After the shuttle launch (see previous post) Marla and I spent 4 days at Disney World. Both Marla and I have fond memories of Disney World from visits when we were younger. It was a lot of fun but we came back liking Disneyland and California Adventure more. At Disneyland everything is closer together and more walkable in general. All of the really good attractions are included in both parks (for the most part).
Epcot is what Marla and I were most looking forward too. We were a bit disappointed because some of the rides have changed or been torn down. The second half of Spaceship Earth is a computer exercise and Horizons is completely gone (in favor of Mission: Space which we renamed Mission: Nausea after riding it…). In general we were hoping for a bit more 80’s styled goodness from Epcot. The International Showcase was a lot of fun, and if you are into overboard Americanism then you shouldn’t miss the American Experience… its pretty over the top. I took some nighttime photos during the extended Hours at Epcot, and I think they turned out pretty good.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios wasn’t as good as I remember (when it was Disney/MGM studios), but the Walt Disney museum and Animation exhibits were both excellent and must-see attractions there. Animal Kingdom did have a cool safari ride but was a bit underwhelming.
I was breaking in my new Leica D-LUX 4 camera on this trip. I have been really happy with it. It has a super wide angle lens and shoots HD video (720p).