Dr. Jones and the Spitting Camel - Link to Alaska Cruise TR 9/18

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  1. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

    Sep 8, 2006
    Me too! :banana:
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  3. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

    Jan 5, 2009
    they should, shouldn't they! :rotfl:

    Understandable, not sure it would have made it on ours ever were we not at WL and planning a MK evening EMH. Having been to Kona, WCC already, with plans for Ohana later in the trip and not loving the MK options (CP seems even "less" appealing to me for some reason though the ambiance is better I guess) it was the best option that made my life easiest.

    And it worked!

    Look at you with your super decoder siggie

  4. mrp4352

    mrp4352 DIS Veteran

    Nov 10, 2002
    If you do, don't forget that it's different characters at breakfast... However, we had the absolute best interaction with the Mad Hatter and Pooh Bear when we had breakfast there!
  5. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

    Jan 5, 2009
    I knew it was the Mad Hatter, didn't realize Pooh was there as well...kind of an odd combo!
  6. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

    Jan 5, 2009
    When I left you, we were dashing out from a dashing Prince, his lovely princess and less than lovely relatives. Don’t we all have those?
    Heck, I keep waiting to be the evil Stepmom but so far it hasn’t happened yet. At least that my hears can hear.

    We had a mission.


    Would we catch the show?

    As we exticted the GF a “BOOM” sounded and we knew we didn’t have time to make it to the beach or the marina. The next best thing was the little inlet I guess you’d call it, in the Captians ship marina, right in front of Gasparillas, handily located at the exit we were dashing out of.

    I confess.

    I didn’t take a single picture.

    As some of you may recall, we had fireworks fiasco after fireworks fiasco on our 2008 trip. The only ones we’d seen, thanks to last minute changing times, was by pure luck/fluke from a boat. We wanted, I needed, to see a show, any show, in its entirely. The kids didn’t know what they had missed but we did and Jeff was just as motivated as I was.

    Standing there, in front of the GF, at the end of the marina, the skies lit up.

    Not just a little.

    Not just over the castle.

    But the ENTIRE sky.

    As if, you were watching it in widescreen TV.

    Nightastic indeed.

    Music for the show played over the GF outdoor speakers as the sky lit up.

    Who could take a pic?

    Not I.

    It was to be…enjoyed. Inhaled. Breathe in, out, look up.

    All encompassing.

    We all felt it.

    It was truly truly amazing the way it lit up the entire sky. I daresay, and we said so at the time, that our view was better where we were than had we made it to the MK.


    Literally feeling high once it ended we headed back to the monorail knowing that would be the faster way to MK and our EMH. Now, my camera is your basic low/medium end point and shoot. It sucks at nighttime/low light shots so we will have to go on memory here.

    Here is what I recall.

    Wandering in we headed left, having Splash and BTMRR on the brain. Our first stop was the Jungle Cruise. Which alas, doesn’t run during EMH. Pirates does so….a visit to Jack Sparrow was in order. Upon our exit what did we see? Magic Carpets! While we’d cruised by this a million times before without even paying attention, honestly even noticing that this ride existed, those camels seemed to glow and glisten in the dark, golden and looking far more fun and less carnival like than in the daytime. Ride a flying carpet? Why not, it was open! As we boarded our carpets a certain camel decided I was not worthy.
    Do you know what those camels do?

    They SPIT!

    On you.

    The unsuspecting clueless rider

    Right in the EYE.

    I got SOAKED.

    And darn it, it was funny!

    Really funny!

    The ride was fun, in it’s Dumbo way. Since I was already wet, Splash seemed in order. K wasn’t thrilled by the idea, cute dress and all and Eric was freaked out by the prospect but being the mean mean parents, we talked them onto the ride. The wait wasn’t bad, 20 minutes I think. We grabbed FP’s for BRMRR and then went back to Splash. Boarding our log we settled in for some Brer Bear and Brer Rabbit.

    Except it seems like they were up to something.

    Or at least that’s what the ride told us, when it stopped.

    “Brer Fox and Brer Bear are having some trouble with that pesky Brer Rabbit” and so basically wait while they get the ride going again.

    Except it didn’t.

    Get going.

    What DID keep going was the soundtrack.
    To “Everybody has a laughing place” from Song of the South. Complete with the whooshing of the air jets that animate the animatronics. Amazing how much louder that is, and noticeable, when you are stuck in a log next to a frog.

    And going, and going and going! Engerizer Bunny like. It became unlaughable awfully fast. then again, Zippity Doo Dah would have been just as painful, had we been stuck there I'd think.

    The log riders, as we piled up, log to log, made the best of it in true game fashion.

    Meaning a mean…log….WAVE

    Starting at the front log and going back.

    Back how far I’ve no idea, those logs go ‘round bends so you really couldn’t see. The wave would come back and so it went, back and forth back and forth.

    With music. Of course.
    Everybody's got a laughing place (high ho!).
    A laughing place to go-ho-ho! (high ho!).
    Take that frown
    Turn it upside down
    And you'll find yours
    We say-hey-hey.
    And soon you'll find
    You're here to stay!
    Interrupted with the occasional
    “Brer Fox and Brer Bear are having some trouble with that pesky Brer Rabbit” (or something to that effect) and so basically wait while they get the ride going again.

