Travel@HamHamFarm - The World, Here We Come!
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The Bahamas, USA (East Coast), Canada 2013
(20 Sep 2013 - 15 Oct 2013)

 

Day 13

Orlando - Magic Kingdom (2 Oct 2013)

 

 








Good Morning Orlando!

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Rise and Shine, we were greeted by this pair of loving birds at our door steps on this special day J

Vance: And its a PAIR! Not one or three of them.. hmm its a sign! Because today is....

[Throwback!]

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Today's an important day for us @ HamHamFarm (HHF) as we were legally married on this very day, 9 exact years old?! It seems like yesterday that we were solemnised at Registry of Marriages (ROM)!

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Vance: Wow.. Nine Years! That's a long time (right?). I would like to take this opportunity to thank my parents, my siblings, my grandpa, grandma, relatives, my Primary School teacher, my Secondary School Teac...
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Before heading for breakfast, we were "reminded" by Disney (through this transportation notice hanged outside the room) that our holiday @ Disney's going to be over soon (i.e. end of Disney's magic and fantasy soon and back to reality tomorrow L


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Breakfast @ 'Landscape of Flavours' again, we're not sick of food here (yet) as there's really a fair bit of variety here. So are you able to find the magic within these Waffles with Fresh Fruits & Bacon?
Hint : You can find these Disney Characters @ Disney's Art of Animation (AOA) J


Meanwhile, in the "real" world... 6_wm



But we are still gonna enjoy the final day at Disney's World!

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We proceeded to Magic Kingdommost visited theme park in the world, dedicated to fairy tales and Disney characters. Opened in 1971, Magic Kingdom continues to remain the undisputed king of theme parks, drawing more yearly visitors than any other.

Vance: And indeed.. "Let the (Happy) memories begin!"


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The Magic Kingdom is represented by the iconic Cinderella Castle.

Vance: And somehow one always find the castle (shape) fascinating! I could stop take pictures of the building every time we walk past it throughout the day!

The theme park is divided into 5 distinct areas. Photos for this remaining blog entry are arranged according to their respective themes.


Vance: But before we begin...
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Tomorrowland

2 of Magic Kingdom's most popular attractions are found in Tomorrowland, Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin.

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Have fun shooting lasers and racking up points as you head to the ultimate showdown with the evil emperor Zurg @ Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin [Our Disney’s FastPass #1]. Unlike the ride in Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Park (Anaheim), riders are able to pivot the car around (i.e. higher level of multi-tasking is required). Nevertheless, Toy Story Midway Mania (@ Disney's Hollywood Studios) beats this ride with their awesome 3D effects. 

Vance: Must be our all time favorite too!


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Our Disney’s FastPass #2 were utilised on Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor. Help power the city of Monstropolis with your laughter (instead of screams) during this hilarious, interactive show. It accommodates lot of guests and this is the best place to take a break from the heat. During the pre-show, guests can text in some jokes that they might use during the show. The Monster of Ceremonies is none other than Mike Wazowski. In this show, Mike will 'talk' with some visitors and make some good natured jokes at their expense. You will be convinced that's really Mike Wazowski talking to you [The theater utilises digital puppetry technology similar to Epcot's voice-directed show "Turtle Talk with Crush". Live actors perform voices behind a large digital screen, while computer-rendered monsters appear with the actors' voices]. There are lots of corny jokes, so sit back, relax and laugh all the way.

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As the guests are seated, the theatre's cameras will locate guests and provide humorous captions, such as "Will treat everyone to churros" or "Feels the urge to get up and dance" or "Subscribes to Monster Wear Daily". This is an interactive show, so if you don't like being in the spotlight (literally), don't sit on a row or near one of the tables with lamps on them (That's where the hidden cameras are). Make sure you don't wear something distinctive, like Mickey hats, rabbit's ears etc.

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A yellow, two-headed monster (Sam and Ella) will feature a "Geography Quiz," where the duo demonstrate their "lack of" geography knowledge.

[Warning: Shaky footages!]

Find out from the where the capital of Singapore is in the above video J [I'm surprised to become part of the show again?!]

Vance: And you know they didn't have the intent to give real answers... its suppose to be a humorous show after all!  ;)


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Stitch's Great Escape - Enjoy a realistic experience that includes being strapped into your chair in darkness, face full of simulated smoke, or water "spit" in your face and experience noxious odours when Stitch burps!


Fantasyland

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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
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Makeover for princesses-wanna-be... I certainly can imagine my little niece (to be) bugging her parents at Disneyland on becoming a Princess! 

Vance: If they have a Prince Make-Over of sorts, I will surely take it! I need it!!

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Mickey's Philhar Magic
is a 4D (12-min film) featuring 3D effects, scents, and water as well as a number of characters from Disney movies. The show brings guests on a magical trip through many of our favourite Disney films, like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and Aladdin and much more.


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Our last Disney’s FastPass were utilised on Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid. Seems like Ariel is a really popular character in Disneyland as she's featured in Disney's Hollywood Studios (Animation Courtyard), Magic Kingdom (Fantasyland, plus Meet & Greet) as well as her own themed hotel rooms in AOA (Disney's Hotel).


