Sunday, March 18, 2012

Disney World Trip Report - Day 7 and 8

Our last day in Florida wasn't very exciting so I'm combining the last two days.


Waking up on the last day was a bit of a challenge. We were fairly tired which is pretty typical for the end of our trip. We hit up the food court and did our routine. I usually polish off my breakfast but I just couldn't do it this morning. It was like there was no room in my stomach. That last detail is a big deal as I'm always hungry. I chugged my orange juice which was a really bad idea because it felt like it simply filled up my esophagus and never actually reached my stomach. My body was telling me to go back to the room and go back to sleep but I got really sick on our last trip and had to spend half a day in bed but never really felt better.

We hit the bus and went to Animal Kingdom. I had absolutely no energy. We wanted to get fast passes for Expedition Everest so that was our first stop. I made Jill walk slow in hopes that I'd get a burst of energy sooner or later. We even stopped for a photo. Can you tell that I feel lousy?

The stand by line was short so we quickly grabbed Fast passes and got in line. We buzzed through fairly quick but I noticed that it was extremely hot in the queue. Jill said it wasn't so I figured it was just a hot flash. By the time we hit the last room of the queue I was sweating. While waiting in the secondary queue for the front seat I began to feel dizzy and told Jill I needed to go and sit down so we got out of line. As we made our way out I began to feel my stomach turning so I immediately started considering how far away the nearest rest room was. Needless to day I didn't make it very far. I've always had the ability to make it to a toilet, sink, or trash can to throw up in but the Disney park style cans aren't easy to shove one's face in so I used the next best thing which was a nearby bush.

My horrified wife could only look on as I staggered to a nearby bench so I wouldn't fall over into the bush I just puked in. I proceeded to evacuate what can only be described as three meals worth of food and liquid. Jill waited patiently as a nearby cast member of the custodial persuasion decided he picked the wrong day to come into work. I drank some water and went to the restroom to freshen up. What a magical morning.

It was a good thing we prefer the front seat on Expedition Everest otherwise I'd have vomited on the ride and that wouldn't have been a good thing.

After that I felt fine but Jill made me sit on a bench and drink more water. I insisted that I was fine but she was skeptical so we walked over to Camp Mini Mickey since we had never been there. It was a long walk and we took a few breaks along the way so I could get my strength back. I could see why we had never gone over there before and we'll not likely go ever again.

Donald thinks that boot looks delicious.

See, I'm fine.

We wandered around for a bit snapping photos here and there on our way back from Tallahassee or wherever Camp Mini Mickey was stashed.

I wanted to go on Dinosaur so that's what we did. I didn't get sick so the only thing flying through the air in there were meteors. Just little ones. I grabbed a couple of Fast Passes just because.

Hey look! Our Fast Passes for Expedition Everest are ready to go. I made it through the queue this time and my nice folks on our expedition made it through without my sharing any of my previous meals with them.

Even though I was feeling pretty good I was really exhausted still so I asked if we could go back the hotel for lunch and a nap. We ate at the food court and I restored some much needed electrolytes.

I fell asleep almost immediately as did Jill so I didn't feel too bad when we woke up. We usually scoff at people that take time out of their day for a nap but we may do this again on a future trip. It was a really good nap.

Look at how well rested and not sick I look.

Epcot was going to be the high note we ended our trip on. Of course Spaceship Earth was the first on our agenda. We were going to ride that adrenaline rush for awhile so we just wandered about, sat on benches, and looked at creeps.

It's funny how we do the same thing over and over. If you were about to say, "Then you guys went to Morocco for mint tea and baklava." you'd be correct. That's what we did. Rather than sitting at a table next to a family discovering that they don't like falafel we found this table away from the hustle and bustle. By the time we finished our tea and baklava people decided that we looked way too comfortable so they sat at the other table next to us. We got up and left but not before I glared at them for ruining our moment of zen.

While Jill used the restroom I wandered over to the stage where "Mo'Rockin" was starting their show. They were pretty darned good. So good in fact the belly dancin' lady came over to shake her lady bits. Moments later she got some little girls from the crowd to dance with her thus eliminating any impure thoughts among the various men in the crowd.

We wanted to go back to Future World but the walk was drawing objections from our feet. I noticed that the ferry was dropping people off at the nearby dock so I suggested we take the boat across since neither of us had ever done it. I still think the boats are on rails but again I was assured by my beautiful wife that they aren't.

