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Old 11-11-2013, 04:19 PM   #1
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Talking Leaving the Kid behind- 7 Wonderful Days in the World!*COMPLETE w/link to a NEW PTR

Hello One and All! Welcome to my very first trip report!!!



We got to spend 7 glorious Kid free days in the world from October 11th-17th. If you have kids and havenít yet had the chance to go just as a couple I highly recommend doing so. Itís a completely different trip than going as a family.



Before we begin, we need to get the introductions out of the way:



This is DH (PirateFuzzball here on the boards). Before we married he was a hater of all things Disney! (I KNOW!) Slowly over the years Iíve convinced him of the wonders and magic of Disney. He can now tolerate the movies but Loves Disney World just as much as the rest of us. He just hadnít had the chance to do it right the first time. While he had been to the world before this was his first trip back in over a decade!




This is me. Iíve been a lover of all things Disney for as long as I remember. As a kid I lived in Florida from the ages of 5-9. During that time my family made countless day trips and a few overnights. Once we moved away my only trip back was on a Band Trip in High School. This was my first trip back to the world in 10 years and the first big trip Iíve been responsible for planning.



This is our adorable, always happy DD. You wonít see her much in this trip report because we left her with my parents while we were gone. We are saving her first trip to the world for when she is 3 or 4.

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And Away We Goooooo!!!!!



And Away We Goooooo!!!!!~ Day 1- Part 1



I had slowly started packing a few months before the trip and so I found myself pretty much done except the last minute essentials about 2 days ahead of time. The last day before our trip was spent finalizing the last minute details and getting final snuggles with DD. That night after dinner we went ahead and dropped off DD at my parents. That I think was the hardest part. The sadness didnít last though because we had to get home and get to bed. We had a plane to catch the next morning!



We live only about 10-12 hours away from Disney so normally we wouldnít even consider flying. This trip however, my wonderful and generous parents gave us plane tickets for my birthday. We decided to fly out as early as possible to give us as much time as possible in Disney. So after that early early wake up call we drove ourselves to the airport and hopped on our flight and away we went.



Because we planned on using Magical Express, once we got through TSA and had our breakfast we went ahead and put on our magic bands. It was pretty nice once we landed at MCO. Because they saw our magic bands we were waved through with just a tap on the Mickey reader. Our bus was pretty much full when we got on so we only had to wait an extra minute or two before we were off.



It wasnít long before we were crossing under the wonderful welcome sign. Our hotel ended up being the last stop. (Or rather it would have been had the family behind us had paid attention and raised their hand when the bus driver called out their stop. Oh well. It didnít matter! We were at Disney!



Soon we were checking in at Port Orleans Riverside! I was anxiously waiting to find out if my requests were honored. I soon found out that we did in fact get 3rd floor river view Mansion Section. We ended up not getting the fridge, but because I had done my research on the dis we weren't surprised.
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Let the relaxation begin!!

Let the relaxation begin!! Day 1- Part 2


Because it was only 11:25am when we checked in, unsurprisingly, our room was not yet available. We kind of expected this so we came prepared. We gave them our phone number and after a quick shoe swap checked our bags and off to explore and grab a boat for Downtown Disney we went!















Once we got to DTD our first stop was for a light lunch at Earl of Sandwich. We each got sandwiches and found places to sit amongst the chaos that is that restaurant. Great sandwiches at a nice cheap price, but man is it crazy in there! Afterwards we browsed around and just soaked up the atmosphere. We did stop at the Pin trading store and bought a lanyard for pin trading. We quickly decided that the book that I had wasnít going to work for quick trades.









We slowly made our way to the west side so that we could use our vouchers over at Disney Quest.





While nifty and a nice way to stay in the a/c while waiting for our room to be ready, everything in there was a little on the dated side and neither one of us came away that impressed. We both decided that were we to have to pay for the tickets separately it wouldnít be worth the money. Even free, we wouldnít hurry back.

