Magic Kingdom: |
Not worth our time: 4
Avg line length: 6 Minutes
Avg ride length: 3 Minutes
Fast Pass Used: 0
Cynicism Factor: 4 out of 10
Magic Kingdom Rides and Ratings:
Space Mountain (x2)
Splash Mountain (x4)
Big Thunder Mtn. (x2)
Mad Tea Party (x2)
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin*
Pirates of the Caribbean
Peter Pan's Flight
Mickey's Country House
Minnie's Country House
Hall of Fame Tent
Minnie's Country House
Swiss Family Treehouse
Aladdin's Magic Carpets
Snow White's Scary Adventures
It's a Small World
Legend of the Lion King
ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter
*Buzz's Biggest Scores:|
Buzz's Littlest Score:
(but Kev says his button was broken. Sure, Kev.)
Disney, Day One:
About a year back I noticed something interesting. Banks now have Disney Savings Accounts. It works like a college trust
fund, where you can save up your money to one day take your kids to Disney World. Or Disney Land. Or Disney Tokyo. Or
Euro Disney. Or Lunar Disney (is that built yet?). You have to applaud the success of a Theme Park when
they are able to make people start saving their money years before they even have children.
When you start getting close to Disney, the billboards start to appear displaying all the wonder and magic that is Mickey.
(Actually, more billboards are for Universal Studios, because they already know what your really visiting Orlando for,
but you get the idea.)
By the time you actually get to the gates and fork over your cash, you're beginning to wonder if it's all worth it.
Unless of course you're one of those Disney-freaks who owns every movie, even Pocahontas, and squeals with delight whenever you see anything with ears.
If you're that type, your excitement will have reached a new plateau and you'll be peeing your pants upon seeing a picture
of Dopey next to your parking space.
The rest of us, however, have to fight off the lingering doubt that we've been sucked into an overpriced, heavily
commercialized scam and maybe we should just go buy some swampland instead.
But have no fear. Once you enter the Magic Kingdom, the kid in you will take over. There's Cinderella's Castle,
glowing in the sunshine. There's the Teacups, your favourite ride as a kid (or if you're Aimee, your favourite ride now).
And there's Mickey, posing with dozens of smiling kids. Commercialism aside, this is what it's all about.
Watching the glow on the faces of the children as they see Tigger for the first time. They don't know it's a guy in a
fuzzy suit, getting paid $12.50 an hour. At Disney World, everything is just the way is appears to be: magical.
And do they ever do a fine job at appearances. I wouldn't say any of their rides could be described as "thrilling", but
the setup is wicked. For example, the haunted house isn't scary, but it's beautifully designed. If you're looking for
300 foot vertical drops or upside down excitement, your best bet is Six Flags. If it's magic you want, you're in the
Just make sure you bring your own food in. Nothing will bring your cynicism back faster than a $4.00 Coke.
Whatever Happened to Mr. Toad?|
Looks like Mr. Toad got the pink slip. There's just no appreciation for the classics anymore. Why, I remember back in the
day, you'd get in that little jalopy and drive through the Wind in the Willows. Sigh. Kids these days just don't know
what's good for 'em.
I've got a Mickey of Vodka in the Drawer
Zippa-De Do Da
Sit n' Spin
Carl's Ready for the Gong Show
As Fun as it Gets
Overcome with Minnie
Dream Come True
|more photos in the archive... ||
Happy, then Grumpy
|Kevin: 5 ||Carl: 2|
|Aimee: 3 ||Cindy: 2|
|Don't know what a point is?|
It couldn't be simpler: whenever someone spots a big ol' cleft of cleavage, they get a point! Play at home!
Site 509. Found a piece of mouse turd in the cabin today. Could Mickey have been here?
|Bkfast: ||Waffle House|
Kissimee, next to the KOA
|Kevin:||Strawberry Waffle, Eggs, Bacon|
|Aimee:||Onion & Cheese Hashbrowns, Coffee|
|Carl:||Eggs, Bacon, Covered Hashbrowns|
|Cindy:||Blueberry Waffle, Bacon|
|Snacks: ||Main Street|
|Brought:||PBJ Sandwiches, Coffee Crisps, Cheeze & Crackers|
Kissimee, Route 192
|Kevin:||All-American Bacon Cheeseburger, Chili|
|Aimee:||Ultimate Grilled Cheese, Bk Potato|
|Cindy:||Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Salad|