    Great attitudes and waves notwithstanding at a certain point someone, not one of my crew mind you, was

    And shouted


    It was pretty darn funny.

    Stuck on Splash Mountain. A pictorial.




















    Now by my cameras time stamp and facebook updates , we were stuck at 11:18 or earlier and not exiting until about 11:40. I know we were stuck for a good 10 minutes before I bothered pulling out phone and camera.
    It was LONG 30 minutes to say the least. Once they gave up and had us exit, it was by no means organized or smooth. We were given an fast pass per person, good anywhere, 1x use for the next 10 days.

    Which really didn’t make up for our lost hour. If I NEVER hear the laughing place song again, I will be ok.
    Not that we needed the FP’s at this point, we still headed over to BTMRR feeling more than a little ride deprived. As always, at night, it did not disappoint. Not that it does during the day either but somehow it’s so much more fun at night! Not that the gang looks all that excited here but do bear in mind this is pre-ride and they are still mentally in Splash Stuck Syndrome.



    Immensely cheered, we headed off to fly with Peter. Only at night, with no lines, could we convince Jeff to do it.
    And we loved it! Or at least Kendall and I did.
    Tired, but ride redeemed , it was time for one last (blurrier than I’d like) photopass shot.





    And with that, almost but not quite closing down the park that had a 2am EMH closing time it was time for a boat ride back to the Wilderness and BED! I had an early date but the rest could sleep in, something I think they were all excited about.

    Up next…Sailing away to the Yacht Club!

    But first, A WONDERful idea!
  7. tinacaplan

    tinacaplan DIS Veteran

    Jun 7, 2009
    OK...I have to confess that I get just a wee bit excited whenever I see a fresh update from you, Cynthia. I know I'm in for a well-told tale of adventure and you did not dissapoint tonight. :goodvibes I really felt like I was there with you, standing outside of the GF, watching the summer sky light up. What a magical evening. I must also say that getting stuck on a ride like that would probably end with me laughing maniacally, as I did when I thought we were going to get stuck on IASW during EMHs last year! Truly, truly terrifying. And, you're right...there is just something about BTMRR, especially at night. Love the photopass pictures, especially the last few where the random guy in the striped shirt is out of the background. :lmao:
  8. MEK

    MEK DIS Veteran

    May 8, 2005
    Being stuck on Splash mtn with that soundtrack going much have been absolute torture. I never understand why the soundtrack has to keep going and going and GOING! Its horrible and its loud.

    I have always wondered what it would be like to exit off that ride and go back stage. Looks cool, although it probably wasn't at the time.

    Great PP pictures in front of the castle!
    So glad you got to see the fireworks from the GF. I bet it was lovely.
  9. Happydog

    Happydog DIS Veteran

    Mar 10, 2007
    Oh you got the special exit!!!! :laughing: ACK! I would have to agree that is one song I wouldn't be able to handle hearing over and over again! Well glad you were able to redeem yourselves with a few rides afterall! I agree BTMRR is a great ride at night!!! :thumbsup2 Glad you were able to see the show -- it is fun from that side, you see it all! We loved watching it from Narcossee's our last night... It was a neat show I agree!

    Bed sounds like it is in order! Can't wait for more! ;)
  10. cdotla

    cdotla Trish

    Jul 13, 2006
    Too, too funny!!!!:rotfl: Save for It's A Small World, I can't imagine a worse ride song to be stuck listening to for a 1/2 hour.:rotfl:

    That would have been something to see everyone crawling out of their logs and exiting out the backdoor!

    Sounds like a very successful night! Glad you caught the fireworks and got in a decent (and complete) ride before the night was over.

    Looking forward to more!:)
  11. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

    Jan 6, 2008
    PF was a hoot! I went with DS and I am glad I moved it to later in the trip. It also gave me the chance to "talk" with DS about just having some fun and being silly. I was afraid he was going to be a "stick in the mud" and not "play"
    I had a blast because of what he did with the steps and Lady Tremain.

    Isn't it great to catch the fireworks in a "different" place? The summer nightastic fireworks were spectactular.

    Splash- stuck with the song going on and on and on .:rotfl: Well more like :scared1:
    At first I was like " what a great way to get decent pictures in sm", but then having to get out and walk out...:scared1: :scared1:

    But like a good Diser you took pictures the whole way.:rotfl2:

    I am surprised all you got was 1 stinking FP. Glad you could enjoy EMH without further incident.
  12. MaryAz

    MaryAz DIS Veteran

    Mar 9, 2008
    Yay for such a great place to watch the fireworks. Arrggg for being stuck on SpM. That song over and over :scared1::scared1:

    MAGICFOR2 DIS Veteran

    Nov 29, 2005
    Sounds like a fun group of people to be stuck in a log jam with!:thumbsup2 I wouldn't like being stuck there for that long. At least you weren't up on the "ramp" waiting for imminent doom! :eek: It seems like rides break down alot - I wonder if it was always like that? :confused3

    Nice family pics with the castle! Did you use your anytime FP for Peter Pan, or did you save it?
  14. mermaid764

    mermaid764 DIS Veteran

    Jan 19, 2010
    Ugh I can't even imagine having to listen to that song over and over again for that long....yikes that it took that long for them to exit you guys off.

