The "I Miss The Mouse!!" Trip -- Day 2: Epcot, WL, Osborne Lights, SNOW!!

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  1. Gina

    Gina Remembers the Great DIS Board Crash of '99

    Aug 16, 1999
    December 1-4, 2000 – Dixie Landings

    Cast of characters:

    Gina (Me), 34, second trip to the World this year, going for Single Mom of the Year title. :)
    Tyler Dean (DS), 4 ½, train fanatic, nominated me for above-mentioned title. :)
    My dad, 58, love for WDW from way back when, also a train fanatic.
    Debbie (Dad’s sister), 46, more like my sister than my aunt, both of us prone to giggling fits. ;)

    Day 2 – Saturday, December 2nd

    Mickey called us at 7am, and we got ready and headed over to the food court for a quick bite and some coffee. We were on the bus to Epcot by about 8:15. We were really lucky with the bus service this whole trip. We would walk up, and a bus to wherever we were going would pull up within 5 minutes. But why on earth is the DxL stop at every park the very farthest away??? Especially after a long day at the parks, those bus stops were faaaaarrrr away.

    We got to Epcot and made a beeline for Test Track. The standby line was something like 15 or 20 minutes, so we grabbed a Fastpass. Our time was for about 25 minutes later. Tyler Dean really loves Ice Station Cool, so we wandered over to that. We are 100% Italian, so it was easy to convince my dad to try the Italian one, Beverly. The look on his face was, of course, priceless. :D My favorite is still the apple one, and my dad and aunt both liked the vege-something one. I keep wanting to call it vegemite, but I know that’s not right. :) They said it was surprisingly good. I took their word for it. ;)

    Time for Test Track! We waltzed right on in. Fastpass ROCKS. TD and my dad sat in the front, and Deb and I were behind them. Have they sped up this ride?? I swear it didn’t seem that fast in February. It was even better than I remembered. I love this ride!

    After TT, we all wanted to go to the Living Seas. I know a lot of people think this ride is lame, but TD and I really like it. Dad and Debbie liked it, too. We saw lots of rays, a few sharks, and the biggest turtle I have ever seen in my entire life. I was amazed! We went to see the manatee exhibit, which was being redone back in February, but the big guy was just asleep in the water.

    Next, we wanted to ride Living With the Land. My aunt liked this ride from her last trip way back when she was a teenager, and TD and I didn’t get to ride it last time. We all really, really enjoyed this. I was fascinated with all the amazing experimental ways they’re trying to grow plants! Very innovative and interesting stuff.

    After that, Tyler Dean wanted to play in the Imagination pavilion. He had a ball there last time. We spent about 30 minutes there letting him burn off some energy. We all got a kick out of the “Audio Antics” listening station.

    By now it was nearing lunch time, and time to head back to our home-away-from-home, DxL. We grabbed our mugs and headed back to the food court. We could no longer resist the aroma of the pizza, so we each got that (except for my son, the Hotdog Man.) We all thought it was really, really YUM!! The crust was terrific, and we later saw that the reason was because they handtoss the crusts right there. Fun to watch. :)

    Tired and starting to really feel the effects of the colds we now all had, we lugged ourselves back upstairs for a nap. We had requested early housekeeping every day, and sure enough our room had been cleaned. I had printed some of the adorable “For the Mousekeeper” envelopes that someone on the DIS had made up, and left one for the housekeeper that morning. When we got back to our room, we had a cute surprise. She had folded washcloths into fans and perched my stuffed Mickey and Minnie dolls on top of them, staring out the window. She had rolled some other towels into a snowman shape and put my Santa Mickey hat on top. She had even folded a handtowel into some sort of flower on the vanity, and stuck our toothbrushes into it. It was a wonderful surprise, and made us all smile. Nowhere but Disney, my friends!

    We set the alarm for an hour, but couldn’t get out of bed for a half hour after that. Needing more caffeine, we filled our mugs with Coke (man, I am missing my Dr. Pepper by this point!!!) and sat on a bench by the river for a few minutes. Energy coming back to us, we headed out again. One of the main places I wanted to visit was Wilderness Lodge, because the theming just appeals to me so very much, in the same way the DxL theming does.

    We took a bus to the Magic Kingdom, and then took the water launch to the WL. My jaw just dropped as soon as it came into view. To say it’s beautiful just doesn’t even come close. It puts a lump in your throat, it’s so majestic and breathtaking. I knew from that moment that I will have to stay there at some point, even for just one night. We walked all through the lobby, and around the pool. The Christmas decorations there were just gorgeous.

