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WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 22 (Nightlife, Pt I)

[DISCLAIMER: The following was originally written by Jerry Skids back in 2009. He is a big Disney fan. He has his own WDW-themed podcast, which you can find here, or here. This is 100% Jerry’s words, completely unedited, out of respect to Jerry. Exception – I removed some 2009 pop culture references.  If you are confused by any of the acronyms, check out the previous posts. My comments are listed in [ ] – anything in ( ) are all Jerry’s words. I have not fact-checked any of this information. Obviously some things have definitely changed since 2009, and should be used for comparative purposes only, as many attractions have come and gone since the time this was written. However, that does not invalidate his suggestions one iota. This is still useful, and I think this is so amazing, that I want to share his knowledge and wisdom. Thank you Jerry! Posted with his permission. – Editor]

Downtown Disney

WDW For The Single Guy: an experiment, part 22

Nightlife, Part I

Downtown Disney (DTD)

This is the amalgam of the Downtown Disney Marketplace, Pleasure Island, and the newly created West Side in 1997. Disney marketed the area as an entertainment – shopping – dining district unlike any other. The creation was a very important step to make WDW an actual “world” of its own. These are the sections (and their history) in order of creation: Continue reading “WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 22 (Nightlife, Pt I)”

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WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 21 (Mouse Rants #4)

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[DISCLAIMER: The following was originally written by Jerry Skids back in 2009. He is a big Disney fan. He has his own WDW-themed podcast, which you can find here, or here. This is 100% Jerry’s words, completely unedited, out of respect to Jerry. If you are confused by any of the acronyms, check out the previous posts. My comments are listed in [ ] – anything in ( ) are all Jerry’s words. I have not fact-checked any of this information. Obviously some things have definitely changed since 2009, and should be used for comparative purposes only, as many attractions have come and gone since the time this was written. However, that does not invalidate his suggestions one iota. This is still useful, and I think this is so amazing, that I want to share his knowledge and wisdom. Thank you Jerry! Posted with his permission. – Editor]

WDW For The Single Guy: an experiment, part 21

Weird Section #4: Collector’s Edition

There’s a group of… let’s call ’em crazies… out there called “Disnoids.” When I say crazies… they make Jerry Skids look like a WDW tourist! Disnoids will literally jeopardize their jobs, their houses, their pride, and their family for WDW. For instance: you may have seen or heard of the Disney tattoo guy [website has been removed, but you can Google “Disney tattoo guy” and see for yourself.] This guy was all over television from “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” to VH1’s “Weird People,” and in the Guinness Book of World Records.

He is known for having his body literally filled with tattoos of ONLY Disney-related material. This includes every landmark, his favorite characters, his favorite resorts, his favorite quotes, and even his favorite cast members!! (The guy shows off like crazy. I met him once right before he got kicked out of MGM for not wearing a shirt, and once more in World of Disney NYC, where he wouldn’t shut up about himself.) He’s also known for his insane house. Every room is themed to Disney, from the shower to the utensils. I don’t find it that bad, but when his 13 year old daughter freaked out and told him she didn’t want the monorail to go through her room, he did it anyway, and she ran away. Later, his 4th wife (the girl’s mother), divorced him and took the kid. The guy is nuts.

Why am I telling you this? Continue reading “WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 21 (Mouse Rants #4)”

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WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 20 (Animal Kingdom, p.s.)

 

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[DISCLAIMER: The following was originally written by Jerry Skids back in 2009. He is a big Disney fan. He has his own WDW-themed podcast, which you can find here, or here. This is 100% Jerry’s words, completely unedited, out of respect to Jerry. If you are confused by any of the acronyms, check out the previous posts. My comments are listed in [ ] – anything in ( ) are all Jerry’s words. I have not fact-checked any of this information. Obviously some things have definitely changed since 2009, and should be used for comparative purposes only, as many attractions have come and gone since the time this was written. However, that does not invalidate his suggestions one iota. This is still useful, and I think this is so amazing, that I want to share his knowledge and wisdom. Thank you Jerry! Posted with his permission. – Editor]

