Our 4th day in Walt Disney World – Today is Disney’s Animal Kingdom for Early Magic Hours! We arrived there shortly after park opening. Decided to enjoy our breakfast instead of wolfing it down this time. When we got there we made our way to Asia and rode Expedition Everest first. It was only a 10 minute wait so why not. Only myself and my youngest brother went on this one. The other two weren’t quite up for it just yet.
Once we were done with that we walked all the way to Kilimanjaro Safaris. Again the wait times were very low since it was early morning. Our wait time was maybe 10 minutes at the most. The family really enjoyed the Safari and took quite a few photos ….
By the time we were finished it was close to show time for Festival of the Lion King. We quickly made our way over so we wouldn’t miss the beginning of the show. During the show one of the Tumble Monkeys made their way over to our section and stole my brother’s hat for a bit before giving it back. It was totally unexpected and he didn’t know what happened. We all had a good laugh at that. For those that haven’t seen the show here it is!
It was now time to meet Mickey and Minnie for the first time! My brothers were a bit nervous, I could tell they thought it was a bit childish to do this. Once we got up to Mickey they were all smiles and we got a great photo together.
We then made our way over to Minnie. She was very fascinated with the amount of pins I had on my lanyard. She really loved my Wooden Minnie Ears Pin. I thought she was going to steal it. We got a great family photo.
It was now 1pm and everyone was very hungry! We all agreed on going to Pizzafarri for lunch. While they all grabbed food I went to grab FastPasses for Kali River Rapids, but they weren’t distributing them for that week. Found that out after running all the way over there, should have read the Park Map. Instead I went and grabbed FastPasses for Dinosaur, even though we really wouldn’t need them, I got them anyway.
It was really hot outside so we all took our time to eat our lunch and enjoy the nice cool shade. Once we were done we wanted to try out Kali River Rapids. This was the only attraction that day with a long wait time. It was about 40 minutes. My middle brother and I were the unlucky ones in terms of getting wet. We got completely soaked. The other two got wet but not head to toe. There was non-stop laughter and smiles the entire time we were going down that river. Everyone really enjoyed themselves, regardless of how wet we got.
Next up was Dinosaur, we took our time walking there since we all wanted to dry off at least a little bit. Air Conditioning is much cooler when you’re soaked, it’s a known fact!
Now everyone was a bit tired by this point, but everyone wanted to check out Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade. Before grabbing a spot we all went and got nice ice cold beverages for everyone. My choice was the Iced Coke. Here in Canada we call them slushes. We got ourselves a nice shaded view for the parade!
That was it for our day in the Animal Kingdom. It was close to 4pm and the park closes at 5pm so we figured we would head back to the resort for a few. Since it’s so humid we weren’t really dry from our little river ride a few hours earlier.
We got back to the resort and showered, rested, and headed out to Downtown Disney for dinner. We ate at Wolfgang Puck Express, since our Dinning Plan worked there. Our bill came to just over $90. By this point we have all made up our mind that the free dining was the way to go from now on. You really can’t beat that.
After dinner we went to the Pin Trading Post. I took photos of the 2011 Hidden Mickey Pins and decided that I would be on a mission for the rest of the trip to find as many as I can. I had about 30 pins to trade that I bought at the Las Vegas Disney Outlet store for $1.50. My youngest brother wanted to get in on the action and I gave him half of my pins to trade.
For those that do not know what Hidden Mickey Pins are, they are pins that only Cast Members are given and cannot be purchased anywhere. They will have a small hidden mickey on the pin to indicate that it is part of that series. They release sets every year. They are a lot of fun to find!
No trip to Downtown Disney is complete without a visit to World of Disney! It was a zoo in there, which is pretty typical. My brother and I did locate some Hidden Mickey Pins. Also I almost bought another Duffy the Disney Bear, but I only wanted the Halloween Costume. My brothers are into watches and were very tempted to buy a couple of the very nice Disney watches they had. Also who can resist going to the Lego Store?
While we were on our way to Pleasure Island we came across living statues doing various poses with people. It takes some practice to move the way these people moved. We also got some great photos.
DStreet was the next stop and I cannot go into that store without buying at least four Vinylmations. I grabbed some of the Urban Series 5 (they were on sale), and some random ones. Also picked up a Cars 2 Vinylmation set, they are adorable! The displays in this store are my favorite out of any of the stores in Downtown Disney. I really wish I could take the Mickey made out of Vinylmations and same goes for the table.
We did some more pin hunting and my brother and I found quite a few good pins! By this point the entire family was looking for Hidden Mickey Pins and helping us find more to complete our set. What a great family activity!
Once we were done we walked to the bus and headed back to the resort. It was a long but extremely fun filled day! Everyone was now really into the Disney spirit and couldn’t wait to go and see more! The next day we spend an entire day in Universal Studios and visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
Hope you all enjoyed this part of the Trip Report! There is still plenty to come, so please come back soon!
This day started off early since we wanted to head to EPCOT for Early Magic Hours! Everyone was still getting used to waking up early, so we arrived about 45mins after the park opened. The very first thing I said we had to do was grab FastPasses for Soarin’. Everyone that has been knows that this attraction gets pretty busy quickly. Once the FastPasses were in hand my middle brother really wanted to see Captain EO, he really enjoys anything retro and this attraction screams it. Everyone gladly agreed and off we went to meet Captain EO! I’m not sure if it’s just me or that the 3D in this has “ghosting” which really messes with my eyes. If this happens to you, let me know so I know I’m not the only one!
