Well, I can't believe that
it is finally happening.
When I finished my last trip report it seemed an age away
but time has slipped by and the great holiday adventure
is nearly upon us.
Let's see who is involved in this latest visit to my
Firstly (and most importantly) me: Kevin, 41, Project
Engineer. How do I begin to extol my many virtues? As the
years pass remorselessly by, I have somehow managed to
grow more handsome (is that possible?) and my intellect
is now quite stunning. Sometimes I just can't believe how
all round wonderful I really am.
At this point I would like to ask all of you that have
not read my trip reports before if you would kindly leave
the room for a few minutes. Go on, off you go, I will
call you when you can come back.
Have they gone? Good. Right, now all you poor souls that
are left have obviously had the misfortune to have
encountered my writing style or have visited my web site.
Apologies for both, but the first timers here know
nothing of the reality of the situation. The fact that I
am more akin to Woody Allen than Tom Cruise when it comes
to good looks may not have occurred to them yet.
Unfortunately, the opposite is true when it comes to
intelligence, not that I have anything against poor Mr
Cruise. Anyway, if you play along, I may be able to fool
the newcomers for a short while, let's just see how it
OK all you newbies, you can all come back now. That's it,
take a seat and settle down. Now where was I? Ah yes, the
participants in this latest saga.
My wife Tammy, 35, Documents Controller and still a babe!
(Then again, she probably always will be in my eyes). A
word of advice to all the younger male readers at this
point, a little grovelling to the female ego is never
time wasted. 13 years of peaceful (at least until the
children came along) and happy marriage are a testament
to that. Nothing to do with Tammy having the patience of
a saint and putting up with my selfishness and permanent
desire to be in WDW, oh no.
You may have realised that Tam is not the major Disney
fan of the family. She really loves our visits and if
pushed would probably admit that our trips to Florida
have been some of the best holidays that we have ever
had, but she will insist on saying things like 'Of
course, after this trip we will not be going back for at
least a 3 years'. *shudder* The foolish woman thinks that
there are other parts of the world to see.
India, 9, bright as a button and happy as they come. She
loves WDW. This will be her 4th time (the 6th for Tammy
and I) and she is so excited. Last time she turned into
my ride buddy and still talks at great length about when
she and I did E-ticket night on our own.
She will ride just about everything except Countdown to
Extinction and Alien Encounter. I think you have to know
your children's limitations, India would be scared silly
at either of these attractions and so we will not take
her on. She has no problem with either Splash Mountain or
Tower of Terror but didn't try Space Mountain because it
is in the dark. She says she may well try it this time.
Georgia, 6, very pretty little girl but with the
temperament to match. Some of you may remember me
describing Georgia in my last trip report. Well, she is
older now and, as she has grown, her behaviour has
improved. I think starting school has a lot to do with
it. Mixing with other children and having to live with
the discipline of school life has done her a lot of good.
She still has her moments if she cannot have her own way
but the days of crying and showing off are, thankfully,
for the most part, behind us.
I think that Georgia will enjoy this trip even more than
the last one as she is that bit older and likely to get
more out of the attractions that require a bit more
attention such as the American Adventure and most of the
She is desperate to meet Ariel in her grotto (as we
missed this last time) and has been saving up her money
to buy an Ariel costume. Come to think of it, I am quite
looking forward to meeting Ariel myself, and Pochahontas,
and Belle, and Meg, and Jasmine.
Dorothy, my mum, 74. You may have noticed that we don't
care much about revealing our ages in this family. If you
ever get to meet my mother you will discover why. She has
more energy, spirit and sheer enjoyment of life than
anyone else that I know.
At her age she will be trooping around WDW with the best
of 'em. Wheelchair? She is only about 4' 10" but she
would probably clip me round the ear if I were to even
suggest such a thing. I think she is looking forward to
this trip more than any of us.
This will be her 3rd time at WDW. Her first was in 1992.
My father died just after Christmas of 1991 and Tammy and
I decided to take mum to Disneyworld with us in the
September of 1992 as a sort of therapy. My mother would
tell you now that, looking back, it was probably too
soon, but nonetheless, she fell in love with the place.
It is a special sort of feeling taking someone to WDW for
the first time, it makes you remember the wonder and awe
that you felt on your first visit.
