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Re: Photo TR: Theme parks in Florida

PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:41 pm
by multimueller
cfc wrote:I've always thought Animal Kingdom was a bit underrated among the Disney parks.

AUWent wrote:Agreed, it's very underrated.

I have a strong feeling, that it won't stay underrated for long.

Re: Photo TR: Theme parks in Florida

PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:33 am
by djmadmanray
I love the AK. Yes, one of my favorites for sure. And, I agree, it won't be underrated for long. There's a lot of ground to cover, so lots of walking and exercise! Great report!

Re: Photo TR: Theme parks in Florida

PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:14 pm
by AUWent
^Nice to see it get the attention it deserves. Though Dinosaur (my personal favorite ride at WDW) is still largely ignored (I know I know IJA and all). Between that, Everest, Safaris, and now Avatar, it might seriously become my favorite park soon.

Re: Photo TR: Theme parks in Florida

PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 9:58 am
by PixelRush
Wow, the AK trip report pictures are all wallpaper worthy! Great report overall!

Re: Photo TR: Theme parks in Florida

PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 10:40 pm
by johnychen
Amazing pictures. I should be at Disney World next week. I need to check out the Rivers of Light show. Also it will be the last week of Wishes.

Re: Photo TR: Theme parks in Florida

PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 3:57 pm
by Sluggo77
These are some awesome pics. The last time I was at AK was before Everest was built. I loved the park even back then. Can't wait to visit again.

Just like Germany - but with less Marschmusik

PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 4:29 am
by multimueller
Die-hard german theme park enthusiasts visiting Florida tend to do the “full-circle”, which mean 8 parks in 8 to 10 days. Just doing the rides will keep you pretty busy, if not totally exhausted. But concentrating just on rides would not do justice to all the amazing things, the parks have to offer. There is great food, shows, nighttime entertainment and … parades.

If you grew up in the part of Germany I was born in, you grew up with parades. As the whole world knows, Germans have no sense of humor. But we make up for that on three days in February we call “Karneval”. That time we celebrate with parades featuring large floats, Marschmusik (oh yes, all Germans love Marschmusik) and lots and lots and lots of booze (to fight the cold). Oh, and we throw hard candy (“Kamelle”) at the kids.

So on my first visits to Orlando I always avoided the Parade in the Magic Kingdom. Little did I know how much fun it is. By now parades are a must on any trip. Today however, most of the parades have been shut down. They are not doing the Safari parade in Animal Kingdom anymore, the Hollywood Studios Parade is gone and there is no nighttime parade in the Magic Kingdom right now. But the "Festival of Fantasy” parade in the Magic Kingdom makes up for that, as it features an incredible cast of Disney Characters, a great soundtrack (maybe apart from the “Little Night Music” segment) and a fire breathing dragon. You have to arrive early to get a decent spot though, but that’s not too bad, as you do not have to wait in the freezing cold squeezed between drunk people listening to Marschmusik ;-)

This has been the Safari parade in Animal Kingdom

Goofy and the gang were part of the line up

Minnie - safari style

Mickey - safari style

The Pixar parade in Hollywood Studios

I am a little bit sad that they are not doing it anymore

It's Mrs. Incredible

And Mr. Incredible. That's incredible

Mr. Fredricksen from Up!

And Buzz Lightyear. Did you know they call him "Buzz l'Éclair" in France?

Colorful dressed dancers

It's a bug's life.

And Sully from Monsters Inc.

That's something I really miss: the Main Street Electrical Parade

So many lights, so ... bizarre ... music

It's Tinkerbell

And princesses

Pete with Pete's dragon

The german name of the movie is "Elliot, das Schmunzelmonster"

Finally! Marschmusik!

When it's parade time, it's packed!

Peter Pan and Wendy


I think I have a thing for Tinkerbell

And it's Mickey again

Time for some mermaids

Again: Super colorful costumes

And blue sky. No snow. No hail. No rain. No drunken Germans. No Marschmusik.

Mickey and Minnie

And - as promised - a fire breathing dragon

Oh dear. Castle tower burned.

The truth about Lederhosen

PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 4:29 am
by multimueller
The parks at Walt Disney World aren’t “your average theme parks” and Ecpot makes no difference. When you have not been to the park before, a glance at the map is sure to give you a “WTF?!?” moment: no roller coasters, no “standard” attractions, very few Disney Characters. Nevertheless I know a lot of people who call Epcot their favorite.

It’s always super fun to visit the park with first timers, as the selection of attractions does not look like it could keep you busy for a whole day until IllumiNations starts in the evening. And when your aching feet carry you back to your car after that spectacular fireworks show, you always ask yourself: “What on earth did I do for the last 12 hours?” It’s also fun to have that “pre Ellen conversation”: “Do you need to go to the bathroom? We’ll be doing a dark ride”“No thanks, I think I’ll go afterwards”“It’s a 36 minutes dark ride. Plus pre show.”

Mission: Space is one of the most immersive attractions I know. And Test Track is super fun and super unique. Soarin’ is the proof that you can take a rather old idea and make a state of the art ride out of it. And floating backwards away from Elsa singing “Let it go” in the new Frozen dark ride gives me goosebumps every time.

And then, there is World Showcase Lagoon. As an European I have to admit, that this part of the park gives you a quite good first impression of Italy, England, France and of course Germany. Having Cast Members from those countries adds to the authenticity. Yes, it’s stereotypical. No, we do not wear Lederhosen all day. But: the Biergarten restaurant looks exactly like some of the Saturday evening shows running on federal German television (of course produced by tax Euros).

There are only two things I would like to correct: Toblerone chocolate is swiss, not German. And while we certainly have Christmas trees we do not hang cucumbers on them. That’s ridiculous.

Mickey Mouse welcomes you to Epcot

This is the iconic Spaceship Earth at the entrance of the park

Visitors that only know Europa Park always search for the rollercoaster inside

But there is none. Just Micheangelo painting the ceiling on the Sistine Chapel

Gutenberg inventing the movable type

And - more important - a hot girl in boots

This is Test Track, one of my favorites

It's like Autobahn without traffic jam.

And you can buy a car after you ride.

Mission:Space is one of my favorite attractions

It's basically a centrifuge but so much more ...

The American Adventure

A grand scale animatronic show

Journey into Imagination with Figment

Ellen's Energy Adventure

Elsa let's it go

Fat german visitor with ugly shirt vs. soft friendly robot.

During the Flower and Garden Festival the park is filled with topiaries

Everyone who thinks that german is a nice language should consider that in germany we call those "Formschnittbüsche"


A monorail travelling through the park


And Japan again

The most beautyful sight on earth.

The park's magic awakens at night

China again - this time at night

The evening fireworks show "IllumiNations"

The very best way to end a day at the park

Seen from the parking lot.

Re: Photo TR: Theme parks in Florida

PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 4:43 am
by Henry M
Wow. Some beautiful shots there. Thanks for posting.

Re: Photo TR: Theme parks in Florida

PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 5:12 am
by Hilltopper39
Mickey's Jammin Jungle Parade, wow that's a blast from the not so recent past. That was a fun parade but it was also kind of a nightmare, the paths in AK were way to small to accommodate a parade so it was always a huge cluster, but still fun parade.