By the time that we got out of there it was nearing 5 oíclock and we still had yet to receive a text message of any kind. Tired and hot and ready for a bit of a rest we decided to head back to Riverside anyways and check on the status of our room.
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My husband and I took a child free cruise alone when our daughter was about 14 months old. It was bliss!! I hope your Disney adventure was wonderful, can't wait to see the rest!!
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My husband and I took a child free cruise alone when our daughter was about 14 months old. It was bliss!! I hope your Disney adventure was wonderful, can't wait to see the rest!!
It was indeed blissful to have that time for us. DD was about 15 months at the time of our trip. The only hard part was seeing all the cute princesses dressed up and prancing about. DD was never far from our minds that's for sure.
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Just Roll Us on Out of here!!!

Just Roll Us on Out of here!!!~Day 1-Part 3


Once we got back to our resort we went back to the check in counter and finally told our room was ready and given our room number. Apparently the first lady hadnít keyed in our phone number correctly. So after a quick explanation of where we needed to go and where our nearest bus stop was located we were on our way to our room.



We got to our gorgeous building and took in the magical river view. We opened the door and found that Magical Express had already dropped off our checked luggage. Once in the room we took our room pictures before anything got messed up and called down to luggage services to have our other bags and the water we had shipped to the resort brought up to our room. While we waited we turned on some Stacey and settled in to the room. We had booked a king bed. Everything was beyond beautiful.









After a nice rest and some time to freshen up it was time to start our way towards dinner. We were headed to a monorail loop resort and since it was a Halloween Party night we decided it was best to give ourselves some extra time to get there. So off to the bus depot we went with the plan to catch either an Epcot or MK bus. We werenít picky since we were planning on hoping on to the monorail and take a loop around if we had time. We didnít wait long before a bus headed towards the Magic Kingdom rolled up. With some excitement for our first glimpse of the Castle we hopped aboard and enjoyed seeing all the different creative costumes people were wearing to the party.



We ended up timing it absolutely perfectly. We were a tad on the early side so we decided we would just ride the monorail loop twice. (Once to make a full loop, and once to actually get where we were going.) When we looped back in to the MK stop it was clear that we got on right before the final sweep of the park. Our second loop around was quiet crowded.



It wasnít long before we were pulling up to our stop. We werenít sure if we were going to be able to check in yet because we were still on the early side (about 45 minutes early). To our surprise they went ahead and let us check in. We were given a pager and went and settled in for what we were sure was going to be a long wait. Imagine our surprise when our buzzer went off less than 10 minutes later! And just where were we eating that night?? Well if you havenít guessed yet we were headed intoÖ..



We were very excited for this meal because DH was born and raised in Hawaii. We were looking forward to seeing how authentic this meal really was.









Almost immediately we were served our salad and bread. And this is where DHís downfall began. Like a good Diser, I did my research and knew ahead of time just how much food was coming our way. Due to some stomach issues Iíve dealt with over the last year I have learned how to pace myself well. I tried to warn DH. I tried to get across just how much food we were going to be given. This was all forgotten when the mass of food was put in front of us. That being said I only did marginally better.

I wasnít very impressed by the bread and quickly left the rest alone as to not fill up on the mediocre stuff. I almost skipped the salad altogether for the same reason but boy am I glad that I didnít! If anyone has the recipe for that salad dressing I would be most happy to get it from you. I forgot to ask about it before we left.




We both went with the Pomegranate Lemonade. It was very tasty and I am currently trying to recreate it here at home. If I end up with success Iíll let you know.

Next were the wings and the pot stickers. The wings were alright. Neither of us were that impressed by them. The pot stickers howeverÖ. We LOVED those pot stickers! We even got a second helping of them. We are suckers for good pot stickers and havenít been able to find good ones here at home. That I think was the true down fall of the meal. Because at this point DH forgot that we had meats coming.

DH inhaled the noodles and stir fry proclaiming them ďjust like homeĒ. There was a bit of a lull between the sides and the meats but I thought that ended up being a good thing. The meats themselves were okay. The steak was mixed the pieces I were given were way over cooked but DH got some that was just right.



Before we knew it desert was coming out. This was another dish that surprised me in how much I enjoyed it. You see I am not a banana fan at all. With banana in the name I assumed it was full of banana flavor. I was happy to find that as long as you avoided the solid pieces (which werenít many) of banana there was no other taste of the fruit in the dish. We were also given a cupcake in celebration of our Anniversary.

