Last month I went to Disney World and even though I didn't go to any non Disney parks, there were some new places I visited during the trip that I'll get to later in the report.
Day 1, 12/19. Unlike trips in the past to Florida, we didn't pick up I-95 until Virginia and drove through other parts of PA and MD, skipping Delaware entirely and were a few minutes away from Hershey. Driving past Kings Dominion again when it is closed makes me want to get there in the next couple of years. We go to Fayetteville, NC at the end of the day.
Day 2, 12/20. After driving past some other Orlando parks, we got to All Star Sports and checked and were in the baseball section again (5 years ago was the last time we stayed on site and also got baseball). I prefer staying off site but we had free quick service dining. I don't remember Disney ever offering free dining so close to Christmas before with the last day to check in for the offer being 12/21.
Day 3, 12/21. Part of the free dining requirement was to get either a park hopper ticket or Waterparks Fun & More. We went with the 2nd option and started the day at Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf. Even being the first ones there, it still took about an hour without any waiting which seems to be about twice as much time as mini golf at other places like in Ocean City. Some of the motorized obstacles were not working but the course was still fun.
After mini golf, we went to Disney Springs to have lunch at Wolfgang Puck Express since don't like the quick service options at Hollywood Studios too much. It's probably the best value to use a quick service credit on property with some entrees as much as $20. In addition to that, quick service pricing has really gone up in the parks. It used to be Great Adventure was much more than a similar meal at Disney. Now it's actually the opposite with Great Adventure actually costing less.
Getting to Hollywood Studios we went to The Great Movie Ride first. One change is the cast member at the front of the vehicle no longer narrates all of the ride and a pre-recorded spiel now mentions many of the things the cast member use to say. The film at the end of the ride has also been updated.
Next was the new version Star Tours since my sister wanted to try it and as expected I didn't like it with the combination of 3D and the simulator. If I were to go back, I'd probably close my eyes most of the ride. Only 4 out of 6 simulators were running.
With Streets of America closed and the Backlot Tour area closed, the park really feels more congested with more people on the walkways and the dead ends.
Muppetvision 3D has some new signs in the pre-show room.
The 3rd track at Toy Story Mania really helped bring down the wait times.
Rock N Roller Coaster was great as usual. The launch still feels like tame compared to other coasters like Kingda Ka. Only 1 pre-show room section was being used and I would like to see Disney copy Six Flags and add queue rails into the pre-show room like at The Dark Knight since everyone tries to rush out of the room and I prefer to just wait in the back waiting for the room to clear out compared to The Dark Knight where it everyone just stays in line.
After riding California Adventure's version of Tower of Terror, I see why the Florida version is preferred with the 5th dimension section. I still like Zumanjaro the best but Tower of Terror is fun too. I hope they don't re-theme this version too.
Magic Kingdom is next.
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I'm still not used to the name change and still call the park MGM.
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I'm determined to eventually get over 200,000 points.