Well, my extra time being stuck at Disney World is ending quickly! If you missed the first 2 parts of this shindig, you can read them by clicking
HERE for part 1
HERE for part 2
Otherwise, let’s get going!
Tuesday February 24, 2015
So, I was lucky enough to have a park hopper ticket for one more day at the Disney World parks. I got up early and got ready to go to Epcot. I’d already made FastPass+ selections the day before for Animal Kingdom but I wanted to get to Epcot at rope drop to ride a few rides first. I also wanted to be able to visit all four parks in one day but my hopes of riding the attractions I wanted to ride were not very high. I hate waiting in long lines and I knew there might be some long lines if I was going to ride some of the things I like the most.
In any case, I got going early and got to Epcot for the 9am rope drop . There were quite a few people there but about 5 minutes before opening, the Cast Members at the entrance opened some other entry stations. For some reason the majority of the people in line flat out refused to go to those lines so a bunch of us moved into those spots and I was almost right at the front of the line to get in now! I started chatting with the family in front of me and found out that they were from Texas too. They live in Houston but turns out they have family who lives in Lubbock which is only 13 miles from where I live! It’s a small world, after all. 🙂
Anywho…once the park opened, I made my way to the first attraction I wanted to ride…Test Track.
Side note: I don’t love the new version of Test Track. It’s not as entertaining as it used to be, but the outside part at the end is the same and that’s my favorite part. So I still like to ride it each visit.
When I got closer to Test Track it showed a 30 minute wait. I’d hoped it was going to be about 15 minutes but I’ll take what I can get. It actually wasn’t until I got even closer that I remembered that there’s a Single Rider line! Yay! And there was literally no one in the single rider line yet…so I walked right on to the ride in less than 5 minutes. Gotta love that! I didn’t bother exploring the stuff in the lobby after the ride because I wanted to make it over to ride Soarin’. I checked the wait time on the My Disney Experience app and it was only 15 minutes!
I hustled…or actually hobbled (my blister from the half marathon was hurting already) my way to the Land pavilion and got into the line for Soarin’. I was on it pretty quickly and afterwards I saw that Living With the Land had no one in line. I know a lot of people think Living With the Land is boring, but I still find it interesting, so I walked on to it. Once I finished at the Land pavilion, I tried to decide what to do next. I was doing really well on time, so I planned on checking out Journey Into Imagination with Figment before riding Spaceship Earth.
Yes. I like Journey into Imagination. And Figment. I liked the Dreamfinder version the best, but I still enjoy the current version. Now that I’ve addressed that unnecessarily, let’s move on with our lives.
Ok, so Journey Into Imagination was a walk on, as usual. So after I was done there I headed for Spaceship Earth which was showing only a 20 minute wait. Once I actually reached the attraction, I was debating whether or not to skip it this time and get something to eat instead. I hadn’t had breakfast yet and I was starting to get a rumbly in my tumbly. Ultimately, I chose to skip Spaceship Earth and head to Animal Kingdom to get something to eat and use my FastPass+ I had for Expedition Everest, Kilimanjaro Safari and Festival of the Lion King.
It was a little before 10am when I headed to the Epcot exit. I decided it would be nice to ride the monorail over to the Ticket and Transportation center and then take a bus to Animal Kingdom. But I remembered that there have been some instances of the monorail breaking down mid-ride and I didn’t want to take the chance that I might get stuck and miss my Expedition Everest FastPass+. So I ended up just taking the bus from Epcot to AK.
By the time I arrived at Animal Kingdom, it was about 10:30am, and since my FastPass+ wasn’t until 11am I decided to get something to eat first. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m not a foodie. I pretty much stick with your basic counter service choices and since Pizzafari is kind of where my kids always want to eat while we’re at Animal Kingdom, I decided pizza was a good idea! It was a nice, relaxing breakfast and I ended up chatting with the family sitting a couple of tables away. That conversation was mostly about running shoes and cats. I don’t remember how it even got to that, but it did.
After my late breakfast, I had enough time to casually make my way to Expedition Everest.
My wait once I arrived to Expedition Everest was less than 10 minutes which meant that once I was done I had about an hour to wait for my FastPass+ for Kilimanjaro Safari. I thought about the fact that I’d rather ride a few of the attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios instead so I talked to a Cast Member at a FastPass+ kiosk. I found out that if I cancelled my existing 2 FP+ reservations, I would not be able to make any more the rest of the day. Hmmm. But if I let them expire, then I could try adding FP+ for other rides at DHS later.
I decided to go ahead and head to the bus stop and make my way over to Hollywood Studios. So next time, I’ll be trying my luck at the popular rides there!
See Ya Real Soon! °O°