It was all beyond tasty and we found ourselves stuffed to the brim, but our night was not quiet over yet. We still had one last thing on our list to check off for the night.
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Finishing off with a BANG!

Finishing off with a BANG!~ Day 1- Part 4


With overly full bellies we slowly found our way down to the beach. We had been told that they pipe the music in and you can watch the whole fireworks show from the poly beach. Well as it turns out no music was piped in but the view was downright spectacular. No pictures or youtube video can really do these fireworks justice. And to be able to watch while sitting and your feet buried in the nice cool sand was glorious!









































Once the fireworks were done we decided to take the boat back over to MK and caught the next bus home. Over all it was a wonderful start to the vacation and the perfect way to get us into our vacation frame of mind.
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Off to Hollywood!!!! (Studios that is!)~Day 2

So even though I was on vacation kid free and could sleep as long as I wanted I still found myself waking up about my usual time. It was alright though because that meant that I had some time to enjoy the peace and quiet of the beautiful resort for a while.







By about 9:30 I had gotten to the point where I had caught up on all I could on the Dis and facebook and had sat and soaked up the atmosphere of the resort as much as I could for the moment and Went back in to the hotel room to see if I could get DH to stir. Being the good wife that I am, I came back with some coke in hand to help him wake up.

After showers and a quick in room breakfast (we brought some pastries with us), we meandered our way down to the Bus Depot and had a wonderful chat with the CM there. Apparently the CMs that stand at the bus stops and track the buses get to choose where they go. Apparently the North Depot is a favorite spot of a few cms and there can be a bit of a race to get to it first.

Soon enough we found our way to Hollywood Studios. We checked the time and decided that our first stop would be to try and catch a Beauty and the Beast Show. We started to head in that direction but decided to stop and watch some Streetmosphere that was just beginning. By the time we got to the Beauty and the Beast show it had started so we just decided to look around some more and then headed for our first on Star Wars. I had a lot of fun in that queue looking for all the hidden Mickeys in the tree trunks.


As I write this I am realizing that somehow we ended up with ZERO pictures in the star wars area. I am scratching my head trying to figure out how that happened because DH is a BIG Star Wars fan. This was the first of many rides throughout the day for DH. I only ended up riding this once. I thought I would be okay to ride it having gotten some prescription level nausea meds from my gastroenterologist before we left on the trip. As I later found out, turns out apparently these meds do the opposite of help at least for me. They made the motion sickness worse not better. That being saidÖ Let me pass on a golden jewel of advice I got here on the boards before my trip. If you suffer from motion sickness be sure to get one of those hand held fans to keep in your park bag just in case. The Colman brand ones found at target for $5 did the trick from me and saved me more than a few times this trip.

By the time we got out it was time to try out our first FP+ of the trip. We got over to TSM and breezed through the line. I would say less than 10 minutes after entering the line we were on the ride. We got all the way through the scoring and just as we finished the bonus round the game froze up. We never did get to find out our final score but I had gone into the bonus round with a 20,000 point lead so while DH claims he might had done enough to possibly beat me I totally claim winner for that round.







We sat there with the lights on for a few minutes before a couple of CMs came up told us we couldnít take pictures and got us out of the ride vehicle. We then got to walk backwards through the attraction adding people behind us as we went. It was quiet the back stage tour. Apparently the only way to be able to see TSM from that advantage is under these circumstances. It was neat to see the underside of the ride mechanisms.

Once we got to the exit we were given paper fastpasses for later for us to come back and ride at any time. So in a way we basically got 2 rides off of one set of FP+ reservations. Not bad. From there we decided to check out One Manís Dream.



We wanted to stay for the movie but we decided that I was in need of a snack before things got too late. For our first snack I decided that it was way past time for me to correct a wrong long in the making.



It was time for my very first Mickey Bar!!! (I know right?!? Not sure how I came so much as a child and never had one)







By this point we were getting somewhat close to the time to check in for our lunch reservation at Sci Fi Dine In (Weíll get to that debacle in a minute) and we realized that we werenít far from it so we didnít want to go too far. With the Great Movie Ride right there we decided to a nice trip through the movies in the a/c was in order.

