Simple Pleasures

May 27, 2009

Who says you need to spend a lot of money to have fun. As I said before Isaac’s favorite ‘ride’ at Disney World was the slide in the play area near Splash Mountian. He had fun at the water park, but he would have had just as much fun in the hotel pools or even the bath tub. So I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that one of the favorite toys that we took along on the trip was the beach ball that I got at the dollar store, followed a close second by his sand bucket and shovel (also from the dollar store). Even the adults got in on the  fun.

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We took Wednesday off from the parks and hit an outlet mall and Downtown Disney instead (this is where we actually found the book we wanted). We also had HUGE ice cream sundaes, but I don’t have the picks yet.

Thursday we went to MGM and Epcot (ah…the joys of a park hopper). Again we hit MGM right at park opening and headed straight for the Tower of Terror (my personal favorite) and Rockin’ Roller Coaster. Jason rode each one once, at my insistence, then we headed off to enjoy the slower rides in the park. I really wanted to see the Lights, Motors, Action stunt show since we missed it last time and we planned our day around hitting that (our usually ride till you’re sick strategy does not allow for taking in these timed shows that only present two to three times a day since you usually have to be there 30 – 45 min early to get a seat, and come on, that is good rollercoaster/ride time). It was cool, especially since it involved a lot of sitting and we could eat our lunch while waiting. By now, Jay and I had abandoned the camera (we’re bad for taking it and not using it) and I don’t have all of Steven’s pictures yet so none to share. We did get a picture of the mouse eared water tower on the back lot tour though (just to prove we were there…lol)

Early afternoon, we headed to Epcot. Again there are a couple ‘big’ rides I can’t do there, but Space Ship Earth was open (it was closed in Aug) and the up grades where cool and had Jay and I laughing (at the end of your tour you answer a few questions and they do a little animated story using your pictures pasted on cartoon bodies…it was fun). We also went to do Nemo Under the Seas, which we skipped last time in favour of cooler big kid rides. It too was neat, there is an interactive part at the end where you can talk to Crush the turtle, it was pretty cool. Then we headed off to the France pavilion for a quick bite as we had already devoured our packed lunches in MGM and it was getting later in the day.

On of my favorite things about the Disney parks is the atmosphere…no body does it quite like disney. My favorite in all the parks is the intricately carved and painted shrubs, here are a couple from Epcot.

Magic Kingdom

March 20, 2008

   We went to Magic Kingdom on Tuesday. We didn’t realize that there was a Princess/Pirate party that night, which means that the park closes at 19h00 and you need to pay more to stay for the parade and fireworks. It actually worked out in our favour since we had park-hopper tickets it meant we could go to another park that was open later, and most people didn’t pick Tue as their magic kingdom day since it was a shorter day (the park is usually open until 23h00 with a cool fireworks display at 22h00) so there were not many crowds.

As per the Disney strategy discussed yesterday we raced to Big Thunder mountain for fast passing, then headed off to Pirates of the Caribbean. After a few rides we coupled off so that Steven and Melanie could go hit the roller coasters and Jason and I could amble around the park. We got to do It’s a Small World (which was closed the last three times I’ve been to a Disney park (either land or world)), and the haunted mansion which was closed when Jay and I were down in Aug. As we wandered through the park we saw a Character who I swear did one of the best Jack Sparrow impressionations I’ve ever seen, he even had the movements right.

We met up with Mel and Steven mid day and did a few more rides together and got some good pics in front of the castle

                      

then we went our own way again and Jason and I hung out on Main Street for a bit

We were pretty good about not going too crazy shopping for baby (at one point in the trip planning Jason had his heart set on a huge stuffed mickey; we decided it would be more fun in a few years to let Baby T pick his/her own stuffie). We did get two Disney anthologies with most of the old stories Jason and I remember and some on the newer ones too. We also got one outfit, the first piece of new clothing we’ve bought for this munchkin.

Animal Kingdom

March 19, 2008

We decided that everyone starts their Disney vacation in the Magic Kingdom so strategy dictated that we start at Animal Kingdom (usually one of the quieter parks) to avoid the crowds. As per our usual Disney strategy we were there for shortly after park opening and raced to the coolest ride in the park to get a fast pass and get one ride in the standby line before the wait got too long. Of course at six months pregnant I could not do any of the coolest rides in the park, but I lead the charge to the new roller coaster Everest since I had the park tickets needed to gain our fast passes. This was our general strategy, we’d hit the ‘big’ rides first things and I’d wait while Jason, Steven and Melanie did the ride (this gave me time to rest, eat and pee) then we’d head off to the tamer rides that I could participate in. Since Jason and I were just at Disney in August I didn’t mind too much that I couldn’t go on the roller coasters, if I hadn’t gotten to do Everest at least once before it would have hurt, ’cause boy that is one cool roller coaster. Here are some shots Steven took on one of their rides.

The only ride that I ignored the ‘Not recommended for expecting mothers’ warning on was the Safari in Animal Kingdom, as I said we’ve been on it before I could not for the life of me figure out why it was not recommended, you are in a ‘jeep’ the whole ride and just drive around looking at animals. Here are some shots we got:

We also did a walking trial the Jay and I must have missed in the heat of summer and got some awesome views of tigers.

This is one of Jason and I on said trail

We also goofed around in the souvenir shop and got some nice tourist to take this shot for us:

The tree lady we saw this summer was still there. She walks around on stilts and moves like a member of Cirque du Soleil; in fact after Jason and I saw her in the summer we decided we had to check to see if Cirque was performing in Orlando and of course they were (they have a permanent show in Downtown Disney). It was an awesome show (although so far nothing has compared to Varekai, but I think that is because it was our first Cirque experience and just getting there was impromptu and a lot of fun). Can you see her face?

And finally, no trip to Animal Kingdom is complete without a picture of the Tree of Life which is in the center of the park: