- Posted by Johanna on October 21, 2012 at 11:06 am
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I was gone this past week celebrating my birthday at Walt Disney World. It was the yearly Food and Wine Festival at Epcot, so that was an extra bit of fun, wandering around the World Showcase snacking on samples from various countries. This isn’t a full account of everything we did, just some picture high points.
We stayed at the Wilderness Lodge, where every night we returned to find a cute creature made from washclothes. There’s a penguin, a ghost (the parks were celebrating the upcoming Halloween holiday with decorations), and a bear.
Since we were staying at one of the hotels on the Seven Seas Lagoon, we also got to see the nightly Electrical Water Pageant, where they’d bring lighted barges around to electronic tunes.
The high point of the trip was our Segway tour of World Showcase one morning, but I don’t have pictures of that, unfortunately. It was great fun zipping around the countries on the Segway, though, after the training class. Another morning, we made it to the Magic Kingdom in time for opening, where characters rode out on the train and waved hello.
Particularly exciting about that visit was that they were holding a “dress rehearsal” (sneak peek) at the upcoming expansion of New Fantasyland.
On the left is standing on the bridge to Belle’s castle, with its odd square turret. On the right is the framework for the coming-in-2014 Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster.
The high point was getting a chance to ride the Under the Sea ride. It’s a continuous-loading dark ride, like Peter Pan’s Flight, but it tells the story of Ariel, the Little Mermaid, through animatronics (robot fish).
Here’s a view of one of my favorite rides, the Haunted Mansion, from the Riverboat.
We rode this one twice, because there’s so much to look at. Both Under the Sea and the Haunted Mansion have enhanced queues. They’ve added games and things to do while you wait in line for the ride (although we were there at a slow time, so we walked right on). In the Mansion, they’ve built a cemetery section with ghostly instruments and a haunted bookcase. With Under the Sea, there are animated little crabs that carry objects; if you point at them, they take them away. They’re so much fun to play with that I wished there was more of a wait.
We also stopped off at the Contemporary just so I could visit the Mary Blair murals. She’s one of my favorite artists and why we rode It’s a Small World twice, just to view her designs. Here are two of the multiple panels.
Can you find the five-legged goat?
We also spent a day at the Hollywood Studios, where I rode Tower of Terror again after vowing not to, just because I like the theming so much, and one at the Animal Kingdom. It was a wonderful trip, although I’m glad to be back home as well.