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01-23-2013, 08:20 PM
:welcome: Hello Everyone! :welcome:
Welcome to my very first trip report!

This TR is about our second trip to Disney World. The first one was back in 2004 when I was in 8th grade, and as you probably know lot of things have changed since then. If you want to know more about the planning process you can read my PTR here (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3015380). I fell in love with the magic of Disney World on this trip and I already want to go back, unfortunately it most likely will be a very long time until I'm able to.

Now, let's get down to business (to defeat the huns)
It's time to introduce everyone!

First there is me...

I'm Jess. I'm 21 years old and I'm a college senior. I'll be graduating in May with a degree in Early Childhood Education, which is the reason for our trip. I'm student teaching this semester :teacher: and I'm also an RA, so I'm always very busy. I am such a kid at heart and I love pretty much anything Disney. I've been obsessed with planning our trip since we decided on going and I've kind of fallen in love with the planning process while doing so.

Then there is my parents...

My mom, Patsy, is a Customer Service Representative at a bank. She was also really big into planning our trip, but I don't think she was quite as obsessive as I was. She doesn't like any sort of fast motion rides, so she sat out while we went on them.

My dad, Mike, is the Facilities Manager at a preschool (the same one that I work at in the summers). He was excited for our trip, but wasn't into any of the planning, actually I'm pretty sure he got really tired of hearing us talk about it all the time.

We were there for 7 days (which we all agreed wasn't enough time) on January 6-13. We stayed at Port Orleans Riverside and were on the disney dining plan (which we got for free with our package. Score!)

I hope you enjoy reading about our trip! Please let me know if you are here and leave lots of comments! :wave2:

01-23-2013, 08:21 PM
Chapter Links

Sunday, January 6
The Obligatory Travel Post (Part 1) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47297853&postcount=4)
The Obligatory Travel Post (Part 2) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47298741&postcount=5)
Finally at Disney! And a Magical Surprise! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47300294&postcount=6)
Exploring the Resort (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47317994&postcount=7)
A Night at Magic Kingdom (Part 1) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47357368&postcount=10)
A Night at Magic Kingdom (Part 2) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47360218&postcount=13)

Monday, January 7
Dining with Royalty (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47372530&postcount=16)
Epcot Day (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47389997&postcount=19)
Dinner in France and Meeting Some Friends in the UK (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47397162&postcount=23)
Illuminations: Reflections of Earth (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47418962&postcount=25)
Extra Magic Hours Around the World (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47427915&postcount=29)

Tuesday, January 8
Seaworld and Shamu (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47444580&postcount=32)
Sea Lions and Pirates and Sharks, Oh My! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47448425&postcount=35)
Conquering the Kraken (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47645192&postcount=42)
It's a "24 Hour Splash Zone" for a Reason (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47671304&postcount=43)

Wednesday, January 9
Giraffe Crossing (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47684990&postcount=44)
A Wild Morning (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47685292&postcount=45)
A Day at Animal Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47690644&postcount=46)
A Royal Disappointment (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47743125&postcount=49)

Thursday, January 10
Breakfast with Some Old Friends (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47759581&postcount=50)
A Magical Day (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47790606&postcount=52)
Be Our Guest (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47829300&postcount=53)
Celebrate a Dream Come True (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47830329&postcount=54)
A Little Pixie Dust and Wishes (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47838315&postcount=56)
Main Street Electrical Parade (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47851104&postcount=60)

Friday, January 11
Disaster Strikes (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47861451&postcount=65)
Lunch at Mama Melrose (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47871996&postcount=68)
Pixar Parade (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47966103&postcount=71)
Afternoon at Hollywood Studios (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48581051&postcount=78)
Fantasmic! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48770195&postcount=79)
More Fantasmic! and Downtown Disney (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48770523&postcount=80)

Saturday, January 12
The Beginning of our Last Park Day (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48923904&postcount=82)
Shopping, Shopping, Shopping! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49319055&postcount=84)
Lunch at Portobello (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49353060&postcount=85)
Some More Shopping (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49635314&postcount=89)
World Showcase in Daylight (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50269431&postcount=93)
Disney Quest (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50636866&postcount=94)

Sunday, January 13
A Very Sad Morning (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50732984&postcount=95)
Return to Reality (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50734105&postcount=96)

Final Thoughts (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50734332&postcount=97)

Real Life Update: Graduation (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48483905&postcount=75)

01-23-2013, 10:01 PM
I'm here! :wave2:

My DD is graduating this May, and I'll also be finishing up with my schooling, so we are hoping to get a graduation trip planned soon! So, I can't wait to hear all about your trip!

01-24-2013, 07:34 PM
**Note: This post isn't going to have many pictures in it because I didn't really start taking any until we actually got to Disney. But don't worry, I took exactly 1,111 pictures (not sure how I mangaged that one) and I also have all of the pictures that my mom took. So there will be plenty of pictures in later updates.

Saturday was the day when our journey began, even though we weren't leaving until Sunday. We live about and hour and a half away from the airport and we decided to drive down the night before and stay at a hotel so we didn't have to drive at 3am. It was also a lot cheaper to leave our car parked at the hotel all week and take a shuttle to the airport than it would have been to park at the airport.

We spent most of the day Saturday finishing up packing everything. We left our house around 3 and got the hotel a little before 5. We checked in, made thing everything was all set with the airport shuttle, and moved all of our luggage into our room. Then we decided to get some dinner and went to Cracker Barrel. After a slightly disappointing meal we went back to our room and relaxed for the rest of the night. The shuttle was picking us up at 5:15am for our 6:50am flight so we were planning on getting up around 4. Since we knew we were going to have a short night, we wanted to go to bed early. We watched some American Pickers and Big Bang Theory and went to bed around 9:30. Now, I am such a night owl, I'm used to going to bed around 1am and never go to bed before 11 unless I'm sick, so as you can imagine 9:30 is super early for me. I knew I should sleep but wasn't even remotely tired and I never sleep very well in hotels because the beds are so uncomfortable. I tossed and turned for hours, which woke my mom up, I think it was about 2 am before I finally fell asleep and woke up several times after that.

I was not happy when the alarm went off at 4am. I am definitely not a morning person at all and the not even 2 hours of sleep I got was not enough. The only reason I didn't refuse to get out of bed was because DISNEY! We got ready, made sure everything was packed, and made it to the lobby a little after 5. Mom checked online and found out that our flight got pushed ahead 10 minutes, so it was a good thing we were ready to leave early.

We got to the airport and checked our luggage with no problem. Since we were on one of the earliest flights, the airport wasn't that busy at all. We got through security pretty qucikly, but the line was moving at such a fast pace that it was really stressful because we didn't really know what we were doing (we hadn't flown since 2004). We went through the body scanners and it picked up something in my hair so they had to check my pony tail. It wasn't a big deal, I actually thought it was kind of funny because I have no idea what it could have possibly picked up on, I was even wearing a no-metal elastic.

We found our gate, grabbed seats, and Mom and I went to Starbucks to grab breakfast. We got coffee for my parents (I don't drink coffee), bagels with cream cheese for Mom and I, and a muffin for Dad. While Mom was fixing their coffee, I dropped the food off at our seats (which were like 10 feet away) and went to the little gift shop because I really wanted some apple juice and Mom wanted some water. Of course they didn't have my juice so I got Mom a $4 bottle of water (which I drank like half of) and went back to eat. They started boarding not long after we finished eating. We got to our seats and noticed that it had started snowing sometime after we got to the airport. After sitting there for quite a while, they announced that there was a problem with the check in system so they were still waiting for people to get to the gate and board. We ended up sitting at the gate for almost an hour. It was starting to snow harder and with every minute that we sat there I got more and more nervous. Having our flight cancelled because of snow was my biggest fear in planning the trip, I didn't want our time at Disney to be cut short by even a minute.

It seemed like forever until they announced that everyone had boarded and we were able to leave the gate. But then we had to stop and de-ice the plane. At this point I was getting really antsy. I was afraid that they would announce that the flight was cancelled at the last minute and I knew my mind would be at ease until we took off and were in the air. It was about 7:30 when we finally took off. I was hoping to sleep on the plane, but that didn't happen. They brought the snack cart around and I was finally able to get my apple juice, along with airplane pretzles.



I spent the rest of the flight looking out the window and watched half of We Bought a Zoo on my laptop. I was starting to feel a little light headed and watching the movie was making it worse, so I turned it off. The flight seemed to take forever and I was very relieved when they announced that we were beginning our decent into Atlanta.

Continued in next post

01-24-2013, 09:01 PM
We landed in Atlanta and went straight to our gate to make sure we knew where it was and to check that our flight information hadn't changed. We had a 3 and a half hour layover, so as soon as we found our gate we went on a search for food. We walked the entire length of the terminal, didn't see anything we liked, so turned around to search the other side of the terminal. We finally found a map and decided that Pizza Hut Express was the most promising option. Dad got a pepporni pizza, I got a cheese pizza and some breadstick. Mom had seen a wrap place on the way over and decided that she would rather have that. We walked back over and found a table in the seating area right next to the wrap place. Dad and I started eating while Mom went to order, the line was really long so she decided on getting chinese food from the place next door. The food was ok, for pizza that had been sitting under a heat lamp for who knows how long. But thats about as much as you can expect from airport food.

After we finished eating, we headed back over to our gate and didn't have to wait too long before they started boarding. We took off on time and had a pretty good flight, it seemed super short compared to the last one.

As soon as we landed in Orlando I switched to my little-kid-excitement mode. I kept pointing out the window and saying things like "oooh, look palm trees!" and "look, look, look, a Magical Express bus just drove by" I'm sure the people around us thought I was crazy.

We got into the airport, went straight to the fake-orail, and followed the signs to Magical Express. I was so excited that I was speed walking through the airport, I'm pretty sure my parents were at least 10 feet behind me.

We got to Magical Express and got into line 5
There wasn't anyone in our line, so we went straight to the ropes and a few seconds later they were telling us we could get on our bus. On the way out one of the CMs (are they CMs at Magical Express?) complimented my Pooh shirt.:goodvibes It was so good to feel the Florida heat once we got outside, it was in the high 70s and muggy, so it felt hotter than it probably was. I almost forgot it was January, it felt more like July! They were finishing loading everyone's carry on bags onto the bus, we must have just made that bus.
I was very excited to see that the first row was completely empty, I wanted to have a good view of the sign! The bus was practically empty, I thought it was funny that there weren't actually any kids on the bus, it was just adults.

The back of the buses are so cute!

It wasn't long before we were on our way! We were so close to Disney, I couldn't believe I was actually there!

01-24-2013, 11:54 PM
It wasn't long before we saw this beauty
We were finally there! We were in Disney! It was the most amazing thing ever!

We were the first stop and pretty soon we caught the first glimpse of our home for the next week.


We grabbed our carry on bags from the bus and went to check in. The lobby is gorgeous!

While we were checking in the CM said "I have something for Miss Jessica" and gave us all I'm celebrating buttons and gave me a letter from Princess Tiana.

This is basically what it said, it is actually a picture of our table top, but it says the same thing.

I read it while we were still checking in, I got to the part where it says Royal Guest Room and realized that those aren't the typical room. I thought that we had been upgraded and sprinkled with a little pixie dust because we put my graduation on the reservation. I pointed it out to Dad and he got this weird smile on his face and said "oh, really?" That's when I knew that they were up to something. Dad said something to Mom about it and she got the same weird smile on her face, they were trying to play dumb but weren't doing a very good job at it. Finally Mom said "Surprise! Happy graduation!" Apparently, they decided to suprise me with getting a Royal Guest Room. They knew how much I wanted to be in Magnolia Bend (not Alligator Bayou) and it turns out that with the package we got there was such a small difference in the price that it didn't make sense not to do it, as Dad said. I'm pretty sure I had the biggest smile on my face. The CM said "You didn't know, what a great surprise. You are going to love that room" She seemed to be so excited for me, only at Disney.

We finished checking in and the CM told us where to go. Once again, I was so excited and was speed walking across the resort. I had to stop a few times to let my parents catch up. I couldn't help it, I was so excited to see our room! :hyper: We were in Oak Manor, we had a second floor corner room with a view of the river.

Right before we saw our room for the first time

Our room was so gorgeous! There were so many little Disney details all over the room. I was running around the room taking pictures and pointing out everything.



The headboards had fiber-optic fireworks



Like I said, I was very excited.





Magic Carpet from Aladin was worked into the carpet

One of the walls

This was the view from directly outside our room.

Zoomed in

Right around the corner from our room.

01-26-2013, 08:35 PM
After I took pictures of every inch of the room, Mom decided to rest and I wanted to explore more of the resort. I changed into shorts, then Dad and I headed out while Mom laid down. We checked out the leisure pool by our building, the arcade, the food court, the main pool, and looked at the other buildings.

The front of Oak Manor





This tree was planted on April 23, 1991, which is exactly 2 days before I was born. I thought that was pretty cool.


I think this is Acadian House, I thought it was really pretty.

Dad and I just wandered around and ended up behind the buildings where the parking lots are. We couldn't figure out where we were and which buildings were which since there aren't signs behind the buildings. We eventually found our way back about a half hour after we left the room and found Mom standing on the balcony.

While we were gone a CM had brought our checked luggage, but mine wasn't there. :worried: Uh oh. The CM said it probably ended up at another resort and we should get it that night, but I was getting nervous. It was about 5:00 at this point and we were hungry, so we decided to eat at the resort before heading to the parks. We found places in the room to stuff all of our bags and just as we were heading out the door, we spotted a CM wheeling a bright pink suitcase down the path. They found my luggage! It was perfect timing. :thumbsup2

We headed over to River Mill to get some food, it was pretty empty.

Mom and I both got make your own pasta and garlic bread. Mine was with shrimp, alfrado sauce, spinach, mushrooms, prosciutto, and parmesan cheese. Mom also got alfrado and shrimp, but I don't remember what else she got in it.
It was delicious! It had a really good sauteed flavor and the sauce was just perfect. The garlic bread was good, but you could tell that it wasn't that fresh.
Dad got carved ham with vegetables and mashed potatoes (I think, I'm not sure about the sides). He said it was good, but the ham was a little salty.
Dad and I both got brownies for dessert and Mom got red velvet cake. Mom said the cake was very good and moist. The brownie was ok, but kind of dense and not very flavorful. It reminded me of the brownies from my school caferteria (which isn't a good thing). I only ate about half of it since I was full, and it just wasn't worth it. We also picked up our mugs, and since we had those and the meal came with a drink (with the dining plan) we all got drinks to bring back to the room and put in the fridge.

Once we finished eating, we went back to the room to drop off our mugs and drinks and to grab our park bag. Then it was time to go to our first park! Hmm... which park would we choose?

01-27-2013, 09:54 PM
Your excitement is infectious! I bet you would be an awesome person to visit Disney with! I'm so glad you didn't have too much trouble with your flight. I leave in a few weeks and I'm really nervous about potential snow too.

I adore POR, it's where we stayed for our honeymoon. We were also in Oak Manor, but not a Royal Room. I'm dying to stay in one! Your pics of it look amazing, and I love the letter from Princess Tiana! You've made me want to book there instead of POP for our August trip (even though we can't afford it!). Well, hopefully for a future trip :goodvibes

01-27-2013, 11:19 PM
Your excitement is infectious! I bet you would be an awesome person to visit Disney with! I'm so glad you didn't have too much trouble with your flight. I leave in a few weeks and I'm really nervous about potential snow too.

I adore POR, it's where we stayed for our honeymoon. We were also in Oak Manor, but not a Royal Room. I'm dying to stay in one! Your pics of it look amazing, and I love the letter from Princess Tiana! You've made me want to book there instead of POP for our August trip (even though we can't afford it!). Well, hopefully for a future trip :goodvibes

Aww, thank you! I love POR, it is just so gorgeous. The royal room was so beautiful. I never thought that we would be able to stay in one, which is probably how my parents actually managed to surprise me without me suspected something.

01-30-2013, 02:37 PM
Of course the first park I wanted to go to was Magic Kingdom. And it was open until midnight for EMH, what could be more perfect.

As we were walking to the bus stop, we saw the Magic Kingdom bus pulling into the resort, so we half ran to get to it in time. Which we didn't need to do since we had plenty of time while it was unloading. But we were very glad that we caught the bus right away and didn't have to wait for it. I spent the bus ride with my eyes glued to the window, I wasn't going to miss my chance to get a glimpse of the castle!

Pretty soon, we got our first glimpse of Magic Kingdom!

