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Old 11-01-2012, 10:43 AM   #16
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Your trip title reeled me in. Very clever and so true of us advancing to the inevitable middle aged breakdown of our bodies. Advil and and Enthusiasm are two key components for a sucessful Disney trip when you are over forty, I think.

How special that you got to celebrate such an important milestone with you dear friend.
We definitely took our fair share of Advil, but it was mostly enthusiasm (and an occasional afternoon nap!) that got us through. And yeah, it was a great trip. We hadn't been on vacation together since before Tena got married so it was fun spending so much time together in a place we both love! Thanks for reading!

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Hi! Love your title.. What a great way to spend your birthdays...
Beans for breakfast are popular here in New England.. I always thought that was so bazaar too! Most people I see ordering them in the breakfast restaurants are in the over 80 crowd, oh and my husband, who ironically is southern (never heard of it before he moved here) and in his 40's lol...
I am enjoying your report!
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Oooh, I have a friend who lives in New England ... I'll have to ask her about the beans for breakfast thing. Thanks for reading!

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What a fun report. Love all the pics. I am thinking of next September instead of October so thought I would read and am so glad I did.

Looking forward to more.
September is AWESOME when it comes to crowd levels. We only got fastpasses once the whole trip because we honestly just didn't need them. September is NOT so awesome if you're bothered by the heat. I actually lost 5 lbs on this trip and I think I sweated off most of it! We did okay though because we drank a lot of water and took a lot of air conditioning breaks. I would go in September again in spite of the heat, I'd just go into it knowing I needed to tour the parks at a slower pace. Thanks for reading!

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I'm enjoying your TR. Love the picture of the jellyfish.
Thanks! Glad you're enjoying it. I think Tena took the jellyfish picture ... they're beautiful creatures and really fascinating to watch!
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Chapter Two: Part Two

Chapter Two: Part Two
“I’ll have the flaming cheese!”


This is gonna be short and sweet. I would’ve done all of Chapter Two in one post but I went over my picture limit.

We wanted to see Illuminations that night but the afternoon heat was starting to get to us so we decided to take a break. Before going back to the hotel we took a side trip to the Disney Marketplace and did a little shopping. We used to buy tons of souvenirs but over time that’s become less and less important to us. Which isn’t to say we came home empty handed!

After a short rest break back at the hotel, we headed out in search of dinner. Tena and Adam fell in love with an Italian restaurant they discovered on their honeymoon and they make a point of visiting it every time they’re in the area. As luck would have it, Pacino’s was right across the street from our hotel so that’s where we went. Everything was delicious but the real star of the show was an appetizer called flaming cheese! They melt a slab of cheese in the oven, then bring it to your table, pour brandy over it and light it on fire! It is made of awesome!!!



Stuffed full of flaming cheese, we made our way back to EPCOT and took another ride on … you guessed it … Soarin’. Yep, that’s three times in one day! The standby line was 30 minutes (though we probably only waited 15 or 20) so we figured why not?! We’d both changed into sandals during our break at the hotel so this time we rode barefoot. I can’t believe what a difference that one little detail makes! If you’ve never tried it, you must!

After Soarin’ we made our way down to Showcase Plaza and browsed in the gift shops until it was time for Illuminations. This was my first time seeing Reflections of Earth and it was lovely. But I have to admit, I preferred the old version. Anyone remember that? With the lasers and the light show in each individual country? I remember they played Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for the American part of the show. That was amazing and this newer version just doesn’t measure up for me. And really, how can they call it Illuminations when they don’t actually illuminate the nations?
But still, it was pretty and I did enjoy it.


















When Illuminations was over, we braved the hordes and made our way out to the parking lot. As we were walking to our car we noticed that it was raining on the opposite side of the parking lot but not where we were. We could literally see a curtain of water with bone dry pavement right in front of it. It was the weirdest thing! It caught up with us just as we reached the car so we sat and waited for it to slow down before leaving. Only we didn’t wait quite long enough because the rain picked up again and made for a very interesting drive home. When we got close to the hotel, we drove out of the storm the same way we’d gone into it … just like walking through a curtain of water into dry land. Very very strange. I’ve never seen anything like it.

