Day 1: Travel, Magic Kingdom, Epcot
Trip Start Mar 06, 2010
12Trip End Mar 13, 2010
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After we settled in to our room, we went over the ESPN Zone next door for lunch
After we got out of Jungle Cruise, Captain Jack Sparrow (with a really good likeness to Johnny Depp) and one of his pirate buddies was doing a show (teaching little kids to sword fight and singing "A Pirate's Life for Me") in Adventureland, so we watched that for a while before picking up Fastpasses for the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and going on Splash Mountain. As always, Splash Mountain was wonderful. The ride is beautifully designed, and there are actually quite a few good drops, besides the main one. Next was the Haunted Mansion--and I've never seen the line for this attraction so long, nor have I seen it move so quickly
We hiked across to Tomorrowland with the idea of riding Buzz Lightyear. When we got there, the line was 45 minutes long (a bit too long for us) so we went on Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor instead. The pre-show made me worried (Tyler and Dad weren't exactly thrilled about the idea of going to this show in the first place, and the jokes were falling flat), but once we got into the theatre everything changed. They had a few screens showing computer-generated monsters from Monsters, Inc. One of these screens also occasionally showed audience members. Using some sort of computer technology, it really looks like the monsters are saying the words. The jokes were mostly funny, but the really fun parts were seeing the audience members put on the spot (somehow, I became one! I just raised my hand because I know where I'm from and then bam! I'm suddenly part of the show) and marvelling at the technology that makes this attraction possible.
After stopping for another Photopass opportunity, we went back to the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (the Fastpass was definitely a good decision for this ride) and the coaster part was as good as I remember (and the visual details even better)
At Epcot we had dinner at San Angel Ristorante (I had an excellent chicken dish, Pollo de los Rajas, Tyler and Daddy had beef tacos, and Mom had chicken tostados). We were seated very promptly (despite being on the edge of late ourselves) and very close to the pyramid and volcano scene. After dinner we walked right on to the Grand Fiesta Tour. The boat ride has been rethemed to include a story line about Donald as one of the Tres Caballeros, on his way to perform a concert. While the storyline was definitely layered on the top of the existing ride, I thought it added to the interest of the ride.
After dinner we came back to the hotel and saw part of the Illuminations fireworks from the concierge lounge. It's worth noting that the Magical Express has worked perfectly so far--our bags showed up in our room with no intervention on our part. The Innkeepers' Club also left taffy (part of the turn-down service) and chocolates to welcome us to Disney!