Well, we arrived in Florida on May 13th and checked into the Caribbean Beach Resort. Overall it was a decent resort, but we all agreed that our next trip we wanted something a little better. It was good enough for just sleeping at every night (because, after all, that’s about all the time we spent in the hotel room).
Our first night there we went to Disney Quest in Downtown Disney after hitting a few stores. It was fun, but I can’t say it’s something I’d go back and do having now done it once. I’m just not a huge arcade person, but it was fun to see and a it had a cool atmosphere.
The next day we went to Magic Kingdom and we started with the “Keys to the Kingdom” tour. Our tour guide’s name was Hope and she was a lot of fun. We got to do stuff like take our own Jungle Cruise boat to learn things like:
-the boats don’t need to be steered, they just control the throttle…not the direction the boat moves
-the third thing the aborigines (who ‘attack’ from the right) say is: “I love disco”
-where the official hidden Mickey is
-and the origin of Chief Name
We also went into the Haunted Mansion (thru the entrance they would take celebrities through) and saw they official and the unofficial hidden Mickey there.
Then we learned about the yellow lines backstage, the gator problems they’ve had, and we even got to go into the ‘tunnel’ system under the magic kingdom! It was really cool, and while some of what she told us I already knew, it was still a really fun day. We also got a pretty private lunch and a really cool pin for taking the tour.
We ended our first day with “Wishes!” It was pretty cool, but I admit that after seeing “Remember, Dreams Come True” in Disneyland, it wasn’t AS cool as I thought it would be. I think my favorite part was the fantasia tribute, very cool!
Next we went to Animal Kingdom, the one park there that I had NEVER been to! I loved it. I’ve always wanted to go on a picture safari, so the Kilimanjaro Safari was very cool! The Tree also looked amazing, more so in person than everything else I’ve seen about it. Then there was a little ride called “Expedition Everest.” The first time was horrifyingly fun! We rode on it quite a few times, from the front to the very back so we got to peak around and see how the track flips over and how everything works. That ride was AWSOME!! Do it if you have the chance!
That night a friend of mine and myself went and had Dinner in the Italy Pavilion of Epcot at the Alfredo Di Roma. It was good, but I’d say you could pretty much go for just dessert and coffee or something, because the desserts were the best!
It was also Star Wars Weekend when we went down!! Being a life long Star Wars fan that was great!! I got autographs/pictures with Warwick Davis and Peter Mayhew. They also had a TON of cool characters that you could get pictures with from the Star Wars movies. It was a great day, a little busy, but that’s to be expected.
We also got to go to Epcot and I finally got my picture with Mary Poppins!! Seeing as I’ve been waiting forever and keep missing out, it was lots of fun! We also saw ‘Illuminations’ at Epcot, and it was good, but not one that I’d see again most likely (we saw ’Wishes’ 3 times!). I also FINALLY got to see Fantasmic! Seeing as I’ve had the soundtrack forever but haven’t gotten to see that…I LOVE it. I think it was my favorite show this go around (I know a lot of you have been saying it’s been going down hill, but I really enjoyed it).
Another big surprise (for me at least) was the Festival of the Lion King at Animal Kingdom. I thought it was going to be a cheesy kids show, but it was actually very cool, and I would recommend checking it out. Also Mickey’s PhilarMagic, very cute and I really enjoyed it.
I was disappointed with Hotel Tower of Terror. This was my first time on it and there wasn’t even much of a story it seemed like. It was just take you up, bounce you around, and kick you out. But at least I could say I went on it. Another let down/disappointment/shocker was the bus system. It generally worked decently, but more the people (how no one could give up their seat for a mother who was trying to stand up AND hold two children!! How no one moves to the back of the bus first, they simply CANNOT walk that far so they plop down in the very first seat and how certain parents can’t fathom that an INFANT probably is crying because they shouldn’t have taken advantage of extra magic hours and kept it out until midnight! That same mother also preceded to put her dirty finger in the poor kids mouth!!)
So, other and a few issues with just bad people…it was very enjoyable. We did meet a lot of fun, nice people while waiting in line and such, so it was just a case of a few bad apples. It was hard because I kept wanting to compare Disneyland and Disney World. They both have great things to offer, and they both have their drawbacks, so in the end it comes down to personal preference. In the end it was a great trip, and one I won’t soon forget!