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Day 6, Part 3- Dinner and a Movie

Okay I have to get this trip report done because I have another trip report for a year ago in February and I will be going to Disneyland again in November so I have a lot to do! My computer wasn’t working for a while so I did have to go on hiatus for that and this year has just been a really rough year for me and my brother.  I don’t want to get into it here because I’ve talked about it already on my other blog so you can catch up over there…

This blog I want to be about happy times so onto the rest of our first day on board the Disney Dream!

So after a big of a rest, my aunt and I went to go see the live action Cinderella movie while our cousins rested.  Georgette was feeling under the weather from her COPD and the humidity in the air so she wasn’t up to a movie.

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We took a quick walk outside to see the ocean on our way to the theatre.

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It was big commercial sized theatre and you can purchase popcorn, candy, etc but we decided not too since it wasn’t really worth it.

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We loved the Frozen short they played before the movie. I saw the movie before with my mother so I already knew I liked the movie but my aunt really wanted to see it as Cinderella was her favorite princess growing up.

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After the movie, we went to use the restroom nearby and I loved the Mickey Mouse mirrors!

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We went back to our room to get dressed and grab our cousins and saw that turn down service had already happened and our person made a crab for us out of the blanket on our bed. You get a “Navigator” which was a schedule of the activities happening for the following day.

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We walked by the nursery on our way to dinner which is so adorably themed to It’s a Small World.

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Some of the prints on the wall are animated including this one which looked like a ship during a storm. I should have gotten video of one of the paintings.

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Can you spot Mickey? This is part of the outside cover of the main elevators on the ship.

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The main elevators also have cool Mickey hands pointing to what level the elevators are on.

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The germaphobe in me loves that they hand wet wipes to EVERYONE who goes into the restaurants to avoid people getting sick which is apparently a common thing on cruise lines… Our first night’s for our rotational dinner was at the Enchanted Garden and unfortunately Georgette just wasn’t feeling up to joining us for dinner and decided to get some rest.

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The “windows” would show daylight or night time depending on the time of day. Also, pretty cool Mickey fountain!

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The flower lights opened and closed depending on the time of day as well.

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Happy and hungry!

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We loved our servers.  They were just the nicest and they really get to know you and your preferences especially if you have any allergies. They were very sad that Georgette wasn’t able to make it that night either. They seemed very concerned that she wasn’t feeling well.  She was definitely missed at dinner.

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The bread selection was country currant bread with chickpea-garlic puree which was very delicious. Interesting pairing but it worked. If they didn’t have butter already on the table, they would give it to you if you asked but I’m pretty sure that was on the table as well.

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For my appetizer I chose the Applewood Smoked Bacon Wild Mushroom Tart with Creamy Leeks. It was delicious and quite rich for an appetizer but that didn’t stop me!

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Up next I had a spinach and raspberry salad which was okay but not great.

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For my entrée, I chose the Slow Roasted Prime Rib and I NEVER get prime rib but it sounded really good to me that night and holy cow was it! It came with roasted vegetables and a stuffed potato. I got the end piece too which is supposed to be a good piece to get.

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Each restaurant has a selection of desserts and each night they have a choice called Sweet Temptations which gives you three of their desserts in mini form which I what I decided to get as those looked interesting to me.  They included a Sacher Torte which I believe was the one on the right, a no sugar added strawberry cheesecake, and a Esterhazy cake… They were delicious but I could have passed on the cheesecake. It’s not my favorite thing in the world.

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We were all stuffed after dessert and decided to end the night and head back up to our rooms for more adventures the next day.

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This ship is just one of the most magical places I have ever seen and I think I might be ruined for other cruise lines in the future. I may have to save up for Disney if I ever want to go on another…

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The lobby is just so stunning.

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Okay that marks the end of day six of our Disney trip and the first night of our Disney Cruise and I’m only over 2 years late… If you want to see what’s been going on in my life, check out the link at the top of the page and you can catch up on my regular blog.

