February 25, 2008

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon February 25, 2008

Today was our day off and was to be the nicest day of the week, so we decided to go enjoy Disney's Typhoon Lagoon for the day.

Typhoon Lagoon is the remains of a tropical paradise after the destruction of a huge typhoon, as legend goes.

Mount Mayday can be seen in the distance. The famous shrimp boat, Miss Tilly, is impaled on the top and erupts regularly with a 50-foot geyser of water.

The lazy river of Typhoon Lagoon is Castaway Creek, a 2,100 foot long relaxing trip through the park.

The world's largest outdoor wave pool can be found right here at Typhoon Lagoon. Watch out! This ain't no ordinary wave pool!

The remains of Typhoon Boatworks serves as a reminder of the legend.

It's always a good time to cruise down the creek in a tube.

Marlon dares to stand in the largest shark mouth ever found near Typhoon Lagoon.

It may have been found in Typhoon Lagoon's Shark Reef. At the Shark Reef, all guests get the opportunity to snorkel with sting rays, two types of sharks and a variety of tropical fish.

The Crush 'n' Gusher is a "water coaster" like none we have ever experienced before. Three different slides-Banana Blaster, Coconut Crusher and Pineapple Plunger-take you on a waterslide experience like no other.

Doug takes the opportunity to visit with park mascot Lagoona Gator while heading out of the park at the end of the day.

For a video of brief video of some of the fun at Typhoon Lagoon, click below.
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To be continued...

February 10, 2008

Epcot with David and Bobby

Today we took David and Bobby to Epcot.

While there, we observed Epcot's Fountain of Nations. On opening day in 1982, representatives from 22 nations each brought one gallon of water from their homeland to pour into the fountain as a symbolic gesture of unity. At the 25th anniversary of Epcot in 2007, this ceremony was repeated.

Then we ventured on to see if and how Marlon, David and Bobby could learn to be better at Living with the Land.

They could grow eggplant...would they then eat it?

They could grow tomato trees like this one previously featured on the blog which has yielded over 30,000 tomatoes. They would have to give away at least 20,000 of them to friends!
I think David thought it was Dale encouraging him to be kind and learn to Live with the Land while we dined at Chip and Dale's Harvest Feast Garden Grill. Little did he know it was REALLY Chip (the black nose gives him away, David!).

Chip then tried to help Doug decide what to order but had the last laugh when all the food on the menu was served family style.

These are some of the animals waiting to be served as marinated flank steak as seen from our table in the rotating restaurant.

These particular ones probably won't make it to the table if the Disney Imagineers have anything to say about it. They would probably be kind of tough anyway.

Bobby, David and Marlon are stuffed. Man, they're good at getting their plates clean. Their parents taught them well.

Pluto was so surprised because even HE can't clean his plate that good...and he has a big tongue!

Mickey stopped by between all the parades and all the autographs to show off his new hay baling outfit.

After filling up, we went to see if we could lose it all on Test Track. Here Marlon tries out acting like a test dummy.

Pretty good, huh?

Then on our way to find Donald in The Three Caballeros Marlon proved his neck wouldn't snap under the weight of a 10-gallon hat.

A little trivia: The Three Caballeros, who star in the ride at the Mexico Pavilion, starred in a 1945 animated feature of the same name. It was one of Disney's first movies to combine animation with live-action.

Similar to the Fountain of Nations, water from major rivers around the world was emptied into the World Showcase Lagoon in a ceremony on Opening Day in 1982.

The Celtic band, Off Kilter, performs in the Canada Pavilion of the World Showcase in the video below.
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To be continued...

February 9, 2008

Magic Kingdom with David and Bobby Part 2

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh showcases scenes from the many movies and books featuring Disney's favorite bear.

Pooh uses a blue balloon in order to reach the honey in the tree. Let's hope there are no bees in that honey as there were in the 1966 featurette Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree.

Reminiscent of the 1968 film Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, Piglet gets trapped by a raging flood and must be saved by his friends.

These are Woozles, which along with the Heffalumps-which were purple elephants, first appeared in Pooh's dreams in Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.

They are both scary creatures of the Hundred Acre Wood where Pooh lives.

After saving Piglet, Pooh celebrates with a huge feast of honey.

We then decided to go visit Madame Leota and her many husbands in our very own Doom Buggy at The Haunted Mansion.

After picking up some hitchhiking ghosts we headed over to get a great view of the Disney Dreams Come True Parade.

Always remember, and don't ever forget, It Was All Started By A Mouse.

There's that little wooden fibber again-Pinocchio-LIVE and his father Geppetto. One of Snow White's famous dwarf friends, Doc, walks close by.