WDW For The Single Guy: an experiment, part 20

DAK: Touring, Plans, Tips, and Strategies and stuff

  1. As always, get to the park an hour early.
  2. The CMs at DAK are the least “magical.” So don’t expect anyone to be nice unless they are the animal experts throughout the trails or at Conservation Station.
  3. There are fewer attractions at DAK, so expect more crowding. People tend to leave here at 2 – 3 PM, so once they do, try the crowded attractions. Continue reading “WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 20 (Animal Kingdom, p.s.)”
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WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 19 (Animal Kingdom, pt ii)

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[DISCLAIMER: The following was originally written by Jerry Skids back in 2009. He is a big Disney fan. He has his own WDW-themed podcast, which you can find here, or here. This is 100% Jerry’s words, completely unedited, out of respect to Jerry. If you are confused by any of the acronyms, check out the previous posts. My comments are listed in [ ] – anything in ( ) or { } are all Jerry’s words. I have not fact-checked any of this information. Obviously some things have definitely changed since 2009, e.g.: prices, and should be used for comparative purposes only, as many attractions have come and gone since the time this was written. However, that does not invalidate his suggestions one iota. This is still useful, and I think this is so amazing, that I want to share his knowledge and wisdom. Thank you Jerry! Posted with his permission. – Editor]

WDW For The Single Guy: an experiment, part 19

Animal Kingdom, pt II

ASIA

You can get here by: A) Crossing the bridge from Discovery Island; B) Taking the path from Africa; or C) Hiking around Dinoland USA.The architecture is themed as the ruins of India, Thailand, Indonesia, and Nepal as the fictional village of Anandapur. The village is very well themed, and has lots of slight nods to the Asian nations not represented in Epcot’s World Showcase. You will find yourself checking out the not-so-common nations. With lush vegetation and broken down pathways you can follow the Chakranadi River and check out the giant Mount Everest, which holds the now most-popular ride in DAK. But first… Continue reading “WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 19 (Animal Kingdom, pt ii)”

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WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 18 (Animal Kingdom, pt i)

Disney's Animal Kingdom

[DISCLAIMER: The following was originally written by Jerry Skids back in 2009. He is a big Disney fan. He has his own WDW-themed podcast, which you can find here, or here. This is 100% Jerry’s words, completely unedited, out of respect to Jerry. If you are confused by any of the acronyms, check out the previous posts. My comments are listed in [ ] – anything in ( ) or { } are all Jerry’s words. I have not fact-checked any of this information. Obviously some things have definitely changed since 2009, e.g.: prices, and should be used for comparative purposes only, as many attractions have come and gone since the time this was written. However, that does not invalidate his suggestions one iota. This is still useful, and I think this is so amazing, that I want to share his knowledge and wisdom. Thank you Jerry! Posted with his permission. – Editor]

WDW For The Single Guy: an experiment, part 18

Animal Kingdom, pt I

So WDW went through a lot of changes in 1998-1999. Many [be]loved attractions had closed as well as a whole bunch of new amazing attractions (such as Tower of Terror& Rock n Roller Coaster) opened. But the biggest change was the addition of Disney’s newest park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom (DAK). About FIVE TIMES the size of Magic Kingdom, DAK combines zoological exhibits with rides, shows, and of course, live entertainment. Broken up into 7 different areas, the park was marketed as the “environmentally friendly park” — with this theme in mind, DAK opened April 22nd, 1998 – Earth Day. Animal Kingdom is so incredibly different from the other parks in Florida with its exotic settings and stunningly beautiful scenery. It is populated with over 1,000 animals, replicas of Africa’s and Asia’s most intriguing architecture, and a diverse array of original attractions. Even though its size is enormous, it does have a minimal number of attractions, being it is the newest park. — By the way, many were angry that they built this new park [because they argued that] MGM needed much more work and more attractions.    Continue reading “WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 18 (Animal Kingdom, pt i)”

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WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 17 (Mouse Rant #3)

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[DISCLAIMER: The following was originally written by Jerry Skids back in 2009. He is a big Disney fan. He has his own WDW-themed podcast, which you can find here, or here. This is 100% Jerry’s words, completely unedited, out of respect to Jerry. If you are confused by any of the acronyms, check out the previous posts. My comments are listed in [ ] – anything in ( ) are all Jerry’s words. I have not fact-checked any of this information. Obviously some things have definitely changed since 2009, e.g.: prices, and should be used for comparative purposes only, as many attractions have come and gone since the time this was written. However, that does not invalidate his suggestions one iota. This is still useful, and I think this is so amazing, that I want to share his knowledge and wisdom. Thank you Jerry! Posted with his permission. – Editor]

