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Day 10/11 - Last days of Disney before going home
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Postby viking86 » Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:19 pm

Day 9 - Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Day 9 meant a full day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This would be the last “new” park of the trip. Plenty of good memories from this park from my visit last year, mainly due to the surprise of going without knowing anything about the extended Frozen Summer Fun we got to experience back then.

Not a lot of Frozen Fun this time (though there was some), but I still had a great day. Arrived at the park fairly early and got plenty of riding done during the day. In the evening I met up with the group, which was the biggest group of this trip. Joining me for this day was Robb, Tom and Jake from previous days, but also Banks Lee from Orlando Attractions Magazine, who was there with his family. Always fun to meet new people, and this was no exception.

As for the park itself my feelings are a bit mixed. As a park I’m not overly enthusiastic about it, but on the other hand it has what is in my opinion easily the best ride collection in all of Walt Disney World. Tower of Terror and Rock’n Rollercoaster are both brilliant semi-thrilling rides, Star Tours if my favorite simulator ride and Toy Story Midway Mania is probably the best shooting dark ride I’ve been on ('ll gladly admit I don't have that much to compare it to though). But as a park it doesn’t have the same atmosphere as Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, and Fantasmic is also not on the same level as the nighttime shows in its neighbour parks. Still it's a great place to spend the day!


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Arriving early at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the last “new” park of this trip.

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Inside the gates and I already see something missing from last time.

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The hat might be gone, but the stage is back, just like last year.

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The stage all prepared for Star Wars weekends (and soon to be ready for Frozen Summer fun I assume....)

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With “only” 45 minute wait I went for an early ride on Toy Story Midway Mania!

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The Mr. Potato Head in the queue line was pretty well done.

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Picture came out crap, but I got a first score of 119,200. Overall I loved this ride, possibly the most fun I’ve ever had on a shooting ride.

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Skipped the stunt show on this visit. Watched it last year, and didn’t really feel any need to watch it again. It’s a good show though if you haven’t seen it before.

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Cinderella photo-op in the street.

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I don’t know about the rest of the band, but I’m fairly sure the lead singer was the same guy I saw last year as the lead singer in “Icemen of the North” during Frozen Summer Fun.

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Speaking of.... YAY, FROZEN FUN!
This gave me instant flashback to my 2014 trip!

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There was no way I was not going to see this show this time!
(in addition Robb told me I HAD to watch it)

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*Excited*

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Anna making an early appearance on stage.

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As always Elsa looks fantastic both on screen...

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...and on stage!


Here's my video of the ending of the show!
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More Frozen?? YAY!
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I spy with my little eye... a tower!
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This was a very acceptable wait time for Tower of Terror.
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Love the theming in the lobby.
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Waiting for the lift.
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After riding Tower of Terror I moved on to Rock’n Rollercoaster.
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One of my favorite rides at Walt Disney World. Good launch, fun layout and a fairly smooth ride.
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After some riding I decided to sit down and watch Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage.
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I quite liked the show...
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...although I cannot believe they left out the most iconic scene in the entire film (sort of).
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Hello Tower!
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After meeting up with the group (at least part of it) we went and met Hiro and Baymax.
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Happy Jake!
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Group shot!
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Not a Star Wars fan, but Star Tours is my favorite simulator ride of all time.
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Highly accurate reenactment of Jake being the rebel spy on our tour!
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Time for some more rides on Rock’n Rollercoaster.
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Jake, myself and Robb went into ultimate coaster geekiness, and Tom made sure to capture the moment.
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I got a cool shot though!
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“Oh no, Banks is lossing his glasses! Quick everyone, we must grab them!”
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Went for a second ride and the ride broke down as we were getting close to ride. This is how the station looks like with lights on. Shortly after they emptied the station and queue line and gave us an additional fastpass ticket each.
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I still suspect this guy had something to do with it.
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Time to head back to Tower of Terror again, with an even more acceptable wait time.
(picture by Robb
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This is a perfectly normal picture taken on Tower of Terror.
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See? Perfectly normal...
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Went for a late ride on Toy Story Midway Mania, which also had a VERY acceptable wait time.
(picture by Robb)
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As mentioned we were also joined by Banks Lee from Orlando Attractions Magazine with family. Was great meeting you!
(picture by Robb)
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Robb and myself scored a pussy and a beaver, which is the best score you can possibly get on this ride!
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We ended the night watching Fantastic. With the park not being very crowded we walked straight in only a few minuters before the show started and got great seats. That’s the great thing about visiting the park together with locals, so you don’t do the mistake of lining up an hour before the show starts, as they reccomend.

