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Postby Bucket » Sat May 03, 2008 2:19 am

Beautiful pictures! Epcot looks amazing, especially the Morrocco section!

I thought it was really funny how in the Germany shop, the beer mugs had eagles nested on top of the caps (this was obviously done to cater to the Americans as you would never see something like this in Germany!) Just curious, how much did they cost?

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Postby twistedmickey » Sat May 03, 2008 8:08 am

Great pics! I use to hate going to Epcot when I was younger. Now its a must. My fav. is Japan. I can be there for hours. I have this "thing" for Japanese woman. Dont ask. :oops:
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Postby BeemerBoy » Thu May 08, 2008 11:13 am

Hector, awesome shots of EPCOT! I especially love the one of San Angel Inn in Mexico, and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest in China. Excellent job on those.
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Postby ghost007jas » Thu May 08, 2008 11:48 am

Those nighttime/dusk Spaceship Earth shots were to die for!

I can't view enough EPCOT pictures.

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Postby RCFreak » Thu May 08, 2008 7:06 pm

Thanks for all the compliments guys!

Next up was Disney's Hollywood Studios (I've never been to Disney-MGM Studios so :Pr) Which I liked, but thought it was extremely lacking in rides! We started the day walking in on a High School Musical performance and heading on over to Tower to get it out of the way. I loved the queue, and the overall presence it had on that area of the park. I know many people will not agree, but I hated the 5th dimension, it was way to cheesey to fit the rest of the ride and it really took me out of the ride. The random drops were awesome, as were all the little things shown each time, but none of them felt nearly as powerful as DCA's. Overall I don't prefer either version to each other (so no "good/bad Tower" from me) and would gladly ride both of them if given the opportunity. then it was over to Rock 'N' Roller coaster, which I thought was fun, but I definitely liked Flight of Fear at PKI more. Although I was extremely happy to get "Love in an elevator" while we were riding, and I got to see the Shocker officially from Disney lol.

Next up we headed over to the Great Movie Ride, which I liked a lot more then I was expecting. We headed over to Star Tours, loved the outdoor queue, and I forced the group to go see Muppet's 3-D (which I'm extremely thankful for the updated (and really good) animatronics we have at DCA. Then we went and saw Lights, Motors, Action where they F'ed up quite a bit during the ballet (including have to switch out main cars) and a not-so-quick trip on the backlot tour. Having been spoiled by the original backlot tour at Universal Hollywood, this seemed very lackluster and staged (which I know it is) in comparison, but it was fun seeing some of the displays they have including the villans exhibit at the end.

After playing for a bit in the Honey, I shrunk the Audience playset area we took a stroll through Walt Disney: One Man's Dream to kill some time until our dinner reservation at Brown Derby, of course walking over high School musical was yet again playing. Anyway, it rained heavily during our meal (I had the Thai Noodle Bowl with cocnut breaded tofu which was pretty damn amazing) so that cleared a lot of the park out. After dinner we headed over to watch the Indiana Jones stunt show and I got choosen to be one of the the extras. However it started raining agian so they didn't do the third act finale. It was getting late-ish so we ended up re-riding Tower and RnR and watching Fantasmic! which was ok, I liked actually having seats for the show, but I'll take Disneyland's anyday.

Overall I fetl Disney's Hollywood Studios was too much of a "show" park. There was plenty of stuff to do (for me since I do like shows) but not enough rides. Toy Story mania will definitely help out, and I thnk another 3 or 4 rides will round out the park a lot. Definitely my third favorite park on property.

I wanted to head over to Downtown Disney to check it out so I invited one of my Orlando friends to come over and hang out for a bit. I liked the area, I just wish it wasn't raining the whole time. Finally got to eat at Earl of Sandwhich and we just walked around and I had a bucket of booze. I didn't do my reasearch and I had no idea that there were three different sections to the place lined up like that. it was kinda cool bieng on the water like that, and Pleasure Island looked like fun. We just kinda strolled around for a bit before my friend drove me back to the hotel to copy pictures from my camera, which was great for me cause I was running out of room on my memry card. I ended up falling asleep around 3-ish.

