Apr 29, 2011
|Monday, April 25, 2011, we departed Paradise Island RV Resort and headed north on I-95. We then turned west on highway 192 and after almost four hours pulled into the huge Disney complex. The GPS led us to the Disney Fort Wilderness Campground. That is a large campground with, I estimate over 800 parking spots. The RV spots are well spaced with nice and long (deep) paved parking but with the narrow roads and lots of trees, it takes some maneuvering to get parked. You got full hook-ups and cable at the truly Disney price of $100 a night, way above the typical RV Park. There is an extra charge for WiFi, which I did not even check on the price. There are a couple of stores, restaurants, a pool, a lake and night entertainment on the grounds, but you can’t drive a car to those facilities. You have to walk, ride a bike or have a golf cart, which they will gladly rent to you for $59 a day. No Thanks.
Tuesday, Carol and I head off to Epcot Theme Park. We chose not to drive our car to the park because they provide bus transportation. At Fort Wilderness Campground you need to ride two buses. One bus to get you to the front gate of the RV Park and then another bus depending which area of the forty square mile Disney Complex you want to go. There are four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom), two water parks, the Downtown Disney area, a sports complex, five golf courses, 24 hotels and a campground. We arrived at Epcot about 9:30 am and decide to rent Carol an electric scooter to save her all the walking. The first attraction we did was Spaceship Earth, which is inside the huge Earth Globe right inside the front gate. Because of Carol’s scooter they allowed us to go into the exit door, hop on the ride and skip the line. The only ride of the day that allowed that procedure. Next to the “Land” building where we waited in line for over an hour to ride ‘Soaring’. A long wait but neat experience. Your feet are dangling in the air and they lift you up in front of a movie screen and it makes you feel like you are truly soaring through the air, with movements, breeze and scented air. Next to the “Imagination” building, with little wait to see the 3D movie of “Captain EO”. Next to the “Sea” building with again little wait to ride the “Searching for Nemo” ride. No wonder there was a very short line, because it was probably better for little kids. Carol decided to stay where it was cool by shopping and people watched while I rode three rides. First, was Test Track, which simulates testing the car in which you are riding and then completes the “testing” with an exciting 65 mph finish. I then rode “Mission-Space”. It has two levels, intense and mild of which I rode the latter. Then I went over to the World Showcase area and to the Norway building to ride the Viking boat voyage. It had some very mild drops with one of them while you are going backward. I then went over to the Canada building to watch the 360-degree movie about Canada. It was getting toward evening so I called Carol on the cell phone and told her to meet me at the United Kingdom building. While I was waiting for her I watched two music groups perform, one at Canada and one at UK building. We found an area along the lake, set-aside for “Guests with Disabilities” so that we could watch the night spectacular show. Another benefit of the rented scooter. The Show was laser lights, fire and fireworks set to a musical score. We were back at home (RV) by about 10:30 pm, so that was a long day.
Wednesday, was a rest day, not much done but work on my trip journal, a trip to a near-by Walmart and one load of laundry.
Thursday, Carol and I headed to Hollywood Studios Theme Park. We arrived there about 9:30 am. Here is a list of things we did and in this order:
Rented Carol another electric scooter.
Toy Story Midway Mania to pick up a Fast Pass to ride later at 12:40-1:40.
Voyage of The Little Mermaid, which is a 17-minute live, musical theater.
Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show, with fast cars and many stunts.
Lunch at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, where your table in a car and you
watch old Sci-Fi movies on a large screen as if you we at a drive-in movie.
Back to Toy Story Mania where you ride and shoot at 3D objects on screens.
Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular show with many movie stunts and effects.
Street Parade at 3:00 pm with floats and Disney Characters. Sunny and hot.
Muppet 3D Movie. Air-conditioned. Ah! Very cute with neat 3D effects.
Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream movie about his life with artifacts on display.
The Magic of Animation movie with museum displays afterward.
Watched kids get photos with Disney Characters in an air-conditioned plaza.
Carol did a little shopping while I ‘people watched’.
Dinner at “Hollywood & Vine” buffet. Good food but $33.00 each. Ouch.
Night Show, “Fantasmic!”. A fantastic show with Micky Mouse, lasers, water fountains, fireworks, music, fire and special effects. One effect I thought was really neat was displaying lasers pictures on a fan shaped spray of water. I highly recommend this show. Back home (RV) by about 10:00 pm, so another long day at Disney’s park. A side note, there are two intense rides at Hollywood Studios that the younger folks think are superb, but of course Carol and I did not even attempt these.
Friday April 29, 2011 was our scheduled moving day and we had previously planned to go visit the Kennedy Space Center. Earlier in the week we heard in the news that Friday was also a planned launch of the Space Shuttle. I had not made any reservations at an RV Park because they are not really needed at this time of the year but with the launch that makes reservations necessary. I called several RV Parks and of course they were full. I did find a Passport America park available at Scottsmoor, FL. about 25 miles north of the Kennedy Space Center. So that is where we are headed and maybe with luck we can see a Space Shuttle launch as an extra bonus. (Before I could get this posted on My Trip Journal, we found out the launch has been scrubbed.)