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3 Days In Disney World: MCO-LAS On Southwest

Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:33 am




INTRODUCTION


Hello fellow A.netters, and welcome to my sixth trip report!

“A trip to Disney World? How normal and unexotic,” is what you may be thinking. Well, for me, this was not just “another old” trip to some Disney theme park. While some of my friends go to Disneyland (much closer to home) every year, my family pretty much avoids theme parks; I can’t clearly remember my last experience at one, and I don’t think that’s normal for a kid, in this country at least. But anyways, this trip was not for me: it was for my sister, who last visited Disneyland/World when she was 4, and doesn’t remember a thing. Back to me: what seemed like my first visit to Disney World turned out to be a really great, thrilling experience, and I’ve included some pictures of the parks below.

Now, you may also wonder, “why would someone go to Disney World when Disneyland is an 1hr-long flight away?” Well, supposedly Disney World is of better quality? Anyways, I’m not complaining: for me, visiting Florida is a lot more exciting than California, and I feel “the longer flight the better!” – as in you usually get more amenities. OK, not really on U.S. domestic flights, and maybe spending 5hrs in the back of a low-cost airline’s 737 is not all that great.

In terms of the flights: there are two airlines with nonstop service between Las Vegas and Orlando – Delta and Southwest Airlines. Since this was just going to be a long-weekend trip (for any non-American readers: Monday was President’s Day), we opted for the cheaper option, Southwest Airlines. The departure timings were a bit odd: 5pm departure from LAS and 12am arrival in Orlando, which meant we would probably be in bed by 2-3am. The arrival timings were better: 3pm departure from MCO and a 5:30pm arrival back home. On the return flight, what this report is mainly about, I had an unexpectedly above-average experience: Southwest offered free live TV (on select flights apparently; courtesy Dish Network) and a flight tracker via their WiFi network!

Unfortunately, this trip coincided with a truckload of homework: a group project and twelve paragraphs for a research paper. Oh well, I guess I’ll be up doing work on the plane ride, and probably won’t be interested in taking photos for a report. On the inbound flight, though, I suddenly decided how great it would be to make another report, so started snapping away – and that’s how I got here!

And now, let’s get on with the report. I hope you enjoy it, and feel free to leave a comment.  


Note: The first post of this report is about the outbound flight and includes pictures of Disney World. If you are uninterested, the main part of the report, on the inbound flight, can be found in the second post.





OUTBOUND: LAS - MCO (A brief overview)


When I got home Thursday afternoon, there was less than an hour before we left for the airport. I spent most of that time rushing to digitally submit some assignments due Sunday, and checking on how my group project was coming along. As the pressure built up, I almost didn’t want to leave on vacation – but those feelings were short-lived. After doing some last-minute packing, getting into the car, and turning onto the freeway, I checked our flight status: 25 minute delay.

Eventually we reached the C-Gates concourse, and I can’t remember the last time I was here (we rarely fly Southwest, who totally occupies the C gates). This low-ceiling, crowded concourse sure differs from the newer D-Gates concourse, where I find myself more often. Now we had to pick up some dinner for the flight, which was a disgusting sandwich; I think it had a smear of dijon mustard in it.

On board, I spent a few hours working on my research paper, and a few sleeping. It was quite the uneventful flight, with barely anything to see outside – although, on take-off, we got to fly right over the Strip!


Note: Since I was not planning to make a trip report, I did not bring along my camera, and used my phone’s camera instead. So I do apologize for the poor quality in some of the pictures.




My first experience with the Boeing Sky Interior




Taxiing to the runway; it was a short taxi




You can see pretty much the entire Strip here; the Stratosphere is at the top-right corner




The Rio Hotel and Casino is on the right




It took multiple photos to get the flashing red light to illuminate the wing




Working on my research paper




Approaching Orlando




Taxiing off of the runway




Parked at gate A-122


At 2am, of course the airport was deserted, but it was quite spacious. We still had to pick up our rental car and drive 30min to our hotel, just outside the park. So we walked all the way to where the cars are, but the kiosk there was closed; then we walked back to the terminal, and back again to pick up our car. And we would wake up 5 hours later – bound for the Magic Kingdom!



