Sunday, June 20, 2010

Movin' "Up" in the World

This post is LONG overdue! About a month ago, I transfered from Kali River Rapids to Expedition: Everest, Legend of the Forbidden Mountain due to vertigo caused by Kali's continually spinning turn table. And the change has been great for me! Expedition: Everest is a high speed coaster that goes forward and backward in indoor and outdoor conditions. It has speeds up to 55 mph and a max drop of 80 feet. It is the only coaster in the world with 180 degree track switches and home to the largest animatronic in the world. So a pretty neat attraction! Definitely Animal Kingdom's most popular. I am loving it so far and enjoy the exciting and busy atmosphere. There is one con: seeing people throw up!

This is my new costume. I am "staff" for "Himalayan Escapes" travel company that takes you "There and back with the Flying Yak" to the base camp of Mount Everest.

Here is a beautiful view of Everest from the path. It is 199 ft tall and is the tallest mountain in all of Florida.

Here is our biggest lift and also our 80 ft. drop. Splash Mountain is 50 feet, so we trump that!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


It has been my goal lately to expand my Disney horizons and try to do new things at the parks that I have never explored. Yesterday, me and my friend Erin (who works on Dinosaur at Animal Kingdom and goes to BYU) went to Hollywood Studios and Epcot to try new things. Unfortunately, I did not take my camera out very much, but I did catch a few photos:

Erin and I got to be participants on a game show at Innoventions called "Solve Your Problem!" featuring Velcro and how it helps to .... solve your problems. Of course, I don't have pictures of us participating, but here are two dads grabbing babies from the "Infinite Infinator" and putting on diapers and bottles and attaching them to their ManApron all using Velcro of course!

A close up of the Infinite Infinator

Me posing with my "Big Winner" sticker I won and with the host himself "Hook" as in "Hook and Loop Fastener" which is the real name for Velcro!

Other things we did at Innoventions:

Learned to ride Segways! Had to be over 18 and sign a waiver. I wonder if it was more paying for the broken Segway then a broken body....

Storm Simulator, where you got to feel the 4D effects of a storm and then design your house to withstand the storms. Very handy for Florida....Hurricane season opened today....

The Sum of All Thrills, where we designed our own roller coaster (which we named the Gravity Snake) and sat ourselves on a robotic arm and rode our super coaster! Way fun!

Waste Management garbage management game, where Erin and I teamed up (Team DAK! aka Disney's Animal Kingdom) and pushed around a little garbage truck into different ports to sort recyclables, load wet and dry garbage into the incinerator, and finally build a nature reserve over a landfill! Here is my certificate. Something weird happened, so you cannot see the whole thing, but you can imagine it is a whole certificate. What a fun day!