And this has absolutely nothing to do with Disney, but it’s my Nana’s 91st birthday today! Look how cute she is:



Happy Birthday, Nan!
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I must say that your title sucked me in and I'm loving your trip report! I'm about your age and really like hearing your perspective! I was thinking about getting that Disney credit card before our next trip. It was interesting to hear about your meet and greet! Can't wait for the next installment! Love all the pics! Oh yeah, Happy Birthday Nana! haha Thanks for posting!
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That 'wall of water' thing sure does sound weird! I haven't experienced that yet, either.
And a very happy birthday to your Nana!
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I must say that your title sucked me in and I'm loving your trip report! I'm about your age and really like hearing your perspective! I was thinking about getting that Disney credit card before our next trip. It was interesting to hear about your meet and greet! Can't wait for the next installment! Love all the pics! Oh yeah, Happy Birthday Nana! haha Thanks for posting!
The Disney Rewards card isn't a bad deal if you can get it for a reasonable interest rate. The points don't build up fast (unless you spend like a Kardashian!) but I figure every little bit helps. I had $225 worth of points when we went so it paid for the majority of my park ticket. And we got the super cute meet and greet and I think you can get discounts on some of the behind the scenes tours and such too.


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That 'wall of water' thing sure does sound weird! I haven't experienced that yet, either.
And a very happy birthday to your Nana!
It was weird but as Tena's mom says, "The rain has to start somewhere!" And she's absolutely right.

Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes for my Nan. We had cake and ice cream for her last night. Halfway through the singing of 'Happy Birthday' she suddenly blew out her candles. When my cousin Angie protested that she hadn't even had time to take a picture, Nan shrugged and said, "At my age, you have to blow when you have the breath to do it!"

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Chapter Three: Part One

Chapter Three: Part One
“Don’t tell Pooh, but you’re my favorite.”

Friday, September 21, 2012
Day Three:


Up at 7:00 and out the door as quick as possible this morning. We have a breakfast date with Winnie the Pooh! We arrived at the Magic Kingdom about 30 minutes before rope drop and parked so close there was no tram service to our section of the parking lot!






The opening show was very cute! Smokey Miller, chief of the volunteer fire department, was our master of ceremonies!







The family of the day seemed really excited to be there and one of them was recording the ceremony with an iPad.



Which leads me to a quick little aside: We saw quite a few people using iPads as cameras and we just don’t get it! Why on earth would you want to drag this big, very expensive, fragile piece of electronics around the park with you? It seems like an enormous pain in the butt compared to bringing a little point and shoot camera or using your cell phone! Not trying to stir up a debate … if you want to bring your iPad or hire a film crew to follow you around the parks, it’s your right to do so … I just think it’s a little weird.

And now, back to business! The first thing we noticed was that the cranes were up that day. We could see workers in a cherry picker type basket … they’re crazy! … and Tena speculated that they were putting the Christmas lights on the castle. Turned out that she was right! One of the PhotoPass photographers confirmed it and said they start stringing those lights in mid-September and on days when there wasn’t much wind, the cranes would be up until 5:00 or 6:00 in the evening.





We had a little time to kill before our 10:00 reservations at the Crystal Palace so we decided to check out Buzz Lightyear. There was no line at all and we walked right on.

Given how intense we look, you’d expect to see big scores, right?



Well, Tena kicked my butt but basically we both sucked. Those scores are pathetic!





There was only a 5 minute wait for Carousel of Progress so that was our next stop. I know it’s corny, and dated and honestly, kind of boring. But there’s just something charming about it. And I love that dog! There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow ….

Oh, and we pretty much had the place to ourselves!



