Last Disney Day :(

With a 2.25pm Magical Express waiting to take us to the airport, we didn’t have a whole lot of time left for park action (although I think everyone else was feeling a bit Disney’d out), so we spent our morning enjoying one final character breakfast at Ohana, in Disney’s Polynesian Resort. The breakfast was served family-style, where a selection of food was brought to the table and we all helped ourselves, while we got visited from Mickey and Pluto, as well as Lilo and Stitch, and drank way too much ‘Stitch juice’ (yum!).

We then headed down to the dock and took the boat across to the Magic Kingdom for a final trip down Main Street USA, last minute souvenir shopping, and a last viewing of the Move it, Shake it Street Party, before making our way to the buses for the last time 😦

See ya real soon Disney World!

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Day 13: Last Park Day :(

So this will be my last post from the happiest place on Earth 😦

Looking at the positive side, from here this blog will blossom into a beautiful site of Disney World planning, tips and more!

It did mean that today was my last day in the Magic Kingdom, my home away from home. So today we had a chilled day of meeting characters, getting autographs, snapping pics etc, as well as having our last few trips on our favourite rides.

It also meant last Festival of Fantasy for me, a parade I would watch every day if could. We stood on the other side of the road this time, purely for Flynn Rider (he winked at me omg), and while I said I wouldn’t take as many photos, I took more..

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We had dinner at Chef Mickey’s before heading back into the park for a last Celebrate the Magic and Wishes *sobs* and now as a family we have the phenomenal task of attempting to pack all our suitcases to include all our fabulous Disney purchases!

Tomorrow we’re having a final character breakfast at Ohana with Lilo and Stitch before catching the Magical Express to the airport for an exciting (not) 8 hour overnight flight back home..

Catch you on the other side dreamers!

Days 11 and 12: Well, all over the place really..

Yesterday was another Universal day, mainly for the minions, so kept short and sweet and wrapped up with dinner at Planet Hollywood in Downtown Disney. I personally didn’t eat but that’s a whole other story..

After a much needed lie-in, we started the day with a trip into Epcot. While we’d covered all the rides we wanted to do, I was seriously lacking in the photo department and wanted to have a proper look round the World Showcase during the daylight hours, so had some quality photo-snapping time with my dad, while Mum browsed Innoventions; that place is a magnet to science teachers!

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Also dropped into the Art of Disney store there and treated myself to a total beauty of a canvas: a print of a stunning painting of a Tangled, gah!

We then monorailled from Epcot into the Magic Kingdom (via the transportation center as there’s no direct line) to meet up with the rest of the group for lunch at Be Our Guest, but unfortunately we’d left it too late to chance a walk-in and they were at full capacity 😦

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After another lunch at Pinocchio’s Village Haus, we headed across to Tomorrowland for a Space Mountain. The previous few times we’d done it we were lucky enough to have short wait times without a Fastpass, but the standby queue time had hit 85 minutes when we arrived, so we were very grateful that this time we did! Shooting past a queue of slightly disgruntled people, we boarded the ride on the opposite track to the regular riders, and to our surprise had a totally different ride experience.. The right side track was much faster, but felt longer, and had more wild twists and turns, it was great!

We also rode the Liberty Belle around Frontierland and caught a bit of Dreams Come True and the Move it, Shake it Dance Party Parade before heading out of the Magic Kingdom.

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Oh, and fall/autumn has begun in Main Street!

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Days 9 and 10: Typhoon Lagoon and Festival of Fantasy

Another two in one blog.

Yesterday started with cake, wahey! On my adventures the other night, I’d made a trip to the Boardwalk Bakery and placed an order for a cake for a certain special occasion..

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So following cake for breakfast, we headed over to Typhoon Lagoon, where we spent the day swimming with sharks, catching some waves and generally splashing around! We had dinner at T-Rex in Downtown Disney; an absolutely fab meal in an awesome location where the Jurassic era is brought to life!

We also headed across to the Magic Kingdom for the Main Street Electrical Parade, Celebrate the Magic and Wishes.

Today we had a lazy morning before heading over to the Magic Kingdom in time to camp out for the Festival of Fantasy Parade, which we’d missed due to rain before.

Wow, wow, wow! Well worth sitting out in scorching heat for 30 mins!

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Day 8: One Day, Two Parks

Today we had a mission: get on the Seven Dwarves Mine Train.

The Magic Kingdom had an early magic hour, so we got into the park at about 8.30am and marched straight over, expecting to find a relatively short queue.. We found a queue working all the way round the outside of the ride, as far as Ariel’s Grotto. Luckily (sort of), however, the queue was this length due to the fact the ride wasn’t open yet, and therefore no one was in the main queue area, so once the ride opened we flowed fairly quickly. Once inside, the queue was fairly entertaining, with plenty of interactive activities and fabulous surroundings. The ride itself was a nice combination of rollercoaster (think Big Thunder Mountain), and classic ride along (Winnie the Pooh style) inside the mines, and the whole time we spent at the ride was about an hour; queuing and the ride itself.