Fountains




Greenery





DISNEY WORLD


My time at Disney World was great. I especially enjoyed the Animal Kingdom, where they had an interesting recreation of a fictional Indian town, Anandapur; the level of detail was amazing. My favorite ride was also at the Animal Kingdom: “Expedition Everest,” and, for those who have not experienced this roller coaster ride, I will say nothing more than it is really thrilling.

Here was how we spent our four days (the last day was only a half day, before we left) at the park:
     Day 1: Magic Kingdom
     Day 2: Animal Kingdom
     Day 3: Epcot
     Day 4: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Inspired by the representation of different countries at Disney World, and Uncyclopedia’s article on Disneyland, I will be reporting on my time at the park as if it were a real “journey.” Please try to disregard the (severe) illogical-ness of the story. I hope you enjoy it!


Day 1: Magic Kingdom

We arrived early this morning on Air Magic Flight #279. Luckily, our aircraft was equipped with seat-back screens, so I spent most of the flight watching movies; oddly, only Disney movies were available. After arriving at our hotel, I dozed off for only about 5 hours. When I awoke, it was only a short drive to the city, although there was a security checkpoint we had to pass and a boat ride before we actually reached Magic Kingdom City.

Downtown offered various attractions, including the famed Cinderella’s castle, although elevator service to the top had been suspended due to construction, and the Electric Parade late in the night. There was also the fireworks show that I had forgotten about. All in all I had a great time downtown; unfortunately, we could only spend one day in M.K. City.



Security checkpoint




Traffic was busy today, as most people decided to just walk on the road




Crossing the Mickelina River




You can see the construction efforts here




These explosions scared me, especially with the security concerns that have arisen; luckily it was only the (wonderful) fireworks display


Our next stop was Harambe, Africa. There are no nonstop flights from M.K. City, so we flew with Air France via Paris-Charles de Gaulle. The Magic Kingdom - Paris leg was operated by a sleek Boeing 777-300ER, but the Paris - Harambe leg was on an aging Airbus A340-300. The experience with Air France was alright, nothing to write home about.


Day 2: Animal Kingdom

We spent a short time in Harambe; the main reason we were stopping here was for our adventurous train journey to Anandapur, India, and eventually to Mount Everest! We at least got to visit Harambe’s main attraction. It was located in Downtown so was easy to find, but, again, the traffic was heavy.



The “Tree of Life”


Our friendly guide then took us to the Harambe Central Train Station, where we boarded our train for Anandapur, making stops in Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Khartoum, Cairo, Tel Aviv, Amman, Baghdad, Tehran, Kabul, Lahore, New Delhi, and finally Anandapur. Of course I thought about flying – after all, Emirates does have thrice-a-day flights to Dubai from Harambe, as well as daily flights to Anandapur on their A330s – but I needed to experience something “different.”

What a long and difficult journey that was – with the scorching deserts, bribery, pirates, bombs, fire, smoke, protests, “security” guards, and times when I thought the train was going to derail and explode – but at least I got to meet some really nice locals and see some beautiful places along the way.



Boarding the train in Harambe




For those who disembarked in Addis Ababa


I picked up some delicious naan, chicken curry, and jasmine rice on the final leg from Delhi to Anandapur:




Finally we arrived in Anandapur. There was a small beverage stall near the train station, which surprisingly sold Coca-Colas.







Then it was time to explore the city. We had quite a bit of time to spend in Anandapur before heading to Mt. Everest. Thankfully we didn’t need to actually hike the mountain; a new train service has been established, although some have remarked that it is poorly constructed and not safe. Oh well, I already paid for the tickets.



Some sitar players welcomed us to Anandapur




Posters outside a (outrageously expensive) tourist shop




An interesting sign


Then it was time for our train ride to the foot of Mt. Everest. Our guide took us to a nearby ancient Indian temple in ruins, and we were truly overjoyed, if not a bit frightened, to see a sleeping Bengal tiger.






