Just got back from a FANTASTIC trip to WDW. I had just visited in mid-June, but when my schedule opened up for the July 4th weekend I nabbed one of Orbitz's travel deals.
DAY 1: Sunday July 2
I arrived in Orlando early and headed to the "Disney's Magical Express" boarding area. It was really mobbed and none of the Disney employees could give me an realistic estimate for how long I would be waiting for a bus (one said "it could be 10 minutes, it could be over 2 hours.") so I grabbed a cab and 25 minutes (and $60) later I was at Port Orleans Riverside.
Port Orleans is absolutely gorgeous! I loved this resort. If you haven't been there before and are staying somewhere else, take a boat from Downtown Disney there. It is really a great place to walk around.
They also have bike rentals, fishing and horse and carriage rides there so there is plenty to do.
After getting settled into my room I went over to the Magic Kingdom. I tried to do as many patriotic things as possible.
I ate lunch in the grandstand at Casey's as I watched America's pastime (or at least some Disney related cartoons):
I read the plaque at Liberty Square:
Took a look at the Liberty Bell replica (funny thing is I drove by the real one as I headed to the Philadelphia airport that morning.)
I also checked out the Hall of Presidents. Good timing, since a rainstorm had just showed up (it was rather light rain and lasted less than 30 minutes.)
Afterwards I checked out the Country Bear Jamboree. Here's a little bit of detail you may have missed; there are claw marks on the floor in the lobby:
When planning my trip just days before my flight I was lucky enough to get into the Hoop Dee Doo Revue. I took the boat from MK to Pioneer Hall before the show. I showed up early so I could walk around.
I am glad I did. The whole Fort Wilderness area was very cool. I even got to see some animals in the Petting Zoo:
Then I saw the show. It was the same show as it's always been (I have seen it about 5 times) and the food was great. If you have never been you should really consider it. I think it's the best show in all of WDW.
That being said, I did enjoy it more last time... because the blonde gal sat on my lap during one of the skits.
After the show I took the boat back to MK, watched some of the Electric Water pageant and went back to my hotel.
Day 2 is coming soon...