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    Day five: The Magic Kingdom (11/16/05)

    Wednesday was out first full Magic Kingdom day. We had been to the MK briefly Saturday night and Sunday morning, but this was out first full day in this park. Several characters were doing greets in Town Square that morning, such as Minnie, Pluto, Chip and Dale, but the lines were very long. However, I REALLY lucked up on one that morning! Outside the Opera House (where the Town Square Exposition Hall is located), Peter Pan came right out in front of me, turned to me, and said "Hello there!" With the exception of character meals (where the characters normally come to your table), I had to wait in line to greet characters, so this was amazing! We chatted for a minute or 2, and I remember asking him how Tinker Bell was doing, he said she was doing great, and that "she and Wendy were watching over the Lost Boys" then. He the proceeded to sign my autograph book, and posed for a picture.






    horse carriage on Main Street



    a GREAT view of Cinderella's Castle from Main Street

    After looking through shops on Main Street, we then headed for Fantasyland, where we rode the Carousel, Peter Pan's Flight, Snow White's Adventures, and watched Mickey's Philharmagic-- the latter of which was amazing, especially when seen in 3-D!



    Cinderella's Golden Carousel in Fantasyland



    This is Pooh's 100 Acre Wood play area. Is it just me, or does the 100 Acre Wood tree bear a striking resemblance to Animal Kingdom's Tree of Life?



    Here's the Magic Kingdom's Christmas Tree

    Next was Liberty Square (which I really loved, so quaint and charming!) where we went to see The Hall of Presidents. The animatronic presidents were so lifelike it was almost unreal! I did notice that the current Hall of Presidents show seemed to focus on the fact that once not ALL American's had full rights (such as blacks, Native Americans, and to a certain extent, women) that everyone else had, with Abraham Lincoln adressing this issue that everyone should have a share in these rights in part of his speech.



    The Liberty Bell in Liberty Square


    Next up, Next up, more fun in the Magic Kingdom, including the Big Cheese himself!

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    Day five, part two: The Magic Kingdom (11/16/05)



    3 Wild Animals! Baloo, King Louie, and me!!!


    At 1:15pm, we headed back to Main Street, for a Lunch PS at Tony's Town Square restaurant. Here, out waiter took one of my autograph books back to get "paw print" autographs from Lady & the Tramp! After Lunch, we spotted Pinocchio and Geppetto out in front of Tony's. Pinocchio was simply adorable, and Geppetto even picked up an umbrella I was carrying with me, swinging it like a baseball bat. My Dad asked Geppetto "looks like your a baseball fan!", to which he nodded very enthusiastically.



    Me with Geppetto, outside Tony's Town Square Restaurant


    After lunch, we headed for Mickey's Toontown Fair, where we stopped by Mad Tea Party (one of my personal favorites in the MK), then arrived at Toontown Fair, where we rode Goofy's Barnstormer, visited Mickey and Minnie's Houses, and then headed for the Judge's Tent, where all 3 of us met Mickey. (again!)



    Minnie's House in Toontown Fair



    Mickey's House.



    Me with Mickey, in the Judge's Tent at Mickey's Toontown Fair.


    Next up, the Share a Dream Come True Parade!

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    Day five, part three: The Magic Kingdom (11/16/05)

    Around 2:45pm that day, we headed back to Main Street to watch the Share a Dream Come True Parade. The parade started shortly after 3pm that day. This parade was a lot of fun to watch and so magical in the Disney tradition. Here are some pics from the Share a Dream Come True Parade:




    the Mickey snowglobe float, aka "It All Started By a Mouse"



    the dancing broomsticks behind the Mickey float



    the Pinocchio float



    a great shot of the Blue Fairy, with Geppetto!



    A large group of characters march by, with Robin Hood leading the way.



    Peter Pan reminded me earlier that day to keep an eye out for him in the SADCT parade, and it turned out the VERY SAME Peter was in this parade, who pointed me out in the crowd (I was in the front) and waved!



    the Cinderella float, with a great shot of the Fairy Godmother!



    the three good faries from Sleeping Beauty; Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather


    Next up was back to Frontierland, for the Country Bears Christmas Jamboree, which was HILARIOUS!, especially Big Al and his really BAD singing and guitar picking!

    After that, we tried our hand at the Frontierland Shootin' Arcade, and then to Adventureland, where we rode Pirates of the Carribean, and then Magic Carpets of Aladdin. POTC simply was awesome; one of the best rides/attractions in the Magic Kingdom and all of WDW for that matter, with an ever-catchy tune that's nearly impossible to get out of your head, "Yo Ho Yo Ho, a pirate's life for me!"

    Finally, it was time for the fireworks above the castle. Turns out we really lucked out that night, and were treated to a sneak preview of the Holiday Wishes fireworks show, which was great, and even had Tinker Bell flying by in a red and green lighted outfit!


    Next up, dinner at Chef Mickey's!

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    the faires aren't face characters there?