Plenty of fire right here!
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All the characters greet the audience.
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Overall I think the show was okay. In my opinion it relies to much on the waterscreens. Some parts were really good though, mainly those with lots of fire. I think Robb described it perfectly when he told me you sit through 20 minutes of 'okay' bits for 4-5 minutes of the good stuff.
(picture by Robb)
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And one last shot of Sorcerer Mickey launching fireworks into the sky!
(picture by Robb)

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Re: Photo TR: viking86 returns to Orlando

Postby cfc » Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:23 am

It's good to get an authentic Norwegian perspective on Frozen Fun.
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Postby viking86 » Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:41 pm

^I'm glad that I, as a Norwegian, can use my background and knowledge to provide the one correct answer regarding Frozen in these controversial Disney times... :p

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Postby viking86 » Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:01 pm

Day 10 - Magic Kingdom

After leaving Disney’s Hollywood Studios I said my final goodbye to Robb, Tom and Jake. I still had one full day left, so I decided to once again head up to Magic Kingdom for one more day at my favorite park.

This was a day of mixed emotions. I’m always happy to be at Magic Kingdom, but knowing that I would be heading home the next day also left me with a sad feeling throughout the day. And I must honestly admit I think I came close to shedding a tear while watching “Celebrate the Magic” late at night...

I also brought my videocamera to the park this day so look out for some videos throughout this report.


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Back for one last day at Magic Kingdom.

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I will never EVER get tired of this view!

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One last look at the grass. So simple, so effective. LOVE IT!

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Beautiful details around the hub

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I quite like the “Dream along with Mickey” show in front of the castle.

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Plus it has fireworks and that is always awesome!

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Of course I also had to pass a visit to Tangled Toilets.

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I’m very happy that I managed to avoid going into this place...

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Nope, not going in here again!

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I would have loved to go in here and say goodbye to the girls...

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...but the line was too long, no 5 minute wait right before closing this time.

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Goodbye Peoplemover! Thank you for providing me with some of the most memorable rides of the entire trip

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Time to use my Fastpass on Seven Dwarfes Mine Train.

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I’m running out of words to describe this ride, so I will just repeat what I have said earlier: This ride is so much fun!

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This guy is having a blast!


I shot an onride video of Seven Dwarfes Mine Train.


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Time for a ride on Space Mountain. Love the clouds behind it, makes it look like a giant smokestack.

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Okay, time to watch the parade again.

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Beauty and the Beast.

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Hello Cinderella!

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No Elsa, stop spinning! Come back to me!

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Ah that’s better!
(except that f**cking camera stick, why on earth do you need one when you’re standing at the f**cking front to watch the parade??!!)

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I love the Tangled float!

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Hello Ariel!

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Ariel looks like she’s about to make the jump!

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I rode Splash Mountain twice this day..

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...and managed to get front seat on both rides. Managed to stay somewhat dry though, unlike when I rode it together with Robb the week before.

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Seven Dwarfes Mine Train got stuck on the brakerun and the passengers has to get evacuated. Was quite interesting to see the sticks they used to lock the swinging on the cars.

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Castle shot! As you can see I was not alone in being sad, the clouds were also sad that I was leaving.

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Evening sets over Tangled Toilets.

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Fantasyland at night.

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Fantasyland carousel at night.


Most people gather at the hub and Main Street for the fireworks, but Fantasyland is a great place to watch it as it’s much less crowded and you feel really close to the action. It doesn’t make for the best video, but I hope this gives a good impression of how it feels to watch Wishes from this area.


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Tomorrowland at night.

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There is just something special about being at a park at night.