The Christmas Tree was still up

It was a little before 7 by the time we got into the park. There were a ton of people lining the sidewalks for the Main Street Electrical Parade, which was about to start. We didn't know that the parade was happening that night and none of us felt like watching it after a long day of sitting on an airplane. And since we had plans to watch it later in the week, we decided to skip it for the night. I spotted the Chapaue store and we went in so I could get some Minnie ears. I was very disapointed that they didn't have the ears I wanted. I wanted the classic ears, just plain black with the red polka dot bow, but all they had were the sequin ones and ones with crazy patterns and feathers. So we left empty handed.

We headed down Main Street and I finally got to see the castle up close!
It is so pretty! Especially with the icicle lights still up. It was such an amazing moment, I couldn't believe that I was actually there!

Unfortunately, because of the parade crowds, we didn't get to stop and just admire the castle or walk down Main Street and get pictures.

I wanted to stay away from the parade route until it was over because I didn't want to see any of the parade until we were actually watching it. So, we went to Tomorrow Land. On our way there, we did find a spot to stop and take some castle pictures.


We spotted Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin and decided it would be a great first ride. I think the wait time was 15 minutes, but we walked right on.
I rode by myself and my parents went together. I don't think my blaster was working right because I got a ridiculously low score. We walked through Tomorrow Land some more and saw some sort of dance party with Goofy and Pluto so we stopped to watch for a few minutes. We walked through Fantasy Land a little, but by that time it was 8:30 and I wanted to get a spot for Wishes. It took us a few minutes to figure out which way to go since some of the paths were blocked off because of the fireworks. We didn't want to fight the crowds, so as soon as we found a decent spot we stopped there. We were on the side walk near the hub because I didn't think we would be able to stay in the street. But a CM told us we should go into the street becuase it was the best place to see Wishes. Good thing they did, because we had the most amazing spot. We could see the castle perfectly and weren't even that crowded, there was plenty of space between us and all of the people around us. And it was an amazing spot for pictures!

Good thing I dedcided to get a spot when I did, becuase we were only standing there for a minute before Celebrate the Magic started. I didn't even know that it existed, but it was so amazing and I'm so glad we didn't miss it.










That show is so perfect. It is just so amazingly magical. I was in complete awe the entire time.

About 5 minutes later, Wishes started.
That little green dot in the sky is Tinkerbell, by the way.





Ahh, so beautiful!

Continued in next post...

01-30-2013, 03:37 PM
Enjoying your TR. What kind of camera did you use? You had some good nighttime pics of the castle and fireworks.

01-30-2013, 04:23 PM
Enjoying your TR. What kind of camera did you use? You had some good nighttime pics of the castle and fireworks.

Thank you, I'm glad you're enjoying it! I have a Canon PowerShot camera, nothing fancy. I'm surprised how well some of the night pictures came out.

01-30-2013, 07:22 PM
After Wishes was finished, everyone was either leaving the park or trying to find a spot for the 9:00 Main Street Electrical Parade, so we didn't have to fight many crowds to get back to Fantasy Land. EMH is such a great thing, I was worried it would be crowded, but the park was practically empty. We went on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and only had to wait a few minutes.




After Pooh, we went over to new Fantasy Land, which is beautiful.
We went on Journey of the Little Mermaid. It was a walk on, but I think it took us just as long to walk through the queue as it did to actually ride. The clamshells looked big enough for all 3 of us to fit in, so thats what we did. But we were pretty squished. The ride is very cute and has lots of little details that made it even better.

After that we headed over to Storybook Circus and decided to ride Dumbo, since it was a walk on.




We got off Dumbo and looked around inside the circus shop. Mom and I tried on some ears, but they didn't have the ones I was looking for.


Our next stop was It's a Small World.
It was down for refurb on our last trip, so this was the first time I'd been on it. (I won't bore you with the large amount of pictures I took of the ride.)

Our strategy for this night was to just wonder around and go on things as we saw them, mainly because we forgot to pick up a map and had no idea where anything was. The next thing we came across was the Haunted Mansion. We started going into the ride exit because we thought it was just a path, in fact we didn't even know we were at the Haunted Mansion. A CM called after us and told us where the entrance was. It was another walk on, so we didn't get to explore the interactive queue, but we did end up waiting at the doors for a few minutes.

After Haunted Mansion, I wanted to head over to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad because I love riding rollarcoasters in the dark. On the way there we passed a very sad looking Splash Mountain, which was closed for refurb.:(

Dad and I went on BTMR while Mom waited. Remember, she doesn't like rollar coasters (or any kind of motion rides). I think we waited like 5 or 10 minutes in line. I think it was the longest line we stood in all night, which was pretty nice. We ended up in the back of the car and it was a lot of fun to ride it in the dark.

After BTMR we went on Pirates on the Carribean. I got splashed by one of the canon balls, which I wasn't expecting, so I was soaked on one side. After that, I believe we went on Jungle Cruise. Both with very minimal wait.

At that point it was around 11:30 and we had done pretty much everything, a lot more than we were expecting to be able to do. My parents were ready to go and I agreed. My knee was starting to hurt (remember this) I thought it was just from walking all night after being cramped on an airplane all day and figured it would be fine by the time I woke up the next day. We started heading out of the park, but had to stop by the Crystal Palace for another castle picture.

Main Street was starting to get crowded because a lot of people were leaving. We stopped in the Emporium to look around. Once again, I couldn't find the ears I wanted. We only stayed in there for a second because we were all getting tired.

All of the Christmas decorations were still up.

We found our bus stop and it of course it had one of the biggest lines. But we didn't have to wait long and I'm pretty sure we got on the first bus and got seats. I could be wrong though.

We got back to our beautiful room around 12 and got ready for bed. I fell asleep right away, it had been a long day and those beds are so comfy.

01-30-2013, 08:01 PM
Count me in!!!

01-30-2013, 08:16 PM
Count me in!!!

Welcome! Thanks for reading

01-31-2013, 11:17 PM
We got up earlier than any of would have like after such a long day the day before. But we had an 8:20 breakfast reservation, so it was worth it. We got ready and headed to the bus stop and only had to wait a few minutes for our bus. The bus was basically empty, there was only one other family on it.

Pretty soon we were entering a nearly empty Epcot!

Of course we stopped for a few pictures, but we arrived at the park a little later than we had planned and didn't want to be late for our ADR, so we didn't get to take that many.



It was strange to walk through such an empty park, but was also amazing.

So where were we eating?
Akershus, of course. Do you think I would pass up the chance to meet my favorite Disney princesses?

We checked in and waited about 5 minutes. There were 2 families in line behind us, both with little girls dressed like Belle. They both got excited when they saw each other, it was adorable. While we were waiting, Mom took the opportunity to take some more empty Epcot photos.




We didn't have to wait long before they called our name and then we got in line to meet Belle. I was very excited, Belle is my favorite princess and I knew that it is hard to find her in her yellow dress in the parks, so I couldn't wait. :hyper: Finally it was our turn to meet her! We chatted and then posed for pictures for my parents (I handed my camera to Dad and Mom had hers) and then the photographer took a few. I was worried that we would be rushed through taking a pictures with Belle so they could get families into the restaurant faster, but we were able to take our time. While we were waiting, we were told that the photographer would take a few shots, (you get a free print out picture with Belle with the meal) but we could take as many pictures as we wanted with our own cameras.

This is a picture that Mom took, the print out one came out better, but it is at home (not school) so I can't scan it.

After meeting Belle, we were seated in a side room that is right next to the cold buffet. Our waitress toom our drink order (coffee for Dad and apple juice for Mom and I), explained how breakfast would be served, and told us that we had a little time before the Princesses got to us so we had plenty of time to get our food.

The restaurant is beautiful, I love that it looks like the inside of a castle. And they still had Christmas decorations up.


We got our food from the cold buffet. I got a croissant, some strawberries and blackberries, and a cinnamon bun. My parents got similar things and few other pastries. There was also bagels and spreads (which I didn't take because I wanted to save room for the hot food) and cold meats and cheese (which don't seem very breakfasty to me). The croissant was delicious, very flakey and buttery, and the cinnamon bun was ok, but I'm not a big fan of cold cinnamon buns. Mom got some sort of chocolate pastry that she said was very good. A few minutes later, our waitress brought out the hot platter, which had scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and cheesy potatoes.
I forgot to take a picuture of my plate, but Mom remembered after she ate like half of hers.
The bacon and eggs were good, the sausage was good but a little to spicy for me, and the potatoes were amazing! They were so creamy and delicious, I could have eaten an entire plate of just those.

Not long after we got our food, the first princess showed up. Cinderella!
I was surprised to see her becuase the Disney site specifically says that she doesn't appear at Akershus. But I'm glad she was, I love her and she was so sweet! She asked about my mouse friend on my shirt (I was wearing a Minnie shirt). We took a picture and then she gave me a hug and told me to have a magical day.

A few minutes after Cinderella left, the announcement for the parade started. Aurora was at the table next to us, but I wasn't expecting her to come over to us becuase of the parade. I wish she had waited becuase she was so rushed. It was basically, "Hello, let's take a picture, pose this way, good-bye." Definitely not one of the best interactions.

We had a little break before the next princess showed up. Snow White!
I love her, but I was a little disappointed with the interaction, although she was much better than Aurora. She asked about my mice friends (because of my Minnie shirt). Mom really likes Snow White too, so she wanted to get a picture with her also.

Ariel was next. She was so perfect! She was very bubbly and excited, just how I pictured Ariel to be.
We chatted for a little while at the table (I don't remember what it was about thought) and she told me to "swim on over" for a picture.
She spotted Dad's "I'm celebrating" button (mine was on my backpack) and asked if we were celebrating anything. I told her about my college graduation and she got super excited and asked a bunch more questions. I think she was the best character interaction we had for our entire trip.
She went to the table next to us with a little girl and her baby sister. They had the cutest interaction and she kept calling the baby "baby guppy", adorable.

At that point we had finished our second platter of food, and were stuffed. But Mom and I still had room for another croissant from the cold bar, they were just so delicious.

Now, it's time to start our day at Epcot!

02-02-2013, 08:36 PM
I am very much enjoying your trip report and it is bringing memories of our trip. I felt the same as you did the first day. It felt much warmer than it really was but I loved it and adjusted really quickly. It was better than the cold and snow at home. Looking forward to the rest of you TR. Hope school is going well and your dorm is quiet!

02-02-2013, 09:43 PM
I am very much enjoying your trip report and it is bringing memories of our trip. I felt the same as you did the first day. It felt much warmer than it really was but I loved it and adjusted really quickly. It was better than the cold and snow at home. Looking forward to the rest of you TR. Hope school is going well and your dorm is quiet!

Thank you! The weather was so perfect, nice and warm but not too hot. It was definitely better than the snowy cold.

02-02-2013, 11:00 PM
It was a little after 9 when we finished breakfast. World Showcase was still empty since it wasn't open yet, so we got a few more empty park photos.


My knee was still bothering me, so I took some ibeprofen, which helped. We went over to test track to get some fast passes. Good thing we did, because a CM was telling everyone that it was down for an unknown length of time. Next, we headed over to The Land to ride Soarin.
I think the wait time was 20 minutes, but we didn't wait that long. We ended up on the right side in the front row of the top section. :woohoo: That ride is amazing, very realistic and breathtaking.

We went on Living with the Land after that. The ride kept stopping, but the audio kept going, so once we finally were moving the audio didn't match up with what we were seeing. We all thought that the ride was kind of boring and long (yes I realize that we were on it longer becuase of the constant stops, but still) The greenhouse part was kind of interesting though, and pretty.

Our next stop was The Seas with Nemo and Friends

I love Finding Nemo, it is one of my favorite movies. We split up into 2 clamshells, we weren't going to make the same mistake that we did at Journey of the Little Mermaid. :crowded: The ride is very cute. I understand why kids are so scared of the part with the light fish, it even jumped me. A little boy in the shell next to me started screaming and crying when they went by it, I felt so bad for him.

Our fast pass window had opened at that point, so we went over to Test Track to see if it was running yet. It was! We didn't have to wait that long and opted to skip the design your own car part. Mom actually went on it with us, (shocking, I know) she said it would feel just like riding in a car (ya ok). She did like it, although when we went around the curves outside she did grab my leg pretty hard. :rotfl: I like the ride, but I think the old version was better. I think the part inside is kind of boring now.

After Test Track, we stopped in Mouse Gears, because who doesn't love looking at all sorts of Disney merchandise? At that point I was starting to give up on finding the Minnie ears I wanted and was considering just getting a pair of sequin ones. But then I found them, they were exactly what I wanted! :cool1: I got those and Mom decided to get a pair of sequin ears also.

Our next stop was Spaceship Earth.
We waited in line for about 5 or 10 minutes, I think. But it gave me an opportunity to take some cool pictures of the bottom of "the giant golfball" (also known as Spaceship Earth)
Just as we were going up the first hill, the ride stopped. I guess we weren't having very good luck that day. Luckily it started again a few minutes later. We traveled through time and stopped again as we were going backwards down the hill, through the stars. But, we got to create our futures while we were waiting. Our futures ended up being very similar. Don't mind my horrible photo or the holes in Dad's head.






After taking a glimpse into our futures, we wondered around. And I took a picture of a fountain.
Then we took a Journey into our Imagination with Figment

That ride is very cute, and the song is super catchy, I was singing it for the rest of the day.

Mom wanted to see Captain EO after, (her and Dad saw it on their honeymoon) so we did. We had to wait a little while in the waiting room thing. It had a slanted floor and standing on it for so long was making my feet and my knee hurt. I personally thought the movie was dumb, the plot didn't make much sense, it was super cheesy, and way too long. I was ready for it to be over pretty much as soon as it started. Mom and Dad weren't that impressed either.

It was around 2:30 by then and we were all getting tired and my feet hurt. We decided to go back to the resort for a little while and rest so we could enjoy Extra Magic Hours that night. Me knee was bothering me again, so I took more ibeprofen.

We were all getting hungry, so we decided to get a snack from River Mill. Dad wanted more coffee (he normally drinks like 5 cups a day) so he walked to the room to grab our mugs. Mom and I looked around the store quickly and went to River Mill to wait. We all decided to get ice cream sundaes. I was looking at the flavors in the ice cream freezer and ordered mint chocolate chip. I don't think the CM heard me say mint because she very rudely told me "that's not chocolate chip, it's cookie dough" even though I was staring at a tub of green ice cream labled mint chocolate chip. :rolleyes2 I didn't say anything and told her that cookie dough was fine, mainly because I like cookie dough better and would have ordered it anyway if I had known it was an option. We sat down at a table and I realized that my ice cream wasn't cookie dough, it was cookies and cream. I'm not a huge fan of cookies and cream ice cream, it was ok and I ate it, but I much rather would have had mint chocolate chip.

We finished our ice cream and then filled our mugs. My parents got coffee and I got hot chocolate. We went back to our room and just relaxed, I'm pretty sure I ended up dozing off for a few minutes.

02-03-2013, 02:05 PM
It must have been nice to be in the park with not many people there. It is great for taking photos. Felicia wanted to do breakfast in one of the parks for that very reason and we didn't. Next time. What did you use for transportation that early to get there? Waiting to hear more. Oh and I hope your knee didn't get to bad!

02-03-2013, 04:10 PM
It must have been nice to be in the park with not many people there. It is great for taking photos. Felicia wanted to do breakfast in one of the parks for that very reason and we didn't. Next time. What did you use for transportation that early to get there? Waiting to hear more. Oh and I hope your knee didn't get to bad!

It was really fun to be in the park before it actually opened. I would like to do an early breakfast at Magic Kingdom some day, it must be so magical to walk down main street with barely anyone else around. We just took the Disney busses, they start running at 7:30 every day.

02-03-2013, 04:51 PM
Great pictures and TR, We are staying at POR for the first time in May to celebrate my DD HS graduation. Now I am thinking I should upgrade rooms :thumbsup2 !

02-03-2013, 07:11 PM
After a couple hours of relaxing, we headed back to Epcot for our 5:40 dinner reservations at Chefs de France. It was around 5:20 when we got to France and asked if we could check in that early and they said they could take us right away. That restaurant is gorgeous! We were seated to the side, next to the bar where they make the desserts.

We looked over the menu and ordered, we all decided to order from the prix fix menu. So, we got an appetizer included with the meal, and sense we were on the DDP it didn't cost any extra. While we were waiting for our food, the chef stopped by our table.
Remy! The CM going around with him was very funny. Mom asked Remy if she could take a picture of him and the CM said of course, put the cover over Remy, and posed for her.

Shortly after our visit from Remy, our appetizers came out. Mom got french onion soup, which she said was very good. Dad got a salad, I believe, which he said was good, but not anything special. I forgot to get pictures of their appetizers, oops. I got the lobster bisque
It was delicious, very rich and creamy. I wish it had more chunks of lobster in it though.