My brother really enjoyed Captain EO and said he was extremely happy he got to see it. He wasn’t even born when it was first released (September 12th, 1986) and I was only a year old! You have to admit, the King of Pop could dance like no other.
Once we were done being transported to 1986 it started to rain pretty hard so we ran to The Land Pavilion to escape the down pour. Decided to ride Living with the Land to take in the some times odd looking fruit and vegetables. It was still raining pretty hard outside so we did a little bit of Pin Trading and got some pressed pennies!
The rain finally let up and we were able to go and visit our good friend Nemo at The Seas with Nemo & Friends. My family has never been to an aquarium before, so we spent a little bit of time looking at the various aqua life after visiting our friend!
By this time our FastPasses were ready for Soarin’. My mom was a bit tired so I said I would run over to Test Track and grab us some FastPasses before we went on Soarin’. The wait time for Soarin’ by this point was 50mins and we were glad to have grabbed our FastPasses earlier in the morning. My mom and youngest brother were a bit leery of this attraction since they didn’t really understand what it did. They don’t care for heights that much, but they really loved it! I knew they would.
Thankfully we didn’t have to wait very long for our FastPasses for Test Track! Everyone loved the attraction, even my mother! She did scream the entire time we went around the big track at the end though. We all had a good laugh at the various colorful words coming out of her mouth.
After that we checked out the various stores around Future World before heading to the World Showcase! We always start on the left side (Mexico) and work our way around. First up was the Mexico Pavilion where we rode Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros. We then made our way through all the Pavilions and had lunch in America. Went through all the various shops and my brothers picked out a pair of Mickey Ears they wanted in the Canada Pavilion!
We had a reservation in Hollywood Studios at the Sci-Fi Drive-in Theater for 4:30pm. That was the only time available for anytime that week. Lesson here is don’t wait to book your ADRs! This is our first Table Service restaurant together as a family! The set up was very retro and dark but awesome. The dining room was a huge dark room made to look like an old Drive-in Theater with a huge screen at the one end showing old black and white movies and commercials. The tables were all 1950s cars that all faced the screen.
We used to have Vanilla Coke in Canada but for whatever reason it was taken away, and it’s my absolute favorite beverage in the world. They had it here and there was no way I was going to let this pass me by! For dessert my brother and I shared one of their famous Sundaes and it was the perfect way to end supper! The food was good and I would recommend it for anyone that loves Drive-ins and 1950s vehicles.
Now that we had full stomachs it was time for attractions! I thought it was a smart idea. But to allow our food to settle my youngest brother and I grabbed FastPasses for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. Only the two of us were going to ride but we grabbed four FastPasses so we could go on twice! Then it was all the way back to Star Tours to get chased by Darth Vader. I’ve had bad luck with getting Tatooine each and every time. This time my bad luck ended and FINALLY got to visit Kashyyyk. That was the only planet I haven’t visited yet. Both my brothers came on with me and really enjoyed it and thought the 3D was really done well.
Still full from supper we weren’t quite ready to tackle Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster we slowly went through Streets of America and checked out the various shops. We also stopped at Pizza Planet for some good ol’ arcade game action! Brothers played some Basketball and we got our photo taken!
We also took a very quick trip to San Fransisco!
Now that our stomachs were close to being empty again my youngest brother and I went to Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster while my mom and other brother found some nice shade while they waited. Once we were done we thought it would be a great idea to head to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, since it only had a 10min wait! We quickly ran to Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster again then Tower of Terror right after! Yes we are insane but why not when there are very short wait times. Once my brother and I were done riding four rides we found my mom and brother and headed down to Fantasmic! to wait for the show.
We were in the Jafar section and thankfully no one extremely tall was sitting in front of us. Like clock work we had the wave start within the crowd. At one point the audience was able to get it from one end to the other. Most of the time it just died in the middle. My brothers got a kick out of this and got a couple of waves going themselves.
Shhh the show is about to start ….
The show finished and most people we walking at the top to all get out the same exit. We instead went right down to the water and walked all the way to the other end and then walked up. We bypassed pretty much everyone and got to the buses rather quick before they were completely insane.
While waiting for the bus we experienced our first witness of a family having a mini breakdown. The father was livid about something or other and was yelling at the top of his lungs to his wife. Everyone in line heard this and they continued to fight even on the bus with their crying children. Made for an uncomfortable bus ride home.
Despite the uncomfortable ride home we had a magical day and everyone really enjoyed themselves. We were all extremely tired and fell asleep rather quickly as soon as we got back to the room. The next day we are headed to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Downtown Disney! I hope you enjoyed this installment of our trip report! Come back soon for more!
Welcome to my latest and most important Trip Report to date! It’s the first time my family and I head to the Walt Disney World Resort together! We have been planning this trip since the beginning of the year and it’s also the first time my younger brothers have been out of Canada. There are a lot of firsts with this trip. Here is a quick summary of our trip so you all know what you’re getting yourselves into.
- Resort: POP Century
- Dates: September 4th – September 12th, 2011
- Days/Nights: 8 Days/9 Nights
- Dining Plan: Quick Service Dining Plan (free with the purchase of the Memories Photo Book for $99)
- Other Theme Parks: Universal Studios
- Number of Photos: Over 1000
- Number of Videos: Approx. 10GB
- Cost Per Person: Approx. $1100 (including return flights from Canada)
- Number of Memories: Countless
There will be plenty of photos and videos for everyone to enjoy. As you can tell from above there was no shortage of either. The trip was a complete success and the entire family had a fantastic time and were asking me when we can go next! We’re actually looking at doing a short Disney Cruise on our next trip to Walt Disney World.