And then it was time for breakfast with Pooh and the gang! We only decided we wanted to do this 30 days before our trip. We knew the odds of getting an ADR at such a late date were slim but figured it didn’t hurt to try. No luck at first but then a 10:00 am reservation popped up one day and we jumped at it. So there we were, checking in right on time and being shown right to our table. The Crystal Palace is so pretty! It reminds me of a giant Victorian birdcage and I couldn’t stop gawking around at all the little details of the architecture.









Piglet was the first to visit us and he noticed our birthday buttons right away and made sure to point at them and make kissy noises. So cute!



We had to wait quite a while for the other characters to get to us but there was plenty of delicious food to keep us occupied. Everything we had was really good but the stuffed French toast was a definite favorite. So yummy!

Tena at least made an attempt to eat healthy by getting fruit.


My plate, on the other hand, prominently features bacon!


Finally the other characters got to our table in pretty rapid succession. First was Pooh who also had hugs and birthday kisses for us.



Then came Eyeore. I whispered in his ear “Don’t tell Pooh but you’re my favorite!” and he put his paws? … hooves? …. over his eyes like he was embarrassed and gave me a big hug!



Next was Tigger, who is Tena’s favorite. When he saw our birthday buttons, he grabbed us both in a big hug and stood between us doing a little birthday dance that involved a lot of bouncing and butt wiggling. So cute!



And then Piglet came by again, which was nice because Tena had been trapped behind the table the first time he stopped by so this time she got a big Piglet hug.



Just as we were getting ready to pay our bill and leave, the waiter came by with a birthday cupcake for us and cards signed by all the characters! We were stuffed, but we each took a bite of the cupcake just to be polite. And how cute are these cards! This is, by far, my favorite souvenir of the trip!



Those birthday buttons were definitely a good idea!

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Chapter Three: Part Two

Two updates in one day! Go me!

Chapter Three: Part Two
“Boo to you!”



After breakfast with Pooh and the gang, we jumped all over the park hitting a few of our favorite attractions.

Jungle Cruise! Hasn’t changed a bit since the day they built it and I hope it never does. It’s corny as Kansas but it’s a classic and we love it!




Space Mt. Standby wait was listed as 10 minutes … but only because it takes 10 minutes to walk all the way to the front of the line. Basically we walked right on.

Then was Big Thunder which had maybe a 15 minute wait. I was almost disappointed at how fast we were getting on all the popular rides. Not that I love standing in line but I enjoy seeing all the little details that they put into the rides and we zipped through the queue areas so fast we really couldn’t look at anything.

Hall of Presidents. Another short wait but still nice to sit down in the air-conditioning for a few minutes. It was another brutally hot and humid day. I don’t know what it is about the Hall of Presidents but I’m always a little weepy in places and fighting sleep in others and this was no exception.



And don’t forget to vote on Tuesday!!!

We were planning on being in the park late that night so decided to leave for a while and take a break. We slowly made our way down Main St, checking out some of the shops along the way, and then headed out around 2:00 pm.

Oh, and we got some cute Photo Pass pictures done that day too. Check it out:





After we left the park, we visited a couple of those cheesy tourist trap shops on Rt 192 but didn’t buy anything except a couple boxes of coconut patties. I don’t like coconut … I know, I know, I’m weird! … but my sister loves these things and there’s no way I could go home without a box for her.



We also made a quick trip to CVS so Tena could get some cough drops and earplugs. She woke up that morning with a scratchy throat and was afraid she might be catching a cold so she also picked up some cold medicine. As for the earplugs? It’s been implied that I might, possibly, on occasion … snore. Just a little. But it’s just a rumor and I’m admitting nothing! [Note from Tena: jet engines are quieter than Peggy’s snoring!]

Anyway, than it was back to the hotel to jack up the air conditioning and take a nap. Early in the planning process we discovered there would be a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party during our trip! Awesome! So we bought tickets and started wondering … what should we wear? Halloween costumes? Nah. Too hot and too much of a hassle. Maybe a cute Halloween themed t-shirt! But were would we find them in mid-September? Maybe we could make them!
I found some really cute shirts on Pinterest that were made with bleach and freezer paper and the instructions looked simple enough. Tena came up with a great idea for the image and cut the stencils out on her Cricut. And here’s the end result! Super easy to make and super cute!



