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Old 12-26-2006, 05:52 PM   #1
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Dec. 17-21

Our trip to Disney couldn't have come at a better time. Our power had gone out on the 15th and we had just burned the last of our wood when we left at 5am Sunday the 17th. As my husband said, the best ride of the day was the hot shower.

Sunday, December 17th

We stayed at the GCH, though we arrived at 10am and couldn't get rooms until 4pm or so (and we really, really wanted those hot showers!).

First up, we hit CA for chowder at the Pacific Warf. I didn't realize how much I had missed hot food the last few days until that moment, yum! And hazzah for good beer...though why wait until 11am to open? It's 5pm somewhere...
I personally love CA. Of course, I loved Epcot from the first time I went when I was a kid in the 80s.

We went back to the hotel for some much needed hot shower time (yay for robes!), after eating at the Whitewater deck and listening to the 49ers. The Christmas Tree that I had ordered was wonderfully perfect (and we had a surprise stocking from hubbies grandmother!). I had brought LED lights to put on the tree, and it really made things perfect at night.

Then, in one hour I got California Screamin, Triton's Carosel, the Sunwheel, Orange Stinger, and Mulholland Madness...of course I had left behind hubby in the dust as he was on crutches and needed his time to get to our dinner. That evening we ate outside at the Wine Country Trattoria (yummy lasagna, dessert, and wine!) and got to watch the electrical parade. I was able to make my mother happy by recreating alot of pics from a childhood trip to Disneyworld.

Hubby wasn't feeling well, so he went off to bed while I attempted to see how many rides I could get in in two hours.
Jungle Cruise
Indiana Jones
Space Mountain
Mr. Toad
Snow White
Peter Pan

Monday, December 18th

Yay for sleeping in! I had brought my hot pot, french press, and coffee goodies, so I was a v. v. happy camper. Oh yeah, instant oatmeal works too. I had gotten hubby a massage and facial at the spa for his christmas present...some may ask why not get one for myself? aha! during that time I was able to go off on my own for a three hour wine tasting! And did I taste...and taste...and taste. If you haven't before, I highly recomment the port and blue cheese tasting. wowzers. I'm ruined forever now. Kudos to Catalina who was running the tasting, she was great to talk to and not for once did I feel like I was alone. Btw, hubbies skin looked fab after that facial! and he loved every moment of the massage. I had requested that the aesteticians not try to sell products or services to him as it was a gift, and they honored that request.

Oh yeah, and Soarin after wine is fun!

That evening we ate at the Blue Bayou, which is always a highlight for us. Great service from ?Afram? The food, wonderful, as always is for us. We got to sit next to the water and we were immersed in that feeling of being at the edge of civilization, and knowing that just around the corner, something would happen that could be v. v. bad.

We also did the later seating Fantasmic! buffet at the gallery. I was so glad that we did! Of course I'm into fancy desserets and sipping chocolate as opposed to hot chocolate, not sure if everyone is though. The only downside? It was sooooo cold. Thank goodness we were bundled in advance. They should have blankets available to use. Another highlight, since hubby was on crutches they took us in the Club 33 elevator, we can finally say that we've been in Club 33! lol

When we got back to the room there was a wonderful surprise. Hubby's parents had gotten us the cheese and fruit basket. And boy, was that appreciated!

(more to come, and I can't seem to get my fab pics posted, I need to test more on the test page)

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