Monday, February 20, 2012

It's The Tri-ip Report

(sang to the tune of Morning Report)

** NOTE: I am aware that there is some jacked up text showing up about halfway down my post if you view it on its own page. Google shows that other people are having the same problem and there doesn't seem to be a solution that works for me as of yet. ANNOYING. But if you read it on the main page, it's OK. I don't know either. **

Cinderella Castle

So. Yea. Disney World happened.


I'm going to cheat and copy/paste most of this from my personal blog, so if you've already read this, you can skip it. But if you haven't, then I must insist you indulge because although it is long, it is worth it.

Cinderella Castle

Seven trips and it never gets old. Even though I spent the first day half crazed out of my mind due to lack of sleep and being hopped up on energy drinks. Magic Kingdom was as magical as ever, with rides, yummy food, fireworks, and of course, Mickey Mouse. 'Cause it's just criminal to go to Disney World and not visit Mickey Mouse at least once, right?

*warning, lots of pictures ahead!*



Mickey and Minnie

We experienced the PeopleMover, Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, Carousel of Progress, Mickey's Philharmagic, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor (where I got to be on the big screen and use my psychic powers to convince the monster onscreen that he could know which number I was thinking of), and it's a small world.

Characters met: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pirate Goofy, Ariel, Belle, and Cinderella.
Restaurant: Liberty Tree Tavern (dinner) and Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe (snack)

Challenges appeared that evening when I realized that my luggage hadn't turned up (typically, Disney will retrieve it and bring it to our rooms, but there were some snafus early in the process, and in this case, the process completely broke down). The next morning, I still had no luggage and I was developing a migraine. We nipped that in the bud with a cocktail of Bayer, Extra Strength Tylenol, and an energy shot. By the time we got to Hollywood Studios to meet my friend Keri, the headache was gone.

Keri and Me
keri and me

I was too chicken to ride Tower of Terror (also, my stomach was queasy from aforementioned drug cocktail) so I passed on it. I did, however, ride and LOVE (as usual) Rock N Rollercoaster.

Rockin Rollercoaster!

We watched the Pixar's Countdown to Fun parade, which wasn't as good as the Block Party Bash used to be, but it was still neat.

Countdown to Fun Parade Countdown to Fun Parade Countdown to Fun Parade

We experienced Rock N Rollercoaster, Star Tours, the Beauty and the Beast stage show, and Muppet Vision 3D, which is the best 3D show in the parks (although I do love me some Mickey's Philharmagic!)

Restaurants: ABC Commissary (lunch) and Kona Cafe in the Polynesian (dinner)

Day Three = still no luggage. Disney was on it, though. They were going back and forth with Southwest, and I finally had to come to terms with the fact that my stuff might be gone forever. Keri had brought me some clothes, and because I was running out of underwear that I'd packed in my carry on, I knew that I'd need to buy stuff later that evening. Whatever. We headed to Epcot and the first thing we did was grab Fast Passes for Soarin'. Then we got in line because Soarin' only had a 25 minute wait which is UNHEARD OF. That attraction almost always has at least an hourlong wait. At least. And we got to ride it twice in one day!! ROCK ON.

Spaceship Earth

While I was in line for Princess Aurora and Prince Philip (the princes were out!!), I got a call from someone who had my bag! It had gotten picked up by someone who thought it was a friend of theirs, and was in Gainesville. The girl I talked to was very sweet, but between us two, the airline people, etc., we realized that I'd not get my bag back in time to finish out my vacation. Oh well. I continued to have fun anyway.

Me at Epcot

Princess Aurora and Prince Philip

Imagination Pavillion

Duffy Bear

America, Frick Yeah!


Mickey Mouse and Me

Sad Face
at dinner, we had the most scrumptious red velvet dessert
this is me with the last bite
i really didn't want it to end

We experienced Test Track, Mission: Space (Green, for Less Intense), Maelstrom, Captain EO, The American Adventure, Ellen's Energy Adventure, and Soarin' (2x!). I also got some Jammie Dodgers!!

Jammie Dodgers and a Fez
jammie dodgers and a fez
now i am ready to take on the world
(end doctor who reference)

Characters met: Princess Aurora & Prince Philip, Snow White & Prince Charming, Mickey Mouse, Pluto, and Chip & Dale
Restaurants: Bakery in Norway (for a snack) and Garden Grill (dinner)

Day Four, we headed to Animal Kingdom. I always forget how much I enjoy Animal Kingdom until I'm there. It's the prettiest park of all of them, with all its greenery and wild animals. Love watching the animals.

Tree of Life




Expedition Everest is an AWESOME roller coaster. Just sayin'.

Expedition Everest

Of course, the highlight of this day was the fact that THEY ASKED ADAM AND ME TO BE IN THE JAMMIN' JUNGLE PARADE.

We'd just had lunch at Pizzafari, and I said "Let's go to Camp Minnie-Mickey." There wasn't really anything we wanted to do there, but the Festival of the Lion King is there and a show was about to start. We were debating going in (it really is an excellent show) when a cast member named Robb (who happens to be really awesome, dontchaknow) stopped us, asked if it was just the two of us. We said "Yes," and he asked, "Would you like to be in our parade?" We had to be back at the hotel at 5pm, so time was of concern. But the parade started at 3:45pm, so we were all good. Once it sunk in, I was like...

Because being in a Disney parade is a dream come true for me. No, seriously. You guys. I have wanted to be in a Disney parade since 2005, when I saw Spectromagic for the first time. Sadly, Disney isn't running Spectromagic anymore, but that parade is the MOTHER of all parades and it's also my ringtone. Anyway, I would LOVE to be a parade dancer, and I think I'd kick some butt at it, but I'm probably way too old for something like that. But still. Eeeeeee!!!

Jammin' Jungle Parade

Jammin' Jungle Parade

Jammin' Jungle Parade

Jammin' Jungle Parade

So yeah. THAT HAPPENED. And one of the cool things is that one of the dancers--I'd recognized her from other shows at Disney World. She seemed flattered and amazed that I'd done so. :)

Jammin' Jungle Parade
sara's the dancer on the left end
she's the one I recognized from other disney shows
crazy, huh?
it was so neat to meet her

So, in Animal Kingdom, we experienced the Kilimanjaro Safari, Rafiki's Planet Watch (where I got to hold poop!), Expedition Everest, and I GOT TO FREAKING BE IN A PARADE AT FREAKING DISNEY WORLD, Y'ALL.

i'm holding poop!
(don't worry, it had been baked and coated)
no stinkies here

So, despite the lost luggage, I had an AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING trip! And if I had to choose between not having lost luggage and having just an OK time, or losing the bag and being in a parade, I'd lose the bag every time. Hopefully it won't come to that again, though.

My bag is safely with me now. Disney got UPS to pick it up in Gainesville and they overnighted it to me. So I won all over.

And I cannot wait to get back to Disney World!!!

Cinderella Castle

And just in case there weren't enough pictures in this post, there are loads more here: [LINK]

You know you want to click it! :D

Thanks for reading.

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