I’m going to be doing the first two days in one post since the 4th is the day we all arrive but got there early enough to enjoy the Magic Kingdom for a short evening.
To give this report a touch of magic I’ve added some music (it doesn’t play automatically so don’t worry).
Sunday, September 4th – Arriving to the World and the Magic Kingdom
My family and I arrived on separate flights in Orlando. I was in Las Vegas with some friends for a week previous. It was cheaper for me to fly from Las Vegas than returning to Saskatoon and traveling with my family (about $200 more for my flights overall). I took a redeye at 1am on Sunday and arrived in Orlando at 11am. After getting lost in MCO (went to the wrong side for the Magical Express) I finally found the Magical Express. My excuse was not getting much sleep on the airplane. I’m not one for complaining but the A/C was not working on our bus and it was really hot and made the entire bus ride extremely uncomfortable.
After the uncomfortable bus ride, finally made it to POP Century and I was relived to know that our room was ready for us. First thing I did was have a two hour nap so I could be ready when my family arrived. Brothers were sending me text messages each time they landed and boarded. They had two connections coming down.
They arrived around 5pm to the Resort and were tired and hungry. Everyone showed up, had a quick nap and we had our first dinner together as a family in the “Place Where Dreams Come True”.
The Magic Kingdom was opened until 1am that evening so we spent our first evening enjoying Wishes and a few attractions. Just taking it easy. We arrived just in time for the Magic, Memories, and You show. Then we stuck around for Wishes shortly after. What a great way to start off the trip!
We did three attractions that evening: Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Splash Mountain. Haunted Mansion is always a favorite and everyone can enjoy it. Mom decided to try the latter two attractions just once. She screamed quite a bit on both rides. She said that she wouldn’t be riding those again any time soon!
After that everyone was pretty tired and headed back to the Resort to get a good nights rest for the next day!
Monday, September 5th – Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Our day started early so we could get a head start on the day and beat the lines for most attractions! Today was our first full day in the Magic Kingdom. First things first was to grab FastPasses for Space Mountain, and after that we decided to ride Pirates of the Caribbean. Family at this point wasn’t used to the humidity and any place with A/C and inside was a big bonus. Also found out that Pirates is a great place to fill up your water bottle since the water fountain is in the shade it’s pretty cold. Once we were done with that it was time for Splash Mountain. Only had a wait time of 10mins so no need for a FastPass! Mom was smart this time and didn’t come with us.
By this time our Fast Passes for Space Mountain were valid and we quickly rode that. Then we headed to Fantasy Land for some needed Coke Floats. They hit the spot and cooled us down for about 5 minutes.
The wait time for Peter Pan’s Flight was already at 30mins so we decided to grab a FastPass and head to Mickey’s Phillar Magic while we waited for the FastPass to be valid. Once that was all said and done everyone wanted to have a nap back at the resort before we headed back for the evening.
We went back just to watch the Electrical Parade. Got a really create spot in Frontierland without all the huge crowds in and around Main Street.
The entire family loved the show and through it was pretty awesome. Since we were right beside The Haunted Mansion we quickly rode that. Hollywood Studios was open last this evening so we ended the evening there!
Our first ride there was Star Tours, it was only a 5 minute wait. I remember in Disneyland where the wait times were well over 2 hours all day. Mom got the courage to come on the ride and quite enjoyed it. We all really wanted to ride Toy Story Mid-way Mania and of course the wait time was 40 mins, but we waited anyway. It was well worth it!
The last attraction of the evening was Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Only myself and my youngest brother rode it since my other brother and mom weren’t quite up for it. This is the only attraction that I get really nervous for because I’m not a big fan of the dropping feeling in my stomach but I hide it well from my brother so I wouldn’t make him nervous. He didn’t know what to expect and was screaming the entire time! After being to Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland, I forgot that this version of Tower of Terror actually moves forward and not just up and down. I’ll remember it for next time so I’m not taken off guard.
Thankfully we survived the Twilight Zone and was able to return back to the resort with the rest of the family!
The first few days were a complete success! My brothers weren’t too sure what to think the first couple of days but after they saw how much fun everyone was having they started to have fun and enjoy themselves that much more. My mom immediately was smiles the entire day!
Don’t worry there is much more to come! This Trip Report is long from over. Many more photos and videos and music for you all!
Our last day at the Disneyland Resort, it’s always sad when the last day comes but we were ending the trip off with a bang, World of Color in the evening.
Today we were spending the whole day in Disney California Adventure and just taking it easy. First up was Toy Story Mania and I kicked John’s butt once again. He did get really close in the last round to catching up to me. Better luck next time!
We skipped breakfast at the hotel so we needed to eat. The wait for Toy Story made us pretty hungry. We quickly grabbed Fast Passes for Soarin’ then headed to Pacific Warf and got breakfast. i had a breakfast bowl, which had bacon and eggs in a bread bowl. The bread was a bit tough.
By the time we were finished eating our Fast Pass was up for Soarin’. We quickly walked over there and soared over California. I don’t think you can ever get sick of the smell of oragnes. Once we were safe and sound on the ground we grabbed Fast Passes for Grizzly River Run. The Fast Pass line for World of Color still had passes for the first show of the evening at this point, it was about 11:30am by this point.