For entrees, I got pasta au gratin
The best macaroni and cheese ever. It was so creamy and yummy and the sauce was just perfect and the melted cheese on top made it even better. Unfortunately, I only ate about half of it because I was stuffed.
Mom got short ribs with pasta
She said it was really good, but it was like pot roast and she was expecting it to be more like steak, but she still enjoyed it.
Dad got half a chicken with potatoes and broccoli.
He said the chicken was very dry, the broccoli was cold, and the potatoes were ok. Basically, he didn't like his meal at all.
For dessert I got chocolate mousse because I was still full and just wanted something light.
It was very tasty. It came with a slice of pound cake, which I didn't eat because I didn't want my stomach to explode. I took a bite of it and thought it was kind of dry and tasteless, but I'm not a huge fan of pound cake anyway.
Mom and Dad both got the puff choux
Mom said it was good, Dad said it was gross.

After dinner we wandered around that side of World Showcase. We got to the UK and there was a Beatles cover band playing. We went into one of the shops next to them, and could still hear the music. We were wandering around inside and happened to find these guys dancing in a back room!
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There was basically no line, so of course I hopped in it! I think there were only 2 families in front of me. When it was my turn, I went and gave Pooh a hug and he started dancing with me.
Then he grabbed my hand and put his other hand on my shoulder, like you would if you were waltzing or something and we danced some more.
And Tigger joined us for some photos.

After taking a bunch of pictures, Pooh gave me another hug and then kissed me on the cheek. :goodvibes Then Tigger grabbed my hand and we all danced some more.
And of course, I had to give Tigger a hug too
Then we said good-bye. It was the cutest thing ever! I'm so glad we happened to be in the right place at the right time and found them. What is better than getting hugs from Pooh and Tigger, dancing with Pooh, and getting a kiss from Pooh?

After making some new friends, we explored the UK a little more and of course had to take some pictures in a phone booth.


Then we headed over to Soarin to use the fast passes we had gotten that afternoon. And took some gorgeous pictures on the way.

We only had to wait in line for a few minutes and were seated in the front row of the top section again, but this time we were on the left. Once again, it was amazing. It was cool to see it from the opposite side as we were on before.

After Soarin, we went to Club Cool. I told Mom that I had read on Dis that Beverly was delicious and convinced her to try it. She said she didn't believe me, but tried it anyway. :confused3 Once she recovered from the taste, she yelled "Jessica Renee" at me, you know I got her good when she breaks out the middle name. :rotfl: A lot of the flavors had signs on them saying they were unavailable, so we only tried a few before leaving.

Then we decided to go on a search for a spot to watch Illuminations.

02-04-2013, 01:26 PM
Looks like a really fun first two days! You got a ton done at the Magic Kingdom extra magic hours, that's awesome. And your fireworks pics are gorgeous. I also really appreciated reading your report of your early Akershus breakfast, because I have an 8:05am reservation there in about two weeks! I can't wait to get some pictures of the park when it's empty like that :)

02-05-2013, 09:33 PM
It was about 8:30 when we decided to find a spot for Illuminations. We didn't even attempt to fight the crowds and go into World Showcase. We ended up finding a decent spot on a path that went around the back of a building across from the American Pavillion, next to the handicap veiwing and one of the torches. I'm sorry if that is confusing, but I don't know how else to explain in. We didn't want to squish in with people, so we stood against a the railing on the opposite side of the path. About 15 minutes before it started, Mom and I went across the path to stand with the crowd of people so we could have a good view. Dad stayed against the railing because he hates crowds and isn't a huge fan of fireworks anyway. I ended up standing right behind a stroller, so I had an unobstructed view. Once Illuminations started the girl (about 12 years old?) standing next to me kept pushing into me, like she was hoping I would move over and she could take my spot. :sad2: Not even 5 minutes into Illuminations, I noticed the battery icon on my camera was flashing, so I had to keep turning my camera off and back on to take pictures. Therefore, I didn't get as many good pics as I would have liked.





















It was cool, but a lot shorter than I thought it would be. On our first trip, we saw the holiday version of Illuminations, so we were expecting something similar this time and it was a bit of a let down. I'm glad we didn't miss it, but its not something I felt the need to see again this trip. And it doesn't come close to the amazingness of Wishes.

02-06-2013, 10:04 AM
You are doing a great job with your TR. Looking forward to hearing more. I totally agree with your last comment. I like Illuminations but not as much. I could watch Wishes every night. That is how I get my Disney fix when I am at home. I watch or just listen to it on Youtube. I know CRAZY!
I wish I got lucky and got to see Winnie the pooh and Tigger. Loved how you were dancing with them that is great. It was funny when I saw you in the phone booths I laughed. I have photos of my daughter in them too. We were there on Tuesday (1/8) of our trip.

02-06-2013, 10:11 AM
Great TR! :thumbsup2

02-06-2013, 06:34 PM
You are doing a great job with your TR. Looking forward to hearing more. I totally agree with your last comment. I like Illuminations but not as much. I could watch Wishes every night. That is how I get my Disney fix when I am at home. I watch or just listen to it on Youtube. I know CRAZY!
I wish I got lucky and got to see Winnie the pooh and Tigger. Loved how you were dancing with them that is great. It was funny when I saw you in the phone booths I laughed. I have photos of my daughter in them too. We were there on Tuesday (1/8) of our trip.

Thank you! I'm glad you are enjoying it! I agree that I could watch Wishes over and over. And the castle show right before it, Celebrate the Magic, I could watch a million times. Meeting Pooh and Tigger was such a magical moment, it was so wonderful to get lucky and find them like that!

Great TR! :thumbsup2

Thank you, I'm glad to here that you are enjoying it!

02-06-2013, 07:51 PM
Once Illuminations was over, we fought the crowds to get into World Showcase. We eventually managed to get to the first country, Mexico.
And took shelter in there while the crowds passed.

We went on the Gran Fiesta Tour. Not only was it walk on, but the rest of our boat and the ones in front of and behind it was empty.


After that, we braved leaving the Mexico pavillion to find that the flood of people leaving the park had passed already (thank goodness). In fact, we were basically the only people around.

Next we went to Norway and rode Maelstrom. Mom got pretty nervous when she read the ride description and saw that it had a drop, but went on it anyway and was fine. After that we headed over to China.
It was pretty much closed up except for one shop in the back of the pavillion, so we looked around in there for a little while. The Africa area was completely closed down, so we walked through that and into Germany. We wandered around the stores in Germany for a little while and looked at all of the gorgeous things in the crystal store. Including this stunning Castle model.

After looking around Germany we decided to head out of World Showcase. Everything was either closed or closing and it was too dark to enjoy any of the themeing. Since we had only seen half of it we decided to come back to Epcot on one of our unscheduled nights to see the rest. On our way out, they closed the bridge between Africa and Norway so they could move all of the Illumination barges out of the lagoon. So we waited and it was kind of cool to see the barges up close.
I wanted to ride Test Track again because, as I've said before, I love going on fast rides at night. I think the posted wait time was 20 minutes (maybe?) which was pretty accurate. We were planning on skipping the design-your-own-car thing like we did earlier, but it wasn't an option in the stand-by line. So, I designed a bright pink car with flowers (of course). Once again it was a fun ride, the dark definitely makes it better. By the time we got off the ride, it was after 11 and the park was closed. My knee had started bothering me again while we were in line and at this point it hurt so much that I was basically limping. Our bus line was pretty long and we had to wait for the second bus, which didn't take too long. Luckily I got a seat, I didn't want to have to stand with my knee hurting as much as it did. We got back to our room around midnight. I took some ibeprofen, slathered my knee with biofreeze, and we watched a little TV before crashing.

02-06-2013, 10:10 PM
Love this trip report!!!!!! Will be following....:thumbsup2

02-07-2013, 09:46 PM
Love this trip report!!!!!! Will be following....:thumbsup2

Thank you! And welcome!

02-08-2013, 01:49 PM
On Tuesday, we slept in a little later since we didn't have anywhere to be early morning. We got ready and headed to River Mill for some breakfast. We all decided to get bounty platters, which comes with scrambled eggs, home fries, bacon, sausage, a biscuit, and either pancakes, french toast, or a small mickey waffle. I had the Mickey waffle platter, Dad had the french toast platter, and I don't remember what Mom had but I think it was either french toast or pancakes. Everything was very delicious, especially the Mickey waffle, which is the most delicious breakfast food ever created.

After breakfast, we went back to the room to drop off our mugs and grab our park bag. I also took some ibeprofen and put some more biofreeze on my knee. Then we headed to the bus stop and didn't have to wait long for a bus to the Magic Kingdom. We got to MK and hopped on a monorail to the TTC. Why were we going there? Because we were going to Seaworld! We had no idea where the busses were at TTC so we wandered around trying to find it and eventually found a CM to ask. We finally figured out where the Lynx bus stop was and got there just in time to watch it pull away. And city busses aren't like Disney busses, they don't come one after another. So we sat at the bus stop for another 20 minutes until the next bus came. We got on the bus, I put my $2 into the machine thingy, and the driver asked if I needed a transfer. I had no idea what that meant so I think my response was something along the lines of "uhhh..." Remember, we live in Maine, where public transportatin doesn't exist. Mom told him we were going to Seaworld and he told us we didn't need one. The bus ride took about a half hour since there were a bunch of stops. One of the stops had a Seaworld sign on the side of the roof thingy and someone sitting next to Mom told her it was the stop for Seaworld, so we thought that was our stop. In case you were wondering, it wasn't. We got off and were trying to figure out where to go, a man waiting at the bus stop told us that we should have gotten off at the next stop but it would only take us a few minutes to walk there. So, we started walking. The bus driver honked at us and motioned for us to come back, so we got back on the bus. Good thing he did, because the next stop was a lot further than that guy made it seem. We got to the right stop and the bus driver explained where to go to get the bus back. He was very nice and very patient with our lack of knowledge about public transportation.

We had to walk across the very large parking lot to get to the entrance, and waited in line to exchange our print out voucher things for actual tickets. Then went over to the actaul gates. The lady in front of us had a ticket that expired the day before and she started freaking out at the ticket-scanner when he told her she couldn't use it. We were all like seriously, it isn't his fault that you have an expired ticket. :sad2: I just don't understand some people. It was about 10:30 by the time we finally got into the park.


We grabbed a map and show schedule and tried to figure out the game plan for the day so we could get to all the shows we wanted to see. That's the one thing I hate about Seaworld, the way they schedule the shows means you have to carefully plan out your day in order to get to everything. For example, one show might start 5 minutes before another one ends and they are on opposite side of the parks. This would be fine if there were a bunch of show times, but each show only happens about 3 times a day, which makes sense with the animals. I just think they could schedule them a lot better. Ok, rant over now.

We figured out that the Shamu show, One Ocean, was starting in about 40 minutes, so we decided to head over there. Dad and I studied the map to figure out the best route while Mom took a bathroom break.

On the way over to Shamu Stadium, we spotted the dolphin nursery, so we stopped to watch some baby dolphins.


We took our time walking over, since we had plenty of time. They still had their Christmas decorations up.

We made it over to Shamu Stadium but the doors weren't open yet.
There was a line forming to get in, so I jumped in it while Dad got coffee and Mom got an Icee. Dad finished making his coffee and joined me in line just as they started letting people in. The line was moving really fast and we couldn't get Mom's attention, so we got out of line to wait for her since we knew she would never be able to find us. It ended up being fine because the line disappeared almost immediately since it was just people waiting for the doors to open. Mom got her mango Icee, which was very tasty and I ended up eating half of it.
We went in and got seats. We were in the upper section (out of the splash zone) and towards the middle. We ended up finding spots on a bench between an isle and a concrete barrier, so the bench was the perfect size to fit just us and we didn't have to squish next to anyone. And it was only a few rows back from the beginning of the section. Perfect seats.
We had to wait about 20 minutes for the show to start, but it wasn't that bad. We just used that time to look at the map and try to figure out where to eat lunch.



They splashed the crowd several times. I thought it was hilarious to watch all of the people running out of the splash zone every single time it happened. They had plenty of warning that they would get very wet if they sat in the bottom section. There were signs everywhere and they made several announcements before the show started.




The show was wonderful. The whales are such incredable creatures and I love watching them. You never knew what was going to happen, so all of a sudden you would just see a whale jumping out of nowhere. If you go to Seaworld, this is a must see.

02-08-2013, 04:30 PM
Looking forward to more as I sit here and watch the snow fall. Enjoying all the photos you took. I like the warm thoughts of our trip your TR is reminding me of. Maybe I will have to go up and and work on my trip scrap book while the storm keeps us in. If you are getting this storm at school be safe. My DD Felicia's school is in an area where they may get 30" from this storm. She is on duty tonight and dreading it.

02-08-2013, 05:31 PM
Looking forward to more as I sit here and watch the snow fall. Enjoying all the photos you took. I like the warm thoughts of our trip your TR is reminding me of. Maybe I will have to go up and and work on my trip scrap book while the storm keeps us in. If you are getting this storm at school be safe. My DD Felicia's school is in an area where they may get 30" from this storm. She is on duty tonight and dreading it.

I'm doing the same thing today, just watching the snow fall. I had a snow day today, so I didn't have to venture too far into the storm. I'm actually on duty tonight too, fingers crossed that nothing too crazy happens.

02-08-2013, 09:07 PM
As soon as One Ocean ended, we headed half way across the park to Clyde & Seamore Take Pirate Island becuase that was starting soon. I think a lot of people had the same idea because we followed a crowd the entire way there. We ended up getting some pretty decent seats.
Even though the show didn't start for another 20 minutes, a pirate mime came out a few minutes after we sat down.
He was hilarious. He kept making fun of all of the people coming in and most of them had no idea he was doing it. I think he was better than the actaul show.








The show was ok. It was kind of cheesy, which it was supposed to be. It was obvious that they kept messing up or the sealions weren't always doing what they were supposed to. But they did make fun of themselves when that happened, so it made it kind of funny. I think I would have enjoyed it more if we didn't watch it directly after One Ocean. I was getting antsy and was ready to go do other things in the park.

It was about 2:00 when the show ended, so we went in search of food. We all had vouchers for a free meal that came with our tickets. We ended up going to the Spice Mill because the description sounded good. It is cafteria style, so you go through the line and they hand you what you want as you go. Dad got a turkey club with fries and Mom and I both got cheeseburgers (aka pre-made frozen hamburg patties on a bun) with fries. They ran out of burger patties, so we had to wait while they brought another tub of them out. I'm not kidding, it was litterally a tub of burger patties sitting in burger grease-juice. While we were waiting, the person behind the counter spotted my "I'm celebrating" button (it was on my park bag and I hadn't taken it off) and asked what it was for. I told her I was graduating college and she said congratulations and asked if I wanted her to announce it to everyone. I said I would pass and she said "why? It is such a big deal!" We finally got our burgers and continued down the line and got our drinks (aka flat soda). The food wasn't that bad for fast food burgers but it didn't compare to Disney food.

After we ate, we went to the Shark Encounter. We looked the feed tanks outside first. There were some people next to us that were feeding them.



These birds were around the entrance.

The Shark Encounter is basically a giant tunnel that you walk through (well, more like ride a moving sidewalk through) and you can watch sharks swimming over you.




It was pretty cool to watch them swim all around you. There are also some other aqauriums to look at once you got through the tunnel.


02-11-2013, 10:15 AM
Glad you made it to Sea World, I love it! I completely agree with you about that pirate mime before the one show, he is hilarious and almost certainly better than the actual show! And I remember when we ate there, I forget what place we were at, but the food was pretty bad at Sea World. That was definitely the one big disappointment.

02-13-2013, 01:39 PM
Well I have finally made it back to see more of your TR. Love seeing all your photos. I love photos and take lots myself. The path with the tanks looked great. Love when you can see all the fish from different angles. I would have enjoyed the mime too. We saw a human statue in Downtown Disney that was just amazing. I could have stayed there all night photographing him. I also got lucky in Animal Kingdom and got to Photograph DeVine. Glad to hear you fared well through the storm. We were without power for 28 hours and I have friends that still don't have it. We got about a foot of heavy snow w/ hurricane force winds. We will be cleaning out for awhile.

02-20-2013, 09:44 PM
Glad you made it to Sea World, I love it! I completely agree with you about that pirate mime before the one show, he is hilarious and almost certainly better than the actual show! And I remember when we ate there, I forget what place we were at, but the food was pretty bad at Sea World. That was definitely the one big disappointment.

We love Seaworld! We went on our last Disney trip and it was a must do for this trip as well.