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Day 6, Part 2- Onboard the Disney Dream

Well, hello again! I’m finally getting on to part two of our first day on the ship.  My family is dealing with a lot right now most notably my sister-in-law lost her battle with colon cancer last month so it’s been kind of hard to be distracted with anything else… Anyway on to part deux!

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So for whatever reason, we were able to take a shortcut into the side entrance of the check-in building and made our way through carryon bag check then up the huge escalators to the check-in stations.

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Once we got upstairs we made our way through the lines so we could get onto the ship.

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The Disney Cruise Line logo frosted into the “porthole” windows. Check in was pretty quick and before we knew it, we were ready to head onto the ship!

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I was sporting some Little Mermaid décor posing in front of a scale model of the first Disney Cruise Ship built, the Disney Magic.

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The backside of the model shows the rooms other stuff inside of the ship.

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Okay, finally we were off through the big yellow Mickey Ears to get on the ship!

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One you go through mickey’s ears you get in line to have your picture taken, then you give the announcer your party’s name and they announce your arrival onto the ship.

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The very first thing we did was make a beeline for our room to check it out and drop off our carryon luggage.

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We had a lovely room with a partial view veranda.

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We got the Bon Voyage package thinking that it would be more than it was but it was still neat to see.

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The bathroom is split into two rooms.  One is a sink and toilet and the other a sink and bath/shower so two people can get ready at the same time.

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The bed was super comfortable.

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The lamps had map shades with little castles on the locations of each of the Disney parks.

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The back of the sofa turns down to make a bed but my aunt and I just decided to share the queen sized bed since it was plenty big.

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We loved having the veranda too.  This is what a partial veranda looks like.  The others have dividers between the rooms and full view without that curve you see. We didn’t mind it at all though. Felt like we had a little privacy.

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After dropping out stuff off, we went to our cousins’ room to get them to go upstairs to lunch at Cabanas, the main buffet restaurant.

We surprised them for their anniversary with a hidden Mickey boquet.

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And some white zinfandel.

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Then we were off to lunch.  There are several elevators but the main elevators in the middle of the ship are the only ones that go to all floors.  Being that we were at the way back of the ship, we took the closest ones and it brought us right up to the restaurant.

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Cabanas is tropical themed with a lot of influence from Finding Nemo.

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Nigel from Finding Nemo was there to greet you as you came off of the elevator.

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You see wall sand sculptures of each of the park castles when you enter the restaurant.

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I ran and got us a table while our cousins checked out the food.  They had a ton of options to chose from and it was all pretty good.

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There was a beautiful Finding Nemo mosaic alone one of the walls.

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And the time zones of all of the Disney parks.

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I tried a few different random things as you can see and I’m sure I went for more.  We were starving and dinner was at 8 so we had a bit of time.

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By the time we got back to the room, our ship was off and running.  We decided to rest for a minute then go and see a movie before dinner.IMG_1156

I’m going to stop there and finish up the rest of day one in my next post which will come much sooner, I promise!

 

Day 6, Part 1- Goodbye Disney World, Hello Disney Dream!

Our last morning at the resort we got a quick breakfast at the Boardwalk Bakery while we waited for the bus to come bring us to the port for our cruise.

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They had tasty looking Disney inspired desserts and pastries as well as breakfast items.

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My aunt had the Mickey shaped muffin a couple of days prior and she said it was just okay but they are very cute. I want to get a mickey shaped cookie cutter to make stuff like this. (Although I’m sure these were made in a mickey shaped muffin tin.)

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I was curious about the scrambled eggs in a waffle cone and was just adventurous enough to try it. It wasn’t bad. It was just a waffle cone you’d get ice cream in but filled with scrambled eggs with bacon and I think there was cheese in the eggs too.

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We had a visitor too while we were eating breakfast.

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My aunt and I couldn’t pass up the chance to use the photo booth on the boardwalk before we left.  It was stifling inside but it only took a minute.