Next up was Muppets 3D and Monster’s Inc. Then after that was …. *gulp* Hollywood Tower of Terror. Anyone that has been on this with me knows I screaming for the duration of the ride. I really dislike the free falling feeling with a passion. John really wanted to ride it and I have yet to ride this one (I rode the TTT in Walt Disney World and Tokyo DisneySea). Apparently I was laughing the entire time the ride was happening. All I remember was the doors of the elevator closing and I immediately freaked myself out. Maybe I laugh to help with couping how freaked out I am. Either way we had a lot of fun and got a lovely photo of my “GET ME OFF OF THIS” face.
Next we grabbed a Fast Pass for Calfornia Screamin’ and headed over to Grizzly River Run since our Fast Passes were ready. While going by we noticed that Ariel’s Undersea Adventure was closed and sadly it stayed closed the rest of the day.
Thankfully this time on Grizzly River Run I didn’t get soaked from head to toe, which is always a bonus. To celebrate being dry we got ourselves some Ice Cream in Paradise Pier. Duffy wanted some Ice Cream but I told him that stuff bears can’t eat Ice Cream. What a crazy bear.
Now it was time for California Screamin, which was a screamin’ good time (see what I did there?). Once we were done with that I was a bit distraught at the fact I wouldn’t be riding Ariel’s Undersea Adventure again so I decided to buy some limited edition pins. I got a set of 4 for $40. There was a $114 set that came with three extra pins in a nice book. But I wasn’t willing to spend that much money on pins. Since it was only an extra three. If it was maybe $80-90 I would have went for it.
Took some time to head to the Grand Californian to take a look around and to get out of the heat. On the way there I had some more comments on my Chip Lanyard, they really wanted to get one but told them they are only in Tokyo Disneyland.
For lunch we decided on the Rainforest Cafe. The food was very generic and tasted as if it was taken out of the freezer and heated in the microwave. Which is probably what they did. It wasn’t all bad though, our waitress was extremely friendly and polite.
Once we headed back to the park we went to Soarin’ with our fast passes before we headed for dinner. Dinner was at the Wine Country for our World of Color FastPasses. The meal was outstanding! The service was just as excellent. Sadly our waiter did mess up our FastPasses and gave us the passes for the early show and we wanted the late show. We didn’t want to cause a fuss so we quickly paid and headed over to Paradise Pier.
As we were walking to Paradise Pier we passed a group of 20-somethings and one of them sneezed then everyone in their group froze in place. It was a flash mob! They all froze in place for about 30 seconds. It was rather strange and everyone around was confused as to what was going on. After the 30 seconds they continued walking as if nothing happened. Never a dull moment in Disneyland!
We got to our section at World of Color and we were right in the middle. The view was fantastic and luckly I was one of the taller people so anyone in front of me I could see over them easily. I’m only 5’11” which isn’t overly tall but everyone else around me was pretty short.
Once the show was finished we decided to walk through elecTRONica one last time before we headed over to Disneyland for a few minutes. Once we got to Disneyland we picked up a few gifts from the Starcade and called it a night.
Another Disney trip is in the books! We had an absolute blast. The new attractions were superb and did not dissappoint. If you’re planning on visiting these new attractions this summer make sure you get there early! I’m already counting the days until we head back there.
I hope you all enjoyed this trip report and there will be plenty more to come in the future! My next planned trip is a full week in Walt Disney World with my family in September. It’s our first family trip and it’s going to be a blast! Make sure to check back for my pre-trip report in the next coming weeks.
See you again soon and have a magical day!
Today we decided that we only wanted to spend the day in Disneyland Park and do a couple of other things outside of the Parks (It’s insane I know). The day started off with standing in the incredibly long queue down Main Street waiting for Star Tours. We arrived at the park a bit later than the day before so we were a bit farther back. The total wait time after rope drop was about 20 mins.
This time around we experienced a different beginning, ending, and planets. For those that do not know there is a total of 56 combinations for Star Tours. Each time you go it’s almost never going to be the same. There’s a beginning, planet one, planet two, and ending. I love the design decision on this since it keeps the ride exciting as you never know what you’re going to get. Also gets people coming back for more. I won’t give away which parts we experienced but the 3D is really well done and I found myself jumping a few times, which never happens. We grabbed Fast Passes after and they were already for 4:30-5:30pm. I’ll take what I can get!
My all time favorite breakfast while dining at the Carnation Cafe is the infamous Mickey Waffle. It’s absolutely delicious each and every time I have it. If you have yet to experience this wonder, I highly recommend it. If waffles aren’t your thing then the next best thing is the French Toast with cream cheese icing.
After our magical breakfast it was time to blast off to space again and hope that we don’t experience our breakfast again in reverse. Yes it was time for Space Mountain! The wait time was minimal, I’m assuming everyone was in queue for Star Tours which is probably a very good assumption at this point. I decided to wear my Duffy Ears (how I love these ears) and the results were a very awkward looking photo.
Thankfully our breakfasts didn’t go into reverse. After we decided to tackle Indiana Jones. The wait time was a bit longer (around 30mins) but it’s always worth the wait! We went and grabbed some Fast Passes for Splash Mountain before continuing on.
Next up was taking a bit of a break and taking the Monorail to Downtown Disney for some Vinylmation splurging. Was hoping there would be maybe, just maybe, a couple Star Wars Vinylmations kicking around but alas that was not the case. But I did pick up the cutest cupcakes!
