In my opinion, Dinosaur is a ride that scares the bejesus out of me. I have to give it to the Disney, they test every ounce of emotion I have on this ride.
This ride is located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and it is worth trying at least once.
The back story of the ride is, you are taking a trip back in time to save an Iguanodon from extinction. You are on this “unsanctioned” trip, mind you, to save this dinosaur, right before the asteroid is supposed to hit Earth. I mean what could possibly go wrong? Right….
Disney of course does an amazing job theming the line, you are walking in the queue at the Dino-Institute, looking at Dino Remains and fossils.
Then you are of shuffled into a room where there is a pre-show. This pre-show briefs you on the actual safety of the Time Rover, and the mission, should you chose to accept it.
On the ride, well you will have to experience it for yourself, because needless to say, I am ducking, diving and dodging so I can’t really tell you what happens, except that you will have a brush with death when the T-rex pops out, but the gist of it is….
You are in the dark looking for this dinosaur that by the point you find it you could care less about it because, you are in this vehicle that is jerky, taking you in all directions, stopping suddenly for man-eating dinosaurs, that stare you down, and then jerking you around some more when you can’t see where you are going then
BAM a T-rex is in your face, and what does Disney do… take a photo of this terrifying moment, for you to always have the memory.
I really wish I would have bought this instead of taking a photo of the screen, but eh you live you learn.
I am not sure why this ride gets to me, but it just does. Maybe it is the anticipation of knowing that we are going to barely escape the T-Rex.
I don’t have any actual photos of the actual ride, because it is hard to get good photos, and well flash photography is of course not allowed, but I have some decent line queue pics.
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After our yummy lunch,
We decided to take a little bit of a longer break and ride the train full circle, and then continue to ride it again to Frontierland. We decided it was time to start budgeting a few more breaks, as we had already accomplished a lot, and had realized we had 18 hours to go.
After we stepped off the train in Frontierland, we saw Woody & Jessie out, the line was sorta longer than I liked to wait for anything, but we figured it would be ok, as it appeared to move quickly.
While we were waiting, a “real snake” was coming through the side of the fence, and let me just say, Jessie freaked out, she took of running and grabbed a broom. I am not sure if this was an act or not but needless to say, they moved the photo op, so a very discreet Disney Cast Member Crew could handle the situation.
After our meet & greet, we walked over to the Country Bears as it was about to start in 10 minutes, another show I slightly remember from when I went as a kid. Cute, but not a MUST DO for me in the future.
We walked around a bit, and came up to the Enchanted Tiki Room, and was advised that the show was about to start in five minutes, so we walked in sat down, and watched the show. The show is so animated, I just wish I had a better camera so I could take more photos.
Afterwards, we rode Pirates. A classic. I am not sure why I must ride this ride every single time I go, but I must. I think it just makes me think of going to Disney as a child.
At this time it was time for the 3pm parade, so we found a spot to casually watch the parade, but a cast member that we had befriended early came up to me, and told me that Peter Pan was meeting in Adventureland after the parade and I should go line up, because the line has been getting pretty long and people had already started lining up. So I looked at my partner in crime and he was like “Let’s Go” and away we went! I was able to catch the parade from a distance, so that was ok.
At this point, we were starting to feel it. We had been all over the park, already accomplished a lot, more than a lot of people accomplish in a day at the Magic Kingdom. So we decided that we would go take a break on the People Mover, which we rode twice, but decided to get off, because the line was starting to form and the cast member said we had to get off and get back in line to ride again.
So we decided to get on the Carousel of Progress, that was much needed R & R, I looked around, I noticed a lot of people napping, but I stayed up and enjoyed the show.
We then rode Buzz Lightyear, I love this ride, I think I stay in sniper mode the entire time. Not that I am sniper, but that is what I like to call the pose.
As I said we were starting to feel exhaustion of going nonstop since 4:30am, so we decided to continue our break and decided to grab dinner, after we grabbed a fast pass for Peter Pan for that evening.
None of the sit down restaurants had availability, so we decided to go grab dinner at Pinocchio Haus, which neither of us have really eaten before, we were pretty happy with the place. We were trying to avoid burgers on this trip, and this allowed us to do so.
We took a spin on the tea cups next.
At this point it was approx 7:48 pm and my phone had been dead since 10 am, so I knew I needed to get it charged, so we split up. I went back to the locker to use the charger I had spotted tucked and hidden away and my partner in crime went to go snag a rocking chair in Frontierland.
I watched Wishes and boy how I wish I had a better camera to get the awesome shots of Wishes.
I took a break and charged my phone for about a hour.