We headed back out around 4:30 and our first stop was Red Lobster for an early dinner. When we travel, we like to check out local places rather than chain restaurants that we can visit at home. But Red Lobster was close and we hadn’t eaten since 10:00 and were darn near starved! After a nice relaxing dinner, we were ready for some Halloween Party fun! But Mother Nature had a different idea … we emerged from the restaurant to a torrential downpour. We ended up huddled under the awning for a good 20 minutes before giving up and making a run for the car. The sky was very stormy in one direction but looked like it was trying to clear in another so all we could do was cross our fingers and hope for the best.

Rain, rain go away!



We arrived back at the Magic Kingdom around 6:30 and it was still raining. And it rained … and rained … and rained. Yep, it was the deluge! What could we do but break out the ponchos and make the best of it?! We went on a couple rides (Space Mt and It’s a Small World … our second trip on both) and did some trick-or-treating. We were like a couple of kids … “Oooh, I got a Snickers, what did you get?!”

There were a lot of people there in spite of the bad weather and we saw some pretty elaborate costumes. Lots of princesses of course … including one ‘Sexy Snow White’ tottering along on the wet pavement in 5 inch stilettos, a couple different Incredibles families and various witches, ghoulies and ghosties. Our absolute favorites were a fortyish couple dressed as Mary Poppins and Burt. I don’t know if the costumes were handmade or purchased but they were absolutely flawless in every last detail. Tena actually tapped “Mary” on the shoulder to tell her “Best costumes ever!”. I wish we’d asked to take their pictures because they looked amazing!

Eventually, I reached the stage where I announced, “I can’t stand this poncho for one more second! I’m so hot I’m going to puke!” So we decided to toss the ponchos and take our chances with Mother Nature. And wouldn’t you know it, the rain stopped! So what did we do? Why we went of Splash Mt and got smacked in the face with a wave of water, of course!



The first parade of the night had been canceled because of the bad weather. But since the rain had stopped, Hallowishes and the second parade were going on as planned. We made our way to Main St, which was absolutely packed, and found a good spot near the hub. Way too wet to sit down (though some people were doing it anyway) so we just stood in the street. The fireworks were awesome! We got some decent pictures but they just don’t do it justice.













As soon as Hallowishes was over, we zipped around the corner to Frontierland to find a spot for the parade. Since the early parade had been canceled, the place was still mobbed and all the really good viewing spots were long gone. We found an okay place but , unfortunately, neither or us was in a good position to take pictures. We tried taking a few but then gave up and just enjoyed the parade.








By now you’ve probably all seen a million pictures and videos of the parade and have a pretty good idea of how much fun it was. The only downside was that, because of all the rain, the ground was too slippery for the Headless Horseman to ride. I’d never want them to put the horse at risk so I completely understand, but I was a little bummed we didn’t get to see him.

How on earth do they make it foggy?!


A little blurry but still so pretty!


After the parade ended we slowly started making our way out of the park. The rain definitely put a bit of a damper on the party but we still had fun. It was late and we were tired, our shoes were so wet we were squelching with every step and we were ready for bed!

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I love the Photopass shots - especially the one with the frog! lol
The t-shirts are wonderful!
I haven't been to the Halloween party, but my sister and I were at the very last 999 Happy Haunts Ball. It was a much smaller event and the cast member went all out with their costumes. The Grim Reaper was especially scary and chased people through Liberty Square! It all ended with everyone being led out of the park by the Headless Horseman. It's a fun memory to have!
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Great updates and pics.

I totally agree about the Ipads, I just don't get the carrying it around.

Glad to hear the rain let up.