It seems the locals have decorated the temple


There was another temple that we explored, just before getting on the train for the summit of Mt. Everest. Let me tell you ... I will never ride that train again. I was shocked to see how dilapadated this “new” ride was; part of the track seemed to have been ripped off! In fact, I left my eyes closed for ¾ of the journey.









Stunning views; you can see a part of the train tracks on the left


We returned to Anandapur towards the evening. There was a new amusement park on the outskirts of the city, which was clearly inspired by Disney theme parks. After that, it was time to head back home, by plane this time. Since we were traveling eastwards over the Pacific, we decided to take a break in Los Angeles and explore Hollywood.



An old sign




At the amusement park




Our transportation to the airport




Departing the Animal Kingdom



Days 3, 4: Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Finally we were back in the United States. But Los Angeles did not look like what I had expected: I couldn’t find the Hollywood sign – only a gigantic golf ball and a magician’s hat on Sunset Boulevard.



That golf ball, and we couldn’t even get inside of it




Some gardens and a lake while we walked to Sunset Blvd.




Sunset Blvd.




The new symbol of Hollywood, I suppose




We returned to the giant golf ball at night


continued below


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RE: 3 Days In Disney World: MCO-LAS On Southwest

Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:36 am

INBOUND: WN 2339; MCO - LAS


Flight Information




After maybe two hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it was time to leave for the airport. As the 40min drive came to an end, I was surprised to spot Transavia colors – but it was just a Sun Country 737:




We passed through the atrium I remembered seeing on arrival. I wasn’t expecting to see an actual hotel – the Hyatt Regency – right inside the airport!




Our gate, A-123, was right next to the gate into which we had arrived. And now it was time for our 5 hour-long flight back home to Las Vegas! I still needed to type up a few paragraphs for my research paper, although they were due Thursday, and had to work on that group project, also due Thursday. Then I had school tomorrow, which meant waking up at 5:30.



Waiting at the gate


Even though we had checked in almost exactly 24hrs before departure, we were assigned the boarding group “B-12.” That was still better than “B-36” on the inbound journey. But because we wanted to sit three-in-a-row, the only available seats in such an arrangement were in the very back of the aircraft.



Window view




Well, I’ve never had a view like this before


The taxi to the runway was quite short.



An American 757 in the old livery. I’m starting to like the new livery, though




Taxiing




Taxiing onto the runway. You can see the 737 in front of us just about to take off




A nice view of the runway




Almost there ... notice the interestingly-shaped shadow of the winglet




The Spirit Airlines Airbus waiting for us to leave




Airborne!







Looking back at the airport




Close-up on one of the runways


The landscape was dotted with so many little lakes, but I was expecting some more “greenery.” Still, you don’t find views like these back home in the Las Vegas desert valley.






I liked the teal color




Still climbing




So many lakes!


And then Mickey Mouse showed up again:




But then what looked like a forest fire appeared:






Zoomed in


We passed briefly over the Gulf of Mexico:




But first, a look at the seat-back:



Not that I was expecting anything here...




Over the gulf


When I first saw the strip of land below, I thought it was the Florida Keys! How ridiculous.









Close-up


Then there was this interesting display of clouds. I wonder what makes them just cut-off right there?




The amount of clouds greatly increased thereafter:




Now began the beverage and snack service. Here was yet another surprise: the flight attendant presented us with a box of “high-quality” snacks (i.e. something other than pretzels or peanuts) – Ritz Cheese Crackers and Oreos – and said “it’s going to be a long flight; take as much as you’d like.” I haven’t seen this before on a transcontinental flight, and definitely wasn’t expecting this on an airline like Southwest.

But the flight attendant seemed to stress that it was going to be a long flight; 5 hours? Please. This is nothing compared to the 10hr journey from Las Vegas to Europe! Well OK, there is a big difference there, and I suppose the East-Coasters would be craving dinner by the time we arrived, 8pm Eastern time.



Napkin, including Southwest’s “new” international destinations




Junk food party


My phone’s camera kept going out of focus while taking pictures, because of the dirt and ice crystals on the window. Eventually, I gave up, but thought the picture came out pretty nice:




Next, I worked on my research paper, until I made the discovery of Southwest’s free live TV and flight tracker.



