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Old 09-28-2009, 03:49 PM   #1
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Talking FREAKY September Weather, Just back from 10 Days in Disney World!

We just returned from the World today from a 10-day vacation!

We loved this trip! Here are some of the highlights:
  • Using our Walt Disney World Annual Passes!
  • My first pair of Mickey ears (pink Disney Princess style) with my name stitched on the back!
  • Bounceback Free Dining - the entire stay was VERY affordable!
  • Birthday celebrations in my room and at our in-park dining!
  • New "Celebrate A Dream Come True" parade!
  • MNSSHP on Tuesday, September 22nd, dressed as Aladdin & Jasmine!
  • Magic Kingdom HalloWishes Dessert Party and buying a MNSSHP LE event pin!
  • Few lines for Princesses around the World Showcase! (The wine seemed to be more appealing to the other adults who flocked to the FAWF.)
  • Special event Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure Annual Passholder screening, finally saw it after I missed it at the D23 Expo!
  • Meeting Rob Paulsen who voices Bobble and the HILARIOUS Tall Troll!
  • We also met and took pictures with Terence, a boy fairy who is Tinkerbell's best friend! He is adorable and will join the other fairies in the park's Pixie Hollow meet and greet.
  • Taking Photopass pictures with my family!

I can't get the music from the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade out of my head, so I will share the parade with you with this link in case you haven't been to WDW recently. Enjoy!

We experienced BOTH freak rain storms. Have you heard about these yet? The first storm was last Saturday, September 26th, 10 minutes before Illuminations. This was after a week of hot 90-degree weather, blue skies, picture-perfect clouds and LOTS of sunshine.

The funny thing is that we visited the Stormstruck 3D experience in Epcot's Innoventions earlier that day! We highly recommend this experience as an escape from the heat, and we thought it was fun, interactive and very informative!

Back to Saturday's storm. We felt the winds shifting 15-20 minutes prior to the storm, but we didn't think much of it because it was already dark out and Illuminations announcements had already begun. The storm came out of nowhere, and we KNOW it caught Disney by surprise.

My dad and I were admiring two elaborate reception set-ups at the UK Isles and another at the Italy Isola just half an hour prior to the rain, and we were at the American pavilion when SHEETS of water fell from the sky... guests were screaming and scrambling to find cover!

All of a sudden, we saw a bride and groom under two black umbrellas running from Italy, being escorted into the American Adventure pavilion with Disney personnel. The bride was carrying the train of her lovely dress in her arms, and the rest of the guests were running umbrella-less behind them. There were dozens of them! Halfway there, some of the other women took off their shoes and were hoisting the bottoms of their gowns in the air too.

It was raining sideways, the wind was howling, and puddles formed almost instantly it was raining so hard.

Park guests huddled under canopies and vendor umbrellas, trying to see whatever they could of Illuminations, which was fired off without a hitch. My fiance and I had our umbrella, and my parents luckily had an umbrella because my mom decided to buy a decorated one from the France pavilion earlier that afternoon (and it was drying all day in the sun).

TIP: The vendor told my mom not to use the umbrella for 3 days so it could dry, but due to the freak rainstorm, she really didn't care, so she used it and the design was COMPLETELY waterproof! The 3-day rule didn't apply. We highly recommend the France pavilions umbrellas now – plus they have cute designs!

We saw Illuminations from the usually roped-off wheelchair section) of the Italy pavilion, under the tree, although the tree barely provided any cover from the rain... Disney CMs decided to open the wheelchair area to all park guests who wanted to weather the storm. Only 8 of us were standing there.

Many umbrella-less guests decided to stay put by the fences too, and needless to say, they got SOAKED. The rain continued on throughout the fireworks display and during our walk to FW for about an hour, and there were crowds screaming bloody murder whenever the rain poured harder on us... Sorry to say, but it almost seemed like the rain was timed to the Epcot park music!

Since the WS part of the park was closed after Illuminations, other guests coudn't buy umbrellas or ponchos, so everyone had a long, very very wet trudge back to the trams and the parking lot from the Italy pavilion. It was raining so hard that I could have sold my umbrella for $40 to another guest! Instead, we shared our umbrellas with several families with children, as we all headed back to the transportation area. One woman even looked at me so incredulously when I asked if her & her kids would like to walk under our umbrella, and she let them. I guess people don't expect kindness anymore.

Thank goodness for waterproof bags and plastic WDW bags for my Mickey ears/lanyard, because every other piece of clothing we were wearing was completely drenched. Still, I felt very sad for the two outdoor events (or more!) that were ruined due to the rain.

The day after, which was yesterday--Sunday--we had beautiful blue skies and picturesque white clouds for our morning at MK, and we attended the Tinkerbell screening at Exhibition Hall from 11am-1:00pm...

As before, all of a sudden, the winds shifted and it started to get eerily dark around 2pm. We decided it was time to grab lunch!

We headed to Pecos Bills Cafe in Frontierland to get taco salads and pulled pork sandwiches. The place was mobbed, outside and in, but I managed to find a larger 6-seater table in the corner by a window while my fiance went to order our food. An older couple came in through the doors and were looking for a seat... they had been eating outside, but they knew it was going to rain. I asked them if they would like to join us at our large table! Another family also borrowed our extra stools for their table for their kids, and we were all set.

That's when the second freak storm happened! Sheets and sheets of rain slammed the park. It seemed like families with crying children began seeking shelter as an afterthought. It was so sad to see the chaos, and it reminded me of the night before at Epcot.

My fiance returned with our food and wasn't surprised about our new lunch guests; we enjoyed our meal together, eating slowly, and things started calming down in the room as everyone got situated with their meals and getting dry. By the time we finished our meals, the rain had ended, we saw blue skies and the sun was shining... The big puddles everywhere and the wet CMs were the only reminders of the storm.

What a way to end the trip though. That's what we get for traveling during what can be "Hurricane" season! On a positive note, these storms helped to cool down the scorching 90-degree temps we had experienced all week long!
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Old 09-28-2009, 03:50 PM   #2
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