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Disney, Disney...how do I love thee!!!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Hi, Sparkers! I'm ba-ack!

And...I'm in love. With an amusement park. Yup, I said it!

I'm not sure how many times I've been there now. I think more than 10 times? And here I am in my 30s, when most couples are taking vacations to Europe or a beachy island or something adult-ish, and this is my #1 choice destination. I LOVE IT THERE. It feels as familiar to me as coming home, and I'm lucky that Andy has hopped on the bandwagon too. He makes fun of me for going gaga over it all, but in the end, he has as much fun as I do. All we've been talking about since we got back is what an awesome time we had!

We definitely made the most of our days. My family always did Disney HARD, and nothing has changed on that front! Last Friday, after working a full day and not getting to our hotel room until 11:30 at night and being downright exhausted, we were up at the parks by 9 AM and stayed until 12:15 AM -- it was open until 1 AM, but man was it crowded, and we just didn't have any more energy (well, I would've stayed, but Andy said we needed some sleep.) The rest of the week was a fast-paced whirlwind of happy goodness! I knew that this would very likely be our last trip there for a long time, so I tried to make every moment count.

Some of the highlights:
- We stayed at the Art of Animation resort, which is brand new.
- We got to see the new Fantasyland expansion, which won't be done until next year; the new Storybook Circus, which replaced Toon Town; and the new Toy Story ride at Hollywood Studios.
- We had incredible sushi in Epcot's Japan - the best I've ever had!
- We met a really cool couple in Epcot's Germany - the husband works on an oil rig in Africa!
- We had Dole Whips for the first time, which are delicious! Man, I'm craving one now!
- We tried to explore areas that we may not have paid much attention to before, or find magical little Disney-isms in the parks that are often overlooked but are fun to do. It added a little something new to our trip!
- All the Christmas decorations were still up! (Seemed a little weird post-holiday, but my family always went around Christmas, so it had sentimental meaning for me.)
- I won an autographed sketch by a Disney Animator in the Art of Animation tour!

AND, I took a ton of pictures!

We tried Dole Whips the first night, which are a frozen pineapple dessert that's kind of like soft serve but is fat free! Do you see how big those suckers are??? But sooo good!!

This is at our resort -- Disney certainly knows how to set the stage!

There it is: the castle, in all its gorgeous glory!

Better work on those muscles, Andy!

I hadn't been on Dumbo since I was five years old -- the line was always so freaking LONG! Andy didn't want to go on; he "had to finish his coffee." Hmm...!

This is actually outside the new Be Our Guest restaurant (yeah, that's a "door" behind me!). It was AMAZING inside, complete with ballroom and great food! I got a quinoa salad!

The Mrs. Big Cheese!

This is Big Al -- he's still playin' away at the Country Bear Jamboree! (Dude, it is HARD taking pictures in a dark room with no flash!)

Sigh, last day!

We had such a great time! AND, we actually did really well on the health front -- I packed a few things for snacks and breakfast so we weren't eating junk all the time, packed my own water bottles, and substituted fruit for any fries that came with my meal. We were often starving by the time we sat down to eat, and no wonder -- when I got home, I looked it up, and the average visitor walks around 9-15 miles per day if you're truckin'! We went bat crazy with the speed walking, so I'm guessing we were on the higher end of that! And the awesome result: I am down three pounds!!!! THREE POUNDS!!!! On VACATION!!! In DISNEY WORLD!!!

We all know what to take away from that -- I need to go there more often! It seems like a great solution for me!
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  • REDQT2
    So awesome! Sounds like you guys had a blast!
    1711 days ago

    I'm a DisneyLand lover - never made it as far as DisneyWorld - and I think I've been six times! I dragged Max there on our first big vacation together. He wasn't quite as into it as I was, because it was his first time, and it didn't have that "coming home" feeling you were talking about. Plus he gets a little overstimulated and worn out in big crowds, which of course there always are. But it was a blast and I know someday I'll be back again! They still have Country Jamboree there?! I was so sad when that disappeared at DisneyLand. I mean, yeah, it's old, but... and Dole Whip is great! Fat free = full of sugar, but oh well. It's Disneyland. And three pounds down!!!! You're amazing. I can see why, though. Maybe I'll try that angle with Max to see if he'd come with me again... not that I'll be allowed to take time off work anytime soon! emoticon

    Welcome back and good luck getting back into the groove of home-life. Any mini-goals for the coming week?
    1711 days ago
    OMG I loved reading this blog. J and I love Disney World. I've lost count how many times we've been.
    It looks like ya'll had such a fun time. AND you are my hero...3 lbs down on VACA...WOW. That's just awesome, AWESOME!
    I'm so happy ya'll had such a great time.

    You ROCK!!
    1712 days ago
    Your pictures are fabulous! You look great and so very happy. Congratulations on your loss during vacation. You rock!
    1712 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    Sounds like you guys had a great time! And you lost 3 lbs on vacation at Disney? Holy literally walking your butt off Batman! Really glad you had fun and healthy vacation. I can't wait to take the kids there someday soon! Thanks for sharing the pics, they are great! You look happy and healthy!
    1712 days ago
    Thanks for sharing!


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    1712 days ago
  • STAY39
    This is so awesome! I am a huge Disney lover as well! It is a magical world that gives you such a nice break from reality! I just booked our family's big Disney trip for this coming Sept. We go hard as well! Your pictures are great and you look awesome! I want to lose approx the amount you have lost so thanks for giving me such inspiration! I am just starting on my "spark" journey and hope to be able to go to Disney in Sept at least 20 lbs less. I am so excited! This blog just made my day!

    1712 days ago
    I'm with YOU - we have been going every year in May - however, we just booked a cruise for this May so not sure when we will get there. I have ALWAYS wanted to go at Christmas - at least ONE TIME. DH wants a guaranteed HOT so it's a challenge. Maybe this will be the year. Thanks for the report on the new Fantasyland. and I'm really wanting to try their Sushi - we always do Teppen edo for our last dinner there.

    Glad you had a wonderful time - thanks again for sharing
    1712 days ago
    Ahhh! I'm so JEALOUS!

    I worked at Disney World in 2011 for the Disney College Program, Fantsyland - holla! lol I miss it! I'm dying to visit soon! So glad you had a great time and lost weight! Your pics are great!

    1712 days ago
    Awww you guys look like you had a fantastic time!!!

    And ERIN - your shape!!! In the Dumbo pic and the last pic especially - teensy weensy waist! All that fruit and walking must have been awesome for you!

    Glad you had such an awesome vacation - you are a rockstar!! emoticon
    1712 days ago
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