John went a little overboard and bought close to $200 worth of vinylmation. It’s actually cheaper to purchase them in the US and take them back to Canada. While some are $10-$12 in the US, in Canada they will be $12-$14. With our dollar being so strong it only makes sense to spend as much money as humanly possible on pieces of vinyl shaped as a mouse. It’s a good reason in my opinion! He picked up some TRON, Urban Series 6, and some Sports Vinlymations.
I bought a few TRON Vinylmations and picked up about four Toy Story vinymations. I Finally got Woody! This made me pumped and made up for the three Rexes I got. We had a few Vinylmations that we traded and got a couple of random ones we didn’t have yet. Always nice to get the ones you don’t have.
Being a Pin collector as well I had to pick up these incredibly cute Vinylmation pins shaped as Mike and Sully. How can you resist them?
Spending your life savings on Vinylmations makes one very hungry. Nothing better than In-and-Out Burger to satisfy your hunger! Walked over to the Disneyland Hotel and hoped in a taxi and away we went. The taxi driver waitied for us while we ran inside to get delicious and juicy burgers. Did I mention they were juicy? After the pretty girl inside the restaurant gave us our food we headed back to Disneyland Hotel. We ate our In-and-Out on a bench, we are so classy. It was worth the $30 taxi ride.
By the time we were finished our delcious and juicy burgers it was time for Splash Mountain! This time around there was no disrepectful teenage throwing garbage into the water. I got a bit more soaked then last time. I did try and give John moose antlers on the drop down but the person in front of us had tree trunks for arms and basically blocked us out of the photo.
It was late afternoon by this point and we were pretty tired. We headed over to the Garden Center (out door mall just a few blocks from Disneyland) and John did some shopping while I had a nap at a very comfortable table in the sun. I put my sunglasses on so people didn’t know I was sleeping, hopefully it worked.
Few hours of sitting around and not doing much we were energized for Disneyland once again! Also were a bit hungry so we grabbed some hot dogs from the Refreshment Stand. Then it was time for Star Tours again! We got a different sequence again with this one, and it was just as enjoyable as the first three times we rode it.
Throughout the day I had various people stop me and ask me where I got my shirt from. I was wearing my Mickey shirt that my friend’s mother bought for me in Tokyo. I also got multiple comments on my Duffy Ears and Duffy (who was hanging out in my backpack). I even had a couple people ask for photos with me. Not usually that I enjoy having attention but this time I didn’t mind it at all!
One that got the most questions and comments was my Chip Lanyard that holds our Passports and Fast Passes. I bought it in Tokyo Disneyland last year and it’s incredibly cute and my favorite accessory to have while in the parks. Many people wanted to get their own, but alas it’s only Tokyo. I told them to make sure they visit Tokyo Disneyland some day!
A friend of ours said that Matterhorn was going to be taken down for Refurbishment in the next couple of days and we should ride it while we can. You don’t have to tell us twice!
Once we were finished being chased by a Yeti it was time to go visit Hell. By that I mean Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. The only place in Disneyland where you actually get to go to hell. The heat in the ride always makes me a bit car sick (irconically you are in a car).
By this time it was almost time for Magical! We decided that it would be best to get a good spot on Main Street. We got an excellent spot that was a clear view of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. Thankfully the group infront of us was incredibly short. While the show is not as good as “Remember…Dreams Come True” it was nice to see something different.
There was a small child that was in the small waiting room with his mom and the room really scared him. He took one look into the room and spun around pointing at the door and screaming to everyone in the room “GET OUT, GET OUT NOW. GET OUT GET OUT GET OUT GET!”. It was pretty cute! Poor little guy was really scared. His mom took him out of the room instead of making him scream for the rest of the ride.
John and myself weren’t chosen as the 1000th person to become a resident in the Haunted Mansion. Which meant we had to leave for the hotel to get some sleep!
We had another magical day. The highlights would have to be Magical, spending my life savings on Vinylmation, and the little child screaming at people to get out of the Haunted Mansion.
We have one more day in Disneyland Resort and we are going to make it count! Please join me as I go through our last day in the Disneyland Resort experiencing Mickey’s Soundsational Summer!
Welcome to my soundsational trip report! This time Duffy is allowing me to write the trip report, he’s still a bit sunburned from the trip. Our trip mainly focused on experience the new attractions (Star Tours and Ariel’s Undersea Adventure) along with new entertainment (Mickey’s Soundsational Parade). Also watching Magical for the first time as well! We knew it was going to be busy so we planned accordingly. We did a total of three days in Disneyland Resort (June 18th-20th).
To keep in spirit with Mickey’s Soundsational Summer here is some great Disney music to tap your feet to while you join me on this trip report!
We arrive at the main gates to Disneyland around 7:30am. We know that Star Tours was going to have a massive wait time and the Fast Passes would be gone relatively quickly. They let us enter the park around 7:50am. The Star Tours line was on the right side of Main Street and almost went as far back as the front gates. The start of the line was at the end of Main Street, so it looked worse than it actually was. We had a nice lady in front of us say the best way is to have one person stand in line and another go grab Fast Passes. That’s exactly what we did! Except we didn’t anticipate the line would move extremely quick. John grabbed fast passes but the line moved so quick that he couldn’t find me before I got inside. I had to ride this one myself.
Didn’t get to see much of the queue area since the line was moving so quickly but they did have a huge screen playing advertisements to visit other planets for your vacation. There were also two droids that were there for comic relief. The new and improved Star Tours is a must do for your next visit to Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort (Hollywood Studios). They really out did themselves this time and it is top notch entertainment. The 3D was well done (I jumped a couple times and I never do that) and the multiple outcomes (56 in total) ensure that your flight is never the same.
