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    Trip Report 1/27-2/4 (No photos. Only pictures. Photo heavy)

    January 27th, 2009

    So I took off from LA and headed to Orlando with a quick stop in Kansas City where it was snowing! hurray! I love the snow. And since we arrived early we had to get off the plane and hang around in the terminal for 20 minutes or so and enjoy staring at the snow. I almost wanted to run outside and play.

    And then I had to listen to all the flight attendants making quips about how we get to leave this cruddy weather and go to orlando where it's nice, except they kept telling it to the group that had already been on the plane, as in we came from LA, as in don't worry we're used to it not being below freezing. Wouldn't you know though, it had been 58 when I left LA and 80 in Orlando...And by the end of the trip when I came back it was 58 in Orlando and 80 in LA. And promptly after returning to LA we've gotten this cold spell again. Cold weather seems to be following me. Unfortunately for it, I like cold weather so it's doing me a favor ;P

    We arrived at nighttime but I already had plans for the evening. As quickly as we could we go onto a bus to the Magic Kingdom and then jumped onto the ferry boat to take us to the Polynesian resort(even though we weren't staying there. Shhh).


    We picked up a nice little dinner at Captain Cooks, my first experience using the meal plan and I have to say that as long as I'm getting it at a discount price and it's actually worth the money, I'm a fan, it works very nicely. We then took our food and dessert to the stretching vista next to the Hawaii beach and walked down the side of the grassy hill to have a small picnic.


    From here we got a nice view of Wishes reflecting off of the Seven Seas Lagoon.

    Kaboom, what a show.

    We spent the rest of our evening exploring the Polynesian, including the gift shops.

    It's a very pleasant setting there. As luck would have it we ended up going back on our last day to relax before our flight out. More on that later.

    Coming Up Next: A walk around our hotel and Animal Kingdom

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    Re: Trip Report 1/27-2/4 (No photos. Only pictures. Photo heavy)

    January 28th, 2009

    Our first full day here and we started off by using the excuse of trying to find a soda machine to explore our hotel. We stayed at the Pop Century Resort, where each building is themed to a decade. Presenting the last 50 years of the 20th century in the way you want to remember it, with Hanson songs, disco, and rubix cubes!


    And then there's the generation gap bridge to nowhere


    It really is a graveyard demolition site over there.


    Do they still actually tell people that they're building more over there
    and that's a future site to come back and visit next time?:P


    You turn around and see finished buildings and turn
    back around and see an unfinished junkyard.



    The pool looked fun but since it dropped to 29 degrees at night
    and rained twice or so we didn't really get a chance to go in it...
    but we made up for it later.


    And now onto Animal Kingdom

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    Re: Trip Report 1/27-2/4 (No photos. Only pictures. Photo heavy)

    We headed off to the Animal Kingdom
    for the first park destination of our trip


    The Tree of Life, home of a photopass line that you have to stealthily avoid
    to get your own picture directly in front of the tree.



    We got fast passes for Kilimanjaro Safaris before heading back to lunch at Flame Tree Barbecue. I liked the food here last time and for the prices thought it was probably the best value for a quick service location in the entire resort. Fortunately for the accountants, disney raised food prices resort-wide just prior to us arrived for this trip and the price had gone up to what I expected for Disney food. Although it's still a few dollars cheaper than it'd be at Disneyland. WDW's food is cheaper, Disneyland's merchandise is cheaper. Who knows their logistics.


    At least the ducks are friendly here.

    And after lunch it was already time for our Kilimanjaro Safari.


    Gator golf, what could be greater than playing a game of golf with a gator!

    Can you spot the grass amongst this herd of animals?


    Baby giraffe! Awwlookatthelittleguy. Nearby, other giraffes do grownup things.



    So cuuuuute



    ...and a monkey. Everyone loves a little monkey


    Here's the antitree of life.


    Rhinos graze right next to the road. One of them should've charged us. That would've been fun.



    In the land of africa within animal kingdom on kilimanjaro safaris
    after the savannah portion, the mighty land of africa within animal kingdom
    on kilimanjaro safaris after the savannah portion, the lion sleeps tonight


    and the lady.. Probably dreaming of dinner



    The local swinger club



    And then of course there's Magic Mountain.


