Thursday, July 31, 2008
We slept in again this morning and headed over to Hollywood Studios to finish up the stuff that we hadn’t done there. We went straight to get a fast pass for Rockin’ Rollercoaster because we loved it so much the other day. We got one and then went over to do the Muppet’s 3D movie and the Backlot Studio Tour. Then we went to see if we might possibly get Fast Passes for the Toy Story Mania ride again. No such luck with that, but we did discover that they have a single rider line as well. So, we hopped in that line (the regular wait was 80 minutes) and were through the ride in less than a ½ hour. Next was time for dinner at Mama Melrose’s Italian Restaurant. This was by far the best food we had in our entire stay! And, we got to eat while there was a terrible thunderstorm, so we avoided all of the rain. We went from dinner to the Beauty and the Beast show and then on to use our Fast Passes at Rockin’ Rollercoaster. It was just as fun as the first time! After our ride, we watched Fantasmic! again and then headed back to pack and get to bed! It really was a fabulous trip!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
After Typhoon Lagoon, we went back to the resort and ate some lunch. We cancelled our dinner reservations because we were eating such a late lunch and made reservations for tomorrow night. We decided to go back over to Animal Kingdom to ride Everest one more time, even if we had to wait in line. Well, we scored and found that they had a “single rider” line. When you get in that line, you virtually walk on to the ride. So, we rode Expedition Everest another 4 times in about 45 minutes! It is such a great coaster. Then, while I was paying in the gift shop, MJ decided to go and find us a frozen lemonade because it was so blasted hot! We got to be part of the “Year of a Million Dreams” with a “Magical Moment” that provided us with our frozen drinks FREE of charge. So, our stop at Animal Kingdom was certainly a great one! We headed over to Epcot to see Illuminations, but once we got there, we were just so tired and our feet were killing us, so we decided to go back to the resort and go swimming – a great way to end the day.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
We declared today a “take it easy” day. We were so tired from a crazy three days, so we went shopping at Downtown Disney in the afternoon after we had lunch at Planet Hollywood. We had
Monday, July 28, 2008
Happy Birthday, OLIVIA!! Today was spent in the Magic Kingdom for Olivia’s 5th birthday. We actually slept in this morning and then went to our 11:15 brunch at Chef Mickey’s – again another Character Breakfast – here are the pictures!
When we got to the Magic Kingdom, we rode the railroad over to Tomorrowland and got our Fast Passes for Space Mountain. We then did everything in Tomorrowland – The Carousel of Progress, Stitch’s Great Escape, Astro Orbiter, Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor, and got another Fast Pass for Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin. Then we went to meet Laura, Sue, and Olivia for the Jungle Cruise. After that it was on to Fantasyland to do all of the “Classic” rides – It’s a Small World, The Many Adventures of Pooh, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Mickey’s Philharmagic. Mickey’s Philharmagic is a new 3D attraction that is just wonderful. They play all of the great Disney songs with 3D images in a screen that wraps around the entire front of the theater.
Next, came Olivia’s Birthday dinner at the Crystal Palace which was a Pooh and Friends Character Buffet. They brought out a cupcake and card signed by all of the characters for Olivia and we had Mickey confetti sprinkled on our table. It was a great meal and we were done just in time for the Wishes Fireworks show. I wonder how much they spend on Fireworks in one day at Disney?! We had a few minutes before Spectromagic nighttime electrical parade, so we used our Fast Pass on Peter Pan’s flight and went on the Haunted Mansion ride. The Spectromagic parade was great! After the parade we went and did Splash Mountain – that was so much fun – it did not exist the last time I was at Disney. The best part was when you have climbed up the mountain and you can see over the whole park – there was a full moon that night and it was just beautiful – then came the 5 story plummet to the bottom!! We finished off our evening with Aladdin’s Magic Carpet ride and Snow White’s Scary Adventures. Another FULL, FUN day!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
After another short night (4 ½ hours of sleep) we got up and headed over to Animal Kingdom for our reservations at the Tusker House for Donald’s Safari Breakfast. This was a great breakfast buffet with great atmosphere, great wait staff, and Disney Characters – of course, we have pictures!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Day 1 Wednesday, July 16th
We woke up nice and early – 4AM to be exact to catch the bus to the airport. Our flight was uneventful and we arrived in Orlando early! We got to bypass luggage pickup as Disney does that for you (and delivers your bags to your hotel)! There was a bus waiting for us and off we went to the POP Century Resort – a very cute resort divided into sections by decades – the 50’s through the 90’s. Here are a few pictures of the resort – we stayed in the 50’s section and our pool was shaped like a bowling pin!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
DISNEY OR BUST!!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Speaking of vacation - we leave in 3 days (really 2 because today is almost over)! We can't wait!!!! I am so excited to go and just have a good time. The dogs are very excited as well because they get to spend 3 weeks at their Nana and Grampa's house. They love to go there and run around on the farm. My poor parents though - they end up with 4 dogs when they are there. We are so fortunate to have them to watch the dogs though! After we do Disney, we are headed to MJ's mom's house in Minnesota, then we are driving to Colorado to visit MJ's brother and his wife. Then back to Minnesota to see MJ's other brother and his wife and kids. It will be lots of fun and it is always great to spend time with family!
Ok, so we were vendors at a craft fair on Saturday. It was a total bust!! We sold 5 cards and 2 card boxes for a grand total of $10 - now, the table fee was $15 and we had to give a donation which equalled another $15, so we actually ended up MINUS $20. We had great "neighbors" though and it was a beautiful day, so we sat in the sun and chit chatted!
Here is a picture of our booth:
Ok, so I have to tell you about some more special people - you see there was this one set up with some really special items. I had to sneak a picture of them to show how really pretty they were (not)! Thank God for a good zoom lens!! So, without further adieu - here they are!
The best part is that when we looked over we noticed one on the ground and we were able to see the trade secret for how they were made - look closely at the following picture:
Yep, you guessed right - it was a "recycled" dish soap bottle - wrapped in tinsel garland - made to be an angel! If I had actually made some money at the craft fair, you might have had to hold me back from buying up the whole lot of them!
Today we went shopping and went to my parents for dinner. The dogs spent the afternoon there, so they are nice and tired tonight!!! I'll update again before we leave!
Good night - and sweet dreams - I am going to be dreaming about the missed opportunity for buying those pretty dish soap tinsel wrapped angels!