Since I rode it myself, John was waiting outside for me with is Fast Passes. They were for 9:30-10:30 so we had some time to wait before we could ride it again. The queue was already up to about 60mins by the time I got out. I maybe waited 20mins total. If you want to ride with minimal wait time, get there well before the park opens so you can line up on Main Street.
Next we did two of our favorite attractions. Space Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean. Both had very little wait times since most people were in line for Star Tours. By that time our Fast Passes were up for Star Tours again. Thankfully the FP line wasn’t long by this point and we waited about 10mins. We got to enjoy the droids and their comic relief this time.
Now that we were done with Star Tours for the day (We’re not ones to wait 60+ mins for an attraction, no matter how awesome) we headed on over to Disney California Adventure to ride Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. The park was already open by this point so the line to get through the gates was quick. There’s a lot of construction going on so we had to walk around by Soarin’ (grabbed a FP while we passed) and Grizzly River Run. The park is going to look a lot better once they complete all the construction.
The standby time was about 15 mins, but it was long enough to enjoy the fine detail of the outside. My favorite is the shells they have in the cement. It adds that one more touch of detail that makes it “Disney quality” in my opinion. Instead of explaining all the fine detail, I’ll just show you!
The attraction itself was cute (especially if you enjoy The Little Mermaid) and the technology that went into the attraction really makes it shine. It’s a typical storybook attraction that takes you through the story of The Little Mermaid. How they made the hair look like it was actually waving around in water was impressive.
Once we were done we headed off to Paradise Pier to get myself a new set of Mickey Mouse Ears!
Then we headed off to Soarin’ with our Fast Passes and then had a quick bite to eat at Grill Pilots right next door. Once we were done with our meal we decided to head back to Disneyland and get ourselves a Fast Pass for Splash Mountain. While we waited for our Fast Pass we rode The Haunted Mansion (always a favorite) and Winnie The Pooh. Then it was off to Splash Mountain. The ride itself was great and we didn’t get too wet. But there were some kids on our log that were disrespectful, one of them threw a water bottle into the water at the end of the attraction and thought it was funny. I kindly told a Cast Member about the bottle and they said they would get someone to grab it.
Before we headed out we wanted to find the Club 33 entrance. It wasn’t that hard to find but it was a treat to just see it. If I had the money I would join that club in a heart beat (after being on the wait list for years once they reopen it).
After all that excitement we decided to head back to the hotel to rest. We were planning on staying right until midnight so having a small break in the middle wasn’t a bad idea. It was nice to get out of the sun and recharge a little bit. Before heading back we had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and I had my favorite cheesecake….
After that we headed back to Disneyland Park and got ourselves a great spot for Mickey’s Soundsational Parade right on Main Street. It was the 6pm performance so they were going up Main Street this time.
Once the crowd cleared we headed back over to California Adventure to ride a few more attractions. We got went on Toy Story Mania, California Screaming (got there just before the closed) and Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. As usual I won on Toy Story Mania!
By the time we were done all those attractions it was dark and it was time to check out elecTRONica and Flynn’s Arcade. I’m a huge electronic music fan so this is always a treat for me.
We then got ourselves a nice spot for the second showing of Fantasmic! It wasn’t the best spot but it was still good. I’ve only seen Fantasmic! in Walt Disney World so this was a treat to see the differences! I have to say I enjoy the Disneyland version a bit more.
Our first day in Disneyland was busy and full of new shows and attractions but it was well worth it! Star Tours, Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, and Mickey’s Soundsational Parade were the highlight of the day! There’s still two more days of Disney to come! So please come back and join us on our 2nd and 3rd days at the Disneyland Resort!
Good day and welcome to the last day of our trip to Disneyland! My name is Duffy the Disney Bear and I will be taking you through our last full day in the Happiest Place on Earth! Chris One mentioned something about helping me write this final part of the report but I insisted that I didn’t need any help! Let’s being shall we?
Once again I woke up before both of the Chris’. When they finally woke up we all decided that we enjoyed the Carnation Cafe so much the day before that we would have breakfast there once more! We arrived right as the park opened and we didn’t race everyone to the attractions but we went right to the Cafe to beat the line up!
Chris One shared his French Toast with Cream Cheese Frosting, and it was absolutely fantastic! It was a taste bud overload. While waiting for the guys to finished eating their breakfast I took some photos of random things around our table. Being a small bear we don’t have to eat very much.
All of us wanted to ride Space Mountain, Pirates, and Haunted Mansion one last time for our trip. We rode them all and had a blast doing so. I was a bit sad knowing that I won’t be riding them for a while. Once we did those we did a little window shopping. Chris One and Two wanted to look at things they wanted so no time would be wasted when we bought everything at the end of the day. Chris One was looking at a fancy new iPad Case that had my best friend on the cover! Chris Two was looking at clothes for his adorable son! It was rather relaxing just looking at all the shops.
After we went and hung out in Toon Town for a bit and took some photos. My best friend likes to have his picture in hidden places everywhere. He’s so silly. I should see if I can hide pictures of me around the parks for people to find!
It was about 10am and we headed over to California Adventure to ride Soarin’, but once again I had to go into the backpack and under the seat, so I never did get to see much. But I did smell oranges and pine trees. One of these days I’ll be big enough to sit in the seats!
It was now time for lunch. Chris Two was craving hot dogs and there’s nothing better than Award Wieners! Chris Two swears that the birds in the area had it out for him. They were diving near his head the entire time we were eating. It was rather hilarious.
