Hiatus and Our Disney World Trip

It’s been over two weeks since we left for Orlando and 11 days since we got home and had Thanksgiving. Before leaving, I had gotten much better about blogging more regularly. In fact, November was my most prolific blogging month since 2005, and back then I used to post a blog entry for each new set of photos on my album page as well as an entry for each time I went for a run.

Well, lack of (free) internet access from the Disney resort (Pop Century), resulted in no blogging during the trip. After we got home, there was a lot to deal with (sadly, mostly a lot of TV recorded on the TiVo to watch), and I just never got around to blogging. I thought about it, but an old problem reared its ugly head again.

Speaking of Disney, we had a wonderful time. It turned out that Marci’s sister and her family were able to be there at the same time, which was very nice. We had 5-day tickets and were thus able to allocate a full day to each of the four parks, with an extra day to spend as we wished. We had park-hopper tickets, but did not make use of that fact this time. When we went two years ago, we only had 3-day tickets and we spent each day divided between two of the parks.

We based our schedule on Disney’s Magic Hours, which put us at Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM) on Saturday. We had arrived at our hotel pretty late the night before, so when we woke up early in the morning, Marci decided we should just sleep in for a while and not worry about getting to the park early. I decided not to go along with this and went ahead to the park on my own. This started what ended up being our pattern for several of the days — though Brittney came along for the other days, leaving just Marci and McKenzie getting extra sleep.

Next up was Magic Kingdom, the one day when everyone was up early to enjoy some morning park time. Magic Kingdom certainly offers the most variety of activities (discounting Epcot’s World Showcase). The fact that my two nieces were with us also helped make this park the highlight. I had expected us to go back to the hotel for a while, but the way things worked out we just stayed straight through the fireworks. We had planned to stay for some of the three Magic Hours from 11pm to 2am, but we were simply too tired and headed back to the hotel at around 11:30.

The weather cooperated for Monday as it ended up being the warmest day of our trip while also being the day we planned to go to Animal Kingdom. Animal Kingdom is almost completely an outdoor park, and much of it is shady, so having it be the warmest day was very convenient. As I’ve seen mentioned elsewhere, there isn’t really that much to do at Animal Kingdom. There aren’t very many rides, though they do have on of my family’s (excluding me) favorites, Primeval Whirl. Unfortunately, it was closed. I’d probably appreciate Animal Kingdom more if it weren’t for our periodic trips to the San Antonio Zoo.Hippo at Animal KingdomWe did have a very nice buffet lunch in the Africa section, though I don’t recall the name of the restaurant. Coming to each park early caught up with me this day and I decided to head back to the hotel early, though it ended up being only an hour or so earlier than the rest of the group. I didn’t even fall asleep before the rest of the family got back to the hotel.

Tuesday took us to Epcot, which has been my favorite since childhood (though, of course, it was just Magic Kingdom and Epcot then). We didn’t end up staying as long as I expected, partly because they ran out of FastPass tickets for Test Track and I thought we’d return on our final day. I think I need to plan to have some adults only time to more leisurely tour of Word Showcase.

Our final day ended up being spent back at Magic Kingdom, which I suppose is appropriate. Somehow, I ended up choosing the two days we spent at Magic Kingdom as the days without my camera. Luckily, I have lots and lots of pictures from 2006.

All-in-all, we had a fabulous time, and it was really nice to come home to Thanksgiving break so we didn’t have to go straight back to work and school. Looking forward to Christmas break….

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  1. #1 by martymankins on December 8, 2008 - 4:48 pm

    Cool details of your trip. My wife and I went last year (my first time ever in Florida) and we loved it… weather was nice and in the 80’s. Meanwhile, it snowed the whole time here in Utah. We didn’t miss it.

    As for Animal Kingdom, did you at least get to ride Expedition Everest? Best ride ever… at least for a Disney park.

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  2. #2 by Dave2 on December 8, 2008 - 5:01 pm

    I just had a great time for my trip too! Even though I was working part of the time.

    I bit the bullet and paid the $9.95 per night that The Wilderness Lodge demanded for internet access, however. Being without internet for five days would have killed me!

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  3. #3 by Giggle Pixie on December 8, 2008 - 5:33 pm

    I hope to make it there someday. It truly sounds like an amazing place. Glad you had such a good time with the family!!

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  4. #4 by Ren on December 8, 2008 - 11:02 pm

    martymankins – Yes, I rode Expedition Everest a couple of times. It’s pretty good, though I think the Aerosmith Rockin’ Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios or even Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom are a bit better. Perhaps I just prefer roller coasters in the dark? Honestly, I actually prefer the Tower of Terror to any of the roller coasters, though they’re all too short. I’m pretty sure the coasters at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio are longer and better, but they lack the Disney atmosphere.

    Dave2 – I wasn’t completely without internet as I still had my iPhone. I might’ve considered purchasing internet access, but I didn’t feel like I was ever in the room that long.

    Giggle Pixie – The first time we went, two years ago when the girls where 7 and 8 (nearly 9), they spent a good deal of time getting character autographs, along with pictures with characters. This time, I bought them each a set of Disney pins and they had fun trading pins with cast members (Disney’s term for park workers).

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  5. #5 by whall on December 23, 2008 - 4:19 pm

    Last time I went to Disney and epcot was 1984-ish. I think I should put a 5-day pass into the 2009/2010 wish list.

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