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WDW 1/1 - 1/6

#1 User is offline   FRD714 

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 05:53 PM

Arrived at WDW at 12:30pm on Monday. Checked in at the Pop Century Resort. This was my third time staying at Pop Century. It's a great value hotel and has tons to do when your not at the parks.

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster: If you didn't know, it closed for rehab on January 2nd. I only had one day to ride it. When I got there, the line stretched all the way to the entrance to the courtyard. I waited 1.5 hours. Rode it three times, and two were in front row. I heard the Back in the Saddle/Dude (Looks Like a Lady) track all three times. I guess it could have been worse, I could have heard the Megamix all three times.

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Tower of Terror: This ride seemed boring this trip. It really wasn't doing anything for me. I rode it three times the whole week. The line was fairly long due to RnR being closed.

Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show: My favorite show at WDW. Always a must see when I'm there. I'm still amazed at how close the cars get without hitting.

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: Always a great ride. I think I rode it about six or seven times. Also I was just about to get on when it broke down. So we had to exit the ride area and I managed to get a video of maintinence trying to pull a train up the track using a pulley system. I was always curious how they would get the train up the track when a ride stop was hit at this point.

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Space Mountain: Rode it two times. It was just too crowded to wait in line. I got lucky both rides since I used my fastpass from the BTMRR breakdown, and then someone gave me a fastpass right when I was walking into the line. I rode both sides one time each.

Test Track: Rode this the most out of all the rides at WDW. The single rider line sure works out well. Also I read somewhere that if you work for GM, you get a backstage tour of the ride. And my dad works for GM. So I told him to go talk to a CM about it. Turns out that is correct. You get a backstage tour, and get to hang out in the V.I.P. room, which is where that window is when you are in the ride part. Unfortunately, my dad didn't have his GM card with him, so we have to wait until next time to get the tour.

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Soarin': Does this ride ever have a short wait? It was always a 120 minute wait. I only rode it once. Had to use fastpass.

The Seas with Nemo and Friends: After hearing many bad reviews from various people at WDW, I wasn't planning on riding it, but since I had so much time, I rode it anyway. It was very boring and more for the younger crowd. I found the part where the fish is attached to the robotic arm cool though.

Mission: SPACE: Another ride that wasn't as exciting as usual. I rode it four times I think, but only because it had a short wait.

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DINOSAUR: This ride never gets old. the EMV's (Time Rover's) are just awesome. The rides audio was louder than usual. Also they had a little problem the one night we were there. They closed one side of the loading area. This meant there were two extra cars on the track so it would obviously mess the ride up a bit. We got to the end of the ride where the Dino is pulling the log down, and we stopped. All the lights went out and the rover was bouncing around a bit. Then a minute later we continued and came up to the last Dino. Well during that part Doctor Seeker is saying "Your not gonna make it, your not gonna make it!!." We stopped right after he said that in the time machine and it was pitch black. Of course I had to make a comment "Ummm....we didn't make it. We're dead" I got some laughs out of that. About a minute later we finished the ride. I rode this four times.

Expedition Everest: Riding this at night is just awesome. The Yeti scene was lit up nicely. I would recommend riding this at night if you havn't already.

I did get a prize for YoMD. As I was walking off BTMRR, a lady came up to me and told me I won a prize. It was a YoMD lanyard and two YoMD pins that say "My dream came true." I was congratulated by a few CM's then. I can't imagine what they do when you win the grand prize. I'll have a pic later of it.

So all in all, the trip was OK. Crowds were worse than I expected and the parks were low staffed, which meant all rides were ran at low capacity. That didn't help the lines at all. Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and Splash Mountain being closed kinda made me mad. Also the parks closed too early, so we ended up going back to the hotel at 9pm some nights.

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Frank
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Posted 07 January 2007 - 06:10 PM

Great photos & videos Frank. That's awesome you won something for YOAMD even if it's just a lanyard. better than nothing!
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Posted 12 January 2007 - 01:13 PM

Thanks for the report. Nice pics & videos! :D
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Posted 12 January 2007 - 07:55 PM

I love your line on the Dinosaur ride. I just wish I had a magic wand to put me there along with Matt. Knowing his love for the ride there would have been multiple ways to have enjoyed that particular trip. :twisted: :D

The report was great, I'm getting fired up about my coming trip. Now I know I have to talke the family into a ride on Expedition Everest at night. Sounds good to me!
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Posted 19 February 2007 - 03:06 PM

Heres a video I made of the trip.

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=WHJ3ccs6a8o

If you have any problems with the video not working, post here.
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