Happy and Grumpy’s 1st Trip - Part 5: Early Entry

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  1. JuleeM13

    JuleeM13 Earning My Ears

    Jul 6, 2000
    Cast: Julee, 27 (AKA Happy) 1st trip to WDW. John, 29 (AKA Grumpy) 1st trip to WDW

    Monday Nov. 13 (Day 2)

    Remarkably enough when I told John we would need to leave the hotel by 7am for early entry to Magic Kingdom he didn’t complain. As I mentioned before neither of us are morning people. We missed early entry by about 3 hours every day at Disneyland so I figured WDW would be no exception. Surprisingly when the alarm went off at 6am we both got up. We were out the door by 7:15 and headed towards the bus. The bus stop wasn’t crowded (in fact I think we were the only people there) and the bus to Magic Kingdom came in about 5 minutes. It was a bit chilly and it looked as if it might rain. I ignored that fact and took in the sights as we headed towards Dixie Landings.

    When I was planning our trip I couldn’t decide between Dixie Landings and Port Orleans. After seeing Dixie Landings I was kind of sorry I went with PO. Don’t get me wrong, I like PO a lot. There was just something about Dixie that seemed a bit more “special”.

    As we made our way to Magic Kingdom we passed the Contemporary and the Polynesian. It was so weird finally seeing all these places that I had read about for so long in person. I wasn’t that impressed with the Contemporary. It looks much cooler in pictures. We could also see the Grand Floridian across the lake. All I can say is this place is gorgeous. It looked so majestic! As we pulled up to the gates my heart sank when I saw the crowds. As we entered the park it was more crowded than I expected, but not as crowded as it looked from the gate. As we walked toward Main Street I held my breath as I expected to be awestruck when I got my first glance of the castle. Unfortunately it didn’t have the effect I expected. Yes it was bigger than the one in Disneyland, but it still wasn’t Disneyland. It wasn’t the castle that brought me to tears on the last night of our vacation when I was 9.

    We decided to head to Tomorrowland until our 10:15 reservations at Crystal Palace. I’ll have to admit the Tomorrowland at DL is much neater than the one at WDW since they remodeled it. John wanted to go to Alien Encounter since he is a huge sci-fi fan. Again I felt totally disorientated…just like at DTD. I was looking at the map and according to it, AE should be right in front of us but I couldn’t find it. At Disneyland I can navigate with my eyes closed, but this was a whole new world to me (no pun intended). We hopped on Buzz Lightyear since there was no line. I was a bit disappointed with this ride. Yeah it was fun that you get to shoot at things, but by the end of the ride it gets kind of old. Finally we spotted Alien Encounter and I felt really stupid when I realized that we were standing right outside of it looking at the map. This was a lot of fun. Both John and I enjoyed it and we left the ride with goosebumps on our neck. If you’ve been to AE then you know what I’m talking about. I did think it was a bit strange that an attraction like this was at the Magic Kingdom and not at MGM.

    Next we decided to get a Fast Pass for Space Mountain (my first Fast Pass…how exciting!). John thought this concept was really cool. We had time to kill so we rode TTA. Now this brought back great memories! Last time we were at Disneyland, this ride was gone so I’m glad I got the chance to ride it at WDW, although it moved much faster than I remember. I wanted to ride Astro Orbiter but John refused since when we were at Disneyland we got stuck in the ride (HINT: DON’T TRY TO FIT 2 ADULTS IN ONE ROCKET).

    By this time we were both really hungry and we still had over an hour until our PS at Crystal Palace. We decided to go see if we could get in early. HA! One look at the huge line and we kept moving onto Adventureland. I couldn’t believe John actually suggested we go pay a visit to the Tiki Birds. He hated this attraction at DL, but the building looks much cooler at WDW. I was a bit disappointed with this as well. It seemed a lot shorter than the one at DL and you only get about 15 seconds of the popular Tiki theme song.