Well I have finally made it back to see more of your TR. Love seeing all your photos. I love photos and take lots myself. The path with the tanks looked great. Love when you can see all the fish from different angles. I would have enjoyed the mime too. We saw a human statue in Downtown Disney that was just amazing. I could have stayed there all night photographing him. I also got lucky in Animal Kingdom and got to Photograph DeVine. Glad to hear you fared well through the storm. We were without power for 28 hours and I have friends that still don't have it. We got about a foot of heavy snow w/ hurricane force winds. We will be cleaning out for awhile.

I'm glad you're enjoying it and it's good to know I'm not over doing it with photos, I took so many and it is very difficult to decide which ones to leave out. :laughing: I would have loved to see DeVine, I'm very jealous! We actually didn't get that much snow here. They got a lot more at home than I did at school, which is surprising since I'm in the mountains. The worst part about the snow was the wind, it was a complete white out walking outside, you could barely see anything because of all the snow blowing everywhere.

02-20-2013, 11:17 PM
Okay let me start off by saying there are never too many photos. lol You are talking to the person who took 1500 photo on my trip and now trying to choose my absolute favorites because my scrapbook can only be so big. I love to take photos. My camera goes with me everyday. As far as the Blizzard storm I can't believe the damage because we had hurricane force winds and heavy snow. Even now a week and a half later I am still surprised at the extent of the damage here. I have forgotten where do you go to school.

02-25-2013, 07:34 AM
Okay let me start off by saying there are never too many photos. lol You are talking to the person who took 1500 photo on my trip and now trying to choose my absolute favorites because my scrapbook can only be so big. I love to take photos. My camera goes with me everyday. As far as the Blizzard storm I can't believe the damage because we had hurricane force winds and heavy snow. Even now a week and a half later I am still surprised at the extent of the damage here. I have forgotten where do you go to school.

I agree that you can never have too many photos. I actually wish I had taken more on our trip. I go to school in Maine, only about an hour away from where we live.

02-25-2013, 08:55 PM
I came home and going through all my photos thought I wish I got this I wish I got that. I know the feeling. Oh that is good you are close to home. My DD is in RI at school but it is only about an hour away from home also.

02-27-2013, 01:37 PM
After the Shark Encounter, we wondered around the park for a little while. There are some very gorgeous spots.

We passed a very sad looking Journey to Atlantis, which was closed for refurbishment that week. For those of you who don't know, it is a log flume/water coaster ride. We were super disappointed when we found out it was closed, it is one of our favorite rides. Dad and I rode it at least 5 times back to back on our last trip since there weren't any lines. Dad was more upset about this being closed than Splash Mountain.

Dad and I decided to go on Kraken (and by that I mean that I decided to and Dad reluctantly agreed). We both chickened out on our last trip, so it was a must for me this trip.

This was the first upside-down rollarcoaster that either of us had been on (besides Rockin Rollarcoaster, but that is a different kind of upside down). Kraken is a floorless rollarcoaster, so I knew I had to take my flip flops off, but I didn't know where to put them and buckled myself in before figuring it out. I ended up asking the guy checking our harness things and he took them for me and put them on the floor of the exit side. Apparently Dad didn't realize it was floorless and got super nervous when the floor moved out from under us.
This is a screencap from a video Mom took, we are in the 3rd row.
My head kept bouncing back and forth against the sides of my harness. I kept trying to put my head back, but it was really hard to keep it in that position, so I had a headache by the time the ride was over. If it wasn't for the head bouncing, I would have really liked the ride. Dad didn't like it at all.
Our ride photo.
For some reason Mom really likes to take pictures of us as we are coming off of rides that she didn't go on. So, this is the post-Kraken photo.

After we conquered Kraken, we went to get seats for Blue Horizons, which is the dolphin show, since it was about a half hour before the show started. We got pretty good seats in the 4th row, which was right behind the splash zone.






She was almost directly over us at one point












The show was very cute, it was about a little girl's dream. The dolphins were out at the beginning and end of the show, but there were also trapeze artists, aerial artists, divers, and live birds flying around. I think I like this show a little better than the Shamu show because it has a storyline and there is a lot of different aspects to it. If you go to Seaworld, you should definitely see this show.

03-01-2013, 09:49 PM
After Blue Horizons was over, we went over to the manatee area.
There were sea turtles there too.
We wanted to go into the manatee building but could not find the entrance anywhere. The only door we could find was exit only and there was no other way to go around the building becuase it was fenced off. I don't know what we were missing, but we gave up looking.

Next, we went to the underground dolphin viewing area and watched some dolphins.


Then went up to the Dolphin Cove. This was one of the things I was excited about because the last time we were there I got to pet dolphins for quite a while, and I probably could have stayed there all day. But I was really disappointed because they had the feeding area closed off and the trainers had just fed the dolphins, so they weren't swimming anywhere near the sides. So I didn't get to pet any dolphins :sad1:

As we were watching them, a dolphin swam by us really fast and all of a sudden I saw a wall of water and then I was soaked! I wasn't expecting it and didn't even see it coming, so I was very surprised. And I don't mean that I got splashed and was a little wet, my entire body was SOAKED!!
It was actually worse than it looks in the picture.

After trying to dry myself with paper towels (with little success) we went over to the Manta Aquarium and pet some manta rays. They were really smooth and rubbery, it was kind of a weird (but cool) feeling.

We walked around a little more and saw some flamingos.


The park was pretty much empty because it less than an hour before closing and there was a Shamu show going on, so everyone in the park was there. We wanted to go on the Sky Tower, but the wait was too long earlier in the afternoon, so we decided to try again before we left. We ended up walking right on without any waiting.
For those who don't know, on the Sky Tower you sit in front of a wall of windows as the round platform thingy slowly spins around up to the top of the tower and back down again. You get an amazing 360 veiw of the park and the surrounding area. We went on during the perfect time because there was such a beautiful sunset.

If you look really closely, you can see the Characters in Flight balloon from Downtown Disney.
This is the Kraken

We could actually see the Shamu show from the tower.

Then it was time to leave. The park closed at 6 and I wish we had a little more time to do things. We made the rather long walk across the parking lot to get to the bus stop. We were moving kind of slow because my knee was starting to hurt again and I didn't want to make it worse. So I don't have to keep bringing up my knee, I'll just tell you now that it bothered me the rest of the week, but it was fine as long as I kept myself dosed on ibeprofen and slathered biofreeze on it every morning.
We finally made it to the end of the parking lot and crossed 4 lanes of traffic to reach the bus stop. And by bus stop I mean a bench on the side of the road with a little tiny sign that said Lynx on it. It was getting dark so it was kind of sketchy. We waited about 10-15 minutes for the bus to get there and then a 20 minutes ride. We got off at the TTC, took the monorail to Magic Kingdom, and then grabbed a bus back to Port Orleans.

Our original plan was to go to Downtown Disney and get something to eat there, but we decided to just stay at the resort for the night. Mom and I looked around the gift shop while Dad ran to the room to grab our mugs and we met up at the River Mill. We all decided to get make your own pasta again. Mom and I got shrimp alfrado and Dad got chicken alfrado. And we all got cheesecake with strawberries for dessert. The pasta wasn't even close to as good as it was the first time. The sauce was kind of watery and they put way too much pepper in it, but the garlic bread was much better this time. The cheesecake was very delicious.

After we ate, we went back to the room, put our swim suits on, and headed over to the quiet pool. It was very nice and relaxing, we were the only ones around for a while. Although the water was a good temperature, the air was kind of cool once we got out. After our swim we went back to the room, I took a quick shower, and we watched Duffy's bedtime stories on tv for a little while before going to bed.

03-03-2013, 01:36 PM
The next morning we got up around 7, Mom got up a little earlier and went to River Mill to get coffee for her and Dad and used snack credits to get some everything bagels and cream cheese for all of us. The bagels were ok, but kind of dry. After eating breakfast in our room, we finished getting ready and headed to the bus stop. We didn't have to wait very long for a bus and soon we were on our way to Animal Kingdom for extra magic hours!
The Christmas tree was still up.
We weren't planning on getting there right at opening, but we were ahead of schedule and ended up hearing the opening music as we were going through the turnstiles.
We knew exaclty where we wanted to go first, so after quickly checking the map we started our journey to Africa for an early morning safari!
There were a lot of people going the same way and we figured that a lot of people had the same idea as us. But Kilamajro Safari was basically a walk on.

We had a really good safari trip, a lot of animals were still sleeping, but we saw a lot of active animals very close to our vehicle too.


There was a large group of giraffes migrating across the grassland and were pretty much folowing the road.



Giraffe crossing!
They were so close to us!







03-03-2013, 02:10 PM
After our safari, we decided to walk through the Pangani Trail.

We were looking at these fish for a little while and just as we were about to walk away someone next to us pointed out the hippos. I had no idea they were there!


We stopped and watched the gorillas for a little while, the baby one was very cute.




The Tree of Life looked so pretty with the sun back lighting it.

We walked through Africa and went over to Asia. We decided to skip Flights of Wonder because I'm terrified of birds, but went through the Maharaja Jungle Trek.

We went through the bat room very quickly because I hate bats and encounter them enough in the residence hall I live in. Good thing the bats that live in my hall aren't as big as these, I don't think I would ever leave my room! :scared:






After our trek through the jungle, we stopped to watch the monkeys up in the trees for a little while. They were making so much noise.

03-03-2013, 11:03 PM
After we looked at all the animals, Dad and I decided to conquer Everest. On our way there we passed a sad looking Kali River Rapids, which was closed for refurb. We were not having very good this week with rides being closed. Mom was especially disappointed about Kali, it is one of her favorites.

Dad and I both really liked Expedition Everest. They were building it on our last trip so it was kind of cool to ride it after seeing it in construction. We had to wait about 15 minutes (I think) but we didn't really mind. I really like that the queue is kind of like a Yeti museum, it gives you a lot to look at while you're waiting. We ended up in the second to last row. I was surprised by the part where the Yeti comes out, I barely even saw it and Dad didn't see it at all, he didn't even know it was there. I'm not sure if this was because we were in the back or what. :confused3

After we escaped the Yeti, we were going to grab fastpasses for later, but the window was during out lunch reservation, so we waited. We walked around for a little while and explored some of the shops.

At this point it was about 11:00 and we were all hungry, so we decided to see if we could get in early for our 11:30 reservation at Yak & Yeti. They told us that they could take us early, so we found a spot to wait. I don't like that waiting area, it is very small and there is nowhere to sit. There were a few other families waiting and it seemed very cramped. We had to wait 10-15 minutes before they sat us, I'm not sure why we waited that long since the restaurant was completely empty. They sat us upstairs in a room in the back corner.
We weren't sure what to order so we asked our waiter for recommendations. He was very nice and explained some of the dishes to us, he even suggested that we substitute the rice for chicken fried rice.
I got the shrimp tempura and substituted chicken fried rice for the jasmine rice.
It was very delicious, the shrimp and the rice were both amazing. It also came with vegetables, which I didn't eat because I don't like them. But Mom ate some of them and said they were good. I even tried the chili plum sauce, it wasn't that bad. I was expecting it to be spicy but it was more sweet.

Mom got beef and broccoli and also substituted chicken fried rice.
She really liked it, I tried some and it was very tasty. The broccoli was cooked well, the beef wasn't fatty, and the sauce was yummy.

I think Dad got sweet and sour chicken with chicken fried rice, but I don't remember exactly.
He also enjoyed his meal.

For dessert, Mom and I both got the cream cheese wontons
They were so amazing and perfect! They were crispy on the outside and the filling was so good and creamy. The warm pineapple and strawberries complimented it very well and the honey vanilla sauce was warm and beyond perfect. And of course, the ice cream just made everything better.

I have no idea what Dad got for dessert, but I'm pretty sure he like it, whatever it was.

After lunch, we walked back over to Expedition Everest to get some fastpasses.

I believe we saw It's Tough to be a Bug next, but it might have been before lunch. We didn't have to wait long to get into the waiting room and were the first ones at the door. The show was ok, but not anything great. We also had really bad seats, since we were the first ones in we got seats in the first full row (not the half row in front) that were all the way at the end of the theater. I think since we were so far forward and at a weird angle to the screen that some of the effects weren't as good as they would have been if we were in the center.

Our next stop was Chester & Hester's Dinorama and Dad and I went on Primevil Whirl. The seats are so close together that we were squished and were practically on top of eachother. The ride was fun, but it was so jerky.


Next we went on dinosaur. We didn't go on it on our last trip so we had no idea what to expect.
Mom was debating whether or not to go on it and decided not to. Good thing, because I don't think she could have handled all the jerking. The ride was fun, but slightly terrifying. :rotfl:
Our ride photo

Our fastpass window for Expedition Everest was open at this point but we decided to give the motion rides a break for a little while and to go on Kilamjaro Safari again. I don't remember how long we had to wait, maybe 15 minutes?




We had another good safari, but it was a lot bumpier than I remembered.

After 3 jerky rides in a row Dad and I were not feeling like going on a rollarcoaster, so we didn't end up using our fastpasses. It was about 2:30 at that time we had seen everything we wanted to, so we decided to make our way out of the park and relax at the resort for a little while. We weren't rushing and explored some of the stores on our way out. Mom and I wanted a snack, so she got a frozen banana and I got a Mickey bar :mickeybar yum.

We didn't have to wait long for a bus and got back to the resort in no time. We got back to our room and just relaxed for a little while before our dinner ADR.

03-04-2013, 03:09 PM
Great Sea World photos! I love all of the rides there too. It's a bummer that Journey to Atlantis was closed because that ride is awesome. I know you said you don't do a lot of roller coasters, but did you try Manta? We're big roller coaster people and that one ranks pretty high on the list of best coasters I've been on.

And I love Animal Kingdom! Looks like you got some good safari shots - I still really want to see a zebra there!

03-04-2013, 04:04 PM
Great Sea World photos! I love all of the rides there too. It's a bummer that Journey to Atlantis was closed because that ride is awesome. I know you said you don't do a lot of roller coasters, but did you try Manta? We're big roller coaster people and that one ranks pretty high on the list of best coasters I've been on.

And I love Animal Kingdom! Looks like you got some good safari shots - I still really want to see a zebra there!

We thought about going on Manta, but after Kraken there was no way Dad was going on a rollar coaster that was upside down the entire time. And I didn't really have any urge to go on it either. :laughing: Maybe next time.

03-08-2013, 07:44 PM
After relaxing at the resort for a little while, we got ready for our 5:45 dinner ADR, and headed to the bus stop to catch a bus to Magic Kingdom. We ended up having to wait a while for our bus, at least 2 busses for the other 3 parks went came and went before the MK bus. We finally arrived at Magic Kingdom and headed towards the monorail.
We had to wait a while for the monorail too, the announced that they had just put a new monorail in the system and it was having technical problems so they were waiting for it to clear the track. We finally got to the the Grand Floridian and found 1900 Park Fare. Despite the fact that we left more than a half hour early, we ended up being 10 minutes late.
We checked in and decided to pass on the picture. We were waiting against the wall kind of across the check in desk and ended up standing there for a while. We noticed that people who had checked in after us were getting seated after waiting only a few minutes, so Mom asked the CM how much longer until we were seated. The CM told us that we were assigned to a specific table and that it was still occupied, so we would be seated once that table was avaiable. It made absolutely no sense to me why we had to wait for one specific table, but whatever. We went back to our waiting spot (which was kind of in the way) and heard the CM tell someone else that they could wait in the lobby, which we didn't know we were supposed to. So we went and found seats in the lobby, which is gorgeous by the way.

The Grand Floridian is so amazingly beautiful! One day I will stay there, hopefully. It is my dream hotel!

We ended up waiting at least another 10 minutes before our pager went off. We were seated and the waitress explained how the characters came around. She told us that it would be a little while until the first character came by, so we went to get food. There really weren't many options. I don't remember exactly what I got on my first plate, but I know I pretty much just took a few bites of everything because it wasn't very good. I got mac and cheese and a baked chicken drumstick from the kids station, which wasn't that bad, and the mashed potatoes were pretty good too.

Prince Charming was the first to come by.
He asked us how our day was, asked if I wanted a picture, and then moved on to the next table. It was definitely a disappointing interaction. Cinderella came by right after.
She chatted a little more than Prince Charming, but didn't stay much longer. Another disappointing interaction.

We had a break before any more characters came by, so my parents went up to get more food. I noticed Lady Tremaine was getting close and was getting nervous that my parents wouldn't make it back to the table in time to see her, but they did. I finished my first plate when she was a few tables away so I decided to wait to get food. Lady Tremaine was a much better interaction than Cinderella and Prince Charming were. She saw our celebrating buttons and I told her I was graduating from college to be a teacher, so we chatted about how her daughters were home schooled but that they would make wonderful teachers.