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Mission completed, we had a wander around Main Street USA, stopping for a treat in the confectionery shop and grabbing a drink from the Main Street Bakery, and even managed to squeeze in seeing the Move It, Shake It Street Party before hopping on a bus to the next park..

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Hollywood Studios afternoon!

We had all our Fastpasses for the day booked for the studios, as well as dinner, and got into the park just in time for the first: Indiana Jones stunt show. Personally I enjoyed this a lot more than Lights, Camera, Motion! as it was more personal; volunteers were picked out of the audience, the cast of the show explained how stunts are shot for real movies etc. We headed straight from there to Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, our second Fastpass. Another great production, it summarised the film (one of my favourites!) into a short and sweet 30 minute show while keeping all the key aspects of the story, and most importantly: the songs!

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Onto dinner: 50’s Prime Time Cafe!

The restaurant was a great atmosphere, and we had a fabulously funny waitress, Mary Ann, who made sure we enjoyed our meals as well as maintaining our manners – no elbows on the table, pleases and thank yous etc. At this point in our trip, a major flaw in the dining in Disney World is really emerging: absolutely no variety in kids meal choices. Our poor youngest two of the group are being subjected daily to three options in almost every restaurant – mac and cheese, chicken nuggets and burger/hotdog/pizza with either fruit salad, apple slices or ice cream for dessert.

With everything at the park completed, we’re drawing a line under Hollywood Studios for the rest of our trip; its not quite as kid friendly and there’s nothing else we’d go back for now.

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Day 7: A Not Entirely Disney Day

Today we went to Universal Studios, cue the booing and hissing of die hard Disney World fans..

But I like to think anyone who has the good taste to love Disney can appreciate the pure brilliance of Harry Potter, and enjoy the truly marvellous experience of the Harry Potter worlds that have been created there. We were incredibly lucky to get all of it done in one day, only possible as we got into the park as it opened so didn’t get stuck in a minimum hour wait for the castle, but we did have to queue for just over 2 hours for the new Gringotts Bank ride, mainly due to it breaking down several times during our wait!

The heat of the day got too much after we’d finished in the magical world, so we headed back to the hotel, via Walmart, so everyone could chill out by the pool for a bit.

Except me. I chose to use this down time to make a solo excursion for some intense exploring/research. I bused from our resort to Epcot, from the park itself cut across to the Boardwalk by the International Gateway, then once I was done scouting that out, hopped onto another bus to Downtown Disney, wandered there for a bit and caught another bus back to the resort: about a 2.5 hour round trip, and I’ll be sharing some of my findings in later posts 🙂

Days 5 and 6: Hollywood Studios, Blizzard Beach and Spirit of Aloha

Beginning to realise there just isn’t quite as much time for blogging while I’m out here, given the amount of sleep I need anyway!

But still, I can squeeze a few days together 🙂

So yesterday we hit up Hollywood Studios for a real scorcher of a day! When we got into the park we were greeted by the glorious Olaf Distribution Center, where Olaf fans were being handed out, and we would not have survived without them!

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The beauty of this park is while there are fewer rides, there are more indoor, air conditioned activities like Muppet Vision 3D, Star Tours etc, so we saved those for the middle of the day heat.

We grabbed early lunch at Pizza Planet, an absolute must-do for Toy Story fans, and had bookings for an early dinner at the Sci-Fi Dine In Theater (full reviews to come), so we really didn’t go hungry..

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We also encountered the longest ride queue we’ve had so far: Rock’n’Roller Coaster, 75 minutes, and at over an hour and a half, we weren’t going to attempt Toy Story Midway Mania, so we’ll save that for another day. Other activities included The Tower of Terror and Voyage of the Little Mermaid, and the evening was wrapped up with Fantasmic, which we would have never got into without a Fastpass, it was phenomenally busy.

Today we had a lazy Blizzard Beach day; the girls could just swim all day and be perfectly content, but we didn’t need more than a few hours before we’d done most things and the heat had got to us, but that was fine because we had a booking for the 5.15pm Spirit of Aloha Dinner show at the Polynesian Resort.

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Absolutely cannot deny the service and the food were fantastic! The show itself left a little to be desired; it could have easily just been song and dance performances, but it had been scripted into a story of a group of dancers throwing a party (I’m not even entirely sure what the story was if I’m honest), but overall it was a great meal and the Samoan fire dancer really stole the show, although my aunt and uncle did give him a run for his money!

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