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Old 06-10-2011, 04:59 PM   #16
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Joining in from the CSR thread as I'll be there in just over a month

What a pain with AA Gosh you'd think they'd offer some sort of future travel voucher. Well I'm glad you finally made it and I hope your parents eventually made it too!

Too bad you didn't have any pictures from Maya Grill. I'd really like to know more about their food. I'm debating on eating there one night during our trip.

Update soon!
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Great start. I am sorry to hear about your flight issues. That would make me panic too. Disney somehow managed to not send out our Disney package booklet, luggage tags, etc. so my TA is in the process of getting those things. They better get here soon. We leave in 14 days, almost 13 days now. Ahh! Anyway, can't wait to read more.
Wow, that must be stressful. Hopefully they'll get things all sorted out asap!


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That sounds so horrible!

We had a flight cancelled once at the beginning of a trip - we were taking the train across Canada (Vancouver to Halifax). We couldn't get to Vancouver, so we missed the train, had to fly to Edmonton at 1am, catch a train backwards to Jasper, AB, and then get on the train we were supposed to be on. It was a nightmare. I cried a lot.

Anyway, enough about me! I'm excited for your report! :D
Wow, that's what I would call a travel 'nightmare'. As much as we were inconvenienced, I kept thinking to myself "it could be worse", and that's what got me through. I still have to get on that e-mail...too many things to do in the run of a day

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Joining in from the CSR thread as I'll be there in just over a month

What a pain with AA Gosh you'd think they'd offer some sort of future travel voucher. Well I'm glad you finally made it and I hope your parents eventually made it too!

Too bad you didn't have any pictures from Maya Grill. I'd really like to know more about their food. I'm debating on eating there one night during our trip.

Update soon!
It would be nice of them to offer us something for all the headaches we endured...not to mention the time at Disney we missed out on (my parents more so than myself and my fiance). I'm not holding my breath though.

The Maya Grill really was great...now maybe it's because we went when it wasn't very busy, or it could have been because we were so exhausted and hungry, or it could have been that it was just that good, but either way I was very pleased. The atmosphere is very nice and relaxing too, I would certainly recommend going if you have time.

And I would also like to extend a warm to those of you who just joined in! I hope you enjoy it
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Old 06-10-2011, 09:00 PM   #18
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Day 2: Are You Sure You're Gonna Make It?

Our first full day started bright and early. It was a gorgeous morning. The sun was shining, the birds were singing…and we were in Disney World!!!! It was morning extra magic hours at the Animal Kingdom, so we diced to take advantage of that. The Animal Kingdom is my fiancé’s favourite park, and the park that I had explored the least up until this trip, so I was pretty excited to go. Armed with water, and sunscreen, we left our room in search of breakfast. As soon as I walked out of the room I knew it was going to be a hot day.

Digression! Let me start off by saying that before we left, our weather at home had been horrible. Unseasonably cool and rainy…so much so that we hadn’t seen any amount of sun for the previous 50 days. I’m not kidding. So, to be in the Florida sun was amazing...and as nice as the heat was, it was hot. We had been used to temperatures around the equivalent of 55-60, and now it was probably 80-85 at 6:30 am. It was a bit of a shock to say the least.

Anyway, we soon found out that the Peppermarket wasn’t open, so we had a quick breakfast at Café Rix. It was a breakfast croissant with egg, cheese, and bacon. It didn’t exactly look appetizing as it was pre-made and sitting under a heat lamp, but it was surprisingly good. I didn’t take any pictures of the quick service meals because they’re quick service (also because I forgot). I did manage to get this though...


We made our way to the bus stop at El Centro after our breakfast. We were waiting no more than 5 minutes when a bus pulled up…and it was for the Animal Kingdom! Apparently we had bus foo (a term I would use for most of the trip). It was a really beautiful morning, and as we were waiting for the bus my fiance was able to take a few really neat shots...like this one:


