As you may have read previously, we had an addition to our family about two years ago. After a few local trips, and Christmas in Texas, our little Ollie came along for his first real vacation. Of course, it included a Disney park visit.
By the time we hit the halfway mark in our trip, the weather turned from record-breaking cold into something much nicer. The morning started with really appreciating the view from our room (and its small—but existent!—balcony), the blue skies, the sun, and the fact that we no longer had to worry about wearing layers. I’d tweaked our FastPass and dining reservations several times for the first weekday, and while things weren’t exactly ideal, we were happy to at least have a plan in place.
Yes, it’s happened again… I convinced my wife Gina to return to Walt Disney World for our fifth trip, five months after our last trip, to celebrate our fifth anniversary, before the fifth performance of the show I was directing. I sort of had to sell my soul for this one: I’ve agreed to not ask to return—to any Disney park—for two years (it’s not that we can’t return, I just can’t ask to do so). So, hopefully I’ve packed in enough memories to satisfy my Disney desire for a couple of years. Of course, at my age, two years doesn’t seem like that long of a sentence. Plus, Gina started prompting us to look into Disney Vacation Club, so I can keep the magic alive for the future.
Wednesday was probably the only day we had with no real plans other than dining reservations. Given that our first reservation was for the Rose & Crown Pub in EPCOT—and that Gina and I had only been to that park briefly so far this visit—we decided that’d be the best place to start our day. So, fairly early in the a.m., we headed out to the boat dock to get to the Magic Kingdom area, where we’d pick up the first of two monorails that’d allow us to reach EPCOT.
We got back fairly late after Monday night’s EPCOT visit (transportation’s not always all that speedy), so we figured we’d take it a little easy on Tuesday (at least to start with). We had a lazy morning, slept in relatively late, then moseyed on out to Magic Kingdom (where it seems we started several of our mornings). Gina and I had reservations at the Garden View Tea Room for afternoon tea, since I was only able to procure a reservation for two. For that reason, we all figured it would be easiest for the couples to divide and conquer (or whatever) until we linked back up in the afternoon.
Once we hit Monday, we were down to a foursome, as the other two in our party unfortunately had to return to their regularly scheduled lives. I suppose it’s more accurate to say that we were down to two twosomes, but we spent the majority of our time together for the week. It worked out rather well, since we all seem to have fairly compatible senses of humor. (I mean, anyone brandishing a banana in a photo is okay in my book. Or would be, if I had a book.) For Monday, our main plan was Disney’s Hollywood Studios, to make use of some FastPass+ tickets that I had scheduled for all of us, so that’s where Gina and I headed after a quick stop in Magic Kingdom for a bit of shopping.
Last week, I managed to convince my wife to make our third trip down to Walt Disney World in as many years. (Okay, I convinced her a few months ago, but the trip was last week.) Since our last trip went so well, I wanted to start things off the same way, and we met with equal success.
Our third and final day at WDW started yet again at Magic Kingdom. As I guess is fairly clear by now, we tend to favor the classics! We had a fairly early start again, and grabbed a quick breakfast croissant at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies, then we were on our way!
The mystery trip has been revealed: We returned (again) to Walt Disney World! Unfortunately, my thought of posting increasingly less mysterious pictures on Facebook was scuttled when I left the location on: it’s not too difficult to figure out where we were when “near Lake Buena Vista, FL” popped up. But, the mystery had nothing to do with the trip, really!
We’ve taken a few short trips since our Alaska cruise, but it seems it’s been quite a long time since I’ve posted anything. Well, earlier this week, we returned from our “short vacation” for this year: Four days in southern California (well, mostly just Disneyland, I suppose). This may be a little longer than my normal entries, since it’s an entire trip in one post!