Monday, June 27, 2011
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
When I landed at MCO, Kyle had already landed, and we were in different terminals. A few texts and a phone call later (the first of many times that I proved I have no mental map), and we found each other. Yes, I felt awkward at first because it’s me, and I’m self conscious, but by the time we got to Disney’s Magical Express (the DME), everything felt natural. Laughter, smiles, and conversation were flowing quite nicely. In that year+ of chatting, we really had gotten to know each other.
A quick bus ride to Port Orleans Riverside Resort
Thanks to Tracy for insisting that we text her a pic of us on the bus. This is one of my favorite shots from the whole trip. Look how happy we are! Such genuine smiles! :D
and we were checking into our room! I had secretly called and put our celebration of Kyle’s birthday (it’s June 27th) on our room reservation as well as our dining reservations, so he had a birthday button waiting for him, and we got an amazing room! First floor, near a quiet pool, just around the corner from a bus stop, and not too far from the front of the resort. I don’t think we could have asked for anything better. The front desk staff was super friendly.
On the beautiful walk to our room, we excitedly pointed out the boating areas, main pool, and gorgeous paths. I also showed myself in true Joanna-form, and exclaimed, “Look! A duck!” Kyle asked where, and my response was a quick, “never mind! Not a duck! Just kidding! Just kidding!” Yeah, I had mistakenly pointed out a tree stump to him. *red face* We laughed about that most of the trip and constantly pointed out “ducks” from that point on.
We didn’t take long to settle in our room and head to the bus stop to go to Magic Kingdom. After all, our luggage was going to be delivered in a few hours, so really it was shedding a carryon item or two and heading out. I do remember thinking that the double sinks were great and the room was super spacious.
By the time we arrived in Magic Kingdom, Kyle was already hearing “Happy Birthday!” nonstop thanks to the button he was wearing, and as soon as we entered the Magic Kingdom, a Cast Member (CM) sang happy birthday backwards to him.
Thanks to all our voters, we headed straight to the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover for our first attraction of the trip.
The ride was peaceful, allowed us to chat some, and had a nice breeze. It was a perfect start to an awesome trip.
At some point we stopped for lunch at Pecos Bill’s which was good but fairly generic. Mostly it was about getting quick food and getting going on the fun! Outside of Pecos Bill’s I got “cookied”. Ya see, when you wear a birthday button, CM’s are constantly calling out “Happy Birthday!” and sometimes there are some perks. When we passed one CM, he gave the birthday call, and tossed a cookie to Kyle. What he didn’t realize was super uncoordinated Joanna was between said CM & Kyle, and I totally got hit by a cookie! From that point on I took a step back when CM’s started to speak to Kyle.
From there we embarked upon a whirlwind of activity! That afternoon and evening we rode It’s a Small World, the Haunted Mansion (got stuck on it 3 times but I wasn't too freaked out since Kyle was there), Peter Pan’s Flight, Pirates of the Caribbean, Carousel of Progress, Space Mountain, and Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin (Kyle majorly beat me which for some reason made me decide he was a "Planetary Pirate"). I don’t think I’m missing any…
First of many pictures of Kyle where I said "hey Kyle, go stand by ____!" or "hey Kyle, put this hat on!" and he sweetly obliged while I snapped a photo. He really was a good sport about it. (Of course I haven't posted the Duffy hat photo yet...)
Our first sit-down dinner was in Liberty Square at the Liberty Tree Tavern where we discovered that if I went to wash my hands in the bathroom, they would immediately call us for our table. ;-) The food was good, but it was not my favorite meal of the trip despite the fact that they sang to Kyle (who was starting to twitch nervously every time they came to sing to anyone around us). The beef was more tasty that the turkey and the sides were fairly good. Probably not a place I'd choose to go again. My favorites tended to be much more entertaining or have more out of the ordinary food.
Our evening also included the Magic, Memories, & You Castle projection show. This was my first video of the trip, and I’m not sure what the clicking noise is, so ignore it, and you can get a bit of an idea what the show was like. I really liked it was impressed with the precision of the projections.