When we got to the park the lines were already forming, and it was probably about 7:30-7:40 at this point. It was the first time I’d ever been to a park before opening (and only time as it turned out). The cast members at the turnstiles were very entertaining. I’m glad I got to be there early. I’m pretty sure they let us in early, because we weren’t waiting very long before we could go in. It was awesome to see the pathways with next to no one on them. Our plan of action was to head back to Africa to go on a two-week safari right off the bat, and after a few quick pictures along the way, we were waiting for our car to come pick us up in the village of Harambi. It was an awesome safari. We got to see tons of animals, including cheetah and warthogs. My fiancé had never seen them before on the safaris she had been on, so I was deemed “good luck”. Our two week safari got cut short, thanks to poachers, so once we got back to Harambi, we decided to get a fastpass for another safari and take a stroll along the Pangalini forest trail until our time came up. By this time I was getting hot. It was only 8:30 and I was melting. I probably should have taken this as a sign of things to come, but on I went, eager to press on. Here are some of the photos that we took:










One of the most memorable moments on this trip happened on this trail. I can honestly say I don’t remember much of the animals we saw before we got to the hippo and gorillas, but I have pictures somewhere of them, so I know I saw them. The hippo put on a little show for us. It was walking back and forth, right in front of the glass. It was the first time I’d ever seen it move around…normally it would be hanging out at the far end of the enclosure napping, so that was pretty cool. That wouldn’t compare to the gorillas, however. When we got back to the gorilla area there was practically no one there. The gorillas weren’t really out, so I can see why we had the place to ourselves. I decided to look at the area around the waterfall, and off in the distance I saw 2 or 3 gorillas, but they were so far off you could barely make them out. My fiancé and I decided to wait around to see if they would come closer, and that may have been one of the best decisions we made all trip. One of the gorillas that was at the back started making his (I’m assuming…it was big) way to the front part of the…area. I got really excited. He came all the way up to the edge of the rocks, looked right at us, and made a few low grunting noises at us, almost like he was trying to talk to us. It was amazing. Then he went over and played with a Frisbee for a minute or two, before going over to the waterfall and taking a drink. I’m getting goosebumps just remembering this. I can’t tell you how awesome that was. He didn’t look real. It looked like it was someone in a gorilla suit walking over and drinking. He was so human like. After he was done, he went to the other side of the waterfall and ate some bamboo (that’s what it looked like, could have just been leaves). I was amazed at how close he was to us, and at how interactive he was being with us. Several times during this ‘encounter’ he looked straight at us. Eventually we made our way to the exit, because our fastpass time for the safari had come up, but this remains one of the most memorable things from this vacation. Here are some of the pictures we took of him:










The next safari was just as good as the first one. Things get a little fuzzy for me after this. I was really hot. I’m pretty sure we went over to get fastpasses for Expedition Everest after the safari, and from there we went over to ride Dinosaur. On our way over, we spotted the lady who dresses up in leaves. I don’t remember her name at the moment, but she mesmerizes me every time I see her. If you were walking by too quickly you would miss her. It’s really neat. Here she is:


Dinosaur was…a little scary. (laughing) It’s my fiancé’s favourite ride, and I had never ridden it before. I don’t like loud noises, so this ride was…well…interesting for me. (laughing) I’m slightly ashamed to say I rode it almost entirely with my eyes closed…but, later on in the trip I had my eyes open for almost the whole thing.

After Dinosaur, we got some frozen lemonades and decided to shop around in some stores before our Expedition Everest fastpass time came up. At this point I was not feeling too well. I was very hot and a little hungry, but I kept on going without mentioning it to my fiancé. Mistake. I figured I’d be okay to keep going until our fastpass time, do Everest, and head for lunch at the Yak’n’Yetti. Well, after shopping around I wasn’t feeling any better, and once we got back to Everest and saw the fastpass line was outside, I knew I couldn’t stand in that heat the way I was feeling. Disappointedly, we gave our fastpasses to a couple waiting in the standby line and headed to our lunch reservation an hour and a half early. It was busy at the Yak’n’Yetti but they were able to seat us fairly quickly. At this point I really wasn’t feeling well, but I figured that food might help, so I ordered something light, I think it was the Orange Honey Chicken or something like that. I was only able to have a few bites before I knew I had to stop or it wouldn’t be good for anyone. This is when I mentioned to my fiancé I wasn’t feeling well. She finished up her meal, the duck, which looked awesome, while I sat there and took a gravol (again, like Dramamine). I asked for my food packed up, in hopes that I’d be able to get it back to the hotel and have it later (we had a fridge in our room), but unfortunately that never happened. It was decided that I should go back to the hotel, and that my fiancé would take me to the front of the park and then stay to do a few more things before going back. Along the way to the front of the park we stopped in every air-conditioned place we could find in hopes it would make me feel well enough to make it back to the bus. I don’t remember what store we were in when my fiancé told me that she was going to take me to the first aid place instead of going to the bus, because apparently I didn’t look very well. I didn’t feel well either…I was trying to keep the few bites of my lunch in their rightful place. It's time for some food porn!




