Tues. Sept 1st:
We got up extra early for MH over at Epcot. 10 minutes before opening we realized that there weren’t many people behind us in line. As soon as we were let in we had a couple behind us take a picture of us in front of Spaceship Earth and we did the same for them. Soon after that they dropped the rope as everyone scrambled for Test Track and Soarin’….(we remained behind the CM’s at all times, of course! :whistling:)
We were on the first ‘flight’ on Soarin’ and immediately grabbed some Fastpasses afterwards. There were big walls covering up the Living with the Land attraction which made us really sad. We knew it would be closed, but still…:glare: So instead we headed over to Test Track. We’ve done this SO many times, I wish we could just skip the pre-show video…Love TT, though. Hopped on Figment real quick and then the Seas with Nemo & Friends. By this time it was almost time to head back to Soarin’ with our FP’s just as they started letting everyone else into the park. Rode Soarin’ again and headed to Spaceship Earth. A 45 minute trip into Ellen’s Energy Nightmare led us into the opening of World Showcase where we rode both of Mexico and Norway’s boat rides.
We planned on having lunch over at Big River Grille on the Boardwalk so we made that trek around 12:30. We had heard some mixed reviews on this place, but we did enjoy it. We then took the bus at the Boardwalk to the Magic Kingdom. We were very pleased to see that the crowds were VERY light. We rode the two open mountains back to back and grabbed a FP for Big Thunder even though we didn’t even have to use it. Pirates was next on our list, but we first stopped to watch the Pirate Tutorial. Jack tried to invite Carla up to join the other children but she wasn’t having it. (She’s 23, but many people pass her off as a 13 yr. old.) Hopped on Pirates following that and then a boring CM led us on a journey through the Jungle. That was dissapointing. Love taking the short cut behind the Magic Carpets of Aladdin to get over to Liberty Square without having to walk ALL the way around both Adventureland and Frontierland. We loooove the Haunted Mansion. Actually did this back-to-back. Walked through Fantasyland to get to the Tomorrowland Speedway which had the longest line of the day at about 10 mins. The clouds started rolling in around this time. And then….it happened, almost on cue.
There she was, all by her lonesome. SPACE MOUNTAIN. Partially covered by walls and cranes. Again, we obviously knew this had been shut down for several months but it really hit us hard when we saw this in person. Easily our favorite ride in all the World. Needless to say, we cannot wait for this to re-open. Couldn’t do Tomorrowland Transit Authority either. Everytime we do the Laugh Floor floor I always seem to appear on that screen. Pretty funny. We rode Buzz and then headed to the Hall of Presidents to check out Barack Obama. We enjoyed the updated show. It needed it. As we leave the theater, people are PACKED in the gift shop because it is absolutely pouring. Because it was our 6th trip and it’s never rained all that much we decided against ponchos – at least for now. So we ran, I mean RAN to Pecos Bill’s from there. After our meal, we decided it wasn’t going to get any better so we caved it and bout those ponchos! Pirates one last time before Wishes and then we headed back to the resort for some sleep.