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I would like to send out a special THANK YOU to everyone who has read and supported my thread this year. While I only have about 7 more adventures left to share, rest assured I will bring more quality out of the way park reports in 2012.

 

Coming up next, an awesome trip to Lake Winnie...with a possible twist!

 

oh, and please post your comments

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All of the sudden I want to build a park in RCT II that has a monorail attached to it.... D'OH!

 

Breweries, for whatever reason, are some of the greatest places to visit- I miss the old AB tour at The Old Country (YES, it was called that!) and the smell of cooking hops, barley and other such wafting around the park on a warm day.

 

I'll have to look this up when I head to MKE next year- as it looks like a great day of fun.

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After probably the single most epic Bash to date at Six Flags over Georgia, it was off crediting running. This adventure takes me to one of my now favorite small parks, Lake Winnie!. Don't sell this park short, plan to stay for around four hours and experience all the lake has to offer from paddle boats and miniature golf, to a wacky factory, and a wacky worm.

 

Classic in every since, this park offers a relaxing atmosphere, reasonably priced food and beverage, and fun. One note, if you get to the park at opening, head for the original splash boats, waiting around until later in the day will have you waiting to ride. And hey, even Dan might approve, you really don't get wet!

 

So get ready for a refreshing report from Lake Winnie!

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Thank you, I plan on it!

 

(Thought I would pick up a park map for Larry's Index, this is the best I could do)

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Hopefully crossing the tracks doesn't lead me to the 'wrong' side.

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Thankfully it landed me on the good side of the park, where, if you rub the Genie, he will take you for a spin.

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Dumbo erhm, Jumbo! Hey, did they steal the original from the MK @ WDW? Probably not, because that would be wrong.

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I love the theme!

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Such a great setting to relax and spend the day.

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Noted.

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I suppose since you can't swim, licking a frozen banana will help cool you off.

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I'll pass on the banana, but I will check out the wacky factory

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This would be the ride vehicle. Not the actual one that I would get in, but close.

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Trippy!

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The room is spinning! Is this the 70's all over again?

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Moving on. Kinda hidden, but I found it!

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Awesome! Horses running in circles are always a good bet.

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This is my "Not another wacky worm" look.

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Noted! If its brown, flush it down.

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Caddy Shack!

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How about a real coaster, well, as real as it gets, for now.

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Nerd Shot!

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Mice are Mice, but this one is a Mean Mice.

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Om nom nom nom nom

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Do the wave, do the Big Splash wave.

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And here we are at CANNON BALL!!!!!! Otherwise known as their best coaster.

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Lift hill porn.

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And we're back. CB isn't an intense ride, but its fun. Not rough and well maintained.

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OMFG! These are sooo rare, tons of fun!

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Yeee haaaaaaaaa!

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I thought train station when I saw the bumper cars

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No seat belts, no restraint checking = one helluva ride!

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Not intense at all.

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How about a ride across the lake? Yes? Ok.

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Lake.

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Boats.

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Chute.

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Splash.

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Park.

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Ride Over.

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Robb and Jake would be in heaven.

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Finally today we take a ride on a Matterhorn with some sleigh cars!

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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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Smurf!

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Texting!

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So there you have it. You are not an enthusiast if you don't like Lake Winnie. So go to Lake Winnie, have fun, be cool, be an authentic enthusiast.

 

Until my next adventure, peace! Oh and post comments...please and thank you.

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I didn't know that Lake winnie had rehabbed their dark ride as "Wacky Factory." I hope it's better than the old dark ride that used to be there (it was the only bummer about the park when I visited last year).

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^^ I don't know that it ever really hit full steam, it was fun, and fast, just not as intense as some of the carnival ones I've been on. Perhaps too many reverse of fortunes were occuring.

 

^I was looking on billtracy.net and saw a castle theme, I am guessing it had been that way since it opened? (well, until now that is) The Wacky Factory overall still had a very Bill Tracy feel. I couldn't tell you what was new and what wasn't since it was my first time but my untrained eye suggested there were several newer tricks incorporated. It really wasn't a bad ride, not overly cheesy.

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^ True that.

 

So the next big question is, does anyone want to see what Dixieland Funland has going on?!?!? They were pushing some dirt around on my visit, but in all honesty, if no one pipes up and says they want to see it, I'm going to skip on down to Florida.

 

If you want to see it, tell me soon!

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Aiight guys, looks like no one wants to see Dixieland Funland (honestly, its not that great) so next up I head to Old Town and Fun Spot in ORLANDO!

 

Note: I love smaller parks with old school and new school flats so get ready, my next adventure will be full of love for Fun Spot and maybe a little for Old Town!

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Aiight guys, looks like no one wants to see Dixieland Funland (honestly, its not that great) so next up I head to Old Town and Fun Spot in ORLANDO!

 

Note: I love smaller parks with old school and new school flats so get ready, my next adventure will be full of love for Fun Spot and maybe a little for Old Town!