The queue was a tad backed up so when we got out it was just about time to go check in for a late 3 oíclock lunch. This lunch was horrible from the get go. We got checked in at about 2:45 for our 3:05 reservation we werenít seated until 3:50!!! Service was slow. Food was mediocre. And to top it off something must have been in the food because both DH and I ended up feeling off afterwards. In my case it lingered for much of the rest of the day. This dragged on so long we almost missed our next FP+. Never again will we eat there. The atmosphere inside is somewhat nifty but that is the only positive I can say about the place. We wonít be giving it another try.

So after that disastrous meal and a stop to be sure I wasnít going to have issues from the food, we hurried off to TOT for our FP+ that was getting ready to expire thanks to the incompetence of the SCI FI Dine In. Thankfully we made it in time.

Now as far as Drop rides go I have to say that I am not one that enjoys the feeling of falling. I knew going in that TOT was probably a ride that I just wasnít going to enjoy with great enthusiasm. That being said, DH really wanted to ride it and I wanted to experience the themeing of the ride at least once. There is also the matter of wanting to raise my daughter honestly and to be open to trying new things. And I donít feel I can look her in the eye and push her to be open to new things if I donít at least try them myself. So away we went. It wasnít as horrendously horrible as I expected, and I am glad I tried it for myself at least once. That being said, in future trips I will be more than happy to sit back and watch as DH rides in the future. Itís defiantly not a ride for me. The ride picture was somewhat amusing though. However by the time we got out a phone to take a picture of it they had already switched it to a new one.
From there we had about 30 minutes to kill before our RnR FP+ was available. The timing worked to catch a Beauty and the Beast show before using our last FP+.



As far as the show goes, While the movie is one of my all time favorites the show at HS just is too condensed to be truly amazing. Its fun to hear and see the songs from the movie preformed but they really do cut out the meat of the story. Iíll be back to watch it when we take DD for sure but itís certainly no longer a must do for me.

Leading up to the trip I was leery of RnR due to my motion sickness. But a few people close to me whose judgment I trust had assured me that while dark there is enough ambient light from the signs in the ride that you can see the track. With their assurance and nausea meds in my system (I hadnít yet figured out that the meds made things worse) away I went to try another new experience for me.

For those with motion sickness issuesÖ it turns out that my family members were wrong. Itís dark, like canít see your hand in front of your face dark. I think on our next trip, Iíll just spend time taking DD to the princess shows (Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid) and Disney Junior and Daddy can go ride to his heartís content in that area. Between the sci fi food making me feel off and RnR I was really not feeling so hot and we almost left the park then and there. After a bit, I started feeling better and we decided that if we were going to use it we better go and use our extra FPs for TSM. Because it had been broken down earlier the return line to get into TSM was quiet long.

As we were waiting we got to see the Army guy interacting with those of us in line.



And yes, that is the line to get into the TSM FP lane.



From there I was starting to get worn out but DH wanted a few more rides on Star Wars. It was basically walk on for him. The first time he went through I found a place outside to sit down and call my parents and check in on DD. They were having a blast and right before I was about to hang up DH came out and got a chance to speak to DD. After I hung up DH informed me that there is a side exit in the ride so that I could go through the queue with him and then sit in the a/c while waiting for him. The cms at the exit were quiet friendly and kept me company while DH cycled through the ride a few times. Once he was done we decided it was time to head out. We stopped for one last picture and headed for the buses.



Before we could completely leave the park we got pulled to the side and asked to take a survey about our dining experience. Due to our absolutely horrid experience we decided we probably should take the time for the survey. (Note, we never did hear back from anyone about our feedback.) Unfortunately this delay meant we were spit out with the rest of the crowds leaving fantasmic. Not a huge deal but we did end up on a extra crowded bus standing on the way back to the hotel. After a late meal at Riverside Mill (Their Pasta is great and easily split between 2 people!) we headed back to the room and crashed pretty quickly. Overall it was a great first day in the parks.
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Now This is What I Call Perfection! ~ Day 3-Part 1





I think this was the day I was looking forward to most, for many reasons. Today was MK day. And for some reason, there is just something special about this park that just resonates as my favorite. Maybe itís because I have the most memories from this park or maybe itís just the way that first glimpse of the castle sends the bit of joy and peace through me. Maybe itís the ability to get that magical moment of truly feeling like a princess no matter how old you are. And this trip there was a new slightly surprising element to it that requires a bit of background to explainÖ

You see, I have fertility issues. Our daughter is the result of 3 hard years of trying to have a child. Since I was a girl myself, I knew I wanted to be a mother and dreamed of the day where I got to experience all the mother daughter things from the motherís side. And while they have been happening less and less as she grows older, I still have moments where it really hits home that I really do have a daughter and I am really truly going to get those special moments.