Now it was time to go and visit my big brother in Paradise Pier! Chris One was very excited to do so. When my big brother came up to us he was very happy to see me! He’s a bear of very few words so he gave me a kiss on the nose, typical. After the photos he whispered to Chris One to take good care of me. I’m a little brother I hear everything. I told my big brother that I would be back very soon to visit him.
After visiting both of the Chris’ wanted to head on Grizzly Rapids. I requested that I be put into the backpack again. I’m not a fan of wet fur. I could hear them yelling and screaming as they all got wet and I was perfectly dry in the backpack. I overheard them saying that Chris One was the driest of them all near the end. Then all of a sudden the geyser went and completely soaked Chris One head to toe. He went from the driest to the wettest.
Thankfully it was a nice hot day out. Both Chris’ decided to walk around a bit so they could at least dry off a tiny bit. They tried to stay in the sun as much as they could.
Once they were dry we all headed to the Blue Sky Cellar to check out what Disney has in store for Cars Land and the new Little Mermaid attraction. While looking at the displays I noticed something …..
We watched a movie about the new Cars Land and Little Mermaid Attraction. I cannot wait to come back and visit them. They look like so much fun.
Next up was shopping time! Chris and Chris both stocked up on items. Chris One bought a new iPad case, Vinylmations, and of course Pins. Chris Two got some clothes and other random Disney items. Once they were finished giving their next pay cheque to Disney they met up with their friend Jerry and headed for supper at the Taste Pilot’s Grill in California Adventure. I must say I’m a big fan of their burgers, if you want a good burger then make sure to head here!
Once we finished our delicious supper it was time for Jerry to head out. We told him we’d make sure to visit when were back! Next up was elecTRONica once again. This time we have video while we were enjoying our time in The Grid!
Before we got our spots for the fireworks we decided to hit up a few more attractions!
To cap off our wonderful trip to Disneyland we found a perfect spot in the middle of Main Street for the Remember … Dreams Come True fireworks! They were absolutely stunning, it was my first time seeing fireworks and I must say this was probably my favorite part of the entire trip! To top it all off I got to spend it with my two best friends Chris and Chris!
Thank you all for reading this very special trip report. It was my first one and I was super nervous.
Until next time everyone, remember … dreams do come true!
Your Best Friend
Duffy the Disney Bear
I was going to write this part of the trip report but Duffy had so much fun writing the day before. So I decided I’ll let him write them for the rest of the trip. He did ask me that I include some music again so you have a soundtrack to listen to while reading.
After a magical first day I could only imagine what our second day would bring! Little did my two best friends Chris and Chris know I was wide awake at 6am waiting for them to wake up. I was too excited to sleep. Finally they both woke up around 7am and got ready for the day. I asked Chris One what we were going to do for Breakfast and he said we were going to eat in the park! I was ever so excited for this.
We arrived at the park just before 8am and we were waiting with everyone on Main Street. I was very hungry by this point and wanted nothing more than to eat. Chris One and Chris Two wanted to ride Space Mountain before breakfast, so of course I went along for the ride. It did get my heart pumping for the day!
After we headed back to Main Street and got a table at the Carnation Cafe (we got there before it got super busy). Chris One ordered the Mickey Waffle with whipped cream and strawberries. He was kind enough to share it with me, it was delicious! I am a bit worried as to why they would make one of my best friends into a waffle, either way it was tasty!
We went on Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion after breakfast. Taking it easy so we don’t upset our stomachs after such a great breakfast. Also at least with these two rides I can sit beside my friends and actually see things! Unlike Space Mountain.
Once 10am rolled around we all headed over to California Adventure. The first thing we did was grab fast passes for Soarin’. By the time we got there shortly after 10 the line up was already at 30 minutes! I heard Chris One and Chris Two talking about something called California Screamin’ and how they were nervous to ride it. Well they are braver than I am that’s for sure! That was the next ride we all went on. I really didn’t have a choice in the matter, but I got to ride in Chris One’s backpack so I didn’t get to see much. It did sound like a lot of fun and from the photo they took it sure looked fun too.
Next up was Toy Story Mania. Now this had to be one of my favorite rides, why do you ask? It was because I got to wear these stylish glasses and shoot at other toys!
After that they wanted to head to Grizzly River Run. I’m not a fan of getting wet so I asked Chris One if I could ride this one in the backpack. From inside the backpack I heard everyone on the raft singing happy birthday half way through the ride. There were two other people celebrating their birthdays along with Chris Two. So they all ended up singing Happy Birthday while going down the river. The singing was replaced with screaming when I heard the water splash all over everyone and I was nice and dry in the backpack.
Both Chris’ got rather wet. I couldn’t help but to snicker to myself as I was bone dry! Once we were done it was time for Soarin’. Sadly I didn’t get to see anything, but it did sound like a lot of fun!
Now it was lunch time! Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill was on the menu for lunch today. Chris One had chicken tacos while Chris Two had something that was in a corn husk. I shared a little bit of the tacos and then I enjoyed myself in the nice warm California sun while I wanted for the two to finish eating.
It was mid afternoon and we were all pretty tired. We decided that having a nap at the hotel was in order. We were up pretty early and wanted to last until the parks closed!
After a quick 1.5 hour nap we headed back to California Adventure to check out the Aladdin Musical. It was very well done and I enjoyed the improv the Genie did with his dialog. Although I didn’t quite understand what a Charlie Sheen was and how it was winning. That was lost on me. Although both of the Chris’ found it to be quite hilarious. Did like the part where Genie referenced Angry Birds when he flicked Iago away, I’ve seen people playing that game on their fancy iPads and iPhones.
