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    Anders & sunnygirl's first anniversary trip report

    For our first wedding anniversary, sunnygirl and I decided to take a trip to Walt Disney World. We thought about it for our honeymoon, but we knew we needed to go to WDW with the Jr. Miss.

    From there, we invited our familes, my mom, stepdad and sister and her mom and stepdad. It also turned into an even larger group event as several of our MC friends decided to take family vacations all during that same week.

    We left Orange County, June 20th and flew to Houston and then to Orlando. It was my first trip back to WDW since 2000, SG's first trip in 20 years and the first ever for the Jr. Miss.

    After hopping aboard Disney's Magical Express we made the trip down the freeway and arrived at our home for the next week, the Boardwalk Inn.



    We had a concierge suite, but more than that, we had a garden suite.




    and the view from the garden in from of our suite.


    We ended up meeting up with a small group that first night, we had a late meal at the ESPN Club and then met up with some MCers for a latenight drink at the hotel bar.

    The next morning was the day of our anniversary, we headed first to Epcot and did almost all of Future World, including Mission: Space twice before heading back to our hotel in the late afternoon. Sunnygirl and I had dinner reservations at the California Grill for our anniversary. We had a great meal and then headed out to the balcony to watch the fireworks from atop the Contemporary. We then headed to the Magic Kingdom to meet up with my sister and a few MCers and hit a few rides. Heading back to our room, we found Disney had left us a anniversary present.



    as well as some chocolates and it was very nice.

    a few pics of the inside of the suite, here's the lower level with the sofa set up as a bed



    the stairs



    and the loft area


    to be continued...

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    Re: Anders & sunnygirl's first anniversary trip report

    Great pix of the hotel! I'll be looking forward to the rest.

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    Re: Anders & sunnygirl's first anniversary trip report

    No pictures from Monday. We had breakfast with a bunch of MCers at Whispering Canyon and had a nice time. After breakfast we headed over to the Magic Kingdom We had Push sing Happy Anniversary" to sunnyg and I as we wore our Happy Anniversary buttons most of the week.

    Tuesday we had lunch at Le Cellier in Canada at Epcot, it was a great lunch. Our first time there and hopefully we'll go back.

    The Canada pavilion


    and the gardens near Le Cellier


    after lunch we decided to do a trip around the World Showcase.
    We started in Mexico with a trip on the Grand Fiesta Tour.



    We then headed over to China

    SunnyG infront of the pavilion.





    we checked out the exhibit of the Terra Cotta Warriors


    We then headed over to Norway for a trip on the Maelstrom and through the Stave Church.


    to be continued...
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    Re: Anders & sunnygirl's first anniversary trip report

    i miss the french pavillion a lot !

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    Re: Anders & sunnygirl's first anniversary trip report

    We continued on to Germany

    Anders in front of the pavilion


    model trains


    a great view back towards Spaceship Earth


    we then headed to the American Adventure


    we loved the "pre-show" of the Voices of Liberty, they are awesome, we actually went back later in the week just to listen to them, and an entirely different group of them were just as amazing.

    As we exited the theatre, a thunderstorm struck and we needed to get back to the Boardwalk to meetup with my aunt and uncle who live in Florida and wanted to see us. I hadn't seen them in almost 10 years since they didn't make it to the wedding. We had a salad at the Flying Fish and then headed back to Epcot to see the end of Illuminations and got stick around for Extra Magic Hours.

    Wednesday we got up early to do Extra Magic Hours at Animal Kingdom and like many people our first stop was Kilimanjaro Safaris.



    Our tour was stalled once we got to open savannah section of the attraction due to a family of giraffes blocking the roadway. Here's a view of the other vehicles in their holding location, while we waited.


    we were there for proabably 10 minutes able to see some animals off in the distance


    once we got moving again, we got an elephant


    and then found the culprits for the wait.




    and in case you want to see how close the animals can get to the vehicles.


    notice there's no barrier between the rhinos and the vehicle ahead of us


    and now a look at how close they get, never thought I'd be this close to rhinos with nothing between us.


    just a quick shot of the village of Harambe


    later in the day over near Dinoland USA we heard a bell ringing, turns out it was lunch time for the crocodile


    it's amazing to see how quickly they can snap up their food.

    Animal Kingdom is just a beautiful park


    Tree of Life


    a little closer


    and even closer


    we then headed over towards Asia and decided to see Wonders of Flight where we saw the inspiration for the carving above.



    the show features a lot of amazing birds


    Disney did a great job with this park.


    We headed towards Forbidden Mountain to use our fastpasses for Expidition Everest.




    we were all tired from the heat and humidity at this point, but on our way out we found someone.




    to be continued...

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    Re: Anders & sunnygirl's first anniversary trip report

    Thursday, we had lunch at the Sci-Fi Drive In at the Studios park. It's probably one of my favorites in WDW. We did the Great Movie Ride, Towere of Terror and Voyage of the Little Mermaid, we didn't get a chance to do Rock 'n' Rollercoaster as the girls were too hot and tired, so we headed back to the hotel.

    sunnyg and the Jr. Miss decided to stick around the hotel and had room service and rode a surrey bike that night. I had dinner with my parents at Big River and then wanderd off by myself to Epcot for Extra Magic Hours. The park was empty which allowed for some great photo chances.

    First on the walk to Epcot from the Boardwalk looking at the Boardwalk


    I decided to make a big loop around the park, starting with the United Kingdom


    On my way to Future World decided to take a pic of Spaceship Earth


    a few pictures of the Imagination fountains


    and the jumping fountain


    another shot of Spaceship Earth


    Test Track


    now heading back around World Showcase in Mexico


    Norway


    Germany


    The park was pretty much empty at this point, I saw very few people during my walk back around World Showcase.

    The American Adventure


    Japan




    and finally France.


    Friday was our last full day at WDW and we headed back to Magic Kingdom for one last go around on a few favorites.

    The Haunted Mansion


    a shot of the castle


    and the photo that most people start their vacations with, we end with. The Mickey floral in front of the Main St. Station.



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    Re: Anders & sunnygirl's first anniversary trip report

    The castle looks stunning, and the Grand Fiesta Tour makes me drool...

    Happy late anniversary!

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    Re: Anders & sunnygirl's first anniversary trip report

    Very nice report. I have never stayed at the Boardwalk. It sure did look nice. Your night time photos of Epcot are wonderful.
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    Great TR. Love the photos!!!
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    Re: Anders & sunnygirl's first anniversary trip report

    Nice TR! It's great to see it from other perspectives. Epcot at night is a blast! Thanks for taking some great pics!

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    Re: Anders & sunnygirl's first anniversary trip report

    That was amazing! Thanks for sharing.


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    Re: Anders & sunnygirl's first anniversary trip report

    Great stuff Anders. Glad you all had a nice vacation!!!


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    Re: Anders & sunnygirl's first anniversary trip report

    Happy Anniversary!
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    Re: Anders & sunnygirl's first anniversary trip report

    Happy belated anniversary!!! Love all your pics and your room looks amazing!

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    Re: Anders & sunnygirl's first anniversary trip report

    Always wanted to stay at the Boardwalk in the Garden Suites! How wonderful for the two of you on your 1st Anniversary. Looks like you had a wonderful time!
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