was delicious! Anyway...carry on....
I've heard the burgers there were good, but we were so not hungry by then! Hope you get your Kitchen Sink someday!

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Found the thread last night. I'm hooked. Going with friends in Oct. It will be my first time at the Poly. It looks like the tonga toast is a must. I'm very impressed with the 4 parks in a day idea, but I don't know if I could do it.

I have a son in a wheelchair. The stops on Buzz, probably, were to allow wheelchairs on and they have to be strapped down, before the ride can continue. This also happens on WP. HM, PoC and SE at Epcot (to name a few) stop to allow us to transfer from the chair to the ride, which for us can take longer than the rides where they put the chair on.

Can't wait for the next installment.
Welcome! Enjoy the Poly! And definitely try some Tonga Toast!

That's good to know about the wheelchairs. I wonder if that was what happened on Buzz? I didn't see anything, but I had plenty of distraction. (Although, the Winnie the Pooh and Toy Story Mania breakdowns on our September trip for sure were not wheelchairs, as we had to get out of our vehicles mid-ride and be escorted out!)

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Loved the videos!

I'm very impressed with your "4 parks 1 day" so far! Can't wait to hear about the ToT library...
Thanks, glad you enjoyed! Hope to get the rest of the day posted this weekend.
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Day 4 - Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - Four Parks in One Day: DHS & 2nd Dinner

It took a little bit, but eventually a boat arrived and brought us to Hollywood Studios. We arrived just before 8pm. Two Extra Magic Hours left!



Once we got into the park, Dug made a stop at the restrooms just inside DHS. I leaned against a tree while waiting. Then I looked up:



Boy those are tall!

DHS is so pretty all lit up at night:



We passed a DVC booth:



This became a running joke throughout our trip because all their advertising is “Disney’s best-kept secret!” Really? Do they really think so? Because it’s on the sides of busses, billboards, booths everywhere you go, etc. If Disney’s idea of keeping a secret is putting it on the sides of busses, they have to re-think that! So, every time we saw DVC, we’d say to each other, “Oh, look, it’s a secret!!!” Just silly.

Anyway, we had checked the tip board and the waits didn’t look too bad. We decided to go to the Tower of Terror first. The posted wait time was only 10 minutes. It was basically a walk-on. There was a lady and her son in front of us in the line that had a Hidden Mickeys book. We have this book, but haven’t really looked at it much. But this woman was desperately trying to find a Hidden Mickey in the boiler room. Dug spotted one on the wall and showed her and she was thrilled!

We made our way into the library/pre-show area. The CM announced, “Your rooms are not ready yet”. I whispered to Dug, and he repeated out loud to the nearby guests, “Will you send us a text message when they’re ready?” We got a few laughs from the people around us. I mean, if you’re staying at a Disney resort, this probably sounds familiar.

This was a good ride on the Tower of Terror. I actually videotaped the whole thing! It’s different riding this when both of your hands are wrapped around a camera you’re holding in the air. You definitely float off your seat! But I held onto the camera and got some cool, but blurry footage. We actually saw a ghost on one of our drops…we’d never seen that one before. And, of course, the view of DHS at night is so pretty.

Once we exited, we decided to check on the wait time for RnRC. Sign said 50 minutes! Yuck. We’re not really line people…we either get in short lines or do Fast Pass. So, we decided to go on ToT again while we waited for the line to hopefully get shorter. It was another walk-on. I didn’t videotape this time, so I could just enjoy the ride. We ended up in the other library this time, by the way. On our first ride, someone asked the CM about a Hidden Mickey in the library. They said it was in the other one. So, we asked in this one. They said it isn’t there anymore. Oh, well. I love how the ride is always different on ToT!

Once we left there, it was about 9pm. We now remembered that RnRC had a Single Rider Line.



There was no time posted for the SRL, so we asked the CM at the entrance and she told us it was about 15-20 minutes. Seemed reasonable. We got in line. So far, so good, we thought as we walked full-speed past the 50-minute standby line. We got up to the part right before the pre-show area and the CM there stopped us to tell us that they were closing the SRL because it was getting too long. But we were still okay? Sure, he said. And how long is the wait? 30 minutes, he said. Okay, guess we’ll stay in this line. Big mistake!

