This was it, our trip was coming to a close. We had an afternoon flight planned so we could get some last minute park time in. We packed our bags and dropped them off at the airline check-in so we’d be ready to go. It seemed Disney World was sad to see us go as well because this morning was incredibly foggy and gray. We wanted to take the boat to Magic Kingdom, but it wasn’t running because of the thick fog. Instead we took the Monorail for one last trip.
Moms wanted to see the Country Bear Jamboree, so we took the railroad from Main Street to Frontierland. Unfortunately, the Bears were acting up and weren’t open yet. Hopefully they’d be back up before we had to leave. We wandered into Adventureland where I purchased a Citrus Swirl I had heard so much about. It’s frozen orange juice and vanilla ice cream swirled in a cup. It was good, but I still prefer the Dole Whip. Moms meanwhile got in line for Aladdin’s Flying Carpets since there was no line really. I was going to join her, but was too busy eating my ice cream breakfast.
After Moms experience soaring over Agrabah, we made our way to Liberty Square to see the Hall of Presidents. The preshow area with the Presidential memorabilia was really neat to a history nerd like myself. The show itself was also pretty good. Our patriotism once again topped up, we did the most American thing we could. Ate a funnel cake. After a nutritious snack, we went back to see if those Country Bears were back to normal.
The Bears were back up and we got a seat in the front row. It’s been so long since they’ve been gone from Disneyland. It was great seeing the show again.
By now it was just about time for us to get going, but I wanted to check out the New Fantasyland expansion in the daytime. We made our way there and I pretty much just had time to walk through it and walk back before we had to leave. I’ll save the exploration for next time.
We made our way back to the entrance and caught our favorite method of transportation, the boats on Seven Seas Lagoon. What a great last ride to end the trip. We got back to the Poly with about 30 minutes to spare before our DME bus came.
The flight home was uneventful. Neither of us wants it to be another 23 years before we go back.
I’ll wrap this up with my thoughts on Disney World as a whole. I was expecting that I’d be constantly lost in Magic Kingdom and going the wrong way to get to stuff. To my surprise that didn’t really happen (it actually ended up happening to me on my next trip to Disneyland where I got the location of Big Thunder wrong). Disney World as a whole is hugely impressive. Driving from place to place the sheer amount of space and greenery around is amazing. You almost feel like you’re in a Disney city. You really do lose track of the real world when you’re on property. One Man’s Dream is obviously a tribute to Walt, but after coming out of that it occurred to me that all of Disney World feels like it’s a tribute to Walt Disney. I couldn’t give any specific examples, it’s just a feeling I had about the place. I liked the extra attention the queues get. Things like Photopass seem to make more sense out there. Plus they put Photopass photographers all over the place (do they seriously need three in the center of Main Street in front of the Castle?)
I’m not saying it’s better, but Magic Kingdom feels like Disneyland 2.0. It’s Disneyland, but more. The things that make Disneyland Disneyland, taken to the next level. Especially in the ways they try and separate you from your cash. Cinderella’s Castle. It is impressive from any angle.
Epcot was probably my favorite park of the four. That mainly comes down to World Showcase for me though. Going through that was one of my favorite parts of the trip. I loved it there. The rest of the park isn’t bad, but I’m all about World Showcase.
If Epcot was my favorite, Disney’s Hollywood Studios was my least, even though it had the highlight of the trip. The Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights. There’s just not enough unique things there that aren’t in Disneyland. One Man’s Dream is awesome though. And that Star Tours queue is terrific.
The theming throughout the entirety of Animal Kingdom might be the best of the American Disney Parks. I’m not saying it’s the best park, but to me the attention to detail everywhere I looked was impressive. Plus this park has my favorite ride, Expedition Everest. It’s fantastic seeing all the animals you just come across while walking around, plus the trails and Kilimanjaro Safari. Definitely the most unique of the American Disney Parks.
I loved it all though. I’m not going to say which is better between Disneyland or Disney World because I really don’t know. Disneyland is like a place of comfort for me, I felt more like a gawking tourist in Disney World. If I got to visit it more frequently, that wouldn’t be the case. I think each coast does some things better than the other. Disneyland fans who’ve never been to Florida, should go and vice versa for Disney World fans. I don’t know when I’ll get a chance to go back, I just know I won’t be waiting another 23 years to make a return trip.
That’s it, I only hope this was at least mildly entertaining for some of you.