Excess in mouseville
Trip Start Dec 26, 2009
137Trip End Nov 08, 2010
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We left Miami Beach at a stupidly early hour of the morning, from outside a construction site that we were told was a hotel... we were a little worried, but the bus did stop there! I promptly started feeling very sick... Ben says hangover (wait until he writes the Miami entry for that story, it's amusing) but it turned out my stomach can handle South American food but not USA food! Ben feels quite vindicated I think, after everything he went through, but personally I think I got the better end of the deal - I may have been sick all through Disneyworld, but it didn't stop us doing anything (just add more toilet stops!), and at least I got sick somewhere with lots and lots of clean toilets that actually supply toilet paper and soap.
Anyway, onto better parts of the story... We arrived at Orlando and had to transfer buses for Disneyworld..
The whole Disney complex is huge: apart from the hotels, there are four theme parks, two water parks, a downtown shopping area complete with a circus tent for Disney`s exclusive nightly Cirque de Soleil performance and a giant movie theatre, and a sports complex. A free network of buses, boats and monorails connect everything, so it is surprisingly easy to get around. Our hotel was nowhere near ritzy enough to be on the monorail system (in fact it was always the bus stop furthest away from the parks!) but this did not bother us... we were at Disneyworld! And they really try to sell you the whole `happiest place on Earth` thing. Although we found a few sour workers, most were overly happy and friendly, particularly the performers. Some were so happy it was creepy - after being served by a particularly ecstatic drink seller, Ben commented that those are the kind of people who go home and commit suicide. I hit him for having such a depressing worldview. He hit me back for being naive. And they really carry the theme through, right down to `cast members` (there are no employees, only cast members!) wearing giant mouse hands to direct traffic.
By about midday we were settled in the hotel, and decided not to waste our day! Although it completely poured with rain the entire morning, the instant we went out, it stopped :D Weather win yet again
We went back to our hotel at about 7:30, tired and happy. We got up early the next morning to do the most famous park... the Magic Kingdom. It was a bit more geared toward kids, and so we did not do quite a lot of things, but there were still some great moments. Ben had to sit through the `It`s a small world` ride, and all I have to do these days to seriously annoy him is start singing that song
I must mention the food before I go on. I`m sure other hotels had very nice restaurants, but ours had fast food marketplace thing, and it was terrible
Anyway, the next morning was definately one of the funniest moments on the trip so far. Although I`m not sure if Ben agrees. After a nice sleep in, he had first shower and put underwear on, then stepped outside to check the weather just as I got in the shower. The whole time I was in the shower I could hear a constant loud banging and knocking, but I thought it was annoying kids knocking on the doors and windows and then running away. They were at it so long I was going to go and throttle them - and was very surprised Ben hadn`t already - when I finally got out of the shower, but it eventually stopped. Ben was not there when I got out of the bathroom, and when I called out his name, he answered from outside! The door had locked behind him and he didn`t have his key. He had knocked so loudly other people had come out to see what was going on, and he smiled sheepishly at them (because what does a man locked outside without clothes usually mean?)
Ben: My feet are freezing
Amanda: *around helpless laughter* I thought you were annoying kids!
So after I finally finished laughing, we managed to get to the Animal Kingdom. We were not sure about this one, but it turned out to be the most fun park of all. Although this was the day I was sickest, it didn`t stop us doing any fun rides! We went on a safari, and other walking tours of animals. We saw a fantastic Lion King circus-type performance. We skipped the whitewater rapids ride (too cold to get wet - also the reason we didn`t do water parks) but went on the best rollercoaster at Disneyworld - Expedition to Mount Everest. The story involves a runaway train on Mount Everest and being chased by the Yeti. We went on a Mad Mouse-type ride that also spun around, and a dinosaur journey that was a tame car, but went back in time to just before the meteor shower. The whole ride was inside and pretty dark, but masses of dinosaurs and plants were recreated... and several dinosaur robots tried to kill you. They take a photo just as a massive lit up T-Rex comes toward you out of a dark corner, and people`s expressions are hilarious. In the final bit, meteors stream down and a charging dinosaur comes directly toward you... but the car jerks down underneath him to the present. And then we went back and did Mount Everest several more times
(at the Animal Kingdom, after Ben has gotten ahead of me in a crowd and come back looking for me)
Ben: *proudly* I`m big and sneaky. I use my ninja skills to get through.
Amanda: *grumpily* Where were your ninja skills this morning when you locked yourself out?
Ben: *sadly* I left all my ninja equipment inside.
Our final day of our park pass was spent at Epcot. Ben spent half the day trying to figure out where it got it`s name, and we did eventually find out what it stood for, but I forgot. Exploration something something of tomorrow. Anyway, Epcot is half devoted to different countries of the world, which really meant it had lots of restraunts from different places and movies about different countries, but we weren`t interested in that. We went on the mission: Space ride, which simulated a trip to Mars in a space shuttle with G-force and pressure changes
We left the park at 3:20, heading for the monorail (there were no computers at our hotel... so were going to a ritzy one for a facebook and email fix) and literally 10 metres away from the station... it started to rain! Win! We laughed at all the people scurrying to get ponchos and umbrellas. We went to the Contemporary Hotel and paid ridiculous amounts of money to use the Internet. Disney thieves. There obviously isn`t another option unless you leave the park. If we had a laptop, it would have been fine as there is wireless everywhere. Ben pointed this out several times. He is getting his laptop in Chicago and is grumpy without it. We were planning to go to the Epcot fireworks that night but because of the rain thought it might be a wasted trip
Our bus the next day did not leave until 7pm, so we went to Downtown and watched Sherlock Holmes! And I finally gave in and we had McDonald`s for dinner. Their menu is different... you can get biscuits instead of hamburger buns! It`s ridiculous! But that was the last of our time in Dineyworld... we had so much fun and were very, very happy for almost the whole time. But it wasn`t cheap!
Love, rollercoasters and giant mice,
Amanda and Ben