Saturday, October 18, 2014

Disney 2014, Day 7, Part II (Downtown Disney)

(Friday, September 26, 2014)
After we dried off from our day of fun at Blizzard Beach  we contacted Uncle Dave and Auntie Trish to see if they might like to meet for supper at Downtown Disney.   We were glad to hear they were thinking of heading there too and would like to meet at Wolfgang Puck’s Cafe for supper.
Hannah and Pascal on the busIMG_5238
While we waited for our meet-up time we took our traditional pics at the Winnie the Pooh statue.
By this point in our trip I realized that we had quick service credits in abundance and the fun of sharing was in full swing!   Sharing our extra credits is one of our favourite ways of sharing Disney Magic with those around us.  (Last year we’d had enough credits left to buy lunch for my cousin and her 6 kiddos who were just starting their vacation.)  At lunch we’d bought lunch for a teen boy who was in line behind us.  He was so thankful and as we ate our lunch he even brought his mom over to us to say thank you. So sweet!
At supper we still had some sharing to do so as we waited in line I began to approach people around us to see if they were on the Disney Dining Plan.  I came across this group of 3 who were preparing to pay cash for their suppers.  It was a treat to offer to buy their meals for them including a drink and dessert.  They were so excited!  It ends up the one gal has just started working for Disney and the 2 in the pic below were friends of hers who had arrived at Disney that day for their very first trip to Disney.  What fun to be able to bless them in this way!  They asked if we could take a picture together so I snapped one too.IMG_5242
After a long week of Disney adventures the kids were pooped and by the end of the meal all 3 were asleep at the table!IMG_5243
One of Hannah’s favourite stores at DD is Goofy’s Candy Store.  I had to snap this pic to show her she’d been there even though she slept through it.IMG_5246
We were glad to share this meal with Dave and Trish as Saturday we had plans that took us in separate directions and we weren’t going to see much more of one another before heading home.
Hannah and I had 2 more park days in front of us and after this day at Blizzard Beach and Downtown Disney we were ready to visit Epcot the next day!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Disney 2014, Day 7, Part I (Blizzard Beach)

(Friday, September 26, 2014)
On the Friday we changed things up a bit and went to Blizzard Beach for the day rather than go to a park.  What fun we had!!IMG_5178
Check out the beautiful blue sky in these pics!  Around noon we hopped out of the wave pool and got some lunch.  Unfortunately soon after that typical FL thunderstorm blew in and we were grounded. 
What do we do when waiting out a storm?  Why take on a challenge issued by Uncle Scott before we left.  We barely dented this beast but it was the same price as 2 cones and fulfilled the challenge to eat a ‘huge ice cream sundae!’  How’d we do Uncle Scott?photo-1
Once the storm passed the place was e-m-p-t-y since the delay was almost 2 hours long.*  We had such a great time riding slides over and over again without a moments wait!! 

Unfortunately the one thing that didn’t reopen was the ski lift to the top of the family tube slide which meant walking up over and over again.  Good for the legs though! IMG_5206
Hannah had a blast in the kids/tween area!  Check out my strong girl!  I saw some kids much older than Hannah struggling with the ice bergs.

Pardon the nasty hair and no makeup.  Just need to say how happy I was that we took a day away from the parks and enjoyed hanging out at Blizzard Beach!  We’ll do that again another year for sure!!IMG_5194
*Note:  I found out after we’d waited out the rain delay that since we’d been in the park less than 4 hours when they closed it for a rain delay we could have gone to Guest Services to request a rain check that would have been good for a year.  We stayed because I hated the thought of paying around $100 for only a couple of hours of play but in the end it was all good as we had the place to ourselves and had a couple of hours to sit, talk and hang out together. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Disney 2014, Day 6, Part II (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)

(Thursday, September 25, 2014)
One of the highlights for us this day was to participate in the Frozen Sing-Along.  What fun we had!!IMG_5141_thumb
Hannah couldn’t help but jump out of her seat when it started to ‘snow.’  She also tried eating it and quickly discovered it was soap.  lol!
There’s snow in my hair!
Bonnie isn’t a fan of the big thrill rides and was happy to watch the kids for us while Dave, Trish, Paul and I rode Rock ‘n Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror.  I have to say Trish was hilarious on this ride as she began screaming the second they closed the doors.  One of the other gals on the ride even turned around and laughingly said, ‘She’s my favourite!!’  Heh!  Trish, you’re the only reason I’m smiling and not also screaming in this pic.  In fact, I think you’re why everyone is smiling in this pic!  Thanks for taking one for the team sis!IMG_5155_thumb
What a great day we had at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!!IMG_5162_thumb

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Disney 2014, Day 6, Part I (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)

(Thursday, September 25, 2014)

We were excited to share this day together as an group and we finally took a group picture together!


We also booked breakfast at Hollywood and Vine and dined with the friends from Disney Jr.IMG_5112_thumb


Handy MannyIMG_5123_thumb

and Doc McStuffinsIMG_5130_thumb

Although the rest of us stuffed ourselves silly at the buffets, obviously Kallen in his 0-3 month shorts needed to have tucked in a little more!  Hee!   Better take care of this before Mickey finds out! Winking smileIMG_5136_thumb

Hannah loves her Uncle Dave (my brother)!  Here we’re waiting to enjoy The Backlot Tour just days before they closed this ride.   (I love this pic of them together!)IMG_5139_thumb

Part of the Backlot Tour was this plane that Walt used to fly between California and FL when he was scouting out the property where Walt Disney World now stands.IMG_5140_thumb

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Disney 2014, Day 5, Part II (1900 Park Fare)

(Wednesday, Sept 24, 2014)
(Note:  Hannah and I came home the beginning of last week but I’m still catching up on posts…and laundry…and tidying the house and….)
Wednesday night Hannah and I went to one of our favourite places for supper ~ 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian!  The characters there are a hoot and we laugh our way through our meal!  Speaking of the meal, we start and end ours with their fabulous cold strawberry soup.  Deeelicious!!  It appears that Pascal likes it too!  (You will hear Anastasia’s thoughts on Pascal later in this post.)IMG_5069
Visiting royalty included CinderellaIMG_5061
Prince CharmingIMG_5052
Lady TremaineIMG_5055
Anastasia and IMG_5058


I’m not sure this what Prince Charming had in mind when they said it was time for him to dance!
If you have an opportunity to dine at 1900 Pare Fare for supper – Go for it!!
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