Jimmy had the morning off, so we all met at EPCOT to spend some time together. He recommended that the first ride we hit should be Soarin as the line could get pretty long later in the day. Never being on Soarin before, I was really excited as I've heard a lot of great things about it. We waited about 5min, and got front row B, which according to Jimmy is the best seat (and I'd have to agree with him on that). I loved the ride, and it really did feel like we were flying over California, it was awesome. Although, for me, the entire time I was on the ride I kept picturing Joe Swanson from Family guy narrating the ride, since the actor that does his voice was the "pilot". After Soarin we headed for Future World and Mission: Space and Test Track. On our way to Future World we stopped in a store and found this scary Hannah Montana costume. We're not exactly sure if it's for boys or girls, as the picture on front is kinda ambiguous. Even the cashier didn't know when we asked them about it.
Hannah Montana costume. Not sure if it's for a boy or girl
For Mission Space we took the full throttle side, as anything less would be pointless. Another 5min wait and we were on the ride. Going to space has always been a long time dream of mine, so I really do love this ride and can never find a complaint with it. Test Track was another walk on, and as always, was a really great ride. The best part was definitely a broken video file, so all a TV could show was Windows Media Player and a corrupt file warning. After Test Track we headed back to the other side of the park for Honey, I Shrunk the Audience and The Seas With Nemo and Friends. Honey, I Shrunk the Audience was another walk on, and still a decent attraction. I especially love how Eric Idle is the host of the ride. Nemo was a new one for me, since it's been changed since the last time I visited. The ride was entertaining, and the aquariums were stunning.
Hidden Mickey in the ray tank
After Nemo, Jimmy had to leave for work, so we spent the rest of the day walking around World Showcase. This was the first time in a long while that I actually took the time to walk around World Showcase and take the time to look in the shops and just enjoy the scenery. There was on and off rain throughout the time walking around, but being inside most of the time helped. We stopped in Germany for a lunch of Bratwurst and Sauerkraut, Morocco for a picture with Jasmin, Aladdin, and the Genie, and in England to watch a Beetles cover band. We also made sure to check out the rides in Mexico and Norway.
A nice day in Paris.
After walking around the World Showcase, we headed back to the entrance and went on Spaceship Earth. The new ride is a lot of fun, and the touchscreen interactive aspect was really cool. After that we hotel to rest and then back to the park for Illuminations. I was in complete awe from the show, it was simply breathtaking; I loved it. Once the fireworks were done we went back to the hotel for some dinner and sleep.
Closing shot of EPCOT
For our third park, we headed for Disney's Hollywood Studios. Jimmy was working during the morning, so we made plans to meet up in the afternoon. After Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios is my favorite; the rides and the atmosphere are awesome. The first thing at the park I noticed was giant Dicks Sports Weekend stage set up right in front of the hat which ruined any picture opportunity I would have liked to have.
The Hollywood Tower Hotel looms above Sunset Ave.
First ride we headed for was Tower of Terror. We grabbed some fastpasses and got in line. It was a short wait, and after getting off we were able to walk on again with our passes. We got a different drop sequence each time, which really added to the thrill. I absolutely love Tower of Terror, and there's nothing I can say about the ride besides that it is just pure awesome. After not being able to see Jimmy at Tower, we headed to Rock'n'Roller Coaster to see if he was working there. The ride was down so we got some fastpasses and went towards the back of the park. Along the way we stopped to take pictures with Cruella D'Ville and Donald and Daisy Duck. I've learned that a good way to make Donald angry is to hug Daisy right in front of him.
Daisy, Myself, and Donald
After some picture taking, we went on the Great Movie Ride, which had about a 10min wait and then headed back to Rock'n'Roller Coaster. It was a short wait with the fastpasses, and the ride was great. I love the theming inside the ride itself, and it really adds to the experience. We met up with Jimmy at Tower after getting our picture, and got some more fast passes.
Me and Jimmy...I want to steal the uniform
After another ride on Tower, and another different drop sequence we headed over to the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular and sat down with about 5min before show time. The seats weren't the greatest, but we saw everything nicely.
I can't wait for May
After Indiana Jones we did Star Tours, Muppets 3D, and walked around the backdrops of New York and San Francisco. We met up with Jimmy after this and went for dinner at the Sci-Fi Drive In theater. After all the help Jimmy had given for this trip, it was only fair we bought him dinner.
At the Sci-Fi Drive In
After dinner we went on Rock'n'Roller Coaster two more times, checked out the making of a character show, and got pictures with some more characters. Once we were done with rides and attractions we headed for Fantasmic where Jimmy pulled some strings and got us VIP seating. From where we were sitting, we saw everything perfectly, the show was incredible. After the show we looked around some stores so the crowds would die down a little, and Jimmy told me some facts about Tower of Terror. One I found interesting was that the Hollywood Tower Hotel sign was designed so sparks would fly off of it, but the idea was scrapped when it was realized flying sparks would pose a fire hazard, and a safety hazard to guests waiting in line below.