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The castle looks spectacular at night so I made sure to get a couple of good shots.

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So pretty!

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Just beautiful


I also had to watch Celebrate the Magic again. This is my favorite nighttime show at Disney. Fireworks are cool, but Celebrate the Magic is so cool from a technical point of view, and it’s also a really emotional show. As mentioned earlier I was close to shedding a tear during the show.


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Show’s over, time to leave


Actually I stayed until after the Electrical Parade to stay at the park as long as possible. While not quite on the same torture level as It’s a Small World, it's not too far off after a long day at the park...



And with that my final day at Magic Kingdom came to an end. I will be back here, but whenever it might be, it will not be soon enough...


Day 11 - Going home

During my stay in Orlando I stayed at Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort, located right next to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and very close to EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Downtown Disney. Overall I enjoyed my stay at the resort, the apartment was nice, cleand and held a good standard. I didn’t check out any of the resort offers like pools and restaurants as I was out all days, but it looked like it had quite a bit to offer. I would definitely consider staying here again.

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View from my balcony towards the main reception building.
(yes its a different view compared to the one posted earlier, I had to change unit during my stay)

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The resort was quite big and looked really nice.


My flight wasn’t until the afternoon, so I headed back to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to use the last day of the 7-day park hopper ticket I bought. I didn’t take any pictures, but I did the following rides/attractions:

- The Great Movie Ride
- Tower of Terror
- Rock’n Rollercoaster
- Frozen sing-along
- Muppetvision 3D
- Star Tours

At 2 PM I said my final goodbye to Walt Disney World for this trip, went back to the car and headed for the airport.

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One last reminder of what I was leaving behind on the airport.

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The plane that took me back across the Atlantic ocean to Heathrow. MUCH better legroom than British Airway

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And one final shot after landing in Bergen, Norway. Atleast I was greeted by the sun when coming home.


So that was it for my trip report. I had an AMAZING time and I have to give a huge THANK YOU to Robb, Tom, Jake and everyone else who came to hang out with me during my stay in Orlando. You REALLY contributed to making my trip as awesome as it was!

I hope it will not be too long until I’m back in Orlando. 2016 around same time of the year I consider likely. I’m trying to stay strong, but I must admit that about 3 weeks after coming home the post-Disney depression hit me hard! That was not helped by the fact that it was 3 weeks of extremely crappy weather. For the last week or so we have had some sun which helps a ton, but we’re still waiting for summer to arrive here on the Norwegian west coast. This weekend is starting to look good though!

Overall I hope you have enjoyed following this trip report. I know I’ve really enjoyed writing it and sharing it all with you.

Until next time...

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Re: Photo TR: viking86 returns to Orlando

Postby Nosferatu » Sat Jun 20, 2015 3:57 am

Nice trip report! :-)

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Re: Photo TR: viking86 returns to Orlando

Postby cfc » Tue Jun 23, 2015 7:25 am

I'm always a bit melancholy during the last day at WDW (or DL or Tokyo Disney or Paris Disney or HKD), too. But it looks like you had a great time--thanks for the report!
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Re: Photo TR: viking86 returns to Orlando

Postby viking86 » Tue Jun 23, 2015 1:20 pm

Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed the report. I do miss WDW like crazy, not only because it's a wonderful place to be, but because I got to spend my time there with some FANTASTIC people! I will be back at one point, it's just a question of when...
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Re: Photo TR: viking86 returns to Orlando

Postby TBpony414 » Tue Jun 23, 2015 4:44 pm

Awesome TR, I was laughing through a lot of it so I can only imagine how fun it was for you to experience it! 2016 will be here before you know it ;)

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Re: Photo TR: viking86 returns to Orlando

Postby viking86 » Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:44 pm

^That's awesome to hear, I'm glad you enjoyed it! Yes, I don't think it's ever possible for a trip report to truly describe the amount of fun and awesomeness experienced on a trip like this.

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Re: Photo TR: viking86 returns to Orlando

Postby nesdude » Wed Jun 24, 2015 6:30 pm

Thanks for the fun times at Universal! Come back soon!

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