    After trying to grab another fastpass it was time for the Jammin Jungle Parade

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    Re: Trip Report 1/27-2/4 (No photos. Only pictures. Photo heavy)

    Baloo and Louie seem to wander a little aimlessly down the street
    back and forth because there's no underlining music to this parade
    it's all from the floats, so until that first float gets to you and
    you can hear it it's funny to watch them.


    Something makes me wanna shout SPICE POWER!!!



    and then there was the Y-M-C-A!


    Catgirl. Meow.



    On each of the main floats there's a group of guests chosen to ride along with the parade.
    These girls were living it up. If I had to guess off the top of my head
    I'd make the stereotypic assumption that they've been to Tokyo Disneyland
    once or twice in their life and have that Disney enthusiasm to them.


    Rafiki starts off the parade raisin up and praisin Mufasa



    "And there you have a giraffe"


    At this point in the parade the stiltwalker screamed "CHIP YOU'RE BLOCKING THE CAMERA. MOVE!!!" (it was Dale, but we won't tell him that.)



    Minnie with her Donald Ducky


    Peacock and a monkey



    I said a monkey!!



    I'm required to once again say "What a croc"


    Stilt walker and a rabbit from a movie I forget the name of..
    Hmm surely I can go find it in one of the local Disney stores...


    and then there's Goofy. He's jungle jammin all right



    There's lots of puppetry animals in this parade.. Probably inspired by the Tapestry of Nations that came just a year and a half or so before it.



    Turk and Timon and is that a duck?...


    It is, whatdyaknow!


    Hi Donald

    Pluto might be playing air guitar here



    Mufasaaaa.... OoOOoOo.. doit again!


    Mickey finishes it up. Clearly the bravest of the safari,
    sending his girl all the way towards the front of the group
    and sticking around in the back.



    And that's the end of my show.. DONK


    But we're not done with Animal Kingdom yet...

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    Re: Trip Report 1/27-2/4 (No photos. Only pictures. Photo heavy)

    The nicest spots to see the tree always involve water of some kind




    Is there a section of this park that doesn't have monkeys?
    Not that it's a bad thing. It's funner to watch them swing around
    than it is to see them standing and walking around on the safari.



    This time we were actually going to ride Everest


    Just because people with heart conditions, other health risks, or pregnancies
    shouldn't ride this fast paced roller coaster type ride doesn't mean it's
    not a great place to be holding an expensive camera taking pictures on!



    As close to Soarin' over Florida as you need to get,
    and probably more scenic than the rest of the state


    The sun was set and at this point the park is essentially done for the day,
    but thanks to extra magic hours it can be experienced at night to a certain degree.
    Walking around the Tree of Life gardens at night is always peaceful and pretty.


    Gotta take a typical everest shot from the bridge :P



    They always have a Festival of the Lion King performance for extra magic hours
    so we usually make it that one that we go see(I think almost everyone else in
    the park at that point does too). So we headed over to Camp Minnie-Mickey.


    I'm gonna be a miiiiiighty king



    Hey it worked, he is!


    Timon has an articulated head so that's fun. But he's still no match for the tumble monkeys.



    Ta da!


    Coming soon: The next day's pictures featuring some Grand Floridian, Magic Kingdom and a little Fantasmic thrown in.

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    Re: Trip Report 1/27-2/4 (No photos. Only pictures. Photo heavy)

    great trip report with great photos. thank you for sharing.
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    Re: Trip Report 1/27-2/4 (No photos. Only pictures. Photo heavy)

    January 29th, 2009

    We started out again by heading to the Magic Kingdom
    only to sidetrack our way to one of the resorts.
    This time it was for breakfast at the Grand Floridian.



    We had to have tea with a few of our Disney friends. It was absolutely empty.
    The poor characters were bored stiff. And the buffet itself... meh. I had gone
    there excited because according to their ads it had full sized Mickey waffles
    which I haven't seen in forever since Goofy's kitchen switched to the mini-sized
    waffles. I got there and the first thing I saw was they did have only mini-sized
    waffles, their picture was just outdated to make it look better. It set the tone.


    Poppins and Hatter were a treat. Tigger kept making threatening
    motions to me behind my back apparently. Does he WANT me to make
    a "Please don't punch me!" reference?

