Thumping Our Way Through Disneyland.

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  1. pkondz

    pkondz Hoping to get lucky

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    Thanks Smidgy! :goodvibes

    Yes we eat Turkey... I don't know anyone who eats goose... Maybe we should, there's a ton of them around right now.

    Except I was at work... so I ran to Safeway on my break and bought a turkey salad sandwich... does that count? :rotfl:
     
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  3. bankr63

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    Any turkey will count in a pinch.

    Ours was a nice 10 pounder, stuffed to overflowing with cornbread/sausage stuffing. A mountain of mashed and a gallon of gravy. Roasted beets and steamed yellow beans to round out the dinner. Finished it off with one of my famous Gluten Free Key Lime Pies (gotta work a little Florida in there somewhere!)

    Mmmm, I can almost taste it still. Oh wait, I am tasting it; that's what I'm eating for lunch right now...

    P.S. Nebo - thanks for not doing another chapter. I'm now only 5 pages behind over on your TR...
     
  4. pkondz

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    There ya go. We almost ate the same thing.... :sad:
     
  5. nebo

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    You're welcome Marty, my perfect Thanksgiving dinner:
    slices of white meat off the breast, stuffing, rolls and butter, a mountain of mashed potatos, a gallon of gravy, and that's it, I'm good. Maybe just a tad of sweet potato casserole, but yes, you don't see a vegetable in there, not fond of the typical ones served with the big turkey dinner. (beets, green beans, yellow beans, lima beans, orange beans, purple beans, Orson Beans or Mr. Bean.
     
  6. Thumper_Man

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    Between work at home and work at work, haven't had Dis time. Just have to say y'all making me hungry. Try to reply tomorrow.
     
  7. smidgy

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    you forgot to mention that the gravy has to be homemade. I simmer the giblets. then chop them up real fine and use them AND the water it was simmered in in the gravy.. (and some of the water from boiling the mashed potatos.)

    unfortunately for the last 4 years or so, I work on thanksgiving.. we have a buffet at the restaurant. nebo is home alone. (the boys are at their wive's families house. never havesons, only daughters. ponzi you are lucky.. if you have a son,your family is always 2nd )

    actually, I'm sure nebo could go with the boys to their gatherings, but he would rather not. I buy a turkey when they are on sale and we ahve our own "turkey day" (sometimes we get together with the kids on that sunday or something.. not this year!! flying south baby!!!)
     
  8. Backstage_Gal

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    Have the holiday sandwich at Earls. Cheap and yummy! No beans either.
     
  9. smidgy

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    sounds great marita! we won't be in wdw until the 28th, tho. maybe they'll still have it! (going to the "darkside" first for 3 days)
     
  10. Thumper_Man

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    Ok. Before work gets crazy busy today, lets see if I can do a few shout outs.

    Hey you guys!

    Ok, shout outs done.

    It's been going for a while now. At least since my early 30's that I can remember. It's more noticeable now though. I tell Lady H at least I won't have to see my hair go gray. It will all be gone by then.
     
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    Lady H really doesn't like when I shave either. Especially after the winter beard that I sometimes let grow. Being part of our winter will be in WDW this year, I doubt the winter beard stick around this year.

    Yeah, we found it odd as well. I was afraid to wash my hands after the scolding we took.

    We thought we would try something different. This way you get 2 perspectives of the parks instead of just one.

    My thoughts.

    I think baseball needs to get rid of the DH and shorten the season. Playing the World Series in late fall just seems odd considering a majority of the season is played during the summer.

    And all these new rules the NFL is coming up with for player safety is absurd. It's really changed the game. Like kicking off from the 35 yard line now instead of the 30. You no longer get to see any possible run backs now. Some of those were definite game changers.

    Oh wait. You wanted my thoughts about the crowds at DL being worse on the weekends. No I haven't talked much about this yet. Just the little bit from the 2 chapters.

    I'll tell you what I think more about this later, but here's a quick synopsis. Being this was our first time to DL/DCA, and we only went to the theme parks 3-days, I don't have much to go by. Given Carsland is new, the crowds were definitely there. Just like any other new ride or expansion, crowds will be heavy for a good year or so before they start to thin out. Sunday morning, crowds were pretty light. At DL anyways. As you can tell by the way we were just getting onto the attractions with almost no wait time at all. Crowds were definitely over at DCA this day. Again, I attribute this to Carsland.

    This is about the best I can tell you until we get to our day DCA day Tuesday.

