Here I am in Sunny Florida, Having a great time.
I’ve always been a bit dismissive of the Disney Theme parks before. Why would anyone want to spend so much money wandering around a glorified Alton Towers?
I can safely say I was wrong, Alton Towers is nothing like Disney, and I don’t just mean you can’t compare them, they are totally different. Alton Towers is lots of rides all crammed in, each one promising more thrills than the last, this one will spin you round, that one will turn you upside down, the next one will turn you inside out. And once you’ve done that you can pay £10 for a soggy burger and a bag of chips and do it all again ;o)
Disney is nothing like that, The whole park is an experience not just the attractions, in fact it starts before then, how they manage to find bus drivers with the patience of saints, a sense of humour, and generous enough to hand out random toys to the kids is a marvel in itself. So an air conditioned bus from the Hotel to the gates of the parks…20-30 minutes. Hardly any queues. and as soon as you get in you can tell the whole thing has been thought out, and I don’t just mean to take your money off you.
In the whole time I’ve been in the parks I have only paid for food and an occasional toy. The food was not vastly overpriced, and was very good, I can safely say the burger I had from a little stall in Hollywood Studios put the efforts of British fast food places to shame. The Sesame Chicken Salad I had in Epcot was delicious, and the pulled BBQ pork sandwich and Taco salad we had in Magic Kingdom were divine.
On the subject of toys though……this is where it could be an issue. Yes, most rides do empty out into a shop of some sort, and there are things for sale everywhere, so it is to be expected that the boys will be “I want, I want…” and there will be demands for things…..well yes and no. The boys did want everything, but they were also so entertained with playing with everything in the shops, chasing characters around and generally being in awe of everything that they were easily distracted and only when they were waiting around for the parade and fireworks, or on the way out of the parks did they become obsessive.
I was surprised at the rides as well, here was I prepared for a multitude of spin you round, throw you about, flip you over things, but no. It’s all about the experience. The wildest things I went on were Splash Mountain (a log flume with a 50 ft drop) and Soarin’ (a “flight” simulator where you are hoisted into the air and then “flown” through various scenes accompanied by the smells…very impressive) both of these rides I was accompanying a 4 year old….so not exactly uberviolent, but very awe inspiring.
I caught the evening parade and fireworks in Magic Kingdom, and also the firework and laser show in Epcot, both very impressive, but wow, some people take Disney far too seriously.