On this particular day in the Magic Kingdom, surrounded by all the adorable princesses caught up in their joy of being at a ďreal castleĒ it kept hitting home that it wouldnít be long before my little one was at that stage and that one day that will come far faster than me or DH would really like DD will be the one so caught up in that joy. And as the full and true reality of that hit home I got near tears.

If just the reminder that I will get to have these experiences one day with DD got me that emotional I think I am going to have to prepare myself to be a full on basket case when we finally do take DD to Disney!




So here we were on Main Street and I had one particular place in mind to get to first. As soon as I found out that the new Starbucks was going to be open during our trip I had just one mission in mind. I decided that there was no better way to enjoy my annual Pumpkin Spice Latte then from inside the Magic Kingdom while staring up at Cinderellaís Castle.



Right before we entered Main Street Bakery I had to laugh. You see, DH isnít really much of a parade person himself. He has learned the joys of enjoying DD and Me enjoying such things but doesnít like them otherwise. Since this was an adults only trip and we knew that the next time we came it would be with DD I promised him that in all my planning I would do my best to avoid Parades. That being said, we had only been in the park long enough to find our way to entrance to Main Street Bakery and out comes the Move it, Shake it, Celebrate it Parade. I just let out a laugh, DH let out a groan and we found our way inside.

Though I have to say there is something rather catchy to that parade. Without meaning to we both found ourselves kind of getting into the groove a bit.



So armed with our caffeine in hand we wandered in the general direction of the castle with our eyes on the lookout for some place to sit. We soon came across some tables and chairs with a beautiful view of the castle. As we went down to them we saw a sign that they were part of the smoking section but with no sign of smokers in sight we decided we would go ahead and give it a try.









Boy were we glad we did, because it was beyond pleasant down there. We sat there for a while enjoying the view and atmosphere. A while after our drinks were finished we noticed a few people coming to sit down and smoke. Seeing as this actually was the smoking section we didnít mind leaving the space for them to do so.





As we left the area, we noticed an available Photopass Photographer. She was very nice didn't mind one bit using our phone to take pictures and even took a bunch for us to choose from.



From there we started our wandering towards New Fantasy Land. We had FP+ for the LM ride. But since we had some time to kill we stopped along the way for more pictures.










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Being a Guest Under The Sea!! ~ Day 3-Part 2



After our mini photo shoot we made our way towards our first glimpse of New Fantasy Land. I canít say how excited I was for this!! I had done my very best over the last few months to keep myself from getting spoiled but didnít do so well. Turns out that it didnít matter because seeing it for myself in person was better than any picture!!! I had to stop and just soak it in for a minute. I just couldnít believe that I was finally, really truly here live and in person.

We ended up getting to our FB+ a tad on the early side (this quickly became a pattern on this trip.) We ended up standing outside of LM for a few minutes before we were allowed to go in. I didnít quite mind though because there was so much to look at and see! Soon enough though, we were breezing through the FP queue. We basically walked right on. This was one of those rides that DH wasnít really excited about but knowing my love for The Little Mermaid, happily joined me on the ride. He enjoyed himself on it though. Wouldnít go as far to say that he was thrilled by it, nor was he quite in agreement that we go on it again later. It was fun though. The effects of it are rather nice. However I can see how the more adrenaline junkies are let down by it, but really this type of ride is just my thing. Give me a ride that can be appreciated for its musicality, creativity, and ingenuity over some random thrill for thrillís sake any day. But I know I am in the minority in that.



After LM we just HAD to go exploring in Belleís village! Besides Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast is up there as one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE movies period. I was in a state of Bliss and my sweet beyond wonderful husband indulged me in it without one second of impatience.





