S: Disney World 2011
1: Mystic Dunes resort was very nice although we did not see much of it as we were at Disney from morning until late at night. We had two suites that connected. The resort was 4 miles from Disney
2: WORLD OF ORCHIDS
3: Our first stop. The World of Orchids was across the street from Mystic Dunes Resort. It was not what they advertised, boasting thousands of orchids, instead it was run down and unkempt.
4: Our first park was Epcot. We entered and were immediately approached by Epcot staff asking if we would take a survey. Uncle Don agreed and we were given $100.00 of Disney bucks. The slabs of cement in this picture are a memorials. Spaceship Earth is the iconic and symbolic structure of Epcot. Spaceship Earth is also the name of the attraction housed within the 18-story geodesic sphere. The 13-minute ride shows guests how advancements in human communication have helped to create the future . The attraction involves a timeline from the origins of prehistoric man to the dawn of the 21st century.
5: EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) Epcot Center covers roughly 300 acres. It is almost three times as large as the Magic Kingdom. Equally divided into two sections, Future World and the World Showcase, Guests can take a creative look into man's future and have an international experience, all in the same day.
6: Epcot Center has the largest saltwater aquariums in the world. The aquarium features over two hundred species of sea life. The tank is 200 ' in diameter and is 27' deep . The glass is 8 inches think. After going through the aquarium, we realized that we need to watch time because there is so much to see. We could have spent hours in this area alone. | The Seas with Nemo and Friends
7: Innovations and Millennium Center is a pavilion and interactive play space about technology | Uncle Don | Steve
8: The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros is a gentle boat ride through the pyramid-shaped Mexico Pavilion
9: IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, a fireworks, laser and water show featuring a soundtrack, plays nightly in the World Showcase area
10: World Showcase is a collective of Pavilions that wraps around the World Showcase Lagoon. Inside the Pavilions, find shops, attractions and restaurants that represent the culture and cuisine of each country We did not have enough time to really explore all of the World Showcase. We underestimated how big Epcot was. We went through the last countries in the dark.
11: World Showcase
13: Mission Space Simulator ride that mimics a space flight to mars in the future
15: Designed like a wheel with the hub in front of Cinderella Castle, pathways spoke out across the 107 acres of Magic Kingdom theme park and lead to these 6 whimsical lands: Main Street, U.S.A. area Adventureland area Frontierland area Liberty Square Fantasyland area Tomorrowland area
16: The second Park we went to was Magic Kingdom. The weather was perfect. Steve carefully planned what to see and organized fast passes. We were able to see almost everything due to his planning.
18: Stitch's Great Escape! is a multi-sensory experience featuring audio, video and sophisticated Audio-Animatronic technology. Even your nose gets involved with smells that fill the air during the show!
19: Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin is a video-game-inspired ride. Spin your space cruiser any direction you wish. Every time you hit a target, you're rewarded with fun sounds, special effects, and points are added to your total score.
20: Tomorrowland Speedway
23: It's A Small World After All | Climb aboard a boat and glide past nearly 300 brightly costumed dolls and animals as they sing "it's a small world" and dance on the shores of the Seven Seaways water canals that embrace this miniature globe. Dressed in costumes that represent more than 100 nations, the dolls sing the "it's a small world" song lyrics in 5 languages
27: Cinderella Castle The moat surrounding the castle holds approximately 3.37 million gallons of water. There are 18 towers with their corresponding spires on Cinderella Castle. There are 13 gargoyles on the outside of the castle. Measuring 189 feet high, the castle is the tallest structure in the Magic Kingdom
30: During this show, the audience must help "Monster of Ceremonies" Mike Wazowski and his wild and crazy pals power the city of Monstropolis—with laughter! Jokes sent via text to Mike the comedian. Steve's Joke was used during the show | The Laugh Floor at Monsters, Inc.
31: Boat ride that features a 14-foot drop over a waterfall into pirate caves. The boat then floats through a town where pirates are pillaging and Captain Jack Sparrow is hiding.
32: The Haunted Mansion
33: The Swiss Family Tree house was one of the original attractions of Adventureland. The tree, while intended to look real, is actually made up of steel, concrete, and stucco, stretching 60 feet tall and 90 feet wide. Yet, it looks exactly like the one in the movie.
36: Jungle Cruise Safari vehicle takes you on a tour of the world's most exotic rivers of Asia, Africa and South America
37: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Set during the gold rush days in the flooded mine town of Tumbleweed, this runaway mine car roller coaster features 20 Audio-animatronic figures including donkeys, chickens, possums, and the rainmaker himself, Professor Cumulus Isobar. Riders encounter falling rocks and an earthquake.