    Looking forward to more:goodvibes
  15. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

    Jan 5, 2009
    awww :hug: thanks!

    It was! I forgot to note that the GF had the nightastic music playing to it so you really really felt like you were seeing the whole show.

    It was pretty funny, for about 10 minutes, and then it got old. And mildly concerning when the CM's seemed more than a little clueless as to how to get us all out.

    Nice striped shirt guy huh. :rotfl:

    They did finally shut it off but it had to be a good 20 minutes into the ordeal.

    No, it was a bit grimy actually and not cool at all. Sad to say. You could see a lot of single shoes and hats that had fallen off in the drop!

    The fireworks were amazing, and it was done so well with the music piped in and everything. I really couldn't believe how it filled the entire sky, very different from wishes and I'm really glad we were right where we were!

    Special is probably not the word I'd have used!

    I'm so glad we saw it where we did, it was wonderful! And the music with it was great too, we could not believe how it really filled the sky.

    That's a tie for sure and possibly worse. Tough call though.

    Some logs were at an awkward angle to get out of, we were lucky (despite the frog and the so very non laughing place) that we were stopped where we were.

    It was a great night and despite the soggy day earlier a really full day where we felt like we got a ton done without feeling rushed or burnt out at all.

    I'd hoped Taylor would have some of that but they didn't interact iwth him as much as I'd expected. Possibly because we were a later ressie? Still, it was great.

    Just amazing!

    :rotfl: well I try. You can see I was walking, and being rushed by the crowd by how blurry some are, I would have taken more of the walk out but it was hard, what with steps, darkness and all.

    Yeah, 1 stinking FP each. Whoo hoo. Not so much. There is a story about those later...assuming I don't forget to tell it.
  16. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

    Jan 5, 2009
    The whooshing sound of that darn frog was just as bad as we were right next to it. So loud!

    It was a hysterical group. EVERYONE did the wave, I didn't see one person not participating. It was great.

    I would not have been happy stuck on the ramp that's for sure. We were actually farther back than we realized, one of the benefits of walking out seeing just where you did stop.

    WAY too long and they were really unorganized like they'd' never had to do it before which I know darn well isn't the case. It was a bit odd. EMH Night shift I guess
  17. GreatBiscuit

    GreatBiscuit Golden but never flaky

    Aug 20, 1999
    I do so very love me some evening EMH. Great camel story. Sucks about Splash though. Sorry for that. Sounds like you made the most of it all though.

    Great update C!
  18. natebenma

    natebenma DIS Veteran

    Jul 19, 2008
    FANTASTIC, fun update Cynthia! You can really tell a story, and put us all there with you.

    Were there others around you when you were watching the fireworks, or was everyone else at one of the beaches or docks? Wondering if you discovered a hidden gem. Sounds like an incredible experience.

    Very funny story about the spitting camel.

    So, did the Splash CM's finally let everyone out of the ride when the group started threatening harm to the animatronics? I'll have to remember that strategy!

    I'm sure you will never look at Splash Mountain the same way again. If you ever look at it all, again.

    I know where you are going in the morning. I still remember the posts when you were trying to figure out how you were going to accomplish the move.
  19. TarzansKat

    TarzansKat Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.

    Mar 8, 2008
    I've been behind on this report (shamefully) and just caught your latest update this morning.

    I can't believe that it happens to be about watching a beautiful fireworks display from the GF near the marina, because that's something my mother and I did on my last trip with her, and I have nary a picture of that experience either. There's something to be said for living in and enjoying the moment. I apologize for all the sentiment, I'm thinking about her so much this month since it's been a year since we took that trip.

    Now, I have to tell you, I love the song in Splash Mountain. I actually have it on one of the compilation CDs, but I fear that if I heard it over and over again as you did, I may have gone a little loopy.

    What a beautiful family photo you got out of the evening! I just love it. :thumbsup2

    MRYPPNS Practically Prefect in Every Way

    Jan 7, 2007
    Being stuck on Splash and having to exit wouldn't have bother me, it was losing an hour of time in a park that would! The only ride I've ever had to exit was Test Track.....lots of catwalks in that one!

    Camel spit in your eye! :rotfl2:
  21. Charleston Princess

    Charleston Princess DIS Veteran

    Jan 28, 2008
    What a great view you must have had of Nightastic! Those perimeter fireworks are just amazing, aren't they? I never try to take pictures of the fireworks. I like to just sit back and enjoy the show with the great music!

    No! You were spit on by the camel!!!! :eek::laughing:

    Okay, I am with TK -- I really like the Laughing Place song -- it's my favorite song from the ride. In fact, this morning, I was stuck behind two school buses that were stopping every ten feet to pick up children. I was about to lose my mind, so I turned on the Splash Mountain music to "center" myself before getting to school. :laughing: However, being stuck on any ride would drive me nuts! I can't believe you had to do the whole back stairs thing. Cool pictures, though!:thumbsup2

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