After our exploration of NFL we decided that we needed a bit of a sit down and some a/c so we headed off to Mickeyís Philharmagic. I donít remember having seen this before, but itís rather cute. Itís definitely a good show to catch if you want a brief break from the hot Florida sun. Once we got out, we decided to head toward Tomorrowland and stopped to take pictures along the way.









A funny thing happened as we were entering Tomorrowland, as we were walking I turned to DH and told him, ďMake sure to keep an eye out for a talking trash can. His name is push and he is supposed to be really fun to interact with.Ē

Yíall, Iím not kidding! We didnít walk but 2 steps and Dh points and says ďYou mean THAT talking trash can?Ē

Before I can even take notice of where he is pointing Push comes whizzing up to us and wishes us a Happy Anniversary and then keeps on going. Between my surprise of seeing him that quickly, and how fast push was moving there was no time to get a good picture. It was a fun experience though. I certainly hope to run into Push again on our next trip.

After our run in with Push we found our way over to one of my favorite rides of ALL TIME!!! The Peoplemover of course!!! Seriously, I could ride that baby all day.







After a wonderful break on the Peoplemover we got a couple of Mickey bars for a snack and then went off to our next FP+ of the day.



Not my most flattering picture I know. (I almost didnít post it). Going in to our trip I was looking forward to Buzz. I tend to really enjoy the shooting rides, TSM at HS and MIB at US for example, but I ended up somewhat disappointed with this ride. The combination of not really knowing if you are actually hitting what you think you might be aiming at, having had no idea where I was actually shooting and the jerkiness of the spins along with the occasional flashing lights adds up to a rather underwhelming ride experience. Especially after having expectations such that it would be a rather fun ride based on numerous trip reports and my experience the day prior at TSM.

From there we went into Laugh Floor. By this point Tomorrowland was getting rather crowded, so crowded that the entrance for Laugh Floor was hard to spot and somewhat overflowing. In the chaos that was the end of the line for Laugh Floor I ended up with a family of 9 PEOPLE decided that instead of weaving their way to the very end of the line they would step on my foot and force themselves in front of me.

I very much almost said something but then decided that anything I said would be pointless to such a rude and oblivious group of people. DH and I had to fight hard to keep our zen attitudes through the queue though. Their rude obliviousness continued as they let their kids go absolutely wild throughout the confined line. As soon as the doors opened into the larger open waiting area we did our best to put as much distance from them as possible.

As far as the show itself goes, I have to say I really did enjoy it and was glad that I gave it a shot. Going into it I could have taken or left it. Monsters Inc is not high on my list of favorites. Canít say Iím a huge fan. But the show is cute and worth doing at least once. The mostly a/c queue and seating in the show help as well.

As we were leaving Laugh Floor it was quickly determined that crowds hadnít seemed to improve much at all. To give you an idea on crowd levels Stitch had a bit of an extended queue in use. We were starting to get hungry and it was decided to go ahead and grab some lunch before our next FP+ at BTMR.

We made our way to Pecos Bills and after the chaos of getting our food and finding a table we ended up in a nice dark and quiet spot. It was rather pleasant. From there we went off to use our BTMR fp+. The machine didnít seem to want to recognize our bands, but apparently we werenít the only ones with the problem and they just waved us through.



After BTMR we decided it was definitely time to get our Pirate on. So off to Adventureland we went. From there we went on to Jungle Cruise. And about this time we really started feeling like maybe going back to the hotel for a while to take a break. Unfortunately we had BOG reservations and by the time we would get back to the resort we would only have 30 min for a rest before having to come back. So we decided to do the next best thingÖ.





We grabbed Dole Whips and took a few spins on the Peoplemover and Carousel of Progress of course!!!

By the wayÖ DH and I cracked up and were shocked when we caught the ďDirty Ladies PictureĒ reference in the second scene! Pretty sure I never caught THAT before!





Next we went over to one of the few spinning rides that doesnít actually make me sick. I always get a bit of humorous satisfaction from riding this ride. You see as a kid my Motion Sickness was so bad that I was not even allowed to watch the tea cups let alone ride them. My first time riding them was as a teenager on a band trip with friends and I felt like such a rebel the whole time I rode it! (That says something about how I was as a child that my idea of a rebellion was riding the tea cups ride.)