    Sadly, we needed to leave if we were going to make it to MGM, so we slowly made our way out to the bus stop. Even that area was beautiful! We caught the bus to MGM and got there at about 6:00. We were feeling kinda hungry, so I dug some snacks out of my backpack and we sat down and just enjoyed the surroundings. But Star Tours was calling the 3 Star Wars freaks in our party (my aunt has amazingly never even seen it!) so we headed that way. The sign said 10 minutes, but it wasn’t even 5. I am LOVING this. Star Tours was just as awesome as last time, and we all had a good time on it. I can’t wait for them to update it to Episode One. I wanna fly a podracer!! :) My father had to physically pull me from the gift shop after this ride. :)

    We slowly made our way over to where the Osborne Lights were. We really didn’t know what to expect with this – just some Christmas lights. WOW, were we underestimating this. None of us have been able so far to describe it with justice to anyone else. We were just blown away. And the funniest part was, you could pick us Southerners out of the crowd… we were the ones jumping up and down, and standing in the middle of the street, staring up dumbfounded at the sky and yelling, “Snow!! Ohmigod, SNOW!!!” Meanwhile, the Northerners were probably thinking, “Jeez, we were hoping to get away from this stuff!” LOL!

    Then they were handing out the special viewing glasses, which we put on. Just when I thought this couldn’t get any cooler. Wrong!! I thought we were all going to go into sensory overload at that point. We must have sounded like we were on drugs… “Woooowwwww…. Look at all the lights and colors….” :D The glasses this year make you see sorta holographic snowflakes around each light, and the effect is breathtaking. Deb and I spent the rest of the trip with those glasses, whipping them out to look at every light we came to. :D It was pretty darn crowded going through here – probably the biggest crowds we encountered – but still manageable. We did wait until about 7 before going to see the lights, and they opened at 6. We hightailed it out of MGM before the park closed, so as not to get caught in the post-Fantasmic crush.

    Today had started out fairly warm, reaching the mid 70’s, but a cold front had blown in late in the day. It was starting to get pretty cool, to my absolute delight. We filled our mugs up with that yummy hot chocolate, and went and sat by the river. The lights reflecting on the water and the sound of the ducks and crickets was so peaceful, I think I could have fallen asleep right there. But our coughs were getting worse from being out in the wind, so we headed back upstairs to get ready for bed. We really slept bad this night, as all our cough medicines kept wearing off at the same time and we sounded like we were all going to cough to death. But hey, we’re at WDW, and nothing’s going to stop us! :D

    Next up: Day Three – Mid-stream plan change, MSEP, brrrrrr!!!!


    ASMu, 2/2000

    DxL 12/1/00-12/4/00

    Next stop, ASMo 2/3/01-2/10/01!
  2. Rajah

    Rajah DIS Veteran

    Aug 17, 1999
    Hmmm, so I'm not the only one who thought Test Track was better than I remembered. I don't know if they changed it or if it was just the time away, but I really enjoyed Test Track this year and thought it boring 2 years ago.

    I can't wait to see the Osborne Lights!! One week to go! :D :D :D



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  4. Beast

    Beast <font color=006600>Is in the TF's sight...<br><fon

    Feb 11, 2000
    because we were at DxL the week before you. Nov. 25-30. I agree, the hot chocolate is the BEST! Even if it does come from a machine. But, if you didn't, you should have tried the hc they were selling at the Osborne lights!!! (I know, fine time to tell you now, right?) I was even better. I told my wife that "they must be using Judy's recipe!" (See "The Santa Clause" for clarification) But, I don't know what happened to the Dr. Pepper. My wife, the lovely and gracious Julie, is a big "pepper" fan too, and I know she had it at the Col.'s Cotton Mill. hmmmm. Lastly, isn't getting a "wake up call" from Mickey cooool
  5. Gina

    Gina Remembers the Great DIS Board Crash of '99

    Aug 16, 1999
    You know, I saw them selling the hot chocolate at the Osborne lights, but I was so mesmerized by the lights I didn't even give it a second thought. Now I wish I had tried the hc there, and that I had another souvenir mug! :( Oh well, yet another reason to go back! (Like any of us need one, right? :D )

    BTW, I have my special glasses up here at work today, and everyone is wowed at them. Someone told me they wished they could buy some like that somewhere. Hmm... maybe I should have grabbed a handful of them! I could be making some extra money up here. ;)

  6. LisaTx

    LisaTx <font color=3366FF>Domestic Goddess<br>

    Feb 11, 1999
    I too have wondered how they decide which bus stop will be where. It does seem like there could have been a bit more thought put into it.

    Housekeeping really is creative with the towels aren't they? I wonder how you make a snowman out of towels?

    I know what you mean about wanting to stay at WL someday. I'm going to hold out until we go in the fall or winter. It just seems like it would be so cozy on a cold night. :)

    The Osborne Lights sound wonderful. I remember getting some neat glasses at Sea World once for their light show. They are very neat. :D

    THanks for sharing your trip with us.

    Lisa :)

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  7. Marla Hellwig

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

    Mar 25, 2000
    Another wonderful day. Thanks for posting!

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