Our second last day in Walt Disney World, can’t believe how fast the trip has gone by! Our aunty lives near the World and came to spend the rest of the time with us. She wasn’t in until the afternoon, so we spent our morning in Hollywood Studios. This time I made sure Duffy came along as well! Also here is some music for those that wish to add a little bit of extra magic to the Trip Report!
As soon as we got to Hollywood Studios the first thing on the list was getting FastPasses for Toy Story Mania. Before we did that we took the time to get our family photo!
As most know the Toy Story Mania FastPasses go rather quickly and you have to get them early. We got ours at around 10am and they were already for 1:30pm! At least we got em, you can’t complain with that!
The first attraction we did was Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster, my middle brother loves this ride and insisted we go on it! Once we were done attending Aerosmith’s concert next up was Twilight Zone Tower of Terror! My middle brother hasn’t been on this ride yet and was pretty nervous, we talked him into coming on to it. He almost didn’t go on when we were boarding the ride, but got him to sit between myself and my other brother. He immediately grabbed the handles and didn’t let go until the ride was finished. He concurqued his fear and had an absolute blast!
Everyone wanted to see the first showing of Beauty and the Beast, and it was about 15mins before they started allowing people to go into the theatre. We just went through all the shops and saw some pretty neat things ….
My brother also found a few pins to trade and is pretty close to completing a Hidden Mickey set! Once we killed enough time we went and got our seats for Beauty and the Beast.
Finally it was time to head over to Toy Story Mania and it was fun as expected. I’m glad there are a few rides that my mom can go on with everyone! Before we headed out to meet up with our Aunty my brothers and I wanted to ride Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster one more time! While on our way we ran into the actors that drive around down the street interacting with guests. The one woman was complimented me about my Duffy Ears and said that it takes a lot of courage to pull them off and that I wore them well!
After Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster it was time to head back to the Resort and meet up with our Aunty. It was a really hot and humid day so everyone wanted to have a shower. My brothers wanted to head to the pool and I took a nap while my mom went to go meet up with her sister. Once I woke up from my nap I went down to the pool and visited with my mom and aunty.
It was decided that we were all going to spend the evening in Downtown Disney and have a relaxing evening. My family really enjoyed Wolf Gang so we decided to eat there again. Thankfully this time the inside wasn’t -30 degrees. It was delicious as usual and we were all stuffed from our delicious meals!
My brother and I did more Pin Trading while we were there and found a couple of really good ones! My mom and aunty went off and did their own thing for a while in the World of Disney store. I was really tempted to buy all the CDs there that had music from the attractions and shows. I opted not to do so cause I would easily spend the rest of my money and didn’t feel like doing that just yet. The living statues were out again and we got a few more photos!
Ended up in DStreet again and I bought some more Vinylmations (Urban 7). I cannot go into that store and NOT come out with anything, it’s a curse I tell you! My brothers both bought some Marvel Hats as well. Overall it was a very relaxing evening and we didn’t have to worry about running from place to place. It was really nice to spend some time with our Aunty as well!
Everyone wanted to head back to the Resort early so we could get a good nights rest for our final day in Walt Disney World! Everyone was excited for our Wishes Dessert Party to end our vacation with a bang! We were also heading to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the morning!
Now onto our sixth day in Walt Disney World! We started off our day at the Magic Kingdom and rode Pirates. It was our first time getting “stuck” on an attraction. We were left at the very end and sat in our boat for about 10-15mins before we got moving again. Once we finally made it back to dry land we did a little Pin Trading. By this point my brother and I were on the search for very specific Hidden Mickey Pins! We lucked out and found two different pins here.
Next up was Splash Mountain, my middle brother absolutely loves this attraction and is by far one of his favourites now. As expected we tried to make some funny unoriginal photos.
Once we were done that we headed next door to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. My mom didn’t want to come on with and and decided to take sneaky photos of us while we were waiting in line. How she was able to spot us is beyond me.
Before we headed to Tomorrowland I had to take my family to have Dole Whip, it’s by far one of my favorite treats to have and cannot pass it up! We all ordered one and they all loved it! Once you have Dole Whip you’ll always be back for more.
On our way to Tomorrowland we ran into the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party. We watched it come down Main Street. Mickey did take note of my Duffy Ears I was wearing and complimented me on them! At least I thought he did.