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Being a Guest Under The Sea!! ~ Day 3-Part 3

From there it was nearing time for our Dinner reservations! I was really looking forward to this dinner. The excitement was beyond words!!! And it turned out to be a fabulous meal!! I think one of my favorite parts was when they announced The Beasts arrival a little girl dressed as Belle popped up and waved frantically at the beast from the table across from us. Beast leaned over and kissed her hand and as The Beast turned to walk away little ďBelleĒ swooned into her momís arms. It had to be one of the most precious things I saw all trip.











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After dinner we headed our way towards HM and on the way DH shocked the life out of me when he suggested we go on IASW!





After a few more rides DH and I found we just couldnít go any more and decided to call it a night.



Tired and exhausted we made our way back to hotel.
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Exploring with the Animals and Kickiní our feet up ~ Day 4


I donít have many pictures from this particular day and not much happened. Matter of fact I have none at all until lunch. This day was our actual anniversary and so we wanted a bit of a low key day to go with it. We decided the best way to do this was Animal Kingdom in the morning and hanging out at our resort in the afternoon.


We both were looking forward to Animal Kingdom because it was the park that neither of us had really experienced much of in the past. I had only briefly visited before and had only been on the Safari and Itís a bugs life. Everest hadnít been built yet I believe. DH had never been at all.

I have to say that both DH and I were disappointed in this park, and we both feel that itís worth skipping in our next few trips. I was unable to ride Everest due to motion sick issues same for most rides in the dino area. Itís a bugs life is okay leaving really only the Safari as a stand out can ride together as a family ride. (*I should state for the record that we were unable to ride Dinosaur because just as we got all the way back there to ride it broke.) While we love the safari and it is a very neat experience, itís hard to justify the price of admission just for that. Itís a park that is hard on your feet, little to no shade, and no benches that I could find anywhere so that you could just sit and enjoy the atmosphere. And with neither of us being big Avatar fans, even that is not a draw to lure us back to that park. There is just too much to see and do at the others.

With all that said, let me share the pictures from this day that I DO haveÖ


We ate lunch here:




I will say that this spot was rather nice for lunch minus the aggressive bird that kept trying to steal our lunch.

Sometime later we went on the Safari with our FP+





























After the safari we both were hot and our feet were really starting to protest after so much walking and standing for the last few days and so with nothing else really catching our attention and neither of us having the energy to stick around for or Lion King FP+ we decided it was time to just head back to our hotel and get off our feet.

When we got there we discovered that our house keeper had once again had fun with my body pillow. (She had made into the shape of a 2 on our second day) This time it was in the shape of a heart.



With us being so hot and our feet so achy we decided that we would spend some time at the pool and hot tub. We love this pool. The water that splashes down acts like a wonderful massage when you stand under it and the temperature was just right. We stayed down here quite a while and wish that we had found time to visit it again on our trip.

After we swam we went back to the room and got cleaned up for Dinner. We knew that we were going to want a low key meal this night so we decided to stay at the resort and give Boatwrightís a try. We ended up mixing up the time and ended up ready for dinner an hour before we meant to. We decide to head towards the lobby area and just take in the atmosphere. It was quiet a glorious way to do things. And it was a happy hour of rest and relaxation.









It was fun sitting back and watching all the families dressed up for MNSSHP go by. Our favorites were a family of around 10-15 smurfs. (You can see a few of them in the background of this next picture)









After dinner we took our deserts back to our room and planned on having a sparkling cider toast. Unfortunately we completely forgot a bottle opener so DH had to take our bottle up to the lounge and get them to open it for him. (They were happy to do so.)

While dinner was wonderful the desserts were rather mediocre and somewhat stale. Weíll skip them in the future.

After we toasted and enjoyed our desserts we both quickly fell asleep while watching a Netflix that we brought with us.
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Our Trip into the Future ~ Day 5

For some reason, there arenít many pictures of the rest of our trip. So the last few posts are going to be a bit more on the wordy side then picture side.

This was our Future World Day. We got up and stopped in the Riverside mill for some breakfast and discovered that every now and then (About once an hour) this song randomly blasts out at you. The tune has an annoyingly catchy beat and quickly gets stuck in your head. It caught me off guard because I had never heard anybody mention it before we went. We never caught it on video but if you are curious look up ďFood Court at Port Orleans Riverside celebrate songĒ on YouTube. You should be able to find at least one with it playing in the background.



