Wednesday, December 30, 2009

SNOW!

No, Macie doesn't have dandruff, that's snow! We got our first snow in our new house yesterday, even if it was kind of puny. Macie was very excited about the snow and wanted to eat it too.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Day 5 & 6 - Epcot on Day 5 and back to Hollywood Studios and Blizzard Beach on day 6. So I was super tired last night, and too lazy to blog, so anyone reading this is getting a double dose today! Yesterday we went to Epcot, which we learned stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.
We went on quite a few rides, never having to wait longer than 20 minutes again! We've had such good luck! We even saw Nemo, his dad Marlin and Dorri!
We also went on Mission: SPACE (below). It was awful. Bryan loved it, but the thing almost made me puke. It was a virtual reality thing that spun you all around without you realizing it. It was not fun, but I smiled for the camera anyway.
We also rode Spaceship Earth, which came with cool 3-D glasses!
They took a picture of us at the beginning of the ride, and then they put our heads on futuristic bodies for a story at the end.
Epcot also showcases different cultures, including Morocco, where they like to belly dance.
Later that night we went to Downtown Disney, where we saw awesome lego creations!
We stayed in Downtown until the last possible second. Our shuttle bus back to the hotel was leaving Epcot at 10:30 p.m., and we had to get a shuttle back to Epcot before then. The problem is there are no direct shuttles between Downtown Disney and Epcot, so we had to take a shuttle to a disney resort hotel and then hope that an Epcot shuttle would come there. Waiting outside the Pop Century Disney Hotel at 10:20 p.m., we were praying for a miracle. Finally, a bus came and we pulled into Epcot at 10:32 p.m. We coulod see our shuttle bus waiting to take off across the parking lot, and we asked the bus driver if he could just let us out where we were....he (thankfully) did and we were off to the races. We ran over the median and across the bus parking lot and made it to our bus (a bit out of breath). We jumped on, sat down and 30 seconds later, the lights went out and we were off. What a day!!
Day 6....This day wass our free day, so we decided to re-visit Hollywood Studios. The main reason we wanted to go back is because we didn't get the chance to go on Toy Story Midway Mania! The last time we were at Hollywood Studios, we tried going on the ride, but the fast passes were all distrbuted by the time and the wait was 90 minites! So due to much prodding by Kathleen, we knew that we had to go on it! Boy was she right! It was a super fun ride, and very hard to explain, but if you ever go to Hollywood Studios, it is a must do, but make sure you get there early because the fast passes go fast!
Below, we are inside the ride. The ride is a competition where you shoot things and play midway games....for the record I beat Bryan!
After Toy Story and going to a second American Idol Experience, we headed back to Blizzard Beach because it was a beautiful day and I wanted to work on my tan some more!
The weather was awesome, probably high 80s an blue sky finally!
This is one of the rides, called the Slush Gusher, and that is Bryan sliding down it!
And here is Bryan on the Snow Stormers again. We finished off our day by heading to Downtown Disney again for dinner at Planet Hollywood. Once again, we lucked out that there was no line and we got awesome seats! The food was great, and it was a great way to end our vacation. Now I am headed to bed because we have to wake up at 3:45 a.m. to head home. We are sad our stay here in the sun is over, but are excited to come home and decorate our new house for Christmas!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Day 4 - Magic Kingdom

Today was Magic Kingdom! Here we are representing our Alma mater.
Later, I put Bryan in stocks. He was not happy about this.
We got there pretty close to the opening, and so we headed to Splash Mountain first, figuring that it would be busy the rest of the day. We walked right on, probably because most people were too cold to ride it. This is the photo from our first drop. I had fun, Bryan seems scared again...
This is the photo from our second drop, which we also walked right onto later in the afternoon. It was still a bit cloudy and cold, and no one was riding, so we went back to take a photo in honor of the Koreans! After this plunge, we finished the ride, and were about to get unloaded, but they wouldn't let us out. Apparently, the ride broke down, so we were stranded there for over half an hour waiting for the all clear. It sucked because we had gotten soaked on the ride, and were really cold....but eventually we got off and headed out for more fun.

We took a trip to Tom Sawyer's Island....a favorite when I was a kid. Hooray for self timers! Bryan took some shots at the people on Thunder Mountain from Tom Sawyer's Island.
I love pickles.
We walked on a cool rope bridge and I bounced around on a barrel bridge (not pictured because I was having too much fun).We also visited the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House, which is based on one of our favorite movies!! This is a hammock room... Buzz Lightyear was so good we had to go twice....
And Space Mountain was fun (below), and we even tried to go again, but it broke down. Bad luck for us today!
Magic Kingdom was decked out for Christmas!

The day, although colder than desired went very well...we never waited longer than 10 minutes for any ride and we went on them all! The best was the Monster's Inc. show!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Day 3

Today was Hollywood Studios! We knew it would be a bit more rainy today, so we went to Hollywood Studios, where most of the attractions are under cover. It only rained for a few minutes while we were outside, but there were still plenty of crowds.
I had to snap a photo of the biggest sham we've seen so far on this trip....plastic ponchos for $7.50. Way to go Disney...you have now capitalized on not only the useless stuffed animal trade, but also preyed upon the unwarranted rain phobias of 80 percent of the world's citizenry. It was hilarious to watch all these people flock to the poncho carts and fork over money for a glorified plastic bag which they used for about 15 minutes.
Below is Streets of America, which is outside. Later on that night, the streets of America lit up! They had a whole light show with every building covered in lights! We got to tour the Disney back lot, and we even saw the gun from Honey I Shrunk the Kids!
Btw, that is one of the best movies of all time. On that note, we also visited the Honey I Shrunk the Kids! play area, which was so cool! I even found a huge canister of film! We also saw a stunt show which had some amazing car chases! We decided that the stunt drivers have THE best jobs....they get to drive like crazy for about an hour a day!
Our favorite ride of the day was Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (the front of which was this cool guitar).
Inside, the indoor (in the dark) ride started out really fast, as seen in the photo below. Notice how calm the folks in front of us are.
We also enjoyed the Indiana Jones stuntman show. That's Indy underneath the plane.
The scariest ride was The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
This was a cool Mickey hedge.

And the most boring thing we did was watch the Beauty and the Beast show....which paled in comparison to the Finding Nemo show at Animal Kingdom (where everyone actually sang live instead of lip syncing).
Funniest moment of the day was during Star Tours when the little girl in front of us kept asking her dad, "Are we really going into Outer Space?" and then at the end of the ride she says, "Is that it?"

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

In honor of the 14-degree weather in Oregon, we went to Blizzard Beach today to enjoy the 85-degree weather here in Florida! We rode tons of waterslides, and Bryan's favorite was the tobaggan (as seen below).

They also had a wave pool that Bryan enjoyed and I enjoyed getting some color (no sun burn though!). Then there was Mt. Gushmore....where a lot of the slides went off of. In order to get up to the mountain, we first rode the ski lift (shown below), and later walked a ton of stairs to get back off (a very good workout!).
The scariest ride was Summit Plummet, which is seen below. You start out at the very top and then go into the dark on a straight 120-foot drop. I probably would have peed my pants if I wasn't flying so fast!
After Blizzard Beach, we went back to the hotel, got cleaned up and drove into downtown Orlando for dinner. We ate at Cheesecake Factory, which was absolutely awesome. Now we are stuffed and enjoying a relaxing evening. Do we have to come home?