New Year’s at Disney

Epcot Dome

Mandy and I rang in the New Year at Disney World in Florida. If you’re interested, check out the photo set.

One bit of advice if you are planning a trip to Disney World over the Christmas/New Year’s holidays: expect a crowd. The week between Chrismas and New Year’s is their busiest of the year. On New Year’s Eve, the Magic Kingdom was filled to capacity — over 70,000 people — and spent much of the day closed to visitors who weren’t staying on the resort.

The crowds practically disappear after New Year’s Day, though. The contrast was remarkable — especially with the Extra Magic Hours that we were able to take advantage of, being resort guests and all. In the days following New Year’s, we were able to made it on all the rides we wanted, usually with less than a 15 minute wait. That includes rides like Expedition Everest (highly recommended) and the Rock ‘n Rollercoaster (oh yeah!).

Back from Las Vegas

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Originally uploaded by Ken Dyck.

We returned from Las Vegas yesterday. Photos here and here.
The highlights:

  1. Love, the Cirque de Soleil show based on the music of the Beatles, was one of the most magical experiences of my life. Highly recommended.
  2. I wasn’t expecting much, but the Fountains of Bellagio impressed me.
  3. The Cheesecake Factory makes a great sandwich. Wish they’d come to Canada.
  4. Red Rock Canyon is a landscape unlike anything in southwestern Ontario. Check out our photos.
  5. All the architecture along the strip is over the top. Check out our photos.

The lowlights:

  1. There are four things to do in Vegas: drink, gamble, pay for sex, or shop. If you aren’t especially interested in any of them, you are likely to get pretty bored pretty fast.
  2. Sirens of TI, the free live show put on by Treasure Island, was far and away the cheesiest thing we saw in Vegas. And that’s coming from somebody who saw the Fall of Atlantis.
  3. Timeshare hucksters were everywhere; the scourge of Vegas.

Leaving for Las Vegas

Mandy and I are heading to Vegas for the weekend. Neither of us have ever been there.

Neither of us are much on gambling. Mandy doesn’t expect to spend any time in the casinos at all. If I happen to do any wagering at all, it’ll be solely for the entertainment value. I expect anything I bet to go directly into the pockets of the casino operators. You might as well tatoo the word ‘fish’ on my forehead.

The main reason for going is to catch a Cirque du Soleil show: Love. It is set to the music of the Beatles, and in our household the combination of Cirque du Soleil and Beatles music is simply irresistible.
This will be the first time I’ve seen a live performance by the company. If the video clips I’ve seen are any indication it should be spectacular.

Expect some photos when we return.