I never thought I’d need a first aid place in a Disney Park, but I am so glad they have them. I went in and lay down for about an hour and a half, cooled down, and let my stomach settle (took a second gravol). I was very disappointed I didn’t get to do more of the park, and also sad I kept my fiancé from doing what she wanted, but she said she was glad to stay and keep me company. The staff at the first aid place were very accommodating, and the facility was clean, and well kept. I’m also happy to report that that was the only time I needed the first aid station, and hopefully I won’t have to use one again, but now I won’t hesitate to do so in the future should the need arise.

After my stint at the first aid station, we headed to the bus to get back to the resort for a little more rest. It was still hot out, but it was probably around 3:30 or 4 at this point, so at least the sun wasn’t as intense. Once again, we had bus foo, and there was one waiting for us when we got there, which I was very thankful for.

Back at the resort I laid down for a little bit while my fiancé wrote in her travel journal and played a game on her Nintendo DS. I don’t think I was napping for too long, because I remember looking at the clock and thinking that if my parent’s flight was on time that it would be getting in soon. Instead of going to a park right away, we stayed and took a stroll around the grounds of our resort, snapped a few photos, and went back to the room to wait for my parents to arrive. We didn’t have to wait long before I heard a knock on the door, and they were there.

I was so happy to see them! They were finally in Disney World! After we each told stories of the day, we split up. My fiancé and I went to the Hollywood Studios, because it was open late, while my parents stayed at the resort, settled in, and had a bite to eat. We set up a time to meet in Hollywood Studios by Oprah (laughing), and we were on our way.

I was feeling worlds better by this time, and was actually starving. I was very happy about this. We decided to go to Pizza Planet because it was near Star Tours and it was a place we’d both eaten at before when we were younger, so we thought it would be fun to go back.

It wasn’t too busy when we got there, but the line seemed to go pretty slow for some reason. The food was just okay, like we remembered it being, but it was food and I was happy to be eating.

When we were done at Pizza Planet we still had over an hour to kill before meeting up with my parents, so we decided to ride Star Tours. It is so much better now! I found it fun before, but kind of lame…now it’s way more up to date. The 3-D really helps add to the experience.

Once our ride was over, we headed over to Oprah to meet with my parents. They were already there when we got there, and my dad was just bursting to do something. Apparently he had already been taking lots of photos. That’s what he does…takes a lot of photos. After our praises of the new Star Tours, he really wanted to ride it, so back we went. As we were in the line, a cast member noticed our “Just Engaged” buttons and handed the 4 of us fastpasses so we could go right back on the ride when we were done. It was awesome! Of the 3 flights I had, there was something new in each one, which was pretty cool. Sadly, that was the only time we got to do the ride, so I’m glad we did it 3 times.

After Star Tours it was pretty late, and getting close to closing time, but my fiancé and I had never seen Toy Story Mania, so over we went. The line was still 45 minutes long about half an hour before the park was slated to close. I couldn’t believe it was actually that long, but it was. It almost seemed longer. That has to be the longest line for a ride I’ve been in, but it is pretty cool. The ride itself was really fun, and my dad beat me by 10,000 points…but he’s done it many more times that I had, so I think I did pretty good for my first time. That was the only time I got to ride that one too, which was a bit of a shame, but at least I got to do it!

By this time we were all beyond exhausted and stumbling our way back to the front of the park. After a quick photopass stop, we were at our bus stop. We waited no longer than 5 minutes for a bus. Once we got back to the hotel we all practically fell into bed. It was a long day for everyone.

Here are a few more photos:





End of Day 2.
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Sorry you weren't feeling well. I think the First Aid stations are amazing! I had to use one in 2009 (at DHS). The staff is so very helpful there!

I'm glad to hear you had some pixie dust sprinkled your way for ST!

