Last weekend I took my daughter to WDW for her birthday. I was all excited to go because I got a room in All Star Movies which I have always wanted to stay there but haven't.
I took 170 photos on this trip. I have only included the highlights here, but you can view them all HERE.
Woke up early Saturday morning, loaded up the car and headed down I-4, the construction in Lakeland is gone (thank goodness) and it was a smooth ride all the way there. Arrived at ASM and checked in, because it was so early they gave us a card with a phone number to call after 3pm and it was off to Epcot!
We arrived there and went to Guest Relations to pick up my Disney Dining Experience card (20% discount for FL for one year and its only 75 bucks, sooo worth it) and we headed in!
We had about an hour to kill before our character Lunch at Akershus with the Princesses (Anna's request) so we headed over to Test Track. Since the wait time was 70 minutes and our lunch reservation was before then, we grabbed a fast pass and started walking towards World Showcase.
Snapped some photos along the way, I really like the one I got of the monorail over water.
Anna insisted on me taking photos of the ducks that were sleeping on the rocks and I took some zoomed photos of the countries across the lake.
Since our reservation was for 11:25am and it was around 11:00 I figured we should go on Maelstrom and should be out in time for lunch!
I like the Norway ride, its kind of dark in places but the trolls are neat and the oil rig scene is nicely done. I don't like the movie after the ride, its really creepy and terribly outdated and I think a new one would compliment the ride very well.
After the movie we visited the resident troll in the store and then walked over for our lunch reservation. We waited a total of 2 minutes and when we walked in they had a line for the first character of the day, Ariel. Now Ariel is my daughters 2nd favorite princess (I know, don't ask. LOL) The funny part about this meeting was while Anna was talking to Ariel my cell phone went off and for those of you that don't know, I have Under the Sea as my ringer. So at that point, Ariel smiled and started dancing with my daughter and I ignored the phone call. It was a great moment for her as well as me.
After we sat down we were told that we could start out at the appetizer buffet. It was really nice and different from the last time we were there. So Anna and I got some salad and I grabbed some bread (LOVE BREAD) and sat and waited. She ordered some form of spaghetti and I got grilled chicken with corn and potatoes. It was okay but my food was kind of bland on seasoning.
It was about that time I went to take out the camera and I realized that it was dead. Ugh, no time to walk to the car to get the stash I have in there so I had to buy the lithium in the gift shop for 15 bucks!! Oh well, at least it will last awhile.
So after I got back to the table guess who comes out the door....Cinderella? I thought she was only available at Cindy's Royal Table? Well, that was a nice surprise. Next, Jasmine came out and I always feel bad for the CM that has to wear that outfit, you really have to be comfortable with your body. LOL She was a very good Jasmine though and I could tell she probably was either trained or watched the movie many times to make her voice sound almost like Jasmine, very impressed.
Next was Aurora, who was very friendly and interactive, you never know with face characters, some of them are wonderful and some of them look like they can't wait to get through their day.
So while Anna was visiting with Aurora I noticed the handler standing there (I'm not sure if that's what they are called, the people in the character shirts with ear pieces) So I called him over and asked him, "Do you think Belle will be making an appearance." To which he replied, "We hope so, I hope so!" I said, "Okay, I will keep my fingers crossed then." He goes, "Yeah me to." LOL So I don't know if she was late or what but he looked a little worried. However, we didn't have to wait long as a moment later a very rushed looking Belle popped out of the door and Anna started her girly squeal of happiness. Other parents with girls know this noise. Now Belle is Anna's FAVORITE princess, so when she walked up thank goodness she was a great Belle and it was a very memorable moment.
So about that time we were brought our dessert which included a flavored cheesecake, some rolled chocolate mousse and this rice pudding of sorts with a strawberry topping. Now that rice pudding was OMG, I ate all of that. LOL The chocolate mousse was ok, but I don't like chocolate anyway, not to mention I am mildly allergic to it so I didn't eat much of that. The cheesecake was really good and Anna and I shared it.
After that we headed back over to Test Track to use our fast passes from earlier, only to discover that it was closed due to technical difficulties. Oh well, another FP souvenir! As I wanted to get a photo with Figment, we headed over to Journey Into Imaginations and rode that. Made me miss the original but we enjoyed it none the less. After exiting the ride and grabbing a quick photo of the stairwell to the old Kodak area upstairs, we played with the jumping water fountains outside. Then we headed over to see Figment, I tried to get his signature because it was one I was missing but alas, he only gives stickers. *grumbles* No problem, we got some pics. What was great was there was no line for Figment and his meet and greet area is sort of a fun house of mirrors. So Figment and Anna played in the mirrors until someone else showed up. He said Happy Birthday in his own "counting fingers" way and we left to head towards the front of the park. Made a quick stop and rode SSE, I don't know why I like this ride so much, it is just a must ride for me every time we go. It did break down in the middle though so I took some photos while we just sat there. Anna said she liked it, especially the burning wood smell in the Greece scene.
Stopped at the car to put some things away and grab my purse that I was exchanging. (Bought a leather Tinkerbell purse and the strap ripped right off within 3 days) After that we headed to the monorail for the trip up to Magic Kingdom! Anna asked if we could sit up front and we did, it was a nice ride that way. Had a nice conversation with the driver about crazy local people and AP holders. LOL
To be continued...