BIG MISTAKE! My legs cramped up from sitting for so long, I made the walk back to Frontierland and met back up with my partner in crime, he advised me that he was not moving for a while longer, as he was taking a much-needed break. So I told him I was going to go ride Splash Mountain & Peter Pan as I had a fast pass I needed to use.
After I rode Peter Pan I decided I had to see what the Jungle Cruise at night was about plus I had grabbed a fast pass for it earlier.
I rode the Jungle Cruise, while it was fun, I do prefer the day.
At this point my phone had died AGAIN! So I found a spot by PhilarMagic hidden behind the strollers, sat down next to the three high school kids who were passed out and started charging and people watching
I realized it 10:34pm, and the PARK WAS CRAZY BUSY! The idea that the park would be busy earlier in the day and slower after midnight, was clearly NOT going to be the case.
I met back up with my crime partner, and we decided to take get on the people mover and plan our next course of action.
ummmm the people mover had a 25 minute wait! Let me REPEAT this a 25 minute WAIT! I was stunned! I never wait in lines like this for Disney… NEVER, especially for the People Mover but since we needed to figure out what we wanted to do, we waited.
We decided to just walk around and enjoy the park and look for “special character” greets, since by this point the park had went from moderate lines, to lines on crack.
Lucky for us we had accomplished a lot by this point and we were not too heart broken.
So I ventured over to Tink’s Nook and was told Tink and Rosetta were going to be in there for the next hour, it was only a 30 minute wait so I got in line. I had not met Rosetta so I was pretty excited to add another character to my character album.
I got inside and it was only Tink, I found myself pissed off, like VERY ticked and that was the exact moment I realized I needed to go home but I stuck it out a little longer.
This might have been a mistake.
I knew Flynn, was going to come out at midnight, and it was well after midnight so we walked over to the line. I asked a cast member how long the wait is and she said about 2 hours so I sat in line.
I hate waiting but at this point I was ok to wait to meet Flynn, since my legs were pretty much spent and I found myself with anger issues over not meeting Rosetta, I needed to chill.
It was that exact moment, when I was mentally telling myself to “chill out, you are at the Magic Kingdom on Leap Day, millions wish they could be here” that….
A cast member came over and advised us that this line was actually a 4 hour wait… A FOUR HOUR WAIT. let me repeat FOUR HOUR WAIT!!!!!
Hell No. If I was going to wait for 4 hours I better be meeting Zachary Levi (the voice of Flynn), and not a cast member.
(SIDE NOTE: I have met Zachary Levi at comic con and I only waited a hour so yeah no NOT waiting 4 hours).
We decided to check out the dance party, and other special events that were occurring just to see them and hopefully spot some rare characters that I had already not met. There were none.
It was 3 am, and I told the person I was with, that I wanted to go, there was no way I would be able to stay another 3 hours. It was for the safety of others.
We took the bus ride home, got back to the room, I washed my face, laid down, and woke up at 1pm the next day. I had accepted that not EVERYONE can make it for 24 hours, but hey I can settle for 21 hours 🙂
I do want to say, aside from crazy anger issues that occurred, overall the day was pretty magical and looking back, I would not change a thing about the day.
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I have been in recovery mode from my adventure that occurred two weeks ago. Honestly, things have been crazy busy at work… phone duty, computer systems crashed, phones crashed, dealing with that psychotic attorney and well adjusting claims is a crazy business anyway. Then to top it all off, I came down with a very very nasty bout of the flu, which believe me I am still battling, but at least I can get my bottom out of bed and see the sun shine.
So onto more important matters how did I spend leap day?
Those of you that know me, know I am a self proclaimed Dis-Nerd, so it is not a shock that I fell victim to Disney’s One More Day Campaign, and spent 24 hours at the World.
Anyway, it is time for the very crazy long post about the very crazy Leap Day!
If I could only use one word on how I would describe this experience? Awesome. Without a doubt, it was an amazing day.
We woke up at 4:30am quickly got ready and walked over to our bus stop to catch the first bus of the morning, which didn’t arrive until 5:20 not 5 am.
(NOTE to My future self, when they say buses start a 5 am they don’t mean buses will be ready to take you to the park at 5 am, they mean they will start their routes).
Not going to lie, I was starting to feel a moment of panic that I would miss the Welcome Show, and get a late start on my extra day as I had major plans and I was going to accomplish every single one of them. 🙂
We arrived got through the security line, to get into the park. It really was an amazing event, camera crews, radio Disney, cast members, and 1000s of Crazed Disney Fans all in close proximity of each other, any sleepy-ness I had going on vanished instantly because of the positive energy that was surrounding me.