Mother will be asked to perform baby sitting duties at
least twice during the holiday while Tammy and I go out
and get blasted..... er... I mean, have a nice romantic
evening out on our own. Don't feel too sorry for her
though, we will also put the children into the Neverland
Club for a night so that the adults can all go for a meal
at the California Grill.
When are we going:
We fly out on the 29th of December for 3 whole weeks! I
still can't quite believe that we are going for that
long. Where did we possibly get the money, I hear you
ask. Mind your own business, I hear myself reply. Ooops,
sorry, I get a bit grumpy just prior to a big trip.
We first started planning our Millennium adventure about
5 years ago and by good luck and good planning we have
got just about the most perfect time ahead of us.
Now, let's get one thing perfectly clear, I am fed up of
reading all these people who say how crowded it is going
to be and how you must be mad to want to be in WDW for
the New Year's celebrations. I have just one word for
you. Jealousy. If you were to ask any true Disney fan
where in the world they would most like to see in the new
Millennium, then they would have to say WDW. The only
exception might be the few lucky people that live locally
and can visit whenever they like.
Yes, I am not daft enough to think that we will all be
able to walk on to Spaceship Earth with no wait. We are
not going for the attractions but for the atmosphere, the
magic and the sheer joy of being at possibly my favourite
place on the planet at a time that my whole generation
will remember all their lives.
And, please, spare me all that
rubbish. I don't give a toss and neither do 99% of the
world's population. You go and sit around your candle and
mutter 'humbug' to yourself if you want, but let the rest
of us get on with having the biggest party the world has
That was a Political Broadcast on behalf of the
Millennium Is Coming Kindly Enjoy Yourselves party. Vote
M.I.C.K.E.Y. you know it makes sense.
Where are we staying:
1 week at the All Star Movies followed by two weeks at
The first week we will have two rooms. I know that my
mother will have her own room, in theory, but in reality
I know that the girls will be clamouring to sleep with
her. They love their Grandma to bits, you see. If Tammy
begs to move in as well then I may start to question my
The next two weeks at Dixie Landings we will all be
squeezed into the one room. This may be difficult but the
5 of us shared a room at the All Star Sports once (before
Georgia was 2) so we know that we will survive.
One of the main reasons for going for 3 weeks is so that
the crowds will hopefully recede soon after January 1st
and that should leave us with 2 weeks of low crowds and
lots to do.
What are we looking forward to:
Well, just being back in WDW to start with. But what
Meeting Ronnie! I had to make this number one in the list
after the little error in the last pre-trip report. Have
you ever had to deal with an angry parrot? Feathers and
swear words everywhere, not a pretty sight. Seriously, we
had a lovely evening with Ronnie and her family last trip
and, by pure luck, they will be there again so we are
very much looking forward to another pleasant meeting.
New Year's Eve. We are planning on being in Epcot for all
the festivities. The Magic Kingdom was ruled out
immediately on the grounds of there being no beer. Perish
the thought. We did think about the MGM Studios,
especially after I read that they are going to show
Sorcery in the Sky, I love this show but have not seen it
for many years.
Epcot is the centre of the Millennium celebrations and is
so large that I hope it will soak up the crowds better.
We are also going to Patricia's RADP meet in the Land.
My only worry about the day is how the children will
stand up to it all. As far as I know, there will be very
little chance of readmission, so a midday break and nap
are out of the question. How they will cope with being in
the park from 9:00 am until after midnight remains to be
seen. we are going to take an old stroller for Georgia,
even though she is really too big for it. When tired she
has the happy knack of being able to sleep just about
anywhere. I think that India will be fine as she seems to
have near boundless energy when there is something to
capture her attention. She only gets tired when bored, an
unlikely scenario on Millennium Eve in Epcot. Let's just
hope it doesn't rain.
Fantasmic! We missed this by about 2 weeks last time. It
sounds like an amazing show. Am I worried about waiting
for an hour or so to see it? Well, let's see, after
traipsing miles around the MGM Studios all day, will I be
upset by sitting down for a rest while sampling the odd
beer or two, maybe a hot dog and getting entertained to
boot? Doesn't sound like a problem to me!