Unidentified airport, just before the clouds masked it




Winglet detail




Seat-belt sign


Somehow we found out about the WiFi. So immediately I connected, for the first time, to their WiFi system:




And then I saw this!




No other American airline offers complimentary TV throughout the flight in Economy. At first I thought it was forever free...




...but of course, it could never be. Anyways, I was not too interested in watching TV; rather, what about the flight tracker? That will have to be always available for free.



We’re half-way there




Nice detail


And then I had this idea, after Qantas and their 767s popped into my mind. Of course, I had no way to attach the iPad to the seat-back.



Makeshift PTV


Meanwhile, my sister watched Food Network:




So now the charge on the iPad was running low, and I had to work on my paper. But before that I glanced outside, and things were even cloudier than before...




...although they cleared eventually. By now the landscape had changed, and our aircraft had returned home to the Southwest:






The plains of Texas


Then I noticed this small metal piece at the bottom of the window. In school we had to create a “six-word story” based on a picture, so I, in my aviation craze, chose a picture just like this I had found on the Internet to do my assignment on.




Time to check the map again. And there’s the “other” Las Vegas, of New Mexico (northeast of Albuquerque):






Landscape




Wind farm


Some snow appeared on the mountain caps, which I have not seen pretty much all winter:









Zoomed in


But now the views were becoming more desert-like:






Oddly-shaped plateau


Around this time, I believe, we began our initial descent.









Yet another interesting observation


30 minutes to go:




There was more of a reddish appearance on the ground in the actual view:



Is this the Grand Canyon? I’m guessing so.






It’s getting darker


By now Lake Mead was visible, which meant we were just outside the Las Vegas Valley.



Spoilers partially deployed




Close-up on the lake


Now the sunset was beginning to show its colors. It was a great sunset, but the views were better on the other side of the aircraft.









Just above some mountains




Overflying Lake Mead. See how the water levels have fallen in the distance?


Almost there...



The Las Vegas Wash is below




And a city appears out of rugged desert


It was a nice landing. My favorite part is when we float over the runway for a bit, before finally touching the ground. As we taxied off of the runway, a fellow Southwest 737 blasted off adjacent to us. Besides being able to capture a taking-off aircraft for the first time, I also noticed how LAS’s three air traffic control towers are all visible in the below picture:



Some good timing, for once


The sunset gave the sky those lovely hues of pink and orange, although, as I said above, things were much better on the other side. Unfortunately, people were either on their phones or doing something else to take notice.




We spent the rest of the sunset waiting for the aircraft parked at our gate to leave. We had arrived a bit early, even though we had departed 25min late and had fought against the jetstream.






I can see the stabilizers from here!


After maybe 15min, we finally pulled into the gate. We were right next to (one of the three) the control tower:




Then I rushed to take some pictures before the cabin lights were switched on and the window view would be covered in reflections.



The catering truck returns




Zoomed in




One last view


While we slowly disembarked from the aircraft, I took a quick picture of the seats and legroom:




Now it was time to collect our sole check-in bag and drive back home. Meanwhile, the airport was flooded with school groups/sport teams; Las Vegas is, I suppose, a popular destination for such groups, and it was a long weekend.



Waiting for the tram




Our flight showing at the baggage claim


Once I reached home, you can guess what I was doing: homework! And the next day it was back to school.





CONCLUSION


I was expecting nothing more than a “point A to point B” type flight with Southwest, but the extra touches – a great flight attendant, snacks other than peanuts and pretzels, free live TV, and a flight tracker – made the flight more enjoyable. There were also some wonderful views throughout the flight.

As far as Disney World, which felt like my first time going there, I really enjoyed it – as pretty much everyone else would say. Since I never go to theme parks anymore, I haven’t been on a roller coaster in a long time, so I was really thrilled by the “Expedition Everest” ride. What I will especially remember is the great amount of detail at the Animal Kingdom: Coca-Cola in Hindi, chicken curry, sitar players, and the detail in Harambe, Africa.

I hope you enjoyed reading my report, and I appreciate your comments.  


