^I agree, I lived in Orlando for a few years and didn't go to the parks nearly as often as I thought I would even with passes. The only thing that I really miss is new attraction openings and the seasonal events like HHN, Mickey's not So Scary, Seaworld's Christmas, and food and wine festival.
While I was working at Disney my wife had an EPCOT after 4pm pass that was perfect, if i still lived there I could probably get by with just that pass for a few years until Avatar and some of the other major expansions are open.
I think you just have to balance it correctly. We live in a nice non-touristy area, but we can be in the 'touristy' area in 10 minutes and be at parks in 20 minutes. Robb has gone to the parks far more than I have. It's nice to have them as an option year round right down the street but not annoying me other times.
^That's exactly right, and for the most part those seasonal event that I love are during non-tourist times for the most part which is usually the best (darn near the only) times to visit some of the parks. I guess working in the parks part of the time I lived in Orlando kind of burned me out a little bit too, after working a 40-60 hour week the last place you want to be on a day off is back in a park. But your right, for a local (who doesn't work in the parks) a good balance is definitely the key to not losing the magic.
^Oh yeah, it's working in the park that killed you. When I was working at a park it ruined me from ALL parks. It's one of the reasons I won't ever go back to working at a park again even if it's behind the scenes.
Once again I had the opportunity to revisit Epcot to check out the latest changes to the park... This time, I was visiting to try out the new Katsura Grill which opened a few weeks ago as the replacement of the former Katsura Grill quick service dining location in the Japan Pavilion.
Of the two items I tried, both were good. The first, the Okanami Yaki is best described as a vegetable pancake whose ingredients I couldn't figure out if I tried. Normally served with a hearty helping of mayo on top, I opted out of that because I'm not a fan of the condiment (though I don't hate it as much as Tyler). The other item, the Tonosama Combo was an updated version of the item offered on the old restaurant's menu, including a combination of teriyaki beef, chicken and (new to the combo) salmon. The combo is served with white rice and a small serving of steamed vegetables.
No RFID turnstiles here!
The interior of the Katsura Grill was revamped to take on a more modern feel, similar to that found in Tokyo Dining on the other side of the pavilion.
It feels less like a pagoda and more like trendy Japanese establishment. Plus, the new lighting fixtures and seating arrangement make the building feel a lot bigger.
Aside from the Curry Udon and the Teriyaki Salmon, this section of the menu is a carry over from the old Yakitori House menu.
Tsukemen as well as the curry, Okonomi Yaki and the Chicken Cutlet Pan are all new.
You can also get Matcha Roll Cake or specialty ice cream now.
Of the three proteins in the combo, the salmon was the tastiest!
Here is the Okonomi Yaki (sans mayo). It really is one huge vegetable pancake.
Not sure how I ever missed this, but Mitsukoshi sells cans of Mitsuya Cider! Seriously my second favorite soda from Japan (behind the famed Fanta Melon)! Also in my bag of purchases was a package of strawberry jelly cubes and even more Mitsuya Cider!
Also, I was with friends that wanted to celebrate my birthday a few days early, hence the button.
In case you didn't know, the holiday crowds are in town.
Test Track's 90 minute wait had an extended queue for the Stand By line far outside of the entrance.
Lines have been set up within the Mission Space for the eventual holiday crowds that will soon flood it.
Yep. We did Mission Space!
I don't remember these being here last time I rode...
I pride myself in the fact that I actually saw the movie this was (and Gary Sinese were both) featured in.
That being said, I'm guessing no one in this crowd ever saw Mission to Mars.
Ready for Lunar Orbit Insertion.
A portrait of a true hero.
Sorry guys, couldn't contain myself.
Looks like we got the Geonosis ending! Can't wait to visit the Death Star and see the Mighty Microscope tribute!
STOLPort in the winter.
Nobody move a muscle.
I'm an astronaut now!
Back at Test Track, four re-skinned cars are in circulation on the track.
Looks a bit like Tron, right?
"Welcome to the TRON Track!"
"Rectify Two, Five and Seven." "Seven?" "Affirmative. Seven."
"The Grid. I tried to picture clusters of information. What did they look like. With circuits like freeways…"
Okay, back to being serious.
Seven? Yeah, seven.
Haven't seen this one from me before.
When I strike it rich, one of mansion's many bedrooms will be a replica of this room. No joke!
Have a nice flight!
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
I lived in Orlando for 1 year and loved it, I am hoping to get out of Cali and back to Orlando for good. I worked at WDW, but i worked in the resorts, all the Bay Lake resorts to be Specific. It was amazing, there is so much that goes on In WDW year round, that it never seemed to got old, I found my self in a park daily it felt like. I see how you would want to not visit parks that you work in, but i think working in the reports really helped me.
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