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Trip Report The Holiday Humdinger ~ PART TU

“Kona wouldn’t know what to do with himself!” Woody laughed.

You see, Kona LOVES chasing elastic hair bands (my generation called them ponytail holders.) We have a stash of them in a kitchen drawer. When Kona wants to play, he’ll run to the drawer and stretch up to reach the handle....and cries until one of us opens the drawer to retrieve a hair band. Then we throw it and he runs after it. He’ll pick it up with his teeth and bring it back to us....and the fetching process starts over.

He should have been a dog!
LOL! I have a cat who loves them also and we play fetch with him too!
 
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Everything you mentioned plus a lack of things to do (an hour wait for a boat that went nowhere!); two of my kids traumatized by It’s Tough to Be a Bug (and still won’t do it even as adults); animals that were in hiding because it was brutally HOT, so there was nothing to look at; a long, boring, HOT walk to ride the train to Conservation Station and there was nothing to do once we got there; a 75 minute wait to eat at Rainforest Cafe, which was the only restaurant with air conditioning....then bad food and service.

I could go on, but I think you get the gist.....
My family went for soft openings, as my mom was a travel agent at the time and we were offered free passes to check out the park. I have to say, all of these observations are spot on. There was zero shade in that place. I was 12 at the time, and was basically bored to tears by most of it. I remember that terrible boat ride to nowhere during which they played Radio Disney. Yeah. AK was sorely lacking back then.
 

Tuvalu

Premium Member
Original Poster
I discovered the bug life thing thru internet and thought NOPE NOPE NOPE!
I was 34 when AK opened—so I was traumatized by ITTBAB as an adult.
I was 28 when I went and it was traumatizing.
I wsa "luckily" traumatized enough by Honey, I Shrunk the Audience that we just skipped it. And I still do. There's a slight part of me that is curious, but any time I read about it, I just think "Nope!"
Add me to the list of traumatized kids by Its Tough to be a Bug! Ran out screaming. I was 10. Undecided if I want to take my four year old on it this year! Might make DH do it, he’s never experienced it before :devilish:
Bug’s Life is terrifying! I freaked out as a 9 year old, thought I’d be over it when I was 20 but nope had to leave halfway through before I had a full blown panic attack :hilarious:
I experienced ITTBAB for the first time at 28 in DCA, and that was enough. I won't say I was traumatized or terrified, but I was definitely anxious the whole time and ready to get out of there!
For the record I am not a fan of It's Tough to Be A Bug either. I have done it a few times hoping to find the "charm" in it and NOPE! I was amazed at how many of you feel the same way.

Happy to read that you were upgraded to Nature View. So nice that those rooms have a phone and did I see a clock?! :happy: And two side tables! #ShirleyStatus
If you saw a clock it was my travel one! :joyfull:

AK is moving up the depth chart for me
Max
Depth chart :hilarious:

Hope that sunset looked a bit more realistic in person - the photo makes it look like a large multi-coloured TV screen. I think the natural sunsets at WDW are just beautiful so not sure why they would try and fake one (so badly).
Em was quick to point out that the "sunset" did not photograph well ~ but honestly in person it was not much better. The "glowing" caught my attention the moment our jeep turned onto the savanna.

I’m sorry...does that menu say add a soup for $8 or a salad for $9?!?:jawdrop::jawdrop::jawdrop:
Indeed it does. :greedy:
 

Tuvalu

Premium Member
Original Poster
LOL! I have a cat who loves them also and we play fetch with him too!
I wonder if it a male cat thing....our first male cat would play fetch with soft ping-pong size balls. Poly, our sole female, has no interest whatsoever.

My family went for soft openings, as my mom was a travel agent at the time and we were offered free passes to check out the park. I have to say, all of these observations are spot on. There was zero shade in that place. I was 12 at the time, and was basically bored to tears by most of it. I remember that terrible boat ride to nowhere during which they played Radio Disney. Yeah. AK was sorely lacking back then.
"Bored to tears" describes my then 9 and 12 year olds perfectly. In fact my younger son refused to go to AK for nearly 10 years after that first visit.
 

krisri18

Well-Known Member
Even though AK was our 4th park day, we were unable to get FPs for Flight of Passage. But it was fine since we now had a reason FP to try Na’vi River Journey for a second time.

To say we were underwhelmed by NRJ on our first ride is an understatement. We had not seen Avatar and had no idea what was going on in the attraction. There were some projections, a weird chanting that grew louder and a creepy auto-animatronic.....and just like that, the ride was over.

We thought perhaps we’d been too critical. Em decided it might be fun to take pictures (she did not take any the first time.) We approached the tapstile with open minds.

