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Top 10: Disney World Rides

top10Ok, this actually a guest post by The Big Guy. He has hi-jacked my blog and is sitting next to me until it is typed. I guess he was inspired by our recent trip to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney’s Hollywood Studio, formerly MGM Studios, is located in the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Note: To be included in my lists all rides had to be at Walt Disney World in Florida. I have not considered rides at any other Disney park.

#10: Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (Magic Kingdom) is a combination of a ride and a video game/shooting arcade. It is probably a kids ride but it is a lot of fun.

#9: Dinosaur (Animal Kingdom) more of a thrill ride than a roller coaster. Dinosaur is rather fun but a good ride.

#8: Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom) was the first roller coaster I ever rode. Of course, that was Disneyland in California.

#7: Test Track (EPCOT) lets you be a test dummy. On my must list every time I visit EPCOT. Definitely worth a fast pass. If you are willing to ride single rider you can get in faster but the downside is you won’t be riding with other from your party.

#6: Tower of Terror (Disney’s Hollywood Studio) lets you enter the world of a Twilight Zone episode. It is a simulated free fall ride. The falls are randomized so you don’t get the same ride each time.

#5: Splash Mountain (Magic Kingdom) is one of three “mountain” rides at Magic Kingdom. Be prepared to get wet on this one.

#4: Toy Story Mania (Disney’s Hollywood Studio) is the newest Disney attraction. It opened in the Spring of 2009. I wasn’t very happy when the Millionaire Play It! was taken out to make room for it. I was pleasantly surprised the first time I rode it.  It is similar to the Buzz Lightyear ride.

#3: Big Thunder Railroad (Magic Kingdom)  is a runaway mine type roller coaster. I think the best time to ride it is at night.

#2: Located in The Land Soarin(EPCOT) was originally from Disney’s California Adventure.  It is an interactive I-Max type film that will have you soaring over California.  It is really hard to describe.

#1: Expedition Everest (Animal Kingdom) is my absolute favorite ride. It is one of the smoothest coasters I have ever ridden.

ABC Wednesday: Y is for Year in Pictures (Still & Moving)

My pictorial review of 2008.  For Y I thought I would share some of my favorite images or video from from 2008. All images are mine unless otherwise noted. Criteria for selection: 1) Image or video was posted in 2008.  2) It is my favorite for the month.

January

Wind and Wheat by Phil Keaggy

Februrary

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I noticed the shell & then the shadows.

March

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I was actually able to capture the bats flying around by Lake Alice one evening.

April

God of This City written by Blue Tree, Preformed by Chris Tomlin

May

That tree is actually a person.

That tree is actually a person.  Taken at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

June

Fountain at the Sun Plaza

Fountain at the Sun Plaza.  I think the water drops are very cool.

July

Old Glory

August

No day at Disney is complete without the closing fireworks. Taken at the Christmas Illumnation.

No day at Disney is complete without the closing fireworks. Taken at the Christmas Illumnation.

September

Josh Groban

October

Dadsense by Anita Renfro

November

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December

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K is for Kingdom

OK, maybe not real kingdom but Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World (Florida not California) is a one of my favorite parts of WDW. While Animal Kingdom appears smaller than the other parks it is actually the largest.  Much of Animal Kingdom is used for the Safari.  Animal Kingdom is also the newest of the 4 main parks at Walt Disney World Florida.

Most of Animal Kingdom is used for the Safari
Most of Animal Kingdom is used for the Safari
Performer in the Africa section.
Performer in the Africa section.

One of the neat things that Disney does at Animal Kingdom and EPCOT is that they hire people entertainers, chefs and other employees from around the world. The performers in the Africa section of Animal Kingdom are actually from Africa.

Asian section of Animal Kingdom
Asian section of Animal Kingdom
Tree of Life
Tree of Life

Each of parks at Walt Disney World has a focal point or icon at Animal Kingdom it is the Tree of Life.

Close up of the Tree of Life
Close up of the Tree of Life.
The Big Guy hiding among the animal carvings at the base of the Tree of Life
The Big Guy hiding among the animal carvings at the base of the Tree of Life
Closing parade
Closing parade

No day at Disney would be complete without a parade.

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G is for Green

I’m having computer issues this week, so I am recycling some pictures. My first thought G is for green.
Tree near Lake Alice covered with Spanish Moss.
Of course green makes me think of trees. Tree near Lake Alice covered with Spanish Moss. You can see the bat house in the background.

Green trees in front of Castillo de San Marcos (Old Spanish Fort). The Castillo dates back to the St. Augustine’s earliest days under Spanish rule. My header contains a shot of the Castillo at night.

Spring time in Texas is pretty because not only is the grass is green. Spring is also when Bluebonnets and other wild flowers are in bloom.

Took a picture of this green butterfly on one of our trips to the Butterfly Rain Forest exhibit at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

That leafy green tree is really a person. This probably one of my favorite shots I took at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Cool shot I took of a green palm tree. Took this one Sunday when the Big Guy and I were walking on the Uf Campus.

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Sky Watch Friday: Animal Kingdom

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A couple of years ago we had Disney passes. Took these pictures on one of trips to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It seems like the smallest of the parks at Disney World however it is actually the largest. The African Safari takes up most of the land for the park.

Africa from Disney\'s Animal Kingdom

Taken in the African part of Animal Kingdom.

That tree is actually a person.

This is one of my favorite shots. Look closely the tree is really a person.

Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest during the construction phase.

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