Drizella was only a few tables away after Lady Tremaine left, so I still didn't want to get up to get food and risk missing her. I ended up eating most of Mom's strawberry soup while we were waiting, which was pretty decent. Drizella stopped by and complained about Cinderella ruining her party since she showed up univited.

Anastsia wasn't that far behind, so once again I decided to wait to get food. These 3 characters were staggered awkwardly apart so that they were close enough together to not have time to get food but far enough apart that you were waiting for a little while.

The tables that are against the wall (like the one we had) all share a bench that stretches from one end of the wall to the next and the other side of the tables have chairs. Mom and I were sitting on the bench. The lady at the table next to us decided to move from a chair to the bench, but instead of sliding over behind her table she stayed in the gap between our tables. She was practically sitting on top of me, there was literally less than an inch of space between us. I tried to ask her to move a few times but she either didn't hear me or was ignoring me. So, when Lady Tremaine and Drizella were at our table the only way I could get up to take a picture was if Mom slid over and I climbed over her. When Anastasia got to our table she asked if I wanted a picture but I was blocked in because the people next to Mom were standing between our tables to get a picture with the characters. Anastasia managed to get that lady's attention and got her to move. But it was super awkward and realy irratating :mad:



After Anastasia left, I was finally able to get up and get more food, but my parents had finished eating by then. I got some jasmine rice, which was pretty good, and some more mashed potatoes, baked chicken, and macaroni and cheese from the kids' section. Thank goodness for that kids station or I would have left very hungry. I also got a piece of bread and a roll, both of which weren't good at all.
I really like the Mickey plates because you can seperate messy foods so they don't touch or mix together. Not to mention they are adorable

Next was dessert. I got a mini cheesecake, a fruit tart thing, and chocolate mousse in a chocolate cup. The cheesecake was ok but the crust was way to thick so I just ate the filling, the fruit tart and the chocolate mousse were good. Everything seemed like it should have been kept cooler than they were, the chocolate mousse cup was pretty melty and the cheesecake would have been better cold.

Overall, we had a pretty bad experience at 1900 Park Fare. The food was not good and the character interactions were too disappointing to make up for it. Not to mention we had to wait a long time and other people were getting right in. It isn't a place I'd be going back to anytime soon.

Our plan for the night was to go to Epcot after dinner. So we took the monorail to the TTC. While we were on the monorail I realized that it was 8:00 (yes, our 5:45 dinner went until 8 :sad2:) Epcot was closing at 9 that night so I was debating if it was even worth going, but we decided to try it anyway. It was about 8:15 when we finally got into the park. We checked the giant board that has wait times for all the rides (love that, by the way) and found out that both Soarin and Test Track had a 40 minute wait. We decided to go on Test Track since it is better at night. Our plan was to ride that and get out of the park before Illuminations was over so we could beat the mad rush out of the park.
We waited and finally got in our car. The ride kept stopping and then starting several minutes later. Every time we stopped or started it was very sudden and I'd get jolted forward which was kind of painful with the seatbelt. Since the ride took a lot longer than normal with all of the stops, we got off right after Illumantations ended and we had to fight the crowds back to the bus stop and wait a while for a bus.
We got back to the resort and I watched some Stacy before bed.

03-10-2013, 07:58 PM
The next morning we got up, got ready, and grabbed a bus to the Magic Kingdom for our 8:20 breakfast reservation. We got to the Magic Kingdom and headed straight for the monorail station.




Pretty soon we were at Chef Mickey's!
We did breakfast here on our last trip and definitely wanted to go again. We checked in, took our picture, and were seated right away. As we were going to our table, Donald started following us.
Our waitress asked if orange juice was ok, but Mom and I wanted apple juice and Dad wanted Coffee. She told us it would be a little while before the characters came by our table, so we went up to get food. I got a little bit of everything, but I don't remember exactly what that was. The breakfast pizza was good and the mickey waffles were delicious, as always. I was very excited to see the cheesy potato casserole from Akershus, but it wasn't even close to being as good. It wasn't long before Donald came by.

He didn't stay long, just took a few pictures and left.

Goofy was next. He came by the side of our table, instead of from behind like all of the other characters did. Mom was trying to take a picture of him by himself while I was getting up, but he kept shaking his head and making a "no" motion with his hands. It was kind of off putting, I don't understand why he wouldn't just let her take the picture.

Dad and I posed with him.
And then he gave us each a kiss and started rubbing our heads.
Goofy is Dad's favorite, so we had to get a picture of the two of them.
The whole interaction seemed kind of rushed, I didn't even get to take a picture alone with him.

After Goofy left there was a break in characters, so we went to get more food. I got some more breakfast pizza and mickey waffles (of course). And I tried a cheese blintz to try, I didn't like it but that just might be my taste. I also got more cheesy potatoes in hopes that another batch would be better, no luck. As were eating I felt a hand on my shoulder, I turned around and there was Mickey!

Once again, it was a very short interaction, just long enough for pictures.

Pluto wasn't very far behind.



Minnie came by next, which I was very excited about because she is my favorite.


After she took a picture with Dad she started walking away and we had to call her back so I could get a picture. She came back, posed for a quick picture, and left again. Yet another disappointing interaction.

Not long after Minnie left, our waitress gave me a graduation cupcake. And by that I mean she put it on the corner of the table next to me, said congratulations, and was gone before I could turn my head to say thank you.
We put my graduation on every reservation we had and this was the only place that acknowledged it at all.

We did some napkin twirling and finished our breakfasts. I took a few bites of my cupcake, which was tasty, but didn't eat much since I was full.



Overall, I was very disappointed with this character breakfast. The food was good, but no great, and the character interactions were pretty much horrible. We had such a great experience and amazing interactions the last time we went. I understand that it was a table of adults and the characters aren't going to stay as long as they would with kids, but we had barely any interaction with the characters besides posing for a few photos. Mickey and friends are my parents favorites and I love them too, we we really hoping for some actual time with them. :sad1:

03-10-2013, 10:36 PM
Just caught up on your recent updates. Loving all the photos. I loved the photo you took of the garden and waterfall in Sea World. So beautiful! At Animal Kingdom I love how close the giraffes got to your truck. Great photos. We got great photos on our safari but the animals weren't that close. With my zoom lens I was able to get some really close up photos though. Much better than 6 yrs ago. We also got to see the tigers for some time too and photograph them. Sorry your character breakfast wasn't as memorable as your prior trip. Looking forward to more.

03-13-2013, 07:33 PM
After our breakfast with Mickey we headed back to the monorail and hopped on the Avengerail.
Soon we were back in Magic Kingdom! The first thing we did was stop to examine the map and schedule to make sure we didn't miss anything.
And then started our day with a magical walk down Main Street


The castle is just so gorgeous!

We decided to start off in Tomorrow Land, but had to stop for a few castle pictures on our way.

There wasn't a very long wait time posted for Buzz Lightyear, so we decided to go on that and walked right on.


Next, we went over to Space Mountain to get some fast passes for Dad and I. And then decided to go on the People Mover, since it is a nice slow ride for Mom.


The view is so wonderful.

Our next stop was The Carousal of Progress. There's a great big beautiful tomorrow just a dream away!! I'm pretty sure I was singing that song for the rest of the day, it is just so catchy! After our journey into the past, we headed over to Mosters Inc Laugh Floor. The show was very cute and funny. But during the entire show I was pretty nervous that I would get put up on the screen, I hate things like that. I'm pretty sure Dad would have gotten up and left if he showed up on the screen, he hates those things much more than I do.

Mom wanted to go on Astro Orbiter after that, so that is what we did. We had to wait longer than you would think. The CM only gave us 2 of the card passes things, so we had to have 2 people in 1 rocket. For future reference, those rockets are NOT big enough for 2 adults.
That is us trying to get into a rocket. It was the most uncomfortable ride I've ever been on. It took us awhile to actually be able to sit in to rocket. We were very squished, we are both tall and have long legs which made things even more difficult. Dad's legs had to go around me, which meant that his knees were jammed against the side of the rocket and my knees were jammed against both side of the up/down bar. Once the ride started, I managed to move the up/down bar to move the rocket, but everytime we went down I was forced to lean against Dad's leg which drove his knee into the side of the rocket. Getting out of the rocket was extremely difficult. I'm surprised that the CM didn't realize that we wouldn't fit in very well.

After our very squished orbit, Dad and I went to use our fast passes at Space Mountain. Much more leg room. Then we ventured out of Tomorrow Land and into Fantasy Land. Where we decided to ride the teacups.

Before we got into line, we spotted the White Rabbit coming out for his meet and greet and saw Pooh and Tigger heading over to their character spot. I love seeing the characters just walking around. After Dad and I got off the ride, Mom asked if I wanted to get in line but I didn't want to wait that long for the White Rabbit. However, Mom casually informed me that Alice had joined him while we were on the ride. Well that was a different story, I got right into line! I love Alice!! I've wanted to be her for halloween for years, but could never find a decent costume anywhere.
They closed the line right after we got in, so there was a CM standing behind us to tell people the line was closed. It was kind of funny to listen to all of the people who wanted to get in line. I felt bad for some of them who seemed so disappointed, but there were so many people who begged him to just make one exception, and some people were just down right rude. We waited about 20 minutes but chatted with the CM so it went by fast. The White Rabbit left when we got half way through the line but came back out a few people before us.

When it was my turn, Alice asked what we were celebrating so I told her about my graduation. She said that made me "officially smart" and asked what I was graduating for. I told her it was to be a teacher and she said that I must know absolutely everything about anything. We chatted for a little longer before taking some pictures.
She was so cute, I love her British accent! After our interaction she told everyone that she was late for a tea party, said good-bye to the White Rabbit, and skipped away.

After meeting Alice and the White Rabbit we headed into New Fantasy Land
We peeked at the new Snow White coaster. It looks like a good ride, I wish it had been finished. I guess we will just have to go back soon, right?:laughing:
We walked around and checked out the Belle area of New Fantasy Land, which is adorable. I like the theming of Gaston's Tavern, well the outside at least.
We went into a Beauty and Beast themed store and I wanted to buy everything! Just look at how gorgeous this painting is, how can you not want it?
We left the store before I spent all of my tuition money and happened to see Gaston.

We were getting hungry so we decided to get some lunch. Hmmm, where do you think we went? Here is a hint.

03-17-2013, 09:09 PM
You guessed it, we were having lunch at Be Our Guest. I love Beauty and the Beast, so when I heard about this restaurant I knew that we had to go there. I tried really hard to get dinner reservations, but they were completely booked for the entire week we were at Disney. But since it is considered a quick service for lunch we decided to just go then.
The line was all the way back to the menus and we over heard someone saying that a CM had told them it would be about an hour and a half wait, but we got in line anyway. Normally we would never wait that long to get into a restaurant, but eating here was non-negotiable for me, so we decided to tough out the wait. At least we had a good view from the line.
You can kind of see the line in this picture, and that was after we had already been waiting a while.


While we were in line, a CM saw our celebrating buttons and asked about them, so I told him I was graduating from college. A guy standing behind us over heard and this conversation followed...
Guy: What are you graduating for?
Me: Early Childhood Education
Guy: Where are you graduating from?
Me: The University of Maine at Farmington
Guy: What state is that in?
Me: ...Maine
It was probably the most hilarious question ever. :rotfl: We ended up chatting with him for a little while while we were waiting.

Finally we got to the front of the line and they let us inside...where the line continued. But at least it was out of the hot sun and we got to look at the gorgeous restaurant.


We waited for about an hour before we finally made it to the end of the line.
A CM gives you a plastic rose that has a chip in it and the directs you to a kiosk to place your order.

From what I'd read on DIS before our trip, I thought that the kiosks were touch screens that you order off of. But in reality it is a computer screen with a menu on it and you place your order with a CM that is at the kiosk. After we had all ordered, the CM told us to find a table and put our rose on it so they could tell where to bring our food and then we could look around if we wanted. We decided to eat in the Main Gallery.
Everything about this restaurant is so gorgeous!!!
Just look at that ceiling!

We picked a table by the windows so we could watch it snow.



After we picked our table we went to get our fountain drinks and I checked out the Ballroom, which is also gorgeous.

We didn't have to wait very long for our food, which arrived in glass food carts. I got the croque monsieur and fries.
It was good, but nothing special. It was just like any other warm ham and cheese sandwhich. I only ate half of it because I was getting full and it was too hamy for me, but I'm weird about my ham sandwhiches. The fries were pretty good too.

Dad got the carved turkey sandwhich and fries.
He thought it was good.

Mom got the grilled steak sandwich and fries.
She said it was very good.

For dessert I got the triple chocolate cupcake.
It was delicious. Very moist, rich, and chocolatey. But I didn't like the plastic paper liner thing it came in. I tried very hard to take it off, but couldn't figure out how. I ended up eating it out of the cupcake liner with a fork, which I think you are supposed to do, but still.

Dad got the lemon meringue cupcake.
He thought it was good but had the same issues with the cupcake liner that I had.

Mom got a chocolate cream puff.
She thought it was good, but not awesome.

After we finished eating, I went to check out the West Wing. I liked the themeing, but I don't think I would want to eat in there because it is so dark.
The picture quality is horrible, but it was so hard to get a good picture since it was so dark.
I love the rose!

Overall, I would say that Be Our Guest was worth the wait. The food wasn't anything that great, but the decor and the atmosphere more than makes up for it. I would eat there again and again for the sole purpose of sitting in such a beautiful room and looking around at everything.


03-17-2013, 11:11 PM
By the time we finished lunch it was around 2:30, so we decided to find spots for the parade. We ended up finding amazing spots in Liberty Square right on the corner of the parade route. We were able to see the parade from the front as it was coming towards us and then from the side after it turned the corner, so we had a completely unobstructed view. We sat on the ground right behind the ropes so no one could squeeze in front of us.
Our view of the parade route.

Waiting for the parade.

I got really excited when I saw the Main Street Philharmonic because I thought the parade was starting. But they were like 10 minutes ahead of the parade, which I thought was weird.

While we were waiting a CM came by and told us that the Grand Marshall for the day was a woman named Amy, who had breast cancer, and her family. The CM asked us to cheer for her and yell her name when the car drove by. When the Grand Marshall car came by, you could hear everyone along the parade route cheering. I'm so glad I was able to be a part of making that moment so special for her. :hug:

The parade wasn't far behind!
















The parade was super cute! We got high fives from several characters. But I'm surprised by how short it was. We spent more time waiting for the parade than we did watching it. I really wish it was at least a little longer, I didn't want it to end.

03-18-2013, 01:16 PM
I love new Fantasyland, especially all of the Beauty and the Beast stuff. I wanted to buy everything in that store too! We had dinner at Be Our Guest and loved it. Your pics of lunch look good too, I'd love to try it. The steak sandwich looks especially tasty!

03-18-2013, 06:50 PM
After the Celebrate the Magic Parade was over, we fought the crowds back into Fantasy Land. I wanted to go on Peter Pan's Flight, but the posted wait time was 80 minutes and we didn't think that was worth it. So we went in PhilharMagic instead. That show is very cute, I like that there are so many different Disney characters in it.

After the show was over we went to check the wait time for Peter Pan again, which had dropped to 40 minutes. We were debating whether or not we wanted to wait that long but it was probably our last chance to go on it this week and I didn't want to miss it, so we decided to stick it out. As soon as we got into line, a man came up to us and gave us 5 fastpasses that they weren't going to use. It was such a wonderful time to be sprinkled with some pixie dust! Thank you, whoever you are. Since we only needed 3 of the fastpasses, we looked around to find 2 people to give the other ones to, which took longer than you would think. Eventually we spotted 2 older ladies get into line, so we offered them the other fastpasses. They were very thankful and it was nice to spread some of our own pixie dust. We hopped right into the fastpass line and walked right on.

The ride was cute, but I'm glad we didn't have to wait 40 minutes for it.

After our flight over Neverland, we went to get fastpasses for Big Thunder Mountain. And passed a very sad looking Splash Mountain.

After getting our fastpasses, we looked around in the Splash Mountain gift shop and just wondered around for a little while. We decided to go on Pirates of the Carribean again. This time I refused to sit on the end because I didn't want to get splashed again, so I sat in the middle. Our boat stopped right under the pirate on top of the bridge, so we got to stare at a dirty pirate leg for a few minutes before we started moving again. We wandered back over to BTMRR after that but had some more time until our fastpass window opened up, so we decided to hop on the train and do a full circle of the park.

Our fastpass window was open after that, so Dad and I got in line for BTMRR. We ended up sitting in the second row of the first car.
For some reason it seemed to be a lot slower than it was earlier in the week. Although I'm sure it is probably because the last time was in the dark.