    That big thing? Who would want to ride that thing? A thrill seeker like me maybe? Only time will tell. :upsidedow
     
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    If we would've minded the price, we wouldn't have ordered it. :laughing:

    This platter was really a lot of food though. 4-chesseburger sliders, about 6 pieces each of the buffalo and bbq wings, 4 chicken strips, 4 riblets (about 3 ribs to each riblet), and a big bowl of artichoke dip with chips. If you factor the price, it was about $20 per person for the 2 of us. So overall, the amount we got for what we paid was really a good value. We had a refrigerator in our room. If we were going back to our room right after lunch, we would've taken the leftovers and snacked on them later.

    Now get a family of 4, take for example Ponzi's family, this would've been a meal for all 4 of them. In that case, it would've been $10 a person. Now a family with 2 teenage boys, you may have had to order them each one. :rotfl:
     
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    Welcome to Fantasmic. Tonight, our friend and host Mickey Mouse uses his vivid imagination to create magical imagery for all to enjoy. Nothing is more wonderful than the imagination, for in a moment, you can experience a beautiful fantasy; or an exciting adventure! But Beware! Nothing is more powerful than the imagination. For it can also expand your greatest fears into an overwhelming nightmare. Are the powers of Mickey’s incredible imagination strong enough, and bright enough, to withstand the evil forces that invade Mickey’s dream? You’re about to find out. For we now invite you to join Mickey and experience FANTASMIC! A journey beyond your wildest imagination.
    (Quote provided above is from the opening verse of the Fantasmic Musical Attraction showing at Disney theme parks).

    After our quick tour of DCA, we decided its time to head back to DL. The time was getting close to 7 and we wanted to see, rather we had no choice but to see the 9pm show of Fantasmic. The shuttle we came in on stops running a half hour of the park closes, so seeing the 10:30pm show would be cutting it close for us to get back to the shuttle on time. Park closes at 11pm and it’s about a 20 minute show. We didn’t want to run the risk of missing the shuttle so we figured best to play it safe.

    On our way out of DCA, we asked the CM if the branding iron was good and hot this time. We wanted to make sure the stamp on our hand would not come off this time and that it would get us through DL’s gate. One scolding a day was enough. We get to DL and get to the gate. Hand the CM our tickets and show her our new branding. Phew! Didn’t come off between DCA to here. Never know what can happen in that 2-minute walk. As we enter DL, we notice there were definitely more people. They probably all had the same plan we did. See Fantasmic tonight because it may be the only chance they get.

    Instead of walking through Main Street, we decided to hop on the train and see if we can beat some of the crowds there. Would’ve worked out great except some blind, bald guy threw up all over the place. Bet he was suffering from a concussion and should’ve just stayed back at the hotel.

    Oops. Wrong TR.

    Well actually it was some poor kid got sick in line. There are 2 separate lines to get on the train. One to the left and one to the right. Well the poor kid got sick in the line to the right. So the CM’s closed of this area and had us all move to the left. About a minute or so later, they realize that maybe they can open part of the lane. Or not. About a minute before the train pulled in, they finally opened the right lane. Another CM (armed with a big can of industrial strength lysol, paper towels and trash bag) was sent to clean up the mess. While cleaning up the mess, the CM’s decided it would be safe to partially open up the right side. So they sent some of the crowd back to the right. I wish they would make up my mind which way I need to go to get on the train.

    Lady H and I hop on the train and get off in New Orleans Square. Same place we boarded earlier to go to Toontown. It’s now a little after 7pm and you can already see people staking out real estate. Unlike Fantasmic over at DHS that has its own seating arena; Fantasmic is shown at DL on Tom Sawyer’s Island in Frontierland. The premium viewing area was roped off and they had armed Yellow Jackets waiting to shoot anyone that dared cross under the ropes. You needed to pay thousands of dollars to sit in this premium viewing area. Well $1k may be a little steep, but I think it was about $65 a person; so close enough. I called to see if I can get this set up for Lady H and myself, but once I heard the price and told her how much it cost, we figured we’ll just get there early and wait it out. I know you get a box of desserts and for that price, I better get some free Fast Passes thrown in as well. Now for our upcoming WDW trip, I booked the Wishes Dessert Party and didn’t even spend $65 for the 2 of us.

    Anyways, people are already standing up along the railings that weren’t being guarded. Across the walkway is a wall where people are already starting to sit. We see a couple of empty spots and decide to grab them and wait 2 long hours.

    Right now you’re all thinking we were nuts. No way would you wait 2 hours. By this time, the lines were long for the rides and we were starting to feel a little dragged out. Thought we would sit and rest a while.