Space Mountain was next up on the list! After everyone wanted to take a quick break and relax a bit. While we were sitting in Tomorrowland I was standing up and facing everyone. They started laughing at me for no real reason, I was drinking water so I thought I looked funny or something, I looked behind me and Stitch was behind me giving me bunny ears. When I caught him he pointed and laughed at me then ran away. Gotta love Stitch! On our way to Cinderella’s Castle we caught the talking garbage can! If you haven’t seen him before I suggest you do, it’ll be hilarious I promise!
Next was the Dream-Along with Mickey in front of Cinderella’s Castle! Thankfully there wasn’t very many people there so we got a very good view of the show! It was very cute and catchy. I’m not one to usually complain but there was a group of people who were yelling and screaming for no real reason near the castle and was making it a bit difficult to hear some of the dialog during the show. At first I thought they were maybe cheering for the show, then I saw they were not even watching at all. Either way I really enjoyed the show!
After the lively show in front of the castle we took the long way to Fantasyland, meaning we went to Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, of course I got the highest score (not that I’m bragging or anything). Everyone wanted to get a quick bit to eat before we headed to Epcot for our dinner reservation for Le Celier. We stopped at Pinocchio Village Haus. After that everyone wanted to check out it’s a small world. It’s one of those things you have to do at least once. Once we were done everyone said that once was definitely enough for them!
Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade was just starting as we got to Frontierland. We went to the same spot we watched The Main Street Electrical Parade a few days earlier (in front of The Liberty Tavern). I’m a huge fan of parades and we all rather enjoyed the parade. There was a young family beside us with daughter who was maybe two years old. When the Princesses were coming down the street she was waving to each and every one of them! It was incredibly adorable. The look on Ariel’s face was absolutely priceless. You can see it clearly in the video that I took! At around 4:11 you can see Chip pointing at me clapping for my Duffy Ears!
Now it was time for us to head over to EPCOT so we can make our 4:30pm reservation for Le Celier! The plan was to take the Monorail but when we got to the main gates of the Magic Kingdom we saw that the Monorail was down so we had to take the Ferry to the Tickets and Transportation Center and hop onto the Monorail there.
We made it just in time for our reservation, despite the slight detour we had to take. This is by far the most fanciest dinner any of us have ever had! Our waitress was from Calgary, Alberta! Which is only about 6 hours away from where we live!
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After our delicious and filling dinner everyone wasn’t up for riding any attractions so we decided to tour all the Pavilions at a slow pace until it was time for Illuminations. We made our way through all the shops in every Pavilion as we made our way around. Took some time to get our photo taken with Belle and her autograph in the France Pavilion. Right before we had our photo taken with her a child was running around near the water where he wasn’t supposed to be. Belle stayed in character and politely told the boy that he was not supposed to be there.
The Pavilions were everyone’s favourite part of all the parks! Being able to see all the different cultures was a lot of fun and having the Cast Members from each of those countries really make it that much more authentic!
It began to rain while we were in the Japan Pavilion. Hung out in the store for about 15mins to get the down pour finish. While we were there my brothers wanted to try some Japanese candy so I picked out my favourites (that I had when I lived in Japan). My favourite was Hi Chew and ended up buying a few packages of that for myself.
We had time for one attraction before we got a spot for Illuminations. Went and rode Maelstrom which luckily was only a 15min wait when we got there. Once we were finished it was up to 45 minutes. It was time to grab our spot for Illuminations and we got a nice view right outside of the Mexico Pavilion! We got our spot about 45 mins before the show and that was perfect timing!
Everyone loved the fireworks and said that they are going to have a hard time watching any other fireworks show that isn’t put on by Disney. They sure do spoil you with the shows! Before we left World Showcase my youngest brother wanted to buy a Poncho, so we went in there and got him one…
Once the poncho was in his possession we started making our way back to the buses. But before we left the park we had to see Spaceship Earth at least once! The family thought it was great and had a great laugh with the video that is made of you at the end. We then made our way to the bus and headed back to our Resort for the night!
Everyone had a fantastic day and could not stop talking about the exceptional dinner we at at Le Celier. We have never been the type of family to go out to high end dining so this was really a treat! My mom was blown away with the quality of the food and also the price we paid for the four of us! It was well worth it and it’s a memory that we will all carry with us for a very long time or until the next time we visit.