By time I realized I really was about to spend 24 hours at Disney, the Welcome Show Started.
We waited anxiously for the Welcome Show to end, while waiting we were able to establish the game plan for the first 20 minutes, get in, get a locker, get t-shirts…. get to space mountain 🙂
The count down started… 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1…. Ready Break
we ran over to the lockers, got our locker and then ran to get our leap day t-shirts, that was utter madness, by 6:15 we were done and on our way to Tomorrow Land.
We walked in the fog to Tomorrowland, amazed at how small the crowds were (at this time) it was empty and it was amazing!
We hopped in line for Space Mountain and waited approx 10 minutes, jumped on the ride, and off we went.
Afterwards, I decided I wanted to go ahead and ride Tomorrowland Speedway, I jumped in line and waited for 5 minutes and took off! Needless to say I won, yep I took those 10 year olds on!
We enjoyed Philar Magic Next, I LOVE this show, when I pay 3D premiums at the theater this is the 3D experience I expect, and well NEVER get.
We rode Snow White’s Scary Adventures, I plan on dedicating an entire post to this gem in the future, I am so sad it is being retired 🙁 we waited maybe 5 minutes for this ride, which believes me NEVER happens.
We ride the Carousel next, sigh, I love Prince Charming, and I learned that Cinderella has a favorite horse. Did you know that?
I took on the Sword & The Stone, clearly I am no King Arthur.
We rode It’s a Small World, and got the lovely song stuck in our heads, because let’s face it, it really is a small small world…
I met Tiana, and she offered to make us Gumbo because the frog that was with me was hungry.
We then decided to walk over to the Haunted Mansion, and take a break and ride the dark ride. The wait was less than 10 minutes, but we decided to take our time and get pics of the line queue. Which is kinda our thing, we love taking pics of line queues. Nobody can stage a line like Disney. I will post these pics a later date, this line is entertainment in it’s self. 😉
Made it through that line and got away with getting one photo in the stretching line before a cast member kindly reminded us no flash photography… he was quick, as we snapped that pic before the doors were even closed.
After that we were off to Tink’s Nook, were I was lucky enough to meet Vidia & Tink, both were super awesome and super adorable. In fact I fell in love with Tink’s Nook, and I would return later that evening.
After meeting Tink, we decided to get on Magic Carpets, and according to my ride partner I stink at flying the carpets, apparently you should go up and down, not just stay up, however the photopass guy got an amazing shot of us on the carpets.
We then walked over and I was able to meet Ariel & Eric. Which was a trip, I asked Ariel if I could get a pick with only Eric, which made her sad but when my partner in crime offered to keep her company, she wasn’t sad any longer, and took off, which made for a great laugh.
We walked over to my favorite ride, at the Magic Kingdom, the Jungle Cruise, the jokes are the same they always have been, but they crack me up every time. Hey what can I say, I am easy to please.
The best part, we were asked by the Facebook advertising team to take a photo for the page. We gladly agreed.
After that we decided to head back over to Tomorrowland and take break and watch the Laugh Floor, and seriously that show is super cute. I have never watched it before. Yeah I know, I am getting my Dis-Nerd card pulled by some of you, but hey normally I don’t have time to do it, today I did, and it will be on my list from now on.
It was now time to walk to The Plaza for our lunch reservation, while waiting for our table we were able to catch the Move It, Shake It Parade. This parade was fun to watch, however by time I caught it for the fifth time that day, I would start to be slightly annoyed… but only slightly (hey I was sleep deprived!)
Oh by the way… it is only 11:35 am.
Stay tuned for tomorrow to see what we accomplished after my yummy lunch at the Plaza
So tonight I decided, that I did not want to post a Disney post instead, in honor of the 84th Academy Awards, I figured I would post about the time I went to LA for work. In 2008, I was fortunate enough to experience LA for the first time. One weekend a few of my coworkers and I decided that we had to go downtown to Hollywood Blvd. To see what all the fuss was about!
I was overwhelmed, I saw the Roosevelt Hotel, which the original and early Academy Awards was handed out.
I am pretty sure the classic greats received their Academny Awards here.
Then we walked over to the Grauman’s Chinese Theater, and I instantly became overwhelmed, with the star hand prints. I could have taken pictures all day. Not to mention this was once a place where the Oscars were held for a few years in the 40s.
and oh my the hands, the feet, I don’t need to see them in person, heck I was already STAR STRUCK!
I won’t bore you with the tons of photos I took of celebrities, hands & feet or their stars, but I will included them in my album.
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Well everyone, I must get back to the Oscars. Hope you enjoy the Oscars as much as I do. I would love to get back to Hollywood!