FROM THE CONTINUING ADVENTURES OF A DISNEY GEEK: You would be surprised at how long it takes me to prepare these articles, especially considering that the articles are already written (I wrote them while on location). The Magic Kingdom is easily my favourite of the Walt Disney World parks, it has both of my favourite attractions (though one of them is a bastardized version, more on that later), it is the closest American park to Disneyland
Situational music is hilarious.
8:07 AM: Just got to the Magic Kingdom. Main Street looks as beautiful as ever and the castle is immaculate.
8:10 AM: Huh, looks like The Hall of Presidents is out of it’s refurbishment scrim, but there is no marquee up yet, interesting. It would be pretty nice if they had some secret soft opening going on today, I want to see the Barack Obama audio-animatronic!
8:14 AM: I got my FastPass for Splash Mountain, and it’s only a 10 minute wait. Might as well ride it while I wait until I can get one for Big Thunder.
8:39 AM: God, I am soaked.
Of course, that’s what happens when you sit in the second row of the log on Splash Mountain! The guy in front of me lost his hat on the way down into the brier patch. I wonder if he will be able to get it back later, can’t help but feel sorry for him on a hot day like this.
8:49 AM: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is fun, but I’ve heard that it’s better at night, I will have to study this further. Preferably, in a lab coat. Back of man, I’m a scientist!
8:52 AM: There are not a lot of people here.
The Haunted Mansion is the greatest Disney attraction ever. If you don't agree with me, then get the hell off my internets.
I’m very surprised considering the massive crowds yesterday. There is still only a 10 minute wait for Splash Mountain, might as well ride again! I hope I don’t get as wet as I did last time. Watch this, I’ll get the front.
8:56 AM: I was right.
9:11 AM: I got hit at every single point that you can get wet at (the first little drop, the waterfalls, the cannon that shoots off as you ride past the final drop, the Slippin’ Falls, and the final drop). I’ve never had to use the paper towels in the bathroom to dry off before, so this is going to be an experience. They really need to refurbish the audio-animatronics, the syncing is off and the hopping Br’er Rabbit effect hasn’t been seen for years. I think it might be time to leave Frontierland. I do believe it’s time to go meet with Master Gracey again, I frightfully enjoy our meetings, and I do hope that he will let me in, considering that I’m drenched to the bone. It would just kill me if that were to be the case.
Goofy decided on my pose, so... word!
9;42 AM: I love the additions they made to the Mansion, they definitely make the experience much creepier. I’m definitely going to do a separate article on the Haunted Mansion at a later time, but don’t hold your breath, I wouldn’t want you to leave prematurely. Oh, and be sure to look for Mr. Toad in the pet cemetery, it’s a nice send up to the premature death of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. Well, considering I didn’t catch my death of cold while touring the Haunted Mansion, might as well finish the job and go to the symphony.
9:56 AM: Heh, opera glasses. They look just like the 3D glasses for every other Disney 3D movie. Oh god, who put Goofy in the position of stage manager?
10:09 AM: Mickey’s PhilharMagic is definitely the best 3D film on property. The Imagineers definitely took everything they learned about immersion and put it to excellent use here. From the alluring scent during the “Be our Guest” scene, to the water in the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” it makes the experience seem more real. One thing I noticed is that the Ariel in the film looks like she would be more at home in the Incredibles than her own movie.
10:21 AM: Oh mans, a Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride shirt! Damn you Winnie the Pooh! I love your attraction, but you took away the best iteration of the Mr. Toad ride and don’t even get me started on the closing of the Country Bears in Disneyland, that’s fodder for a whole other Journey Into Imagination style rant.
Yes, this view was the fuel for the canon rant.
10:26 AM: It’s interesting that Timothy Mouse from Dumbo is the approximate size of a mouse in real life and that Mickey is supposed to be about 2 to 3 feet tall. It seems that all of the Disney characters inhabit the same universe, so this brings up an interesting bit of canon error. I guess I can follow the Kingdom Hearts approach to the universe and just write he issue off by saying that each set of characters live on their own separate world from the other sets, but that they have the ability to cross over (as shown in obviously Kingdom Hearts, but also the somewhat short lived House of Mouse show on the Disney Channel). Wow, I just realized as I stand in line, by myself, at Snow White’s Scary Adventures and arguing Disney canon, that I don’t have a life. Maybe they sell one in one of the thousands of gift shops in these parks. Ooh, I got the Dopey car!
I haven't been to Mickey's Toontown Fair for years, so seeing these pumpkins and walking through the cartoon-y houses really brought me back.
10:40 AM: The Imagineers could definitely use what used to be the submarine lagoon across from the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh to put in some new Dark rides. Maybe they could put in either Pinocchio’s Daring Journey or Alice in Wonderland in. The relative closeness to the Mad Tea Party would suggest the latter, but the close proximity to Dumbo the Flying Elephant would suggest the addition of the Casey Jr. Circus Train. While I’m doing some armchair Imagineering, I would like them to finally do away with the “Tournament Festival” look of most of Fantasyland and make it look more like Disneyland’s.
EDITOR’S NOTE: There is a rumour (and leaked blueprints that are possibly fake) circulating the interwebs saying that Disney is actually going to use the space to put in a Beauty and the Beast attraction similar to the Enchanted Tiki Room (themed to the “Be Our Guest” scene), the Little Mermaid attraction being put into California Adventure, a Cinderella attraction, a Sleeping Beauty themed area, Pixie Hollow, and move Dumbo the Flying Elephant to the back of this new area and add a second set of elephants. This is just a rumour and should be regarded as such, but it would be super awesome if it wasn’t just another unfounded claim. I wants me some more Fantasyland.
