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It's pretty damned big for a small world [Jul. 24th, 2010|10:24 pm]
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First day of Disney, so of course we had to start at the Magic Kingdom. We are traveling with a group of experienced Disney trippers, so what happened shouldn't have surprised me, and yet it did: my Park Attack Plan was unceremoniously vetoed.

I'm not used to such a thing. Both my husbands have been "directionally challenged" and so have given me lists of where they wanted to go and left the navigation and strategy to me.

Here? I'm just one in a pack of alpha females, and the only one without the schedules of young children to consider. So yeah, it didn't really matter that to the right was the most efficient way to our next planned ride; to the left was the ice cream shop they wanted to visit. Short line just now at Pirates? Too bad; we want to go on the Magic Carpet ride (a ride I would never have looked at twice, being little more that standard carnival fare, but okay, it was fun).

I had to just let go, just go with the flow. We were a group of 11. We weren't going to be Park Vikings, racing around at top efficiency. We got through a bit less than half the MK, and that's all right. We'll be here all week. It's cool.

But we are breaking into smaller groups for Epcot, dammit!!!

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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2010-07-25 02:39 am (UTC)
when i went to disney when i was twelve, we passed this big empty field with a big huge sign that said "coming soon EPCOT". we were like ??? when we got to mk, we asked the tram driver, "what's EPCOT?" LOL
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-25 12:41 pm (UTC)
There is currently great mounds of dirt and bull dozers visible on the horizon in Fantasyland. Clearly something is being built.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-07-25 03:16 pm (UTC)
That's approximately where they put Toontown at DL, but I see the MK already has one (man, it's been a long time since I've been in DW). Could be almost anything. Interesting.

-Alex
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-07-25 02:51 am (UTC)
I remember having to map out a park attack plan at the MK (not really called that by anyone not on payroll, since at the time it was the only park). This was back in the day of the alphabet tickets, so it was even more complicated: woe unto you if you've run out of "E" tickets when you finally get to your favorite ride.

I think the biggest shock for me in visiting DL in Anaheim was how unnecessary that was, since the park is so much smaller. Cut from one end of the park to the other? No big deal.

Glad to hear you're enjoying yourselves!

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-25 12:38 pm (UTC)
MK is pretty small, but slightly larger than DL. It's less park size and more crowd size that slowed us yesterday.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-07-25 03:33 pm (UTC)
The public areas of DL are about 85 acres; MK is 107, so about 25% bigger, which is less difference than I thought.

The bigger issues are first, as you pointed out, the crowds. DL has vastly different crowding depending on day of week and time of year (and, IMHO, slow season is the only time to go). Every day's a holiday at WDW, so you're looking at significant crowding regardless.

But also, MK was laid out with the lands much more separate (allegedly because Walt was displeased seeing, e.g., a Frontierland cowboy cutting across Tomorrowland), which tends to make for longer (and more crowded) trips from one land to another. Which makes it much more important to exhaust a land while you're there.

Wow, I'm just spewing out a ton of Disney factoids. Clearly it's been too long since my last visit.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-25 08:45 pm (UTC)
By crowd I meant our party of 15. We are splitting up now, but stuck together yesterday and most of today.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-07-25 09:31 pm (UTC)
Ah, my condolences, then. I think the biggest party we ever had was five or six, and that was bad enough. Even at four, we would split up sometimes. I think two is actually the ideal party size (one would be, except you need someone to yell "look at that!" at).

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-25 11:34 pm (UTC)
The MK is open until 2am today. Ferrett and I are going alone or maybe with his mom. We plan to kill a lot of park tonight.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-07-26 01:36 am (UTC)
Good hunting! :-)

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-26 04:53 pm (UTC)
The MK is open until 2am today. Ferrett and I are going alone or maybe with his mom. We plan to kill a lot of park tonight.
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2010-07-25 03:02 am (UTC)
I will confess that at Disneyland (yeah, other side of the continent) I really enjoyed the Alice in Wonderland ride. Enough so that when there were hour-long waits at the much cooler Indy Jones rides I would just go back and ride Alice again and again. Even though it was not the most interesting ride, hopping off and getting back on less than a minute later was excellent.

But I will also admit to being an adult at the time, so I understood time strategy.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-25 12:24 pm (UTC)
You mean the teacups? Yeah, I do NOT do those - no flat spins for me. Hurl time.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-07-25 03:36 pm (UTC)
Nope. At DL, there's an Alice in Wonderland dark ride. (In addition to the teacups, IIRC.)

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-25 08:46 pm (UTC)
Ah. Will look for that.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-07-25 09:32 pm (UTC)
Next time you're in California. It doesn't exist at DW/MK.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2010-07-25 07:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, not the teacups. It's more of a surreal theme-based ride where you're on a rollercoastery thing, except it doesn't go fast or even up and down much. I think I was the only rider not towing kids along who was over the age of twelve. The attendants smiled at me and probably thought I was a few spark plugs short, but it is a hilarious ride.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-25 08:47 pm (UTC)
Will have to give it a try!!
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[User Picture]From: aiela
2010-07-25 04:35 am (UTC)
Smaller groups are key. Even in a group of 6, we split up a lot.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-25 12:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we will be splitting after breakfast today.
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[User Picture]From: horizonchaser
2010-07-25 06:26 am (UTC)
Your patience, I admire it. I probably would have said many Not-Disney things and escaped. (But I'm not much of group person to begin with.) I mean, come on. Someplace NEW with RIDES?! Out of my way!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-25 12:20 pm (UTC)
It's a family vacation paid for by my mother-in-law. A liitle patience I can manage.

But not every single day, believe me.
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[User Picture]From: lawchicky
2010-07-25 01:20 pm (UTC)
Mmmm Teppan Edo! I love that place too. I have one night alone in Epcot in October and that's where I'll be going for dinner :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-25 06:17 pm (UTC)
All our dinner reservations have been prearranged. With a party of 15, that's not really optional.
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[User Picture]From: lawchicky
2010-07-25 01:18 pm (UTC)
Smaller groups is the way to go! I usually plan for WDW traveling in a large group and we probably wouldn't have as much fun if we had to be together all of the time. I try to plan around meals/fireworks/events and then we can break off into smaller groups in between.
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[User Picture]From: fitfool
2010-07-27 01:29 am (UTC)
I once got separated from my group and rather than being dismayed at losing my friends, I was pretty excited to have a few hours to wander the amusement park entirely according to my whim. And as a single person, I got to skip ahead of the line a zillion times to fill in a spare seat on the rides. Have a fun week!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-27 02:02 am (UTC)
Being solo cam be very handy! Even split down to just two of us we got skip-aheads.
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