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Also while eating breakfast this cool Model A car drove past us.  There was a wedding on the premises and this sweet man rents out his car and chauffeur’s for the weddings at the Boardwalk.

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We had some time before meeting up with the bus to head to the cruise so my aunt and I went to check it out and the man who owns the car took a picture of us in front of it.

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We took our time walking back and checking out the grounds for our last time before we had to go. It really was a gorgeous place and I would love to stay there again. It is super expensive though and if I ever come back, I think we’ll have to stay somewhere cheaper unless I win the lottery… Maybe I can save up enough in 7 years for my 40th to stay at one of the nicer resorts.

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Wanted to go into Seashore Sweets but ran out of time. I think they sell the same candies that every other Disney Parks candy shop sells.

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We saw a family riding these bikes while we were there but it was just too hot for that kind of exercise.  Plus with one cousin having COPD we didn’t want to risk her getting worse.

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Then it was time to wait by the Conference Center for our bus to Port Canaveral to get on the ship!

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It took about 1/2 hour and they had a video playing about what we would experience on the cruise and it made the time fly by. Before we knew it we were approaching the ship!

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This feels like a good stopping point for day six.  I will get through the rest of the day soon. I’ve already got the pictures uploaded just need to work on the post.

I hope you’re enjoying my trip report (from over a year ago!) and please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for future posts, both reports and regular posts. Thanks for reading!

Day 5, Part 2- Hollywood Studios, and Epcot Ending

Ok so last post we left off at just getting to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  We were both exhausted by the time we got there so we decided we were just going to do things that were must sees/dos on our list and we both decided we wanted our last few hours at Disney World to be in Epcot.

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Elsa and Anna topiaries.

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We wanted to cool off for a second so we headed over to The Trolley Car Café which is the Starbucks located on Hollywood Blvd in the park.

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We got a couple of smart waters which we realized helped us feel much better with the excess heat and humidity (of course we learn that at the end of the trip but oh well!) I had to grab a Jabba the Hut cupcake too. It was quite good.  The Jabba on top of the cupcake is white chocolate, which isn’t my favorite thing in the world so I think I took a bite and tossed the rest. I’d rather just have the cake part of a cupcake. I’m that weird person!

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We decided there were really only a couple of things we wanted to do, the Great Movie Ride, and the Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream show and they were both at the end of the street so we headed to The Great Movie Ride first.

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Having seen the outside of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in LA, the building looks the same.  Just different signatures in the cement!

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The inside was lovely.

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We enjoyed the ride very much.

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Then off to see One Man’s Dream.  I was really glad we got to see this because apparently we are closing it.

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There is a small museum in the lobby area for the show.

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I know ours is smaller but I love our castle better.

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Cinderella Castle.

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Another bucket list item for me is to go to Disneyland Paris.

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Explorer’s Landing Fortress in Tokyo Disney Sea. That would be an amazing to see!

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After getting a cool break in both attractions we made our way back (I know we missed out on a lot but we were tired and really wanted to end our trip in Epcot). We stopped quick in the Disney & Co store to get a pin and take a quick look.

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We were smart this time around and went back on the boat.  Much much quicker!

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With beautiful views of the Boardwalk.

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My aunt and I both love Chinese food and we wanted to have a nice sit down dinner so we decided to check out the China Pavilion.

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There wasn’t a wait at the Nine Dragons Restaurant so we gave it a shot.

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I definitely need to come back to Disney World because there is so much we missed!

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We shared the pot stickers.

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Don’t ask me why but I opted for the sweet and sour pork.  It was very good but I should have been a little more adventurous.

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My aunt got the Honey chicken which was A-MAZ-ING! I think we both wanted to try a couple of things so that’s why we chose these two. Luckily the honey chicken is in one of the recipe books I got.  Definitely going to try it one time and I’ll post about it when I do.

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The ambiance was lovely too.

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After dinner we went and got a couple of sweets at the caramel shop in the German Pavilion before heading back to our hotel.

