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Day 2

By Tara Zandra | December 11, 2006

It’s been a while, but my Disney World bug is back so I wrote up a report for our second day in Disney World. Photos may be clicked to enlarge.

Sunday, September 17, 2006- Day 2- Disney’s MGM Studios

Up at what felt like the crack of dawn to us but we finally made it out to the bus stop. Today was to be our first day in a theme park. Following TourGuideMike’s advice, we headed to Disney’s MGM Studios. Walking up I felt a thrill right away as the entrance is based on the Pan Pacific Auditorium which was used in my beloved movie Xanadu. day2a.jpg Once we got inside we posed for the obligatory picture in front of the *Hat* before starting on our day. day2b.jpg

First stop was Voyage of the Little Mermaid attraction. Now we went in knowing it was really just for die-hard Little Mermaid fans, but that describes me exactly. Ariel is responsible for my entire Disney love. that being said, man was this the cheesiest show I’ve ever seen in my life! LOL It was so reminiscent of the old laserium shows at Griffith Park Observatory. Throw in bad acting and the most chopped up version of the movie I’ve ever seen and it was just bad. Not the best way to start our day but on the other hand, it couldn’t exactly get worse :)

We had a slight blip in our intinerary at this point because something Chris very much wanted to do, Tabitha decided she no longer wished to ride. So there were moments of talking and me reconfiguring our itinerary. In the end, loads of characters came out so we took the time to visit Robin Hood, Daisy Duck, Chip and Dale and their girl Clarice. After characters, we headed to Mickey Avenue where Daisy was thrilled to meet Leo from Little Einsteins and we also saw JoJo and Goliath before going inside blissful air conditioning to say hello to the mouse himself, Mickey. day2e.jpg

Next was an attraction called Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream. We’re always up for seeing Disney artifacts and learning new stuff so all of us enjoyed this attraction to the fullest. At this point we wandered a lot and took in all the scenery. Daisy slept while Chris and Tabitha enjoyed the Indiana Jone’s Stunt show and then it was time for lunch at ABC Commissary. Very good food here, I think we all had the stir-fry plate. Chris and Tabitha quickly squeezed in Sounds Dangerous with Drew Carey and then we all sat down to watch the Stars and Motorcars Parade.

After the parade it was time to head to Beauty and the Beast. But first, the walk there was very surreal. The street signs said Hollywood, Vine, etc. and there was Anaheim Produce and an area modeled after the Farmer’s Market. The shops were based on Rodeo Drive. The whole area was supposed to be California-ish and it was odd for this family of native Californians. In any case, once we stopped laughing about it all we made it to Beauty and the Beast. I had initially thought it would be the same as what we had at Disneyland in the ’90s, but there were actually very many differences and it really wasn’t the same. No matter though, as it was a fabulous show and we had a good time.

At this point we were kind of beat. It had been a heck of a long day and really, we were operating on not enough sleep. So we discussed as a family and decided to forgo watching Fantasmic that night. I was interested in seeing the scene that we don’t have here, but not enough to kill us all knowing we had to get up in the morning again. So we went to our dinner at Mama Melrose and told them we wanted to order from the regular menu and not do the Fantasmic package. It was rather surreal here too as the place was themed to California (though it’s an Italian restaurant) and most of the music they played we here at California Adventure. In general we had not so good service but really great food which would pretty much be the norm for our entire trip.

After dinner we took Tabitha to the Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Adventure Set. Sadly, we didn’t realize it closed earlier than the park so she really only got to play for 10 minutes but said that was enough anyway so it all worked out. We called it a day at this point save for stopping for the obligatory light-up toy for the big one. day2c.jpg

When we got back to our room, we found a bit of magic. Our stuffed animals were all gathered at the window eagerly awaiting our return. It was the perfect ending to our first full day of Disney. day2d.jpg

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2 Responses to “Day 2”

  1. Melyssa Says:
    December 11th, 2006 at 5:39 pm

    How fun! I like reading these. BTW, did you know there are Disney crocs out??

  2. Vanessa Says:
    December 11th, 2006 at 7:33 pm

    Looks like a great Disney day! I like the stuffed animals at the window. They did something similar on our cruise — when we got back at the end of the day, the stateroom attendant had made a dog out of bath towels and put my sunglasses on its face. :)