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Old 12-28-05, 05:34 PM
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Back from Disney World (pics & long)

My wife and I got back from Disney World last Friday. We spent 6 nights at Port Orleans Riverside resort. Being on the Disney World property was very nice. We rarely had to wait for a bus/boat to take us to our destination for the day.

The crowds weren't too bad except for Magic Kingdom. Using the Fastpass and getting to the park early, we were able to see everything we wanted to. I think we left just in time before the crowds got really bad.

EPCOT

We spent about 2.5 days at EPCOT and enjoyed this park the most. Soarin' was a blast and neither of us felt sick on it. Test Track was lots of fun too. That banked turn was quite exciting. We passed on Mission:Space. My wife is into gardening, so we took two tours: Gardens of the World and Behind the Seeds. Both were very interesting. We also did most of our dining at EPCOT. We had dinner at Morraco, Japan, and Germany.

Animal Kingdom

We really enjoyed this park too. I wish it was a bit bigger though. We were able to see everything in a little over a day. The surroundings were great and really made you feel like you were in the environment. I took a ton of animal photos there. Expedition Everest looks like it's going to lots of fun.

MGM Studios

I think they had the best shows. Indiana Jones and the Extreme Stunt show were great. No Tower of Terror for us. We did check out most of the other stuff though. The Osbourne lights were very cool. I would have been a pissed off neighbor too if those were next to me.

Magic Kingdom

We didn't spend tons of time here because it was really crowded and we're not big into rides. I think we covered it pretty well. This was more nostalgic for me since I hadn't been in almost 20 years. This is definitely the park to take the kiddos to though.
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How about some photos?


Spaceship Earth on acid. Wow, man! Look at all those colors!


These guys showed up during our Gardens of the World tour. Our tourguide said it's very rare to see that many characters all at once.


The park wasn't open in this area yet, so we had them all to ourselves for about 5 minutes.


The lights at night were very cool. These arches blinked to the music.


Pluto at the Animal Kingdom parade.


Happy New Year! That's a lot of lights at MGM.


Their tigers were brought in from a rescue organization. Beautiful animals.


Mickey & Minnie leading the parade at Magic Kingdom.


My kobe beef dish from Victoria & Alberts. We were spoiled there. Oh were we spoiled there.

Feel free to post any other photos you like from the trip. There's a ton of them on my site.

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Good pictures. I've imagined a travelogue for these three. Am I close?

a) This looks like a good spot to watch Illuminations.
b) Good show, is it over?
c) Oops, I guess not.

or:

a) Good spot.
b) I'm getting thirsty
c) Ahh, Great Beers of the World kiosk. Brilliant!
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Here are some of mine from early December:








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Originally Posted by BigDave


My kobe beef dish from Victoria & Alberts. We were spoiled there. Oh were we spoiled there.
...more food pics please...
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Definitely the first. We were headed back out and then they started a special Christmas fireworks display. They must spend a ton of $$$ on fireworks.
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Originally Posted by BigDave
How about some photos?



These guys showed up during our Gardens of the World tour. Our tourguide said it's very rare to see that many characters all at once.
Hey wait a minute. Those guys were at Disneyland all last week. How could they be in 2 places.... what do you mean there is no Santa Claus?

Chris
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Geez, how much did you spend on foods? I see plates of food with tiny portion, not even enough to fill my skin body up.
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Originally Posted by BigDave
How about some photos?


Their tigers were brought in from a rescue organization. Beautiful animals.




My kobe beef dish from Victoria & Alberts. We were spoiled there. Oh were we spoiled there.
Don't you see the connection between the two? You were eating tigers. No cow could look and taste that good.
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Originally Posted by zuffy
Geez, how much did you spend on foods? I see plates of food with tiny portion, not even enough to fill my skin body up.
That was one course in a seven course meal with a wine pairing. It cost as much as the rest of our meals the entire week. It was for our 5th anniversary though.
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Nice pics. My wife likes to take pictures of our dinners on vacation too.
It's definitely unusual to get a lot of characters in one picture like that, without swarms of people around them. I just went to DW in May, and now you've got me itching to go back. Man, I love that place!
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Are the pics pretty much sequential? Meaning all those food pics in a row were ONE MEAL?????!?!?!?

And...

WTF is this???

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Yes, the pics are sequential. The food pics at the end are from a seven-course meal at Victoria & Alberts (Grand Floridian Hotel). That was my last course; a vanilla bean creme brulee. I couldn't finish all of it. I was so stuffed.

If you can't tell from the photos of us, we were lit by the end of that meal. There was a wine pairing for each course and they were full glasses.
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Originally Posted by BigDave
That was my last course; a vanilla bean creme brulee.
So... Maybe I'm having a perspective problem. The big brown thing is some sort of flat carmelized thingy on top (or is it bottom) of it??? It's that whole white-on-white thing... Is that a large plate, under a flat bowl, under a little thingy (what are those things called) with the creme brulee in it? Like three serving devices for this one item?

For some reason, it looks like something the USS Enterprise might fly into...



Again, I think I just have a perspective problem.

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Plate, bowl with creme brulee in it and then the flat carmelized thingy sticking out of the bowl. We took pictures just so we could explain what we ate. They gave us personalized menus so we'd remember what we had too.
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Originally Posted by BigDave
That was one course in a seven course meal with a wine pairing. It cost as much as the rest of our meals the entire week. It was for our 5th anniversary though.
Meals with wine pairings are great, except by the end of the meal you usually have trouble walking.
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Originally Posted by Trout
Meals with wine pairings are great, except by the end of the meal you usually have trouble walking.
And we did. Luckily the bus picked us up and took us back to our hotel. We were the only ones on there otherwise they were scheduled to go to Downtown Disney first. He was a crazy driver too, so it was an interesting trip back to the hotel.
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Gorgeous picture .
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I'm so glad that most of you have good feelings regarding Walt Disney World / Disneyland and want to keep going back. It's keeping me employed!

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lucky you were there when they had fireworks!
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I thought Disneyworld has fireworks everynight @ Epcot and Magic Kingdom.
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Originally Posted by zuffy
I thought Disneyworld has fireworks everynight @ Epcot and Magic Kingdom.

yeah, I meant to put a smiley on the end of that. It's like the joke from The Simpsons:

Homer - "Oh, look! It's the 12:00 noon robot parade. Hurry up or we'll have to wait for the 12:05 parade."
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What a great collection of photos on your site.

I really can't pick favorites since there are so many nice shots. I'll just go for a little cheap humor.



His head on a platter since that is the fantasy of so many.



You guys apparently didn't see the 'Please Don't Pee in the Fountain' sign.



The last thing you see before being killed while tripping.



I'm going to sit here and hold my breath until my movie becomes a blockbuster.

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I saw Ed Begley once at Epcot! I embarassed myself by screaming his name. Got a though.

Glad ya had a good time.
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I'm going to sit here and hold my breath until my movie becomes a blockbuster.
Friggin CGI...

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