When we arrived back at the resort we were pleasantly surprised at what Mousekeeping had done to our room….
The next day we head back to Hollywood Studios and Downtown Disney! Also our Aunty joins us for the rest of our vacation, she is one of the lucky people that lives relatively close to Walt Disney World (I’m super jealous). Thank you for reading and cannot wait to share our last two days in Walt Disney World on our First Family Disney Vacation!
The only day that we leave the resort, and we have a very good excuse for this! My entire family are Harry Potter fans and there wasn’t anyway we were all going to be in Orlando and not go to Universal to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
We were only heading to Islands of Adventure since we knew we were going to spend the entire day at Harry Potter. Also everyone wanted to check out the Outlet Shopping once we were done.
The park opened at 9am so we were there right at opening so we could get as much time as we could there. We slowly made our way there and checked out the scenery as we made our way there.
We finally made it! There was much rejoicing and complete awh! We were all blown away at how real the entire area looked. This is definitely a must for Harry Potter fans! We walked down the street just looking at everything. The first place we went to was Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, before it got busy. Even being first thing in the morning, the area where everyone had to put their loose articles into lockers was a complete gong show. They could have done that a lot better in my opinion. But after that bit of frustration we walked through Hogwarts and my entire family loved it. It’s extremely detailed and gave me goosebumps of how real it looked!
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey was a fun ride but it gave our entire family motion sickness. Mainly the sections where you are in front of a screen. As a family we are all prone to motion sickness. It wasn’t enough to make anyone sick but enough to make us all a bit dizzy for a while. It was still incredibly enjoyable and worth it to ride at least once!
Once our heads were clear my youngest brother and I went to Dragon Challenge, twice! We rode both sides and it was one heck of a ride! The queue was very detailed and Mom walked through the queue just to see everything.
You can’t visit Harry Potter and not have Butterbeer. The entire family got some ice cold Butterbeer and hung out in the Owlery while we enjoyed them!
Olivander’s Wand shop was next! We waited about 30mins to see the wand show, which was very neat to see! Once the show was done we headed into the store to look at wands. They had wands for all the main characters and also non-wizard specific wands. It was very tempting to purchase one of these magnificent wands but I personally have no use for it and not enough room at home to put it anywhere. The robes and sweaters were a bit over priced for my taste so I passed on those too. Finally decided on a Gryffindor lanyard for $10.
Everyone was very hungry by this point and figured we would eat at the Three Broomsticks. The inside was very authentic and you felt like you were actually there. Our family decided on the Feast for $50. It included Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Roasted Vegetable, Ribs, and Potatoes. It was extremely delicious and everyone enjoyed it very much. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good meal while visiting!
To allow our food to settle we went back to Hogwarts and instead of riding Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey we simply walked down another line so we could slowly walk through Hogwarts and check out everything! You just ask the person at the entrance to Hogwarts and they will point you to another line that is just for walking through Hogwarts. We got some great photos and my mother absolutely loved it! It’s worth the time to go through there instead of quickly running through the queue.
Once we were finished that it was rather busy in that area of the park so it was decided to check out the rest of Universal Studios Islands of Adventure. But before leaving I had to get myself another Butterbeer, frozen this time…
Everyone was pretty tired from being in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter all day that we just simply walked through and checked out everything instead of going on rides. We did stop at the bridge that over looks Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw and both my brothers and I spent about $3 worth of quarters to spray the people on the attraction that didn’t get wet at the end. One guy didn’t look too impressed since he was bone dry before we soaked him! It was quite the laugh we had!
Before leaving my youngest brother and I were brave enough to go on The Incredible Hulk Roller coaster. It goes so fast that before you figure out which way is up the ride is already over. It’s still great fun and the wait time was only 5 minutes!
We had a great time at Universal and visiting Harry Potter was obviously the highlight of the day since we spent most of our day there. It was everything we thought it would be and more. It was well worth the time and money!
Before heading back to the Resort we went back to the Outlet Malls to pick up more clothes. It’s hard to resist great deals that we can’t get back home. I got to have Starbucks, which everyone knows you can’t get while staying on property. Overall it was an excellent day, even though it was hot and humid and we were all sweaty.
That’s it for our adventure to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! The next day we are heading back to the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. We have our second table service in EPCOT at Le Celier! Make sure to come back for all the juicy details!
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!