NRJ through the lens of Em ~

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Was my mind blown?

I wanted to like it. I really did.

But I still didn’t get it.
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Woody’s take?

“Because it’s a boat ride, I was tempted to call it Pirates of Pandora.....but after riding a second time.....nope....it’s Living with Pandora.”
Best photo reaction to NRJ that I've ever seen! And kudos to Woody for coming up with an even better name for the ride!
 
The most unexpected part of our journey was witnessing the artificial sunset.
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(I believe I exclaimed, “What the heck is that?!”)
Whatever you do, don't ask the safari driver what "those weird lights over there" are supposed to be. Having to explain that it's a sunset several times while looking purposefully in the rearview mirror probably wasn't in the poor girl's script :hilarious:
My brother and I were also traumatized by the Bug's Life ride. Haven't ridden it since, nor do I want to.
 

Tiggerish

Resident Redhead
Premium Member
On a scale of 0 to Stitch, how bad is Bug's Life really? I've never been.
Honestly, it depends on your tolerance of bugs. I hate bugs. Stitch ride is now just stupid. Its predecessor, Alien Encounter, was truly terrifying (one and done for me, and I literally beat my husband on the paths of Tomorrowland after the ride because he made me go on it) Stitch is just annoying. I think it also has to do with how susceptible you are to “the power of suggestion”. That’s what got me in AE, and I suppose that and my extreme distaste for bugs means ITTBaB is not for me.
I would go on Stitch again before Bugs Life. Stitch is just a horrible ride? attraction? Not sure quite what to call it. Bug’s Life is terrifying! I freaked out as a 9 year old, thought I’d be over it when I was 20 but nope had to leave halfway through before I had a full blown panic attack :hilarious:
Same.

I wonder if it a male cat thing....our first male cat would play fetch with soft ping-pong size balls. Poly, our sole female, has no interest whatsoever.
Those foam golf balls? My one and only girl cat Duchess loved to play with them. She didn’t fetch, but invented what we came to call “stair ball”. She trained her people to toss the balls up the staircase, and she’d go crazy chasing them up and down the stairs, or catching them, or batting them back to us. Her sons love to play it, as does their “cousin”, the stray who came indoors some years ago, resembles Duchess and has her personality so he must be related (she was also a stray we took in). Her son Scooter, who passed away last year at 17, would play fetch with them. Wore out our arms many nights.
 

krause

Well-Known Member
Whatever you do, don't ask the safari driver what "those weird lights over there" are supposed to be. Having to explain that it's a sunset several times while looking purposefully in the rearview mirror probably wasn't in the poor girl's script :hilarious:
My brother and I were also traumatized by the Bug's Life ride. Haven't ridden it since, nor do I want to.
When we did the Caring for Giants elephants thing behind the scenes, our driver said that it’s a massive LED screen and said “I’m pretty sure the cast members play Mario Kart on there after hours” :hilarious:
 
Everything you mentioned plus a lack of things to do (an hour wait for a boat that went nowhere!); two of my kids traumatized by It’s Tough to Be a Bug (and still won’t do it even as adults); animals that were in hiding because it was brutally HOT, so there was nothing to look at; a long, boring, HOT walk to ride the train to Conservation Station and there was nothing to do once we got there; a 75 minute wait to eat at Rainforest Cafe, which was the only restaurant with air conditioning....then bad food and service.

I could go on, but I think you get the gist.....
YES!! I feel the same way. I WANT to like it, I really do, but our first experience was just so bad that I don't want to waste time going back. And we're going this Summer with my brother's family and he thinks AK is going to be his daughter's favorite and they'll want to spend more time there than anywhere else. I'm thinking we're just going to have to split up a bit because I am not sure I even want to spend a whole day there. (And my son was traumatized by It's Tough to Be a Bug as well. If only I'd known on our last trip that he's autistic!)
 
My 9 year old son stood up in the middle of the theater and screamed, “Get me out of here!!”

I’ll let Em share her own experience (if she wants to.)
My son pretty much did the same thing. He was 8, he just started screaming and said "I want to leave!!! Let's go!" and we were fortunate that we were sitting right on the end next to the exit, so DH grabbed him and ran out of the theater. When DD found them 10 minutes later, he was still in tears. That and Tower of Terror. We're not even allowed to say the words near him because it sends him right back into panic mode and he starts crying again....that was 2.5 years ago.
 