It's completely ridiculous that I have to see a parade to see the Mad Hatter. He's the only walk-around character I really wanted to get a picture with this trip!
10:57 AM: I feel the same way about the old Fantasyland skyway building as I do about the ex-submarine lagoon. Use the space for something besides stroller parking! Whoa, a wait for the Haunted Mansion? What is this world coming to?
11:31 AM: I just saw a Max walk-around character! I haven’t seen one since I was a kid!
11:42 AM: Just got pictures with Gideon, Pinocchio, and Terrence the Country Bear.
12:19 PM: It seems that the only way to enjoy the Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management (which is to drink/eat a Dole Whip) is now not allowed. When the cast member told me I was afraid that I would have to throw away my overpriced (but delicious) frozen treat. By the way, the show is as terrible as ever.
The Move-it, Shake-it, Celebrate-it Street Party (I know, stupid name) has colours so loud and gaudy that they just work. I don't understand why.
12:50 PM: The Move-it, Shake-it, Celebrate It Street Party is a lot of fun if you don’t mind looking like a total dork shaking you’re tail feathers. It was a highly enjoyable experience. My opinion may have been influenced slightly by the inclusion of the Mad Hatter, Mr. Incredible, and Frozone.
1:00 PM: I got my picture with Max and Goofy with an added bonus of Baloo. Mission accomplished.
1:20 PM: The wait-time for Pirates of the Caribbean is supposedly 40 minutes. I remain unconvinced due to it’s ridiculously high guests-per-hour count. The queue for the attraction is exquisitely themed, much more so than the Disneyland version, but the drawback is that they took up to much space for the queue and the length (and overall quality) of the attraction suffered, making the original much better than the second (much like the Pirates of the Caribbean films). The caverns are practically non-existent, so there aren’t the funny/macabre scenes with the
skeleton pirate crew (like a skeleton drinking some rum that you can see going down his rib cage).
Why is Mr. Incredible wearing Mardi-Gras beads? That invokes way too many horrible images for me.
1:57 PM: I stand corrected, the line did take 40 minutes.
2:30 PM: Dream-Along With Mickey is very similar to all of the other castle forecourt shows, an amalgamation of ideas that really don’t come together to form any sort of story, so nothing special. The worst part is that there is absolutely no cover, so the blasted day-star is right upon me! Man, it’s hot. Some ice cream sounds good. Really good.
2:48 PM: Mmm… raspberry sorbet… and a parade! Second new parade of the day!
I miss the Aladdin parade...
3:20 PM: I think I’ll hit the Haunted Mansion and Mickey’s PhilharMagic again. I need to spend some quality time with air conditioning. Oh wait, the parade that I just watched us going in that direction. Damn.
4:03 PM: Mickey’s PhilharMagic has a 40 minute wait, so that definitely isn’t happening. Let’s see… indoor attraction… long indoor attraction… air conditioning… Carousel of Progress!
4:34 PM: I love the Carousel of Progress. The theme song is catchy. The audio-animatronics are highly advanced and relatively lifelike and it was one of the last attractions supervised by Walt Disney. My feet hurt, time to rest.
6:58 PM: Back in the park, this time with the Reisfelds in tow. We’re heading to Adventureland.
7:21 PM: Where did this rain come from? It’s lasting longer than a normal Florida shower and I left my umbrella at home! I hope it stops soon.
7:43 PM: Rain finally stopped. We have FastPasses for the Jungle Cruise, so that’s next on the chopping block.
8:12 PM: I love the Jungle Cruise, but Disney has to do something about the audio on the boats. Unless you are sitting right next to the skipper, or they’re exceptionally loud, you can’t hear them over the sound of the boat’s engine!
I have never seen an Abu walk-around character before this moment. I was both creeped out and in a state of awe.
8:57 PM: I went back to Splash Mountain, sat in the second row and didn’t get wet. Great success!
9:57 PM: The fireworks are about to start! I’m so excited!
10:23 PM: I like Wishes, but it’s the red-headed stepchild of Remember… Dreams Come True. It just doesn’t live up to the ridiculously high expectations set by the latter.
10:35 PM: Daniel wants to ride the Mad Tea Party. God, I haven’t rode that since I was a kid. My mom gets sick after riding them, so it’s never high on our to-do list.
10:41 PM: The Mad Tea Party is super fun, now excuse me while I regain my balance.
10:57 PM: I’m going to let you in on a little secret, the real reason to stay in the Magic Kingdom at night isn’t the fireworks, but rather the SpectroMagic parade. Oh, and the song WILL get stuck in your head, just so you know.
11:12 PM: I think what I love about SpectroMagic the most is that it is basically two parades, the white light version and the coloured version.
This float is absolutely gorgeous. I don't even care that it's a Princess float, I like it.
11:15 PM: Holy crap! The castle is open! I can actually see the murals inside the castle!
11:23 PM: Those murals are beautiful, it’s a damn shame that you can’t see them during the day. I can bet you that most people that just can’t see the murals because of the castle forecourt show.
12:00 PM: The “Good Night Kiss” is kind of cool. I’ve never actually seen it before, and it’s a good way to end the day. Good night internet!
Next week is going to be devoted to Ponyo related articles, so the next trip report will be in two weeks. Just thought you should know.