    It was then onto the Magic Kingdom. We saw the castle by land, by sea,



    and by air.


    We got a fastpass for Splash Mountain but we didn't end up
    going on it today because of the return time.



    But we did go on another flume ride.. just as good, promise!


    This scene is outdated doesn't properly relate to the child in me
    unless they focus all of my attention to a Pinocchio figurine nearby.


    Tigers and penguins, a dangerous combination. For the tigers...



    I wonder if the umbrellas cost the small world figurines 8-10 bucks a pop too.


    And a finale. Much bluer than ours it seems, but they do have a black backdrop that brings it out.


    And then it was time for the parade...but raining it sure was!

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    Re: Trip Report 1/27-2/4 (No photos. Only pictures. Photo heavy)

    I'm jealous you guys have Brer Rabbit walkin around.


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    Re: Trip Report 1/27-2/4 (No photos. Only pictures. Photo heavy)

    I love the penguins in our Small World.

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    Re: Trip Report 1/27-2/4 (No photos. Only pictures. Photo heavy)

    Very enjoyable trip report. I'm still trying to figger out what "No photos. Only pictures." means, though . . . . .

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    Re: Trip Report 1/27-2/4 (No photos. Only pictures. Photo heavy)

    Quote Originally Posted by danyoung View Post
    Very enjoyable trip report. I'm still trying to figger out what "No photos. Only pictures." means, though . . . . .
    The real mystery is what "no photos...photo heavy" means

    Nice TR, thanks!
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    Re: Trip Report 1/27-2/4 (No photos. Only pictures. Photo heavy)

    It was time for the parade, but it was raining. Then the rain went away.
    And then it came back. But then it went away, so on with the parade! But then
    it came back. I watched from Frontierland and then since we were leaving the
    park afterwards watched from Town Square on our way out.

    Here's a random ribbon twirler before the banner announcing the parade.
    On a later viewing we found out she's supposed to be a lone dancer in front
    of the Grand Marshall but here she's just a lone dancer in front of the parade.



    Taxi!


    Mickey Minnie



    Some enjoyed being in the rain more than others



    Everybody was in their disco best throughout the entire parade


    Mickey took the rain in stride


    Jiminy gets to use his umbrella. It's nice to see them taking advantage
    of something associated with the character to handle the.. HEY is
    Snow White holding an umbrella back there?? CHEATER!



    Checking to see if it's still raining... yep.


    I got no strings just a pole up my


    By the time the parade got to Town Square the rain
    had gone and the umbrellas came down.




    Hey wait Genie is a genie he can just magically make the rain go away!



    Yee-haw


    Pooh was getting all sorts of ideas from the little black rainclouds overhead.



    Oh well what can they do it's not like they could somehow
    keep me out of the rai..hey wait didn't I used to be in a bubble?


    And what would a parade be without a random villain
    float thrown in with them whining for no apparent reason


    How about them apples?


    Always the liveliest of the bunch


    Caw.. caw I say.



    While they jump for joy, I submit this query...
    Does it matter if one's late if you're in neverland and never grow older?


    Taxi!


    So it should be explained that I constantly mocked the former DDCT parade
    because during "second star to the right and you'll find" just about every
    former did an authoritative point to the right and dramatic arm fade down,
    and then in this parade they managed to fit it into a couple of the units
    anyways during "when you close your eyes then you realize."

    Mad Hatter and stuff




    Jazz hands out for the grand finale!


    The princess float was cut due to the rain so they commandeered the castle float.


    And finally the true party animals



    With the parade checked off our list we headed to Hollywood Studios for dinner and to hopefully catch Fantasmic.

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    Re: Trip Report 1/27-2/4 (No photos. Only pictures. Photo heavy)

    Nice pics and nice experience too huh...lol
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    Re: Trip Report 1/27-2/4 (No photos. Only pictures. Photo heavy)

    Execellent, I wish I could get my posts formatted as nicely as you ahve. Makes for a very easy to read reports.
    Maybe you folks can tell me though. Does gettin' two womenfolk mean you're the winner or the loser?
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    Re: Trip Report 1/27-2/4 (No photos. Only pictures. Photo heavy)

    Amazing trip report. Thanks!
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