After we ate we wondered our way to the bus stop and made our way to Epcot. On the way we were a tad concerned for the day because the skies were a tad on the dark side. But it turned out rather nice and kept the heat and mugginess away for most of the morning and early afternoon.





By the way peopleÖ I hope you realize how silly you look when you use your ipad to take pictures.



When we first got in the park we had plenty of time to kill before our first FP+ so I was on a mission. One thing DH had expressed an interest in doing was to build and experience his own coaster. With the let down on the first day at DisneyQuest I had made it my mission to get him on Sum of all thrills first thing.

A tip for those that like their thrills: while waiting to board the CM in charge of loading him was reviewing the coaster DH had made verifying that he indeed knew and wanted the number of upside down moments that he was set for. After making the comment to the CM that he wished that he could have put in more the CM grinned and said that he could change it to give the max number possible (I forget the number but it was quite a few and DH was a happy man coming off of it) but the catch is that you lose the coaster that you have already built.

I tried to film DH while riding but the glass in the way there makes it rather hard to do so with all the reflections in the glass.

From there we went on to our first FP+ and road Soariní. *Trick for those that get motion sicknessÖ Request the bottom row. A lot of people donít like it because you are low enough to see the bottom of the screen but for those that get bothered by large sweeping motions on a big screen having that edge there to focus on for brief moments helps. We both LOVED Soariní.

From there since we were nearby we went and road Living with the Land. People may roll their eyes, but I always enjoy this ride. After that we went ahead and ate lunch since it was right there as well.

From there we went on to Test Track. We both liked it and wish we had had the chance to ride it again but we never did make it back over there unfortunately. After Test Track we had FP+ for Mission Space but we decided that I would be better off not riding. So off he went. Turns out he didnít even need the FP since he was single rider. He went through the ride a few times and then came out to get me.



By this point I needed some a/c and a nice place to sit for a bit. We decided to go explore the festival center and take a ride on Ellenís energy adventure.

After that we had a quick caffeine boost at Starbucks. (Can I just say how much I just LOVE having Starbucks in the parks!!) From there our day gets a little foggy. I believe that we finished exploring the Innovations areas and then found our way to the Imagination Pavilions. It was time for me to FINALLY see Captian Eo for the first time. I know, I know! I was a kid of the 80ís who LIVED in FL and was a regular at Disney but never saw Captian Eo. You see by the time that I got to go to Epcot for the first time They had just released the Honey I shrunk the Audience. So I never did see Eo.

After Captian Eo we OF COARSE had to go give my boy Figment some love. This was one ride that DH rode and tolerated for me. His sole enjoyment from it was enjoying how much I was enjoying it. Heís a good Husband what can I say.

From there I we made a quick bathroom stop and then in some order (because I really for the life of me canít remember what we did when at this point) we went on Nemo and Spaceship Earth. I do remember being disappointed when we got off that the Manatees were no longer out. Out of everything they have in the seas pavilion they are the one thing I canít see locally and I had missed them and had been looking forward to sharing them with DH (being a Hawaiian dude he had never really seen them before).

Soon it was time for us to start making our way over for our Dinner Reservations at Via Napoli. We got there and were seated pretty quickly.





We ordered a Mezzo Metro so we could have leftovers for the morning. The poor waiter who brought it over was so very confused when he saw it was for two people. (Although really, I donít know why. We canít be the first to think to do this. )




We were rather surprised at how big of a dent we were able to put in it. Guess we worked up a bit of an appetite. While good, we werenít really impressed with this pizza. I know everybody flips out over it but we really didnít care for it. From what we can taste they use a white wine in the sauce and neither of us are big wine drinkers so that may have a lot to do with it.



Being that I LOVE tiramisu, I knew I just had to order some. It was wonderful. And we were officially STUFFED.



Little did we know that they had yet ANOTHER dessert for us in celebration of our Anniversary! I am sure that we would have enjoyed this more had we not been as full as we were but it was tasty.



The park had closed while we were eating and we slowly made our way to the front.









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