Finally it was off to bed and the biggest "dissapointment" of the trip later that morning, Magic Kingdom!
Disneyland in CA Are you seeing this?
"Everybody all for one,
A real summer has just begun!
Let's rock and roll and just let go,
feel the rhythm of the drums
We're gonna have fun in the sun
Now that all the hard work, work is done!
Everybody, one for all and all for one!
All for one, one!"
wow, it's like the queue isn't just a bunch of switchbacks right in front of the building
Hello original tower
This Queue was the perfect mood setter for the ride, that I will give to Florida's ToT
The line took way too long (there definitely had to have been a shut down of some sort for how long we were in the same spot) but it was fun.
Steven Tyler's Shocker + love in an Elevator = awesome ride!
Rock on!
Taking this "uphat" felt kinda dirty
A dress fit for a Queen
The latest fall fashions from Narnia
YAY Marry Poppins!
Kids practicing playing with their sabers.
This queue is just a little nicer then others.
YAY Muppets!
That entrance is creepy
it's like bieng back in New York, but not really.
Disney jet!
better part of the finale!
Different angle of the plane from the Backlot tour
Flight of the navigator was an awesome movie!
" I'm going to find it and I'm going to destroy it. I don't know how yet. Possibly with dynamite."
oooo backside of action
The Penguin!
oh those movies just sucked
I liked the movie and Tilda Swinton scares me.
I don't remember what this was.
oooo I want one!
This was pretty cool
ran back to get a picture of the sign and off to...
funny, I've heard that before...
something phallic shaped kept squirting
oh, is that all.
hmmm what's that?
YOU can't make me go!!
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Postby RCFreak » Thu May 08, 2008 7:07 pm

Unfortunately, due to rain I didn't get the camera out as much as I would have liked the final few days. Here are a few more pics from DHS and Downtown Disney.

next up is Magic Kingdom!
It wasn't quite time for our reservations so we headed over to find other stuff to se for a bit, we skipped on The Little Mermaid show, and opted for walking through this exhibit for a bit.
They had a ton of stuff to see, leanr, and even play with in there (I really liked the Animatronics display they had) This is a model of Euro-Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle
The Tree of Life, the Animal Kingdom "Weenie"
Imagining this as real definitely gives me a semi.
I love me some GRR action
What time is it?
Dinner time
Go get your grub on!

I know laaammme.
Ooo almost there!
YAY We made it!
Like I said, I had the Thai Noodle Bowl for the main course, but I also had the Brown Derby Grapefruit Cake which was awesome as well.
This was our hot waiter, I apparently had my after sex glow filter on.
Some more interesting Disney inspired topiary
It's not my cup of tea, but I would let Indy use his whip on me.
Look, I'm famous! (pardon the blur, I was on stage and it takes a while to get used to the settings I usually use) Of course I was the only brown one up there so I guess I filled in there quota for the show.
ooo Disney went all out in themeing the sky too. Damn they're good.
Fantasmic! was not as good as the show out West, but I did like sitting down on benches.
Switching over to Downtown Disney, the fat kid in me came out and I couldn't resist licking goofy's balls.
Mmmmm Earl of Sandwhich.
it was good.
I have a thing for long big wet things
When i was there two summers ago, i didn't see a giant Rainforrest cafe logo in the sky nor anyone walking there dogs on the roof of the Sydney Opera House
RAWR give me some McDonalds!
Starting the bucket of Booze.
This is kinda what I saw getting to the bottom
"what's that smell?"
CIRQUE DU SOLIEL! I'm a huge geek about their shows.
yeah, that bad.
We went into the Vrgin mega store and played in there for a little while and I don't even remember what book this was in it just made me laugh.
Buzz Lightyear why I NEVER!!"
I am now the Toy Story bitch
When we got back to the hotel, a school group was coming in and all the security guards were yelling at the kids to get back into their own rooms, made us laugh!

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Postby TheRapidsNerd » Thu May 08, 2008 7:56 pm

Some great pics and captions. I've been laughing quite a bit.
Great to see the Honey I Shrunk the Kids playground was still there. Always thought it was cool how they built the "ground" and made it squishy.

You brought back some nice memories by retracing some of the places we went years ago.

Well done. =)

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Postby dino » Fri May 09, 2008 12:44 am

Great update as always. Too many pics and funny/dirty captions to comment on. Nice to see you in the Indy show, representing ;) . As for :P Goofy's so wrong :roll:.

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Postby MattyD » Fri May 09, 2008 5:38 am

RCFreak wrote:Walt Disney: One Man's Dream to kill

I think I read that wrong! :P

Nice trip report, good fun as always!


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Postby NINCUB » Fri May 09, 2008 8:03 am

Love the pix Hector! You have so much fun! You are looking pretty hot in Orlando BTW! :0)

Look forward to more shots from you! :0)


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