The most unique part of our visit was Gatorland. First, I have to call out how amazing the staff there was… they clearly love their jobs, love entertaining, and do not take themselves too seriously. It was great to get to observe and touch all the fabulous predators. Carter loved ziplining over the gators so much that we ended up going back to try their entire zipline course.
I can’t say enough good things about the Newseum. We spent way more time than expected there because to the sheer number and quality of exhibits. But I think Carter’s highlight was showcasing his reporting talent.
Despite much of the day being trapped on a broken ride or waiting for a broken ride, Carter declared Universal “Better than Disney.” We started the day in Harry Potter’s world which turns out to be quite different than my own. Carter did get a wand and enjoyed performing his own magic throughout the park, so you can see a couple videos below of that. I needed to nap in the middle of the day after riding one too many of the same 14D rides (okay, they claim only 4 dimensions) repackaged with different heroes and villains. I am not angry. Anyway, much fun was had by Carter.
We went back to Epcot to run on the Test Track again (Daddy won and made the daily leader board, but he would never brag about that). Then we saw Figment and toured the International Pavilion. The highlight was a great lunch at Restaurant Marrakesh. Then we saw some model tralns, checked out, and got to Universal Studios. We only got to ride Spiderman and the Jurassic Park River Adventure. Both were big hits. Can’t wait for tomorrow.
Carter and Belly Dancer
Carter's Future (Spaceship Earth)
And I was unavailable for the photo-op because I was on the phone, so a bellman stepped in to take my place.
So, yeah, Carter started his day in Hollywood Studios by learning the ways of the force and defeating Darth Vader. Then he went over to the Magic Kingdom where he caught up with Mickey and got the trains on time. In addition, he dominated Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain. He learned from the Hall of Presidents and the Carousel of Progress. In between he visited the Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse, Tom Sawyer Island, and Pirates of the Caribbean. In short, the Benedicts’ are back to opening and closing parks. Can you blame him for being a little tired by the end of the day?
Star Tours and the Tower of Terror were definite highlights. An abbreviated visit to the Honey I Shrunk the Kids playground and Toy Story ride were also enjoyed. Breakfast was delicious and full of character!