Sunday, January 11, 2009

Our first two days at Disney World

It’s been an exciting couple of days. Yesterday (Saturday) was our day at Disney Hollywood Studios (DHS). For little ones like mine it’s pretty fun, but I’m glad I chose it for our first day. We were completely exhausted after getting to sleep at 2am and waking at 7am for some of us and for the little one sometime between 8 and 9. Definitely not enough sleep. Anyway, we spent the day at DHS where we saw an awesome parade, a Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid mini-shows. The shows were so well done! We all really enjoyed ourselves.

We got back to the condo around 5 or 6pm and decided to go for a swim – well our little one decided, she so loves the water. Somehow her goggles didn’t get packed so we went to the Market Place, a little convenience store within the complex. We got goggles for the bargain price of $1.99…or so we thought. It seems that at some point after paying for the goggles my dear husband, for the first time in his life, lost his wallet. We think it fell out of his swim trunks pocket while he was sitting outside waiting for us to pay for the goggles. What did he have in his wallet? About $200 cash, credit cards, debit card, room key , driver’s licence (aka ID for flying home) AND our park passes. Without said wallet our vacation was effectively ruined…over.

We searched for 45 minutes. We asked at the two places we stopped at. We reported it to security. We found nothing. With nothing left to do I went back to the room to start calling credit card companies and my husband took our daughter swimming with her now very expensive goggles. Just as I was about to start making calls I noticed the message light flashing on our phone. Someone turned the wallet in! After going to retrieve it and checking the contents we found that everything but the money was there – even our park tickets. We were so relieved. Our vacation was saved. And for those of you who believe in Karma, whoever took the money will get theirs.

This morning we woke early (ugh…I’m still tired) to go to breakfast with the Princesses at Akershus which is located in Norway at Epcot. We had a great meal and met a bunch of princesses. It was awesome! And our daughter was elated. She got hugs, autographs and her picture taken with Aurora, Jasmine, Mulan, Mary Poppins and Belle.

After leaving the restaurant we went on the Viking ship, a very dark and little bit scary ride. We also enjoyed riding in a clamshell for the Nemo ride, followed by a talk with Crush that ended in tears because she didn’t get to talk to him. The cast member was so kind and let her use the microphone after the show and told her that Crush would hear her. She felt much better. The last ride we experienced was Soarin’. Wow! What an amazing experience. All I can say is that if you come to Disney World – Epcot – you must go to Soarin’. Do the Fast Pass. Way cool!!!

Walking around the park we also met Aladdin and the Genie. At “The Character Spot” was Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto. This was definitely a character filled day!

I have taken so many photos and the connection here is not very good so you can go to my Picassa page to view them if you like. There are lots of duplicates because I just kept shooting so I apologize for the redundancy.

Tomorrow is our BIG day at Magic Kingdom. We are sleeping in and waking when our eyes open. We’ll get a late start and stay late for fireworks. It will be an exciting day!!!


suchlovelyfreckles said...

Hey, you, Shady Lady. Today you're flying home, and I just can't wait to see you. I'm all giddy! :)

Shady Lady said...

Hey Freckle! I so wish I was seeing you tomorrow. I have so much to post, but not the energy. Food poisoning has taken over. Hopefully we'll fly out tomorrow.