Originally posted by Dexley's Midnight JoggerI got back from Disneyworld a few weeks ago and rode on the Tower of Terror. I actually thought it was only a virtual ride when the Twilight Zone music started playing. Suddenly it flew up and I screamed.
A similar thing happened to me when I was 11 or 12 and went to Disneyland with my dad. Having really enjoyed Star Tours (which would be my answer to the One Question question), we thought Space Mountain would be another simulator. We were idiots.
I really dig Splash Mountain. Probably because it's so heavily involved with the Song of the South/Br'er Rabbit characters. It's an entertaining ride with a little show mixed in. In the middle, they have a big ass showboat with all the guys singing. It really seems to bring you into the whole "Br'er Rabbit Universe". Plus, unlike some water rides, it doesn't exist solely to get you wet--- like those awful giant boat plunges at SixFlags, or KennyWood's "Pittsburgh Plunge".
As far as I know, Disney hasn't released "Song of the South" on video or DVD (for obvious reasons), so Splash Mountain is really the only way to see those characters on display.
I also liked Disneyland's Matterhorn. It's sort of a fancy, well-presented Wild Chipmunk ride, but I like those. I was 16 the first time I went on it..and the Bigfoot/Yeti actually scared me.
I just got back last Saturday from a week at Walt Disney World, and the new Expedition Everest ride in Animal Kingdom is my new favorite ride. Everything about it, from the line going through a yeti museum, to the backwards part inside the mountain, to the HUGE Yeti at the end, was so well themed, and the ride itself was more intense than most of the rides there. Plus, the single rider line really cuts the waits down immensely.
AWArulz, I agree with you about the wild jungle safari boat ride, since the jokes are soo lame.
I used to love the Haunted Mansion before they changed it into a Nightmare before Xmas exhibit. They removed most of the humor.
The canoe ride around Tom Sawyer's/Huck Finn's Island is a lot of fun.
Pirates California is better than Orlando.
I really enjoyed "Soaring over California" at Disney's California Adventure, we did that 4 times since it was so much fun.
Captain EO clearly rocked in its day.
It wasn't too long ago that Space Mountain California was renovated, and after 20+ years of a big, dark building, Mickey's cousins were evicted, and they moved into lots of the other places like the restaurants and shops. In the Mad Hatter's shop, we met one of these as it was walking on a high shelf., it really startled Mrs t-o-n. I caught him (using my baseball cap) and turned it in, they apologized profusely to my beloved, and thanked me by giving us a $50 gift card. We ended up getting a much nicer dinner than we budgeted.
Of course, after reading Cerebus' post, I would have traded places. Years ago on the Haunted Mansion ride, the playful spooks had gotten into the controls, and everything stopped. I only got to second base.
I agree with you all re the personal stuff. My wife and daughter are special as is what we do. I am not talking about that kind of item. We have hype telling us for weeks, if not months, in advance what is supposed to be special.