Next, we just wandered around for little while. Mom noticed that the next showing of the Country Bear Jamboree was starting in a few minutes, so we decided to watch that.
It was ok, but felt really long to me (even thought it wasn't). It isn't anything I feel compelled to see again.

Once that was over, we were getting hungry. So we went on the search for food and to find a spot for the 7:00 Main Street Electrical Parade.

We had reservations for a viewing spot for Wishes across from the Plaza that came with our vacation package through AAA. Our plan was to watch the 7:00 parade only if we could find a good spot close to the Plaza on Main Street so we could get to our viewing spot quickly. If we couldn't find spots we would watch the 9:00 parade.

We spotted Sleepy Hollow and I remembered the nutella waffle sandwiches I read about on DIS. I wanted to get one, but they weren't under a snack credit and it wasn't worth spending almost $7 when we had snack credits to use up. We wandered over to Main Street to check out options at the Bakery and Ice Cream Parlor, but there wasn't anything I wanted. Main Street was packed, so it was very hard to move around. We decided to skip the 7:00 parade and watch the 9:00 one because there was no way we were getting spots. I remembered seeing a cream cheese pretzel on the menu at the Lunching Pad and decided that is what I wanted, so we went to order that. Mom and Dad decided that they wanted to go back to the Ice Cream Parlor. We went our viewing spot so we could grab a good table, since it is first come first pick. I sat there and ate my pretzel while Mom and Dad went to get their ice cream. I don't remember what they got, but they both looked delicious. And my pretzel was very yummy also.

This is our viewing spot, we moved the table so it was right up against the railing once more people started showing up.

We could see the floats from the Parade going by, so we watched that a little. We got to our viewing spot super early, but I thought Celebrate the Magic started 15 minutes earlier than it actually did. Oh well, it was worth it to relax while we ate and to get the best table in the viewing spot.

Here is our view of the castle.
It is so pretty!

Celebrate the Magic started and once again, I was in complete awe the entire time. That show is just so magical! I decided to video tape it this time since I had a ton of pictures from the first night. The only down side to our viewing spot was that we couldn't see the bottom of the castle, so we couldn't see some of the projections for Celebrate the Magic. Wishes started soon after and it was beautiful.

A very blurry Tinkerbell





The reflection of the fireworks on the water was so pretty.






Having that viewing spot was wonderful! I would defintely reccomend it if you get the opportunity. Not only did we have an amazing, unobstruced view of Wishes, but we got to sit in comfy chairs the whole time with a table and didn't have to worry about people crowding us.

Once Wishes ended, we decided to wait a few minutes before heading to Main Street to let some of the crowd disperse. And what is a better way to kill time than taking some castle pictures?



03-18-2013, 08:36 PM
I just came to catch up....I got to the MK parade part after you eating at Be our guest. What day was that? If it was Thursday we were literally right near you watching the parade. We were in the same area and our CM told us about AMY the Grand Marshall and if we could do him a favor and give her a big warm welcome. We also saw the big line and passed on waiting for lunch at BE our Guest. My DH does not like to wait in lines...at least not that long.

03-18-2013, 08:54 PM
Okay now all caught up. Your cupcake and your Dad's lemon meringue pie looked amazing. I love both of those. Loved all your photographs in there too as well as the parade ones and wishes ones. Looking forward to hearing more.

03-18-2013, 10:42 PM
I love new Fantasyland, especially all of the Beauty and the Beast stuff. I wanted to buy everything in that store too! We had dinner at Be Our Guest and loved it. Your pics of lunch look good too, I'd love to try it. The steak sandwich looks especially tasty!

I love new Fantasyland too. Everything is just so beautiful. It doesn't hurt that it is based off of two of my favorite Disney movies. That Beauty and the Beast store was just dangerous, there were too many wonderful things in it.

I just came to catch up....I got to the MK parade part after you eating at Be our guest. What day was that? If it was Thursday we were literally right near you watching the parade. We were in the same area and our CM told us about AMY the Grand Marshall and if we could do him a favor and give her a big warm welcome. We also saw the big line and passed on waiting for lunch at BE our Guest. My DH does not like to wait in lines...at least not that long.

It was on Thursday. It is so weird that we were so close to each other! My Dad hates lines too, and I'm not that fond of them either. We were debating whether we should wait or not because we would never consider waiting that long to eat normally. But I wanted to eat at Be Our Guest so much, I would have been super sad if we weren't able to.

Okay now all caught up. Your cupcake and your Dad's lemon meringue pie looked amazing. I love both of those. Loved all your photographs in there too as well as the parade ones and wishes ones. Looking forward to hearing more.

Thank you!

03-19-2013, 09:40 PM
We waited about 10 minutes after Wishes ended before we braved the crowds to stake out a spot to watch the Main Street Electrical Parade. We found a spot that was right in front of a building with a construction front up (this is important to remember for later). We held our ground despite the mass of people rushing past us on their way out of the park. There was another showing of Celebrate the Magic, so of course I watched it again. It was still wonderful even after the third time seeing it, and I probably could have watched it 10 more times without it getting old.

About 10 minutes before the parade started a CM came up to us and told us that we couldn't sit there to watch the parade because the sidewalk was too narrow from the construction front. I completely understand why they closed off that area, but we were pretty upset that they waited that long to tell us. We had been sitting there for over half an hour and saw many CMs pass by in that time that could have told us. That area should have been blocked off some how or there should have been a sign. We had no idea that we weren't allowed to sit there, if we had we would have picked another spot. But since we didn't find out until 10 minutes before the parade started I was super nervous that we wouldn't find good spots, the sidewalks were packed with people. We were miraculously able to find an open section of sidewalk closer to the entrance on the other side of the street, so we still ended up with just as good of a spot. But it was a close call, and was way too stressful.

I spotted a perfect photo op of Main Street with the castle and a bunch of balloons, but I couldn't manage to get a picture that wasn't blurry. This is the best one.

It wasn't long before Main Street went dark and the parade started.





















The parade was very cute, but I wish it had more characters in it. From what I remember of SpectroMagic, I liked that better.

Once the parade was over, we made our way out of the park. Since we were close-ish to the entrance, we didn't have to fight through that many crowds.
We said goodbye to Main Street
and grabbed a bus back home to Port Orleans. Did I mention how much I love that the announcement on the bus says "welcome home" when it arrives at the resort at the end of the night.

We got back to our room and found an adorable towel animal.
Our beds were also turned down and there were other fancily folded towels by the sinks and in the bathroom. It just added a magical touch.

We all got ready for bed and watched a little TV before falling asleep.

03-20-2013, 06:54 AM
Great Pics! We upgraded our May graduation trip to the royal rooms :)

03-20-2013, 04:03 PM
Great Pics! We upgraded our May graduation trip to the royal rooms :)

Thank you! I hope you have a great trip, you will love the royal rooms!!

03-20-2013, 04:32 PM
I'm just finding your TR and I am subscribing! I want to stay at POR and specifically in the Royal room! What an awesome surprise from your parents! :)

We went to Akershus and we had the SAME Aurora! And I'm totally jealous that you got Cindy! I didn't think she was ever there! What a bit of pixie dust! Okay, I'll catch up later!

03-20-2013, 06:19 PM
I'm just finding your TR and I am subscribing! I want to stay at POR and specifically in the Royal room! What an awesome surprise from your parents! :)

We went to Akershus and we had the SAME Aurora! And I'm totally jealous that you got Cindy! I didn't think she was ever there! What a bit of pixie dust! Okay, I'll catch up later!

Welcome! POR is such an amazing resort and the royal rooms are gorgeous, you'll love it there! I was really surprised to see Cinderella at Akershus but I'm glad she was there. She was the perfect first characer interaction of the trip!

03-20-2013, 08:28 PM
I was surprised when Mom woke me up about 40 minutes after she was supposed to the next morning. She told me that Dad was sick for most of the night. :sick: Oh no! Dad is never sick, never. Of course the first time he gets sick in 10 years is when we are at Disney. Being sick in Disney must be one of the worst things ever!

Mom and I got ready and headed to River Mill to get some breakfast and some supplies for Dad. We both got mickey waffles with strawberries for breakfast, which was delicious by the way. Mom used the drink that came with her meal to get Dad a Power-Ade and we used snack credits to get him some coffee cake (which he didn't eat) and a small box of ritz crackers. We wanted to fill his mug with ginger ale, but there wasn't any in the soda fountain. Mom asked a CM and he was nice enough to get some from the bar for us.

We finished eating and went back to the room to get Dad all set up. We decided that we were going to stick to our plan for the day and let Dad sleep in the room. Once we made sure that he had everything he needed, we headed for the bus stop. We didn't have to wait long for a bus and arrived at our destination for the day a little after 10:30. Hollywood Studios :wizard: Although it was very strange to be there without Dad.



After taking a few hat pictures, we did what any good DISer would do and headed straight to Pixar Place for Toy Story Mania fastpasses. We did manage to get some for 3:30


I love the theming of this area, it is adorable.

Our plan for the day was to just go slow and do things as we got to them. We looked around in some of the stores and checked the map to see what rides were close by. I spotted the Backlot Tour on the map and we decided that we might as well start there.
We did have to wait in line for a little while, but not very long.





This was our first time on this ride, since we missed it on our first trip. It was kind of cool to see the behind the scenes stuff.

We still had some time before our lunch ADR, but not a lot, so we decided to wander in that direction. We looked in some more stores because where else are you going to see as much pixar stuff? Mom spotted a sign saying that the were looking for audience members to vote on videos for America's Funniest Home Videos. She loves that show, so we decided to check it out. It turned out that they had just finished a viewing and the next one was during our ADR.

We kept wandering and came across the cutest store front ever.
We looked around in there for a few minutes and decided that we had just enough time to kill before our ADR to watch Muppet Vision 3D.

We ended up towards the back all the way over to one side of the theater. So, we didn't have the best seats and I don't think the 3D effects were as good. I thought the show was cute but Mom thought it was kind of boring.

03-21-2013, 11:32 AM
Okay! I'm all caught up! I've been ignoring housework to read your TR! HAHA :rotfl2:

I like that coaster at Sea World… I haven't been to Sea World since the mid-90's, but that makes me want to consider it!

Sorry your Character meals had been less than wonderful. :guilty:

Boo to your dad getting sick! That just stinks! Glad the CM was able to help you out with some Ginger Ale! I wouldn't have thought about asking for it from the bar!

03-21-2013, 04:03 PM
Okay! I'm all caught up! I've been ignoring housework to read your TR! HAHA :rotfl2:

I like that coaster at Sea World… I haven't been to Sea World since the mid-90's, but that makes me want to consider it!

Sorry your Character meals had been less than wonderful. :guilty:

Boo to your dad getting sick! That just stinks! Glad the CM was able to help you out with some Ginger Ale! I wouldn't have thought about asking for it from the bar!

Thanks for reading! I've definitely done that before, ignoring responsibilities to read trip reports. Sea World is wonderful, I'm sure you'll enjoy it if you decide to go. I wouldn't have thought about getting ginger ale from the bar either, my mom just asked if they had any anywhere.

03-21-2013, 08:14 PM
Once Muppet Vision 3D was over it was time for our ADR. And we just happened to be right next door! We made reservations for the Fantasmic package at Mama Melrose


We checked in and had no problem reducing our reservation to 2 instead of 3. We had to wait about 10 minutes before we were seated.



Our waiter gave us the pass for our Fantasmic seats and explained to us how it worked. We were still debating what we wanted when he brought us our drinks and rolls, so he said he would come back. We should have just ordered then because it took him way too long to come back. At least we had some yummy bread and olive oil to eat while we were waiting.

The Fantasmic package comes with an appetizer, but there wasn't anything that I liked on the menu. I ended up just ordering a caeser salad and Mom got the same thing.
I only took a few bites because I don't like salad. I ate my crouton and Mom's crouton and gave the rest of my salad to Mom, which she didn't eat much of since she had her own.

It took forever for us to get out food. I don't know what took so long because it didn't seem that busy.

I ordered a wild mushroom flatbread.
It was delicious! The crust was perfect, soft and fluffy but a little crispy on the outside. I was a little nervous about the balsamic reduction but it was actually very good and complimented it well. I love mushrooms and was very excited about this dish. Yum!

Mom got the charred strip steak, which came with macaroni and cheese.
She really liked it, I had a bite and it was very good. She didn't really want her mac and cheese for some reason, so I ended up eating most of it. I thought that it was very tasty.

Since we had the Fantasmic package, we didn't get to choose our own dessert. We were given a sampler to share.
It had blueberry pana cotta, tiramisu, amaretto cheescake, and some chocolate thing that I don't remember what it was. The dessert was pretty underwhelming. The pana cotta tasted weird, the chocolate thing wasn't good, the amaretto cheesecake was ok, and I don't like tiramisu. I didn't know we weren't able to choose our own dessert with the Fantasmic package, so I was a little surprised by that. The dessert was also pretty small, especially for 2 people to share. I would have much rather been able to order what I wanted for dessert instead of having an appetizer I didn't eat.

Once we were done eating we had to wait awhile for our check and even longer for our waiter to process our DDP. Overall, the entrees were very good but the service was horrible.

After we were finally able to pay and leave, we stopped to take a picture of the Muppet fountain.

We spotted a pay phone next to the bathroom and Mom wanted to call Dad to see how he was doing. There was a family using it, so we waited off to the side. I think the were calling home to give an update on their trip, we patiently waited as both parents and their two kids each had a (somewhat lengthy) turn talking. They finally hung up and then picked up the phone to call someone else, so we decided it wasn't worth waiting and went on search for another phone. We couldn't use our cell phones because we didn't have service so far from home. Of course we took some scenery pictures on the way.

We couldn't find one anywhere and ended up having to go all the way to the front of the park to call from Guest Services. After checking in with Dad, who had been sleeping most of the morning, we decided to just wander. It wasn't that long before the Pixar pirade was starting, but too early to find spots. We looked through most of the stores on Hollywood Boulevard, which basically all had the same things. We ended up just deciding to get parade spots a little earlier than we planned.

03-25-2013, 01:40 PM
* I'm glad you got some pixie dust to get on Peter Pan! It's a cute ride, but not worth a long wait! I hadn't been on it since I was 8 because I never wanted to wait. This past trip I finally got to do it again since we were there for extra magic hours and it was 1am.
* I saw the Electrical Parade for the first time, it was a lot of fun!
* So sorry your dad got sick :( That must be such a bummer.
* I love backlot tours, but that may be because twice I was picked as one of the volunteers in the beginning. Both times I was the person sitting in the chair on the phone that got water dumped on them from the side. So much fun!
* We have reservations at Mama Melrose so I was glad to see your experience. Hopefully we have better service though :/

03-29-2013, 10:18 PM
That is odd that they didn't let you pick your dessert. Good to know, in case we book that package in the future!

03-31-2013, 07:52 PM
After wandering through almost every store on Hollywood Boulevard we decided to find a spot for the Pixar Pal's Countdown to Fun Parade. I LOVE Disney/Pixar movies so there was no way I was missing this parade. Since there was still a while until the parade started, there weren't many people looking for spots yet. We decided to sit on the sidewalk on the shady side of the street. A few minutes after we sat down, the people sitting on the bench next to us left, so we claimed the bench for ourselves. Which was the perfect parade viewing spot.

While waiting, we were entertained by some movie stars and other quirky characters.

And took some other pictures

About 15 minutes before the parade started some CMs with a camera crew came by and announced that they wanted to do a flash mob. They taught some people a little dance and then filmed it. We decided not to participate, but might have ended up in the background, especially when they panned the sidewalks. Good thing Dad wasn't there for that, he would have run away as soon as he saw that camera.

Pretty soon the parade started!




Boo! I love her!


Russel and Dug!!








The parade was very cute, but not one of the best.

03-31-2013, 08:58 PM
I am not a big fan of the parades… I know it's unDisney like, but I'd rather be waiting in lines for rides rather than waiting on a parade!! :rolleyes: But it does look like a cute parade!!!

03-31-2013, 10:29 PM
Sorry your dad was sick. That is so unfair to be sick in Disney. I love parades but unfortunately we missed this one when we were there. We were sitting eating in another area when it went through.

04-09-2013, 01:19 PM
Nice that you got a bench to watch the parade from! And it looks like such a cute parade, though I've never seen it. And I guess now I won't be able to since they just stopped doing it recently!

05-23-2013, 09:07 PM
Hey Everyone!
Sorry for not updating in a while. Life got super busy between student teaching and my job as an RA and I just didn't have any spare time to write an update. I graduated last weekend and now that that is over I'll have more time to finish up this TR.

I promise that there will be an update coming soon! And to make up for it, here are some pictures of my graduation!