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Not sure if I mentioned already but Werther’s Original totally reminds me of my grandmother.  She loved their hard candies.

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By the time we left Germany, the park was officially closed and we had to head back to our room.

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The only thing that kept me from being totally depressed was that we were headed to the cruise the next morning so we had something to look forward to.

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Well that ends our Disney World portion of the vacation and 1/2 of the trip down.  I hope these are easier to read now that I’m splitting them out a little more.  Let me know if you have any tips or if there’s anything you’d like to see that maybe I got to but missed posting about!

Day 5, Part 1- Downtown Disney

This is our last day at Disney World and we did a few different things I’m going to start out this post with the first half of our day which was spent at Downtown Disney (now Disney Springs which happened a few months after our trip) then the next post will be the rest of the day.

Our cousins wnated to sleep in and didn’t care to go to Downtown Disney so my aunt and I got a quick breakfast at the morning coffee bar at the hotel.

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Then took the bus over to Downtown Disney. We mapped out the place and circled the shops we wanted to visit while there since it’s so big.

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Day 4- Magic Kingdom

Well I was doing really well there on getting the trip report out!!! At least I’m almost 1/2 way done with the trip! I have been really busy with a lot of life complications that I’ll explain on my other blog but for now, lets get into day 4 of our trip!

We decided to grab a quick breakfast at the lounge area of our hotel.

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The lounge area was really neat and had a vintage library room feel.

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I loved the old toys and games they displayed on the bookshelves along with the books.

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Not that I want to keep complaining about the weather, but this gives you an idea of how humid it was… And us Californians with our dry heat are not used to this much moisture in the air! I know… We’re wimps!

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After our quick breakfast (which consisted of another bagel…), we walked through Epcot to get to the Monorail to head over to the Magic Kingdom. We had a friendly little hello from a squirrel.  He was pretty cute.

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So, apparently we can’t swim into Epcot from the Boardwalk… Bummer…

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Even the Manhole covers have hidden Mickeys on them.

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Ah, beautiful World Showcase.

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There’s the monorail!

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The Imagination Pavilion.

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Fountain by Spaceship Earth.

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Leave a Legacy at the entrance in Epcot.  They don’t let you add your picture anymore but it’s pretty cool to see who has.

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My cousins were bummed they couldn’t add anything…

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The big Spaceship Earth Ball.  That thing is so freaking huge!!!

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Made our way out of Epcot to head towards the Monorail.

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Scooter brigade following their leader! They look like three big kids!

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Had to take advantage of the great view of the ball.

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Got on the Monorail almost immediately.

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There is so much more room than Disneyland’s monorail!  We fit my aunt’s scooter in the middle of our space and our cousins’ were in another car on the same monorail.

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Pretty views of the resort.

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It took maybe 5 minutes to get to the Magic Kingdom.

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My only glimpse of The Grand Floridian (no joke, I wrote Californian… Oops!) and I definitely plan on making a stop there next time I visit to take a look around.

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There’s the castle!

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I know it’s blurry, but I was excited to see the inside of the Contemporary Resort! Besides, we were moving fast and my photo taking skills aren’t amazing…

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Outside of the Contemporary. I would love to stay here sometime! I’d love to stay anywhere who am I kidding but with a view of the Magic Kingdom and easy access to both Magic Kingdom and Epcot via the Monorail?! Who could ask for more?!

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The best view I got of Space Mountain.

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We made it!!!

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The front of the Main Street Train Station looks like a bigger version of the Disneyland one.

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Seeing this sign at Disneyland always turns me into a kid, and it was no different at the Magic Kingdom!

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Everything is so much bigger here!

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Definitely similar in looks but a lot bigger.

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Taking a casual stroll down Main Street.

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We stopped to take a picture with Walt and Mickey.

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This nice family offered to take our picture together.

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We had a fastpass that morning for the Seven Dwarves Mine Train so we made our way to Fantasyland. They were working on the front of the castle so we had to make a detour through the side entrance by Liberty Square.

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So pretty!!!

