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  • Trip Report Oogie's first trip to WDW (picture heavy)






























    After watching the ending of the parade, we walked through the shops on Main Street




    and turned into Tomorrowland.



    We tried to get on Space Mountain, but the wait time was over an hour, so we decided to ride it later and went on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority (PeopleMover) and then on Buzz instead.











    *** Note *** they left the door open in the stretching portrait room, so it kinda ruined the whole 'this chamber has no windows and no doors' thing.



    (singing) I don't wanna be buried.. in a pet cemetary.....




    The Liberty Belle is Florida's version of the Mark Twain. From what I could tell, the Mark Twain is bigger.












    Yep. The birds are just as fat here as they are in Anaheim.















    After that it was time to head over to the Liberty Tree Tavern in Liberty Square for Dinner.

    If you have never eaten there, I encourage you to try it on your next trip. The atmosphere and the service are great, and the food was delicious. You start with a roll with some sweetened butter and a fresh salad in vinaigrette dressing. Then comes the main course. Whipped Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Macaroni and Cheese, Stuffing, Sliced Turkey Breast (fresh, not processed), Sliced Roast Beef, Sliced Ham in a Mustard Sauce, and Turkey Gravy. After that we were given a hot peach cobbler for dessert topped off with a scoop of Vanilla ice cream. Oh.. in case I forgot to mention.. all of these dishes are all you can eat.



    When the parade was over, we headed to Splash Mountain and to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Big Thunder was one of the few rides that I could honestly say I liked better at WDW. Not only is the ride longer, but there are hydraulics on the car which make it feel like the tracks are giving away in the flooded town and rockslide scenes. We rode that multiple times til the park closed and we headed back to the Pop Century.








    Day 2 coming soon.
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  • #2
    Re: Oogie's first trip to WDW (picture heavy)

    Thanks for sharing! I can't wait for more.

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    • #3
      Re: Oogie's first trip to WDW (picture heavy)

      Great report so far!
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      • #4
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        Great TR, looking forward to more.

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          Re: Oogie's first trip to WDW (picture heavy)

          Great report! No thoughts on the attractions though?


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          • #6
            Re: Oogie's first trip to WDW (picture heavy)

            Originally posted by Coheteboy View Post
            Great report! No thoughts on the attractions though?
            She/he is a regular at DL. Do you really want to know her/his opinions on the attractions??
            Hmmm..

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            • #7
              Re: Oogie's first trip to WDW (picture heavy)

              Originally posted by TDLFAN View Post
              She/he is a regular at DL. Do you really want to know her/his opinions on the attractions??
              Hmmm..
              I would like to know their opinions, I honestly think that WDW has a few attractions that are actually better than DL's. I'd like to see if their comparisons match mine.
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              • #8
                Re: Oogie's first trip to WDW (picture heavy)

                He gave comparisons on quite a few of the attractions...

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                • #9
                  Re: Oogie's first trip to WDW (picture heavy)

                  Thoughts on the Attractions? Except for Thunder Mountain, I like Disneyland's attractions better.

                  Tomorrowland:

                  Space Mountain: The queue goes on forever (probably to keep people out of the Florida sun) and when you actually get to the room where you board the cars, it has a fake star field above it with projections of meteors and stuff flying around in it. The ride has 2 tracks, unlike Anaheim's single track, giving it more of a 'race' kind of feel. Also you sit in a single row, unlike Anaheim's double rows. The ride is longer, but alot jerkier with less drops (There is a space station with astronauts working outside of it which you fly past, which Disneyland doesn't have), The exit queue has a neat diorama in which shows an archiological dig on a distant planet, and some cool mirrors, and it's all on a moving conveyer belt, but it too goes on for quite some time.

                  Buzz Lightyear: Kind of the same, just more stuff to shoot for less points. The higher point targets are hidden.

                  Tomorrowland Transit Authority: Fun ride and a nice way to get off your feet and explore Tomorrowland. I wish Disneyland would bring it back.

                  Autopia: While Disneyland has 2 tracks, The Magic Kingdom has 4 tracks, but you don't get the eye candy and atmosphere that you do in DL. At WDW, it's just pretty much grass, an occasional tree, and the other drivers around you.


                  Fantasyland:

                  Cinderella's Castle: You can not go through Cinderella's Castle to get into Fantasyland, you have to go around it, through the smoking areas or go through Liberty Square or Tomorrowland. The area in front of the Castle (on the Main Street side) is a stage and the Fantasyland side is the entrance to Cinderella's Royal Table Character Restaurant.

                  Small World: First off, the queue is indoors and there are no topiaries. In Disneyland, when you first enter IASW, you are greeting by several signs saying 'Welcome' in several languages, then you enter the polar region (Iceland, Eskimos, etc), then you enter Europe. Not so in WDW. There you enter the ride and suddenly, BOOM.. you're in England first thing. Several of the characters were also missing while we were there and the soundtrack had adults singing the song, not just children. This took a lot out of the ride for me.

                  Mickeys Philharmonic: Disneyland has GOT to get this. It's a 3D show of Donald getting bounced around between several different Disney films musical numbers (Part of Your World, Be Our Guest, Whole New World, Just Can't Wait To Be King, etc) trying to catch Sorcerer Mickey's Hat.

