April 27th, 2009

Yo Ho, Yo Holy Crap Am I Tired.

Walt Disney World Diversional Extravaganza — Installment 1

It’s now the terribly late hour of 10:30PM and we’re exhausted. Emerald is already sawing logs after spending the last 4 hours doing her impression of a zombie. It’s pretty good… you should see it.

Neither of us slept at all the day before our trip. Our flight left early and moved us a few hundreds of miles south where we then got checked into our room, took a bus around the resort, saw a few families that had had way, way to much Disney time and finally concluded that after almost 30 hours of no sleep, it was time to hit the parks.

We went to the Magic Kingdom first. We hadn’t eaten in about 12 hours, so Emerald ate a turkey leg while I sipped a sparkling cola beverage. There’s something sexy about a woman brandishing a meat club and bearing into it full bore. Enough of that though… time for rides!

We arrived at the Magic Kingdom a little before 3PM and did the following:

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin- It’s like a laser shooting gallery meets disco rave festival… with Tim Allen.
The Mad Tea Party Teacup Ride- Emerald started screaming because my goal was to see if I could spin us fast enough to actual get our cup to fly off the ride. I slowed down and played nice… for the moment.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad- I think Jerry Garcia rode this when he wrote Casey Jones.
The Haunted Mansion- I’m a big special effects geek and know how they do all the tricks on this ride… and I promptly bored Emerald to tears by sharing all of that information with her over the course of it.
Pirates of the Caribbean- It’s pirates, man… ’nuff said.

By then it was 4.30PM and we decided, instead of taking a nap, to head over to Disney’s Hollywood Studio Park. It took us an hour to get there… juggling the monorail, buses and alpaca caravan we had to take to get to the place.

By then, Emerald was woozy from hungry and very sleepy. I was completely gassed as well, but I knew I could push it a bit more before I collapsed on a toddler.

We ate a meal of sorts at the ABC Commissary… aka cheapo diner place. (If $25 for a sandwich, apple slices, some fried fish and fries with a coke is cheap.) Both of us we very tired and contemplated sleeping there, but I decided (what can I say… I’m the Decider!) we should do two rides and then call it a day.

We did something called Ride the Movies… which basically allows you to sit in thing that takes you through some famous movie scenes. It was low activity and we both loved that it required no effort. After that Emerald was walking around with her eyes closed so I took her over to ride the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. She got to sleep while standing in line and during the “warm up” parts of the ride but then was promptly awakened by being thrown down a haunted elevator shaft. In hindsight, maybe it wasn’t a good idea to jar her in her weary state… it was kinda like yelling “BOO!” at someone on drugs… it seemed like a good idea at the time.

After that we both glided back to a bus which took us back to our room. I think Emerald tried to do something constructive at that point but I don’t know… I passed out immediately.

I woke up after a bit and we went and got a pizza and some beverages. She’s now sleeping comfortably next to me, and I’ll be joining her shortly.

We’re up early tomorrow for a visit to see the legendary beasts of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Nighty Night!

5 Responses “Yo Ho, Yo Holy Crap Am I Tired.”

  1. Oh, wow, WDW was not designed with the fatigued person in mind. I think you’ll have more fun today.

  2. Neve Black says:

    Yes, I must concur with Jeremy here. After much needed and refreshing sleep, you both will have a great time today…oh, and you’ll be awake to ennjoy it.

    Have fun! Happy Birthdays!

  3. Marina says:

    Geez, I’m exhausted just hearing about it! You guys are going to have a great time at Animal Kingdom!

  4. Erobintica says:

    Never been to WDW, but Disneyland was always a favorite – Pirates of the Caribbean – fav of favs. Have fun today.

  5. Why is Feedblitz so slow anyway? I’ll be the devil’s advocate and say some Disney rides are best experienced in an altered state–like Tower of Terror. How can an elevator keep rising and falling once the cable snaps? Pirates of the Caribbean is my favorite ride or maybe it ties with Peter Pan.

    Gawd, I’m jealous!

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