Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Days 3 and 4


1. Woke up ealier. Proud of our night owl, non-morning-person-selves.

2. Get to Hollywood Studios to find they opened an hoyt earlier than
I thought. Oops. E-ticket rides out.

3. Great Movie Ride; Backlot Tour; Light, Motors, Action car stunt
show (with Herbie cameo -- Patrick was thrilled); Walt Disney Story.

4. Hotel food court for lunch. Find one more place in property that
Patrick will eat.

5. Nap.

6. Bus to Magic Kingdom. Huge crowds expected -- scheduled to be open
to one a.m.

7. Country Bear Jamboree, Haunted Mansion, Liberty Belle River Boat,
Jungle Cruise (way better than ours, hands down), Flying Carpets,
Obstacle Course o' People through Main Street.

8. Dinner at singing alien restaurant. One more place Patrick will
now eat.

9. Phillharmagic, Tomorrowland Speedway, PeopleMover, Carousel of
Progress, buy obnoxiously loud t-shirt, PeopleMover, Space Mountain.

10. Bus, vitamins, sleep.


1. Wake up even earlier. Catching up to time change in time to leave.

2. Bus to EPCOT Center (it will always be the acronym to me).

3. Test Track, Universe of Energy, American Adventure (where, after
countless visits to Disneyland and two other visits here during the
two Years of a Million Dreams, we got our first-ever dream...we were
First Family and got mentioned by name before show), mango-green-tea
slush from China (yummmm), China 360 movie, buy Donald t-shirt from
Mexico, stop at Club Cool for free international Coke samples, buy
monorail track.

4. Bus to hotel. Retrieve refillabe mugs, have lunch, walk back, nap,
make Magical Express reservation.

5. Back to wait in line for e-tickets at Hollywood Studios (if you
have to wait, better to wait at night with cooler weather and no sun).

6. Tower of Terror. Get caught in post Fantasia crowd. Great Movie
Ride. Snack. Patrick admits to not feeling well after 2 hours of
surliness, decide to skip Toy Story Mania (exact same ride as home;
only queue different) get in line for Rockin' Roller Coaster.

7. Some very nice lady offers us two unused, unwanted Fast Passes.

8. Ride Rockin' Roller Coaster.

9. Bus, vitamins, watch TV (NOT Stacy the 7 Top Things girl -- our TV
has front inputs so we can watch iPod stuff), sleep.

Tomorrow: Animal Kingdom in the morning, then EPCOT to ride a few
obscure rides and take pictures to ring in New Year. (Rather than
fight crowds or be stressed by them, this seemed like a good choice.)

Again, my deepest gratitude, Kind Stranger. She mentioned she was
"paying it forward," so I'm on the lookout for someone I can do
something nice for.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Day 3

Too late, too tired. More later.

However, to annoying lady complaining about crowds: it's Disney World
on New Year's week, you idiot.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Day 2

1. Wake up. Fall asleep. Try again. Get going at 9:30. Mini golf
opens at 10.

2. Discover pro football team at one mini golf course. Go to other.

3. Wait for tee time (!!).

4. Play actual golf like mini course. Patrick surprisingly good when
he aims.

5. Get free golf ball as souvenir. Mine has Stitch.

6. Downtown Disney. Shop. Too late for Planet Hollywood (must
return rental car) and their amazing, wonderful, delicious Caesar
salad (no, really...no, REALLY).

7. Lunch at Earl of Sandwich. Pretty good. Run by actual Earl of
Sandwich, actual descendant if actual guy who invented sandwiches.

8. Return rental car

9. Voucherified taxi ride back to hotel. It would have been $60+

10. Nap.

11. Wait so long for bus for Epcot that we boarded third Magic
Kingdom bus to come by, then monorailed it to Epcot. Due to car
return, nap (essential for Patrick), commuting difficulties, it is
nearly 7:00.

12. Notice stinging in toe.

13. Ride Spaceship Earth, Nemo, and Figment. Stop frequently for pics.

14. Dinner in Morocco. Tangerine slush. Yuuuuuummmmmm. (Pleasant
side effect of unseasonably -- so says the news -- warm
weather...slushie carts are out.)

15. Dinner for Patrick in America.

16. Nearly 9:00. Park closes at 9:30. Decide on Maelstrom in Norway
and Donald in Mexico, then beeline for bus before Illumination is over.

17. Convinced of toe problem.

18. Maelstrom and Three Caballeros.

19. Beeline for bus. Mix up Caribbean Beach and Coronado Springs and
wait for wrong bus. (Been doing that since I made reservation.)

20. Wait for bus.

21. Back to hotel.

22. Toe problem is an old one -- one nail cutting into toe next to it.

23. Wonder who on Earth is dumb enough to come to Disney World
without bandaids.

24. TV, vitamins, snack, water, blog, SLEEP.

Also -- Patrick has fallen in love with the 7 Top Things to do in
Disney World that plays on a continuous loop on resort TV...or,
possibly, Stacy, the perky presenter. We have watched it many times.

Tomorrow: gift shop for bandaids and sunscreen (another oops), food
court for refillable mug, Hollywood Studios, nap, Magic Kingdom.