This put us closer to Norway than we were before so Maelstrom subjected us to the spirit of Norway one last time. It was excellent.

Not having our fill of boat rides in the dark we also stopped in Mexico for the boat ride. When it was done we got off and left the world showcase. I'm gonna miss it.

We did a little bit of shopping for stuff then cashed in the Fast Passes we got earlier in the for Test Track. I don't know about 5 year old boy. 65 year old boy maybe.

Reality was starting to sink in at this point since we realized that as we made our way back it was going to be awhile before we'd see any of that stuff again. It was bitter sweet. The sweetness lay ahead of us in the form of Spaceship Earth. This was our tenth and last time riding it. For a change we picked German for our language. For those wondering, Dame Judi Dench doesn't speak a lick of German. It was some other younger and less distinguished broad. Auf wiedersehen Raumschiff Erde und Epcot.

With heavy hearts we left Epcot and got on the dreaded bus for one last time. We had our last dinner at the food court which consisted of "safe" foods to ensure I wouldn't have a repeat of this morning on the way to the airport. When we got back to our room waiting on our doorknob was our Magical Express departure stuff. What a bummer. We packed up just about everything except what we'd need the next morning and fell asleep on that uncomfortable bed for the last time.


We got up early so we could do our final packing and check our bags and get our boarding passes. We managed to use all of our dining credits which culminated another safe breakfast washed down with Powerade because of, you know, electrolytes. After that we went back to our room one last time to ponder our trip and kill some time before we had to leave. We tossed our reusable mugs because we already have a bunch at home we never use and I don't feel like having to use the step stool to put them on one of the top shelves never to be used again. There also wasn't any room in our bags for them. No big loss.

Waiting for the Magical Express bus tends to suck. They tell you to get there a few days before the bus arrives which is funny because it's always about 15 minutes late or at least it is for us. It was last time and it was this time. Waiting isn't a huge deal because we can mess around on our phones and stare at the other zombies. The only real annoyance is that we have to sit with the sun in our faces because we refuse to get there when Disney says we should so we can't take one of the benches that doesn't face the sun. The people waiting near us went all the way back to Nebraska with us. It's a small world... after all.

I've decided that Orlando has a pretty lousy airport. While waiting for our plane to arrive we noticed this creep relaxing nearby. This is the type of person I always end up being stuck next to. Thankfully there were only two seats in our row on both legs so I didn't have to suffer the horrors of some old lady's stinky pillow invading my space. They were on both flights as well but we had a repeat of the two seats on the second leg as well so woot.

As per usual, our bags took their sweet time making the fifty yard trip from the plane to the baggage carousel. Jill waited in the terminal while I ventured out into the cold to fetch our car. Sure enough the snow storm earlier that week left a nice layer of snow and ice on my car that was difficult to remove. I also had a decent amount of snow to stand in. It was supposed to be warm when we got home so I didn't have a hat which meant my ears were numb by the time I was done freeing my car from the icy clutches of Winter. Thankfully Jill was waiting by the curb with our two heavy bags so I didn't have to go inside to look for her.

We stopped to the pick up the dog on the way home. She was pretty darned excited to see us.

Some people hate the end of their Disney World or Disneyland vacations but we're pretty relieved. It's nice to get back to our routines and we have a very comfortable home.

Thanks for joining me on this trip. It will be awhile before we take another so don't expect any musings of travel and leisure from me in the near future. I love you.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Disney World Trip Report - Day 6

Did you miss me? I missed you too.

Jill agreed that sleeping in would be a good idea so that's what we did. This was a rare morning where the bed didn't seem as bad or at least it didn't until we decided to get up and really the only thing that made us get out of bed was breakfast. We made it over to the food court before they switched to their lunch menu.

When we got to Epcot and did the locker thing a group of jerks clogged up the Spaceship Earth queue so we sauntered over to Test Track to get some Fast Passes for later. We weren't parched or anything but I suggested we stop be Club Cool because we've never done it.

They should call it Club Sticky Floor. I'll venture a guess that the people that don't make it to the food court in the morning to spill beverages on the floor there get their rocks off at Club Cool. The last time I encountered a floor that sticky it was accompanied by a motion picture. We'd heard about a beverage called Beverly which is apparently what they call tonic water in Italy. I wonder if they call sparking water, Audrey. I'll have to ask an Italian friend some time. It wasn't as bad as people let on though it would have been nice with a little gin. We tried them all but I don't recall being over the moon for any of them. I like a nice Dr. Pepper.