Thanks for the info on September. I am really thinking we might try that next time. I hate heat and humidity but I can deal but would love walk on rides. This past October was too much in the way of crowds.
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I love the Photopass shots - especially the one with the frog! lol
The t-shirts are wonderful!
I haven't been to the Halloween party, but my sister and I were at the very last 999 Happy Haunts Ball. It was a much smaller event and the cast member went all out with their costumes. The Grim Reaper was especially scary and chased people through Liberty Square! It all ended with everyone being led out of the park by the Headless Horseman. It's a fun memory to have!
The Photopass pictures were a blast. We'd never done it before but we loved it and went running to every photographer we saw. We got some really fun shots so if you've never tried it, I highly recommend it. And thanks for the compliments on the shirts! They were actually super easy to make and we were thrilled with the way they turned out.


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Great updates and pics.

I totally agree about the Ipads, I just don't get the carrying it around.

Glad to hear the rain let up.

Thanks for the info on September. I am really thinking we might try that next time. I hate heat and humidity but I can deal but would love walk on rides. This past October was too much in the way of crowds.
It was 90 plus degrees and very humid every day and we're "women of a certain age" so we were frequently on the brink of spontaneous human combustion! But we toured the parks at a slower pace, took breaks when we needed them and drank water like a couple of camels. And we got through it! There were things we'd have liked to do and didn't just because of the heat/slow pace (like we never set one foot in World Showcase) but we still had a great time. And I think we'd consider going in September again. Walking right on attractions we'd once waited two hours for sure made the heat a lot more bearable!
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Chapter Four: Part One

Chapter Four: Part One
“Bats!”

Saturday, September 22, 2012
Day Four


‘Slept in’ until 8:30 and decided to take it easy today. We’re old and tired and what gets done, gets done. It’s supposed to be 90 degrees and rainy again today but according to the Weather Channel they had snow in Duluth. I’ll take the 90 degrees, thank you very much, but Tena would prefer the snow!

After a quick breakfast at the hotel, we hit the road. Today’s destination:



Animal Kingdom! We got there around 10:30 and it seemed fairly crowded at first but we had really good luck with standby lines once again. Our first stop was Expedition Everest. The standby line was supposed to be 20 minutes but was really more like 10. This was one of those attractions where I wouldn’t have minded going a little slower. There was so much to see and we just zipped right by it.







This is one of the few thrill rides Tena ever persuaded her husband Adam to try. I guess the poor guy was green when he got off and she had to sit him down on a bench and get him a cold drink afterward. I liked it but thought it was actually a little tame as thrill rides go. And where the heck was the Yeti? I know there’s a big animatronics one in there somewhere that’s broken beyond all repair and doesn’t move. But I thought you could still see it. Either it’s not there anymore or somehow I missed it!

Next stop: Maharajah Jungle Trek. I thought this was really well done … you actually feel like you’re deep in the forest far away from civilization and there was something beautiful and interesting around every corner.













Now might be a good time to mention that I am absolutely terrified of bats. I know it’s irrational and I hate that I feel that way but put me near one and I go into a blind panic.



So why on earth am I smiling when I’m this close to a bunch of bats that are the size of small aircraft?! I think I was just so horrified/fascinated that I forgot to be afraid. And, once you overlook the fact that they’re … you know … BATS (shudder) they’re actually sort of cute. They’re sort of fuzzy and have sweet little Chihuahua faces. If it weren’t for the horrible ginormous wings and the fact that they’re BATS I’d almost want to pet one. Almost.






Of course the highlight of the Jungle Trek were the tigers. As hot as it was, I expected them to all be napping in the shade and some were. But others were surprisingly active. It was amazing to see them up close. They’re HUGE and so so gorgeous.











Next on our agenda: a safari!!!
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ChapterFour: Part Two

Chapter Four: Part Two
“You look like you peed your pants.”


I did the Kilimanjaro Safari once before and remember that there was a story about a baby rhino and poachers or some such nonsense. I was very happy to see that they don’t do that anymore. The animals are so beautiful that they should be the showcase and we don’t need the distraction of some silly storyline. We took a zillion pictures and it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few but I’ll try!!!