The vine lady .. her name is DeVine (or DiVine). Not sure of the correct spelling. I've looked for her the past two years and finally saw her this year.

The food looked so yummy though! Glad your parents arrived. Totally love your pictures! Very nice!!

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Nice photos! I especially love the one with the sun streaming onto the path at the Animal Kingdom. Your gorilla encounter sounds amazing. They really do look so similar to humans. I never realized that the parks had first aid stations like that. It's great that your fiancee thought of them and you were able to stay there until you felt a bit better!
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Sounds like you had a case of heat exhaustion. Glad you eventually started to feel better. I can relate to not being climatized to the Florida heat. Happens almost every time I go, usually at the beginning of the trip. Which is why I'm going back in July when the heat is at it's highest.

The vine lady at AK is called DeVine Love the pictures of the gorilla. Was he actually that close or did you need to use the zoom on your camera?

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Stinks that you were not feeling well. I bet coming from Canada to the surface of the sun can do a number on your body!

I love those trails at AK. They are so much fun and I think that a lot of people don't go through them.
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Joining in!!! Entertaining trip report so far!!!
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Sorry you weren't feeling well (sounds like heat stroke or something).

Your gorilla pictures are awesome (as are your other pictures). DH had the duck when we went to Yak & Yeti in 2008 and loved it.
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Day 3: “They’re Gonna Need to Take Me Out on a Forklift!”

Day 3 started bright and early with the sounds of a tropical rainforest. I was woken up by what sounded like several small birds singing outside our room. Although I was still pretty tired, it was kind of nice. A few minutes later I noticed a pounding in my head. Great. Starting the day with a headache wasn’t exactly what I had in mind, but once I was up and ready to leave I took some painkillers and hoped for the best. (I suffer from migraines, so I was really hoping it wasn’t going to turn out to be one, but I’m pretty used to headaches so I can usually work through them)

We decided to go to the Peppermarket for breakfast since it was open and we were all pretty hungry. Just a few minutes later we were inside El Centro eyeballing a table just outside of the actual food court. My fiancé and I went to get our food while my mom babysat the table, and my dad went around taking pictures. This was the first time we’d been to the Peppermarket so we weren’t quite sure what to do, but the staff that greeted us was very helpful. They gave us a stamp card and explained what each station was, and we were on our way. Originally I wanted waffles, but then I spotted French toast and quickly changed my mind. My fiancé went for waffles. The guy who took my order and prepared my food was alright, but the lady who took my fiancés order and prepared her food was downright awful. She did not look like she wanted to be there at all, and was downright sour. The lady at the drink station was very nice, however. The waffles were advertised with a banana nut topping, but these waffles were plain. My fiancé was not impressed. My parents both ended up getting the breakfast skillet (I think). They were happy with it, but also noticed the staff to be generally uninterested.

After breakfast, it was time to head to the bus. The order of the day was to head to Epcot to do the rides in Futureworld, and if we had time to explore a bit of World Showcase, before heading to ‘Ohana for our dinner reservation, and then going to the Magic Kingdom for extra magic hours. Once we got to the bus stop we had bus foo once again, because the first bus that came was for Epcot, and it was literally no more than 3 minutes we waited for it.

Epcot is tied with the Magic Kingdom for my favourite park, so I was really excited to be going to both parks. When Spaceship Earth came into view I started to get teary-eyed. I love that park. It had been a long 3 years, but I was finally back.


Once we got in the park we decided to head over to The Land to get fastpasses for Sorin’. We had arrived about 15 minutes after the park opened, and the herds of people were still making their way over to do the same thing we were doing. It was still the same after 3 years, which I thought was kind of crazy, but Sorin’ is an awesome ride. After waiting for my dad to catch up with us (he was taking photos of pretty much everything imaginable) we had our fastpasses in hand, and decided to head over to the Figment ride. My fiancé was the only one out of the 4 of us who had ridden that before, so it was nice to do something completely new to the majority of us. We were able to walk right on and had the ride pretty much to ourselves. It was really cute, and that song got stuck in my head for the rest of the trip. After Figment, we went to see Captain EO because it was another new thing for all of us. It had been Honey I Shrunk the Audience the last time any of us were there. I was kind of excited to see this one because the previous show was really lame (in my opinion) and I knew Captain EO had Michael Jackson, which I thought was neat. I think the verdict was that this was much better than the other show, even though it was pretty much oozing with the 1980’s.