WDW For The Single Guy: an experiment, part 17

Another Weird Section: Mouse Rant #3

Basically Getting Away with Murder: Being Cheap, Crafty, and Getting What you Want at WDW — brought to you, but not always “suggested” by a Jew 🙂

I know you have no money… neither do I. The thing is, it is possible to take a trip to WDW for a decent price. Sometimes it’s as easy as going during the least expensive times, staying at a value resort, getting free dining plans, and flying dangerous airlines with lots of stopovers. But those are obvious solutions. Before I get into hoe to bend the rules to get what you want, let’s talk ways to be cheap… I mean conserve your money. Continue reading “WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 17 (Mouse Rant #3)”

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WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 16 (Disney’s Hollywood Studios, p.s.)

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[DISCLAIMER: The following was originally written by Jerry Skids back in 2009. He is a big Disney fan. He has his own WDW-themed podcast, which you can find here, or here. This is 100% Jerry’s words, completely unedited, out of respect to Jerry. If you are confused by any of the acronyms, check out the previous posts. My comments are listed in [ ] – anything in ( ) are all Jerry’s words. I have not fact-checked any of this information. Obviously some things have definitely changed since 2009, and should be used for comparative purposes only, as many attractions have come and gone since the time this was written. However, that does not invalidate his suggestions one iota. This is still useful, and I think this is so amazing, that I want to share his knowledge and wisdom. Thank you Jerry! Posted with his permission. – Editor]

WDW For The Single Guy: an experiment, part 16

Tips, Hints, and Other Things about DHS

  • Arrive an hour early, and wait towards the left of the rope (but not ALL the way to the left). Watch the opening ceremony, where the director dude and a few actresses try to get a scene done with your help. Once the park is ready to open, (Lights! Camera! Action!) they will walk you down Sunset Blvd. toward the big thrill rides. Staying on the left during the turn, you will end up closer to RNRC. Grab a FP for RNRC, then ride it, then run to ToT and ride it. Either ride RNRC again or run over to Toy Story Mania! If the wait is short, ride it… if not, get a FastPass. Go over to the Great Movie Ride and ride it. Then head toward Star Tours and ride it. Then go watch Muppetvision 4-D. By now it should be 10:45 AM. Continue reading “WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 16 (Disney’s Hollywood Studios, p.s.)”
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WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 15 (Disney’s Hollywood Studios, pt III)

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[DISCLAIMER: The following was originally written by Jerry Skids back in 2009. He is a big Disney fan. He has his own WDW-themed podcast, which you can find here, or here. This is 100% Jerry’s words, completely unedited, out of respect to Jerry. If you are confused by any of the acronyms, check out the previous posts. My comments are listed in [ ] – anything in ( ) are all Jerry’s words. I have not fact-checked any of this information. Obviously some things have definitely changed since 2009, and should be used for comparative purposes only, as many attractions have come and gone since the time this was written. However, that does not invalidate his suggestions one iota. This is still useful, and I think this is so amazing, that I want to share his knowledge and wisdom. Thank you Jerry! Posted with his permission. – Editor]

WDW For The Single Guy: an experiment,

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – part 3

[Note: in case you missed the first two parts, Jerry, like many WDW fans, still call DHS by it’s old name, MGM.]

The Backlot

This area comprises of half the park. There was originally an entire Muppet area planned with Muppet-themed rides, restaurants, and shows, but it was condensed into a backlot area. Also here, we have the Streets of America (originally just New York St.), and the actual studio back lot. The whole area was a compilation of replicas as well as actual sets and memorabilia from famous films. Overtime, it has deteriorated, but we will go into that when we talk about:

The Studio Backlot Tour (pre-show: A-; attraction: B+ if you love movies, C if you are looking for anything substantial)

Originally an hour long attraction, this one was supposed to compete with the original Universal Studios Tour. And it almost did! Continue reading “WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 15 (Disney’s Hollywood Studios, pt III)”