Since we enjoyed the jungles of Asia so much, we decided to visit the jungles of Africa as well. I know there was a lot of beautiful and fascinating things to see along the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail. But honestly, the only thing I really remember were the gorillas. They’re such beautiful, graceful creatures that I could have stood there watching them all day.







And say what you will about lions, but for me, this guy right here is the King of the Jungle. He’s magnificent!




It was getting close to noon by this point and the heat was intense. What better way to cool off than a trip on the Kali River Rapids!?! We had ditched our backpack that day and had most of our belongings stuffed in our pockets. So of course neither of us thought to bring a plastic bag! Tena went to one of the gift shops and asked for one and they must get that request a lot because the cast member handed a bag over batting an eye. We shoved everything in the bag and tied it shut and our phones and cameras survived the trip just fine.



A million years ago, I went on Roaring Rapids at Great Adventure in NJ and it’s very similar to Kali River so I knew what to expect. Every time the raft rotated, the people who were now riding backwards would squeal and brace themselves and then heave a sigh of relief when the raft turned again. And wouldn’t you know it, just as we reached the top of the biggest hill, the raft turned so that I was the one going backwards! My seatmate and I got soaked! We were as wet as if we’d jumped into the river. Tena was on my other side and she got a fair amount of the backsplash but wasn’t nearly as wet as I was. I spent the rest of the day walking around looking like I’d peed my pants! But as hot as it was, it felt pretty darn good.



By now we were starving so we made our way out of Asia and went in search of some lunch. We noticed a small crowd of people gathered along the path watching …. A tree? What the heck? It was Devine! I was so excited because I was hoping to see her. I don’t know how a woman dressed in plastic ivy and walking on stilts can be so lovely and graceful but she totally pulls it off!








Isn’t she gorgeous?




After a yummy lunch at Flame Tree BBQ we headed over to line up for The Festival of the Lion King. It’s one of Tena’s favorite shows so when we heard it was closing, we knew we had to see it one last time. I’d only seen it once before, back in 1998, and as I recalled, I enjoyed it very much. But since then, I’ve seen The Lion King on Broadway and let me tell you … it’s AMAZING! The costumes, the music, the sets … I was completely blown away by it. If you ever have a chance to go, don’t miss it. It’s phenomenal! So I was a little concerned that Festival of the Lion King would pale by comparison. But I needn’t have worried because I loved it! It doesn’t hold a candle to the Broadway show but it’s completely charming in it’s own right and I enjoyed every minute of it. I hope they come up with something equally spectacular to replace it!

Anyway, we were in the Giraffe section. BAAAA! Which, apparently, is the noise giraffe’s make. Who knew? And we had a really great view of the stage. But for some reason, we didn’t take a single picture! If memory serves, my camera died and I’d left the spare battery back at the hotel like a big dope. And I guess Tena was too enthralled with the show to bother with pictures. Oh well, I’m sure you all know what it looks like so just pretend there are a serious of spectacular photos accompanying this post, okay?



We bid Animal Kingdom farewell around 4:00 and headed to our home away from home, the Comfort Suites. We were planning a late night so a nap was in order. And I badly needed some dry pants! After a change of clothes, some R&R (and a quick load of laundry) we headed back out again about two hours later.
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Chaptr Four: Part Three

Three posts in one day! I rule!!!


Chapter Four: Part Three
“Birthday girls in the house!”



We arrived at the Magic Kingdom around 6:30. Our first order of business: Dole Whip! Seems like everyone had the same idea because there was a loooong line. Tena passed the time chatting with a cute little 13 year old girl who was there celebrating her birthday with her dad. Meanwhile I was really hot and feeling very hypoglycemic for some reason so I just concentrated on fanning myself and inching forward in line. Nurse Tena could tell I wasn’t feeling my best but I assured her a dose of Dole Whip would fix what ailed me. And it did! Good old Dole Whip!



