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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Disney World - Trip Log - Day 3

On our second day of Disney here at the Walt Disney World Resorts our main destination for the day is MGM Studios. We started off with a nice and quick breakfast at the Old Port Royale Food Court at the Caribbean Beach Resort. Since we are on the Disney Dining Plan during the trip, we are electing to use our “snacks” for our morning breakfast, which includes things like donuts, muffins, and pastries. In addition, we purchased our “free” refill mugs at the beginning of the week, we kept the morning and evening drink costs down.

After breakfast, we had a little adventure attempting to get to the MGM park. There are no time tables or estimated times of arrivals for the buses that transport you to the various parks. You have no idea if one will arrive in 2 minutes or 40 minutes. Definitely something Disney could approve on – communication. That being said, we made it to MGM Studios.

My favorite ride at Disney World is the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith. So, first thing upon entry we headed to that side of the park so we ride both the “Coaster” and the Hollywood Hotel. Dad, truth be told – had never been on a upside down roller coaster, but it was not hard to convince him to go. After a very short wait, we rode Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and now the “Coaster” is my dad’s favorite ride! Then, we enjoyed the haunted Hollywood Hotel – Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride – which has some interesting differences from it’s sister ride at Disney’s California Adventure in Southern California. At the end of our first ride in the Hotel, a cast member pulled my father aside. Our first thought was – what did Dad do? Well, nothing it turns out – the cast member singled us out to ride the ride again. So, he took us through the back entrance and right to the front of the line. Twice was nice!

On this day in MGM Studios, there were not a lot of crowds. So, we were able to meander though most of the rides – here were some of the highlights from the day:

  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt show, which is on load from Disney Paris and well worth the time
  • Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular
  • ABC Commissary, for a pretty good lunch for walk-up service under the Disney Dining Plan
  • Disney-MGM Studios Backlot Tour, some of the special effects were broken so we skipped the wait and just rode the tour to catch some scenes from Catastrophe Canyon

The highlight of the day, and perhaps the trip was our meal at the Brown Derby Restaurant (counts as 2 table service meals) which was combined with the Fantasmic Package. We had a great meal and experience there, the service was excellent and the food was prepared exceptionally. If you visit the Disney World Resorts – the Brown Derby in Disney-MGM Studios is a must eat!

After our meal, we wandered around the park until it was time for the Fantasmic show. The weather was overcast and threatening, but no severe weather came – and the show went on. Truth be told, the Fantasmic show is still great – however it is becoming a little dated. I find myself being disappointed with most shows after Disney’s 50th Anniversary Fireworks show. That one is simply amazing!

When we got back to the Caribbean Beach resort, we were in for some unexpected excitement. As we walked across the bridge to the Old Port Royale to grab a refill on our drinks – a large section of beach was taped off. What happened is that there was an alligator in the lagoon in the center of the resort. According to the maintenance person, it was the first one he had seen within the resort in his 10 years. The alligator was small (2-3 feet), but was entertaining to see none the less.

Read the rest of our trip log for all the details: