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I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing, that it was all started by a mouse - Walt Disney

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Well I'm back from my week long vacation to the Happiest Place on Earth. It was very hard to get on the airplane yesterday to come home and go back to work today, but I did it.
David and I had a fantastic time. I think he enjoyed it more then he thought he would and he'll never admit it. We had perfect weather the entire time we were there and the parks weren't very busy, I think the longest we waited in line for a ride was 40 minutes.

The trip started off with us being bumped to an earlier flight!! So we got to Orlando earlier then we were supposed too. Picked up my first rental car, a Kia Forte (which I loved), went and picked up our park tickets and checked into the hotel. We got all our stuff sorted out in the room and headed to Epcot, where we rode a few rides, walked around the World Showcase and watched Illuminations.

Friday we went to Animal Kingdom. We went straight to the safari and walked right on, I had never done the safari in the morning and it was amazing, all the animals were out and about!! The Lion King show is my favorite so we went to that next, we rode Expedition Everest, watched It's Tough to be a Bug, rode Dinosaur...we did a lot. That night we went to Downtown Disney, where I used to work, and it brought back so many great memories. I miss the toy store.

Saturday was Magic Kingdom day!! We did everything there, except ride It's a Small World and the Tea Cups, they were closed for refurbishments.

Sunday we went to Hollywood Studios (MGM). It was another great day. We went on all the rides and caught all the shows. While waiting for Fantasmic to start we talked with a gentleman from Wales, he had me laughing so hard my abs hurt the next day.

We finally got to relax on Monday when we went to Daytona Beach. It was a beautiful day. Low 80's and not a cloud in the sky, waves were about 2-3 feet that day too. The day couldn't have been better.

Tuesday we finished out our trip at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, it was amazing and I definitely want to go back for it again in the next few years. My first sample was of desserts, but from there we had food from Puerto Rico, South Korea, Germany, Italy, Japan, Morocco, France and Ireland. It was all amazing.

Tuesday night after the park, I got to go visit with one of my old supervisors. It was great catching up, I hadn't seen her in 5 years. She gave us a dessert sampler from the Grand Floridian, those were the most delicious desserts I have ever had.

To sum it all up, it was a great trip. It went by way to quickly and I was definitely not ready to check back into reality today. I'm already starting to plan my next trip down there, hopefully the same time next year (and possibly February for the Princess Half Marathon, if I get my butt training).

Hope you all enjoy the pictures.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
AMOLINARI 10/12/2010 12:17PM

    SAMHANSEL ~ glad you enojoyed the blog. Being down there definitely brought back some great memories from my CP in 2005. I wish I would gone back and done the program again. I had the opportunity right after gradution, but it wouldn't have conted as the internship I needed to graduate, so I had to pass it up.

Festival of the Lion King is my favorite show at the parks. One of my coworkers and I would always go see it on our day off, that and Tarzan, I'm so sad they got rid of that show.

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SAMHANSEL 10/12/2010 11:48AM

    Loved the blog! I found a link through one of the Disney Sparkteams. I actually arrived at Walt Disney World on the 7th, and spent a few days there. :) I'm a former CP as well, and will very likely being doing the program again in January. I'll have you know that the little Festival of the Lion King picture made me ridiculously happy and nostalgic, as I used to do Attractions over there. :)

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LAURIE5658 10/11/2010 10:58AM

    Awesome blog!! WDW is hands down our family's Happy Place!! What a great time you had and may there be many more trips to the Mouse House for you!

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RENLA6991 10/11/2010 10:44AM

    Thanks for sharing your vacation pictures! I'm glad you both had a good time. It's been a couple years since I've been to WDW & I miss it terribly. I wish I could be at the 2011 Disney Princess Half Marathon, but I am determined to be there in 2012!

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AMOLINARI 10/9/2010 3:23PM

    A week definitely isn't long enough!! We were able to get through all the big rides and must do things, but there was still so much more we could have done. I think I could go to the parks everyday and still find something that I've never seen before. It's definitely a place for everyone to enjoy themselves, there is something there for the kid in all of us.

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B-N-ME 10/8/2010 6:59PM

    Thanks for sharing your vacation with us! Wonderful pictures and descriptions...I have never been and it sounds like a week wouldn't be long enough!

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REAL_FOOD 10/8/2010 4:55PM

    Thanks for sharing your trip with us! I'd love to take the kids someday.

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DEE797 10/8/2010 2:12PM

    Your trip sounded wonderful it was like being there with you reading your blog. You took terrific pictures also. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

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*~*LINDSAY*~* 10/8/2010 12:19PM

    Glad you had a good trip!

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AMOLINARI 10/8/2010 11:49AM

    SOFEDUPP ~ thanks for the comment and I'm glad you enjoyed the blog. I hadn't been down there in 5 years, since I finished my college program, and I missed it so much. I miss it now and I was just there a few days ago.

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SOFEDUPP 10/8/2010 10:52AM

    What a great blog!! It was like I was there with you. I haven't been to WDW in over 10 years and you brought it back for me, thank you!

I loved the pictures also!!!

And as another former Disney Store cast member, I too loved the quote!

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FUNFROG79 10/8/2010 8:18AM

    Great blog! It's make me so excited for our trip at the end of this month!! Love the pictures! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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MSKIZ69 10/7/2010 11:19PM

    Always loved that quote by Uncle Walt-as a former cast member it makes me smile emoticon

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