~ The Resort ~
Midnight at Coronado Springs.
~ The Magic Kingdom ~
Nom nom cotton candy.
So of course we had to hit up The Magic Kingdom on the first day, that's just a given. What was nice about staying at an actual Disney Resort was the fact that they had bus transportation to and from the parks. Which was awesome, because one doesn't have to worry about driving or taking a taxi. It's all provided. As soon as I got there I had one thing on the brain: Cotton Candy! Being nostalgic about eating this tasty treat in the park, I had a mandatory quota of one per day. So sure enough, right there at the beginning of Main St. I partook in some of the most awesome cotton candy of all time. Gotta start the morning off right!
We adventured counterclockwise, making Space Mountain the very first ride of the trip. Followed by Stitch's Great Escape, which saddened me because it use to be ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter. I was dying to experience this attraction again, because when I was younger I closed my eyes during the entire thing. So as an adult I was to eager to retry it. It was pretty similar, but toned down for children and centered around the Lilo and Stitch franchise instead. Oh well.
Traveling around the park brought back so many good memories, it was kind of like living in a dream because it was interesting to see the same things from and adult's perspective. Being in the park made me reflect upon the concept that childhood memories are always larger than life. Or maybe it's just that first experiences are always the most potent.
Love zee pirates!
So incredibly sad.
On Saturday we went to the Animal Kingdom and it was a gorgeous day. I couldn't have asked for anything better and there was plenty of shade to hide in. It was fun to see all the animals but at the same time I was sad for them, because I know we're the reason why they're there in the first place and don't have proper homes. They were either born into captivity or don't have any wild jungles left to roam around in. It's quite unfortunate that the park meant to honor animals is the same place that keeps them prisoners. They all looked so bored and miserable. Most of this park, especially the animal exhibits, was new to me. When my family and I last went in the 90's it was still under construction. That, and when I was younger I was a little brat, only wanting to go on the rides and not bothering with the gardens. So this time I truly got to experience how lovely the entire park is.
~ Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ~
Can I please live here?
This thing gave me a million brain freezes.
After that we went over to The Three Broomsticks to have a feast. Like Great Hall style, we had an entire long table and it was covered in silver platters containing roasted chickens, ribs, scalloped potatoes, corn on the cob, cooked veggies, and salad. Again, everything was perfect! Perfect I say! Every little detail about this place was spot on. Moaning Myrtle was in one of the lavatories, Hogsmeade was good fun, and the designers found ways to incorporate characters and themes into the rides.
Another favorite was Ollivander's Wand Shop. The short show is fun to watch, and I was very close to purchasing one of them. If they weren't plastic, I would have, but I want a real wood one. Of course it would be Hermione's wand. She's my favorite character because I see myself in her, and we share the same birthday month, only seven days apart. So vine wood is the proper material according to the lore. Also, I wanted a Gryffindor sweater, but those things were expensive. So I walked away empty handed, but that's okay, at the entrance I found some cotton candy which was twice as large as the ones at Disney and a fraction of the price. I got four of them for the remaining days. The universe was on my side.
~ Epcot ~This was Char's day. Epcot is her favorite park so we spent it there riding all sorts of awesome things. A lot of which were new to me because it's been years since I've been there. That, and just like Animal Kingdom, as children we didn't appreciate all of the attractions that weren't rides. So this time around I got to enjoy all of the countries, the architecture, and the gardens. We were also lucky enough to catch a taiko drum performance in the Japan area. The drummers were absolutely amazing, but because we were standing in the sun I got a little sun burnt that day. My poor toes have the most awful sandal tan lines now. I even had sunscreen on and I ate my watermelon in the morning because it's a natural sunscreen. It was still too much though, and well, yeah, now I have to get ride of those lines.
That night we all went back to the resort to get dolled up to head on over to Disney's Contemporary Resort to watch the sun set and have dinner at the fabulous California Grill. It was amazing and after dinner, drinks, and cake we all went outside on the balcony to watch the fireworks show from high on top of the resort. The best spot ever! It was so beautiful.
~ Hollywood Studios ~Then lastly we hit up Hollywood Studios, formally MGM Studios. I love this place, and I remember it being a close second favorite to Magic Kingdom when I was younger. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is the best thing about this park and this version is way better than the Disneyland version. We ended up riding it three times in a row at night when the line was nonexistent. Also, this was my very first time going to the Magic of Disney Animation as well. I was heartbroken when I was a child because it was closed, and at that time I wanted to work for Disney. So this time I got to go and it was amusing. College all over again, and we learned how to draw Chip. I ended up giving my drawing to a little girl and she was so happy.
Star Tours is good fun too. It's been redone, with 3D, has a variety of different scenarios, and C3PO now pilots the ship instead of the old captain. I missed him, but he's still in the queue all sad and retired. Again, it's best to ride this one at night a few hours before closing. There was no line, we learned a lot from the friendly cast member about the ride, she gave us the best scenario ever which included a crash landing at the end, one of us was picked as the rebel spy (it was Andre from GameXplain), and we had the ship all to ourselves. It was good fun indeed, and a perfect way to end the night.
So now it's resting time for me. I took the weekend to get back on track and catch up, so now I'm excited to move forward with new art, videos, and posts.