 

Can you give us another choice besides: Dixieland, Fun Spot or Old Town? I don't think you have hit the bottom of the barrel, I think you are looking underneath the barrel now.

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Aiight guys, looks like no one wants to see Dixieland Funland (honestly, its not that great) so next up I head to Old Town and Fun Spot in ORLANDO!

 

Note: I love smaller parks with old school and new school flats so get ready, my next adventure will be full of love for Fun Spot and maybe a little for Old Town!

 

Can you give us another choice besides: Dixieland, Fun Spot or Old Town? I don't think you have hit the bottom of the barrel, I think you are looking underneath the barrel now.

 

You do make a valid point, I have sunk to new sad and pathetic lows haven't I?

 

Ok, so more choices, lets see what do I have...ok, here we go. 4 Disney Parks, 1 Day; Small Busch Gardens Bash report, State Fair of Texas, Silver Dollar City Christmas, plus one more that I've been saving behind door #3.

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Because I can, I'm sharing my experience at OldTown and Funspot. I know that a lot of people make fun of Old Town, after all it is a little ghetto, but its not that bad of a park for tourist. Personally I prefer FunSpot over OldTown for the overal experience and bang for your buck. With an unlimted ride wristband at FunSpot you get go-carts, Screamin' Swing, and a spin and spew coaster.

 

Both parks were dead when I visted on 10/13/11. FunSpot by far had the better staff who were very friendly and bored. The ride ops were on rotation but were quick to show up whenever you entered a queue line. Food and beer prices were decent and a Burger Kind and Checkers sit out in the parking lot if you so desire.

 

Much like most tourist traps, admission is a bit pricey to either parks compared to Six Flags of Cedar Fair but I see it as a nice mid vacation break for famlies.

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Well, here we are at stop 1. 75 shops eh? Ok, sure.

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I prefer not to drink squirt.

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Park map for you park map enthusiasts.

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Pricing for the pricing enthusiasts

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And here we are in the park armed with tickets for two coasters.

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Lets get the good one outta the way first.

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Up up and away

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Just in case you didn' trust me.

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weeeeeeee

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See all those happy faces? It's really not that bad of a ride.

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But then again, I like these types of coasters. It has some decent speed and lats. Anyway. Moving on to coaster #2

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Yuuuuuuuuuup!

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I was sure to keep appropriate seperation between myself and kid that was riding up front.

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Lets go check out the mall with 75 stores.

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Found one! Most were closed....

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Pass.

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Well, I've seen enough.

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Time to drive next door to FunSpot.

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That's what she said!

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Score!

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Fun tilt, packed full of spin!

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You have your choice of flyers, one slightly taller than the other.

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Nice setting IMO.

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It's the Poweraide coaster!

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Climbing up for a spin!

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Cruising along

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And this is about the point where you spin and spin and spin and spin and spin and....

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Love.Screamin'.Swings. Basically there were 7 who wanted to ride, one arm operation, we basically rotated out for 30 minutes, could ride these all day. Yes. I'm strange.

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Bobs flying.

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Time for a little swing before I go.

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Goodnight FunSpot, thanks for the Fun!

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I was expecting sad and pathetic, and you only give us one Wacky Worm! False advertising. (How about some kart action?)

 

Keep the trip reports coming - good stuff.

 

But I gave you a kiddie coaster too! I looked for more cart action shots, didn't have any that were good of the two towers, and honestly, those are hard to photograph, very compact and tons of crap in the way.

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Here I am on the 14th of October for a full day of Disney. Thankfully Epcot was having their Food and Booze Festival which helped get me over the midday hump.

 

So, can you visit 4 Disney parks in one day and manage to ride stuff? Yes. The Studios opened at 9am and the Kingdom closed at 11pm giving me ample time to get my money's worth.

 

Somehow I managed to lose some of the photos I took at Epcot Food and Wine but they were mostly me eating stuff like Ravioli, Strudel, Pork Sliders, and Beer.

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Welcome to Disney's Hollywood Studios! The brooms indicate the cleanliness level of the park.

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First on my to do list was something I had been wanting to ride since it was built. Why, well it looked fun on T.V. and looked even better in person. What did I think of it? Well, the weightlessness was cool. I grabbed a fast pass when I arrived that was good for 30 minutes into the future, by the time I get thru the line and finsihed my ride, I took a second ride on the opposite side to make sure I hadn't missed anything. Its fun, I can see how people make fun of it, but yeah, its good for what it is.

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Next up, Vekoma's best. Seriously. It's their best. Not sure that's saying much. But it truly is their best.

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The theme makes the ride. Sponsored by Hanes eh? Hmmm, ohhh, I get it, hahahahaha.

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Someone stole my idea for a record label, jerks.