    It had been a while since we had lunch. Even after the huge platter, we were starting to get a little hungry and thirsty. I set out to get us a couple of drinks while Lady H held our spot tight with both arms. Which was a good thing. Some lady was trying to move in and take control. Lady H was having none of it and threatened to use her pepper spray to keep them away. This worked for a little while, but not too long. Lady H would tell me about it once I came back with a couple of sodas and Ice Cream. Mickey Bar for her and Nestle Cookie Sandwich for me. Now we’ve heard of people watching was fun to help pass the time, so we did. While munching on our ice cream, we’re looking around and I spot an open area right behind us. It’s a little area and part of it was fenced off to keep people out of the bushes and trees, but accessible for people to get to. It’s higher up and not directly off the walking path which we were currently on. I tell Lady H I’m going to see what the view is like from here. I go and examine the area. No trees in the way if we stand here. Don’t look like it’s a handicapped area as I didn’t see any signs. I think it will do. I come back for Lady H and our bags, and we head off to our new viewing spot. No sooner did we move and stalker lady comes in and takes the spots. She had more people with her now. Think she was assembling the troops for an all out war. No matter, she won’t be there long anyways.

    Now in our new viewing spot, many people come by and check it out; but many don’t stick around. We thought for sure our little area would start filling up quick. Once people realize the show lights might be in the way, they go off in search of a new spot. Lady H is starting to get a little cranky from standing up and now wants a salty snack. They’re selling popcorn close by and I give her money to go and get us a bucket. First she says she needs to find a restroom to make room for more beer tonight when we get back to the room. On her way back she stops for popcorn and she’s happy once again. Plus the sun is going down and it’s at least starting to feel a little cooler. Not as hot as it’s been throughout the day.

    Soon it’s starting to get close to showtime and more YJ’s are buzzing about.
    They’re busy building their nest and roping off part of the walk way to make a path for through traffic. They’re evening scaring away the people who were sitting in our previous spot, including the lady that moved in after we left. I tell Lady H, “it’s a good thing we moved. We would’ve been evicted and we didn’t even get a warning letter.” They weren’t allowing anyone to sit on the wall, which made it better for Lady H and myself. When we first picked out this new spot, we knew as long as people stayed sitting down, we could see over them. Only way they could block our view is if they stood up on the wall. Since the YJ’s are telling them they have to move and can’t sit here, we now feel that we have a premium viewing spot and didn’t have to pay the enormous fees.

    Here’s the YJ’s in action. Notice the yellow shirt with the black strip. They even look like YJ’s. The yellow thing in their hand is their stinger. They would zap you if you didn’t do what they told you to.
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    This yellow jacket was sent to keep people away from sitting on the wall. Notice the man in the white shirt and the lady sitting next to him in the purple shirt.
    Now you see them.
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    Now you don't.
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    Soon the show lights start to lift to get out of the way of people’s view and Fantasmic starts. Our view would’ve been spectacular and for the most part it still was, except the little girl who sat on her dad’s shoulder and pretty much appeared in our whole video. Overall we still had a pretty decent view.

    I took our camcorder along with us to tape the show. Which really helped because now I can do a better comparison.

    In this corner, fighting out the East Coast. DHS/Fantasmic
    And in this corner, fighting out of the West Coast: DL/Fantasmic.

    And the winner is: It’s a draw.

    Yes ladies and gentlemen, a draw. This is another one the main attractions you need to see for yourself. If you’ve seen the Fantasmic over at DHS, you will find many similarities over at DL. There are some noticeable differences though and to me, each show is unique in it’s own way.

    First difference is DHS is more on a hilltop setting where over at DL its more of a cottage type setting. Each one starts off the same. You have Mickey starting off the show in his tuxedo.
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    Followed by the Fantasmic movie projection, flower projections, the human flower, and the monkeys in the boats. One difference here is along with the monkeys, they have the large snake as well. This snake goes more with the theme and not so much after Mickey like over at DHS. At DHS, the snake is longer and more scary looking.

    Here's the human flower and the head that would appear in the video.
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    Then we get more into the projections and they are very different. Over at DHS, you see many projections of the Disney animated movies to where at DL you have more projections from the Fantasmic movie. Now something different over at DL is the Fantasmic projections are stopped and you get Pinocchio and some lady marionettes on strings dancing.
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    After it’s the same projection of the whale swallowing Mickey at both DHS & DL. When the whale finishes swallowing Mickey whole, this is where it gets really different. Over at DHS you have CM’s acting out scenes from Pocahantas. Over at DL, you have CM’s on the pirate ship acting out scenes from Peter Pan.