42: Uncle Don did not feel well and was able to nap at any time. He also likes to walk with his arms in the air for water retention
45: The fourth park built at the resort and it is the largest single Disney theme park in the world, covering more than 500 acres The park consists of seven themed areas, with all but one connected to Discovery Island, which contains The Tree of Life, It is also the first Disney theme park to be themed entirely around animal conservation
46: During most of this ride people view the common African animals including elephants, giraffes, zebras, antelope, gazelles, crocodiles, monkeys, hippos, lions, cheetahs, warthogs, ostriches, rhinos, storks, pelicans, flamingos, wildebeests, and okapis. The tour guide points out animals and provides entertainment.
48: Expedition Everest is unique for having its trains travel forward and backward as a result of the yeti's interference with the journey. This is accomplished through two sets of track switches before and after the backwards segment
49: DINOSAUR is a thrilling adventure at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park aboard a time rover that transports Guests to the age of dinosaurs on a daring quest to bring back a living piece of history. | D I N O L A N D
50: Vine Lady named Divine
56: The show features the fascinating natural behaviors and often humorous talents of at least 20 species of exotic birds, including Harris hawks, macaws and a Yellow-napped Amazon parrot named Groucho, who has an amazing singing voice | Flights of Wonder
59: Tree of Life 14 Story's (145 feet) tall and 50 feet wide. A theater is in the root system where "It's tough to be a bug" is shown. There are 325 animals carved into the bark and 123,000 man made leaves
60: This is an an 8-minute, 3D movie seen through 3D "Bug-Eye" glasses. You get a fascinating and hilarious look into why bugs should be our friends. The show is embedded in the enormous root structure of The Tree of Life.
61: The Lion King | This is a 30-minute big-as-Broadway live show that combines through music featured in the film, high-energy dances, and even fire juggling,to tell the tale of a lion cub who can't wait to be king
63: F L O W E R S I N F E B R U A R Y
65: Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park offers behind-the-scenes glimpses of Hollywood-style action with live shows, thrilling attractions, backstage tours and special events that only happen in this Disney Park dedicated to entertainment. The glitz and glamour of the Hollywood Heydays from the 1930s and 1940s are captured by the neon, chrome, art deco and modern architecture throughout Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park. The streets and sections of the 4 areas of the Park blend together like a large, bustling movie set.
66: Beauty and the Beast
68: HARBOR ATTACK | Walk to a special outdoor viewing area and discover how battles and storms at sea are created with the help of water tanks and pyrotechnics. Lucky Guests chosen beforehand will get the unique opportunity to participate in the Harbor Attack, creating battle scenes at sea.
69: STUDIO BACKLOT TOUR AND FILM INSTITUE SHOWCASE | Studio Backlot Tour is a 35-minute, behind-the-scenes guided walk and tram ride showcasing the art of special effects in movies
73: Lights, Motor, Action Extreme Stunt Show
74: Architectural treatments were added to create street sets resembling San Francisco and New York.
77: Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! is a scheduled 30-minute live show that recreates many of the memorable scenes from the Indiana Jones movie series—and reveals the secrets behind the stunts and special effects Prior to the start of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! show, a "casting director" steps onto the stage, selects enthusiastic adult volunteers from the audience and "auditions" them to appear as extras in select sequences of the show
79: THE GREAT MOVIE RIDE Through the use of film footage, special effects and nearly 50 lifelike Audio-Animatronic replicas of legendary movie stars, some of the most memorable moments in motion picture history are recreated, including scenes from: Alien Casablanca Fantasia Mary Poppins Raiders of the Lost Ark Singin' in the Rain Tarzan the Ape Man The Public Enemy The Wizard of Oz
81: Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, a high-speed roller coaster is amplified by the driving beat of a soundtrack recorded by the rock group Aerosmith specifically for this attraction. With the force of a supersonic F-14, accelerate from a stand-still stop to high speeds—then swoop into 3 inversions and discover a new twist on viewing Los Angeles: upside-down
83: Tower of Terror Ride. Gian Elevator takes you to different floors. There are 13 floors in the ride. The ride will stop and giant doors open to the outdoors. At a random time the elevator will drop all 13 floors.
86: A show that recreates the popular Disney animated film The Little Mermaid using colorful puppets, live performers, special effects and movie clips. Begin in the reef-walled theater and feel the cooling effects of water mists. Follow Ariel as she travels back and forth from the ocean floor full of fish and mercreatures up to the world where she dreams to be, among the humans.
90: Space shuttle Discovery heads to space after lifting off from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to begin its final flight to the International Space Station on the STS-133 mission. | February 24, 2010