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Orlando Attractions: Walt Disney World

Excitement and anticipation reigned as we entered the Magic Kingdom

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, we are taking the opportunity to enjoy some of Orlando’s attractions.  Today we went to Walt Disney World.  By the generosity of a cousin-in-law, we were able to get into WDW on free passes (thank you!), because otherwise, I doubt we would have paid the $75 each!

Thunder Mountain

Thunder Mountain, the children's first real roller coaster

Zippy summarizes the day:

I am exhausted, Yesterday was a full day! We woke up at 6:30 and went to bed at 11:00. It was soooooooo fun! My favorite was space mountain, a wild, turbulent rollercoaster in the dark so you don’t know what is going to happen next. I also enjoyed; Splash mountain (a ride through the “briar patch” to a fifty foot drop into a pool of water) Thunder mountain (a rollercoaster through a “mine”) Pirates of the Caribbean (a boat ride through a town that is being pillaged by pirates, the movie originated from this ride)

So I was into the realism of the moment, ok?

Test Track (simulation of a car being tested, first a hill climb, second ‘bumpy road”, thirdly a crash test, where the car accelerates towards a wall and at the last moment the wall opens and the car continues on the track, and last zooming around a track at 100 MPH, no joke) Mission:Space (Video game-ish ride mimicking flying to space)  All in all it was a great day!”

Mission space was offered to us as “more intense or less intense”.  We chose “more intense” and I’m not sure that I would again.  It is like a flight simulator, where you’re put in an enclosed space that spins around and articulates so that they can induce any feeling of movement on your body.  Quite exciting, but also quite disorienting.  We got to blast off from the earth to associated G-forces, and then weightlessly float, and finally an exciting landing on mars.  Very realistic, as my stomach can attest to.

At the end of the day, we enjoyed the fireworks spectacle over the lake at Epcot.  Unfortunately the wind was coming at us, and Adam got a piece of ash in his eye.  The Disney Medics attempted to flush his eye, but it’s still pretty irritated.

There was lots left to see at Epcot and look forward to coming back some day.

We really did have a wonderful day.  Disney is a magical place. The joy and wonderment on the children’s faces were priceless.

The parks are extraordinarily clean (in most places), and everyone seems genuinely friendly.  There was even a Disney security guard directing pedestrians away from an ice-cream spill.  They think of everything!  The insane levels of merchandising do get a bit tiresome, yet we only bought one souvenir, and that was as a gift.  We really appreciated the Fast Pass system, where you can get a time to return to a ride and there’s almost no line for you.  We only waited in two long lines (almost an hour), but it was for Space Mountain and Test Track, so was worth it.  We were even able to get veggie burgers for dinner.  One day was not enough to see everything.  We’d need at least a day for each park (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Planet), and maybe even an extra day for the things that would inevitably be missed, plus Disney has several other attractions in the area, oh and there’s Sea World, and Universal Studios, and tons of other things to do.  Orlando is brimming with attractions.  Hmm, I wonder if I have any other cousins who work for one of the parks? ;)   Seriously, we’re really grateful for the opportunity to have visited Disney World and will look back on this as one of the highlights of the trip.

1 Comment on “Orlando Attractions: Walt Disney World”

  1. #1 John
    on Feb 20th, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Sounds like the perfect day at the Magic Kingdom!

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