2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby Canobie Coaster » Sun Aug 26, 2018 5:59 pm

Great report!

I'm surprised Hollywood Studios was your second favorite park. I do enjoy the headliners at that park, but I don't like how you sort of have to plan around a lot of showtimes to fully experience the park. Slinky Dog looks amazing.
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby Jcoaster » Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:10 am

Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report!

I'm surprised Hollywood Studios was your second favorite park. I do enjoy the headliners at that park, but I don't like how you sort of have to plan around a lot of showtimes to fully experience the park. Slinky Dog looks amazing.


I just like the overall feel of MGM. What it defintely could use is some more shade. It is unbearable mid-day. Slinky Dog is now a must ride when you’re at Disney.
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby Jcoaster » Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:03 pm

Saturday was our free day of the trip. I went out and drank plenty of beer after MGM Friday so it was nice to wake up and not have to rush, we had brunch at the Grand Floridian at 11am and besides that nothing planned but a few flash passes at Magic Kingdom.

The Grand Floridian really is an amazing place. I love the "Old Florida" look and as per usual Disney hits it out of the park. I had French Toast with Sausage which was absolutely delicious. After that my brother and I hopped on the Monorail and shot over to Magic Kingdom to enjoy some rides during the afternoon.

Here is where I will give my review of Seven Dwarf's Mine Train. I rode this coaster twice when I was there, once at night and once during the day and while I do like the night time experience better, this is a great ride. The coaster part is nothing to write home about but the dark ride section is where this thing works its magic. The special effects are bar none, every detail is perfect. The part that really got me was when going up the second lift hill you see the shadow's of the dwarf's marching up the mine. A must ride if you're at Magic Kingdom.

This is a short update, the next one will be Epcot sometime this week (If you're interested in seeing me drink a lot of beer).
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The Main Lobby of the Grand Floridian.
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I love the Victorian Architecture.
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This was the perfect amount of food. It was enough to make me full but not over bearing when dealing with the Orlando heat.
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Really a beautiful complex.
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Magic Kingdom's newest coaster.
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Some theming on the queue line.
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One of the mine trains pulling into the station.
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Happy Riders.
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby Jcoaster » Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:57 pm

Okay so next update....Here we have Epcot. I don't need to go into much detail because you all know what Epcot is about. So, I will dive right into it. Listen....I know I'm going to catch a lot of heat for this but....Out of all four Disney World parks, Epcot did the least for me. Test Track is fun as well as Soarin and Living with the Land, but besides that I wasn't blown away by Epcot. That being said, I do NOT think Epcot is bad by any stretch of the imagination.

In fact, Epcot..Especially the World's Showcase is beautiful. The food was fantastic as were the drinks. I think where Epcot didn't do it for me is:

A.) I've traveled a lot so seeing the little hamlets didn't really impress me since I've been to a lot of the actual countries.
B.) Although there are more countries in the showcase, I wish they were a little bit bigger ala Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
C.) Japan was lackluster. Japan was one of the countries I haven't been to (One day soon) but I was looking forward to seeing some of the cultural exhibit. Instead I got a giant store selling Japan products.

Anyway, I drank and ate around the world and I had a wonderful day at Epcot. It was just my least favorite Disney Park is all.
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Everyone knows this view.
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Test Track was fun, I liked the older version better though. Whoops.
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Zoom Zoom (Please don't sue me Mazda.
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I enjoyed Soarin'. I enjoyed waiting only 30 minutes for it eve more.
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Literally the only reason to ride "The Seas" is too see the greatest creature on earth...Manatees.
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Look at this magnificent beast.
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Look at it while it viciously attacks this piece of lettuce!
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Started off with China.
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The Grapefruit Hefeweizen (although only 2% alcohol) is very tasty and refreshing.
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Disappointing Japan...At least I had a Sapporo when I was there.
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I'm showing you a picture of the pastry I had in France because it was better than the beer there.
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Okay for the uncultured ones on here (just kidding) This is a Michilada. It is nothing more than a beer Bloody Mary. I have to say the one I had here was better than the ones I had in actual Mexico.
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We'll end Epcot with a picture of some awesome pizza from Napoli Restorante. My ancestors would be proud.
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:32 pm

Mmmmmm...Epcot.
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:43 pm

Mmmmmm...EPCOT Food & Wine Festival. :mickey:
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:10 pm

Nice reports!

I do enjoy Seven Dwarfs Mine Train as well, but I'm still amazed it's pulling the longest line at Magic Kingdom. For that reason, I rarely ride it unless I'm at the resort for a full week and have a chance to snag a Fastpass.

I think I slightly prefer the new Test Track because of the added music and brighter lighting, but I really liked both versions.
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby Jcoaster » Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:57 pm

Canobie Coaster wrote:Nice reports!

I do enjoy Seven Dwarfs Mine Train as well, but I'm still amazed it's pulling the longest line at Magic Kingdom. For that reason, I rarely ride it unless I'm at the resort for a full week and have a chance to snag a Fastpass.

I think I slightly prefer the new Test Track because of the added music and brighter lighting, but I really liked both versions.


Test track is still a great ride, I could just do without the entire “build your own car” bit.
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:16 pm

^ 90% of the time I use single rider line so I sort of forget about the whole build your car part.
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