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh244/pipidancer/600877_10101013089956459_1788110216_n_zps1bf0c734. jpg


http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh244/pipidancer/970105_10151508326873893_1642869685_n_zpsed450164. jpg



05-24-2013, 09:25 AM
Congratulations! Looking forward to more updates, we are staying at Port Orleans French Quarter for the first time and I can't wait! :banana:

05-30-2013, 05:24 PM
Congrats on graduating!! My life has been super busy too recently so I feel you on the updates! Hope to see more soon!

06-03-2013, 03:23 PM
After the parade, our fastpass window for Toy Story Mania had just opened up, but we decided to go on the Great Movie Ride first since we were right there.


The line wasn't very long, so were able to walk right through the queue, until you get to the room with the big movie screen. But I had to stop to get a picture of this gorgeous dress from Shakespare in Love.
I've never seen the movie, but like I said, the dress is gorgeous.

And of course I had to get a picture of Mary Poppin's horse

We waited for a little while and then we were off on our journey into the movies





This was the first time we had been on the ride and we both liked it.

After that we headed over to Pixar place for Toy Story Mania!
We hopped into the fastpass queue and only had to wait a few minutes. I understand why that ride is so popular, it was a lot of fun! I would have loved to go on it again, if the wait time wasn't 90 minutes.

After our 3D adventure we just decided to wander, there weren't any shows that we wanted to see so we weren't in a rush for anything. I really wanted to see Beauty and the Beast, but it was closed for refurb that week. We ended up walking through One Man's Dream. It was really interesting to look at all of the old Disney artifacts. I especially loved the models of the parks.


The movie was about to start, but we decided to pass. Although I wish we had watched it, I'm sure it would have been interesting.

We wandered around some more and stopped to take a few pictures of the Hollywood Tower Hotel
I love that it is cloudy in this pic, it makes the tower look more ominous, as it should be. And in case you are wondering, no I did not ride Tower of Terror. The idea of free falling is slightly terrifying to me and I was to chicken to try it. One day I will brave it though!

Our next stop was Rock n Roller Coaster!

There was no way that Mom was going on it, so I got into the single rider line. I think I waited about 30 minutes, which was the same as the posted wait time. And it seemed to go by slower than usual since I was alone. Once I finally got on, it was a great ride!

At that point we were starting to get hungry, but not hungry enough for a meal. I really wanted to get a cupcake from Starring Roles after reading so much about them on DIS, so that is where we headed! We got there and the door was locked, so I checked the times guide and found out that they closed at 4 :sad1: So we went on the search for some other food. It seemed like a lot of things were closed, we found a few open stands but they only had barbeque, turkey legs, and other dinner foods, nothing we could have for a snack.
During the search, we passed a CM who noticed our I'm celebrating buttons and asked what we were celebrating. I told him I was graduating from college and he seemed confused and said I didn't look old enough to graduating from college. This conversation followed (or something very similar);
CM: You don't look any older than 20
Me: I'm 21
CM: Still, that dosn't seem old enough
Me: Well, I'll be 22 when I graduate in May
CM: Did you graduate from high school early or something?
Me: No...
This continued for a little while and he just couldn't get his head around it, he finally told us to have a good day and we continued our food search. It was just a really weird conversation.

We remembered seeing a funnel cake stand on the other side of the little lake, next to the giant dinosaur and decided to check there. Our plan was to get food and then find seats for Fantasmic, so it was really incovenient to walk all the way over there and then back. I'm surprised so many things were closed so early. We got a funnel cake with powdered sugar to share, which was pretty tasty, but not as good as a peanutbutter chocolate cupcake from Starring Rolls would have been...just saying.

06-24-2013, 07:13 PM
Once we managed to find food, we made our way back over to Fantasmic! to get seats. It was nice to have the the package because we didn't have to wait in line at all, but the seats aren't the best. The Fantasmic package section is way on the the side and we sat right next to the ropes because I wanted to be as close the middle as we could so we had a good view of the stage area. We ended up with less than great seats because we were in between 2 of the water screens so we were looking at both of them at a weird angle.

The view from our seats

I think we got there areound 45 minutes early and the main section was already packed.


The wait didn't seem that bad because some CMs gave us some entertainment. They were actually the same people that ran the flashmob earlier in the day. We had a sing off between 2 halfs of the stadium and then there was a trivia game and maybe some other things. Right before the show started they asked everyone to turn on any lights and wave them around, which looked pretty cool with so many people.



Then Mickey made his appearance! I couldn't get many good photos since it was so dark and the stage is so far away.



















Continued in next post

06-24-2013, 08:01 PM
I love the boat at the end with all of the characters on it!

And I love that Steamboat Willy is driving!









Overall it was a very cute show!

Our original plan was to stay for Extra Magic Hours that night, which I was hoping would be a great time to go on popular rides again with shorter lines (aka Toy Story Mania). I ended up getting the park hours mixed up that night. I thought the park closed at 8 with EMH until 9 but the park actually closed at 9 with EMH until 10. So, when we got out of Fantasmic I thought the park was closing and the crowds would disappear. I wanted to go on Rock n' Rollar Coaster again and since we were right there, thats where I headed. I got into the single rider line but it was a lot longer than it had been when I went on before. I didn't feel like waiting that long by myself and since I thought EMH was about to start I decided to wait a little while for the wait to go down, so I got out of line. It took me a minute to find Mom and we decided to walk around a little bit before EMH started. I finally realized my mistake about 5 minutes later. Oops.

Mom wanted to get back to the hotel since Dad had been alone all day. We decided to check out the wait for TSM since I really really wanted to go on it again and then see what happened. Not surprisingly, the wait for TSM was posted for over 100 minutes and it didn't seem worth it to wait that long. We walked towards the Streets of America area for a few minutes and it was completely deserted and dark. It is weird that they seem to close up everything before the park closes. We decided to leave since EMH didn't start for another hour and there wasn't much to do since the lines were so long, plus Mom really wanted to get back to check on Dad. I was kind of disappointed that we didn't get to stay for EMH, but it just didn't make sense. And we decided to go to Downtown Disney for a little while after checking on Dad so we wouldn't be wasting any precious Disney time.

But we had to stop for some more Hat pictures before we left.



We got back to our room at POR before 9. Dad slept most of the day and said he was starting to feel better. Mom was hungry so she went to Rivermill to get a wrap and to get some toast and gingerale for Dad. I wasn't super hungry and decided to wait and get something in Downtown Disney, so I stayed in the room and watched some American Pickers with Dad.

Once Mom finished eating, we took the boat to DTD.
(I took this picture on a different day when it was actually light out)

The ride took about 20-30 minutes but it was a nice change from a bus and the scenery was pretty. I would definitely recommend it if you have the option.


When we decided to go to DTD we had forgotten that it was Friday night, and it was super crowded. We went into World of Disney, but it was so packed that it was hard to actually look at anything, so we didn't stay in there long. At this point I was hungry and I knew exactly what I wanted, ice cream from Gheradelli. Unfortuantely, nothing counted as a snack credit and we didn't want to spend so much on a snack when we had so many credits left, so I left empty handed :( So, for the second time that night we went on a hunt for food. We couldn't find anything that we could use snack credits on and didn't want to walk that far, so we head back to the boat landing. We went into Goofy's Confectionary and although there were a ton of a delicious looking treats, there wasn't anything I wanted, so we left. We decided to get in line for the boat back, but I decided that I wanted a rice crispie treat from Goofy's Confectionary afterall. We went back and I got my Mickey crispie treat with Resse's Pieces. I'm glad I decided to go back, because it was very delicious. And super cute!

Side 1

Side 2

I swear, everything tastes better when it is shaped like Mickey!!:rotfl:

I ate it while we waited in line, but only ate 1 ear before I was full. I ended up munching on it for the next few days. It was a lot more filling than I thought it would be.

We took the boat back, got ready for bed, and watched a little more TV before we went to sleep.

06-27-2013, 07:44 PM
Those Mickey rice krispy treats are HUGE!! We messed up on our first trip- we thought you could make your own and do use the credits… but you can't. :( So we had to buy THREE of them and thus have 3 extra credits. :sad2: Oh well! It all worked out!!

Fantasmic looks like a great show!!

07-10-2013, 08:21 PM
We woke up they next morning and I was ready to begin our last park day, even though I wished we were staying another week or so. :rotfl: Dad said he felt better today, still not the greatest, but he decided to come with us and would come back to the room if he starting feeling sick again. Mom started packing while I showered and got ready.

We headed over to River Mill to get breakfast, and since there were suitcases and clothes spread across the bed we put the do not disturb sign on the door so Mousekeeping wouldn't come in to clean before we finished eating and had a chance to pick up our stuff. On out way out the door, we bumped into our Mousekeeper and she asked if we no longer wanted Moousekeeping services since we put the sign up for the second day in a row. Mom explained to her that we were packing and just put the sign up while we went to breakfast and told her that Dad was sick yesterday, which is way the sign was up all day. We talked a little while longer and she told Dad that it must have been horrible to be stuck in the room all day while we were at Disney. She was very nice!

We got to River Mill and picked a seat next to the water wheel.
I don't remember what my parents had, but I got the most delicious breakfast food ever, Mickey waffles! With strawberries, bacon, and sausage. Yum!

When we finished eating we headed back to the room and Mom took a ton of resort pics on the way.







When we got to our room Mom tidied up her packing mess while I finished getting ready. We grabbed our park bag and headed to the boat landing. And Mom took some more resort pics.










08-14-2013, 08:06 PM
Hey everyone!
I'm sorry that it has been so long since the last update. I've been having some internet issues lately and have had problem loading pages. I wanted to do an update tonight, but I'm having trouble connecting to photobucket (which I use to link my trip photos). :badpc:

I'll try to do an update as soon as I can, so hang in there. I promise I'm not going anywhere until this TR is finished!

08-18-2013, 12:56 PM
We took the boat to Downtown Disney, which was a nice ride. I like taking the boat, it is a nice change from the buses and is super pretty. Our plan was to spend the morning doing some shopping and exploring DTD. We hadn't bought anything all week (besides our Minnie ears) so we had a lot of catching up to do. :rotfl:

Our first stop was Disney's Days of Christmas because A) it is right next to the boat landing, B) if there is one thing I love almost as much as Disney, it is Christmas, and C) I wanted to buy a Belle ornament that I saw in the parks earlier in the week.

The first thing we saw when we walked in were these Mickey nutcrackers and I fell in love with them!
How adorable are they?! :love:

When I was younger I danced in The Nutcracker every year and my parents would buy me a nutcracker as an end of show present and I've been collecting them ever since. So these were beyond perfect! I really wanted one, but I really didn't want to spend so much money on it.

I managed to peel myself away from the nutcrackers and looked around the rest of store, which was amazing! I could probably buy the entire store. We looked at all of the ear ornaments, which were super cute, I especially loved the Snow White one. It just fits her so perfectly

We decided to buy a blue ball ornament with Cinderella's Castle on top and said "Disney World 2013" on it, which is beautiful. While I was l was looking at the Belle ornaments I was planning on getting, my Mom brought over an ornament of Mickey wearing a graduation cap and gown that she found. Considering that we were on my graduation trip he was just too perfect and we decided to buy that one too. I decided not to get the Belle ornament since we were already getting 2.

Our next stop was the pin store. I'm not big on pins, mainly because I don't go to Disney World enough to actually be able to do pin trading. Although, I love looking at them and one day I will be a pin trader! Anyway, the reason for this stop was because I wanted to get the Ellie Badge pin that I saw on our first night and couldn't stop thinking about.
It is just so perfect!! Dad asked why I wanted a grape soda pin and I tried to explain to them the significance of the Ellie Badge, but they just didn't get it. :confused3

After our pin-stop, we walked around and looked at all of the Lego sculptures, which are amazing.








08-21-2013, 09:40 PM
After our tour of the Legos, it was time for our lunch reservation at Portobello!

The restaurant is beautiful. We were seated on the patio at a table right next to the water, so we had a great view!



I think next time I would ask for an indoor table, but that is just because I'm not a huge fan of eating outside. The sun starting beating down on my back half way through our meal and the birds kept jumping me like crazy (I have a small fear of birds). But it was still nice to eat by the water.

Mom and I decided to get specialty drinks since they were covered on the DDP. I think she got the coconut Modo Tuo (it is like an italian soda), which she said was good. I got a raspberry Italian Cream Soda, which was delicious!
Here is a tip, notice how the red and white layers are seperated? Make sure you stir it really well. Once I drank through the raspberry layer, the white layer tasted kind of bitter, like club soda or seltzer water. Dad only wanted a water so he ended up ordering another cream soda for me. I mixed that one very well and it was even better.

Dad still wasn't feeling that great from the day before and didn't want to eat anything too heavy, so he was having trouble finding something to get. He asked our waiter for suggestions and he was super nice, he described several dishes and answered all of our questions!

While we were waiting for our meals, our waiter brought over some yummy bread and some roasted garlic with olive oil. You spread the garlic on the bread like butter and tastes amazing!

While we were eating out bread, we were watching the birds. They kept taking sugar packets off the empty tables and dipping the packets in the water so they could open them and eat the sugar. Genius.

Dad ended up getting the Italian Sub.
He only ate a few bites because it was making his stomach kind of grumpy and didn't want to risk getting sick again. But he thought it tasted good.

Mom got the Farfalle, which she said was very good.

I got the Black Linguine with Rock Shrimp.
It was delicious!! It had a great flavor.

For dessert, I got the Chocolate Paradise. Which is chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and toffee.
It was very tasty! The cake was very moist and had a great chocolate flavor. I don't really like toffee, so I kind of ate around that.

Mom and Dad both had Gelato. Mom got brownie batter and Dad got chocolate chip cookie dough.

I tried them both and they were very yummy.

Overall, our meal here was very good! I would definitely recommend Portobello to anyone. If you are planning on having a meal in DTD, you should definitely check this place out. I've never heard anything about this restaurant on DIS before, so I'm guessing it is a bit of a hidden gem. The reason I picked this restaurant was because I love mushrooms and the name caught my eye, plus it looked pretty. :rotfl: Not the ideal criteria, but it was a great decision!

08-22-2013, 08:42 PM
I don't think I've ever seen a report from Portabello's! You have added another possibility to my list! ::yes::

08-22-2013, 08:47 PM
I don't think I've ever seen a report from Portabello's! You have added another possibility to my list! ::yes::

I haven't either, I just came across it on the Disney World website. I would definitely recommend it, it was one of our best meals all week!

08-23-2013, 09:54 PM
Fun Downtown Disney day! I love the Christmas store, I would buy so many things in there if I had the money!

And you're right, I think Portobello is a hidden gem. I don't know that I've ever read a dining review of it before. I know a few people that had rehearsal dinners there before their weddings though. The food looks really good! Even though it's never really been on my radar before I think I would like to try it (provided it makes it through the big DTD renovation!)

09-22-2013, 03:18 PM
After lunch we continued our shopping spree and headed to World of Disney

But first we had to stop for a quick picture with Princess Aurora.

That store is woderful! I could spend so much money in there!!


We looked around at everything and I spotted an adorable Vintage Minnie plush that I decided to buy. I got a Classic Minnie one on our last trip and I thought it would be a nice tradition to get a plush on every Disney trip. I had a few ideas of which one to select for this trip, but as soon as I saw the Vintage Minnie, I knew that was the one (and I hadn't seen it anywhere in the parks).
I mean, how cute is she?

We also dicided to get a Cinderella's Castle picture frame, which I love.

I found a ton of stuff that I wanted, but nothing else that I decided to buy. If only I had unlimited money.

We looked around a few more stores after that, but didn't find anything else to buy. But I did see this adorable Minnie/Alice in Wonderland window display in a tea store.

Then we headed back to the Christmas store to get one of the Mickey Nutcrackers that I had fallen in love with earlier. Over lunch my parents convinced me that nutcrackers are expensive in general, so they really weren't that badly priced, especially for Disney, so I decided to buy one after all. And I am very glad I didn't pass them up. However I couldn't decide between the classic purple one or the red drummer and was taking forever to decide, so we decided to come back for them that night so I could think about it some more. And believe me, it took me all day to make a decision.

I stopped for a quick photo op before heading to the bus stop.

We were going to spend the rest of the day in Epcot, but wanted to stop by the resort first to drop off our purchases. Dad didn't want to take the boat again since it was to rocky for him in the morning, so we took a bus. Which took forever!

POR shares a bus stop with something else (I don't remember what though), but there were a bunch of people waiting for a bus to POR. We waited a while for a bus and when one finally came to let people off it never changed the destination sign so we didn't know if it was the one we wanted or not. We got up to check and someome else asked the driver but it wasn't our bus and we ended up losing our bench. We had to wait a while longer for our bus to finally get there. The bus ride itself also seemed long, especially since we had to stop at the other DTD bus stop. If you have the option, I would recommend taking a boat back instead of a bus. The ride itself seemed shorter and had great scenery on the way.

