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Earliest: May 30, 2003Latest: September 18, 2017Total: 104

January 10, 2005

Disney MGM Studios

Today we visited the Disney MGM Studios in Orlando Florida.

Unlike Disney, early morning guests are escorted to the two popular park rides, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and The Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. This morning it appeared to be a split decision between the two rides. As the day went on, the Aerosmith ride had a longer wait time than the Tower of Terror.

There are two rides to avoid: Sounds Dangerous and The Disney-MGM Studios Backlot Tour.

Sounds Dangerous - Starring Drew Carry
You are brought into a sound studio with all sorts of special effects. A brief introduction by one of the Cast Members, and then you are told to put on the headphones that are located to the seat next to you. Then a seven minute sound clip is played, much of which is done in total darkness. At the end of the clip, you take the headphones off and leave the sound studio to another room with some activities center.

That's the whole ride. No explanation on how the effects were done, no lab demonstrations. Very poorly done!

The Disney-MGM Studios Backlot Tour
This starts off with a brief demonstration on some of the special effects in Pearl Harbor. Then you walk through a room full of props, but no one explains what movie they were in. Afterwards you are put on a tram and look at about 15 items in the "bone yard" and then experience a canyon explosion. However, you never get to see any of the "Backlot."

I know that there are some TV studio homes on the lot, such as Golden Girls and Empty Nest. I saw these a few years ago. Very disappointing ride and should be renamed to Studio Fx's or something similar.

January 9, 2005

Magic Kingdom

This morning we arrived very early at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. This was challenging since there was an early morning road race.

We ended up walking from our parking space to the Monorail train station, which was about a half mile walk. This was because Disney wasn't running trams and the buses were causing long delays for people waiting to get to the station.

The only major disappointing part of the day was that the Magic Kingdom closed at 7pm this evening. Which makes dinner plans at the park tough since the fireworks goes off when the park closes.

At the Haunted Mansion, the person working the gift stand left an hour early before the park closed. I was planning on buying items before leaving, but didn't want to carry around the items around all day. Because the person left, I was unable to buy any Haunted Mansion items.

January 8, 2005

Gatorland

After arriving at Orlando International airport, I spent some of the afternoon at Gatorland, which is about 10 miles east of DisneyWorld.

This was my first visit in about 10 years, and the first thing I noticed was that it was pretty difficult to get to the part, due to the road construction. Also it looks like Gatorland will be increasing its size in the near future.

Inside the park there were a few changes, it looks like they added a new childrens play area and there appears to be a lot more alligators than the last time.

Its worth a trip, and most people can cover the entire park in about 2 hours. Be sure to catch the feeding show!

May 30, 2003

Washington Mall & Disney Property Tips

You can not buy chewing gum in any of Walt Disney property in California or Florida.

If you buy a drink on the Washington Mall (Near the Washington Monument), you will not find any straws. This is because empty straws are dangerous to the small birds around the mall.