We were close to Captain EO so we checked it out. There was no line so we got our hip glasses and found a seat.
We missed the little "making of" video but not having to stand there was nice. The theater seats didn't move as much as they do in Anaheim which was nice but the lack of applause at the end was a bit disappointing. It's Captain freaking EO people. Show some respect.

We did the Finding Nemo ride again because I had forgotten the song at the end and wanted it back in my head. The dolphins were having a grand old time at the sea pavillion so I snapped a few photos while Jill looked at the manatee.
Am I the only person that gets nauseous looking through the glass?

All of that took about an hour which means it's time to cash in those Fast Passes and ride Test Track. We usually get a yellow car but today we got a blue car. This is a big deal for me because I hate yellow cars and drive a blue car. Hooray.

I really wish they'd switch Morocco and Mexico at the world showcase since I was getting a little tired of walking all the way over there. Yes, I know there's a boat. We planted ourselves on a bench since our lunch reservations weren't up yet. The place was pretty dead so we went to Restaurant Marrakesh and they let us right in. Jill went with her stand by but I decided to be adventuresome and got the Sultan's Sampler which wins the award for cheapest sounding entree in Epcot. The belly dancin' lady came out but a gentleman of additional circumference blocked my view. The two broads dancing this year were a bit on the skinny side. The dancer they had on our last trip had a rocking body. Before you scoff at me I'd like to point out that Jill agreed.

Afterward we slowly strolled around Morocco and snapped some photos. Jill didn't want to sit on the pillows but she humored me. I can only imagine how many sweaty people have sat there. Actually no, I don't have to imagine. I saw several.

While continuing our counter clockwise tour we saw the French guys setting up their show. We've seen it before and it's awesome so we watched it again. Unfortunately the weather had other plans. As the wind picked up the daring Frenchman climbed to the top and did this before they packed it in.

Anticipating rain we hung out by the tea shop while snapping photos of the English garden just in case we'd need to take cover.
The weather cooperated so we did some more wandering around Wee Britain. I sat in a comfy chair.
Then I had a staring contest with a mailbox. I did not win.

One of my favorite hobbies is finding an inconspicuous place to stand while Jill is in the restroom so I can take photos like this while she looks for me.

Canada is right next door so we went looking for Robin Sparkles merchandise but sadly they didn't have any.
This is apparently modeled after a garden in Victoria, BC so Jill and I have decided we'll go there some day and by some day I mean probably never.

It rained for a brief moment then cleared up so we went back to the world showcase because we wanted to go on Maelstrom because it's awesome. On our way to the queue we saw a woman's butt cheeks compliments of very short shorts. Work it, girl.
Back! Back! Over the falls!!!
I'm not sure why they have a large building behind these hills. You'd think they'd just mountain it up the rest of the way so as to not spoil the illusion.

How do you top off five hours at Epcot? That's right, Spaceship Earth. It rocked if you were wondering.

I did the locker thing then we hopped on the Monorail to the Magic Kingdom because that's where it goes.

Peoplemover. I don't think I need to say anything else.

We cashed in some snack credits on a couple of sundaes which we ate near the castle while people watching. Not a single creep.

As the sun set we hit up the Haunted Mansion. It's a little refreshing riding the Florida version because not only is it a little different from the Anaheim version but you don't have to listen to every and I mean EVERY person in the haunted room talking along with the "Ghost Host." I try very hard not to do it myself.

Jill didn't understand how the stocks worked but rather than explaining it I just took her photo.

We got some roasted almonds and sat near the spitting camel in Adventureland for some more people watching. The camel did not disappoint as it nailed countless people.

There wasn't anybody waiting in line for Pirates so we took our time going through the queue and snapped some photos.

The park was really empty so we just wandered about and took photos. This guy cracked me up.

Jill went in for a kiss but he played it cool.

The fireworks started up shortly thereafter but we ignored them because they're boring.

It's little.

We couldn't leave without one last trip in a Doom Buggy. It did not disappoint. It wasn't enough to hold us over until we can come back but it was still great.

We decided that the Peoplemover was the high note we wanted to finish on. Thankfully it was open this time.

That did it for the Magic Kingdom on this trip. We took our time heading back to the buses because they suck. It was fried chicken night for "Mom's Night Out" back at the Pop Food court so I had something nice to think about while I stood for yet another bus ride. It's almost comical how slow we move when we're near the end of our trip.

Thanks for joining me. Day seven is coming up and it's a doozy.