We went into the pre-show area. Aerosmith invited us along. We stepped into the limo-boarding area. The SRL goes along the back, behind the standby line. There were a lot of people. The standby line was moving. The SRL was not. We stood there, watching people go by. Occasionally, a single rider would be allowed to board. I don’t know what it is about this ride. On Test Track, single riders get put in pretty frequently. Not here. Very rare. So, we kept on waiting.

The guy in front of us was getting very frustrated. He explained to us that he was a “true” single rider (here by himself) and was really upset that he was being made to wait longer than non-singles. Many people in the SRL were saying that they should just load up a car with single riders every so often, just to move us along a bit. It wouldn’t have noticeably slowed down the standby line any. It got to the point that I was really tempted to jump over the rope and into the standby line when there was a gap between groups coming in. It was annoying knowing that we’d likely been in line longer than the people who were getting on the ride. We managed to stick it out, though.

After nearly 40 minutes, we finally got called. I was first and was talking to the family that I was to be riding with (we were not in the cars yet). They said that they had only waited 20 minutes standby. I saw Dug get called to the car behind us. I realized that I was set up to be in a front seat and Dug in a back seat. The front seats have more leg room, so I offered to trade with Dug. He was happy to trade. Went and chatted with my new family. Finally, we were in our limos and on our way:



Such a fun ride! Anytime you can combine a roller coaster with an ‘80’s rock band, it’s gotta be good! This marks the third thing I normally don’t like, but did this day: upside-down rides. I really do not like to be turned upside-down on rides. It usually gives me a headache. But I like this ride, for some reason. Maybe Aerosmith makes it better, I don’t know. If we had time, I would’ve gone again. But it was about 9:45pm by the time we got out of there.

We decided to take our chances on the TSM line for our last ride. We normally do not wait in the standby line for TSM. We go immediately at opening, which is pretty much a walk-on. Or we go with Fast Passes. So, we weren’t sure what to expect, but the standby sign only said 30 minutes, plus we figured they might be inflating that since it was near closing time. We didn’t mind waiting in line a bit, though, as we never have really gotten to enjoy all the stuff to look at. One of our books pointed out the detail in the crayons—some are new, some are well-used:



Turns out that the wait was only 20 minutes! Not bad! I think it helped that it was close to the end of an EMH night. We hopped on, after having briefly reviewed some tips while in line (using Dug’s iPhone). We did fairly well: Dug got 136,800 and I got 133,100 (with higher accuracy).

After the ride, we strolled out to a bench across the street and rested our feet for a bit, waiting for the park to clear out. This was our view:



We also saw this giant outlet:



Where was this when Dug was looking for outlets to charge his iPhone???

Once we had rested a bit, we slowly made our way out of the park:



If you’ve ever wondered what a Sorcerer Mickey party hat would look like:



We were out of DHS around 10:30pm. Took the bus back to Port Orleans. First order of business was to see if our new camera had arrived. Went to the front desk and, sure enough, we had a package. Woohoo! Finally, a real camera again!

Next, we went to Riverside Mill, as we had yet to eat any real (non-ice-cream) food since brunch. One of the things on our list to try was the make-your-own pasta. I had read about it on a TR once and it sounded yummy. Plus, it was still open!

We were still not terribly hungry, so decided to split a CS credit. We got penne with pesto and a bunch of veggies (I don’t remember which anymore). It came with a piece of bread. I believe we passed on dessert and got an extra drink instead. One of our drinks was O.J., don’t remember the other. Or who had what. It was fun to watch them make the pasta...they do it right in front of you. Here’s the meal:



That’s only half the pasta, by the way. It was a large serving and we had already split it into two containers. It was very tasty! It was a nice meal, in an empty seating area, after a busy day. We reflected on all that we’d done that day. It was a truly fun day. After dinner, we took the pretty stroll across the river to our room and fell right asleep!

Back when we were on the bus ride home to POR, Dug had tweeted some tips for doing 4 parks in 1 day. Here are his tips:

• Make time to eat & drink. Easy to get dehydrated. Pack snacks in case you run out of time.

• Early magic and evening magic on same day helps. Day where one park open till midnight could be good too. 14-16 hours helps.

• Be realistic. You have time for 3-5 rides per park, depending on wait times for rides. Big rides are doable.

