Monday, January 28, 2013

Retro Rewind: Magic Kingdom 1995

Check out my trip to the Magic Kingdom during Spring Break in 1995. I'm with my mom, little brother and our family's foreign exchange student from Japan who was working there as part of the Disney College Program.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Hear us on the WDW Radio Podcast

If you remember from my trip reports for our 3rd anniversary trip and our cruise on the Disney Dream that we won the chance to have lunch with Lou Mongello. Well the episode is up and available for your listening pleasure. You can listen here or you can subscribe through iTunes and listen there.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Thursday's Treasures: Birthday Wish List

My birthday is next month (I'm turning 30! AHHHHHHH!) and as it is I know there are people out there who probably haven't thought about what they should get me (you know who you are.....) So here's a list to help you out.

Gift cards: FEED THE HABIT!

A new camera: My current camera has been good for the 2.5 years I've had it, but it's received a lot of wear and tear. Plus I would like to move up to a full DSLR camera which would give me more flexibility for taking pictures, especially when we go to places like Disney World. I've heard good things about the Canon Rebel series and think that would be a good camera to move up to.

The last thing I would like for my birthday is a chance to celebrate and be with my friends and family. We're going up to my in-laws the weekend of my birthday for our annual trip to the casino to gamble and eat at the AMAZING buffet. My mother-in-law's birthday is the day after mine so it allows my husband and my father-in-law to celebrate both of our birthdays in one weekend and I think that's great. We'll hang out with them and see other family and friends who live up in that area as well. But you know me, I'm a Disney nut and therefore dream big. I told my husband last year that all I wanted for my birthday this year was the chance to celebrate turning 30 in Walt Disney World. I know we can't go for my actual birthday as we were just there last month (and the cruise the month before that) but we're hoping to go in late spring as a belated birthday trip. I'd love to go when we have friends going at the same time and while we're there to have like a meal at one of the restaurants and have them join us. (Hope I know you are reading this, I blame Mike for this!) We also have friends who are local to WDW and I would love to have them there too. I love going to WDW, especially with my husband but I've found that we have even more fun when we get the chance to hang out with friends. Somehow it makes each trip more memorable and magical. 

Of course coordinating that would probably be momentous but I can dream right?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Our 3rd Anniversary at WDW: Part 7

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Our last day started off differently than most, I let Chauncey sleep in while I went to the Magic Kingdom by myself. There was still the threat of rain so I left both my scooter and boot behind (which turned out to be a good decision, it poured again that day and I would have gotten the scooter and boot soaked). I arrived at the park at rope drop and got myself breakfast at the Main Street Bakery. Then I just wandered taking pictures and doing a few attractions.

I rode the TTA

I saw PUSH!

Construction continued on the 7 Dwarves Mine Train

The Barnstormer

It's A Small World

And the Hall of Presidents

I also caught the end of the "Dream Along With Mickey" stage show

While waiting for Chauncey to arrive I hung out around town square and saw the Trolly show

Chauncey finally showed up about the same time that the "Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It" street party came out

We had an ADR for lunch but needed to kill a little more time so we played another game of Sorcerer's  of the Magic Kingdom

If you remember from my report on our cruise on the Disney Dream we won a raffle prize that included lunch with Lou Mongello at Sci-Fi Dine In. Unfortunately Sci-Fi didn't have ANY openings while we were there so we substituted and went to Tony's Town Square instead. We ended up doing a dining review that Lou recorded for his show and will appear in a future podcast. So stay tuned! It was an awesome meal, Lou is so much fun to talk to about not only Disney but other stuff. 

After lunch was over we bit farewell to Lou and Chauncey and I went a got our wristbands for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. We always end our trip with going to the Christmas party if we can help it. I can't really get into the Christmas spirit without it!

Of course we saw Mickey and Minnie

The first showing of the parade was going on so instead of fighting the crowds we decided to go see the princesses and their men

I wanted to see Scrooge McDuck and he was meeting back in Fantasyland so we walked back that way. The fireworks started and we found that the courtyard area between the carousel and the entrance to New Fantasyland is a great spot for fireworks. You won't be able to see the stuff that takes place only in front of the castle but the large fireworks literally surround you where we were.

Uncle Scrooge noticed our anniversary buttons and wanted to know why I had married Chauncey and not him. I told him I married for love and not for money but if anything ever happened to Chauncey he'd be the first person I call ;-)

After seeing Uncle Scrooge we went over to Frontierland and got a spot for the 2nd showing of the parade. There's usually good spots near The Country Bears, plus the parade starts in Frontierland so once it passes you can take off and do something else, you don't wait as long as those over on Main Street.

We were able to squeeze in a ride on Haunted Mansion and Buzz Lightyear before calling it quits and going back to our room to pack.