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Magic Kingdom marker.

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La Fontain de Cendrillon.

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See, that’s what it says…

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Backside of the castle.

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Hi Minnie!

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I was a doofus and forgot to put sunscreen on my pale body so we had to stop and get some so I didn’t become one giant red blister…

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Love the beanstalk vines climbing up Sir Mickey’s shop.

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Seven Dwarves Mine Train was shut down for a bit so we had to put off our fast pass and we decided to hit some of the other rides in Fantasyland while we waited.  Our first attraction was Mickey’s PhilharMagic which I was really excited to see and I loved it!

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We sat in the handicap section.

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The ride was up and running after PhilharMagic so we headed over to Seven Dwarves Mine Train!

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I love that there is more representation of the princesses such as Rapunzel’s tower.

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Of course you can dine with Belle and the Beast too which we would have loved to do but it’s next to impossible to make reservations there as it’s so popular… Next time though!

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Finally off to the Mine Train!

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I love the queue!!!

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We were right in the front row.  It’s like Big Thunder where really being in the back is more fun but I am glad we got the front for our first time.

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Yay! This by far is my favorite ride in the Magic Kingdom!

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I had to get these pictures from the ride as I have never seen happier faces!!! Four of the biggest kids!

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You end the ride seeing Snow White dancing with the dwarves.

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Ooo… Be careful, Snow… Don’t take any of her apples! Especially the red one.

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Our cousins wanted a little break so my aunt and I headed for it’s a small world.

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This is the first ride of our trip I was truly able to compare to Disneyland and I have to say I love Disneyland’s way better… Not only the façade but also the ride itself.  I still love the ride though.

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Selfie time! I do feel guilty for not taking more people pictures on our trip…

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Au Revoir Small World!

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I hope Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum aren’t harassing that poor little girl.  She doesn’t look too happy.  I wouldn’t be either especially with the Queen of Hearts standing behind me!

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Around lunch time we decided to head over to Liberty Square and had lunch at the Columbia Harbour House.

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The Fish and Chips were amazing! Super crunchy! I got the combo with the nuggets in case I didn’t like them (and because I’m 5 apparently) but there were so good!

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Our cousins had a hankering for a funnel cake after lunch and the Sleepy Hollow restaurant nearby sold them so I walked through some of the shops while they sat and had their dessert.

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Couldn’t miss out on the Christmas Shoppe!

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I got stuck on the other side of where there while the Festival of Fantasy parade went on so I figured I might as well enjoy it.

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Hi Ariel!

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I loved the Peter Pan float!

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And what’s a Disney parade without miss Tinker Bell! My absolute favorite!

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Merida’s float was pretty cool too.

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I got this picture totally by accident!

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The Fantasia Float.

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Of course Mickey and Minnie are the stars of the parade!

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The end. I am not really a parade person as I don’t like wasting several hours to wait while I could be going on rides or doing something better with my time but this was an amazing parade and I’m very happy I got to see it.

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We took advantage of being nearby the Haunted Mansion.

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I will admit they have better queue, but I like our mansion and ride overall better.

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The Queue was interactive.  If you put your hand on one of the instruments of this mausoleum, it would play that instrument.

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I love the nod to Thurl Ravenscroft. Not only did he voice the narrator for the Haunted Mansion, he voiced many other characters for Disney.

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This one was my favorite.

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Oh so THAT’S where Madame Leota is buried…

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It’s beautiful, and probably goes along better with the Liberty Square theme, but I like our mansion much better.

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I took a quick walk through Memento Mori which is the only all Haunted Mansion store (we don’t even have one in Disneyland). I didn’t get anything as I’m not a huge Mansion fan… (Don’t hurt me, I’m just a big chicken!)

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The liberty bell.

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We were all looking forward to seeing the Hall of Presidents.

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Lobby area.

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We sat in the back again which is nice because it’s high up enough so no heads are in your way. It was really cool to see all of the presidents together.

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After that, we walked through Fantasyland to get to Tomorrowland and saw Tigger and Pooh off to do something important.