Bobby then went to explore the Swiss Family Treehouse. One of the original attractions of The Magic Kingdom, this attraction is based on the 1960 movie Swiss Family Robinson featuring the future Hawaii Five-O star James MacArthur.

Coincidentally, James MacArthur was adopted as an infant by another future Disney star-the legendary Helen Hayes (Herbie Rides Again).

Next David, Bobby and Marlon were looking forward to being entertained by Tiki birds in The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management) starring comedian Gilbert Gottfried as lago, the big cele-birdy.

There are some of the Tiki-birds now.

Jasper, Horace and Cruella prepare to kidnap Pongo and Perdita---two of the 101 Dalmations. Meanwhile, their favorite TV show "What's My Crime?" plays on the big screen.

These malformed LGMs (Little Green Men) only have two eyes instead of the usual three. Scary!

Walt and Minnie converse in this classic picture of Main Street.

For more pictures, go to http://public.fotki.com/Marlonfleenor/1/2008/february/magic-kingdom-with-/ .

To be continued...

February 8, 2008

Magic Kingdom with David and Bobby Part 1

Angie and Trina had left 4 days earlier but today we decided to go to the Walt Disney World Lost and Found to see if Angie's sunglasses lost at Animal Kingdom could be found.

The Lost and Found is located near the Kennel Club and this cool topiary of every Disney fan's favorite dog, Pluto, can be found smack dab in front of the building.
Yes, people lose MANY pairs of sunglasses daily at the parks...but we DID manage to find the right pair. We will return them to her someday.

The next day David and Bobby came to visit us for a couple of days following their cruise to Key West and Cozumel. We decided to take in The Magic Kingdom and arrived right before the gate opened and just in time to see the song and dance production that welcomes guests to the park.

David and Bobby took time to stand in front of The Magic Kingdom's most famous icon as seen before on this blog...Cinderella's Castle.

Cinderella's Castle has gotten new found attention since the introduction of Disney's Year of a Million Dreams on October 4, 2006. Officially extended through 2008, one of the Dream Giveaways is a stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite.

A great website to read all about this promotion and see pictures of the Suite can be found at http://www.wdwmagic.com/yearofamilliondreams.htm . Check it out.

Buzz Lightyear greets us and briefs us on our mission in his Space Ranger Spin.

Marlon and Bobby zero in on aliens.

After an intense battle with aliens it was time to ride "the happiest cruise that ever sailed".

Did you know that the name of the ride is officially spelled with all small letters? Take a look at some of the stars of "it's a small world".

Did you know the song was written by the Sherman Brothers specifically for this ride which was then called "children of the world"?

Did you know the ride features 472 figures (both animated and not) according to wikipedia?

Did you know that penguins can sing?

We forgot to ask David and Bobby if this cruise was indeed happier than their Carnival Cruise.

To be continued...

February 6, 2008

Disney Quest Interactive Adventures

Today we decided to check out Disney Quest Interactive Adventures in Downtown Disney.

Disney Quest combines Dave and Buster's with an amusement park...with, of course, the Disney twist.

Disney Quest features virtual-reality based rides and games as well as hundreds of current and classic video games. Admission includes unlimited play and rides.

Buzz Lightyear's Astroblasters are enclosed bumper cars which vacuum up ammunition (in the form of balls) from the floor. The object of the game is to then shoot the targets on the other players' vehicles in order to send them spinning out of control.

Marlon looks forward to demonstrating his shooting prowess.

Unfortunately, his driver will be this guy. Good luck Marlon!

Animation Academy offers classes to young and old alike who want to learn how to draw their favorite Disney characters.

There's one of those favorite Disney characters now...that little wooden fibber...Pinocchio.

Aladdin's genie lures Marlon through the entrance to...

Aladdin's Magic Carpet Ride-a virtual-reality ride through Agrabah.

Doug concentrates while playing one of those beloved classic video games of the Chuck E. Cheese variety. Which animal goes "moo"?

Marlon plays another classic game of Popcorn...catch a falling kernel.

Marlon and Doug don the headgear in order to Ride the Comix.

Ride the Comix is another virtual-reality attraction. In it, players use their laser sword to wage war against comic book villains.

In this video, watch one of the tumbling cars of Cyberspace Mountain where you design your own rollercoaster and then ride it.

Then see Buzz Lightyear's Astroblasters in action and Marlon and Doug's skill at yet another classic video game.
For a few more pictures, go to
http://public.fotki.com/Marlonfleenor/1/2008/february/disney-quest/ .

To be continued...