WDW 1/12-1/19/03

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Tuesday, January 21, 2003 6:25 AM

Happiest place on Earth? Perhaps that should be rethought of for Disney. In this the 102 anniversary year of Walt's life, Disney is still celebrating 100, with tired parades and shows. Epcots Tapestry of now "Dreams" looked more like a Tapestry of Nightmares compared to the brilliant piece of work it was when it debuted in 1999 for the Millennium Celebration. Once with three parades circling the World Showcase, its a meezly one these days. Tarzan Rocks didn't. Snow Globes really should have snow in them, that's kind of the point, otherwise they just look strange. Beauty and the Beast seems empty without the Pyro and Pigeons.

Up things in Entertainment, loved the Studioes parade, the motorcade motorcycles made that one great for me. Surprisingly the Epic Stunt Show is still entertaining after all these years. Fantasmic is still amazing; the sheer number of people involved alone is staggering. Epcot's Reflections of Earth is still fresh even after 3+ years.

Rides, well we all know WDW is not a thrill park. Rockin' Rollercoaster, no harness check for me. Space Mountain, there was a man in front of me who did not speak a word of English, that did not seem to bother the employees nor prevent them from screaming at him and a large group of people that got confused by the queue configuration.

Best ride at the Park? Mark's Bus Ride. Don't know how to tell anyone to find it, but there is a bus driver named Mark, he's one crazy guy, but lots of fun. If you, or your family is having an off day, request him.

Places to avoid? Quick Serve food at the Magic Kingdom. Actually for the flagship park of the world, most of the employees looked completely miserable and disinterested. This was of course not the case for all nor a vast majority. However, it just takes one bad experience with one employee to ruin a day or a visit.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2003 6:35 AM

Wow.. and that coming from someone who used to work there.. ;)

How was the one bar/hotel we talked about?

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June 11th, 2001 - Gemini 100
VertiGo Rides - 82
Technical Services - 2002
Frightzone Screamster - 2002

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Tuesday, January 21, 2003 8:11 AM

Interesting that you spent 8 days there and had almost nothing but complaints. Didn't you enjoy anything but the bus?

Mike

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Laugh your troubles away at Riverview, the world's largest amusement park.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2003 9:01 AM

Because it was off-season, there was rarely any wait time that was in excess of 10 minutes. Most attractions were walk-on.

Shouldn't have read quite so negative. There are some things you hold to such a high level of esteem, that anything below your expectations seems unacceptable. I guess what I mean is, if I didn't mention it, assume I thought it was great and perfect.

One major omission on my part was Chester and Hester's at DAK, which was lots of fun. The loading process of Primeval Whirl was a new one for me with the Disney patented, it seems, moving beltway traveling at the same speed as you are. The coaster was great fun.

Better?

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Tuesday, January 21, 2003 6:29 PM

Thanks, I really love Disney and tend to dismiss anyone who cannot have a good time there. You're correct when you hold Disney to a higher standard. I'm glad you had an enjoyable vacation despite a few glitches.

Mike

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Laugh your troubles away at Riverview, the world's largest amusement park.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2003 4:17 AM

I'll agree that the standard is higher for Disney, and that it doesn't feel the way it used to (quick service food in particular is missing the "service" part), but to outright not enjoy yourself is like going in looking for reasons not to enjoy yourself.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2003 6:56 AM

CPJ said:

Because it was off-season, there was rarely any wait time that was in excess of 10 minutes. Most attractions were walk-on.



I'm just curious, did you find the waits to be this short throughout your stay at each park? I'm asking because I visited the Magic Kingdom on Sat. Jan. 18 and lines were quite long (30-60 minutes) for most of the day. The Fastpass system was great. Lines were nonexistent from 9-11 am, though. We only visited that one park on that one day, so I am just wondering if it was a busy day and if the weekdays make all the difference.

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Saturday, January 25, 2003 3:57 PM
i was at disney between 1-5-03 and 1-15-03 had a great time and i have to agree with you mark the bus driver is the man. he was so funny he deserves a better job and a huge raise. he had everyone in the bus crying from laughing so hard all the way to the hotel. I almost tried to call someone and tell them to give him a raise.
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Sunday, January 26, 2003 8:39 AM
MARK IS THE FUNNIEST GUY ON EARTH!. He had me in stitches the whole ride.

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Restraining orders are just another way of saying I love you.

*** This post was edited by Gamfan on 1/26/2003. ***

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