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Saturday May 18th, DHS & Epcot, 5.5 Hours

Walt Disney World: A 5 1/2 hour adventure through two parks, hitting most of the headliners.

From Nick Dakuginow
Posted May 20, 2013 at 12:21 PM
My 55 year old father and I went to WDW this weekend and had a great time. We headed to DHS first and was in line by 7:10 am, Star Wars Weekend!

I'm not a huge Star Wars fan, but I very much enjoy the greatness inside of the park, gets me into the Star Wars mood. We were let in at 7:28 am, and headed straight to look for the Star Wars characters, however I knew it was unlikely they would be out that early, usually they start to come around 8 am. Thing is, I was really hoping for a Vader and Chewie pic, that wasn't happening with how I envisioned our day going. The Chewie line started right at rope drop, as did the Vader line, and was already a big line way before 8 am.

So, since we were over in that direction, we did Star Tours. Neither of us were the rebel spy...

We then headed over to get FPs for the Rock "n" Roller Coaster, then queued up for the Tower of Terror to no wait. Great drops.

Next was The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow, one of the few things across the parks that I have yet to do, was a fun show and an absolute upgrade from that joke of an "attraction", Journey to Narnia.

We then did Toy Story Mania, which I lost 164,000 to 158,000, LOVE this ride.

I decided we should peek in the Animation building to see if there were any regular Disney characters with short waits since all of the craze were for the Star Wars characters... low and behold, Sorcerer Mickey with only one family ahead of us, was deserted. Great pic. They also had penguins in there, which I didn't know where they were from, on the ride home, I googled it and think they came from Club Penguin, not exactly sure though? Looked more like the Madagascar penguins, who are owned by Sea World/Busch Gardens here in the states, so was a bit confused...

Concluded DHS with Aerosmith and got in about 5 minutes.

We arrived in Epcot at 10:30 am.

Immediately went to Sum of All Thrills, and got right in, we love this attraction, glad not many people truly know about this yet.

Next, we went into Club Cool, never have been inside here either, and loved the place. Great samples for the most part, I told my father, "try the beverly"... his face was priceless, I tried it next and wow is that bad. I liked the Germany (Coke Orange like) and Mexico (Fruit Juicy Soda like).

We were hungry already, so we went to Mexico and ate at La Cantina San Angel, had the beef tacos which were AMAZING. Probably one of the best counter service meals in the parks.

Next, was Maelstrom with no wait, love this as well.

We then replaced my annual pass at the Odyssey Center to get the new plastic RFID pass. Happy about this, but can't wait for MagicBands.

On the walk to Test Track, at the perfect time, Donald came out in Mexico and was the 2nd to take pictures in line, we did a 3 amigos type pose.

Then, did Test Track, my second time on the new layout, but first time designing the vehicle. This is a great addition and really enjoyed creating the car.

We headed over to Soarin', and had an unfortunate altercation with a man in a scooter/wheelchair who ran into my leg, to which I even looked back and said, "oh, I'm sorry", and he just flipped out for running into me. The cast members right outside the Soarin' attraction did a tremendous job with handling the situation as the man was honestly creating a gigantic scene screaming, I stayed out of it as I was just thinking, he must not be happy if your acting like this at the happiest place on earth, sad. Soarin' was great though.

And with that, we got back into the car at 1 pm and headed back home.

We did an awesome job in 5.5 hours inside two parks, was a great time with my father.


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From Brian Emery
Posted May 20, 2013 at 12:31 PM
I am sure your dad will be excited to see his age on this board.... hahahaha

Glad you had a nice time...

From Dominick D
Posted May 20, 2013 at 1:12 PM
Sunds like ou had a great time! I have my own trip report in the works ;)

From Anthony Murphy
Posted May 20, 2013 at 3:51 PM
I was there on the 18th too so I can attest that you did it right!

I stuck around DHS and saw the shows with Ray Park (Darth Maul). Very nice!

From Dominick D
Posted May 20, 2013 at 4:34 PM
So far 3 TPs were at DHS on Saturday, anyone else?

From Nick Dakuginow
Posted May 22, 2013 at 5:48 AM
Thanks guys, I thought I should emphasize his age thinking how impressive it was he was zipping around the parks with me still, lol.

Craving those tacos from Mexico, perhaps I'll try my hand at replicating it tonight.

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