Previous Trip Reports

     1. Summer Camp at ERAU Prescott: LAS-AZA; PHX-LAS
     2. August in Yellowstone: LAS-WYS-LAS on Delta
     3. 5-Star Pacific Crossing: BLR-HKG-LAX With CX
     4. Fall Colors In Yosemite: LAS-FAT-LAS On UA Express
     5. Winter Sun In Aruba: LAS-ATL-AUA With DL In F, Y

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Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:05 am

Excellent report, YTraveller!

I have also been trying to look into flights to LAS, from FLL. Unfortunately fares in first on nearly all legacy carriers are a minimum of a $1,000 roundtrip. Your photography is very nice.

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Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:25 pm

Nice trip report. Oh and you took a picture of my house in Orlando   I was extremely surprised to see it on one of your pics. Nicely done!
 
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RE: 3 Days In Disney World: MCO-LAS On Southwest

Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:13 pm

Really nice trip report!

Southwest look really good here. When I next visit the States, I will be sure to try them out!

How did you find the seat pitch? Do Southwest provide a BOB service as well as the complimentary snacks?

Thanks again!

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Wed Feb 26, 2014 2:04 am

Great report here. Pretty sure you took a picture of my house haha

Quoting SebastianMCO (Reply 3):

Nice trip report. Oh and you took a picture of my house in Orlando

Not to be invasive, but where about? Pretty sure I spot mine, though all houses in Orlando seem to look the same.
 
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Wed Feb 26, 2014 4:15 am

Thanks everyone for taking the time to leave a comment!

LPDAL:

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 2):
Excellent report, YTraveller!

I have also been trying to look into flights to LAS, from FLL. Unfortunately fares in first on nearly all legacy carriers are a minimum of a $1,000 roundtrip. Your photography is very nice.

Thank you! Spirit Airlines has nonstop flights from FLL to LAS. I have flown the route before in a Big Front Seat, and in that seat (which I see you recently experienced) the 5hr flight was comfortable.


SebastianMCO and TZ757300:

Quoting SebastianMCO (Reply 3):
Nice trip report.
Quoting tz757300 (Reply 5):
Great report here.

Thanks to you both!

Quoting SebastianMCO (Reply 3):
Oh and you took a picture of my house in Orlando I was extremely surprised to see it on one of your pics.
Quoting tz757300 (Reply 5):
Pretty sure you took a picture of my house haha

Two A.netter’s houses in a random picture I took mainly of a nice-looking lake? What a coincidence!


ab486:

Quoting ab486 (Reply 4):
Really nice trip report!

Hi Adam, thank you for your comment!

Quoting ab486 (Reply 4):
Southwest look really good here. When I next visit the States, I will be sure to try them out!

How did you find the seat pitch? Do Southwest provide a BOB service as well as the complimentary snacks?

Thanks again!

I found the seat pitch to be quite comfortable. According to SeatGuru, their 737-800s have a seat pitch between 32-33 in, a bit more than United or American. Southwest doesn’t offer a BOB service, though. There are some alcoholic beverages available for purchase, and the “better” snacks I would assume are mainly found on longer flights.


Again, thanks everyone for commenting.
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Wed Feb 26, 2014 4:15 am

Hi,

Thanks for the lovely report. I'll going to be to Disneyland in May. I hope I'll enjoy it as much as you enjoyed Disney World!

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Wed Feb 26, 2014 5:28 am

Quoting Ytraveller (Thread starter):
No other American airline offers complimentary TV throughout the flight in Economy.

Ever herd of a little airline called JetBlue? Haha they might have something to say about your claim! Very cool report, while its nice to read reports about flying in first class and destinations I may never get the chance to fly to, I really enjoy reading reports about domestic US airlines. Nice job!
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Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:24 am

Hi aflyingkiwi,

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 7):
Thanks for the lovely report. I'll going to be to Disneyland in May. I hope I'll enjoy it as much as you enjoyed Disney World!

Thank you. I hope you enjoy your time at Disneyland! I haven’t been there in a long time, but I believe some of the rides are similar at both theme parks.


