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Don’t let my initial peevishness this time around make you think I’m not having a great time. In fact, few things in life fill me with greater satisfaction than being a critical know-it-all. So sit back and watch me indulge in one of my very favorite activities…and then watch me hang out at Walt Disney World!
With my last full day in the parks in front of me, I intend to take full advantage of the resources available to me, including the early morning extra magic hours at the Magic Kingdom. My misunderstanding of how the new morning entry protocol works yet again puts me there a little on the early side – and with an empty stomach. Oops. But, of course, once the morning gets rolling all of that gets left behind in great theme park fun!
After another afternoon nap, I return to World Showcase in Epcot for my scheduled dinner at Teppan Edo. Come join in as I wander around the Japan pavilion, see some of its “cute” culture, then notice a toy I can’t remember seeing since I was pretty young. Will you be able to sing along with me? After dinner I watch the fireworks and run across a curious bit of detritus. And of course it will then be time for another installment of Pillow Talk with Daffy Stardust!
Last week, I reviewed a very long list of rides, shows, attractions and other experiences which would be new to my family on our up-coming Universal Orlando vacation. I borrowed the concept from my old pal and blogging idol, Daffy Stardust, who posts similar articles prior to an excursion to Disney World. His articles usually cover first, last and first-time-in-a-long-time experiences. But as relative novies to Universal, our list of new-to-us experiences was long enough to fill an entire article unto itself. So today, I am back to cover the other two categories.
By this point in day 4, the reality of being on vacation had really set in and I’d started to give in to pure leisure. This manifested itself with a “hey why the hell not?” raw video share of my experience at La Cantina de San Angel sampling some churros and a margarita. Some of that is reproduced here along with other sights and sounds from Epcot’s Mexico pavilion. Ay Caramba!!
Join me as I leave Future World and spend some time in a couple of the more popular Epcot pavilions in World Showcase. First, I grab lunch and interact with a couple of the better-known occupants of the UK pavilion, and then I move on to the France pavilion where I take in the sights and enjoy their beautiful film, Impressions de France.
My return to Epcot continues in today’s video with the last of my stranger interviews, and spins on three Future World attractions. One of these is a second look at a new version of a ride that failed to impress at all in my first experience with it. Come along and see what my return to Future World reveals for me.
Frequent theme park travelers are always on the look-out for new experiences. These have become something of a rarity for my family after regular visits to Walt Disney World which is one of the reasons we have been exploring other options in recent years. In 2015, on our way to a Disney cruise, we spent a day on a whirlwind tour of both Universal theme parks. We hit a lot of the resort’s highlights, but there is only so much you can do in a day. After sampling what Universal had to offer, we’re going back this summer for a more in-depth excursion. Let’s review some of this trip’s potential firsts.
I’m halfway through my trip on my way back to Epcot where I spent the afternoon and evening of my arrival day. First I have to deal with a little hiccup with my well-laid plans, but nothing gets in the way of hitting rope drop and making a concerted beeline for one of the park’s most popular attractions.
When the Art of Animation resort opened on property at Walt Disney World in 2012, it was as a variation on what it had originally been planned to be. If you look at a map of the resort and one of the Pop Century resort across Hourglass Lake, you’ll see how similar the two resort layouts are. There’s a reason for that. The basic buildings of the two resorts were built around the same time. But due to a downturn in tourism after the attacks of September 11th 2001, building on the second half of the Pop Century resort came to a halt. Now there appears to be a possibility that the shoe may be on the other foot.
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In today’s installment of Daffy Does Disney, I take advantage of the changing face of Animal Kingdom by taking a different approach to a day there than would have been wise in the past. Central to the change this time around is the new nighttime spectacular, “Rivers of Light.” Then join me again for a renamed daily wrap-up as I review the best and worst of my third day in the parks.
My day at Animal Kingdom continues with a couple of the experiences central to my plans. One is a tentpole attraction that is widely considered one of the best in all of Walt Disney World, and the other is a signature restaurant which was added to Animal Kingdom just a little less than a year ago. Aside from this, there’s a good bit of wandering around and enjoying the park’s environments and collection of wild animals.
Come along as I get an exceedingly early start on my day at Animal Kingdom. Then watch as I gawk at wild animals on a safari and take on one of the roughest rides in all of Walt Disney World. It’s NOT a zoo!