Mondays are my off days, so I didn't do anything then either. Unfortunately, I was roped into working late on Tuesday, which IS a training day for me, so I wasn't able to run. I also skipped Wednesday and Thursday because I wanted my legs to be in good form for our weekend trip to WDW!
We headed down Friday a.m. and walked around MK for most of the day. We finally had a chance to try Tortuga Tavern for lunch, and I must say that the beef nachos (while not healthy) were FANTASTIC! We substituted extra plastic cheese for the black bean salsa and found a seat in the extremely busy area between Tortuga and Pecos Bill. All three of us decimated the nachos and practically licked the little plates clean. We will definitely go back for those, but not at noon! I see now why people suggest eating lunch at off times!
The Food Court was busy, but not crazily so (it was 7ish after all) and we split up to find food. DD went for chicken nuggets (shocker!) and Hubby headed to the sandwich line.
Pooh and His Pals in UK
Cinderella and Prince Charming in France
Lady & the Tramp in Italy
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Germany
Pandas in China
Dragon in Japan
Stitch in front of Mission Space
There's a lot I didn't post and I'm sure I missed some completely, but it's hot, I'm tired, we mistakenly went to World Showcase on CINCO DE MAYO of all days and the douchebagginess was amping up exponentially. It's time to get the heck out of here!
We went back to the hotel to grab my tripod and fireworks equipment and then made our way, again, to MK for Wishes and the Magic, Memories and You! show. We weren't able to get "our spot" since we were pushing 10pm by then, but we did okay. I ended up setting up behind a pair of strollers, and the kids' dad. Better than nothing I guess!
|"To all who come to this happy place - welcome!" --Walt in 1955|
Dumbo looks great all lit up at night with water in the trenches:
However, Storybook Circus as a whole is gorgeous. the attention to detail, as always, is amazing. The train tracks radiating from the Casey Jr Splash & Soak area (not open yet) go towards the restroom (which is fashioned as a roundhouse), and then when you go into the restroom (men's and women's, but not the family restroom), there are tiles in the floor to mimic train tracks!
(Wow, this post is getting way long!).
After Fantasyland, we made our way to the Peoplemover and took a ride, before finally realizing that we were exhausted and headed towards the buses. It was a long day, and I quickly fell asleep at the hotel!
Sunday, after trying to gain access to the now free Wi-Fi at the hotel to view our bill (they don't put them on the doors anymore, did you kow that?) I realized that I neglected to call about the Bounceback for our September trip (we always forget to do this!). Here is what the CM quoted me for 9/29 - 10/5 (cheapest rooms available / club level):
Contemporary $1864 / $2712
Poly $2062 / $2712
Wilderness Lodge $1707 / $2212
Animal Kingdom Lodge $1634 / NA
Those are some seriously good rates! After talking it over, we booked Wilderness Lodge Woods View with Bunkbed for $1707, with the option to change/upgrade at the same rate if we so desire in the future! We put down $300 as a deposit and have $1400 left to pay off by September!!!! Yippee, a new resort to try, and a deluxe to boot! I love great deals. Next question is should I pony up the extra $500 for Club Level? The savings on food and drinks alone may be worth it :) I have 4 months to think it over, I guess!
The car packed, we drove over to MK and monorailed over to Epcot to take a few more topiary photos for me and DD wanted to do Sum of All Thrills. Hubby and DD headed towards Innoventions while stayed at the front with my camera.
About halfway though my 'shoot' my phone rang. I picked it up and got a recording saying it was my bank calling to notify me that my debit card had been deactivated and "press 1 to reactivate". Uh, what? I hung up, but a cloud of doubt began forming over my head. I am very worried when we leave town that something will have happened to our house. We were broken into July 2005 (4th of July, to be exact) and ever since then I am trepidatious upon return home - I fully expect to be cleaned out! I pushed it out of my mind, assuming it was a scam, but I couldn't really get back into my groove. I made my way over to the side and took a few shots of this pretty purple flower with SSE in the background...
....when all of a sudden I see this slide into in my viewfinder!
So I told him to say Cheese!
Done with the flowers (and a very bored Stitch), I make my way up to Innoventions, taking a peacock shot before going inside:
I catch up with Hubby and tell him about the phone call and he agrees that it sounds phishy. DD had a great ride on Sum of All Thrills, (which I'd love to try sometime!) but we needed to head out for our ADRs at the Plaza in MK.
We mono'ed back to MK and each picked up a new packet of cards at the Firehouse for Sorcerer's of the Magic Kingdom, then wandered around the Emporium before heading outside and seeing that the Dapper Dans were just setting up for a show.
We watched them for a bit, and at one point, when they were all tap-dancing the Green Dan told me to "take it!"
I did, but sadly, we couldn't stay and see the rest of the show because our ADR time was up.
We had a great lunch at the Plaza - DD and I both had burgers, while Hubby had the Plaza Club, something I may end up getting next time, it was yummy!
|Bacon Cheeseburger with Fries|
|Club Sammich with Fries|
|Goodbye Magic Kingdom!|
We did 'own thing' for dinner (which means, Eat whatever the hell you want cuz mom's too tired to cook!) and I hit the bed around 8, fully asleep by 9!
Miraculously, when I woke up the next morning to go to work - I was able to walk! I am usually in a lot of pain after a trip to WDW, but I think that the Brooks sneakers (and all this walking/running I'm doing) made a huge difference! So happy :)