Visiting Mickey

Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United States  , Florida
Monday, February 26, 2007

Finally after all the planning and looking forward to it, we were going to Disney World.  We decided to visit two parks over two days and settled on Magic Kingdom, the obviously well known park, and the Epcot centre.  The first day we were up early to catch the free (although it was actually $2.50 each day added onto our hotel bill) bus to the park.  The bus arrived at the hotel at 7:15AM and we jumped on thinking we would be at the park within half an hour.  However it wasn't the fastest bus in the world.  It seemed as though they had planned the most complicated route where they kept doubling back on themselves.  At every hotel the bus driver was required to run inside and sign a log book which made for a very slow trip.  We were also astounded to see the bus drive less than 5 metres to the next hotel and stop again for people to get on.  We couldn't understand why they didn't just have a designated meeting place.  Most people would be happy to walk 5 meters if it meant they could spend less time on the bus and get to the park quicker we figured.
An hour and a half later we finally arrived at the park and jumped on the ferry boat to take us across to Magic Kingdom.  We easily bought a ticket and entered the massive park feeling like kids again as we browsed the map.  Deciding to head to Tomorrowland first we had to force ourselves to act like grown ups and walk slowly, not run, towards the awaiting rides.  Our first of the day was the Buzz Light-year ride and we quickly followed this with a whiz around in racing cars on the Indy 500 track.  Wandering around, we took in all the excitement taking photos and just thoroughly enjoying ourselves.  We braved the Space Mountain ride which is a loopy rollercoaster in complete darkness, and Rick took Carlie on the Mad Hatter's teacups ride for a dizzy spin, while Megan sat that one out, not a fan of spinning rides.  Heading around the park we found the Haunted Mansion which was really funny and not particularly scary and found ourselves in Adventureland.  Adventureland was where we spent the next few hours.  It was here we discovered the Briar Rabbit Log Ride (aptly called Splash Mountain) which was a very wet but thrilling ride complete with an almost vertical 10 story drop at the end.  We enjoyed it so much we did it three times!  Also in Adventureland was the Rocky Mountain Railroad which we also went on three times.  It got better every time!  This ride was all the more exciting as it was basically a train with no seatbelts but was actually a very rapid ride with sudden corners that sent you sliding all over the seat.  The seat fits two people and one time when we lined up Megan was going by herself, with Rick and Carlie sitting together.  As Megan went to jump into the seat two other girls tried to climb in as well and squish beside her, but she had to tell them "No" she was riding alone and they couldn't come.  Eventually the guy in charge sorted it out and kept them back for the next train, as the train pulled out they gave Megan a very dirty look.  Megan didn't want to have to squish in with two other girls on a two person seat.
Completely exhausted we watched the light parade as a finale to the day and did a bit of shopping then headed out to catch a bus back.  Unfortunately we got a bit of a bum steer with the bus.  We were told to take the monorail to the Epcot centre and a public bus would leave from there.  When we arrived at Epcot though the lady told us we were originally in the right spot and we would have to go back.  Never mind we said and jumped into a cab thinking it was only about ten kilometers back to the hotel, shouldn't cost too much (we thought!).  We didn't factor into the equation the cabbie going the absolutely longest way possible.  We think he actually went round in circles for a while and when we arrived at the hotel we forked over the $40USD and decided never to do that again. 
Magic Kingdom was always going to be hard to top but we were still a little disappointed with Epcot centre.  It just didn't have the excitement and thrills of Magic Kingdom.  Even still we had an interesting day wandering around and really enjoyed the Test Track ride which was a simulation of what they do to test cars at one point reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour.  We hung around till dark and watched the fireworks then caught the "free" bus back to the hotel, the return trip being a lot quicker than that morning which took two and a half hours, even longer than the day before.  In future if we didn't have a car we would be staying in the park itself and visiting all the other parks as well to get our moneys worth.
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