Happy New Year! Its 2015, a year that to many of us in certain age groups see as such a futuristic year. Based on the movie, Back to the Future II we had some well documented exciting things to look forward to by now:
Things not happening on the regular:
Self-fitting and self-drying jackets
$40,000 to convert your car to a hovercraft
In-wall fax machines – scanners are super slim but no paper inside the wall exists yet to allow for your incoming faxes. Good thing we moved towards texting. That said, if I ever lost my job over text I would be pretty pissed.
Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough accessories for your power naps? I never used to, but I sure do now!
The Power Nap Capsule
The frame and canopy create a personal, semi-enclosed napping space that can help you block out distracting sounds and sights.
The Power Nap Head Pillow
The pillow allows users to tune out their surroundings, creating a dark, quiet microenvironment ideal for achieving a deep, restful sleep whether stranded in a crowded airport or recharging between meetings at work.
A few years ago we did the Pirate and Princess Party and had so much fun being in the park late at night with limited crowds. Everyone tells me that the parade is the best part but I’m not big on parades so I spent the time on rides and they had no wait!
Haunted Mansion – the incredible lighting and the actress on the lawn were amazing touches!
Pirates of the Caribbean
Happy HalloWishes Fireworks
WEDWay People Mover
Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball
There is so much to see at this event PLUS trick or treating with name brand candy! The map shows all the locations where you can line up for candy. Kinda funny to hear them blasting “Welcome to the Jungle” outside the Enchanted Tiki Room!
So we all know the story. EPCOT isn’t nearly as awesome as it used to be. I know that, and I usually turn a blind eye to it and still have an incredible time. That’s usually because I’m running around so frantically trying to get in as much as I can. This time, I was able to have a relaxing trip – a stop and smell the roses kind of visit. I was able to stand in Future World, look around, and honestly admit that its the pits.
Ellen’s Energy Adventure? 45 minutes and a wait that included no shade in 90 degree weather.
Empty Wonders of Life? Its so hard to accept that this space has become the junk drawer of the park.
Journey into Imagination? Its so lame that its almost creepy.
Innoventions? “The next show starts in 5 minutes.”
That’s A LOT of caca. Knowing how great it all used to be to turn to what we have today breaks my heart. You’ve all heard this before, this is nothing new. I just had to get it out there.
Now that I’ve spit out my grumpies, let’s focus on the good stuff that’s there. We spent a good deal of time at SeaBase in the Living Seas. They had a lot of divers in the tanks and the dolphin training is really fun to watch!
Rest of the evening was spent at the Not So Scary Halloween Party
Cape May Character (Breakfast)
The Living Seas – Finding Nemo
The Living Seas – SeaBase/Dolphin Training
Beach Club Solarium – It was FRIGID every time we walked through here but it was SO HOT on this last day we sat in here for over 30 minutes to cool down and that barely worked. I will never complain about the temperature in here again. I think it saved my life.
Sept/Oct 2013 Trip Report – Hollywood Studios & EPCOT
All other days on our trip included daily visits to EPCOT and the other parks. This was my first Food and Wine and as a vegetarian I definitely didn’t go hungry. It was worth visiting during the day to avoid the lines but even at night, the lines moved pretty quickly.
Monday (Animal Kingdom/EPCOT)
Everest – I think this was my last time on this. It crosses that fine line of an adrenaline rush and absolute terror.
Our trip started out with a few nights at Bay Lake so we took advantage of being able to walk into Magic Kingdom. These were the first few days of the Food and Wine Festival in EPCOT so the lines in Magic Kingdom were very short, especially early in the morning.
Be Our Guest (Lunch) – Potato Leek Soup
Its a Small World
Ariel Under the Sea (ride broke down, line was long)
Main Street Bakery (Lunch) – Chocolate Walnut Brownie
Breaking Bad – It was weird to watch how things end for Walt White while in Walt Disney but we couldn’t risk being in line at EPCOT and getting hit with a spoiler. I’ve never scheduled my Disney Vacation around TV before and it was surreal to watch something so dark while various park fireworks were going off.
During my recent visit to WDW it was also the 30th birthday of Horizons. Horizons first opened in EPCOT on October 1, 1983. I was hoping that there would be some super special Limited Time Magic event for this important anniversary but when I asked about it at the gate, the young person didn’t know what I was talking about. That hurt.
Disney did do a nice tribute in the form of some D23 posts titled Reaching for New Horizons. Content is for members only and worth the read. (Remember, you can join for free!) These were written by Michael Crawford from Progress City USA who also has a great summary with some awesome images summarized in a post titled Reach for Lost Horizons.
The Horizons fan base came out with a lot of good stuff to celebrate!