WDW Adventure: May 7th and 8th   2 comments

Imagineer2017 and the Adventure to Four Parks

A highlight of the cool stuff from my most recent trip

Hi everybody! I’ve just returned from what may have been my busiest trip ever. I visited all 4 parks in 2 days, a new record for me! And boy was it eventful! From broken lights to boring lights and from clear signs to confused CMs, I’ve got it all here!

So let’s start at Animal Kingdom:

I did some in-park recordings while I was there. I have no idea how they came out, so we may or may not have them posted in the future. But anyway…I digress.

I love DINOSAUR. So I rode it 3 times throughout the whole day. And it was terrifying every time. The Carnotauruses are so lifelike and so close!  The time rovers weren’t properly synced all three times (and this wasn’t 3 times in a row, either), so the first set of doors were left wide open. And even funnier, the rover ahead of ours was visible in the next room during the sauropod scene during two of my rides. Seeing another EMV moving about was really cool. I’d never seen it before. Unlike Indy, you aren’t supposed to see them.

Love how this shrine matches up to the mountain!

Then it was off to Everest! Such a wonderfully done attraction! It’s a shame the Yeti has been disco’d…So then, here’s the effects not working during my ride list:

  • Waterfall
  • Steam from train (granted it was hot that day)
  • Bird
  • The Strobe on the Yeti wasn’t even working right! It was a long 5 second flash every 10 seconds, not a strobe. Typically, it looks real enough for me to duck, but this time, I looked at it, and said aloud “Wow, that’s pathetic!”.

Just a walk through Animal Kingdom is so nice. The themeing is above and beyond in that park. It’s amazing. I mean, that sign (as pictured above) is maybe 2 feet tall, and hidden with the bushes. How would anyone see that, or even think to look!?  Below are a few other pieces of theming I noticed while walking about:

It’s the things like this that set Disney above the rest. And I love it! It means there’s always something new to discover each time. For example, I’d been searching for the Dragon ‘rock’ at the entrance to Camp Minnie Mickey for some time now. I this trip, I finally got around to finding it.

Beastly Kingdome!

But, that was the end of DAK for that day. I wanted to see if Star Tours was open. I got to the Studios at about 2:57, so I expected Countdown to Fun to be over by the time I finished bag check.

The one good thing about the parade thing: clear street!

Apparently, bag check is fast. So I got to Indiana Jones before having to stop and wait. Not enjoyable, except for when some party attempted to cross the path right before the Toy Story floats, and Potato Head went and hit them for it.

But, it cleared up, and I headed over to Star Tours, hoping it would be soft opening. Or that they would be looking for people to go test it.

Love the new poster. It's classy and simple.

Door is still shut

A lone defencive gaurd cone protects the exit.

Sadly, its still not open. A few of the CMs (some not stationed at Star Tours) I talked to have mentioned they heard it’s still not ready, so there may be truth to some of those ‘not all the Starspeeders are ready’ rumors.  Upset, I head over to Muppets for some laughs.

The full extended queue was open. What a change of luck, eh!? I had never been in it, and had always wanted to see the movie posters and Muppet Labs jokes. Hysterical! I enjoyed them so much! Once inside, I saw this dust pan thingie with Animal painted on it. It’s not a prop, I pulled it off the wall to check! Hows that for theming?

Soon as I got in, the preshow was over. Aww. I walked over the the Cast Member, and kindly asked to stay behind and watch the preshow. She looked at me like I was crazy, then, in a confused voice, said sure. So for a good 5-10 minutes, I had the pre-show room to myself. I was in there that long, and I still haven’t read every gag. I got the front left corner done at most. The Muppets are amazing.

But once that was done, I headed over to Tower to see it without scaffolding on it for a change. Well, that and to take in the atmosphere.

Yay! It looks so nice!

Wait...what is that?

Well themed walls!

These walls, adorned with era-appropriate posters, cover up what I assume was a bit of cement with faux red car tracks. Repaving time, I guess.

But, I was done at the Studios. I was tired, and I still had to go to Epcot for Via Nappoli that night.

Imagination is so photogenic. Let’s just take a few pictures of it:

 Once dinner was over, it was a bit past 9, and Illuminations was half over. I’ve seen the show dozens of times, but never from back there! Quite an experience. The fireworks, to me, didn’t seem as loud, and the lasers were much more pronounced. Plus, when the show is over, you have to walk back through an empty World Showcase with Tapestry of Nations playing in the background! This is my new favourite spot for RoE!

They’ve been testing some newer pyro for the show, including perimeter fireworks. They were used during that night’s performance, and they looked so cool! You can see them in one of the pictures I took:

But, the day was done. I was tired. The next day was Magic Kingdom.

Really, I just came to ride Space Mountain. I hadn’t ridden it in over a month, so I was missing it! Once to the park, I saw that Mickey had a 25 minute wait. Based on last time’s experience, Mickey had a short wait and big rides had a long one. I was worried Mountain was a long wait.

The banners are back!

Oh, and heres a sign on the other side of the street. You know, in case you missed the banners.

But I got to Space Mountain, and it was only a 20 minute wait walk on! I rode it 3 times. The first two times, TTA’s work lights were on, so that was cool! The ravin; soundtrack is getting softer, sadly. But all the sound effects were working for a change!

Keeping in Tomorrowland, The TTA’s cool colourful LED lights have been replaced with boring, white ones. Not only are they not as cool, but they are much too bright in some areas, making the vehicle reflect in the glass overlooking attractions.

As well, part of Buzz Lightyear’s queue has been gutted and painted purple! The corner that had the giant batteries, you couldn’t see Buzz from it. The batteries removed, the walls all painted purple. We can assume this could be for NextGen, but that could require re-routing queue because standard line is in the center of the room, and Fastpass runs the wall.

The last bit of Tomorrowland news is very irksome: The CoP sign has been replaced! And not with a nice sign, no, but with a clear plexiglas sign! It’s clear, making it almost impossible to see. I passed by it 3 times before noticing! It’s small, it’s clear, and it’s hard to see. This better be temporary.

Way to hide the backsatge areas, Mr. Coke Truck!

Afterwards, I rushed over to Mansion to check out the new ending. Went through the interactive queue, and I still love it! Though I don’t think enough people know it’s there. It’s hidden from sight, and CMs no longer stand there encouraging people to head in. I got in, alone, and hung out in there for a good 20 minutes. Ive now heard all of the rhymes. Some of them were pretty tricky. The Sea Captain is open again. No more leaking. He still sneezes though.

I was disappointed with the Hitchhiking Ghosts. It seemed to go by too quick. Maybe it will look cooler next time I ride?

Hrm, what else…Minnie and Mickey’s houses are for sale as toys. Because when attractions are torn down, they should make toys out of them. So where’s my Horizons toys?!

Yes, they even had his car to match.

Hope you enjoyed this long photo report adventure thing. If you read through the whole thing, thank you! If you didn’t, well you missed out. Spread the word about my Blog! Not only does it prevent more people from missing out, but it makes me want to keep on writing!

See ya next week!


2 responses to “WDW Adventure: May 7th and 8th

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  1. Awesome blog post, as always. Lot’s of new things I didn’t know were different! ^ ^ (You’re getting better than wdwnt!)
    Thanks for writing!!!

    • Better than WDWNT? No no! Tom and the crew work mighty hard to get the news out just as fast as I can. With the forums gone, a lot of it is showing up over twitter nowadays.

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