• Offseason helps. Touring Plans crowd calendar said today was a 4. We rarely waited long, partly by choice.

• Lines from Touring Plans gives a good idea for wait times. Helps you pick which rides have short waits.

• Use FP strategically. In each park 2-3 hours, so long return times don't work. Short returns let you FP a couple rides.

• Listen to WDW Today podcast. They have the best advice for all things in Disney World!

• Have fun! Not something to do every day, but fun to try. Tiring, but no worse than full day of commando touring.

• Tip from wife: slow down & smell the audio-animatronic roses! There is time to take in the magic & that's so much more fun.

That last tip is mine and I really think it was key. We did so many offbeat things that it didn’t feel like a big commando-touring kind of day. It was actually surprisingly relaxed. We had a leisurely meal at Kona. We spent a fair amount of time exploring the Beach Club. We hung out for a decent chunk of Off Kilter’s performance. We never really felt like we were in a rush to get anywhere. We just got to do a lot of different stuff in different parks that day. When I think back on our trip to various things that I enjoyed, a lot of them happened to be on this day. Oh, by the way, we didn’t end up walking too much further this day than we did the other days—about 24,500 steps total.

Up next: We spend more than 2 hours in Animal Kingdom! We also explore the French Quarter and have yummy treats! And we take lots and lots of pictures!
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all four parks! wow.
I bet it was nice to get your hands on that new camera!
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I can't wait to see what your next day brings. Did you sleep in? Lay by the pool? or do another 24,000 steps. 4 parks in one day, you're my heroes.
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Great update. When we got back from our trip we talked about what we saw and what we missed. We missed alot and not having a plan everyday was nice.
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I love it when ToT is walk-on! It's like a dream come true!

That's crazy about the single rider line! Wonder why they did it that way?

That make your own pasta sounds yummy! I had never heard of that before.

Can't wait to see pictures from the new camera!
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I bet it was nice to get your hands on that new camera!
Yes, Dug was thrilled to have a camera in his hands again. As you will see in the upcoming post...

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Thanks! Our next day is not quite as crazy, but we do get up at a reasonable time and spend our day in a park. But, not quite 24k steps...

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Thanks! And anything you miss on one Disney trip just gives you an excuse to go back...

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I love it when ToT is walk-on! It's like a dream come true!

That's crazy about the single rider line! Wonder why they did it that way?

That make your own pasta sounds yummy! I had never heard of that before.

Can't wait to see pictures from the new camera!
Yes, ToT walk-on would be your dream come true, wouldn't it? I love it at night too...all the pretty lights and it's a little more spooky. So, maybe aim for late night on an EMH night to walk on?

Avoid RnRC single rider line at all costs! I don't think I'll ever go back in that again!

The pasta was yummy! Dug even had some another night too.
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Day 5 - Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - A Morning Stroll to the French Quarter

I don't remember what the time was, but we actually got up reasonably early this morning. We had Animal Kingdom planned for the day and wanted to get a trip to Rafiki's Planet Watch in before our lunch ADR at Tusker House.

But first, we had to cross another item off our "try with snack credit" list. So, we headed out of our room at Riverside and made the short stroll over to the French Quarter (well, first I still had a small bowl of Reese's Puffs ). The weather was beautiful again. I believe the high was forecasted to be in the 70's and it was already nice and sunny with blue skies I think we really lucked out with the weather on this trip. It was really nice most every day. The only real rain we got was that first night.

Anyway, since we had the new camera now, I think I'll just let Dug's picture-taking-frenzy tell the story of our walk to POFQ:













































That snack/breakfast you see above is Beignets. Dug had been really looking forward to them. He thought they were okay, but not as good as he was hoping for. Since I hadn't known what to expect, I thought they were good. We also split a drink with another snack credit.

Beignet advice: don't eat them at an outside table in the breeze! They are full of powdered sugar and it blows everywhere...both of us were getting coated in powdered sugar.

After we finished eating and looking around POFQ, we headed to the bus stop to catch a bus to Animal Kingdom.

Up next: Lions and tigers and buffets, oh my!
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Love the pictures. POR is such a beautiful place. We stayed there the last trip, but never made to POFQ. I love seeing the blue sky in your pictures. It's a wonderful diversion from a wintery Ohio.
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