Hi shamrock137,

Quoting Shamrock137 (Reply 8):
Ever herd of a little airline called JetBlue? Haha they might have something to say about your claim!

OOPS! Sorry for the mistake! And didn’t Continental, and I guess now United, also offer free TV, but it was from DIRECTV?

Quoting Shamrock137 (Reply 8):
Very cool report, while its nice to read reports about flying in first class and destinations I may never get the chance to fly to, I really enjoy reading reports about domestic US airlines. Nice job!

Thanks so much!


Thanks everyone for your comments,
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Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:57 pm

Hi Y traveller!

Loved your report!!
Orlando has been my second home from 1991 to 2006 and for sure, Disney World is a place I love as if it was mine. lol.;
Great you chose to go to Florida instead of Disneyland. I´ve been to the Anaheim parks in January and, trying to leave my bias aside, I still think Disney World is much more fun than Disneyland.
I also liked the way you described your park hopping as flights!  

Thank you for sharing!
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Wed Mar 12, 2014 4:12 am

Hi TR763,

Quoting TR763 (Reply 10):
Loved your report!!

Thanks!

Quoting TR763 (Reply 10):
Orlando has been my second home from 1991 to 2006 and for sure, Disney World is a place I love as if it was mine. lol.;
Great you chose to go to Florida instead of Disneyland. I´ve been to the Anaheim parks in January and, trying to leave my bias aside, I still think Disney World is much more fun than Disneyland.

That’s what my friends have been saying, too. I live quite close to Disneyland, so maybe I can visit soon and compare the two parks.

Quoting TR763 (Reply 10):
I also liked the way you described your park hopping as flights!

Thanks, I was wondering what people thought of it! 


Thanks again for your comment TR763,
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Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:35 am

Hello Ytraveller!

It seems you had a nice time in Orlando and what a nice surprise to see the silhouette of Mickey Mouse in the field!!! I'll have to take notice next time I depart from Orlando!

And very nice of Southwest to offer more than pretzels and peanuts on your long flight. The cabin attendant seems to really care about the well-being of passengers as I have heard WN have great crew, overall! How was your legroom, btw? If one does not carry an ipad or laptop onboard, would this flight be enjoyable with the inflight magazine? I quite like to read so it's a genuine question.  

Thank you again for sharing your flight with Southwest! Hope you are having fun in Vegas!

Bon Voyage,

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RE: 3 Days In Disney World: MCO-LAS On Southwest

Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:18 am

Hi AirAfreak,

Thank you for your comment!

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 12):
And very nice of Southwest to offer more than pretzels and peanuts on your long flight. The cabin attendant seems to really care about the well-being of passengers as I have heard WN have great crew, overall!

Yeah, I was surprised by all the offerings and the humor and friendliness of the crew. Something I was not expecting with an LCC like Southwest!

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 12):
How was your legroom, btw?

The legroom was average, but sufficient. I remember being able to stretch out a little bit while seated.

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 12):
If one does not carry an ipad or laptop onboard, would this flight be enjoyable with the inflight magazine? I quite like to read so it's a genuine question.

Ironically, even though I’ve been collecting in-flight magazines since winter 2010/2011, I never really read them! Most times I focus on the back of the magazine (the route map, terminal maps, etc.), and, during boarding and taxi, skim through a few articles. But based on the skimming of the magazine I just did, the articles look somewhat interesting. The article mentioned on the front-cover is about Legos becoming popular among adults “as an art form and social medium,” so..

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 12):
Thank you again for sharing your flight with Southwest! Hope you are having fun in Vegas!

Thanks again for taking the time to comment, AirAfreak! As a student here, though, it feels pretty average  


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RE: 3 Days In Disney World: MCO-LAS On Southwest

Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:56 pm

Great report. I especially enjoyed the pics of WDW. Happiest place in the world.   
 
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Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:53 am

Hi fxramper,

Quoting fxramper (Reply 14):
Great report. I especially enjoyed the pics of WDW. Happiest place in the world.

Thanks! And I agree with you  


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Sun Mar 16, 2014 9:08 am

Nice report. Always a pleasure giving the mouse more of my money!

