So, after getting back to the hotel around 8am, we took a quick 2 hour power nap before getting back up and heading to breakfast. I was famished!
We drove to Fort Wilderness and had to take a bus to the Outpost, which is where the majority of the 'stuff' at Fort Wilderness is - Hoop De Hoo, Trail's End, the water, all the rentals - why it's so far away, I have no idea, but it is what it is.
We checked in for breakfast (with it almost 11, it's totally brunch) and were seated fairly quickly.
I think that Trail's End is one of the best kept secrets on property - it's a buffet, but there are no characters, so many people don't even have it on their radar. But that is one of the reasons it is on MY radar. I want FOOD in the morning, not characters. We've done character breakfasts. We've done the breakfasts that get you into the park before the park opens. They were all good, but they were all costly, and I never felt that I got enough food for my money (I really, really like breakfast). And since it's not a Character Breakfast, Trail's End doesn't charge exorbitant fees for this meal. It's only around $15-20 (yeah, real life expensive, but not Disney expensive) and it's all you can eat, GOOD FOOD. Check out these photos!
|The view of the buffet from our table|
|Corn muffins, pastries in the back|
|Croissants and Bagels|
|(Krispy Kreme) Donut Holes|
|Sticky Buns (contains nuts - I think they were pecans)|
|Cereal with Milk|
|Citrus Quinoa Salad, Watermelon slices|
|Cottage Cheese (far, far left), granola, various yogurts|
|Smoked salmon, salami, cheese, the aforementioned cottage cheese|
|Bread Pudding (I want to say French Toast Bread Pudding?)|
|Pecan glaze sauce, Chocolate Chip Mickey Waffles|
|Warm Maple Syrup and Mickey Waffles|
|Gravity-Defying Scrambled Eggs|
|Hash Brown Casserole|
|Some sort of quiche cup?|
|Pulled Pork and Regular Eggs Benedicts|
|Biscuits, Oatmeal and Grits|
|Breakfast potatoes (LOVE these) and biscuits again|
|The BEST BACON ON PROPERTY and Sausage|
|Breads, Bagels, Butter|
We took the bus back to The Settlement (the front of Fort Wilderness), got lost trying to leave, but eventually made our way back to our hotel.
With bellies full of bacon, we fell back asleep until around 6pm.
On our way to Hollywood Studios, we grabbed some Subway ($23.01) and ate on the way there. It was still Star Wars Weekends at DHS and I wanted to shoot the fireworks.
There wasn't a lot of traffic, and the parking plaza was closed, so we scored free parking again (saving another $17!)
There were hardly any crowds at Star Tours, so we rode that with only a 10 minute wait.
|3D Glasses for Star Tours|
|Is it just me, or is this tacky? Too much filagree|
|I wish it wasn't so wet around the fountain from the kids playing though|
|Fountain with Balloon in Background|
|Fountain with Smiling Water Tank|
The opening show of the fireworks seemed to go on FOREVER! I just wanted them to stop talking and start blasting, already!
As I did my final set up and checks, I realized I left my shutter release at home... Crap. Well, let's see how good we can do.
I think I did pretty good.
|I'm here to eat your soul... or serve ice cream...|
The parking plaza was closed again (really! I'm not making this up!), so again, we saved $17 on parking.
|Welcome! To the Transportation and Ticket Center!|
|One of the only places you can get a caramel sundae at the Magic Kingdom|
We settled on going to the Florida Mall - we used to go to malls all the time on vacation, but over the past few years, malls have become homogenized, and they all look the same.
Oh, and it's Memorial Day weekend. To say that the Florida Mall was busy would be an understatement.
|So many bodies|
|No frills, just good|
|Thanks, Keith - your potatoes were tasty!|
|We got a large and shared around the table|
|It's like Brach's Pick a Mix, but with crayons!! It smelled so good in here, too!|
|Yes, that's a real crayon. Normal crayon for scale.|
So, how's that budget? After EVERYTHING we spent money on, we still have a grand total of $175.02 left over. We only spent $374.98!! So, yeah, you can do Disney relatively inexpensively. Is $375 a lot of money? Yes. Could it be spent in better ways? Yes. Would I have had as much fun paying down credit card bills with it? No!