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The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh - Roll, bounce and float through the indoor adventure of Winnie the Pooh. Find
enormous pages from some of Pooh’s charming stories such as “The Search for Honey” come to life. The “hunny pot” car seats up to 4 guests. Journey begins as you join the Hundred Acre Wood gang - Piglet, Owl, Gopher, Kanga, Roo, and Tigger- as you get blown away with “The Blustery Day.” Enter Pooh’s dream sequence and try to ward off those honey-stealing Heffalumps and Woozles.

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Hundred Acre Goods next to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh attraction, definitely not as extensive as Tokyo Disneyland's Pooh Corner. I couldn't resist the urge to buy this really cute Tigger tee for my niece-to-be J.


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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train 
(Opening in Spring 2014) is a upcoming steel roller coaster based upon the classic story of Snow White and the seven dwarfs. This family-friendly roller coaster will tell the story of Snow White in a new and updated way. Guests will go on a musical journey into the dwarfs’ diamond mine, on a train with a new ride system – cars will rock back and forth just like real mine cars, so guests will feel every twist and turn in the track. Animated figures and music from the film will complete the story and bring guests into the forest with Snow White and her friends.


Check out the above video where the footages of the attraction are compared side-by-side with the original CGI previously created. So, tell me... Does the preview leave you Happy J or Grumpy L ?


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Storybook Circus
- Head to Big Top Souvenirs to get your Storybook Circus merchandise. A unique feature of this location is Big Top Treats, a show kitchen making cotton candy, caramel apples, "Goofy's Glaciers" drinks and more!






 Liberty Square

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Stepping into the colonial era of America and find a replica of the Liberty Bell (an iconic symbol of American independence) here. There's an urban legend that in 1976, 50 replicas were cast and molded in honor of America’s 200th birthday. Each state would receive one and place it in a spot of their choice. However, the state of Pennsylvania had a problem. They already had the original Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. Why would they want a replica? Years later, Walt Disney World realised that Pennsylvania had the replica and asked if they could have it for Liberty Square. Pennsylvania agreed and on 4th July 1989, the replica Liberty Bell was hoisted and lowered into its permanent spot inside Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom where it still sits today. Florida remains the only state with two of the 50 replica Liberty Bells. This myth is false, the Liberty Bell replica (at Disney) was cast from the mold of the actual Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. It is one of two bells ever cast from these molds. The other replica is located at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia.

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Behold all the U.S. Presidents on stage together in  The Hall of Presidents (22 mins show). The attraction is a multi-media presentation and stage show featuring Audio-Animatronic figures of all 43 individual U.S. Presidents [Good historical lessons definitely uninteresting for the kids].

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Getting the opportunity to see real articles owned by past Presidents is truly a treat. The other popular area is the display of First Lady Dresses.


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Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade is daytime parade at Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World, not to be missed.


Main Street, U.S.A.

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To celebrate this special day, we had dinner @ The Crystal Palace featuring Disney character dinning with friends from the 100 Acre Woods! Meet and greet Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet as you enjoy your meal. This restaurant is brightly lighted and spacious. There are windows everywhere with lovely Victorian touches.

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The centre of the restaurant features wonderful characters topiaries (featuring the 100 Acre Woods friends) and tropical palms. This is the only restaurant in Disney featuring character dinning with Winnie the Pooh and friends. So being die-hard Pooh fan, how can I miss this rare opportunity? [Reservations are strongly recommended as the restaurant was really crowded even on a weekday] 


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The All-You-Can-Eat buffet (US$36.99 per adult before taxes and gratuities) offers a variety of selections to tempt every taste including pasta, salad, prime rib, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, broccoli, roasted turkey and much more. Non-specialty beverage included. We're not really into the food here since it's all about meeting the characters from Winnie the Pooh. The characters will schedule themselves and come to each table for photo taking and interaction. Wonderful idea as guests get to meet and greet the characters without standing in line.

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I thoroughly enjoyed dining in this restaurant and would definitely recommend it to any Pooh fans. [Darling, thanks much for accommodating my preference and I really enjoyed the lovely celebration! I'm so looking forward to our Ten-Ten-Ten-Ten (Aluminum) Anniversary next year!] 

Vance: Oh you are welcome! We will be going to Hooters later right? *wink*


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The Emporium is the largest gift and souvenir shop in Magic Kingdom park. Offers apparel, plush toys, pins, candy and much more. Definitely a one-stop shopping destination for Disney Character gifts and Park souvenirs.

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Before we exited Magic Kingdom, Vance was "tasked" by another visitor to take their picture using their iPad [Which always amused me cos it looked so comical using a huge object (iPad) to take (lousy) photos].

Vance: Its like: "Hey you, come take our picture". I'm literally "ordered" to take their picture with their full sized iPad. (Well, some tourist from somewhere :|)





We would like to end this blog entry with the above tilt-shift video. That's exactly how fast a day at Magic Kingdom seems to go by. Disneyland is truly "The Happiest Place On Earth" and we look forward to revisit Orlando really soon! J


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Vance: ...The Stars for shining bright.. And last but not the least, and also the most important is my lovely wife for taking me in and put me up in a lovely home and showered me with so much love and concern!
I Love You Babe! Happy Anniversary! :D



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