Wishes, the fireworks show, followed shortly after, and while we got stuck behind a tree, it was still beautiful. Yes, I quietly sang along. Doesn't everyone do that?
We ended the night with a few more attractions, but we were both totally beat. We’d both gotten up around 5 that morning, and bed was sounding really good. Once we got to the room, we unpacked a little and pretty much passed out.
Hopefully Kyle will add his take and some extra details in the comments section in a while. No matter what I write, I don't think I can fully describe how amazingly fun this trip was from start to finish. Those of you who followed our tweets got a better idea I think. :)
Next post: We’ll head over to Hollywood Studios, enjoy a night with Yehaa Bob, and I’ll share what surprise we woke to on our second morning! Trip report posts will be posted about every 2 days, so be sure to come back soon!
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Aside from the random things we looked forward to (napkins, no stress, no work calls, etc), we often mentioned a favorite ride, a fireworks show, the feeling you get walking down Main Street, USA, or a meal we would share. Every single day there has been something to look forward to! Sometimes mine were based on what I dreamed about the night before, but usually it was whatever popped into my head that morning.
So today I’ll countdown some of the things I’m most looking forward to:
1. Meeting Kyle! I have to put that tops on my list because, well, it’s going to be greatness. :)
3. I LOVE trading Vinylmation and can’t wait to run into shops, trade real fast, and dart back out. I have trading down to a quick art, and I even have 4-5 Vinylmations all waiting to be traded!
4. Magic Kingdom: riding Astro Orbitor & Jungle Cruise at night, seeing the Haunted Mansion queue updates, Wishes, Peter Pan’s Flight, & the smile that never leaves my face as soon as I get there!
5. Epcot: Spaceship Earth, Illuminations, the 3 Caballeros, Maelstrom, the bakery in France (YUM!!!), and the World Showcase in general. Debating drinking around the World a bit even. :)
6. Disney’s Animal Kingdom: exploring more, the shows, the safari, the shade!
7. Disney’s Hollywood Studios: riding Tower of Terror & Rockin Roller Coaster, beating Kyle at Toy Story Midway Mania (hehe!), and seeing all the Star Wars fun!
8. Downtown Disney: SHOPPING! Ghirardelli ice cream sundaes!
9. Port Orleans Riverside: having a new resort to explore & being close enough to walk to Port Orleans French Quarter for fresh beignets.
10. The food, all of it! I swear I could eat myself into a coma there. Of course I say that and then the heat makes me not so hungry! Hahaha! I can’t wait to try the new places we’ve picked to eat and to try a Dole Whip for the first time.
When it comes down to it, these are only the tip of the iceberg of what I’m looking forward to on my trip. My “looking forward to’s” change often. I mean, Walt Disney World trips in general have me smiling the whole time (even riding the bus “home” at night).
Lastly, remember how on the last trip I swore I’d never ride Dinosaur again? I made a deal with Kyle that if he’d ride Tower of Terror with me, one of my absolute favorite rides and a big fear for him, that I’d get on Dinosaur again. I was shocked when he responded with “Deal.” Whoops. ;-) So I’m not sure if I’m looking forward to that or not, but I guess it’s not just the wee kids you have to worry about being scared of rides!
This will be my last post until we get back from our trip (then you'll all be treated to a full on Trip Report!), but the fun doesn’t stop here! Follow us @goddessofmath and @Drantis82 on Twitter to stay updated on our WDW adventure! I promise to post lots of pics!
(Remember, you don't have to log on to Twitter to see what people are saying. Just click on the links & check it out. I update on Twitter way more than Facebook while at WDW.)
**Remember, we still need you to vote on what attraction we should ride first! The Haunted Mansion & Jungle Cruise are so close! Vote in the poll to the right, and we’ll hop on that ride as soon as we get to Magic Kingdom (after I trade a Vinylmation of course)!**
Friday, June 03, 2011