The Great Breakey Disney Trip of 2008
So, this is my first time ever posting a trip report. Please bear with me if it isn't exactly what others do for trip reports.
The first 2 days are taken from notes written by our oldest daughter (Eliza age 8) while the rest were written by me. The trip was a surprise trip for the girls so the beginning says that it is "our trip to Daytona Beach." Yes, we are horrible parents but we have so much fun surprising them. We have done this twice now and will probably do it again in the near future.
I hope to have pictures posted as soon as I sift through the 700+ photos to find the good ones.
Our Trip to Daytona Beach
We got up early to drive to Daytona Beach in Florida for vacation for the week. It was a long drive. We checked in to our hotel and went and played on the beach and in the pool. After we got cleaned up, we went to dinner at the Lighthouse Restraunt. I counted a lot of palm trees. I also counted a lot of hotels. There was cool mini golf courses. There were some pretty big beach houses. I saw a beach house that was pink, purple and yellow! I saw a fake yellow palm tree. My sister and I had chicken nuggets for dinner. My Mommy had shrimp and my Daddy had a fish sandwich. We ate dinner outside. We sat at a blue table. We saw 5 little black crabs. The crabs were climbing the trees! We all thought that was awesome. I saw the sun set, it was bright orange. It was really cool! Then we went back to the hotel. We went on the beach and little white crabs were digging holes. We watched the crabs dig their holes then we went back inside and got our p.j.s on and got in bed. We watched a little TV and went to sleep.
We went to IHOP for breakfast. After breakfast, we went to a car magazine place (Grassroots Motorsports Magazine.) Then to 2 malls that had Disney Stores in them. At the second store, I bought a HSM shirt that said “I Love Troy.” Then we drove for a while and went under a sign that said “Walt Disney World.” After that we pulled into a parking lot for the Port Orleans – Riverside hotel and checked in. That was when we found out that we were going to Disney World!!!!! After we checked in and found our room, we went to the pool which had a cool water slide. Eliza and Emma only went on the slide once but Mommy and Daddy went on it twice. That night we went to Wilderness Lodge and had dinner at Whispering Canyon. It was really fun and Daddy got a refill in a HUGE jar.
We really loved Whispering Canyon. The food was great and our server, HumbleAlley, was a lot of fun. We will definitely recommend this restraunt to others and we will definitely be back. I think it will be a “must do” for all of our trips from here on out.
First thing this morning was breakfast at the Boardwalk Bakery at the Boardwalk hotel. We got some bagels and breakfast sandwiches. Then we went to Epcot. Here is the list of rides we went on at Epcot and the wait times.
Spaceship Earth – Walk On – Both girls loved this ride. I think Rebecca and I were both amazed by how much better the ride looks and how well we liked the Judy Dench version.
Soarin’ – Walk On – We absolutely loved this ride. Eliza’s reaction alone was worth the price of admission that day. She ooh’d and aah’d at everything she saw. We picked up Fast Passes to ride it again later.
· Hidden Mickey found during the fireworks over Disneyland towards the end of the ride. Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of it.
Living with the Land – Walk On – It was fun going on this ride after not riding it in so many years (15 – 20?) Unfortunately they didn’t have any of the Mickey shaped pumpkins growing because they had a mold problem recently. A good think however, was that they still had some in storage and were able to have one on display. I think they are so cool. We got a photo of the girls with one.
The Seas with Nemo and Friends – If they were going to do an overlay to incorporate a movie into the ride and make it attractive to younger kids, this was the way to do it. Though I miss the old Sea Base Alpha part of the ride, the new animations that you see while riding in the clam shells was really quite cool. I do feel like the aquarium part of the ride and especially the lobby part is lacking some tie in to the movie. It does feel much more open now though.
· Hidden Mickey found on the floor of the main aquarium made up with dark rocks on the light floor. Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of it.
Turtle Talk with Crush – Walk On – This is a VERY cool attraction. The fact that they figured out a way to get the animation to interact with the audience is awesome. Emma asked Crush what it felt like to live in the ocean. His answer, “Wet. Yep, mostly wet.” It was really funny and got a chuckle out of the whole audience.
Soarin’ – Fast Pass – Walk On – This time we were split up, Rebecca in the front row and Eliza, Emma and I in the back row. The front row is definitely where you want to sit.
Journey into Imagination – Walk On – The girls enjoyed this ride; I personally don’t think it will ever be as good as the old Imagination ride.
· Hidden Mickey found in the upside down open house scene. A plate on the table has some toast (French?) with 2 scoops of something forming the classic Mickey. Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of it.
Character Spot – 15 minutes – Characters met: Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Belle, and Marie.
Club Cool – We tried all of the soft drinks and the consensus was that the Beverly should stay in Italy.
Maelstrom – Walk On – The ride was much as I remembered it. I was surprised at the amount of stuff in the gift shop from the Northwestern of Deadliest Catch fame.
· Hidden Mickey found in the painting of the Viking ship. One Viking was wearing Mickey ears. Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of it.
Lunch – Askerhaus Royal Banquet Hall – Princess Storybook Lunch– Lunch was fun. We met, Belle, Aurora, Snow White, Cinderella, and Ariel. Lunch was good. There is a buffet for the appetizers with lunch meats, cold salads, cold herring (yes I tried it, probably won’t have it again) and cheeses. Lunch was a Norwegian meatloaf type of dish (Kjottake) for Rebecca and I and ravioli for the girls. It was very good but the portion was surprisingly small. The winner was dessert which is served family style. It had a rice pudding that was delicious, and a couple of other things that I thought were good but not fantastic.
Test Track – 30 minutes posted, really more like 15 minutes – I think the girls liked this ride because I told them it would be like an autocross.
Gran Fiesta Tour – Mexico – Walk On – Again exactly as I remembered but now with the Three Caballeros.
· Hidden Mickey found in the banner flags hanging over the canal. Several have cut outs of the Three Caballeros but the cut outs on one made the classic three circle Hidden Mickey. Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of it.
After Gran Fiesta Tour we set about visiting all of the countries on the World Showcase. We also bought passports for the girls to get stamped and messages written in the native language of the country. They loved that and made a game out of finding the Kidcot locations. They also got their Kidcot masks stamped and tagged with a symbol from each country. During our tour we met Senor Donald Duck, Mulan, Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, and Alice.
· Hidden Mickey found on the door of the merchant shop that Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie were in front of. It is made up of 3 gold plates forming the classic Mickey. I got a photo of that one.
During the day we sampled a couple of the drinks from the Food and Wine Festival. Some wine, beer and sangria. All of which were good. I think next time we will get one of the gift cards that they have for the F&W Fest and sample more of the food along with the drinks. We just didn’t go in prepared and informed like we will next time.
Dinner was from the Tangerine Café in Morocco. Rebecca and I had a Sundried Chicken salad wrap and the girls had chicken strips. All were good. We ate dinner while staking out our spot for Illuminations at the arch in Japan. Illuminations will always be one of my favorite night time shows.