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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Trip Report: Disney Day 2 Wandering Around

My original plan for this day was to wake up and hit rope drop at the Magic Kingdom.  However, no plan survives first contact, and because of the torrential downpour the previous night I sent the girls off to play without me.  After getting myself ready and telling Geordon that he could sleep in (there was much rejoicing), I hopped in a cab to Disney's Port Orleans Resort to help Becks move her wedding gown to our hotel room.  You wouldn't think that moving a dress would be that big of deal - but what you don't consider in that passing thought is that wedding gowns and all of their accoutrements are gigantic.  It seriously took three people and an SUV to make it happen - I kid you not.

Once that was taken care of, Bekah, Carlos, Kirk and I made our way to the Magic Kingdom.  We wandered down Main Street USA towards Adventureland, and I waved everyone to go ahead of me so that I could take a few pictures.

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As I got to Aloha Isle I saw my crew standing in line for a Dole Whip. Nourishment (well - sort of) was acquired and we continued to head towards the traditional first ride of Pirates of the Caribbean.

Kirk at Aloha Isle

Becks and Carlos Aloha Isle

Kirk and I got separated (with my meandering ways) from Becks and Carlos, but I know that they were together and temporarily away from wedding drama - so it was all good. Kirk had worn his "Class of 2013" Mickey Mouse Mortar Board for the day and he was getting lots of congratulatory comments. I think he may have been more excited about his Graduation there at Disney than he was going through commencement at home. His mission for the day was to get his picture taken in his ears with Buzz Lightyear. Before making it to Pirates we stopped at watched Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial for awhile. It was really rather funny. Tori (who was spending her morning playing Sorcerer's of the Magic Kingdom) saw us and joined Kirk and I for a ride on Pirates - which we walked right on.

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Pirates of the Caribbean

After the ride Kirk and I were in desperate need of some breakfast. It was 10:30 and I checked the MyDisneyExperience App to figure out which restaurants were nearby and open. We decided to make for an early lunch at Pecos Bill's was open in Frontierland.

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Note for future reference - I'm not sure why I thought it would be easy to drive my ECV into Pecos Bills and park it while we ate, but this was a bad idea. I got in just fine while there were no people, but 30 minutes later when the restaurant was getting crowded I nearly had an anxiety attack getting out.  I actually hit a child - okay it wasn't really a child - but it was the chair a child was sitting on.  His parents were less than thrilled and I was absolutely mortified. How did I let myself get pinned in?

Kirk and I split up after lunch and I went off to take some random pictures of beautiful things, like the new Tangled Rest Area, and the gilded mosaic inside of Cinderella Castle, and the completely charming Cinderella Fountain.

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About 1:30 I thought I would head back to the room, it was just then that Geordon called and said he was in the Magic Kingdom and I should meet up with him. So I made my way down Main Street but got stopped - because I had to take some parade pictures.

Once we did meet up he said that he would be happy to just grab some lunch before heading back to the room. I offered him some choices, and we headed to Columbia Harbour House so that he could try the Lobster Roll. It made for one very happy husband tummy - and I ate all his chips. I LOVE fresh chips. Columbia Harbour House may now be my favorite spot to stop for counter service lunch in Magic Kingdom.

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We stopped back at Aloha Isle on our way out so that G could have his Pineapple Explosion (a Dole Whip Float) and I spotted orchids in full bloom growing on a tree in Adventureland. I was completely captivated by the beautiful flowers that I had never seen in a "natural" environment before. Now - I'm sure that some brilliant Disney horticulturist put them there, but to me the effect was absolutely stunning and they took my breath away.

As I looked at them in awe and shot a couple of pictures I suddenly became very aware of my surroundings and of all of the people hurrying past me on their way to the next attraction. It was an awkward and disjointed moment because I was so enthralled with the orchids hanging over my head, and most of them seemed to be rushing by crankily with not even a moment to note the careful crafted moment of extreme beauty. I felt bad for all of those people and wanted to yell "Hey! Slow down and look at this!"

Orchids - Wild?

In the mean time... Space Ranger Kirk accomplished his mission!

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While on our way back to the hotel, Geordon and I took a detour to Disney's Contemporary Resort - where I ate the most delicious chocolate chip cookie on the face of the earth. It was at Contemporary Grounds - go get one - you'll thank me. Honest.

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CR Contemporary Resort Hotel

It was Wedding Welcome Dinner night and all of the families that had come down for the wedding met up at the Trout Pass Pool Bar for a catered dinner from Earl of Sandwich. It was incredibly delicious, the location was fantastic, the company was awesome, and made for a great way to end the night. I went to bed early because the next day was the wedding!

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Did you miss the rest of this trip?  Check out the other posts from The Great Wedding Roadtrip!



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