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The best camping trip ever! Mark and I spent Memorial Day weekend together at the Grand Canyon. It was a weekend of firsts - my first time to that national park, Mark's first camping trip (as an adult), and our first camping trip together. We left Las Vegas early on Saturday morning to beat the rush into the park. Check in at our campsite was a breeze and it was a happy surprise that my camping partner was a natural at setting up the site. He also proved to be an expert campfire maker. After a bit of lunch we took off for the canyon rim. The park's shuttle bus system works so efficiently, we explored the entire east side of the park that afternoon. My first view of the canyon was at Mather Point. Even ... read more
Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World January 26th 2014

Sunday, January 26, 2014 On our way home! Some of our thoughts... Buying the package vacation from WDW: This was definitely an easy way to go. Disney offered a lot of perks by acting as our travel agent, including Magical Express. I really liked not having to deal with my luggage at all during travel. There were other freebies as well, but the general piece of mind as a Disney customer was really great. Magic Bands: We were part of a new ticketing system. The Magic Bands were linked to our tickets, room keys, dining plan, photopass, and fastpass. We wore the bracelets all day, every day, and just had to touch the Mickey icon on our band to the icon on the register, ride station, or hotel door and we had access. It was very ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World January 25th 2014

Saturday, January 25, 2014 Our last day of vacation - we made the most of it by arriving at park opening and leaving just as the park was closing. Jen was great and hussled with me to the safari ride as soon as we arrived, so we could avoid the 60-minute wait that stacked up within an hour. Rides and Experiences: Safari Wilderness Railroad (to nowhere) It's Tough to be a Bug Character greeting: King Louis and Baloo/ Minnie and Mickey Lunch - Yak and Yeti Flights of Winder show Expedition Everest (fastpass) Expedition Everest (single rider) Primeval Whirl Triceratop Spin Dinosaur! Expedition Everest Dinner - Pizza ... read more
Animal Kingdom
Safari Ride
Animal Kingdom

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World January 24th 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014 Back for another round at Hollywood Studios. We made it a slow day and took the opportunity to just kick back and enjoy ourselves. The pirate show was a let-down, totally designed for kids and no seating. But the day was saved by the most excellent performance of Beauty and the Beast. Of course, I silently cheered for Gaston - he's such a looker! Rides and Experiences: Character Greeting: Woody and Buzz One Man's Dream gallery and show Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate show Beauty and the Beast show Haunted Mansion (twice) Rockin' Rollercoaster (single rider) Star Tours Indiana Jones show Dinner - ABC Commisary Toy Story Mania ... read more
Hollywood Studios
You - are - a - toy!

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World January 23rd 2014

Thursday, January 23, 2014 Jen and I returned to the Magic Kingdom for a full day of fairy tales. The big highlight of the evening, and one of the top moments of the whole trip, was having dinner at the Be Our Guest Restaurant in Belle's ballroom. It was as if we had stepped into the movie. Disney absolutely out-did themselves in creating that experience. I timed our reservations just right so we would be able to watch the fireworks while waiting to be called for our table. After dinner, the park was closed and we practically had the entire place to ourselves as we floated on fairy dust to the exit. Rides and Experiences: Character Greeting: Mary Poppins Breakfast - Starbucks Astro Blaster Space Ranger Spin Character Greeting: Buzz Lightyear Space Mountain Autopia/Speedway Character Greetign: ... read more
After an amazing evening
Meeting Mary!
Cinderella's Castle

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando January 22nd 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Jen and I purchased a package through Dreams Unlimited which included transpiration from Mears and dual-park tickets. It was a good value, and easy to make our transportation reservations. We took time the night before to be sorted into our Hogwarts houses; Jen was sorted into Ravenclaw and I was placed in Slytherin. Our Potter souvenirs included chocolate frogs and scarves with our house emblems. We really needed the scarves in any case - it was very cold throughout the day. Breakfast - Hotel Commons Islands of Adventure The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Dragon Challenge (twice!) Forbidden Journey Flight of the Hippogriff Butterbeer (the best!) Lunch - Captain America Diner The Incredible Hulk Coaster Universal Studios Betty Boop - character greeting Blu... read more
Harry Potter
Harry Potter
Harry Potter

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World January 21st 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Today we experienced the amazingly fun Hollywood Studios. It reminded me a lot of the re-imagined Disneyland California Adventure. We never waited in line for Star Tours, but found Toy Story, Tower of Terror and the Rockin Rollercoaster consistently had 60-90 minute wait times. Rides and Experiences: Character greetings: Goofy, Chip and Dale Toy Story Mania (fastpass) Star Tours The Great Movie Ride Tower of Terror (fastpass) Lunch - Fairfax Fare (didnt like it) Voyage of the Little Mermaid show Star Tours Character greeting: Mr. Incredible and Frozone Muppet Vision 3D Snack - Writer's Corner (liked this spot) Lights, Motors, Action! show Animation Academy Fantasmic Dinner - Hotel ... read more
Beginning the day!
Tower of Terror
Tower of Terror

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World January 20th 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014We spent the day exploring Epcot and the World Showcase. The highlight of the day was our Princess Luncheon. We found Epcot requires the stamina for a lot of walking, but frequent breaks allows for lots of people watching too.Rides and Experiences: Monday, January 20, 2014 We spent the day exploring Epcot and the World Showcase. The highlight of the day was our Princess Luncheon. We found Epcot requires the stamina for a lot of walking, but frequent breaks allows for lots of people watching too. Another important note, adults should take the easy option for Mission Space. Though neither of us were sick, our guts were a little shaken by taking the significant g-forces of the extreme version of the ride. Rides and Experiences: ... read more
Timing the line!
World Showcase

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World January 19th 2014

Sunday, January 19, 2014 Breakfast - Leftover pizza Explore Downtown Disney District Disney Quest Lunch - Cookies of Dublin Magic Kingdom Monorail, via Grand Floridian Hotel Thunder Mountain Railroad Pirates of the Caribbean Jungle Cruise (Fast Pass - FP) Dinner - Pinocchio Village Haus It's a Small World Character Greetings: Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Goofy, Donald, Daisy, Minnie Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid (FP) Dumbo the Flying Elephant The Barnstormer Haunted Mansion ... read more
Beginning our day
Rapunzal's tower

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World January 18th 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014 After months - actually, years - of anticipation, today marked the beginning of my Walt Disney World dream vacation with one of my favorite travel companions, my sister, Jennifer. Since our 2006 dual-graduation trip to Disneyland, we’ve been plotting a WDW trip together. Something would always disrupt actual vacation plans, and last year Jen put her foot down. We are going in 2014 and that’s that. From my years of extensive park research (proud Disney geek), I knew that the month with lower attendance and comfortable weather was January. We had the details figured out in no time and booked the trip. I kissed and hugged my boyfriend goodbye at the airport drop-off. Of course I would miss him, and my emotional cat. But I also disclosed this was going to be ... read more
Orlando airport
All Star Movies Resort
Mickey-shaped towels on the bed

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