    Here comes the hook, hook, hook.
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    Pan vs Hook
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    Peter Pan and Hook sail off and then it's time for the ball.
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    Next comes the evil queen from Snow White turning herself into the mean ol witch and calling up the forces of evil.
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    Over at DHS, you see many projections of all the evil characters from the animated movies. At DL, the only evil character you see the most is Ursula. Soon Maleficent shows up and turns into the dragon.
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    Now I would have to say that DL’s dragon is just a little better. The dragon looks more like the dragon Maleficent turns into in Sleeping Beauty. The dragon over at DHS not so much. I was a little disappointed with the dragon though. I’ve seen videos showing it breathing out this big stream of fire from it's mouth. That didn’t happen tonight. Don’t know if DL no longer does this, or if they need to do repairs. Either way the dragon was still cool to see.

    Of course Mickey saves the day with his sword and defeats Maleficent.
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    Tink comes out and spreads pixie dust and brightens up everything again. Mickey now appears as his alter ego, Steamboat Willie, along with the other characters on different style ships. DL uses the Mark Twain (similar to MK’s Liberty Belle), and DHS has more a ship that resembles the boat from Steamboat Willie.
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    Steamboat Willie
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    Now this Mickey Mouse is someone I wouldn’t want to mess around with. He has one powerful imagination and is very magical. Once again he reappears as another alter ego, a wizard this time. Starting to wonder if Jaleel White plays Mickey. Remember all his alter egos in Family Matters? Fireworks are going off and DL also has a laser light show that goes along with the end of the show. Didn’t see this at DHS. One more magic puff and big blast of fireworks, and Mickey is back in his tux.

    Mickey says, “Some Imagine Huh,” and the show ends. The endings to each Fantasmic are very similar as well. Since each show is very similar in content, with a few changes, this is why I can’t really say one is better than the other.

    Fantasmic is over and we wait for the crowds to start clearing out. It’s time for the running of the bulls. We stayed waiting for the crowds to push, kick and shove their way to the front of the park and the exits. Once we saw it was safe we started making our way out to the exits as well. There is only thing that will stop all these people dead in their tracks. Fireworks. About 5 minutes after Fantasmic had ended they started up. We stepped off to the side to enjoy the show. I stood behind Lady H, wrapped my arms around her and enjoyed the moment. It felt like the fireworks were going off for us in celebration of our anniversary; and celebrating the end of a magical day over at DL. What a perfect ending to a perfect day.

    Soon after the fireworks were done, we were pretty much done. We head to the shuttle area so we can head back to the resort. Shuttle area wasn’t too packed. Well at least not the shuttle we were taking. The line to catch the shuttle to the Toy Story parking was pretty crowded.

    Now what fun what would it be if we didn’t have one last story to tell. As we approach the line, we notice a lady in a ecv. Now we’ve all read horror stories about ecv’s. This isn’t going to be one of them. There are those that need them and the rest of us just have to be patient while they get in and out of the busses. I for one am grateful that I don’t need one. Well at least at the start of the day. By the end of the night, I think it would be nice to have one for my aching feet and the rest of my tired body.

    We notice the lady in the ecv was in the line for our shuttle. With her was a younger girl (about 8-9 years old I would say). The girl was holding some shopping bags. We had a short wait for a shuttle to pull up. We knew they needed to load her first. What we didn’t know was that, not only was there a younger girl with this woman, but at least 6 more people appear out of no where. Teenagers to younger adults. Seems they just appeared out of thin air. What’s worse, each person seems to have at least 3-4 shopping bags, and one of them has a stroller big enough to push all of us around. The driver loads the lady onto the shuttle. The people with her are getting off and on the bus to load up all their bags. They’re piling the bags onto the seats and take up about 4 seats. Once on board the lady stands up, gets out of her ecv and sits in a regular seat. Now I don’t know what procedure is, but Lady H and I were wondering if there were going to be any seats left; or if we would just have to wait for the next shuttle. We also wondered why didn’t the lady just stay seated in her ecv. Isn’t that part of the purpose of strapping them down? Now I’m not trying to discriminate here, I’m just trying to make sense of the situation. Luckily another shuttle pulled up about 5 minutes after the first shuttle. So there was enough seating room for everyone who were waiting in line behind these people. We landed up on the shuttle with the lady in the ecv. There stop was before ours and it was funny to see them get off the shuttle. It was like the Asian women all over again. They worked like ants getting all the shopping bags off the shuttle while the driver was busy helping the lady. Finally after 30 minutes or so when we got on the shuttle, we finally get back to our resort.

