|Lighting the Birthday Cake.|
Happy Birthday, Dad!
From there we had plans to meet friends in Disney World. We hadn't been in years, so we planned a huge stay -- 4 days. We went to the Animal Kingdom park, the Magic Kingdom (2 days there), Epcot, and Disney's Hollywood Studios (1/2 day each of those). We walked anywhere from 20k to 30k in steps a day.
|The view from our room.|
We watched the fireworks from here.
|The Wilderness Lodge.|
Reminds us of the Ahwahnee Lodge in Yosemite.
|Everyone knows this one.|
Russ and I spent most of our time with Hannah from High Wind. Her husband, David, and their local friends, Bethy and Alex, joined us on the last day. We had such a great time!
Obligatory bunch of Disney photos, followed by political rant. Just a warning.
|Magic Kingdom, 7 Dwarves Mining ride.|
(Russ in front, Hannah and me in back)
|Epcot, all 6 in the front 2 rows.|
|Back: David, Alex, Me, Russ|
Front: Bethy, Hannah
|Disney makes photos very easy.|
Find a park photographer, and the pics magically
show up on your phone.
|We're in the front row.|
Apparently, Hannah and I were a bit judgy on
whatever special effect we're seeing.
|Russ and I on TRON. You ride the coaster like a |
motorcycle, which is incredibly smooth.
And fast. It tops out around 60 mph.
| Lunch in Pandora. Excellent lunch bowls with tofu|
and blue noodles.
|Aw. It's a Minnie Van...|
Get it? Minnie Van
|Grabbing a quick lunch in between rides.|
|In Hollywood there is a Star Wars section. The architecture|
|For fellow geeks, yes, this is the Millenium Falcon.|
|Chewbacca and Rey. People follow Chewy around, |
like a little parade.
|Rise Of The Resistance is an amazing ride. But you get caught|
by the empire. I snapped a quick shot of the storm troopers
before getting marched off into questioning.😟
Disney World occupies 27,000 acres. On that land they've build a number of theme parks, water parks, resorts, hotels, condominiums, and shopping centers. They will get on average of nearly 21 million visitors every year.
Disney can do whatever they want with that land. What they've chosen to do they do well. It's not all used to make money. Portions of that acreage are for nature preservation.
They provide mass transit. One day Russ and I traveled around to various parks by boat, monorail, sky way (gondola), and bus.
They make power. They have 4 solar farms.
They purify their own water. They do that so well they give their excess water to neighboring counties.
They pave their own roads -- not a pot hole anywhere to be found.
They employ over 75,000 people. They can get them in, around, and out of the parks all while "back stage" and out of the public eye. Until showtime.
They are profitable, and in turn, continue to make product (movies, tv shows, etc) and manage their land with care.
They are the epidemy of Market success. They are the shining example of why markets work. They are the jewel in the crown of "big business".
So I ask you... why in hell does DeSantis want to screw with this?