Tuvalu

Premium Member
Original Poster
Best photo reaction to NRJ that I've ever seen! And kudos to Woody for coming up with an even better name for the ride!
This pic of Em after our first NRJ ride in June 2017 is a good one:
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And I’m wondering if we should start the trademark process for Living with Pandora. :joyfull:

Whatever you do, don't ask the safari driver what "those weird lights over there" are supposed to be. Having to explain that it's a sunset several times while looking purposefully in the rearview mirror probably wasn't in the poor girl's script :hilarious:
When we did the Caring for Giants elephants thing behind the scenes, our driver said that it’s a massive LED screen and said “I’m pretty sure the cast members play Mario Kart on there after hours” :hilarious:
Both of these comments made me LOL!

Those foam golf balls? My one and only girl cat Duchess loved to play with them. She didn’t fetch, but invented what we came to call “stair ball”. She trained her people to toss the balls up the staircase, and she’d go crazy chasing them up and down the stairs, or catching them, or batting them back to us. Her sons love to play it, as does their “cousin”, the stray who came indoors some years ago, resembles Duchess and has her personality so he must be related (she was also a stray we took in). Her son Scooter, who passed away last year at 17, would play fetch with them. Wore out our arms many nights.
My cat Indy is female and she LOVES playing fetch. And she always drops the ball in my lap when it’s my DD who is willing to throw her the ball.
There goes my theory.....😹

YES!! I feel the same way. I WANT to like it, I really do, but our first experience was just so bad that I don't want to waste time going back. And we're going this Summer with my brother's family and he thinks AK is going to be his daughter's favorite and they'll want to spend more time there than anywhere else. I'm thinking we're just going to have to split up a bit because I am not sure I even want to spend a whole day there. (And my son was traumatized by It's Tough to Be a Bug as well. If only I'd known on our last trip that he's autistic!)
Splitting up is definitely the way to go. AK in the summer is just brutal.

So....I love ITTBAB!!! I think it is so creative and hysterical! Having said that...my 6 year old is petrified of it. I feel bad because I really thought he would enjoy it. I guess it is achieving the extreme opposite of its message😑
There must be more who enjoy it than don’t, otherwise ITTBAB would have been modified (or shuttered) by now!
 

Tuvalu

Premium Member
Original Poster
Friday, con’t

AK closed at 8 pm and we ended up exiting with the masses. We had a very long wait for a bus which surprised me since the last time we’d left AK at park closing there were buses at every stop waiting for guests, with additional buses waiting to pull in after buses filled.

Upon boarding our bus we were met with strobe lighting ~ constant flickering off and on of the interior lights. It was awful and would certainly have triggered a migraine or seizure for anyone prone. We sat near the front and the bus filled to capacity. Before departing the driver was able to turn off the strobe.

But the “fun” didn’t stop. Standing in the aisle was mom, dad and 4-year-old Elliott who has likely never been told No. Ever. Elliott was not restrained by either of his parents and kept bumping into us, stepping on our feet and at one point sat down on Woody’s feet and proceeded to hit him in the leg ~ all the while whining at a volume passengers in the back of the bus could hear.

We said nothing, but at one point I glanced at mom who then loudly remarked, “Well if he had a seat he wouldn’t be bothering you.”

Honey, something tells me Elliott would still be bothering people even if he had a seat.

Thankfully WL was the first stop. As I stood up to leave, mom again insinuated that Elliott’s behavior was our fault: “I was taught that a man should always give up his seat.”

I looked her firmly in the eyes and said, “Well if he wasn’t a grandfather suffering with chronic back pain he WOULD have.”

There might have been steam coming from my ears when I rejoined Woody and Em.

We found a small surprise in our room.
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(Perhaps because Mark heard the incessant drill noise when he let us into our old room?)

It was warm enough to stand on the balcony tonight....
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....and enjoy Holiday Wishes.
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But the “fun” didn’t stop. Standing in the aisle was mom, dad and 4-year-old Elliott who has likely never been told No. Ever. Elliott was not restrained by either of his parents and kept bumping into us, stepping on our feet and at one point sat down on Woody’s feet and proceeded to hit him in the leg ~ all the while whining at a volume passengers in the back of the bus could hear.

We said nothing, but at one point I glanced at mom who then loudly remarked, “Well if he had a seat he wouldn’t be bothering you.”

Honey, something tells me Elliott would still be bothering people even if he had a seat.

Thankfully WL was the first stop. As I stood up to leave mom again insinuated that Elliott’s behavior was our fault: “I was taught that a man should always give up his seat.”

I looked her firmly in the eyes and said, “Well if he wasn’t a grandfather suffering with chronic back pain he WOULD have.”

There might have been steam coming from my ears when I rejoined Woody and Em.
WOW--some people never cease to amaze me. How rude. Imagine what that kid is going to grow up to be like.....
 
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