Two in a Million

Trip Start Jul 14, 2010
Trip End Aug 14, 2010

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Ramada Plaza Gateway Hotel And Inn

Flag of United States  , Florida
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

We have just completed two days at the Disney World Parks here in Florida.
Day one at Magic Kingdom was more trial then pleasure. It was certainly our hottest day here so far - felt like a humid mid 40's day in Adelaide. But the crowds of people and sugared up of kids made getting around this park a nightmare - usually 10 paces forward then side step a couple of kids. To make matters worse, more than a quarter of the park is missing - bulldozed for the construction of a new "lake" area of the park so we contended with peak school holiday crowds in a park that are only 75% of its normal size.  But even so, we managed to get on half of the attractions in the 12 hours we were there although the fast passes were next to useless as you normally had to come back 5-6 hours later and by 3:00pm all the fast passes were gone for times before 11:00pm. I certainly would not recommend coming to this park during July and August.

Day 2 at EPCOT was a blessing after the Magic Kingdom. Although it was still very hot, the crowds there were very orderly, with most people strolling around on wide pathways. The kids at this park must of been given chill pills as there was no chaotic running and arm movements.
We had a much more enjoyable time at this park although we only managed to get through half of the amount of countries in the world showcase. We were also able to maximise our use of the fast passes which made time there even more enjoyable.

The best ride was "Mission Space" which was a centrifuge that simultated space travel. Despite all the pressure, spinning, health, and motion sickness warnings, we took the most intense ride and it was just terrific. The ride applied the centrifugal forces without any sensation of spinning or dizziness which was just amazing.

EPCOT also had an amazing firework and light show around the world showcase lake at the end of the day. As with day one, we didnt get back to our hotel room until after 11:30pm so we remain very time poor here in Orlando. Our hotel here in the Disney area is pretty good with fantastic air conditioning which is a must after a log hot day at the parks. The free shuttle busses to and from the parks however have been jammed packed. Even though it is only a 15 minute ride from our hotel, we normally stand in the isle with like 40-50 people - the bus has been unable to accommodate everyone on the two days we have used it.

The amazing thing about this area is that if you go to any convenience shop, gift shop, or restaurant after midnight here you will see familiies with young children all eating and shopping.
I have no idea how these kids have so much energy for like 18-20 hours per day when the kids I know in Australia all need their 8-10 hours sleep every day.
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Shauna Carroll on

Goodness! What a tour! Trip of a lifetime! I don't know how you both have the do and see so MUCH... and in such oppressive heat! Good on you. And what a marvellous record of your trip, written while the memories are still alive and fresh. Almost makes us want to book a one way ticket immediately! Meanwhile, here in the Adelaide Hills, the rain pours and pours like the rains of Ranjipoor. Our lake is nearly level with the road! Only 3 degrees when I took Bonnie to school this am. Everyone seems to be sick or hibernating around here. Mum and Dad are thriving in Townsville. Sleeping like babies every night, both blood pressures best they've been for years. They send much love. We all send our love, Shauna, Fred, Olivia, Seb and Bonnie. Miss you and looking forward to a good catch up when you get home. Enjoy the rest of your adventure. Keep safe and look after each other. Lots of love, Shauna xx

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