    When the Tiki Birds were done singing it was time for our Fast Pass at Space Mountain. By this time the park was starting to get crowded and the normal Stand By line was up to 45 minutes. I couldn’t believe how great the feeling was to walk past all those poor souls who were standing in line glaring at us and we breezed by them happily grasping our Fast Pass. We only had to wait about 5 minutes. Again both John and I were a bit disappointed with Space Mountain at WDW. When they remodeled the one at DL they added loud spacey rock music which really adds to the feeling of speed. Don’t get me wrong, it was fun. I just like to one at DL better.

    After Space Mountain it was FINALLY time for our PS at Crystal Palace. It was 10:00 and John and I were sure they could hear our stomachs growling all the way over in Fantasyland. We sat on the porch and waited for them to call our name. John seemed to be getting really cranky. I kind of was too. I thought that this was supposed to be the slow season and the park was really crowded. I was hoping it was because it was early entry day. They finally called our name about 15 minutes after our PS time. The breakfast buffet at Crystal Palace is really good and started a buffet trend that would last us throughout the trip. The French toast is outstanding as is just about everything else. The only problem was that they couldn’t fill up John’s glass of orange juice fast enough (as I said before, he drinks like a fish). Finally the server surrendered and brought him a large glass.

    I got nervous when I saw Tigger at the table next to ours. I didn’t know how John would react to the characters. We got visited by all the characters (Piglet, Eyeore, and Tigger) and John behaved. He even laughed and posed for a few pictures with them. For some reason throughout the trip all the characters we encountered seemed amused by John’s hair. It’s really nothing that out of the ordinary, it’s just short and spiky. All the characters liked to touch it.

    John was in a much better mood after we ate. We decided to go back to Adventureland and ride Jungle Cruise. We thought we’d get a Fast Pass but quickly changed our minds when we saw the FP line was longer than the regular line. We skipped Jungle Cruise and headed over towards Pirates- MY FAVORITE!!! The wait was about 20 minutes and was much longer than we thought it would be. At DL when you enter the building you pretty much get right on the ride. Here there are a bunch of corridors to go through. For some reason, again I was disappointed. I liked the one at DL a lot better. I miss the drop at the beginning and the incline at the end. By this point I’m really beginning to feel let down.

    When we left Pirates, John and I both agreed we needed a nap. We decided to grab a Dole Whip and head back to the hotel. They are really yummy. I had a pineapple-vanilla swirl and finally something lived up to my expectations.

    By the time we got back to the hotel my feet were killing me. I’m used to wearing some sort of heel and now I was wearing gym shoes so I guess my feet didn’t like the change. I couldn’t believe we had only been here a day and already I wanted to chop off my feet. How was I going to make it another 8 days?

    I had originally planned to visit MGM later that evening for the Fantasmic Dinner Package, but we couldn’t get PS so we decided to head to Epcot instead. However first I was in desperate need of sleep. John said he wasn’t tired and that he wanted to watch TV and relax. Again I fell asleep for my nap without setting the alarm. You can probably guess what happened.
  2. PoohbearLisa

    PoohbearLisa Earning My Ears

    Nov 18, 2000
    Those pesky naps!! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed Crystal Palace. We'll be eating there too. :)
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  4. hedgehogcs

    hedgehogcs Always listening to Jiminy Cricket...

    Aug 17, 1999
    Although I love the rides at WDW, I agree that Pirates & Space Mountain are better at Disneyland.

    By the way, my family & I are reading your posts with baited breath, hoping so much that everything ended good on your trip. We just got back from a truly magical trip and wish everyone could have as much fun as we did.

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    Oct 4, 1999
    I felt the same way you did about actually SEEING the other resorts. And, the Contemporary was not anything big deal to me other than the monorail going through it. We ate at Chef Mickey's in December and the inside was not impressive. Maybe 20 years ago it was cool (at least that's what my dh tells me since he and his mom stayed there back then).

    I'm enjoying reading your reports. On to the next one! :D


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  6. Marla Hellwig

    Marla Hellwig I'm not lost, it's called creative exploring

    Mar 25, 2000
    Lucky you got a dole whip - haven't had one of those yet. Thanks for posting!
  7. Kallison

    Kallison <font color=red>I'm a lab adorer<br><font color=na

    Nov 15, 1999
    Boy for 20 somethings you guys sure nap a lot - LOL! Just wanted to say I'm enjoying your trip report?

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