We decided to head over to the other side of the park after Captain EO to get on Test Track and Mission Space. The line was really long for Test Track, which sucked, because it was already hot out and we weren’t willing to wait outside in the heat for the ride (which is one of my favourites). Slightly disappointed, we made our way over to Mission Space. At this point my headache was still there, and not getting any better, just saying.


I’m not a thrill seeker, and neither is anyone else I was traveling with (except my dad), so we all opted to do the green side of Mission Space. My fiancé had never been on this one before because she was too afraid that it would be too intense. With a little reassurance she was getting excited (and a little nervous) to take her first mission to Mars. I’m pretty sure I was the navigator and she was the pilot, but I don’t remember where my parents ended up. Aside from my screen being slightly discoloured, it was awesome. My fiancé loved it, and couldn’t believe she’d never done it before. I had a feeling we would be visiting Mars again in the near future.


After Mission Space it was time to head back over to Sorin’ for our fastpass time. At this point I was beginning to feel sick again. I didn’t want to go back to the hotel just yet, especially not before Sorin’, so I decided to stay for the ride and then head back to the hotel for a nap (and a migraine pill). While in the line up we met a lovely family from Perth, Australia. The one thing that makes waiting in long lines bearable is meeting new people like them. I hope the rest of their vacation went well. We got in row 1 for our flight to the “golden state”, which I was very excited about. I’d read on here that that was the best row to be in because you wouldn’t be able to see people’s feet dangling, and I would definitely agree. It was the best ride I’d ever had. If you don’t mind waiting a little extra for a more awesome flight, definitely ask to be in row 1.

Once we were done at Sorin’ it was lunch time for everyone else, while I split up and went back to the hotel. I really wasn’t feeling well, and I knew it was because I had a migraine. They all went to Sunshine Seasons (which I’m very sad I missed out on) and saw a bit of World Showcase while I went back for a nap.

I felt much better after a quick rest (the pill probably helped too), and was very ready for ‘Ohana. I remembered eating there in 2008 and it being one of the highlights of my trip then, so I couldn’t wait to go back. This time I went to the bus stop nearest our room to wait for one to the Magic Kingdom so I could take the monorail over to the Polynesian. Yet again, I didn’t have to wait any longer than 5 minutes and the first bus to show up was for the Magic Kingdom. I really did have bus foo. At this point I knew I was going to be pretty early and have some time to kill, so I decided to take a quick peek in some of the shops on Main Street before going to dinner.

I could feel myself getting teary-eyed again as we approached the bus station for the Magic Kingdom, so I knew that when I saw the castle I would probably cry. Of course, right on cue, when I went through the breezeway area under the train station and rounded the corner, Cinderella’s Castle came into view and I broke down. There’s just something about being in the Magic Kingdom and seeing the castle that…well, it’s just hard to describe. Once I got over myself, I took look in all of the stores on Main Street, before heading to the monorail. There really are some awesome shops there. I love the crystal shop, and the smell of the candy store made me very aware that I hadn’t eaten anything since breakfast.

As I was going through the turnstiles to leave, a cast member commented on my Alice in Wonderland tattoo, and we had a great conversation. I don’t remember her name though By the time I got to the monorail station, there was one waiting. Maybe I had monorail foo too

When I got to the Polynesian it didn’t take me long to find my dad, who was taking photos of everything. Then I found my fiancé and mom, and we headed over to the very long check-in line. The line went pretty fast, and after more picture taking by my dad (and some by my fiancé) we were being seated at our table. It overlooked the area by the small pond. Our server’s name was Pedro, and he was great. The coconut bred was to die for. I probably could have just eaten that and been happy. But then they brought over a salad, which was also good. Shortly after the salad they brought over chicken wings and dumplings, I think, and sauces. Next came the noodles, steak, and pork. Then it was shrimp. Everything was fantastic. I’m actually getting hungry just thinking about it. After some cute games for the kids, it was time for desert. That’s when we had some pixie dust sprinkled our way . Pedro brought us out two cupcakes with Mickey sprinkles for my fiancé and I to celebrate our engagement. It was very unexpected, and very nice! Then it was time fore the real desert. I think it was a bread pudding with banana’s foster and ice cream or something like that…but it was my second favourite desert of the whole trip. It was my fiancés first time there, and she loved it.




