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 ūüôā  Today’s Step Count-

  

Day 1 in review

What an amazing first day we’ve had!!! It’s been long but really good! 

We started the day by heading to the airport at 4:30am for our 6am flight! While that was a VERY early morning, it got us to the Disney Magical express by 11, and that was with a slight layover! 

When we touched down in Orlando and could turn our phones on again, I received a text message saying that our room was ready! Hooray for getting to check in early! We were able to head straight to the room and call bell services and have our groceries that we had ordered delivered!  (Hooray for technology and ordering a few grocery/breakfast items online)

We headed straight for the magic kingdom and enjoyed lunch at the Columbia Harbour House.  Our first fast pass got delayed because of the weather so we headed to the Hall of Presidents. This was a first for me! I’ve never seen this show, but did enjoy it! 

By the time we got out of the hall of presidents we were able to head to our splash mountain fast pass! (My favorite MK ride). After the ride we headed towards the front of the park for Craig’s haircut at Harmony Barbershop, and wow, what a great spot to watch the Festival of Fantasy parade! Standing outside of the barbershop, you catch the very end of the parade route!  

    
 
After the parade Craig got his haircut (more on that later!) and we headed back to the resort for naps!!! We were pooped after being up since 3:45!

We headed back to the magic kingdom to catch our fast pass that has been delayed for big thunder and then boarded our monorail for Ohana at the Polynesian resort… And WOW WOW WOW!!!! I cannot say enough about how awesome the food was at Ohana! (This is another one where I will do a full review later!)

  
We made it back to MK just in time to catch the end of wishes, and the second showing of celebrate the magic!  

   
We ended the night with a night time ride on the seven dwarf mine train, a Lafou brew and a ride on under the sea!!! I call that a great first day!

  

And here is today’s mileage stats 

  

A Disneyland Engagement

Hello Mouskaholics!  I have so enjoyed sharing my Disney tips, tricks, and knowledge with you in 2014!  Thank you for following me on this journey and my blog!  I hope to make 2015 even better with more exciting posts!

Disney is a magical place, we all know this. ¬†So today I wanted to share an AMAZING love story with you! ¬†I’ve known Ryan since we were in junior high and he is a HUGE fan of Disneyland! ¬†Seriously I know a lot about Disney World, but if I had a question about Disneyland, he would be my go-to guy! ¬†With that being said, it only makes sense that when Ryan decided to pop the question to his girlfriend Leah that he would do it at the happiest place on earth- Disneyland!

Ryan put a LOT of planning into his proposal.  He arranged with Disneyland cast members to have a caricature drawn of the two of them.  While they were sitting there the cast member was drawing a depiction of Ryan proposing to Leah.  When she turned around the drawing to show Leah, Ryan dropped to one knee!  This was only the first part of the engagement surprise though!  Unbeknownst to Leah, Ryan flew out her parents and brother, as well as his father, sister and nieces to be there for the big moment!  He arranged for them to stay in a separate hotel and to be waiting in the store behind where they would be sitting for the drawing and proposal.

Ryan with Family

The entire family in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle after the proposal.

Caricature

Finished caricature!

The Ring

The Ring

The story doesn’t end here folks! ¬†Ryan had videos made documenting the whole process! ¬†Not only did he have the proposal filmed, but he also included telling his nieces and her parents! ¬†Their story is so adorable and moving that they’ve been entered in a contest for “Best Proposal!” ¬†Please take a moment and follow this link to see Ryan’s video that he made, and like the original post on facebook to help them win the contest!

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10103014948555954

 

If you would like help planning your own Disney vacation be sure to contact Ashley with Charming Travels LLC- ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com

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