My Disney World Guide Blog

A blog relating to a Florida Disney World pass holder's experiences at the parks and hotels.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Star Wars Weekend at MGM - June 07

We decided to take our 12-year old nephew from Italy, who is a Star Wars fanatic, to the Star Wars Weekend festivities at Disney MGM Studios this year. Though he seemed to enjoy it, I honestly couldn't understand what all the fuss was about! Take this with a grain of salt, though - I've definitely enjoyed all six Star Wars films, but I am by no means a fanatic. So, from my perspective, yes, the Parade and motorcade with characters from the film was fun, and we attended a lightsaber demonstration that was pretty cool - but the crowd was so overwhelming, that my nephew couldn't get to meet many of his favorite characters, much less the "special guests" - the actors who played Boba Fett and Darth Maul from the movies. He did manage to meet Chewbacca and one of the Ewoks. But the line to see Darth Vader was so long, we would've spent hours on line, wasting a huge part of the day. Talking to some of the other "fanatics", a few mentioned that this year was more crowded, less organized and not quite as fun as in years past. Two more disappointments plagued our MGM visit: the Aerosmith ride broke down while we were standing in line, and the Fantasmic show was stopped halfway through due to technical difficulties - we and the thousands of other guests were asked to leave the stadium, with no explanation (much less a refund or rain check) forthcoming! Fortunately, our trip to Animal Kingdom the next day was much more successful, and definitely less crowded. I can always count on The Lion King performance to cheer me up! This is one of the best shows I've ever seen - hopefully they will never take it out of the park. Don't miss it on your next trip to Animal Kingdom!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Easter Week at Magic Kingdom

For the first time ever, we were crazy enough the brave the crowds during Easter week at Magic Kingdom. Actually, we were kind of forced into it - my sister was performing with her high school band on April 10. It was a thrill to see her marching down Main Street - despite the torrential rain! We've had a severe drought going on in Florida this spring, and the one day we go to the Magic Kingdom, the skies open up - go figure! The crowds were pretty heavy - exactly as we had been warned by many friends. For example, I waited on line for 20 minutes just to use the ladies' room! Definitely one of those times to envy the gentlemen. Despite the crowd, we did manage to do a couple of fun things. One thing that was surprisingly disappointing was the new "Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor." I guess I expected it to be as entertaining as "Turtle Talk with Crush" in Epcot - but it wasn't even close. It was just not engaging, despite the "audience participation" element that works so well with the "Crush" show. The jokes were not terribly funny, and there just wasn't anything different or creative about it. Even my 5 year old and 2 year old girls, who love the Monsters, Inc. movie, hardly cracked a smile through the entire performance. The Disney imagineers missed the boat with this attraction. To sum up, I think we'll skip Easter week next year!