did we decide which theme park to choose on which day?
Staying on the Disney grounds gave us access to a wonderful
program called, ‘Extra Magic Hours Benefit.’
That meant that each day one of the theme parks opened
an hour early or stayed open up to three hours after
regular Park closing. Crowds were therefore much lighter
at those times. We chose to start very early in the
mornings when the kiddies were well rested, lines were
shorter and we could enjoy the most popular rides before
the park gates opened officially.
To avoid extra
traveling time, we tried to spend one day in each theme
park. In hindsight, based on the ages of our children,
Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom Park were the hands-down
favorites and Epcot more pleasing for the adults than
the young ones.
was another one of our friends and we used it often
and well. If we arrived at a ride that had a long lineup
we simply slipped our park entrance ticket into their
FASTPASS machine. The ticket was then stamped with a
return time to enter the ride without any extra waiting.
fulfills a dream...
actual 65th birthday party was held at ‘Cinderella’s
Royal Table’ restaurant located in Disney’s
most famous castle. Think rich dark wood, high ceilings,
stained glass windows (with great views of the Magic
Kingdom), gracious servers dressed in royal garb, surprisingly
good food, a personalized birthday cake and, the star
of the show – Cinderella, elegantly perched on
her golden throne greeting little diners who waited
in line to chat with her.
Though it was a
hot, 85-degree day, courting etiquette demanded appropriate
dress for meeting a princess. My 4-year old grandson
insisted on wearing a long-sleeved formal white shirt
along with the red felt crown he brought from home.
In his hand he clutched a toy necklace that was his
‘courting’ gift to the princess. Little
Josh handed it to her with an exuberant, ‘Here!’
To her credit, Cinderella accepted his offering with
a great deal of empathy. She bent over and kissed him
on the cheek, put on the ‘jewelled’ necklace,
and invited our little boy ‘with stars in his
eyes’ to sit beside her on her throne. How’s
that for creating Disney memories?
works his magic...
breakfasts and luncheons where larger than life Disney
characters stroll from table to table offering chats
and wonderful photo opportunities are extremely popular.
Little Lotus met Pooh at an exceptional buffet brunch
held at the 1900 Park Fare restaurant in the Grand Floridian
Hotel. With eyes as wide as saucers she revelled in
the big bear’s antics as he skipped from table
to table singling out each child in turn. She laughed
non-stop as Pooh hugged her dad while mom took photos
of all the fun.
We, adults, made
several trips back to the sumptuous buffet that morning
– omelets, French toast, pancakes, salads, fruit,
yummy desserts – you name it, it was there and
beautifully prepared. P.S. Journeywoman suggests that
you reserve special meals far in advance (in some cases
like Cinderella’s Royal Table up to 90 days) so
there is less chance of last-minute disappointment.
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loved their evening out...
set of parents at my party chose one evening to go out
on the town while the other adults became the designated
babysitters. One couple chose the Grand Floridian Resort
and spa for their cavorting. After a relaxing aromatherapy
soak and massage, they kicked back at Narcoossee, a
waterfront restaurant (surf and turf specialties) with
a view of the Magic Kingdom and fireworks display. In
their own words… “We had an amazing meal.
The bartender was a wine maven (who knew that Disney
would have such a great selection of wines?) and we
had one of the best white wines we've ever tasted. In
the middle of the meal, which was cooked to perfection,
we were invited to go out to the deck and watch the
spectacular fireworks. Then we finished with a decadent
dessert. What more could you want? Fabulous!”
The second couple
chose to visit Epcot’s attractions on their free
night. These are their words of advice… “At
EPCOT, when watching the 9pm daily fireworks extravaganza,
position yourself outside the French pavilion. There's
a nifty little French wine vendor where you can buy
a gorgeous glass of vino or champagne and sip it while
the sky lights up around you. Romantic and blissful!”
tips from Journeywoman's children