Rock n'Roller Coaster. I must admit to being a little
worried about this when I first heard about it. I have
never been on an inverted coaster in my life. It isn't
the fear factor you understand, I am far to masculine for
that. It is just the altitude er.. the claustrophobic
atmosphere..... would you buy that I never ride a coaster
Well, perhaps you might have except that Tammy has
decided that she quite likes the look of it and has
decided to give it a go. Damn it! There goes my excuse.
Oh well, buckle up and pray.
Journey Into Your Imagination. Surely this can't be as
bad as everyone makes out? It is and don't call me
Tammy will probably think it is an improvement as she
never liked the old version. Don't be too hard on her as
she is only a woman and, as such, her brain is not
capable of the same rational thinking as the male brain.
You see, a woman's brain, while larger than the male's,
is not as complex and so cannot cope with the many subtle
nuances that an attraction such as Journey Into
Imagination had to offer.
Woman's brains have only to deal with routine matters
such as running the household finances, feeding and
clothing the children, working for a living etc. while
the male brain must cope with multitasking, concentrating
on such issues as sport, beer..... er......um.... ooh....
sorry, what was the question again? I have to go and lie
down, my head hurts.
Test Track. Now this is something that I am really
looking forward to. A thrill ride that the whole family
can enjoy together. Most thrill rides are just too
intense for young children, you only have to look at the
photo of Georgia on Splash Mountain to understand the
complete terror that some feel. She says she is game to
try it again though, along with Big Thunder Mountain.
Buzz Lightyear and Winnie the Pooh. You may recall that
Tammy was never fond of poor Mr Toad, so the silly old
bear will be an improvement for her no matter what it is
Buzz sounds like great fun and I'm sure that the girls
will love blasting away with their own guns. They just
better not beat me that's all. Come to think of it, even
if they do, you lot will never get to hear about it. The
author retains the right to lie through his teeth at all
Reflections of Earth and the Tapestry of Nations. Nearly
all the feedback on this seems to be very positive. we
bought the Millennium Celebrations CD for India's
birthday and she loves it. The music is stirring on it's
own so what it will be like live I can't imagine. One of
those shiver down the spine, hairs up on the neck moments
I hope. Written by a Brit and performed by the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra you know. Had to get a little bit
of patriotism in there.
Asia and the Kali River Rapids. Looking forward to this
enormously. We caught a few glimpses of Asia under
construction on our last trip and it looked wonderful. As
for the Rapids, another ride that we can all go on
I am really looking forward to showing my mum the Animal
Kingdom (she has not seen it yet) as I know she will be
knocked out by it. A woman of taste and discernment is my
I am also really looking forward to seeing the giant
fruit bats. I have always had a soft spot for these
lovely creatures. Yeah, I know I'm a little strange.
Drew Carey's Soundshow, the Millennium Village, Tarzan
Rocks, unbelievable the amount of new stuff that there is
to see in the 15 months since we were last there. The
Candlelight Processional, Osbourne Family Lights, the
Christmas decorations... hang on, is it too late to add a
What are we worried about?
Well, not much really.
The fireworks are one thing. You may recall that last
time India was frightened of them, so a plan was put into
action. We took the girls to a local display for Bonfire
Night to try and get them used to it. Well, India was
fine but Georgia spent the whole time crying that she
wanted to go home. *sigh* Just when you think you have it
all figured out.......
Y2k. Not worried at all about this. All the scare
mongering about planes crashing from the sky and society
descending into anarchy are just rubbish. Sure, there may
be the odd problem here or there but nothing to get
worked up about. However, if there are herds of rabid
zombies roaming down Main Street on January 1st, then I
may need to amend my views on this.
What it is the worst that can happen? I am forced to stay
in Florida for a month or two until they sort it out. Oh
hardship I feel thy sting.
Probably the greatest worry of all. How am I going to
write a 21 day trip report? It may be finished around
Well, that's it. If you have got this far, then you won't
find any sympathy here. You really will read any old
rubbish, won't you? Probably not the best way to keep
your audience, by insulting them. Sorry, I have obviously
been at the keyboard far too long.
Thanks for reading, maybe I will see a few of you in WDW,
the RADP pins will be on prominent display so look out
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