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Now was my turn to get a sweet.  I was looking forward to getting one of the layered cake cups at the Cheshire Café and man it did NOT disappoint!

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Look at all of that sugary/cakey goodness! It was sooooo good! I wish they had these in Disneyland!

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We wanted to get out of the heat so we went in and saw Carousel of Progress which I was looking forward to seeing. It left Disneyland several years before I was born.

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It was neat to see the different new inventions in each decade they showcased.

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After Carousel of Progress, we split off from our cousins because they were pretty tired and they were going to park their scooters early to rest and wait to see the parade and fireworks.  So my aunt and I went off to go on the Peoplemover and even though it’s different, I never thought I’d have the chance to go on the Peoplemover ever again in my life since it left Disneyland in the early nineties and it was also one of my favorites as a child.

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They even have the escalating walkway like the Disneyland one had.

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So excited! We got a front car too so after taking this picture, my aunt and I sat on her side and had a great view from the attraction.

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The ride brings you all around Tomorrowland.

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After Peoplemover, we went through a couple shops in the area.

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Then we made our way back to the castle.

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So we could walk through to see the beautiful mosaics of Cinderella’s story.

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So pretty!
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It was getting into early evening and we wanted a good spot to watch the Main Street Electrical Parade so we headed over to walk through the rest of the park.

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The Diamond Horseshoe (I didn’t know they had one…) looks just like the Golden Horseshoe in Disneyland just a little bigger.

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Another thing that I was super excited to do and never thought I’d be able to see again is the Country Bear Jamboree.  My dad and I LOVED this show!

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Glad to see Max, Buff, and Melvin again. If you’re in Disneyland and go on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in Critter Country, once you enter the Hunny Heaven room, turn around and you’ll see them hanging on the back of the wall.

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We were getting pretty tired and wanted to get a good spot on Main Street for the parade so we headed for a quick walk through Adventureland.

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Pirates was closed for a refurb so we couldn’t go on it anyway.

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I’m not sure if the Tiki Room Under New Management is still running but we skipped this attraction just in case because I heard it was awful and I didn’t want to taint my love of The Tiki Room.

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I love the look of the shops though. Has an outdoorsy market vibe.

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Watch out, he spits… No really, he does.  It’s a good way to cool off I guess.  The kids were enjoying it.

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The Magic Kingdom still has the original Swiss Family Robinson too.  I love the Swiss Family Robinson movie and was bummed to see it replaced in Disneyland but Tarzan’s Treehouse is neat too and they have a nod to the old treehouse by playing Swisskapolka on the gramophone at the bottom of the treehouse.

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My aunt wasn’t feeling all that well and decided to skip dinner. I just grabbed some corndog bites at Casey’s Corner and they were just okay.

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We parked her scooter and I sat on the sidewalk in front of it and we had a little big of time to rest.  Here’s Roe E Disney’s window.

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My aunt wanted to go into a couple of shops quickly so I had a quick facetime with my mom and my cousin who she was visiting down in LA for a couple of days so it was good to talk with them.  And I had to get in a selfie with my ears on.

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Before we knew it, the sun set and we were getting close to seeing the parade. This cute little girl and her parents were sitting next to us on the sidewalk and almost immediately, she comes up to me and told me that she was four and she loves Minnie (I was decked out in Minnie gear) and she talked to me for close to an hour. She was so cute.

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It was finally getting to be time for the parade. So many memories of things I loved as a child. It was great to relive them!

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A couple of minutes after the parade they had, Celebrate the Magic, a projected show on the castle.

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It was kind of hard to see some of the projections from the pictures but mainly showed some of the more popular animated movies such as Frozen, Alice in Wonderland, Wreck it Ralph, Rapunzel, and some others.

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Shortly after, they performed the fireworks, Wishes Nighttime Spectacular.

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No one does fireworks better than Disney.