    We head on back to our room and the first thing we grab is a beer. 2 big drinks and it’s done. We change into our pj’s and get ready for bed. Not before having one last beer out on the balcony. As I mentioned earlier, this would be our nightly ritual. Lady H grabs her Kindle and we sit out on the balcony enjoying our beer, smoke our flavored Djarum mini-cigars and take notes. Once we’re done we head to bed, time for some hanky panky.:rolleyes1 I mean time to go to sleep. Have to be up early again tomorrow, for tomorrow we’re headed to:

    Universal Studios Hollywood.

    Sorry folks, for taking so long to get through this day. The day is finally over and so is this chapter. Lady H will take you through USH. I know she's already been working on the chapters so hopefully we'll get this TR rolling again.

    Thanks everyone for being patient with me. I'm sure Lady was wondering when I was going to finish so she can get started.[​IMG]

    And thanks sticking around with us while we deal with this thing they call WORK. :grouphug:
     
  14. pkondz

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    Da plane! Da plane!

    Whoops! Sorry, thought you said something else.

    Nah. You had a choice, you could've just skipped it altogether. (Everyone: “You could’ve just skipped it!!)

    Sorry, again.

    On second thought, you couldn’t skip it. There’s some dude who keeps insisting on comparison shopping.

    Or you could’ve played it smart. “Oh look Lady H, the park is closed and we missed our shuttle. Guess we’ll just have to spend the night in DL. Hmmm… that castle over there looks like a good place to crash, no?”

    And you were probably so nervous that you were sweating enough to have it come off.

    :sad2: Ugh. They’re all over the place, aren’t’ they?

    :laughing: Yeah, sometimes it’s hard to keep track!

    You do the hokey pokey
    And you turn yourself around
    That’s what it’s all about.

    Interesting.

    Naw, I believe you when you say it’s $1K. It is Disney after all.

    And I’ve seen (pictures of) those desserts… and less then $65 for two is pretty darned good.

    Actually…. no. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. And with two of you there that means you can do just what you did. One person guards then the other goes for a stroll, then you switch.

    Atta girl!

    Oh?

    Plus she’s relieved because she’s just gone to… ummm… I mean….

    Nevermind.

    Wow! Lucky break! :thumbsup2

    :lmao:

    Not quite clear on that. The lights “lifted”?

    I guess it’s just Disney. Or maybe it’s me being a father. Either way, I don’t mind that.

    Thanks for all the pics and the great breakdown. I was impress by the dragon and the pirate ship in particular.

    That’s great. Thanks for the… uh, wait. There’s more? But you already had the perfect ending!

    Gee, and I just read another TR where a very similar thing happened.

    That’s pretty good.

    Did you each have a beer and 2 big drinks (would that be doubles? Or triples?) or just you?

    Except when you put down the camcorder with the video with the girl on her Daddy’s shoulders, you forgot to turn it off and… now you’re being sued for $100 million.

    Oh, wait. That’s Hulk Hogan.

    I get you guys mixed up.

    No worries. You’re doing just fine.

    Terrible thing when you have to actually work at work. Thanks for chapter Mike! :goodvibes:
     
  15. smidgy

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    thanks for the fantasmic comparison. even tho I hate going into that huge auditorium at DHS and sitting there for an hour, at least you know they are all legal seats, and you don't have to "scramble" for seats much..

    I would've been really ticked if I staked out a spot on that wall for an hour, then be told to move:scared1:. a t least fot fant. as dhe, you've got your spot.. and at Mk, all you really need is a small spot to stand on . but illum at epcot, it's more important to not have too many people in front fo you... I am content to sit on the groundstaking out a railing spot for a long time. nebo, not so much.

    ps I really dislike it when people take up seats on the bus with packages.:(
     
  16. Backstage_Gal

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    Thanks for the great update, T-Man.

    Fantasmic on either coast (surprise!). The one time I went to see it a few years ago at DHS, a tropical storm came through and it got cancelled. :(
    At least we got to have dinner at H&V that night.

    A comet regarding vomit (hate to resurrect that topic, but I totally forgot about it on Nebo's TR). They now have some sort of spray that reduces it to basically dust than you can just sweep up. Not that I have ever witnessed it, and I have no plans to either.....
     
