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Floundering Crab
01-26-2001, 01:03 PM
Travelers: DH & DW--both 50
December 3—(Day 1) Travel Day: Left Syracuse (12° F) @ 8:30am, great flight, arrived Orlando (72° F) @ 11:30am. Stopped at the Disney store in the a/p to purchase our Premium Annual passes. Took a bit longer than it should have—believe CM wasn’t up to speed on the process. 30 minutes later picked up luggage from Delta baggage handler as they were about to put in pile w/all others that had not been picked up in a timely manner. Picked up car @ Hertz (car trunk open and motor running—gotta love being a Gold Car member), stopped for lunch @ Chili’s & were on our way. Checked into Shades of Green @ 2:00 pm, room was ready and just what we requested. (As an aside: this is a wonderful hotel that, for the military, is top-notch. The decorations were very classy—all along the long hallway that led to the guest rooms each staff section decorated a wreath commensurate to their section. The square grapevine wreath wall hangings throughout the hotel were something to behold. Each day, it seemed they kept adding more and more poinsettias everywhere. I am now in the Christmas spirit.) Our room (218) was tucked in far corner of the second floor (main level) overlooking the putting green. At night we had deer grazing on our front lawn & watch raccoons forage. Hallways were very quiet, but we did have some small children upstairs that liked jumping on the beds early in the morning. We could see (and hear) the fireworks at the MK from the balcony. After dinner @Yacht Club Galley (see separate restaurant critiques) w/friends who live in Orlando, we got a cooks tour of Disney (one was a cast member) then turned in for the night to get an early start on Monday morning.

December 4—(Day 2) Magic Kingdom: Rousted ourselves up at 6:30 am to get an early start on our first day at WDW. Dressed warmly as it was going to stay pretty cool all day. Took the 5-minute walk over to the Polynesian to have breakfast at Capt Cooks (good tip). Food was okay and fast. I was anxious to get on the monorail and head over to MK. Monorail was full—duh, it was Monday—MK early entry day. Didn’t matter, we were headed to the happiest place on earth. Activated our brand, spanking new PAPs, picked up our maps, and headed down Main Street. We laughed and joked like teens, dodged the ankle-biter strollers, smelled the baked goods, watched the kids’ balloons float into the sky, and pretty much grinned for an hour. We quickly headed over toward the BTMR, as it’s the only “thrill” ride the DH will ride, so I was going to get him on it soonest. We then continued around Frontierland and Adventureland. Were two of ten people in the Country Bear Jamboree Christmas show. I love that place and was pleasantly surprised to see the transformation for Christmas. (Still grinning) Rode the Pirates of the Caribbean, rode the refurbished (and a bit hokey) Jungle Cruise, went in the Haunted Castle, saw the American Presidents, etc. all before noon. We hopped onto the RR in Frontierland and rode back to Main Street. Were still a bit early for our lunch PSs @ Tony’s so roamed Main Street and went over to Tomorrowland to see what we could see. Went right in to the Timekeeper—still get a chuckle to see the first-timers reaction to Robin Williams—walked right into the Alien Adventure, and still had time to see Carousal of Progress. That was a bit disheartening, though. The darn thing was on the blitz so the animaltronics narration guy (who is in each scene) and the dog were not working. He spoke, but no head or hand movements; his head was down and one arm was stuck up in the air mid-movement—made him look like he was embarrassed to be there speaking with us. About ¾ way through, the management stopped the show and had us all leave. . . thank goodness, I was embarrassed. We then headed over to Tony’s for lunch. On the way we ran into co-workers from our office in upstate NY who we didn’t know were down there. It’s a Small world (no pun intended). Must tell you Tony’s was a pleasant surprise. Thought I’d made reservations at the Plaza, but goofed up. Turned out to be fortuitous—we so enjoyed our lunch and w/MKCC got a free dessert. We waddled out to the real world an hour and a half later to head back to Tomorrowland. No SM after this lunch, so we jumped on the TTA, then did our Buzz Lightyear FastPass. Speaking of FastPass—what a terrific invention. Good on ya Disney! I beat the snot out of DH on Buzz—I just kept my thumb clicking away and got the highest score, but I’ll be darned if the silly ride didn’t shut down and DH (and everyone else around us) maxed their scores out, too. Don’t quite know what the problem was, but all three times we rode Buzz it would shut down for no particular reason. Even if they were loading or unloading the handicapped, it couldn’t have taken that long. No matter, I was still on my WDW high. Decided since we were going to Pleasure Island that evening we’d head back to the room and layer on some clothes (evening was in the 40s). Were still blimped out from Tony’s, so just snacked a bit & headed over to PI—me in my scarf and gloves. Got there a bit early so checked out all the shops & were some of the first patrons in The Adventurers Club. Diddled around there until time to head over to Comedy Warehouse’s first show. TAC started filling up right after we arrived and the cast came out and began the evening—admire their ability to improvise w/so little—must admit we were a pretty boring bunch sitting there. We had front row seats for the CW and really got my husband when they expanded on his most embarrassing moment for the closing sequence. It felt good to laugh. We then left & headed down to Wildhorse Saloon. We found a seat and just listened and watched all the young whipper-snappers dance. Funniest part was watching a group of young men (possibly on a business trip together?) check out the one-way window from the men’s room. DH told me about the window when he returned from washing his hands and then we just sat there and watched grown men act like idiots. Picked up one of those huge Rice Krispie Treats and we ended our evening about midnight and fell into bed—tomorrow is Epcot Future World.

snuggles
01-26-2001, 02:04 PM
I bet it was really odd seeing the CP with the animatronics all messed up. Sounds like you had a wonderful day. Thanks for posting.

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Snowwark
01-30-2001, 02:10 PM
My DH and I (mid 40's) don't have kids and we always have a wonderful time at WDW. Someday I would love to be able to afford to bring my neices and nephew. Sounds like you had a great day!

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Marla Hellwig
02-16-2001, 06:11 PM
Two fun filled days for the two of you. Thanks for posting!