Day 7 in review

We are to the point in our trip where we’ve pretty much done most things at the park that we enjoy doing at least once.  We headed back to Epcot this morning and it was our first morning time at Epcot.  We had fast passes for Soarin, Spaceship Earth, and The Seas with Nemo and Friends.  We’ve really enjoyed taking this years trip at a more relaxed pace.  We are not rushing around because our trip is spread out, and that gives us a lot more time to take it all in and enjoy!


After we got of The Seas with Nemo and Friends, we headed to the world showcase starting with the Canada side.  We decided to watch the 360 degree circle vision movie “Oh Canada.”  I haven’t seen that since I was in 6th grade, and my husband had never seen it!  Sometimes the circle vision movies make me a little motion sick, but I was okay this time!  After Canada we headed to the UK for Craig to get his Boddingtons at the Rose and Crown Pub, and then to France for a Grand Marnier slush for me!  We had lunch at the pastry shop in France, and then decided it was time to head back to the hotel for napping and packing (we are transferring to the Pop Century resort for two more nights after tonight).

After napping (more napping and less packing) we headed to the magic kingdom! Our first stop was a fast pass kiosk. Here we were able to secure a fast pass time for haunted mansion after dinner. Before dinner we had just enough time to watch Mickeys Philharmagic… My favorite 3D movie at the parks!


We enjoyed dinner at the Crystal Palace. This was was our first time eating dinner there and I was not disappointed! We met pooh and tigger the other morning at park fare and we lucked out that Eeyore and Piglet were the two we met during dinner rather than duplicating!

After dinner we headed to our haunted mansion fast pass where the coolest part of our day happened! I noticed a cast member looking at the mansion when we got off and I went to look at his pins (I ended up trading for a really cool flounder pin). And we started chatting! He actually told me a secret about something that’s coming which I hope to share when it’s gone public). We chatted for about 10 minutes and he made our day Sooooo magical!!! He gave a special fast pass to ride anything because he had “kept talking so long.”


We had certainly enjoyed talking to him and it was a pleasure, but it was a nice magical touch that made our day just a little more special!

So after that we went to the fast pass kiosk (saving our magic fast pass for later) and got a fast pass for dumbo! I highly recommend riding this one at night or dusk because it’s beautiful!


Afterwards we headed to space mountain with our magic fast pass and it was down!!!! No worries though we were able to walk onto the people mover! And the cool thing was when we went through space mountain on the ride, the lights were on! You could see the inside of space mountain with lights on!!!!


Space mountain was still down, so we rode small world. As we were getting off Small World, we saw the that Space Mountain was still down but that Enchanted Tales with Belle was only a 10 minute wait, so off we went.  All I can say is WOW!!!! Well done Disney!  I highly recommend this experience for all ages! (I will do a full blog post on it at a later time)

  
By the time we got out of Enchanted Tales, Space Mountain was back up and running.  We headed there with our magic fast pass in hand!  So awesome!  It was the perfect ride to end our evening!  We headed back to the resort and got a cocktail at the Scat Cats Lounge.

What a great day 🙂  Today’s Step Count-

  

Disney Customer Service

I have never had an unenjoyable Disney experience.  (Well once when I was in 6th grade I did catch a touch of the flu while at Disney and that wasn’t the most pleasant, but still the trip itself was enjoyable).  I am such a Disney geek that even the little non-park Disney experiences like- looking up a restaurant menu, researching an attraction, listening to Disney music, and yes, even calling Disney customer service truly makes me happy.  For my upcoming Disney trip (for the Disney marathon weekend) my husband has decided that it won’t be prudent to travel with me.  It has been a very busy time for him at work, and he was unsure if we was going to be able to take the time off.  With that being said, I asked my mom and my aunt to travel with me!  I am very excited to have them come along on this journey!  The only trouble is when I booked the trip, I booked for hubby and myself.  I had to make a call to customer service a few weeks ago, and within about 10 magical minutes we had switched the reservation from my hubby’s name over to my mom and my aunt’s names.  I logged in not to long ago though to set up our magic bands and it was still showing a magic band for my husband and not my mom.  Oh darn, another call to the magical land of Disney!  Generally I am a person who does not enjoy making phone calls to take care of little tasks.  My general experience with customer service departments is not usually positive, however working with the customer service cast members at Disney is downright magical 🙂  They truly went out of their way to make solving this problem easy!  They communicated very clearly and were very kind.  When I had to be transferred to a different department the first agent made sure to communicate to me how long the approximate wait would be, and even waited until I was passed off and introduced me to the next agent that I would be working with (Added bonus- I got to listen to Disney music while on hold!!!).  The level of service and commitment that Disney shows its guests always amazes me.  Disney has amazing attention to detail, even in their phone centers  🙂

 

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Fun Fact Friday- The Disney Point

Did you know that all cast members are instructed to use two fingers when pointing something out to a guest?

There are two generally accepted answers as to why that is.

#1- In the style of Walt himself.   It is said that Walt would often point with two fingers because he generally had a cigarette in his hand.  Whether or not this is the true reason, we can’t be certain.  But in true Disney fashion of attention to detail, you can even see Tom Hanks using a two finger point when he played Walt in “Saving Mr. Banks”

Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks"

Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in “Saving Mr. Banks”

#2- Politeness across cultures.  The more likely reason is that in some cultures it is rude to point with one finger.  With millions of park visitors each year, perhaps they opted to go with a non offensive point that translates well to people from many countries.

Disney Cast Member pointing

Disney Cast Member pointing