I write for a living. It’s what pays the bills, as they say. Needless to say, I love to write. Except when I’m on vacation. Then I love to be off.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t really bode well when you plan on writing a daily blog during your vacation. I tried, and failed miserably. My apologies if you were following along from home and were hanging on my every word. You never made it past day two. LOL
Well, I’m back to work, so that means I’m back in a writing mood. And I can assure you that Days 3 through 8 were equally magical during our Fairytale Journey.
When I last visited this blog, we had Star Wars weekends in the rear view mirror. So, for the sake of brevity, I’ll provide some quick highlights from the rest of our trip.
Day 3 — Epcot: Since we had already done a little of Epcot on Saturday, we were able to really kind of take our time touring the park. We did Soarin’ first thing in the morning and the boys loved it. I was so happy Timberly got to experience it after missing out last trip. We also rode Mission Space (Green) for the first time, and really had a good time. That night, we ate at Via Napoli and enjoyed it immensely. It’s now our favorite restaurant on property.
Day 4 — Magic Kingdom: It’s hard to believe it took us four days to finally get to Magic Kingdom. But we prefer to do it that way because I feel like once you go to MK, it’s hard to convince the kids to go anywhere else. We started out with a breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table. I have to admit I was a little apprehensive about the breakfast. I have heard horror stories about how overpriced and rushed it can be. I thought it was very nice. The pastries were unbelievable and the breakfast was a typical Disney breakfast, but there’s something about eating in the castle. We didn’t feel rushed at all with the princesses and the boys got a little face time with Snow White, Aurora and Ariel. Since we had early reservations, we walked right into rope drop at Fantasyland and walked right onto just about every ride. Got in a quick Big Thunder Mountain ride before taking a break at lunch. Came back to watch Wishes, then rode Buzz Lightyear two more times before calling it a night.
Day 5 — Hollywood Studios: This was originally supposed to be a day of rest, but considering we did mostly Star Wars on Sunday, we felt like we needed another day in the Studios to do everything else. Not to mention being able to eat at 50’s Prime Time is too hard to pass up. I got to ride Rock N Roller Coaster for the first time. The takeoff is intense, but the rest of the ride is surprisingly smooth. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to ride it again. We called it an early day after doing everything we really wanted to do by 2 p.m. and headed back to the resort to swim. Of course, our swimming got cut short by a Code Brown in the pool (figure it out), but we had already had enough swimming anyway, so we ate an early dinner and got some sleep.
Day 6 — Animal Kingdom: Second day at Animal Kingdom went a lot better than our first day. We started with breakfast at Tusker House. It was good, but the meal felt rushed. I don’t know why, but it just felt like they were trying to turn and burn. I was happy to see they had POG juice there (although it’s called Jungle Juice). I had about 4-5 glasses of the stuff. I love it so much. As rushed as breakfast felt, we still didn’t get out of there until 9:15, and the safaris already had a 30-minute wait, so we got FPs and did Pangoni and Rafiki. After the safari, we did Festival of the Lion King. We did a quick lunch break before watching Finding Nemo. That turned out to be our last attraction because we walked out into a huge storm, so we left early.
Day 7 — Magic Kingdom: Slept in a little bit, but still managed to get to the park right at opening. Jumped on Haunted Mansion, because we missed it the first time. Spent the rest of the day at MK just kind of walking around and taking in the sights and sounds. We’d jump on a ride/attraction if the line was short, but we had already done everything we wanted, so it was leisurely. We used our time to do experience Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom, which is a very fun game. I wish we would have done a little bit more, but we had walked so much in the previous seven days that our legs just couldn’t handle all the walking. We decided to leave the park early and took the monorail over to Poly so I could get a Dole Whip (the line at Aloha Isle was too long). From Poly, we decided to go to Downtown Disney for Earl of Sandwich. OMG, those sandwiches are so good. Boys got all their souvenirs that night, since it was our last night at the resort.
Day 8 — T-Rex and goodbye: Slept in a lot. It’s amazing how eight days can really catch up to you in the end. When I finally woke up, we packed up the car and headed to the Pop food court for one last breakfast. I had Pop Century waffles and Timberly and Kaleb had Mickey waffles. Logan had pancakes. After breakfast, we went to Downtown Disney. Probably not a good idea to eat a late breakfast with 11:30 a.m. ressies at T-Rex. Nonetheless, we ventured into a caveman’s paradise. Kaleb and I shared Mego Meso-bones (ribs). Timberly and Logan shared the Boneyard Buffet (ribs and half a roasted chicken). It was very good, but next time we’ll skip breakfast because it was a LOT of food. After T-Rex, we headed home, which was very depressing. But we made lots of memories and we know we’ll be back very soon.
Bonus: It rained EVERY afternoon we were in Disney. The first two days, it really put a damper on our day. But by the third day, we were pretty good at predicting the weather and were able to really take advantage of the rain. We were able to time it perfectly and ducked into some indoor attractions to wait out the rain. Rain tends to send people running to the exit, but if you’re patient, you can find yourself in a somewhat empty, and often cooler, park once the rain passes through the area.