Hard Work....visiting Disney

Trip Start Oct 23, 2012
Trip End Jan 10, 2013

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Flag of United States  , Florida
Friday, November 23, 2012

Our research prior to leaving for the US, had advised that we plan our visits to Walt Disney World carefully to make sure we get the most out of it.  Given the price of the tickets (think small car cost...not quite but it sure felt like it) we were going to take that advice.
We purchased a programme on the web called Ride Max which takes the attractions you want to visit, the time you plan to arrive and works out the best order to do things minimizing your walk and wait times.  I told a local about this and he said it sounded too much like hard work, I mean your going to a fun park.  It was hard work.  We spent a good 2-3 hours per park planning what we wanted to do but it was absolutely worth it.   The first park was to be Epcot. 

We arrived early - about 1/2 hour before the park opened - there must have been at least 1,000 people there already also hoping to get in before the masses...The picture shows what it was like a couple of minutes before opening - quite festive but lots of people.  (Bearing in mind that it was a shopping holiday....)

Epcot was a busy day.  Using the programme, we had a full agenda, squeezing the most out of the park.  It worked - we spent very little time queuing for things and when we went past those attractions later, the queues had grown to 2 hours on some.

Most attractions - especially the "rides" have briefing sessions to prepare you for the ride.  I videoed the first of these - Mission space which was a flight simulator going into space - very cool but pulled over 4g's...

In an attempt to keep our costs this side of the moon, we pre-made sandwiches for all of us and took bottled water and snack bars in with us.  By mid afternoon though, the runnning, adrenaline highs and excitement started taking its toll and we needed a pick me up.  Epcot is themed and we were near the African area. so we decided a good ol' fashioned choc sundae would do well to pick us up.  I have included the menu so you know I am not exaggerating....(remember everything here excludes tax of 8-10% and expected tips of 15%).  Our sundae turned out to be a small cup of soft serve ice-cream with fudge sauce on top.  Cost USD$25 aaaahhhhhh!!
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