My daughter I went Christmas shopping today. We always shop early to avoid the hustle and bustle, not to mention the long lines, of shopping later on.
I went back to Animal Kingdom in August 2008, and the park was incredibly crowded. The wait for this ride was over an hour, but we had to do it because it was the newest ride there. It’s the most exciting thing at Animal Kingdom, in my opinion. It’s also a pretty solid roller coaster, though it never takes you upside down.
This year’s display features animatronic dinosaur suppliers scenarios like a playground for aliens a birthday party for Clifford the Dog attended by such prestigious guests as Kermit the Frog Pluto Dora the Explorer the Cat in the Hat Winnie the Pooh and Spongebob a Miss Kitty bedroom a Frog Pond featuring Big Bird and an unique umbrella fountain and a school bus scenario featuring Peanuts characters like Charlie Brown and Snoopy.
There is also a special Dino Family Overnight event occurring on Friday, June 10 starting at 7 p.m. and ending the next morning. The package includes admission and a special private experience in the “Dinosaurs – Explore, Escape, Survive” exhibit, a showing of “Waking the T-Rex 3D” and free breakfast the next morning — and you get to sleep with the dinosaurs! Cost is $24.75 for adults, $23.75 for Seniors and $19.75 for Youth.
Another favorite character from the Transformer movie – – Bumblebee – – is yet another of this year’s hottest toys. Ultimate Bumblebee converts into a 14″ robot with a canon that aims and fires missiles. Of course he also converts into a 2008 Camaro with lights, battle and conversion sounds, revving engine, screeching brakes, car alarm, and horn. He even plays songs like Devo’s “Whip It” and says 17 different phrases like “Lets roll out” or “Take that Decepticon.” He is recommended for boys age six and up and retails for around $80.
The new-new name will be “Apocalypse” and the coaster itself will stay pretty much the same. But where Six Flags takes one in the pants, is they spent upwards of $1 million on the Terminator-themed intro in the queue. It included several China animatronic dinosaur Terminators and a training video featuring two of the film’s stars, Common and Moon Bloodgood.
Today, the circus is produced and directed by Hungarian Laci Endresz. A live band (sometimes accompanied by Mooky the Clown) provides all the music for the show, often dynamically syncing with the performers’ movements. Several popular songs are performed either on their own or as part of a medley, ranging from the traditional Circus Theme to Ken’s Theme from the Street Fighter II arcade game. In the winter the circus stages a pantomime instead of the regular show.
Like most good roller coasters, they end before you want them to, and this one is over quickly. Even so, I thought it was worth the wait, and the addition of the museum was a nice touch to help distract you from the long lines. If you visit Animal Kingdom, I highly recommend that you visit Expedition Everest.