We got back to our room and found that the sheets had been changed (even though they had just been changed). Dad had mentioned earlier that he wished he had asked for new sheets since he was sick yesterday and wanted to get rid of the germs. We're guessng that our mousekeeper had the same thought after we had a conversation with her that morning and told her Dad had been sick, just some extra Disney thoughtfulness. We also found this adorable towel animal waiting for us.

09-22-2013, 06:09 PM
YAY your back! :cool1:

When I hit the lottery, I'm going to buy all the pretty things in WOD!!! Sigh… I love that Vintage Minnie! I think my girls will "need" that on our trip… ;)

09-22-2013, 07:31 PM
YAY your back! :cool1:

When I hit the lottery, I'm going to buy all the pretty things in WOD!!! Sigh… I love that Vintage Minnie! I think my girls will "need" that on our trip… ;)

Sorry for taking so long to write updates, I've been having some Internet issues and have been really busy with job applications.

If I one the lottery, most of it would prop baby be spent on Disney haha. :rofl:

10-10-2013, 07:58 PM
I totally agree with you on the spending money thing - there is so much I could buy at Downtown Disney if I had unlimited funds!

12-15-2013, 02:52 PM
After we dropped off our purchases in our room, we caught a bus to Epcot so we could finally see World Showcase while it was still light out.

Mom and I considered going on Soarin again but Dad didn't want to since he still wasn't feeling that great and the times board said it was a 40 minute wait, so we decided to skip it. And went straight to World Showcase. Our first country was Canada.

We had spent some time here on our first Epcot day, so we didn't stay long. But we had to check out Niagra Falls.


And the gardens were gorgeous.

We just walked through the UK and France since we had seen both countries on our first Epcot night, but we did stop to take a picture of the beautiful sky in France.

Our next stop was Morrocco.

And we had a mini photo shoot with that incredible fountain.
(I won't bore you with all of the pics though)

I loved the theming of the bazzar, it seemed so authentic.

Japan was next.


We spent a lot of time looking in the shop, there were so many pretty things.

We took a break from our journey around the world at the American Pavilion.

We sat on the fountain while Mom went to the Fife & Drum stand to get a jalepeno pretzel that she has been wanting all week.

After our quick break, our journey continued in Italy.


These Venetian masks are absolutely gorgeous. I wish I had an occasion to wear one.

Next stop was Germany. We looked at the giant train set for a little while


We spent some time looking in the Germany shop the first night so we just walked through quickly.

China was our last stop.

The acrobats were performing, so we watched for a minute. But it was super crowded and we couldn't see very well so we moved on to look in the shops.

I found a huge Giant Panda, which is my favorite animal. We became friends.

Once we had seen every country, we made our way back across the world to use up some snack credits. First stop was in Germany. I'd heard that Karamel Kuche was delicious and I felt the need to get something there, plus everything looked so yummy. I decided on getting a caramel filled chocolate cookie for later. And asked for a container so it wouldn't get smooshed in my bag.
I ended up eating it on the plane the next day and it was so good! The cookie was soft and the caramel wasn't too over powering. Yum!

Our next stop was in France so I could get a chocolate crepe.
We found a table to stop and eat and had a great view of Spaceship Earth across the lagoon. The crepe was good, not great. But I am a little spoiled because my mom and memere both make delicious homemade crepes.

On our way out of the park we stopped in the Art of Disney and looked around at all of the amazing art work. There are so many beautiful paintings in there. One day (when I'm rich) I will own a bunch.

Spaceship Earth looked so pretty, so we had a mini photo shoot.


Before we left, we were stopped by a CM and asked if we would take a dining survey. We agreed and she took us back to this place with some computers. It turns out the CM was from Maine (like us) so my parents talked to her for a little while as I filled out the survey. I accidently clicked on a restaurant that we didn't eat at so it kept asking a bunch of questions that I couldn't answer. I couldn't figure out how to go back to fix it and it was getting late so I just had to skip through everything to finish it so we could leave and get back to DTD with some time left. Oops. I apolize to the CM that has to go through all of the survey data, I'm sure I made their life a little harder.

02-03-2014, 08:29 PM
So where were we going to spend our last night in Disney? We were heading back to DTD with Disney Quest in mind. I know, it's an odd choice, but we did it on our last trip and had fun plus it was included in our package, so why not?

I don't really remember how we got there, but I think we took the monorail to TTC and took a bus to DTD. I do remember that we were on the bus for a long time since we had to stop at the Marketplace side before getting to our stop.



An important thing to know about Disney Quest is that it is extremely confusing to navigate. There are 5 floors and the entrance is somewhere in the middle. Also the staircases don't go to all of the floors, they only go up one floor and the you have to walk around to the other side and use another staircase to get to the next floor up. There is a lot of zigzagging involved, but luckily it is set up like a circle, which makes it a little easier.

Anyway, when we entered we were on the same floor as the rollarcoaster simulator, so that was our first stop. Dad didn't want to take any chances since he still wasn't feeling 100% and Mom hates rollarcoasters, so I was on my own with this one. But they went through the (walk on) line with me so they could watch me create it on the screen. I wasn't super happy with my coaster design because I didn't realize I had run out of track and couldn't go back to change it, so there were some sections I wanted but didn't include. My parents were going to step away to wait for me after the design process, but the CM told them they could go up on the platform with me and watch me in the simulator from a TV screen outside.

They told me to go stand by a particular simulator to wait for my turn. There were 2 boys, about 10, on it and all of a sudden the simulator stopped mid-ride and the CMs seemed a little frantic trying to get them out :eek: so I was moved to another simulator. I don't know how long it took to get them out, but at least they weren't upside down.

Once it was finally my turn, I got situated in the simulator and prepared my self for a fast ride with a lot of upside down moments. Not exactly what I ended up with. I chose the middle speed, and it was so slow! We're talking Dumbo speed. It wasn't too exciting and didn't feel like a rollar coaster at all. When I went upside down I could feel myself falling out of the seat and squishing against the shoulder bars. Dad even commented that it looked like I was going to fall out several times. It was nothing like I remembered it, the first time we did it I thought it was awesome, and this time I was very disappointed.

Here is a picture Mom took of the screen

Once we were done with that, Dad wanted to find something to eat. He hadn't had anything since lunch, and if you remember, he didn't eat very much then. DQ has 2 food areas but one of them was closed, so we had to go with the once with basic pre-made sandwiches. While waiting in line I noticed that the cupcakes looked a lot like the pictures I've seen of Starring Rolls cupcakes. And sense I missed out on the chocolate peanutbutter cupcake from Starring Rolls that I wanted to try and Dad didn't want dessert, I convinced him to get the choc PB cupcake for me ;)


Dad decided on a chicken wrap of some sort, which came with chips. He thought it was ok, nothing special. Mom and I split the cupcake and it was very yummy.

After Dad finished eating, we decided to start at the top floor and work our way down. And got slightly lost finding our way there. Since DQ is so big and so confusing to navigate we agreed to all stay on the same floor so we wouldn't lose eachother.
The top floor is full of retro arcade games and it was kind of fun to check them all out, especially for my parents who grew up playing them. Thinking back we spent a little too much time up here. We made it down to the 4th floor, which is full of modern games (guitar hero, fruit ninja, etc). Unfortunatly we only had time to play a few games before heading out. I was kind of upset that we didn't get to experience more, but we wanted to get back to the Market Place before stores closed so we could grab a few more last minute items.

Looking back, we really didn't plan our time here wisely. If we had bought the items in the morning when we saw them we would have had at least another half hour at DQ. And Dad's dinner break ate up a lot of time, even though it was necessary (he had to eat after all).

Walking to the Market Place was a lot further than I expected and it was super crowded since a ton of people were hitting the bars and such.

Our first stop was the Christmas store so I could get my Mickey Nutcracker. If you remember, I had a lot of trouble deciding which one I wanted that morning. I decided on getting the classic style purple one. And then spend a good 10 minutes looking over each individual nutcracker to make sure to get one without any imperfections. This ended up being pointless because they ended up setting aside the one I selected and giving me on in a sealed box. They offered to let me open the box to check it once Mom joked about how long it took me to pick the perfect one. But I felt kind of silly, so I declined. I wish I had because once I opened the box during Christmas I found that there was a chunk of glitter missing on the side of the arm and a stone missing from one of the hidden Mickeys on the back. It wasn't a huge deal, but I should have taken them up on the offer to check it. :confused3 oh well

While we were there I also decided to buy the Belle ornament that I had been eyeing for a few days (the one I decided not to get earlier that day since I thought we were getting to many ornaments). I'm glad I made this decision, I think I would have regretted not getting it. I use it as a decoration in my room year round, not just for the Christmas tree.


Our next stop was Goofy's Candy Co to use up the last of our snack credits. Mom got a rice crispy treat and I got some chocolate covered marshmallows to take home. Both were delecious!

After our purchases, we made our way to the bus stop and back to the resort. It was a little sad to hear the bus announcment welcome us home for the last time. :sad1:

02-16-2014, 03:39 PM
Waking up this morning was very sad because we would be leaving Disney in only a few hours.

Although we had time to go to a park this morning before Magical Express picked us up, it was the day of the Disney marathon and Mom had heard travel horror stories. I was willing to risk it, but ultimately we decided to stay at the resort so we wouldn't risk missing ME while stuck in traffic somewhere.

We slept in this morning, got ready, and finished packing. My carry on was completely filled with our Disney purchases, barely anything else :laughing: I finished packing before my parents, so while I was waiting for them I laid in bed and watched the fiber optic fireworks on my headboard over and over. And wishing that we could stay in Disney, of course. My parents finished packing and we said good-bye to our gorgeous room. :sad:

We walked over to the main building, checked our luggage, and put our carry ons in storage. Then we headed over to River Mill to get some breakfast. Taking some last pictures of the resort on the way.



The River Mill was packed! The marathon had made a big difference in the crowd level the last 2 days. All the tables were taken and people had taken chairs from other tables, so when we did find a table it didn't have any chairs with it. After making another lap we found an empty table with enough chairs. We claimed our table and went to get our food in shifts so we wouldn't lose it. I think we all got bounty platters, mine was with Mickey waffles (of course) but I don't remember what my parents had. We also had 1 snack credit left over, so we grabbed a bag of kettle corn to take home.

It was ok, nothing special, it tasted just like any other bagged kettle corn. I wish we had used that last credit for something else at Goofy's Candy Co. It would have been a much better use of the credit.

We finished eating but stayed at the table to drink pur coffee/hot chocolate. Mom went up to get a refill and while we were waiting a family sat down at the table next to us. I noticed that the son was wearing a shirt that had my high school's name and mascot on it. Dad and I were trying to figure out if there was a better chance of them being from our hometown or if there was another school out there with the same name/mascot/colors as ours. When mom came back we pointed it out to her and she said that two of the women looked familiar to her. She asked where they were from and it turned out that not only were they from our home town but were also customers at the bank my mom works at. What are the odds?! We chatted with them for a few minutes and then left the dining area.

We walked around the pool area again and then decided to check out the arcade, since we had a voucher for free credits. We spotted a pac-man air hockey game that released a bunch of pucks during the game. We thought it looked fun (and different) so we decided to play a game. It turned out that the game would use all of our credits. And it wasn't very fun, all of the pucks released at once and it was impossible to do anything but wave your hands around and hope to hit something. It was a super quick game and there wasn't anything else that appealed to us enough to buy more credits.

We headed over to the lobby and sat in a side room to wait. At least it was pretty in there.


We still had over an hour to wait, a very sad hour. I felt like we were wasting our last moments in Disney and could have made better use of our time. :( After sitting for a little while we decided to kill time by looking in the gift shop again. Mom and I decided to get some Mickey earrings.

These are mine. Mom's look the same, only they are "diamond" studs. I'm glad we decided to make this last minute purchase. I wear them whenever I am missing Disney (which is quite often).

We went back to the lobby for a little while and then about 20 minutes before ME was supposed to pick us we went to get our carry ons from storage and then sat outside on the benches.

Magical Express came and we loaded on, you could just feel the sadness of everyone getting on. I just stared out the window as we drove off Disney property. It was the saddest bus ride ever, I almost felt like crying because I didn't know when I would be able to return (and still don't) :sad:

02-16-2014, 06:01 PM
We got to the airport and went through security pretty quickly without any issue. The first thing we did was find our gate to make sure we knew where we needed to go and that our flight information hadn't changed. Since we had so much time until our flight and would be flying through dinner, we decided to grab a late lunch at Outback. Dad and I both got bacon cheeseburgers and Mom got a mushroom swiss burger. When we got our food I bit into my burger and realized that it was undercooked, so I had to send it back. But our waitress was very nice about it and I got another pretty quickly. It was busy and you could tell that our waitress was overwhelmed. She accidently switched my diet coke refill with another table and brought me ice tea instead. But she realized her mistake qucikly and I had a coke in no time. She kept apoligizing but we didn't blame her for anything. Like I said it was pretty busy, I understand why she was so frazzled. Our food was good, nothing that special. Oh how I missed Disney food already!

We finished eating and made our way back to the gate for our 3:30 flight. We didn't have to wait long to board and our first flight was pretty uneventful.



We had a layover in Atlanta for a few hours. We found our gate and waited there. I ended up sitting next to girl who went to my college. What are the odds of stumbling across people from home on two different occasions the same day?

We boarded with no problem but I remember waiting a while for take off for some reason. There was a big Patriots game that night and the pilot announced that he would give game updates throughout the flight. Dad wasn't happy about it because he was taping the game and didn't want to hear anything until he watched it. But to Dad's relief the pilot announced that he wouldn't give updates since some people wanted to wait. However, the guy sitting in front of us was streaming the game on his laptop and decided to unplug his headphones since the guy sitting across from him kept asking him questions. So, Dad couldn't escape the game after all :laughing:

I remember being really bored on this flight. I ate my cookie from Karamel Kuche (yum!) and just stared out the window for a while. The sun was setting and the sky was really pretty. I just love seeing the sky from a new perspective.




After about half the flight I was just so ready to land, I didn't want to be there anymore. I spent a while looking for hidden Mickeys in the swirl pattern on the wall.

It felt like forever but we finally landed around 9:00. The airport was completely empty except for the people on our flight. We made it down to baggage claim and Mom called the hotel shuttle to tell them we landed. We waited a while for our bags, luckily my bright pink suitcase was easy to spot but my parents' was a little harder to find. Once we got our bags we decided to wait for the shuttle outside since it was so crowded inside and it was pretty nice out (for Maine winter anyway, not compared to Florida). We ended up having to wait another 20 minutes for the shuttle, which was crazy since they knew what time we were scheduled to land and the hotel was only 5 minutes away. It was super foggy out and my parents were debating if we should drive home (about an hour and a half away) or try to spend the night in the hotel. They went back and forth about whether we should drive or not, but if we coulnd't be in Disney we wanted to be at home, so we decided to try. We loaded everything in the car, cleaned the snow off, and I dug my stuffed Minnie out of my carry on so I could snuggle with it on the drive home. I tried to sleep on the drive home, but that was a no go. And the fog was worse than Dad thought, so it was very slow going and added another hour to our drive. But finally we were home, to find that a big pine tree in our back yard broke and partially landed on our neighbor's garage, luckily there wasn't much damage.

What a welcome back to reality.

02-16-2014, 06:29 PM
Final Thoughts

Overall, this trip was amazing!! It has sparked my obsession with everything Disney. I was ready to go back the moment we got home.
I have sunk into a deep Disney depression since then. I'm sure all you DISers understand! :rotfl:
I've tried to plan a few trips but they have fallen through for one reason or another. So I have no idea when I will be able to go back, but hopefully it will be sooner rather than later, I think my sanity depends on it!

My thoughts:
Favorite moment: Dancing with Pooh and Tigger!
Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom
Favortie nightttime spectacular: Celebrate the Magic & Wishes
Favorite restaurant: Yak & Yeti, Akershus, Chef de France, Be Our Guest, Portobello
Favorite ride: No way I can decide!

Mom's thoughts:
Favorite moment: Watching Wishes at our reserved spot by the Plaza
Favorite park: Magic Kingdom
Favortie nighttime spectacular: Wishes
Favorite restaurant: Portobello
Favorite ride: Soarin

Dad's thoughts:
Favorite moment: Goofy kissing his head at Chef Mickey's
Favorite park: Magic Kingdom
Favorite nighttime spectacular: Celebrate the Magic
Favorite restaurant: Akershus (for food) Chef Mickey's (for environment)
Favorite ride: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Thank you all for following along!!