So here I am back in Florida at the All Star Music Resort ready for Round 2 of #6parks1day. The first time was mostly a success until I ran into a the winter storm that shut down Atlanta in January which delayed my return so I didn’t make my last criteria of total trip time. The goals of the trip are to visit the 4 Disney parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom) and the 2 Universal parks (Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios), ride at least 2 rides in each park, and do the whole trip in 36 hours from Knoxville. The first part of the trip went well, making it to Orlando in 9 hours. The fun starts tomorrow with EMH at EPCOT starting at 8 am. Look for tweets at the various rides and parks throughout the day to keep up with the progress. I am off the bed to get rested up for all the walking and excitement. Good night to all!
Thanks to this wonderful trip, we avoided all the shopping lines for deals on Black Friday and stood in my favorite types of lines, the ones that end in a ride 🙂 First was a quick stop at Universal after the drive down from Knoxville. Thanks to a post earlier in the week for @OrlandoInformer, I used a single rider line I didn’t even know existed .. The one for Dr. Doom. The wait time was 25 minutes but I was standing outside a door to get on about 2 minutes after I walked up. Thanks @OrlandoInformer!! Also tried out the Red Oven Pizza Bakery, which was quite good. Generous pours of beer and gourmet pizza always make for a excellent meal.
Last night was the start of three straight days of Disney holiday celebrations, beginning with the Osborne Family Lights (check out the picture I posted last night .. more to follow) The lights were great and, according to what we saw, included over a 1 million lights and 35 miles of cabling. We also squeezed in Star Tours (first time to see Kashyyk on the ride) and the Rock and Roller Coaster. We ended the night with one of the things that is always a must at Disney, the turkey leg. Also tried a pork shank, which I had never seen before at Disney. While it was good, the turkey leg will always be king on a Disney trip. It was a great way to end a long day of driving and fun. On to Epcot today for the Candlelight Processional and Holidays Around the World. Gotta go and start the fun!!
So it was decided several days ago that we are going to head to Disney on the Friday after Thanksgiving!! Julie and I are both very excited as neither one of us have been to the Christmas festivities at Disney before. We are getting to do both Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (complete with the newly added Jingle Cruise) and the Candlelight Processional at Epcot. Also on the agenda is seeing the Lion King show at Animal Kingdom one more time before they move to their new theater, which is rumored to be taking place sometime after the beginning of the year. We welcome any tips or suggestions for the Christmas festivities and I will be sure to post anything that we learn while we are down there. I also plan on doing some scouting for my next big solo adventure that I have tentatively scheduled for the end of January. This trip is going to involve hitting the six major parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios, and Islands of Adventure) all in one day. Previous solo trips have involved just the Universal parks in the same day and I still need to post details about those trips. Look forward to lots of details and pictures about the trip coming up starting on Friday. Happy Thanksgiving!!