WDW trip report. October 2011, first ever visit and 5th wedding anniversary.
Wednesday October 26th, 2011
After a fun ride on the Haunted Mansion we walked around Liberty Square for a bit. I found this area of the park really interesting mostly because it’s an area we do not have locally at Disneyland, see things that are new to us was a big part of this trip so I wanted to take some time to enjoy the lands. The day was turning out to be fairly warm, the clouds have gone by this point and the humidity is picking up so we thought it was a good time to go for a ride on Splash Mountain. Again, this is a ride that I don’t go on often back home but I wanted to experience everything I could to compare the differences. I actually think the side by side seating compared to Disneyland’s single line seating was very cool. We did end up thoroughly soaked by the end which is okay, we did go on a water ride after all.
Quickly drying in the Florida sun we made our way over to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, another one of my favorite rides back home. One of the things I really enjoyed about this queue is some of my views! The ride was very fun as always. Walking around the park taking in some of the sights I thought it would be a great time for a snack…. One that I was really, REALLY looking forward to, a Dole Whip Float. There is just something incredibly tasty about the pineapple soft serve mixed with fresh pineapple juice, I’m almost drooling just thinking about it.
|The view from the Big Thunder Mountain queue|
|Dole Whip Float|
Also while we were in the area I wanted to meet Aladdin and Jasmine but when we finished our Dole Whips they are just left and would be back in about an hour, so we decided to take a ride on Pirates of the Caribbean. I went into this ride having heard on podcasts that it was quite different from the one in Disneyland and they were not kidding. The single drop instead of two, fewer rooms.. It was still an enjoyable ride and we had a good time.
|Outside Pirates of the Caribbean|
|Waiting to meet Aladdin and Jasmine|
Now, I am a fan of meeting characters. I have an autograph book and I love to get pictures with them. I often ask myself if this is seen as strange with me being an adult and all but decided that I was okay with it. When I walk through the gates at any Disney park I automatically feel like a kid so, in my head, meeting characters is part of the excitement and fun. Aladdin and Jasmine were so awesome! I had a Jafar pin on my lanyard (other aspect of a day at Disney that I really love!) which Aladdin pretended to take and throw away saying he didn’t think I needed that one. I said it was okay because Jafar is in a bowling pin so we get to throw heavy objects at him, he responded with “Oh! Just like Abu throws apples at him!” I love conversations like this with cast members and characters; it always brings a big smile to my face and is part of what makes Disney parks special to me. (Sorry to go on with such detail but these things are some of my favorite moments that I hope everyone can experience once.)
|Aladdin and Jasmine were awesome!|
We then decided to head back over to Tomorrowland for another ride on Space Mountain and to check out Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor. Both Andy and I really enjoyed the Laugh Floor, we were amazed at the interaction between the monsters and the audience. It was another thing I am glad we checked out. We spent some time at the point to walk around, check out a few shops and I did some pin trading with Cast Members. I was realizing that we had not stepped foot inside Fantasyland yet and I, at the very least, wanted to walk through and see what was there. As I knew it would be, it was the most crowded area in the Magic Kingdom so we didn’t actually ride much. We went on It’s A Small World and watched Mickey’s Philharmagic. I truly loved Philharmagic! The music of Disney movies is something that sticks with me like most people and the films featured in this show are the ones I remember most from growing up, I’m such a softy when it comes to these memories that I’ll admit that I even teared up just a little.
|Inside Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor|
|Riding Space Mountain|
Starting to realize we were getting hungry we made our way across the park to where we had planned on eating dinner. We took a quick stop on the way to check out the Country Bear Jamboree. This is yet another thing that brings back memories of being a kid, going to Disneyland and watching the Jamboree with my mom and dad. Our favorite bear was always Big Al and to see him singing the same old song (Blood on the Saddle) really made me feel like a kid again. I love that kind of magic that Disney has.
|Country Bear Jamboree|
Being on the Dining Plan and having used a table service meal that morning we chose to go to a counter service location that evening. Based on a lot of the good things I read on the forums and heard on podcast (such as Lou Mongello’s WDW Radio.) we chose to go to Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café.
Pecos Bill’s was where we experienced a very cool bit of Disney awesomeness. While waiting to get our food the lovely CM helping us out noticed our Anniversary buttons, asked how long we have been married, it was very nice. She then looked at one of the other CM’s and asked with a smile “should I do it?” The other CM’s response was “Sure! It’s been a bit dull around here.” That of course made Andy and I look at each other, a little confused on what was going on. At this point the CM shouts loudly to the whole restaurant “Everyone, can I have you attention? Every day is a special day in the Magic Kingdom but we’ve got Andy and Jennifer here who are celebrating their five year wedding anniversary. Now on the count of three I want you all to give them your loudest and rowdiest Yee- Haw! One! Two! Three!” And everyone in the restaurant yelled Yee-Haw really loud. Needless to say Andy and I were both a little embarrassed but, at the same time, we thought it was really cool that they would make a special announcement for us.
We got our food and went to find a place to sit. Andy got the Deluxe 1/3-Pound Angus Cheeseburger that he added sautéed mushrooms to from the fixin’s bar and fries that he added the cheese sauce to. I had the Taco Salad which was perfect for me, it comes with seasoned beef in a taco shell and you can add anything you want to it. I kept it simple with just lettuce and cheese, it was so good. We both got a chocolate cake and chocolate chip cookies they gave us for our anniversary. The chocolate cake was REALLY chocolaty, and that is really saying something for me. The meal was really good overall, both of us enjoyed it very much.
|Andy's burger and fries|
|My Taco Salad|
|Very chocolaty Chocolate Cake|
We walked around a bit more, looked in a few shops, and then decided we should try to get s good place to view the Electrical Parade from. When we got to Main Street it was already fairly crowded but we found just enough space for the two of us very close to the curb. I love the Electrical Parade! I remember seeing this as a kid with my family, the music is such a classic tune and always brings an excitement in my opinion. It was awesome to see it.
|Oh good grief!|
|A nice one|
|Okay fine.. We're strange|
|I love these guys|
We jumped right into the crowd while the parade was passing to get a decent spot for the fireworks. We ended up at a really good spot with an awesome view of the castle, I was so excited. However.. Before the fireworks show they do “The Magic, the Memories and You” show on the castle. I was interested to check out this show but this is where I ran into my first major dislike. While the very large castle was very noticeable from where we were, the images they project onto it for this show were small and hard for me to see, so I found myself not really enjoying it like I hoped. We also were standing next to a group of individuals that included Disney workers who talked almost the whole show about how it was put together and everything they thought was wrong with it. I found this very rude and was ready to move to another spot by the time the show was over. Luckily we were able to move a bit closer and just enjoy the fireworks for what they were. I thought “Wishes” was a very pretty show and liked it a lot.
|Such a magical day!|
Overall it was everything I was hoping my first day in Walt Disney World would be!
Coming soon… EPCOT.