Time for more food porn!!! (sorry for the poor quality of the photos, they were taken with my Kodak Play Sport and I was too close to the food)










And a Hidden Mickey at the Polynesian

We weren’t quite sure if we could move after having so much food, so instead of going right to the park we decided to explore the resort a little to give our food some time to settle. It is a very nice resort, and it’s on my list of ones to stay at some day (along with the Animal Kingdom Lodge, Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge, and Old Key West).

Now that we felt a little more comfortable it was time to hit the park. When we got to the turnstiles I went through, then my fiance, then my mom, and when my dad tried to get through he couldn't find his key to the world So, the only logical explination we could come up with was that he forgot it back at 'Ohana. My mom said she'd go back with him and told my fiance and I to go on and that if we met up later, then we met up, but if not we shouldn't worry about it too much. So, with that, my fiance and I headed in the park.

I've never had a picture taken with Mickey Mouse, and when my fiance found this out, she said that was the first thing we were doing. So, naturally, we went to get in line at Mickey and Minnie's new place. While we were waiting in line a very young girl comes up to us and asks "where's my mommy". Obviously both of us were a little alarmed about this, so we looked around and didn't see anyone around her, but when we looked back at her she was already wondering off. At this point my fiance gets out of line and informs a cast member that there was a lost child, and I think they found her right away. I hope she found her mommy! After this slightly alarming event, the line was rather uneventful.

Meeting Mickey was pretty awesome. Here's the picture that they took with my fiance's camera.


Once we'd met "the mouse", we made our way down Main Street, and who should we run into by my parents! Apparently my dad had his key to the world in his pocket, but just didn't see it at first. He found it when they were on the monorail back to the Poly so they just rode it back to the park.

Normally when I’m at the Magic Kingdom I go to the right, into Tomorrowland, but this time I wanted to go left, into Adventureland. Everyone else was up for this, so off we went, in search of some adventures. We certainly found them, as our first stop was at the Jungle Cruise. In the past we’ve always been able to walk right on to this one, so I was very surprised to see that it had a wait, but we decided to wait for it because we were still so full. We met some more awesome people while waiting in line for this ride, that for the purposes of this trip report I will call Dallas and Michigan (that’s actually what we called them until we found out their names…. Thanks to them, the wait in the line seemed to fly by, and soon we were cruising down the Amazon. By the time we found a lost temple it had gotten fairly dark out, so it was a pretty neat time of day to be on a jungle cruise. When we returned back to Adventureland, we decided it was time to find some pirates, so off to Pirates of the Caribbean we went. We had a small wait for this one, but it was well worth it. Pirates is another one of my favourite rides. I thought I had read here on the boards that they replaced Davy Jones with Blackbeard, but I wasn’t sure if I read that right or not, but come to find out, they did replace him. I like Blackbeard much better, but Davy Jones made it a bit creepier.


After we said farewell to Captain Jack, we were off to the Haunted Mansion, my favourite ride (I discovered that this trip). By now it was pretty late, and we were all tired. So tired that my memory gets fuzzy after this ride, so hopefully I can remember what happened . As we made our way into Frontierland it was easy to see that the Main Street Electrical Parade was just about to start. Lovely. Now don’t get me wrong, I wanted to see the parade, but not right now. Instead of stopping to watch the parade we kept on going over to the Mansion, but that might have been a bit of a mistake. By the time we got near the Liberty Riverboat it was heavily congested with people. It was so bad at one point that I almost started to panic because there were so many people around me and we weren’t moving. Eventually we started moving, very slowly, and in single file, and found our way over to the Haunted Mansion. My fiancé and I got separated from my parents in the crowd, so once we got caught up we went right over. We didn’t have to wait very long before we got to the portrait room, and then went into the stretching room. I love this ride so much. I know it’s not a roller coaster, or any big thrill ride, but there’s something about it that I love. I actually got choked up a few times on the ride, and that’s when I knew it was my favourite. The upgrades they made to the graveyard scene, and to the hitchhiking ghosts are really good. I was very impressed.

