Thoughts of Survival in Fun Places
I recently had the opportunity to take my family on a trip out of state, but I’m on only here to tell you a little about that and more about my thoughts and what I saw.
Ever since I took an interest in prepping, I check my surroundings. This trip was no different. This trip took us to the place better known as Disney World. Prepping and survival may not be on everyone’s mind that enters the gates of its four parks, but it ran through mine.
So the planning began in February for a trip in November. That gave my wife and me time to save money and figure out all the ins and outs of this adventure. Originally I wanted to drive. To me if I drive, I have control. I can carry items in my truck that I would not be able to on a plane (firearms, ammo, knives, spare water, food, gear, etc.). Well after a long discussion, rising gas prices, and the thought of our children loosing time at the parks, we chose to fly.
We arrived in Florida and at room for the week. Quickly we unloaded luggage and decided where we would go first. While riding to our first park the thoughts began. So sit back, keep your arms and legs inside the cart, and enjoy the ride!
As we visited each park (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios) the amount of people was unreal. For us we had been saving for this trip and for others it may be a small dent in their bank accounts, but at know time to us did it seem the economy was struggling. So I began to think, what if there was an attack on America? What other place could you take out a larger amount of people than one of the most visited places in the world?
Stay with me, I know at times it seems I ramble.
Looking around at the different parks, I took numerous pictures. Pictures of people, rides, family, etc., amazed at what was put in to create such a place. The detail, craftsmanship and time to make it all memorable. Of course, there are rides for all ages, underground, above ground, and high on mountain tops. When I look at these different rides I think how people could use them in a survival scenario. For instance a lot of the rides had large amounts of water running through them, water that could be used for drinking if properly sterilized.
(Water runs throughout it’s a Small World)
There were rides that took you through caves and rides that took to high places. Places to hide or places to take watch that you could see for miles.
(If you haven’t been here, this is Expedition Everest. You ride up in the mountain)
In each of the parks there were multiple locations to eat. I can only imagine the amount of food and beverages it takes to accommodate the amount of people that visit the parks year round. Food for thought?
(One of many restaurants with indoor aquariums)
One of the parks that really got me thinking was the Animal Kingdom. We were told by park personnel that the Animal Kingdom was the largest park of all. It would hold the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and still have room for parking in it. Built on 500 acres, it is home to a large amount of animals and plant life from different continents. As you can see in the picture below of the park, I think one or many could make it for a while if you take into consideration the amount of water, food, plants, wildlife and shelter. This would be my park of choice.
Well as I wrap up, some of you may think I’m crazy for thinking these things on a family trip to the happiest place ever. But I don’t think I am. Some of you may think that the number of people may be overwhelming to accomplish any form of survival. I can agree with that, but think of the amount of people that would leave as well. I for one would stay for a while and take care of my family and myself. Below you will find some pictures that I took. Think about what you would do if these options were in front of you.
West McBride 2012
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