1) Orange is definitely more intense than California Screamin's launch, and the sensation lasts longer. As I recall , they double up on the spinning part during the shuttle launch, and the lunar jump sequences as well.
I highly recommend you ride MS at least once IF you're in at least good physical condition, don't suffer from fear of confined spaces and are not prone to get sick easily. It's one of those rides , like Mickey's Fun Wheel swinging gondolas, where you wonder...why am I doing this? but you know it's because it's fun, and you love the thrill.
6) We've always watched Illuminations from the area where the Disney Store that faces the American Pavillion across the lagoon, as this is the place where there's more room to hold large crowds of people. Think of it as being the same size as the place across from Mickey's Fun Wheel at DCA where people watch WOC from.
7) Some people dont know about, or don't like to take the train at AK over to Rafiki's place because it's kind of tucked in back of the park. That, and it's it's more of a learn-a-torioum/petting zoo for kids than a land. We love it though because It goes well with the theming of the park.
9) By all means give Primeval Whirl a ...well... whirl. It's a fun ride that can be easily compared to the Goofy Sky School coaster at DCA.
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Thanks for the info. I'm still not sure about Mission Space. My wife won't even ride the teacups, and sometimes doesn't even like Screamin.' One of my sons likes the teacups, but neither of my sons will go on Screamin' because they're intimidated by the loop. However, they both love turning sideways and experiencing the "goat trick" on Big Thunder.
For Rafiki's... I love theming! But what is it that is so good... the ride, or the destination? Can we just hop on the train and ride it round-trip? We'll probably check that out.