I’m pretty sure that after this ride we called it quits. I really don’t remember doing any other rides, but we walked around to Fantasyland to get to the front of the park. By the time we got back by Dumbo, Wishes had started. We decided to stay where we were and watch what we could of Wishes because there was no point in trying to get out then. It was a very different perspective to see the fireworks from, but it was kind of nice for a change.

When we got over to Tomorrowland, they made the announcement that the Magic, Memories, and You was about to start. We couldn’t just leave then, so over we went to the bridge to watch it. I had seen video of it before I left, and I thought it was cool…but that video did not do the show justice. It was really cool. We were watching it from the side, and it was awesome. I’m really glad I got to see it in person, because I hadn’t planned on seeing it. Once it was over I knew I wanted to come back and see it from the front at some point.


Once The Magic, Memories, and You was done, my fiancé and I headed to the bus. I’m pretty sure my parents stayed behind, but I don’t quite remember, like I said, it’s a little fuzzy.

Anyway, it had been a fantastic day, despite my migraine. We had good food, lots of laughs, and were thoroughly exhausted. Yet again, we got back to the hotel and fell into bed.

End of Day 3.
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Sorry you weren't feeling well. I think the First Aid stations are amazing! I had to use one in 2009 (at DHS). The staff is so very helpful there!

I'm glad to hear you had some pixie dust sprinkled your way for ST!

The vine lady .. her name is DeVine (or DiVine). Not sure of the correct spelling. I've looked for her the past two years and finally saw her this year.

The food looked so yummy though! Glad your parents arrived. Totally love your pictures! Very nice!!

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I wasn't sure if that was her name or not so I didn't say it just in case...but now I know

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Nice photos! I especially love the one with the sun streaming onto the path at the Animal Kingdom. Your gorilla encounter sounds amazing. They really do look so similar to humans. I never realized that the parks had first aid stations like that. It's great that your fiancee thought of them and you were able to stay there until you felt a bit better!
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Sounds like you had a case of heat exhaustion. Glad you eventually started to feel better. I can relate to not being climatized to the Florida heat. Happens almost every time I go, usually at the beginning of the trip. Which is why I'm going back in July when the heat is at it's highest.

The vine lady at AK is called DeVine Love the pictures of the gorilla. Was he actually that close or did you need to use the zoom on your camera?

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All of those photos were zoomed in except for the one where he's drinking...it's only zoomed in a very small amount. And thanks!

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Stinks that you were not feeling well. I bet coming from Canada to the surface of the sun can do a number on your body!

I love those trails at AK. They are so much fun and I think that a lot of people don't go through them.
It sure can! I thought I was prepared, but I guess I wasn't. And it really is a shame that not many people go on the trails, they're really nice.

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Sorry you weren't feeling well (sounds like heat stroke or something).

Your gorilla pictures are awesome (as are your other pictures). DH had the duck when we went to Yak & Yeti in 2008 and loved it.
It was definitely heat stroke. I've had it before at Disney, so you'd think I would have recognized the signs, but I was just too caught up in what I was doing to realize until it was too late.
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Boy, sick two days in a row! That sucks. I hope you were better for the rest of the trip.

I agree with you, Captain EO is so much better than Honey I Shrunk the Audience. I need to try Ohana, people say it is good. But we like the Kona Cafe which is right across from Ohana. Even though you were sick it sounds like you still had a pretty good day!
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I'm so glad that your migraine and illness didn't keep you from enjoying the end of your day. We ate at Ohana for the first time this trip and it was fantastic.
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Dinner at Ohana looked and sounded yummy! Do you remember for the Magic, Memories, and You show, was there still Wishes fireworks afterwards? Or do they just skip Wishes when they show the Memories show?
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Dinner at Ohana looked and sounded yummy! Do you remember for the Magic, Memories, and You show, was there still Wishes fireworks afterwards? Or do they just skip Wishes when they show the Memories show?
It depends on when you watch it I think. Both nights I got to see it (you'll read about the second time a bit later in my report) were extra magic hour nights but the park was open until at least 11pm to regular guests, so they had 2 parades. I'm assuming they have one showing before the first parade, then the fireworks, then another showing before the second parade. That's how it seemed to work anyway.
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