Revived by that creamy pineapple goodness, I was ready to ride! Since we were right around the corner from Pirates of the Caribbean, that was our next stop. POTC is one of my favorite rides so I’m not sure how I feel about the changes. On the one hand, it would’ve been strange if they hadn’t added Captain Jack and the gang, given how hugely popular the movies are. On the other hand, I loved the old version and seeing Johnny Depp popping up every few feet is a little disconcerting. So I guess I’m ambivalent about it!

We made our way over to Fantasyland, which was very crowded. We still managed to squeeze in a ride on Small World. That’s three down and three to go! We can do it!!! Or can we?



The Dole Whip was yummy but we needed some real food so we went to the Columbia Harbour House for dinner. In past trips, the Harbour House has been our old faithful go-to restaurant. If we were at MK, we always ate there. Chicken fingers with honey to dip them in, waffle fries and a giant ice tea to ward off dehydration. Yum. My how times have changed. Chicken nuggets that were more coating than chicken, no honey, greasy (non waffle) fries and the ice tea was mediocre at best. Oh my darling Harbour House, how could you let me down like that? Clearly the bloom is off the rose of our love. Sigh.

The meal wasn’t a total loss, though. While we were waiting to order, a friendly cast member was chatting with us and noticed our birthday buttons. The result? Free cake! Again!!! Okay, honestly, it wasn’t all that great. But it was cake! And it was free! And it was super thoughtful of her. Thank you, nice Harbor House lady! And when we picked up our order, one of the counter service girls noticed the buttons and gave us this sort of evil smile. Next thing you know she was ringing a bell and shouting “Birthday girls in the house!”. Okay, I can‘t remember exactly what she said, but if it wasn‘t that, it was something equally embarrassing! Before we knew it, half a dozen cast members were clustered around us singing a birthday song at the top of their lungs! So cute! And humiliating. But mostly cute! And did I mention the free cake?



After we were done eating, we went to stake out a viewing spot for the 10:00 pm MSEP. We have a favorite spot … a stone wall near Pecos Bill’s that we always nab for parades if we can. And sure enough, it was available. We had over an hour to wait but we had a place to sit and there were refreshments nearby if we got thirsty so we were good. Shortly after we sat down, a family with two small children in strollers came and sat next to us. One was a baby who was out like a light but he was all red faced and sweaty and looked so uncomfortable. The other little guy was maybe 2 ½ and had a wicked cold. His poor little nose was bright red and he kept coughing and sneezing and finally just broke down sobbing. He cheered up a little bit when his mom bought him a light up sword but you could tell he was just generally miserable. I understand wanting to see the parade but when your kids are exhausted and hot and sick … for pete’s sake call it a night and take them back to the hotel!!!! But of course that didn’t happen and those poor kids probably didn’t get to bed until midnight.

Anyway, one added benefit of our parade viewing spot was that we could see a fair amount of Wishes. The castle was mostly hidden by the trees but we could see the fireworks going on behind. Very pretty!

So the Main Street Electrical Parade was adorable!




















And the birthday button strikes again! See this blurry dwarf? Sneezy, I think. He came dancing over in my direction and waved hello. Then he saw the button and stopped dead in his tracks right in front of me, grabbed my hand and kissed it. Swoon!



All in all, a very good day. And for the first time since we arrived in Florida, not a single drop of rain! Perhaps Mother Nature is going to smile on us after all!
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:54 PM   #29
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You really got some wonderful shots of the animals on the safari and the parade, as well! What kind of camera were you using? The zoom seems to work very well!
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:48 PM   #30
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Just found this and joining in. You look like you had a great time so far. I'll second the question about the camera. I take a ton of pics myself and love to see what kind of cameras people are using.

IASW is one of my favorites but I am usually confined to one ride a trip. Others I travel with are not as happy with it. Soarin' is my least favorite ride. I can understand why others like it but I get really sick on it. I can't handle any of the IMAX type shows.

Looking forward to more.
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