USA, California: Disneyland – Magic Kingdom III
For the last time we visit the most famous theme park in the world and see what else visitors can experience there.
After a cruise down exotic rivers the banks of which are inhabited by mechatronic replicas of exotic animals we move to other sections of the park. Our next destination is New Orleans Square. The square draws its inspiration from 19th century New Orleans. However, the pseudo-historical buildings are not just for show. There are restaurants, stores, and some even offer accommodation. The haunted mansion is one of the attractions there. It looks like a typical southern bourbon villa. Greek-like columns make the front of the structure.
Once you enter a deep voice introduces you and veils you to spooky atmosphere. Then a scary walkthrough follows. There are couple of jumps scares, however, the attractions does this in pleasant humorous tone.
The Pirates of the Caribbean has bit different spirit. You board a small boat takes you to the 18th century Caribbean. The atmosphere is overwhelming. First of all, you sail along life-size models of the then Caribbean houses, mansions and huts and you hear the then music playing in the background.
Easy sail becomes more thrilling once you sail into the cave. A pirate skull welcomes you there. Pirate songs play there and there are dioramas from the life of pirates. There are skeletons of pirates who probably fought over some treasure. Then there is a huge chamber with huge golden treasure. You also meet the famous captain Jack Sparrow. While holding a golden goblet (most probably filled with wine) he idles on a throne.
The last part of Disneyland we take you to is Fantasyland. Its main feature is the famous castle. The carousel of the King Arthur is an attraction you can find on the square as well as an anvil with the famous Excalibur. Merlin the Wizard hangs around the anvil to help kids to pull the sword out. If they dare to.
The castle seems to be much larger than it actually is which is the result of forced perspective. The main tower is only 23 meters high. The castle is wider on the ground level and narrows down toward its upper section. You can even walk inside for a walkthrough. There are dioramas introducing the story of the Sleeping Beauty as it is her castle.
Peter’s Pan Flight is an attraction which mostly children will enjoy. Carriages that look like air sailing ships fly over the model of London while the film music sounds in the background. There are also parts inspired by the Peter Pan movie.
GPS: (The Pirates of the Caribbean) 33°48'40.6"N 117°55'15.1"W
Text: Maxim Kucer
Photos: Wikipedia.org: Carterhawk, Carterhawk (2), SolarSurfer, SolarSurfer (2)
Our tourist destination today is the city of Riverside, which lies approximately a hundred kilometers east of the megalopolis of Los Angeles. In comparison, it looks like a small suburb with its 300,000 inhabitants. However, if you want to try something other than a traditional overcrowded tourist destination, it is a great cruise destination.
We mentioned last week the great theme park of Islands of Adventure. One of its sections is home to Marvel super heroes. We also took (albeit imaginary) ride on the Incredible Hulk rollercoaster. As its signature superhero the ride is green and you can even experience zero gravity there.
Marvel superheroes, Jurassic park... So far it seems this theme park is all boys can dream of. However, to many standing for hours in long lines to get a three-minute thrill is rather a sobering moment.
We left the Islands of Adventure for another theme park of many others surrounding Orlando, Florida. There is a lot to choose from. We, however, take a look at a place that is somewhat closer to us in some respects.
We return to Legoland, Florida to see some of its most interesting rides.
Today we take a look inside another interesting theme park. We leave the United States to move over the ocean to the Old Continent.
Last week we got some taste of the Greek mythology when we tried Cassandra’s Curse ride. It absolutely messes with your sense of direction. However, there are many other great and amusing rides at Europa-Park.
There are many large and small theme parks scattered across Europe. We spent last three weeks at Europa-Park situated on the German-French borderline. Today we move 1200 in the southwest direction and land in Catalonia, Spain.
Last Friday, we got some taste of one of the best theme parks in Spain. We continue in our tour there today.
Last week we spent some time in Denmark in the second oldest but one of the most popular amusement parks in Europe - Tivoli. Today we visit the Netherlands. Home to the another popular park - Efteling.
The Death Valley national park is named after the valley of the same name which is located in the very park. The name was given during the Golden Rush in the mid-19th century. A road went across this valley down which goldrushers went to reach fortune and fame. They, however, were thirsty, and hungry. They had to kill their oxes and roast them atop burning carriages to survive. For these horrible experiences the valley is named after the death itself.
Great drought, desert landscape, high temperatures - we are in Death Valley national park. It is best to being at a visitor center - there you can get the most important information, map, good advice, and buy the much needed water. There are several visitor centers in the park.
In the preceeding weeks, we focused on California’s theme parks. Today, we move thousands of kilometers to the east – to Florida, the sunshine state. Florida is another Mekka of the entertainment industry.
Before we continue in our tour across super fast rollercoasters we tell you how much this fun costs. And sometimes it is even hard to believe what the park actually tries to sell its customers.
Many Americans want to either live in California or start and build their career there. Was California an independent country, it would be one of the strongest economies in the world. Many innovative companies concentrate in the state (especially in the famous Silicon Valley). You can find here San Francisco – the city of which many songs were written. Americans love it not only for the Golden Gate Bridge but for its atmosphere and culture. There is also one of the most famous prison – Alcatraz.
Today we continue in our trip in world famous theme park. We are going to leave Main Street U.S.A. and see other parts of the park.
California is a home to new ideas and innovations. Did you know that here (in San Bernardino) the very first McDonald’s restaurant was opened?
Last week we introduced you the most famous theme park in the world. It radically change the city of Anaheim. Once a sleepy Californian town became one of the most important cities in the state and revolutionized the entertainment industry.
In the east of California there is a place which boasts with the highest ever recorded air temperature. It happened in the summer of 193. The temperature attacked shocking 56,3 degrees of Celsius. Just remember how awful it was last summer when 35 degrees was daily temperature in Prague. Also, the highest ever night air temperature was recorded here – 43 °C.
California is the third largest state in the United States. It is the most populous and wealthiest. Almost forty million people live there. They produce 13% of American GDP, i.e. 2.1 trillion dollars (Czech GDP is around 210 billion).
Today we continue in our trip in California’s Capital – Sacramento. We are going to leave Chinatown to see the historical district of this city of half million.
I gave myself a four-day vacation in San Francisco in the middle of my two-year au-pair stay in the US. Everyone, who ever was there, never said anything except superlatives and mentioned the difference between east coast and west coast cities.
Next day morning we set out to explore Lombard Street, a street that is world famous for its zigzag character. And really, houses are built to allow everyone who live there to drive in or out on this steep hill.
In the last article devoted to the United States we have learned something about Alcatraz, a former maximum security prison. Now we move from the Rock and have a glimpse at one of the most distinct cities in the US.
From inglorious Compton with high levels of criminality (decreasing) we move to the place well-known to everyone – Hollywood.
Last week, we were over to Hollywood. It is a place that is in some ways perhaps overrated.