We then headed to Monster’s Inc. to check it out. I enjoyed it very much, it being one of my favorite Pixar films! Then it was time for supper. We decided on Taste Pilots’ Grill. I shared some of the burgers and fries they both ordered. I was bugging Chris One to get a World of Color cup but he didn’t want to.
We took some audio during elecTRONica, so you can listen to it while reading! If you’re listening to music already make sure you pause it, you don’t want to miss this! Also be mindful of the volume of your speakers, this may be LOUD! It was very loud there so I expect the recording to be just as loud!
After being converted back to our normal forms from Programs we headed back to Disneyland to try and catch Fantasmic! Sadly we got there a bit too late and the show was half over. I don’t think we read the times right or something. Either way we didn’t let this get us down! We rode Pirates, Haunted Mansion, and Big Thunder Mountain during the fireworks! Thankfully the lines weren’t very long since most people were watching the Fireworks.
After a very long and exciting day we decided to take the Monorail back to Downtown Disney. My feet were fine since I was in a backpack all day, but both Chris’ were saying their feet are extremely tired. Once we got back to Downtown Disney I fell asleep in Chris One’s backpack.
It was a fantastic day and I’m excited to share with you our last day in the parks. So please come back soon and read it!
Duffy the Disney Bear
Welcome to my special trip report from Disneyland! Normally I do the trip reports myself but Duffy insisted that he did this one for me. It was his first trip to Disneyland with his two bestfriends Chris One and Chris Two. So it was rather special to him. For this trip report Duffy will be taking over and he hopes that you enjoy!
Hello everyone! If you don’t know me my name is Duffy the Disney Bear! It was my first trip to Disneyland with my two best friends and I had a lot of fun. I’m here to share my trip report with you all. I really hope you enjoy it! Lets begin!
First off I decided I wanted to add some music while you read. I chose some of my favorite music from Disneyland. If you want to listen to any of it while listening please do!
The beginning of the trip I do not recall much since Chris One stuffed me inside his checked baggage. I was in there all day on March 2nd from what I remember. I slept most of the time. Thankfully he strapped me in his suitcase so I wouldn’t get banged around!
The next day we finally went to Disneyland! We woke up rather early and decided that we were going to eat at our hotel restaurant. After a nice filling breakfast we headed to our first day in Disneyland around 10am! It was such a nice day out, much better than the -40C we had back home in Saskatoon.
Chris One let me ride in his backpack. I poked me head out so I can see all the action, I wasn’t going to miss this! Our first stop was at Town Hall. I heard Chris One telling his friend Chris Two that they were going to get a Birthday Button for his birthday. There was actually a long line up and there was a huge group of Japanese girls who it was their first time in Disneyland.
First we headed over to Space Mountain and walked right on. I wasn’t allowed to sit beside Chris because they do not make Duffy sized restraints so I was put on the floor. It was my first time there and I could hear both the Chris’ laughing the entire time, it was a lot of fun even though I was on the floor!
After that we headed to Pirates of the Caribbean and walked right on! This time I was able to sit on the seat and see everything! I’m rather confused as to why if you had a ton of gold and coins why you would just sit on them? I’d take those to the bank as soon as I could! My fur did get a little wet too, I kept a small towel in the backpack with me (shhh Chris One doesn’t know) so I could dry off.
Next we all went to the Haunted Mansion. The stretching room scared me but Chris Two assured me that everything was going to be OK. Also someone should warn people about the crazy lady that cuts off the heads of her former husbands. After escaping that crazy lady and her wanting me to come stay with her we headed on over to Big Thunder Railroad. Again another ride that doesn’t have Duffy Sized seats so I had to sit on the floor. It did sound like a lot of fun and I could actually see, unlike Space Mountain. Then it was onto the Matterhorn. Why do these guys keep picking rides I can’t sit in properly?
For lunch we all headed to Tomorrowland and watched the Jedi Academy show. I tried to convince Chris One to let me participate but he said that I was too small and furry to do so. Maybe next year!
After lunch time we took it a bit easier and took a tour of Toontown. I wanted to go visit my best friends Mickey and Minnie but the lines were very long. I’ll give them a call later! After we treated ourselves to some Dole Whip right by the Enchanted Tiki Room!
The rest of the afternoon was spent going on Space Mountain, Pirates, and the Haunted Mansion multiple times. So much fun! I also snapped a few photos myself, I just took Chris One’s camera when he wasn’t looking!
Chris One purchased the World of Color picnic package online which got us food and Fast Passes for the World of Color show in California Adventure. Little does Disney know that I got to see the show for free, since they don’t charge Duffy bears for food or admission. No one tell them please!
Before we went to watch the show Chris One went and bought me a new outfit! It’s rather fitting isn’t it, coming from Canada and all. I’ll have to some how convince him to buy me some more outfits next time we go. After that we headed to Toy Story Mania in California Adventure. I got to sit between the two Chris’ and I watched them shoot pies, rings, darts, and various other items to get points! It looked like a lot of fun and I’m going to convince Chris One to let me play next time! As for who won, Chris won! (I have such a great sense of humor).
It was an hour before World of Color so we went and claimed out spots against the rails in the Blue Section. While Chris One wasn’t looking I took the video camera and shot a short video ….
What a great day with my two bestfriends Chris and Chris! Tomorrow is Day 2 in Disneyland! Please come back and read my next trip report!
Duffy the Disney Bear