Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Day 7- Coming home

Our last day at Disney World:

We woke up and packed our things.  We were able to check in our luggage--we weighed it first-- and then headed to try to play putt putt.  When you book a Disney Vacation Package they send you a pack of different vouchers to use throughout the week.  One voucher that we had been hanging on to was the putt putt vouchers.  We thought we could do that before our flight... that was an adventure.

We checked our luggage in around 9:00 and had to be back at the resort by 12:35 to catch the bus back to the airport.  We felt like that should be plenty of time to enjoy the morning putt putting and then head off.  We found out that to get to the putt putt course we had to ride the bus to Hollywood Studios and then ride a ferry boat to a certain Swan and Dolphin Resort.  It seemed a little silly as well as complicated, but we started out on the trek.

 Leaving at 9:00, we didn't actually get to the putt putt until 10:15.  We started watching the time, but felt like we could still make it work. We didn't think that everyone else would want to play putt putt too... but we were wrong.  We checked in and got a tee time for 10:52.  The course also took 45 minutes to play.  We started to weigh our options.  We could have called a cab, but still we decided that we would be so worried about missing our bus to the airport that we decided to throw in the towel.  We headed back (boat ride and then bus ride....) to our resort and used our last meal on our meal plan.  It was the right decision for us.  
We enjoyed lunch and then splurged (had another voucher) and played a game of air hockey: Pac-Man style.  It's funny, no one is at the resort at lunch time... go figure.  We made our bus with plenty of time (but not like we were sitting there bored) and started our journey home. I fell asleep and spilt my Diet Coke.... go figure. 
And yes... we wore our hats all day, on the plane and even in the car ride home! 

My parents picked us up with Paco (he got to stay with them at Doggy Summer Camp) and we made it back with all of our luggage.  What a great trip!! 

Overall, I can't thank Bryan enough for such a wonderful trip!  I have been so blessed to be called your wife for the past two years.  I look forward to many more!! Thank you for making me a Hazzard.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Day 6 - Last day in the parks

Our last day was at Magic Kingdom again...  We got there in time to see the train roll into the station.  It was a neat opening show that really did build excitement. 

It amazed me that as soon as the show was over... people were pushing and rushing... the magic was gone. :/
Our first game was the Buzz Light Year game, where you were supposed to shoot the bad guys.  This was a picture of my score!  I'm just saying Bryan's score was like 1200, mine...999,999.  For real people!  Bryan thinks it was rigged.
We headed over to get in line at Space Mountian.  We got a fast pass and then got in line to enjoy the ride twice.  We ended up doing this ride 4 times during the trip.  It was a favorite. 

I asked the lady behind us to take a picture with the Space Mountain sign in the back ground.  She showed it to us... but you couldn't see the sign... so I got her to take it again. 

After this, we headed to a ride that I do remember from 1st grade, Tomorrowland Speedway.  The last time I rode this, I did so with Ashleigh Reuter (now Ashleigh Laschober).  We were probably 6 and 7.  It was a blast! 

Then we hit the tea cups.  I thought that we would have done this more than once, but we had so many other things we wanted to do. 

We had to head to lunch at the front of the park, so we hopped on the train to take us there.

We ate at Tony's Restaurant (Tony from Lady and the Tramp) and if you look close, you can see Mary Poppins over Bryan's right shoulder.  We were in the front corner of the restaurant at just the right time, we could see a parade while we ate.  That was neat.

After lunch, we headed back to Fantasyland to ride Dumbo.

We ran around, and the things we did are starting to blur together, but we got fast passes for Splash Mountain and then found a spot to see the afternoon parade.  We popped a squat in Frontierland and enjoyed a snack while we waited.


It was really neat, I am glad that we made time to watch it. 

We headed over to Adventureland and walked through the Swiss Family's tree house.  I thought it was AMAZING... that was one of my favorite movies growing up, it think Bryan could have take it or leave it...


Then the COOLEST part of the trip was this:  I got to see Shivani!  She was in the middle school girls small group that I lead when I was in high school.  Check out my post about seeing her.

The weather was cloudy most of the day.  It started raining in the afternoon, which messed up our fast passes. 

However, we went back to tomorrowland to hit up the Buzz Light Year ride again.

We also got to see Mickey!

The camera got stuck in the bag for the rest of the day, but we went back to Splash Mountain with a rained out fast pass, but we hit the ride as it was opening back up, so we rode it without the fast pass.  Then we rode the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad again and went back to Splash Mountain.  That was the last ride for the evening, and I feel like it that was appropriate for our trip.  I would have bought the picture of us on the ride (like the one of my dad and me on it years ago) but their cameras weren't working. 
We were both so exhausted, that we decided to head back to the hotel before the show.  Both Thursday and Friday we got to see the fireworks from the bus.  It would have been nice to see it, but getting to rest was much better. 
This trip was so fantastic! 

Day 5 - It was Magical

The first day in Magic Kingdom... Wow!

The very first thing we did was get pictures with Bryan's all time favorite characters- Robinhood.

Bryan was like a little kid--super excited!  We got up there and he did his pose that he had planned for the past week!!



After that we took off for a Space Mountain fast pass and the headed back to Fantasyland...

Peter Pan's ride:

It's a Small World-- surprisingly it didn't get stuck in my head, but might get stuck in yours now. :) 

We headed back with our fast passes in hand and took on Space Mountain. As we were walking up, someone came and offered us two more passes that they weren't going to use. So we got to do Space Mountain back to back.  That was pretty cool!  Riding in the very front seat is the best seat on the ride!

Here are some of the other things we did that morning: 

The Jungle Cruise:

The Aladdin carpet ride:


The Carousel:

We also did Splash Mountain and the Big Thunder Railroad and Arielle's ride.

The Belle's Interactive Adventure was really neat.  We got to re-live the night Belle and the Beast fell in love. 


At this point, Bryan wasn't feeling to well and we were both exhausted. It was around 4:00 but we had dinner reservations at 8:30.  We decided to head back to the hotel for some nap time and then come to the park again for dinner.  I'm so glad we did. That nap was just what we needed!

Dinner was at the new "Be Our Guest" restaurant. If you get a chance, go here.  It was such a neat experience.  Be sure you make reservations ahead if time...

That was the end of our evening. We didn't ride anything else just went to the park for dinner and then returned to the hotel.  It was kind of fun jut going for that and not getting stressed about rides or lines...  Over all good day. The best thing we did all day though... was take a nap!