Linda and Jill's Excellent Adventure
My big sis and I went to WDW last week and had a ball. For two old ladies, we did pretty well.....
Arrived Tuesday (Nov 10) We got the PERFECT room at Pop Century in the 80's building. Ground floor, facing a parking lot, and VERY quiet. We were a short hop away from the bus stops – a big thing after a tiring day in the parks.
We headed to Disney Hollywood Studios for the debut of the Osborne Family Christmas Lights. Fabulous, but I still miss the houses on the backlot tour. After the lighting, we tried to find a place to grab a bite of dinner. It was only 6:30 p.m. and I suggested we try Backlot Express. To our stunned surprise, we found it had closed at 5:30 p.m. With a whole park full of people, they were shut down???? We headed back to our resort where we grabbed something at the food court. I know all about getting ADR's, but I simply can’t know ahead of time what I will be hungry for and what day I will be in which park.
Wed (Nov 11) – It was HARD to get out of bed. We had walked a lot the night before, and the stress of traveling hit us like a ton of bricks. Weather was overcast and rain was predicted for later in the day. We headed for EPCOT and arrived at park opening. We rode Soarin’ and my sister LOVED it. I never get tired of it. We got FP and rode it again after Living with the Land.
Got lucky at Living Seas when we lined up for Turtle Talk with Crush. This particular CM did a wonderful job interacting with the kids. I never laughed so much in my life when Crush was asking one child if his mother had laid eggs in the sand like turtles do. A little girl piped up that they cut her mom's tummy open. The look on Crush's face was priceless - TMI.
After scoring some popcorn, we headed back to the hotel for a much-needed nap. We returned to EPCOT that evening, this time touring World Showcase. Light rain and cold air was settling in, but we had a nice dinner at Tangierine Cafe and then took our tired old selves back to the resort where we crashed and burned.
Thurs. (Nov 12) – Dragged ourselves out of bed and headed to Magic Kingdom for early entry. Weather was rainy, gloomy, and cold, but we soldiered through. Had best lunch EVER at Kona Café with REAL coffee. We hate Nescafe Coffee - yuck and double-yuck. My sister tasted it for the first time, and you would have thought she'd swallowed a toad. We both enjoyed the Kona coffee at lunch, and wished we could take a gallon or two back with us. After touring the deluxe hotels to see their holiday decorations, we headed back to the hotel for a nap. That evening we went to Downtown Disney to shop for souvenirs. It was great and we truly enjoyed walking around. Weather was cool, but the rain had stopped.
Fri. (Nov 13) – We’re actually feeling pretty good today – feet, legs and back have finally stopped hurting. We went to Animal Kingdom – weather was beautiful and we truly enjoyed our half day there. My sister's favorite attraction was It's a Bug's Life, with the Kilimanjaro Safari a close second. We caught the bird show - always a big favorite. Had lunch at Flame Tree BBQ with a stunning view of Mount Everest. Our pork sandwiches were a little on the fatty side.
After our nap in the afternoon, we got up and went back to Hollywood Studios to catch Toy Story Mania - a FABULOUS ride and one my sister raved about. Weather was cool, but pleasant. Great way to wrap up our trip.
Sat. (Nov. 14) – got up and checked out of our room, then headed back to Kona Café for a great breakfast with REAL coffee. Took a boat ride to Wilderness Lodge so my sis could see the unique interior.
Got lectured by the captain of the boat for sticking my arm outside as we cruised along. I was wearing a poncho that the wind caught and made it look like my arm was sticking out of the boat. Felt bad because he was really glaring at me, but didn't feel it was worth it to argue with him.
Had a nice walk around the pool area where the local ducks had settled in for the day. Got back on the boat (same grumpy captain) and headed back to our resort to wait for the airport shuttle.
A truly memorable trip!