                  Liberty Square:

                  Haunted Mansion: What ruined it for me was when we entered the stretching portraits room, they left the door open so you could see outside while they put more people in. Clearly this wasn't an elevator like the one at DL is. After that the second door opens and you are in a basic queue area to get into the doom buggys. Once in your doom buggy, you go down a ramp that takes you past the pictures that change with the lightning strikes, into a library where the busts turn to watch you, then into a room that looks straight out of Hogwarts. There are stairs all around you and as you watch, footsteps appear in the black light, making it look like something you can't see is walking up or down the staircases. All of these things (except for the staircases) are part of the queue area at DL. After that, the ride is pretty much identical.


                  Adventureland:

                  Swiss Family Treehouse: The one, The only, The copy of the Original. A great place to watch the fireworks from. I can't remember anymore what was in the original one before they changed it to Tarzan's, but it was still fun.

                  Tiki Room: Why did they have to change it? It was good the way it was. It was fun for a few seconds, but Gilbert Godfrey's voice started grating on me.

                  Aladdin's Carpets: A nice easy ride. I imagine that they could probably introduce the front and back pitch technology to Dumbo.

                  Frontierland:

                  Country Bear Jamboree: Bring It Back!!!!!

                  Splash Mountain: Less of a queue area and I don't recall seeing Brer Rabbit through the window like you can at DL. When you pass around the briar patch to take the 2nd lift up, if a log is coming down the main drop, you will get wet (the jets are turned up really high. The ride is a lot longer, but it doesn't have the same charm that DL's does. There is a scene where Brer Rabbit is supposed to be hopping across a field, but you can see the metal bar behind him, making him 'hop'. Also there is a 3 foot ledge right next to your log while you are going through the ride so you can be evacuated which really detracts from the experience.


                  Thunder Mountain Railroad: Excellent Ride.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Oogie's first trip to WDW (picture heavy)

                    That's odd that you favorited Big Thunder. I thought it went soooooo sloow compared to Disneyland. I just felt like we weren't going through that many tunnels or turns or anything. Just a lot of straight stretches of track and things to look at.

                    Haunted Mansion is a better ride in Florida but the mansion itself isn't my thing. Splash Mountain is better in Florida as it fleshes out the story a lot more, but I DO prefer Disneyland's single row seating better.


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                    • #11
                      Re: Oogie's first trip to WDW (picture heavy)

                      YAY!!! I love the pictures...and all of your details. You're making me even more excited about our upcoming trip!



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                      • #12
                        Re: Oogie's first trip to WDW (picture heavy)

                        One correction, you most certainly can walk through the castle. They close it during Dream Along With Mickey and before/after Wishes, but you can walk through it.

                        The reason why the queue's are mostly indoors compared to DL is 2 fold, air conditioning and the random rain storms.

                        They normally close the stretching room door. The only time I have seen them kept open was when they were trying to get more people in b/c of crowds/lines.

                        I'm enjoying the report, keep it coming!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Oogie's first trip to WDW (picture heavy)

                          Great trip report !! I love the pictures

                          I actually love WDW better. not sure if its the open space or the fact they have so many cool rides and attractions. Yeah space there is lame, and the tiki room sucks bad there, but I found WDW rides way better in many ways. Don't get me wrong, disneyland is awesome I just love 4 parks at one time, and the fact each park is awesome in its self.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Oogie's first trip to WDW (picture heavy)

                            One ride I forgot to mention.. Pirates. For starters the queue is much better in Florida than in Anaheim. But the ride itself is very watered down. In Florida you get in the boat, go around a corner and you are seeing the beach scene with the pirate skeletons. There is only 1 drop, no cave with pirates singing 'yo ho yo ho a pirates life for me' and it is missing several of the skeleton scenes (no treasure room and no captains quarters). Also right after you see captain Jack in the towns treasure, you turn a corner and there's the exit ramp. It's like it leaves the ride unfinished. In DL you go up the ramp back, it's like the end of the story. I didn't get that here.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Oogie's first trip to WDW (picture heavy)

                              Originally posted by OogieBoogie View Post
                              Space Mountain: The queue goes on forever (probably to keep people out of the Florida sun)
                              Actually the reason for the long queue is because Space Mt was the first attraction built outside the berm at the MK. The long tunnel into the main queue area goes underneath the train track and outside the berm where the building was built. I do not think it has much to do with keeping people away from the heat and humidity of summer.
                              Originally posted by Coheteboy
                              That's odd that you favorited Big Thunder. I thought it went soooooo sloow compared to Disneyland. I just felt like we weren't going through that many tunnels or turns or anything. Just a lot of straight stretches of track and things to look at.
                              I agree with you Coheteboy.. that is odd. DL's version feels faster because it's more intimate, however, unlike the MK version, DL's has better show quality inside and out..like the old town set from the Mine train ride, the drop into the Coyote canyon.. etc etc. Falling rocks during the last lift as opposed to the MK's replacing the actual rocks with a filmed version of it which looks cheap. Overall DL has a better BTM in my humble opinion.

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