The next in a series of some of my favorite movies, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. What a mouthful.
It’s impossible to think about the new Pirates movie without comparing it to the previous ones. Does it have the novelty of Pirates 1? Does it have the thrilling action sequences of Pirates 2 and 3? Did it feel a little off like Pirates 4?
Good news! Pirates 5 feels most like a return to the characters and plot of Pirates 1 to me with bits of Pirates 2 thrown in. This will probably be good news to most of the long-time fans of the series.
Jack is once again being hunted by a monstrous force from the uncharted waters of the ocean. This time instead of a ship of dead fish people, its a ship of dead ghost people led by ghost Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem). Continue reading →
While at Disney World we were constantly comparing the resort to Disneyland.
The layout of the Magic Kingdom at Disney World is slightly different. Different ride, different amounts of open space, and different general organization.
The fact that there are differences isn’t that surprising. The amount of space and the working conditions were different in 1970’s Florida than 1950’s California so the parks ended up being different. And now you’re thinking, “How many times can this man squeeze the word different into this post?”
What’s surprising is how different the park guests are.
In Disneyland most of the people are Caucasian, Asian, or Latino in race and mostly American in culture.
Definitely not the case in Disney World.
The people are a lot more diverse and they come from all over the world! Makes sense given the name of the resort, but I’m still surprised.
There are people from Scandinavian countries, Germanic countries, Asian countries, South/Central America, and India. I’m less than specific because I can’t recognize the other guests nationality easily from hearing a language I can’t understand, but I can get close.
One of the larger groups of people in Disney World are the high school Brazilian tour groups.
Groups of about a hundred are all over the resort.
They’re super excited too. They sing songs while in line and occasionally run between rides so they can catch more fun before going back home.
Another highlight in my memory of foreigners in Disney World was when my wife and I were in line for the Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Mine Train ride in front of an English family.
A father was taking his tween son and daughter on vacation and the son just couldn’t handle the Florida weather.
“It’s awful hot, Dad. They don’t have weather like this in England do they, Dad?”
“No we have the four seasons there. They don’t have so many here.”
“But it sure is hot.”
And some continuing variation on that between the son and his sister or his dad in English accents for the hour and a half we were in line.
At one point my wife and I looked at each other and couldn’t help laughing at how ridiculous the son was being. The father definitely noticed our reaction and he was definitely embarrassed.
Last week my wife and I went to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
We flew there of course, but encountered the dreaded problem of
The plane we were scheduled to be on had a mechanical problem so it couldn’t fly.
While waiting in line to get out onto another flight we heard all sorts of people complaining. While I didn’t want to be rude and tell them off there, I can do that on my blog.
“Why do we have to wait in line at the lobby instead of at the gate to be put on a new flight? I don’t want to have to go through security again.”
Perhaps you missed the announcement where they answered this question, we’re waiting in the lobby because another plane is going to be using the gate we were at in a few minutes. If they spent the whole time up there giving us tickets instead of checking tickets for the next flight, the next two flights would never leave either. I needed to come down to claim my bag to get it onto the new flight anyways. Plus, there are four attendants in the lobby, so you’ll get served faster than if we waited for the two upstairs at the gate. Going through security again isn’t fun for anyone, but this is the fastest solution.
“Why can’t they check the planes every week for problems and fix them before the problems delay flights?”
Personally, I prefer the system where the plane is checked before every flight to see if it’s good to go instead of only once a week… Otherwise a plane could be flying for as long as six days with something wrong with it. Would you want to be on that plane?
Anyways, we ended up on a different airline with a connection to Orlando in Salt Lake City instead of Dallas.
We also ended up with a seat upgrade which was nice. Leg room and free movies to watch. Maybe not worth the five hour delay, but so nice!
After landing in Orlando we did the usual thing of grabbing our bags and the rental car before heading to the hotel.
We got to the hotel after midnight and checked in when it was “morning.”