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last days of trip [Jun. 6th, 2005|08:29 pm]
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Wow, nice to be typing on a real computer again! Neat.


So, we got up early Saturday morning to head to the Magic Kingdom. We got to the park just about as it opened (9AM), and immediately headed to Tomorrowland and rode Space Mountain (there was like no wait!). It was pretty good - I had been in Disneyland, but this seemed more intense (and I later found out that it has been redone somewhat recently). After that we checked out "Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin", which was less of a ride and more of a moving shooting gallery - there were two people to a car and you had a laser gun to shoot targets. And you can spin your car around, which is always neat. Then we did "Stitch's Great Escape" which had us sitting in a theater while various things were done to us (spraying water and foul-smelling something), and rode the tea cups.

We then rode Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain (although I passed on that one), then went to the Hall of Presidents. Animatronic people are creepy, and nothing was more creepy than the animatronic George W. Bush talking about freedom and equality (and listing a bunch of non-discrimination things for gender, race, etc., while obviously not listing sexual orientation...) - you could cut the irony with a knife. Did the Haunted Mansion, then had lunch (BBQ pork sandwich - mmm!), then rode "it's a small world" (which has also been redone), which did not drive me crazy. Did Pirates of the Caribbean and walked through the Swiss Family Tree House, David got a nice looking necklace (picture to come!) and then we were about done for the day. Headed back to the hotel (we were pretty exhausted by this point), relaxed for a bit, then went out to IHOP for dinner (someone was craving waffles or something), then we went back to Magic Kingdom for the fireworks show. The show was very impressive - there was a voice-over by Jiminy Cricket that had lots of Disney soundtrack music in the background, and a fair number of the fireworks were synchronized with either the music or the talking. I got some pictures of these too :-)

After that, back to the hotel for packing, then to bed! For we got up at 5:30 Sunday morning, and left the hotel parking lot at 6:11 - 4 minutes ahead of schedule! (woohoo!) Due to the fact that we were up very early and the timechange, we had lunch at 10:30 local time, which was kinda weird. Anyway, drive drive drive drive drive, and we arrived in Houston (at abstractseaweed's place) just after 11 PM, exhausted. We got up this morning at 6:30 or something and drove back to Austin, and I took a nap, had lunch, and went in to work.

All told (from Austin back to Austin), we went just under 2500 miles on the trip. I haven't crunched the numbers yet, but I think we averaged around 45 MPG for the trip.


Sorry that was kinda dry - I have some more substantial thoughts about the trip and stuff that I'll post tomorrow, probably.

*yawn*
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[User Picture]From: quijax
2005-06-07 02:28 am (UTC)
I've not been to Disney World, but I've been to Disneyland a couple times and I remember really liking Space Mountain. I think there should be more roller coasters in black boxes. Except, not the new ones that go super fast and box your ears. I thinking putting those in black boxes would make people sick.

Does 'World have the Matterhorn?
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[User Picture]From: gregstoll
2005-06-07 03:42 am (UTC)
That's cool. The only problem was that I could see just enough to make out various shapes and stuff, and that made me want to duck so I wouldn't hit my head on something. But, cool.

Nope!
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[User Picture]From: amorphousplasma
2005-06-07 04:10 am (UTC)
It would have been cool if we could have seen y'all while we were there! Did you see Illuminations at Epcot?? It was absolutely amazing! We spent both days at Epcot and MGM- there's so much to do in those parks. Was Saturday sunny? We got super rained out on Friday :( but we still had fun!
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[User Picture]From: gregstoll
2005-06-07 04:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, it is too bad. We didn't get to see that - the only fireworks we saw were at the Magic Kingdom...

It was about the same as always - rained in the morning, but not really in the afternoon much. It was good for keeping the crowds down, but I got tired of always having my shoes wet!

Were y'all at MGM on Friday or Epcot on Sunday? (those were the "official" gay days for those parks) Did you see red shirts?
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[User Picture]From: amorphousplasma
2005-06-07 05:25 pm (UTC)
Oh yah :) I saw red shirts. I pointed some out to Matt once and he said, "You know, just because they're wearing red shirts doesn't necessarily mean they're gay!" I replied, "Sure, but how often do you go out with the guys and all wear the same shirt?!?" :)
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[User Picture]From: djedi
2005-06-07 05:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, good point. We saw a few straight people wearing red, obviously. But when a whole group of guys is wearing red... :)
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[User Picture]From: gregstoll
2005-06-07 05:47 pm (UTC)
Heh :-) We saw some people wearing red that clearly weren't gay, but most were (and the groups were a dead giveaway)...
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