Monday, August 17, 2015

Twentyfour Hours at DIsney

This is what we did after I tagged along on Craig's business trip to South Florida 
[I'll share more of that later - so fun!] 
We decide to spend 24 hours [well - maybe 36...]
at Disney since we had a day left on our tickets AND points for free rooms...
So here's a quick run through our time - in photos - lol 
Day One - 
10 am - Breakfast at Denny's 
 since we slept through our complimentary hotel breakfast - 
It was good, and the balloon artists were A-MAZ-ing.
11 am - WalMart on 536
We had to pick up a few Disney items 
[I found an adorable zippered pouch - 
and Craig {{wisely}} picked up Mickey / Minnie rain ponchos.]
12 pm - off to Downtown Disney - 
We'd heard there were changes - but OMGoodness...  We weren't truly prepared for what we saw - lots and lots of new upscale shopping - 
But, thankfully, most of the stuff in the Market Place is unchanged. 
I don't like change... 
But in a couple of years it will be completely different and will look like it's always been that way - that's the magic of Disney...
I do kind of love the parking garage though - FREE parking and its easily accessible.
[Tip - if you park here to avoid parking fees in the park - note that buses from DD only go to resorts - you'll have to pick up transportation from there on to the parks... we heard more than one group discussing this.]

3 pm - We stopped at Portobello's  
and had some delicious cake for lunch.
Y'all know we're crazy - [we shared a piece... ]
We continued shopping around until dinner time
6 pm - Boma
A taste of Africa - in Animal Kingdom Lodge
So beautiful.
We had to try a little bit of [most] everything, including: Lentils and Sausage Soup, Chicken-Corn Chowder, Mulligatawny, Chicken Salad with Chili Cilantro, Tunisian Couscous Salad, Spinach and Quinoa Salad, Ghana Tomato Salad, Artichoke and Preserved Lemon Salad, Avocado Grapefruit and Papaya Salad, 
Pork Shoulder, Whole Durban-style Roasted Chicken, Spice-crusted Beef Striploin, 
 Mater Paneer, Fufu, Bobotie, Zebra Domes, Kenyan Coffee Tarts, 
and Cinnamon-Chocolate Mousse.
 Whew - I ate WAY too much.
And it was all good - even if I wasn't sure what I was eating at times - lol.
8 pm We headed over to The Contemporary where we took our traditional 
first-night-at-Disney monorail ride
to Epcot and back.
We love the almost empty cars during this time of the night --

and seeing the sphere lit up - 
and we timed it just right 
to see some of Illuminations as we rounded the curve!
[Always fun to us!]
We also reminisced about how Chef Mickey's used to always be our traditional first meal at Disney - so fun when the boys were younger - and we'd camp with 4 - 5 other families!
After our monorail ride it was time for bed so we'd be READY for the morrow -
Day Two -
7:00 am - Up early and had breakfast at our hotel - Mickey Waffles!!
 7:30 - Off to The Magic Kingdom - with the sun coming up over the monorail - 

Love the anticipation of going through the main entrance! -
 8:00 - We have valet-parked at The Contemporary and
we've got to be on our way - I have a date with Peter Pan before 9:00!
We walked the short pathway over to The Magic Kingdom
8:30 am - Traditional photo in front of the castle --  
Oh Look! There's Snow!
I'm not sure we've ever seen her out and about - 

9 am - Peter Pan! -- I've loved Pan since I first rode it as a 7 year old in DisneyLAND. Loved flying over his world THEN and now --  
We rode it a few times, zipped through It's a Small World, 
saw Mickey's Philharmonic, 
 and stopped by to see Buzz Lightyear...
Where Craig quadrupled my score! Ha.
and OF COURSE did the People Mover - 
Cool thing: The lights inside Space Mountain were on when we went through... 
11 am - Lunch with Belle and The Beast @ Be Our Guest
I had French Onion Soup - Quiche - and 
of course the grey stuff - yum.
Then we headed over to The Haunted Mansion - 

[My most favorite attraction in The Magic Kingdom!]
before going back to the monorail for one last twirl through the resorts before heading back to rest a bit from the extreme Florida heat and humidity.
I've never loved The Fast Pass more than I loved it that morning.
It was wonderful to have it pre-planned before we EVER walked into the park --
Note: Pirates was closed....
2 pm - Goodbye Magic Kingdom - I'll see you in a couple of years 
[three visits in three years is too much for even me!]
We stayed off-site - but it was an easy drive on the back roads [staying away from 192.]
 4:30 pm - Back to The Contemporary to park and catch the monorail to Epcot...

[Our valet parking pass was good all day at any of the resorts - 
but we feel like The Contemporary is the best.]
It rained all during our rest time and was continuing to rain as we walked through the gates -
 But we stepped inside to see a few attractions 
 [and picked up a giftie for a sweet friend in Taiwan who loves Disney even more than us -- 
6 pm - Dinner at Chefs de France -
Always a great meal - and so many memories of being here 
through the years with the boys and our camping buddies!
It was fun to celebrate our THIRTY SECOND wedding anniversary here!
But y'all - the RAIN just kept coming down - I'm talking monsoon rain - thunder / lightening rain - limbs falling from the trees rain - fireworks cancelling rain -
 oh. my.
[So glad we had our ponchos!]
8 pm - we stood in line a bit for Soarin'
- another all-time-favorite ride of ours! 
LOVE flying over the California countryside!
Tip: Get on the front row 
and you want see everyone else's feet hanging all around you - ha. 
We'd originally planned to finish up the evening back at The Magic Kingdom [they didn't close until midnight!] But the rain wasn't stopping - and Craig was feeling pretty bad [we found later he had a pretty severe ear infection -] so we decided to call it a night...
 But wait! 
There was still some Disney Magic left for us - as we were driving back to our hotel we were able to see the Frozen Fireworks from Hollywood Studios 
[although we will forever call it MJim - ha] 
A great way to end our quick 36 hour trip to The World.
11 pm - Good night all - 
and yes - I have Mickey PJs - 
But by now you shouldn't EVEN be surprised....

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