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I first went to Universal; I had to take an elevator + a shuttle to get to a level that had only one ride (Transformers)that I was interested in riding, and all the hassle was worth it! What I most liked about this ride were the huge screens; they just immerse you into the action. Orlando deserves to get this ride.
My other favorite non-Floridian attraction is King Kong 360; the HD is so good! It's amazing how they fool you with forward and sideways movements that are only happening on the screen. My favorite element: everytime a T-Rex sneezes, a spray of water comes into your face. I wish Universal brings this classic to Orlando with an extended version.
The following day I split the day between the two Disney parks. Radiator Springs Racers was my number one reason for traveling from coast to coast, so I went to California Adventure first. After getting the World of Color fastpasses, I headed to RSR which had a waiting time of 90 minutes (not bad); the only problem was that it was down! The clock was ticking and nothing. I had to decide if I was going to stay at the queue and miss other rides or ride other rides and come back with an insane waiting time. I stayed, and after several times of trying to reset the cars, I was lucky to ride it that day; the only part that it didn't work were the tractor/cows that didn't tip to their backs. I have to say that this was my favorite ride of my whole trip; I felt like I was another character of that movie + the AAs are awesome + the race at the end is so much fun. My car got to the finish line first.
Cars Land looks nice, but it looks even better at night.
From there I headed to Indy, and I didn't enjoy it which is not to say that it's a bad ride. My disability just didn't let me stay straight up with all those dramatic movements. I had a similar experience with Dinosaur, but there is no Indy ride over here + it's a very popular ride; perhaps I should had skiped it anyways.
From Indy, I went to Pirates; for a Floridian like me, it's nice to ride a longer version, but I have to say that MKs version takes the best elements of the original. Ok everyone, start to shoot! I even found that the talking skull takes away the surprise from the first drop. Shoot again!
I headed from Pirates to Peter Pan since I'm not able to ride it at MK, but the disability line was so packed that I decided to skip it and go to It's a Small World instead; I loved the idea of getting into the boats outside; the front of that building is pure magic. It was a relaxing way of getting out of the heat.
From there I headed to my hotel across the street; everything is walking distance, and for a WDW guest like me, it meant a lot. Then I returned to California Adventure.
Cars Land looked great at night. I rode Little Mermaid (nice but not great), Monsters Inc (nothing special) and Toy Story which I have it here in Florida, but I like it so much that I would never skip it anywhere.
While waiting for World of Color, I was admiring the Ferris Wheel; what a sight! Then came the big disappointment of the trip; I was not able to see a thing from WoC; nothing, zero visibility. It was all heads that I could see since everyone stands up. I even was on the disability section, but even from there it was impossible. I wonder if Fantasmic can be seen from the disability area since that show doesn't have seats either.
p.s.1 I found the quality of employees to be far better than in Orlando. i.e. The operator of Toy Story offered me 2 re-rides.
p.s.2 When leaving L.A. on car, I passed next to Magic Mountain; I'm not a coaster fan, but it looks really impressive from the interstate.
Great trip report! I can not wait to go back and try RSR.
I think it depends on the cast member, I've been on ToT at DCA many times, and sometimes you'll get a regular operator.
Usually though, they'll ask if it's anyone's first time & then say something funny.
But usually, everything is done in character, looks like you got a rare moment when nothing extra was said or done.
My day at the Disneyland Resort, I went to Cafe Orleans and tried a Montecristo sandwich for the first time; I didn't like it. Try the seafood crepe instead; it is much better. I had to wait 30 minutes for a table.
A sidenote: If any of you ever goes to Chillis, try the Paradise Pie; it is one of the best desserts I ever had.
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