My attempt at converting a non-believer
I have this friend who was a former roommate of mine during my sophomore year at college. He graduated well ahead of me (he's a brilliant aerospace engineer years ahead of most people his age, graduating with 3 degrees by the age of 20), and is currently working for United Space Alliance in Houston,TX doing what he calls "Monkey Push the Button" work for the shuttle program. Well, last week, my current roommate and I (both Disney fan[atic]s), got a phone call from this former roomie of ours, saying he was evacuating because of Hurricane Rita, and wanted to come stay with us in Daytona Beach.
A little more background before I go on. This former roomie of mine is a non-believer in the Disney magic. He completely and entirely believes instead in that old Universal commercial that said "Fairy tales and pixie dust not your thing...?" He and I used to have US/IOA annual passes, and went a fiar amount together. His favorite way to enjoy a day at the parks was to run from thrill ride to thrill ride, over and over, back and forth, until someone just physically couldn't go on anymore. Everytime I had brought up Disney in the past with him, I got the "Disney is for kids" line. I long ago decided I was going to have to get him to Disney at least once, just to see if he could be converted. Now, with Rita evacuating him to my place, just over an hour away, I knew I'd get my chance.
It took a whole lot of whining, carrying on, begging, bribing, and even a rather large amount of giving (you'll see later) to get him to reluctantly agree to come. Actually, he never agreed, but he sorta stopped saying "no". And on the morning of, it actually took a team effort and some physical force (including flying pillows) to get him up at 6:40. he kept saying something about us getting him up at 5, but I think he was still functioning on Central Time. He finally got up just before 7, which was when I had originally planned to be on the road. Grrrr....
So we started our day about 40 minutes behind schedule, but made good time getting to MGM. I decided to go there first, because I wasn't sure if we were going to get to park hop, and seeing that he was such a thrill ride kind of guy, I figured he would at least get to ride ToT, RnRC, and get to see LMA and Indy (he's a big Indy fan). He didn't want to buy a one-day park hopper because it was too expensive, so we were going to try to get him a Fl resident rate, seeing as they gave my brother one without checking ID the last time we went. Unfortunately, no such luck this time, and he ended up buying a one-day one-park pass.
We got on ToT right off the bat. He loved it. I kinda wish he wasn't so darn bright, because he caught on right away that nobody was getting off where we were getting on, so he knew the elevator had to move someplace other than just up and down. I know that on my first ride, that was my biggest suprise. But he was still impressed by the special effects, theming, and the drop part of the ride itself. He said it was admittedly much cooler than Dr. Doom's Fearfall at IOA. He also was impressed by the CMs, and said right away that he could tell the employees at Disney get much more into their roles than he had seen anywhere else.
next was RnRC. This one didn't go over so well. This guy is 6 foot 3, and when he climbed into the limo, he found that the shoulder restraint wouldn't fit properly on him, crushing his shoulders and leaving a huge gap between his abdomen and the restraint. he was jostled and smushed the entire ride. His overall critique was that the ride was well done, and he really wanted to say he enjoyed it, but he was just not comfortable riding it, and was disappointed as a result.
Walking across the park now, we stumbled upon Mulch Sweat and Shears. They pulled me out of the crowd and had me play chainsaw(???) with them, while my current roomie filmed me. Wonderful! Former roomie got a kick out of it though, and was very impressed by the band's musical abilities as well as their ability to entertain the crowd with their antics. Again, it was the Cast and performers impressing him the most.
We did Star Tours next, which he found entertaining but not overly impressive, followed by Muppetvision 3D, getting pretty good feedback from that. He is afterall, a big muppet fan as well. By about now, it was almost time for the first showing of LMA, so we hopped over to that. That was a pretty good time for all of us, especially when he was seriously believing they were going to pick a member of the audience to drive one of their cars. We were pointing at him and trying to volunteer him, and he was protesting "But I can't drive stick!" It was a good time.
After that was lunch at the ABC Commissary, which none of us were at all impressed with. I've been disappointed with it the last two times I've eaten there. I only go back because it's indoors and air conditioned. Again came the comparisons to IOA, comparing ABC Commissary to IOAs Enchanted Oak. (No comparison really... the EO is WAY better than ABC in terms of food).
After lunch we went and saw Indy Jones, which went over pretty well with him, although he didn't really say too much about it. I'm pretty sure he liked it though. After we got out of that, we realized that we had pretty much seen anything and everything that I thought would really interest him, and it was only about 2pm. We then decided it wasn't worth waiting around for 6 hours to see Fantasmic, so I admitted it was time to pull out all the stops, and we went back outside to the admission booth and upgraded his pass to a park hopper for an additional $37 or so bucks.
From there we hopped a bus to EPCOT, but I'll have to tell you the rest when I get back home. For now I'm off to class... almost got carried away and forgot! :grin: