Jennifer and Dave's Disney Adventure Report
Dates: 10/18 - 10/27, 1999 (10 day trip)
|Our Third Day:
Wednesday, October 20, 1999
We spent most of the day today with Evans and Liz. But before that, we spent an hour or so wandering around the BoardWalk. We followed the path that we've heard leads to Disney-MGM Studios (along the canal) only to discover there is a gated (and locked) chain link fence across the path. So no walking to Disney-MGM Studios from the BoardWalk. (The boat, by the way, takes 20 minutes from the BoardWalk to the Studios, but only about 8 minutes on the return trip.) We also discovered a couple of Hidden Mickeys -- one on a palomino pony on the carousel in the lobby, and one in the carpet on the Villas side. Here are a few other facts about the BoardWalk:
After our adventures around the BoardWalk, we took a boat to Disney-MGM Studios. We met Evans and Liz for lunch at the Hollywood Brown Derby (always a good choice). Our server was Matsi, the same server from Palio the night before. Food was good and the atmosphere was great. We recommend the Potatoe and Leek Soup and the famous Cobb Salad.
In the afternoon, we did a few attractions that Evans and Liz wanted to visit. We all went through the Tower of Terror queue, but Jennifer and Liz took the "express elevator" (chicken exit) before boarding. Jennifer and Liz then took in the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular and Liz was chosen to be an extra in the show! Disney-MGM Studios is a great place for audience participation. If you want to be chosen, raise your hand when asked and be enthusiastic!
Soon enough it was time for Cirque du Soleil. We caught a bus from MGM to Old Key West, then transferred to a Downtown Disney bus (this is faster than taking a bus to the Transportation and Ticket Center and then transferring). This was our first visit to Cirque du Soleil. We'll write up a more detailed report, but here is our basic impression: La Nouba is a dark yet visually rich show. The dancers are beautifully costumed and seem to act like backdrops or props at times. The show combines traditional circus-like acts with more original dancing and feats. Jennifer was disappointed by the clowns and circus acts, but loved the more original aspects of the show. Dave enjoyed it overall.
After Cirque, we dined at Wolfgang Puck and then took in a show at Adventurer's Club. Then we came back to rest and greet Jennifer's sister and brother-in-law, who arrived at about 2:00 am.
That's it for this report... time to board the Disney Wonder!
To learn more, continue on to our Fourth Day.