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I give Disney props on this ride, and Vekoma as well. With multiple trains you never wait, never, to get on. Loading takes maybe twenty seconds. Get in, put your crap in front of you, lift up, push the button, empty train rolls in, gates open, sit down, next train....A certain other park across the state should learn from them. Seperate load/unload stations are golden for capacity. Oh yeah, great ride, music, theme, it's the total package.

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YUUUUUUUP! Star Tours. Full of awesome.

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For the Disney history buffs

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It would appear they were already setting up for Christmas. Anyway I'm headed over to take their "backlot" tour.

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So the tour was not what I expected, I guess I am spoiled after the USH studio tour. But for the families and kids, this one is decent.

 

For those that have not been on it, this is scene one where they show you how they flood and blow up things. Here they are flooding things.

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Here they were blowing up things.

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Then you walk through a "prop" house.

 

Hey everyboday, what time is it? It's TOOL TIME! Hell yeah! It was worth doing just to see this. Honest. No joke. Home Improvement still makes me laugh today.

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Lets go touring.

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Awesome.

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I wasn't expecting to pass thru the sweat shop.

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They build stuff in here.

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Then like the USH tour, you get to see cars and crap used in the movies. Did you know that space vehicles use Tractor-Trailer tires? I didn't. But I do now.

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Where is LiLo? Oh yeah, jail. Or do she get out again? Who cares.

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Disney International is nearby.

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Well things are starting looking up.

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Where there is water...

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There is FIRE!

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Fire go out.

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This stuff makes water go wooosh.

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Flight of the Navigator. Best.Movie.Ever.

 

Tour was 'Ok' You should do it at least once. After about three hours, it was time to head to the bus (I parked at the Magic Kingdom, took the bus to the Studios) to head for Animal Kingdom.

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Wow, that was quick, I'm at Animal Kingdom now!

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First up, squeezing my way into Dinoland.

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Well, I know of a ride that needs to be...

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Could this be that ride?

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Why yes, yes it is that ride that needs to be extinct. Very un-Disney like to put in cookie cutter rides. I think they've realized that it was probably not the best choice since some of this cookie cutter stuff has already left some of their parks.

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Looks legit.

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Is this where I sign up?

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Backwards was pretty amazing. This part is almost as amazing.

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I can't leave without a few reflection shots.

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Nor can I leave without a reflection shot without a train in it.

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Goodbye big living tree, I'm hungry and the bus is waiting for Epcot.

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When you see a big nobbly ball, you must be at Epcot!

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Epcot is so awesome, can you believe they float their own Cranberries?

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Soarin' was pretty amazing. Even more amazing being a single rider I got my wait time cut in half, good thing because all the Fast Passes were gone. How did I get bumped up? Well, one of the ops noticed my TPR shirt, asked if I was alone, and said come with me. I was on the next flight out, front row. Thanks!

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After picking up a few tasty treats, I headed for Mexico and found the beaner boat ride.

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I thought it was called something else.

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But when I looked it up on my phone, FB Places said it was the beaner boat ride, so, that's gotta be what its called now.

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A little more walking brought me over to Test Track. At the line entrance was another TPR regular who promptly shoved me into the Single Rider fast lane.

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Well sh!t. No Lesbian hour for me.

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Amazing food, hit all the highlights including Space Ship Earth, and as the sun started to set, I was off to the Monorail(middle car) in what would take me 45 minutes to get to the Magic Kingdom. Hind sight is 20/20, should have taken the bus.

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And here we are, three hours left, and well, I think everyone else had the same idea. The entrance queue was horrid, but within 2 minutes 15 entry lanes were magically opened, not sure how that happened, and honestly I didn't care.

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Lots and lots of people, it was right after the parade, so I hot footed it over to Pirates, awesome ride, then made it to the fast pass machine for the Runaway and took a splash on Splash Mountain. Got lucky, was able to watch the fireworks from the boat.

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Still having a lot of time left, I made it to the effed up Alice in Wonderland ride where I was the only one in queue. The ride op asked me "How many" I looked around, confused, and said "Well unless casper is coming, just me"

 

Space Mountain had a 60 minute wait, so I passed for the time and hit up the Carousel of Progress ( A must) the transporter thingy, and headed back over to the Mountain for an epic night ride.

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It was 11 o'clock, people were still packing the streets after the last show of the night and I was headed to the car.

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I could have rode Space Mountain, the opportunity was there to get in line 10 minutes before park closing, but I had an hour+ drive to Tampa and and passed.

 

All in all you can do all 4 Disney parks in one day if planned out while hitting all the highlights. I didn't feel rushed, enjoyed the Food and Wine Festival and in general had a good time. Next time, I'll do Disney right, with friends, and drinks.

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Yep, managed to do 4 parks in a day... wow, it was... tiring.

 

Certainly something I wanted to do, managed to hit the major attractions in each park except for Aerosmith in studios as it was temporarily down and we couldn't be bothered to wait for it really.

 

Was a fun day though rushing around and stuff.

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