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Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:55 am

Hi ATCT,

Quoting atct (Reply 16):
Nice report. Always a pleasure giving the mouse more of my money!

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Thanks for commenting. And I can see your post’s signature  


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Wed Apr 02, 2014 12:09 pm

Hi Ytraveller!

Great report you made here, those iPhones sure can make good pictures..  
Looks like you had a great time at Disney World.
Southwest also looks solid here, the free live TV & flight tracker is definitely nice. Although just a couple of snacks on a 5 hour flight is unacceptable IMHO, they should at least have some sandwiches or something for sale!

Quoting Ytraveller (Thread starter):
You can see pretty much the entire Strip here; the Stratosphere is at the top-right corner

Great catch! I love those take offs at LAS!

Quoting Ytraveller (Thread starter):
Working on my research paper

That looks interesting 
Quoting Ytraveller (Thread starter):
Well, I’ve never had a view like this before

That container looks like it's seen it's best days 
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I also noticed how LAS’s three air traffic control towers are all visible in the below picture:

Three? I had no idea they have so many..

Thanks for sharing!

cheers,

Brendan
 
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RE: 3 Days In Disney World: MCO-LAS On Southwest

Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:57 pm

Great report. Enjoy it!

Quoting Ytraveller (Thread starter):
Well, supposedly Disney World is of better quality?

I go to Disney World about once a year. These days I just go for the Merry Christmas Party when lines are crazy short. Anyway point being as someone who has been to every Disney Park in the world but 1 (Disney Studios Paris) I will say that Disneyland is my favorite. It is smaller, better weather, typically smaller crowds, has the same amount if not more attractions than Magic Kingdom, and the food tends to be better. That being said the two are different and both worth a visit. When Disney World has over Disney Land is everything else, the resorts are really nice though very pricey, transit system is phenomenal, and I love Epcot. Many people call it the boring park, but it is great.
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RE: 3 Days In Disney World: MCO-LAS On Southwest

Fri Apr 04, 2014 4:12 am

Hi adamspotter,

Thanks so much for your comment!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Great report you made here, those iPhones sure can make good pictures

I know...even I was surprised about how good they came out. The quality of pictures at night is of course not that good, maybe unless you use flash.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Although just a couple of snacks on a 5 hour flight is unacceptable IMHO, they should at least have some sandwiches or something for sale!

Yeah, I guess I agree. I know even Spirit Airlines has noodles and other food products for sale.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Great catch! I love those take offs at LAS!

Thanks! In all my takeoffs from LAS I don’t recall taking off over the Strip very often, though.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
That looks interesting

It’s for a biomed class in high school, and the teacher grades everything very closely! After a long hiatus we finished the last 11 paragraphs of the paper this week  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Three? I had no idea they have so many..

Yeah, there was a new one when the D-gates opened and another one (still in construction) when Terminal 3 opened.


Hi flymia,

Quoting flymia (Reply 19):
Great report. Enjoy it!

Thanks!

Quoting flymia (Reply 19):
Anyway point being as someone who has been to every Disney Park in the world but 1 (Disney Studios Paris)

Wow. I just looked it up and I never knew there was a Disneyland in Hong Kong and Tokyo!

Quoting flymia (Reply 19):
I will say that Disneyland is my favorite. It is smaller, better weather, typically smaller crowds, has the same amount if not more attractions than Magic Kingdom, and the food tends to be better.

Interesting. Since it’s just a 4hr drive or so from here I’m sure I’ll be able to visit soon and see how the parks compare.

Quoting flymia (Reply 19):
transit system is phenomenal

I was amazed by all the parking lot trams, ferries, and the monorail service!

Quoting flymia (Reply 19):
I love Epcot. Many people call it the boring park, but it is great.

Ah...I thought it was the “boring park” too. I wish we’d spent pretty much our last day at the park at Hollywood Studios instead. We had gotten there early, and there was FastPass available for a 5:30 ride on the Tower of Terror, which looked exciting! We had to leave the park at 12:00 or so, unfortunately...


Thanks everyone for commenting!
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