Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Final Photos Of Our Time At Walt Disney World

Yesterday we put our kids and grandkids on the Magical Express Disney bus to be taken to the airport. They left the hotel around 3:30 pm and their flight was due to leave Orlando around 6:30. They had a great time living in Fantasyland for 2 weeks, but it was time to go home. Now, Grandpa and I will have 3 days of rest and recuperation until we will leave "the World" as well. Here are the last of my vacation photos that had been downloaded into my computer. I wanted to take some photos of them leaving us....but....that's right we LOST the #*&%! camera last week.

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We all went out on the lake in the little Sea Racers you can rent at the hotel or campground marinas. Here are the girls with their life jackets on. Everyone is required to wear life jackets no matter what your age.
Mackenzie went in the boat with Grandpa. Zoey went with her Mommy and Darin rode alone in his boat and I also went alone in mine. Well, not totally alone. As I was leaving the dock area and motoring out into the lake, a big black spider began running all over the floor in my boat. I screamed, of course, but nobody could help me at that point. So, I took off my sandal and gave him a mighty whack! more spider. Here are Mackenzie and Grandpa buzzing along as fast as the little boat would go.

Over at the Magic Kingdom I decided to go with Zoey on the tea cup ride. Big Mistake! It went spinning so fast that I almost lost my breakfast. Zoey thought it was fun. I think my tea cup days are past me now.
For some reason Dumbo is one of the most popular rides. Same thing at Disneyland in Anaheim -- very long lines every day. It is a slow loading ride, too, and it takes a while to get through the line for your turn. Never the less, the girls got a couple of turns to ride Dumbo while they were at the Magic Kingdom. Here is Mackenzie in her Dumbo.
This is the Spaceship Earth ride at Epcot. It looks like a giant golf ball. It is in the Future World part of the park. You ride in a car that goes up and up inside this sphere. It is like time traveling as you go back to prehistoric man and move forward in time. It is also an interactive ride. There is a small computer screen in front of you and when you begin there are 6 or 8 language choices on the screen and you tap the one you want. English for us, naturally. Bruce had an interesting experience on our last trip through Spaceship Earth. He rode with Zoey (2 per seat) and she got in first. Before he could do anything she tapped the screen for the language choice. He didn't really pay too much attention and then as the ride began he realized that the narration for them was being done in French. Toward the end of the ride you can play with the computer screen again, and choose your own future. Everything they had to choose from was in French. When their little movie played back for them, it was narrated in French as well.

Over at the pavilion for Norway we found our little Vikings, Mackenzie and Zoey.

While everyone else took one more ride on Test Track, Zoey and I went into the gift shop. She liked this Mickey Sorcerer hat.

The kids had booked themselves for the Aloha Dinner Show at the nearby Polynesian Resort. That hotel is on the Monorail line from their hotel and it was an easy trip over to it. Bruce and I chose not to participate in this dinner show and it was nice to have the time to rest by ourselves at the motorhome. They enjoyed the luau style meal and the show, too.

At the Contemporary Resort they have the Chef Mickey Restaurant. It is probably the most popular character dining experience in the whole WDW. I'm not sure it is the best...but most likely the most popular. It is a buffet for breakfast or dinner only. We all went there for breakfast last week. While you eat your meal, the characters come around to your table for autographs and photos. They sure don't linger long as it is a big place and there are many tables to get to. We saw Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto.

Every 15 minutes or so, a special song is played throughout the restaurant. It's a song all about celebrating and they play it loud. The characters stand around while the music plays and everyone is supposed to grab their linen napkin and twirl it over their heads madly. The girls loved that, of course. Once that song is finished being played at high volume, the regular background music of Disney songs is played while you finish your meal. That background music is still too loud as far as I'm concerned.

Outside the hotel going toward the marina, is this Mickey metal sculpture. Everyone always wants to sit inside Mickey's ears and have their picture taken. Our girls were no exception.

Back at the Magic Kingdom, the girls pose in front of Cinderella's castle. It is probably the most famous icon in all of the Disney theme parks around the world. Everyone of them has it's own special castle.

Our little munchkins are home in Tumwater, Washington now. We look forward to taking them down to Disneyland in California one of these days....without those pesky parents along! Now that they are older, we should be able to get them down there again soon.
Until next time.....see ya!


Anonymous said...

Hi... just happen to cross your site... I see that you also love Disney... me too...

Im planning to go to Tokyo or Hong Kong Disney this Christmas. Hoho and I found some stuffs from Hong Kong Disneyland here as well:

I will definitely take tones of photos there!!!

Margie M. said...

I would love to go to the other Disney parks around the world. Can't drive the RV to them and I don't want to spend the money to fly there. So, we will be content with what we have here. Have a great time seeing the Disney's around the traveling!