Welcome to Ed Chapman's Christmas 2001 Orlando Vacation Page

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Emily, Maria, Marlene, and Ed Chapman went to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios over Christmas 2001 in Orlando Florida. We had 7 full days. This was during the 100 years of Disney Celebration. Marlene and Emily took a 30 hour bus ride while Ed and Maria took a plane ride. The weather was good the entire trip except for one day of rain and a bit nippy in the mornings and evenings.
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image image We stayed at the Allstar Movies motel. The Allstar's are the cheapest on Disney property you can stay at. This allows you to take advantage of the surprise morning and get in the park 1.5 hours before scheduled opening time. However this along with other services have been cut back due to the drop in tourism. The pools were warm and the food court was pretty good. If you stay at Disney and are a soda or coffee drinker you may want a refillable mug. It pays for itself if going to refill 6 times at the motel only. Click Here for Photos From AllStar Movies image

image image The first day we went to Universal Studios Florida early Some of our favorite rides and shows were: Terminator 2 - 3D, Twister, Kongfrontation, Earthquake, Jaws, Back to the Future, ET Adventure Click Here for Photos From Universal Studios Florida image

image image The next day we went to Universal Studios Islands of Adventure early Some of our favorite rides and shows were: Dueling Dragons (there are 2 rides Fire and Ice) The Incredible Hulk-Coaster Doctor Doom's Fearfall Pteranadon Flyers The water rides at Toon Lagoon SpiderMan had technical difficulties 8-( Click Here for Photos From Universal Studios Islands of Adventure image

image image The next day we did the early morning at MK (Magic Kingdom). Some of our favorite rides: Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, It's a small world, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Alien Encounter. They updated the Tiki Room but we liked the old one better.
We had a character meal at the Crystal Palace with Pooh and Tigger. If you want to do this during a crowded day you can call 60 days ahead can make it 407-WDW-DINE (939-3463). Click Here for Photos From Magic Kingdom image

image image Christmas day we did started the morning at Epcot. Some of our favorite rides: Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, Ellen's Energy Adventure, the Living Seas, GM Test Track (our favorite!) Click Here for Photos From Epcot image
Then we took the monorail to Magic Kingdom Click Here for evening Photos From Magic Kingdom image

image image The next day we went to MGM studios. Some of our favorite rides were: Indiana Jones, Muppets Vision 3D, Rock N Roller Coaster (great), Sounds Dangerous with Drew Carey, Backlot Tour, Star Tours, and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. image Jul 10, 2002 Click Here for Photos From MGM image

image image The next day we hit AK (Animal Kingdom) before it opened. Some of our favorite rides: Countdown to Extinction, Kali River Rapids, The Lion King and Tarzan Rocks shows Kilimanjaro Safaris and It's Tough to Be a Bug.
We saw the Lion King show and Emily was one of a few kids that became part of the show during the finale. She was thrilled! Click Here for Photos From Animal Kingdom image

image image DownTown Disney, Fantasia mini golf, the Hoop Dee Doo Review, Disney's McDonalds, RainForest Cafe, and Winter Summer mini golf Click Here for Misc. Photos image

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