Well, we just got back from a WHIRLWIND experience in Walt Disney World. My home resort is DLR, but after spending 2 weeks at WDW last November, we've come to consider it a home away from home.
On Friday, Sept 28, we flew out to Florida. The humidity was not ideal, but it seemed appropriate, since we were staying at the Polynesian. That first night we were both exhausted and hungry, so we ordered room service. (LOVE the bread at the Poly! It's the best Hawaiian bread I've had.) After eating, we heard a noise that sounded suspiciously like fireworks... so I went outside, and was treated to a great view of the Halloween fireworks display from across the water.
The next day we had two events planned: the MiceQuest scavenger hunt, and the Communicore Weekly live show and taping. I somehow managed to take no pictures of the MiceQuest event, probably because I was running around looking for girls in blue soccer jerseys. (Also, use of cell phones wasn't allowed during the event, so there went my camera...)
Dave modeling our CW shirts
We did meet George and Jeff from Communicore Weekly, though, and they loved our shirts. (Because it's hard to tell in the pictures: the Communicore Weekly logo is on the back, the Five-Legged Goat is on the pocket, and the boys' faces are on the sleeves.) We were told we should have made extra shirts to sell... it probably would have worked, too, because they were quite popular.
DustySage introduces the live show
The live show was amazingly fun, and if you want to see what it was like, you should go here and watch the YouTube recording of it. (You will also get to see us in the video, because at one point near the beginning I got up to get a glass of wine. What can I say? Dusty told us to buy lots of drinks. I had to do my bit to help out.)
Yummy cupcakes! I didn't realize that the photo was blurry though, sorry. I guess I took this photo in a rush because I wanted to eat the cupcake instead of photograph it.
After the show but before IllumiNations, we took photos with Jeff and George, met Ron Schneider and bought an autographed copy of his book, and ate surprisingly tasty themed desserts. (It was a dessert buffet... we didn't have high expectations. Luckily our expectations were exceeded.) There were cupcakes - yellow and chocolate - with "Epcot 30" printed on the top, cookies, and Rice Krispy treats with Mickey-shaped sprinkles.
Then, when IllumiNations started, we all gathered as a group and went to watch it. Because of the Food & Wine Festival, and the Chase Lounge perks, we didn't have a reserved spot to watch from, but it didn't matter. We still got to see most of the show, and we were in a prime position to scurry over to Spaceship Earth immediately following for an after-park-closing ride. Now, it had been publicized as a "lights on" ride, but then Disney said they might not be able to accommodate that treat due to the busy day at the park and possibly letting regular guests on at the same time. So we were hoping, but doubting we'd get to see SSE with the interior lights on. However, when we got there, only CW folk were in the queue. Since nobody else was allowed in, they left the lights on for us! Yay! Everyone was super excited.
The top of the dome was the neatest part to see, I thought.
There's even a video of the ride with lights on, for those who are interested to experience what we did. (For those who don't want to see it, don't click on it. Though really, we saw no more than guests who get evac'd from an attraction, so I don't see why there's a kerfluffle about it.) (It also seems some people are annoyed about language in the video, but whatever. You hear worse stuff on TV every day, so there's that.)
It was a great way to end a fabulous evening, and two well-run events. Many thanks (again) to MiceChat and Comunicore Weekly for organizing them!
Jeff, Alex, and George thank the group... but really, it is we who thank them!
But wait, there's more! There's still the Sip & Nibble, MNSSHP, and then general hanging-out with MiceChat folk, so stay tuned for more...