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North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World November 19th 2016

It's our last full day at Disney, and I didn't expect to feel sad about that. I'd assumed we'd have fun on this trip, but, by the end, we'd be exhausted and ready to go home. Instead, I find myself wishing we had more time. There's still so much to see and do! Today is our day at Animal Kingdom. One of my oldest, closest friends, Stasa, lives in Miami, and so she drove up to spend the day with us at Animal Kingdom. Back in college, she'd had a Disney internship, and so she knows the parks well. Phuong and I once came down to visit her when she was working. I think that was back in 2003! I remember we went to Magic Kingdom, Downtown Disney (now Disney Springs), and we briefly stopped at ... read more
Divine
Herbivore & Carnivore
DinoLand, USA!

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World November 18th 2016

It's the week before Thanksgiving, and all of the resorts are getting decorated for the holidays! One of the resorts I wanted to check out, if we had the time, was the Grand Floridian. I'd heard that they build a life-size gingerbread house every year, and they run it as a candy shop! We took Friday off from the parks as a day to rest. I'm so glad we did because I woke up feeling sick. I was feverish and felt chilled to the bone, and it felt as if all the lymph nodes in my head were swollen, making it difficult to breathe and swallow. It also felt like someone was repeatedly stabbing the inside of my ears with a pin. Miserable. I took a couple ibuprofen and a hot bath, and then I felt ... read more
Coronado Springs Resort's Christmas Tree
Trees at Polynesian Resort
Oliver at the Polynesian

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World November 18th 2016

I wasn't feeling well at all, but tonight was the night Paul & Colleen were taking the kids out to Disney Springs. Andrew and I had pre-paid for the Disney fireworks dessert cruise, called Ferrytale Wishes, as a special date night. So, I was determined to go! I napped all afternoon and took a few ibuprofen. Instead of wearing a nice dress I packed, I put on a comfortable top and jeans and called it good. It was date night, and were going to be fun! We ate dinner at Maya, a table service restaurant at our Coronado Springs Resort. The food was excellent, and there was a man playing an acoustic guitar which really added to the atmosphere. When we finished, we caught the bus to EPCOT. From there, we hopped on the monorail to ... read more
Magic Kingdom from the Ticket & Transportation Center
Ferrytale Wishes
On the Dessert Cruise!

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World November 17th 2016

Let me start off by saying, this wasn't a typical half day at Magic Kingdom. The Magic Kingdom was set to close at 4:30pm on Thursday for a private event. This rarely happens. I wondered if the park would be a lot less crowded because most people wouldn't want to waste a ticket on a day the park closed so early. On the other hand, I wondered if thousands of other people would have the same idea, and so maybe there wouldn't be a big drop in crowds. We decided to take the gamble, and it paid off! We got to do so much during our Magic Kingdom half day. We arrived just before the 8am opening, and it took a bit of time to get through the main gates. Once we did, we booked it ... read more
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Queue
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
They've been cast.

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World November 16th 2016

We decided to sleep in a bit this morning, since we were out late at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. We used some of the snack credits from our dining plan to get bagels and pastries from a little cafe at our resort. Our tumblers that we got from our free dining plan also allow us to have unlimited coffee refills, so we got our on-the-go breakfast for free! We hopped on the bus to EPCOT around 10 or so, and when we arrived, we went straight to Frozen Ever After, the new Frozen ride. It's located in the Norway section of EPCOT. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a Fastpass+ for this ride. Because it's so new and Frozen is so popular, it's not an easy one to get. I did have one glimmer of ... read more
Inside the Royal Sommerhus
I spy Anna & Elsa in the woodwork!
Meeting Anna

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World November 15th 2016

We're on a most magical adventure. Today, we went to the Magic Kingdom for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. This is a special event that requires a party ticket. Party-goers can arrive at the park at 4pm, and non-party visitors leave the park at 7pm. We arrived at 3:30pm, and we were let in shortly before 4pm. That worked out for us because we had dinner reservations at Beast's castle at 4:25. The restaurant is called "Be Our Guest," and it's a difficult reservation to get. Up until a few days before our trip, we only had a reservation for 2 because it was all we could find. Thankfully, one opened up for 4 people this week, and Andrew managed to snag it for us! Before we went to the castle, we stopped to use our ... read more
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
Oliver's Gargoyle Face
Beast's Castle

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World November 14th 2016

We had a long travel day. We left Des Moines at 9:30am and drove to Kansas City. It's about a 3 hour drive. We took a shuttle from the economy lot and flew to Charlotte. We ran across two terminals and caught our next flight to Orlando. There, we got to take a little train to the transportation area of the airport, where we caught the Disney's Magical Express shuttle to our All-Star Movies resort for the night. We got to our resort around 11pm EST. Thanks to Disney World's amazing system, we didn't have to stand in the check-in line (which was long even at 11pm...). We'd gotten a text with our room number, so we walked straight there. Our Magic Bands, which they'd shipped to us, were linked to our room. So, we used ... read more
Entering Andy's Room
Sheriff Woody
The Fantasia Pool

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World July 10th 2016

So this is one of those planned down days where we could go to different places instead of the big parks. We were looking for some relief from the heat and chose a water park. Floating down the rapids was cooling especially getting out of the water. The wave pools however were so hot it was like swimming in soup. No relief at all. The next place we wanted to go to was the everglades. Not a swamp but an extremely large slow moving river. Nope. No escape from the heat here either. We were told that since the water levels were mismanaged in the spring there were very few areas for the gators to get up on the banks to sun themselves. Only saw the 1 gator.... read more
Rapids
Dolphin dislplay
Everglades

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World July 8th 2016

Well this certainly going to be an endurance test. Up fairly early and into the oppressive heat. Even the news stations down here and reporting that it's abnormally hot (and humid). That is not going to stop us. Into the Universal Studios today and tomorrow is the Islands of Adventure. Express Pass works like a charm! We met some interesting minions, Shaggy & Scooby, terminator, beetlejuice, optimus, megatron, agent J and was entertained with Fear Factor live. All the time moving from concession to concession trying to keep hydrated. Dinner at Bubba Gumps (we did quite well at the trivia from the server). Day 2 coming up!... read more
Shaggy won't stop talking...
Beetlejuice
Optimus

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando » Disney World July 7th 2016

We flew out late yesterday after being delayed for 45 minutes sitting at the gate. A nice flight except for an under the weather Elijah. A little pale and an upset stomach. The Customs agent was slightly concerned and sent him and Elke to the secondary inspection room. We all had visions of being turned around and sent home. Turns out, the agent didn't want him to pass out and create a lot of paperwork (my words not his). A few warnings of turbulence and into the humidity we go! Collected the rental car and crashed at 2:30 in the morning. Sleep in day! Sort of ... free breakfast ended at 9:00 so we had to get up at 5 to 9:00 to make it. OK so where are we?? Drove around to figure out where ... read more
A gaggle of gators
Even the buzzards are trying to get away from the heat
Gator Wrassler Abby




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