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We were super tired after the fireworks so we did a little bit of shopping on Main Street and decided to head back to the hotel.  We had to take the bus back because the Monorail drops you off at the other entrance to Epcot and it was closed by then.  We did take the monorail to the parking drop off because that’s where we were told we had to go for the busses but it turns out they pick up right outside of the entrance to the park… Oops…

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Instead of taking the Monorail back, we thought it would be fun to take the Ferryboat.

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We finally found where we were supposed to go.

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Finally on our way back to our hotel room.

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We had an amazing day at the Magic Kingdom and it was very nostalgic for me and I can’t wait to go back.  Up next will be our last day at Disney World and since these seem to run really long, I’m going to start splitting up the days into parts with my trip reports so they are easier to read. Maybe easier to get out as well!  I hope you’re enjoying my trip reports and I will start working more on these once things die down a bit in a couple of weeks.

Disney World/Disney Cruise Day 3- Animal Kingdom, Cruising the Boardwalk, and Fireworks at Epcot

Onto our second day in WDW! I decided to go with a casual Aurora Disneybound outfit this day although with the humidity, jeans (no matter how light of a fabric they are) are a BAD idea! BAD, BAD BAD! Otherwise this was one of my favorite outfits and I have already recreated for the last Disney meeting I went to as well as will for future visits to Disneyland.

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I attempted to curl my hair with a flatiron not that it made much difference but it was better than nothing.

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We took the bus over to Animal Kingdom and we just planned on being there for half of the day.

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I had a bit of a time keeping the humidity from fogging up my camera lens but did the best I could.

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It’s a beautiful park/zoo. We would have loved to spend more time there but with all of the vegetation, it was way more humid here than the rest of the resort so it got to us more than the rest of the days.

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When you enter the park the first area is the Oasis area where are of the birds are.

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Do you see it? Look in the middle of the picture…

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How about now? Yes that is a real live woman that just kind of more around in that place and it took us a minute to realize why there were a bunch of people standing around that area.

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Lots of Macaws! They are so pretty!

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The Tree of Life just ahead but that was going to be our last stop.

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Not much was opened yet! It was early though so that’s understandable.  I guess I’m used to Main Street USA in Disneyland (and in the Magic Kingdom) and everything is open when you get into the park.

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More Macaws.

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First place we found was Pizzafari and they had simple breakfast things there which was fine with us. None of us were interested in a big breakfast.

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Loved the theming.

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It’s a simple quick service restaurant and for breakfast they had bagels and some egg dishes, but it was good.

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Yes, another bagel. I wasn’t too worried about what I ate on the trip because of all of the walking I was doing.

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And we were off to our next adventure!

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And into Africa we went!

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Finally got to our destination. The Pangani Forest Exploration Trail to see the Gorillas.

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I don’t know what this is but it’s cool.

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This dude’s just chillin’.

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Footprints in the cement.

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I don’t remember what this is called but it looks like a cross between a zebra and a donkey.

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Following the Scooter Brigade.

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Had to go through this small building to continue our trail. Not the easiest thing when you have three scooters to navigate!

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That is a Hippopotamus Skull.

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Continuing on the trail.

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Meercats! I love Meercats!

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A fuzzy Zebra because I couldn’t get my act together with my camera!

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Finally to my aunt’s favorite part, the Gorillas. First up was the female and child area.  This baby isn’t dead although I was a little panicky about it. He was just taking a quick snooze though!

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Must be nap time!

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We know you’re not supposed to look a Gorilla in the eye but my aunt swears she was looking RIGHT at her in this picture and she felt like they had a connection.

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The baby woke up at that time and said hi to all of the people.

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Then promptly sat on Mommy’s lap.

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The next exhibit held the Silverback Gorillas. Silverbacks are just adult male gorillas and their backs and butts turn gray as a sign of maturity.

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That face! Like, “what are you looking at?!”

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Um nice butt?

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Now caption this surprised looking face!

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Chillin’

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Don’t turn your back on me!

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Their muscles are huge!