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    I really wish they had built a stadium to watch Fantasmic at DL, but then I guess that would block the view of Tom Sawyer Island and make NO Square ugly.
    I don't think folks are supposed to stay in the ECV while the vehicle is moving. Yes, the cart is strapped down, but the rider isn't. Shuttles and buses are made with shock-absorbing backs to the seats, so in a crash, you would be thrown into a kind of stiff pillow. On an ECV, you would be thrown into the steering mechanism. Not good.
    We were told at WDW, however, that a few of us could stay with the ECV driver, but if we had a larger group, the rest would have to wait in the other line, and get on when it was their turn, not with the ECV. That seems fair, I think.
     
  18. pkondz

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    I can see it now...
    "See? Isn't this great? Instead of mopping up the mess, you can just sweep it up or vacuum it!"

    ... and then a gust of wind came along...
     
  19. Thumper_Man

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    Well considering you enter a land of fantasy and the show is on an island, you weren't too far off.

    Don't be sorry. We actually like Fantasmic. I know some don't. It was really interesting to see the differences. Plus being out in the park like that instead of some secluded little corner made it more interesting.

    I was hoping some dude would've gone first and told us about it. Take it he actually stays on his feet the whole time there.

    As tempting as that would've sounded, it might not have worked considering we were going to USH the next day. We would've had to wait til 8 in the morning to be let out.

    No. I had a towel and dried my hands.

    ::yes::

    Especially as busy as I've been at work lately. We're supposed to be going into our slower months, but seems busier than ever. Could also be we'll be gone for 2 weeks in December, so I have to make sure and have everything done by then.

    You let the line back in, you make the line get out.
    You let the line back in, and make people want to shout.
    You do the hokey pokey til the CM's figure it out.
    That's what it's all about.

    Right. I've seen the box they give you on a few other sites. Not worth the price IMO.

    They do. This will be a first for us over there. Figured might as well try at least everything once. Well everything except jumping off a 200ft bridge without a parachute. Gotta have a few standards.

    Yeah. It worked out well. Too bad DL is a dry theme park. We covered that later on in the trip though.:thumbsup2


    Couldn't have worked out any better than if we had planned it.


    Yeah. There are what appear to be large wooden storage crates around the viewing area. Hidden inside these crates, below ground level, are actually the lights for the show. They are on hydraulic lifts. Before the show begins, they are lifted to ground level, so they look like they'll be in the way. Once it gets closer to show time, they lift the lights.

    I found a good thread on here explaining the lights (along with pictures) so you can see what I'm talking about. http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2225094

    Well I did. She ruined my video and pictures. :rotfl:

    Ok, I'm just kidding. We really didn't mind it either. We got to see the show and that's all that matters. It was just funny to see this silhouette in all my pictures and video. Next time I'll just have to stake out a better spot 3 hours ahead of time.

    I was really impressed with the dragon as well. Still wish I could've seen the fire come out of it's mouth. Hopefully next time.

    Well we did have the perfect ending, INSIDE the theme park. There's always adventures outside the park as well.


    I guess I should clarify. We each had 2 beers. My first beer I finished by taking 2 swigs, gulps, drinks, swallows, you get the idea.

    Considering the camera battery lasted just long enough to record the show, the world will never know.

    Thanks. For a minute there, it seemed our thread just died and I lost all the readers.

    It sure does eat into my Dis time. By the time I finish here, I mean at work, I don't want to turn on the puter at home since I work on one most of the day.

    Thanks for breakdown.
     
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    Anytime. Glad I was able to share this adventure with you.

    Going into the auditorium is a P.I.........Neck. Like you said, the one good thing about this is you actually have a seat. Once we moved from the wall, it was a matter of sitting on the hard brick floor if we wanted to sit.

    Oh there was some unhappy campers here. There were some people who had been there longer than what we had been. It gets more interesting later on in the week. Sorta.

    We've done the staking out here to. We learned a couple of good places to get a good viewing area that aren't along the railing. We tried one last trip and it worked out pretty good.

    We did some shopping as well, but didn't have nearly as many bags as they did. Considering this wasn't a Disney shuttle and it only held about 50 people max, they took up a lot of seats. Thankfully another shuttle showed up and everybody was able to get on.
     
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    Thanks for sticking around.

    We haven't had any shows cancelled on us, yet. :rolleyes1

    I didn't see the CM actually do the clean up either. I just remember seeing her come with a bag, lots of paper towels and a spray. You could smell the spray and it smelled like Lysol. Interesting to know that's what it does.
     

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