Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Thursday Thirteen # 23

Image courtesy of Jenn at Enjoying the Ride. Thanks, Jenn!

We spent spring break in Orlando and frequented all four theme parks. It was absolutely the best vacation I have ever taken with my kids! I've been to DISNEY before, but it's so different through the eyes of my children. Here are my Top 13 rides, attractions, events, and shows from this trip. I have pictures of everything, but for conservation of space, I will only post a few right now. You can refer to a previous post (Best ride, best show, best parade) to see some other photos if you so choose.

1. Expedition Everest, a thrilling roller coaster ride at Animal Kingdom. Loved the final plunge!

2. Aerosmith Rock-n-Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM), another coaster. Go from 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds, plus go backwards and upside down - in the dark! A Rockin' good time!

3. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - still another coaster at Magic Kingdom. This is one of my favorites because it's timeless and my kids enjoyed it so much.

4. Disney Dreams Come True Parade at Magic Kingdom. The song still sticks in my head! I love the atmosphere, the gorgeous floats, the characters, the elaborate costumes, the dancing, singing. The whole sha-bang!

5. Having our picture taken with the Mouse himself, Mickey, at Animal Kingdom. He even kissed my hand.

6. The Festival of the Lion King, a fairly new show at Animal Kingdom. The costumes were amazing as well as the life-size animatronics. It included singing, dancing, audience participation, and even some great acrobatics.

7. Space Mountain, another roller coaster, and another Magic Kingdom tradition. Loved it not only because it's a great ride, but my children were so excited.

8. The Kilimanjaro Safari at Animal Kingdom with 110 acres of reserve with natural habitats for lions, elephants, alligators, giraffes, warthogs, various antelopes, and both black and white rhinos.

9. Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor at Magic Kindom. This had some great improv comedy that was kid-friendly and included audience participation. It was so darn cute!

10. Test Track at Epcot. This is set up as though you are in a car being tested for its traction, exposure to the elements, braking system, and speed. You're actually in a car-like vehicle going through these "tests" and zooming around an elevated race track.

11. The Backlot Tour at Hollywood Studios. I've been on it before, but it seemed new experiencing it through the eyes of my children.

12. The Fireworks Spectacular at Magic Kingdom. We got a tiny glimpse of Tinkerbell, and the flares and fireworks filled us with awe and amazement. The colorful, booming spectacle seemed endless.

13. The Show at the Castle Court at Magic Kingdom. Another display of talented singers and dancers with a great story to go with it. Being up close to all of the characters was memorable.

Don't forget to visit other Thursday Thirteeners, and I'm happy to hear anyone's comments!


  1. Disney World is so much fun no matter how old you are. I loved going there as a kid and now that I live in California I get to enjoy Disney Land.

  2. WOW - I cannot wait to go!!!

  3. We're still trying to get there - sounds like you had a great spring break!

  4. Id love to do Disney. Maybe this winter.

  5. Did you go to the haunted house? It's been years since I've been, but that was by far my favorite.

  6. I am so ready to go again!! We *think* we're going in September. Waiting on a few things to finalize in the next few weeks.
    From your list the Safari & BTMR roller coaster were favorites from our trip last time!!

  7. Space Mountain was my first roller coaster.

  8. Wonderful list, and should I ever decide to go that direction, I shall consider this.

    Mine is up.

  9. FUN list! i big red puffy heart love Disney and all of its magical goodness!

    i am behind on my google i will poke around and see what kind of bloggy goodness i missed here!

  10. We took the two older grand kids four year ago when they were 4 & 8. This year we're taking all four who are now 12,8,6,& 4. We can't wait!!! Thanks for pumping me up for the trip.

    Have a wonderful T13

    I've got pics of the Grandcrew under my T13 this week.

  11. I think I'd really enjoy #8! A LOT!!! And then, anything having to do with/or even NAMED Aerosmith would be Dandy in my book!!!

  12. Looks like you had lots of fun. I'd love to see the Safari. To me that would be the ultimate. I don't do rides because I have a severe problem with motion sickness. lol

    Not playing the Thursday 13 today, but I did put up a post here.

  13. PhotoShop Elements can be had for under $100. I would check out the Amazon site and get it there.
    Thanks again for stopping by Brain freeze.


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