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We had fastpasses for Expedition Everest so we hightailed it over there.

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I thought this tree was really pretty with the purple flowers.

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Off to Expedition Everest!

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We finally saw the mountain and my aunt took one look at the said absolutely no! So our cousins and I went on and she waited for us.

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I must admit I was pretty nervous to go on myself…

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The drop is a lot taller than it looks.

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My aunt kept taking pictures hoping to get us and if you see towards the top the people in the white and pink tops are our cousins and I am in front of Harry in the white, I’m just hiding because I was terrified!

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The ride was a ton of fun but we were starving when we got off so we headed towards the closest restaurant, Restaurantosaurus. My nephew loves dinosaurs so I had to get some pictures for him in Dinoland and I thought he’d get a kick out of where we ate.

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Very disappointing burger, I should have stuck with chicken strips…

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I just wanted to take a quick walk through and find the replica of the T-Rex, Sue, which is the largest most complete dinosaur skeleton. We got a chance to see the real Sue in Fresno when she was “on tour.”

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This would probably be my nephew’s favorite area in all of Walt Disney World.

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Found Sue!

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It would have been cool to go on the Dinosaur ride but it was shut down but I don’t think I missed out on a lot because it’s the same ride set up as Indiana Jones in Disneyland just themed differently.

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Well we jut HAD to get my nephew something in the Dino Institute Gift Shop.

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More Macaws.

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It really is beautiful.  There are countless animals carved into the trunk and limbs of the tree. Not that it’s a real tree.

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You could spend hours looking at this tree and find more that you missed.

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Daisy!

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I was finished before everyone else was ready so I took my aunt’s scooter around the boardwalk and channeling my dad by taking some photographs.

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You can see some of Epcot from the Boardwalk.

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The Eiffel Tower in the France Pavilion.

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The Swan and Dolphin Hotel.

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Yacht Club Resort

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After cruising the boardwalk I checked out more of the grounds of the hotel. Daytime picture of the Lady and the Tramp topiary.

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The main pool is circus themed.

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The clown slide is a little creepy but the pool looks fun.

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When they were ready, we took the water taxi over to the entrance to Epcot.

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You can see Harry and my reflections. Hello!

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The Beach Club Resort.

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We arrived!

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Our cousins went off and got seats at La Cantina de San Angel in the Mexico Pavilion for Illuminations while we checked out the UK Pavilion.

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I want a cottage that looks like this.

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My best friend lives near Bristol in England and brought me a Galaxy chocolate bar the last time she visited so I wanted to show her I found some in the states. I think they sell it at Cost Plus too along with a lot of other imported foods.

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A cover band was playing songs from different British musicians. Everything from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to Blur.

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This will probably be the only time I will see a red telephone booth so we had to get a couple of photo ops in. As you can see, I changed into black capris and a Minnie Mouse t-shirt from the Lauren Conrad collection at Kohls.

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Hello!

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The UK Pavilion is definitely at the top of my favorite countries in the World Showcase.  The World Showcase is my favorite place in all of Disney World.

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We didn’t last too long before heading to the table our cousins saved and grabbed some dinner while we waited.  I got nachos. The were pretty good.

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And a mango margarita…

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And I had to try the churros for dessert.  They were really good. They earned second place on best churros I have had. Disneyland’s are still the best.

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It was a great show and we had great seats!

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The beauty of Illuminations is that you can see it from anywhere around the water so there’s more opportunity for good viewing.

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We once again closed out Epcot and headed back to our rooms to get a good night’s rest for day three at the parks in the Magic Kingdom!

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Navigating the hallways and elevators for my aunt.

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The maids left a surprise for us. That’s my headband, she just put a towel in it but I thought it was cute.

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She made a gorilla for my aunt.

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That ends day three and our second day in the parks. It was another fantastic day and can’t wait to share the next day. I hope you’re enjoying my trip reports. I’ll get to working on the next one right away as it’s going to take some time. I have twice the amount of photos to go through but I’ll get it up as soon as I can.