Friday, January 05, 2007

El Rio del Tiempo: The Mexican Boat Ride in Epcot

El Rio del Tiempo is one of my favorite rides at Epcot in Walt Disney World.

Housed in the Mexican Pavilion is takes you on a tour of Mexico. I guess. I can't really say. The closest I have ever been to Mexico was a Del Taco in the southern tip of San Diego.

But it's supposed to be Mexico.

It's really cool. To get to the ride you have to first enter a giant Mayan Temple looking place around the World Showcase Lagoon.

Inside there is a cool restaurant and a perpetual night sky. The air is always cool and it feels like the perfect summer night in there... all day.

There is a bustling Mexican market and you can buy margaritas. You can even take them on the ride.

Yup, this is the only Disney ride you can ride holding a drink. You can actually get drunk AS you ride.

That is assuming you can get drunk off one margarita... Nancyboy.

Anway... the ride boards right next to the restaurant it's very, very similar to the setup of the Blue Bayou restaurant in Disneyland and Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

On this ride you get into a boat full of strangers and slowly drift past a smaller version of the temple building you are in. It's weird.

Then you pass by a carved sculpture that looks a bit like Tony Hawk and hear a voice over from a guy who sounds like Tony Hawk doing a fake Mexican accent.

Did you know that Tony Hawk has a son named Hudson Hawk? He was born just before the movie so they call him by his middle name...

Road Warrior. His name is Road Warrior Hawk.

No, it's Riley Hawk. But I have a quota: 1 WWE reference per post. It has to be met. Sorry.

Anyway, back to Tony Hawk. Anthony Frank Hawk was born May 12, 1968, in San Diego (not far from that Del Taco I visited.)

Hawk's nickname is the "Birdman". Just like WWE Legend Koko B. Ware (just getting that outta the way so I don't have to mention WWE in the next post.)

He is credited with the invention of many skateboard tricks including the Stalefish, Madonna, and McHawk. All three of which are silly names for "ride up ramp, hold board with one hand."
Tony Hawk also stars in a bunch of video games including Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1, 2, 3, and 4, Tony Hawk's Underground 1 and 2, Tony Hawk's American Wasteland,Tony Hawk's American SK8land Tony Hawk's Project 8, Tony Hawk's Baby Naming Movie Game.

In that one you get to convince other celebrities to name their kids after bad Bruce Willis movies. I once played all the way to level three when I got Jodie Foster to name her son Die Hard 2: Die Hard with a Vengeance Foster.

Lately he has retired from skating competition after completing 900 in the 1999 X-Games. He has also appeared in several movies and was Punk'd by Ashton Kutcher.

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