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    Day five, part four: dinner at Chef Mickey's (11/16/05)

    After the fireworks was a late dinner a Chef Mickey's. Donald was greeting guests by the buffet; while Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Chip and Dale were stopping by the guests tables in the dining hall. The character interaction at Chef Mickey's was the best ANYWHERE at WDW, not just character meals, but all of WDW! All the characters stopped by our table more that once; after finishing up all the tables they started all over again. Minnie showed up four times at our table, and even gave me a kiss the first time she stopped by! Dale even gave me a BIG bear hug his first time at our table, like he was REALLY glad to see me or something!



    Yours truly, with Chef Mickey himself!



    with Minnie



    with Chef Goofy



    with Chip



    and with a VERY excited Dale!


    The food as Chef Mickey's was outstanding, and the parmesian mashed potatoes were out of this world! In fact, I'd rather have a serving the parmesian mashed potatoes than some of the things offered for dessert at Chef Mickey's, or just about any restaurant at WDW!

    Next up, World Showcase at EPCOT

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    Great pics, looks like you had a blast!
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    Day six: EPCOT's World Showcase (11/17/05)

    Thursday was our second EPCOT day, this time covering World Showcase, which is the best part of EPCOT, IMHO. Our day started with the Princess Storybook breakfast at Akershus in Norway. I posted more about this, and comparing to our CRT breakfast on the Hotel & Restaurants forum here on WDWMagic. The Princess Storybook breakfast at Akershus really pales in comparison to the Once Upon a Time breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table. For instance, the food was nowhere near as good at CRT, character interaction was quite rushed, and the dining hall was VERY loud and noisy! CRT, OTOH was the quietest character meal we attended on our trip, with much better food, character interaction, and service.

    At Akershus, Belle (wearing her yellow ballroom dress instead of her usual blue dress), Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins, and Mulan circulated the dining hall, greeting guests at their tables. The best thing about Princess Storybook Breakfast was getting to meet Mulan, in fact, she and Snow White gave the best character interaction on our trip!



    with Mulan at Akershus in Norway



    the Norway pavillion

    After breakfast, we rode Malestrom (an AWESOME ride!), which is a Viking-themed boat ride through Norway. Next up was Mexico, where we Rode El Rio Del Tiempo, which was a pleasant ride as well. In China, we ran into Mulan (again!), as we was on her way to a break from character greets. Passing by, she said "Hi again, see you real soon!"



    Mexico



    China



    Germany



    Italy


    We worked our way around the rest of World Showcase, clockwise; heading next for Germany, Italy, the American Adventure, Japan, Morocco, France, The United Kingdom, and finally Canada. The American Adventure show was awesome (perhaps my favorite attraction at World Showcase), and the Voices of Liberty singing group (in the preshow) was VERY talented!



    The American Adventure



    The Voices of Liberty singing group performs in The American Adventure preshow.



    Japan



    Morocco had an absolutely beautiful pavillion, with the architectural design and colorful tiles used on the walls and floors!



    The World Showcase Lagoon


    At China, France, and Canada, we watched the circlevision theater shows about their respective nations, which were quite unique, and nothing like I have ever seen before.



    France



    with Belle and the Beast, in France



    Canada



    United Kingdom

    The British Invasion band at the United Kingdom pavillion was very talented indeed, and even sounded EXACTLY like The Beatles when singing their songs! After finishing up all of World Showcase's attractions, we had a PS at Rose & Crown in the United Kingdom. I ordered the fish & chips, with a chocolate Guiness cake for dessert. The food at Rose & Crown wasn't just good, it was great! Also, we had an OUTSTANDING waitress named Lucy there. We were seated in a semi-outdoor area by the lagoon, which is a great spot for watching Illimnations, which we watched during our dinner. This is an awesome fireworks show, especially with the rotating TV screen globe. In the Illuminations finale, the globe splits into several segments, revealing a torch in the top, where a million fireworks shoot out of!





    Here are a couple of pics of the Illuminations TV screen globe, taken from the back porch of Rose & Crown in the UK pavillion area.

    After dinner and Illuminations, we tried to get on Soarin' (again), which had a 60 minute wait and had already ran out of FastPasses for that day. On the way out of EPCOT that night, we ran in to Stitch (whom we had met earlier in Animal Kingdom), and Aladdin. Aladdin was very personable, and even gave us directions on how to get back to our car in the parking lot, in case the tram wasn't running (it was running, BTW).



    hanging out with Aladdin near the EPCOT entrance area


    Before we left EPCOT for the night, Aladdin reminded my Father to "take care of his Princess" (my Mother)!

    Next up, back to the Magic Kingdom!

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    Day seven: The Magic Kingdom (11/18/05)


    Friday was our second Magic Kingdom day, and our last full day at WDW. It started off with breakfast at The Crystal Palace, which had one of the best breakfast buffets at WDW! Inside the dining hall were Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, and Tigger. The character interaction here was great, not quite as good at Chef Mickey's, but pretty close, though the characters at Crystal Palace only stopped by once here.



    with Pooh at The Crystal Palace



    with Piglet



    with Eeyore



    with Tigger


    After breakfast, we headed to Fantasyland to ride it's a small world, which was absolutely adorable, and MUCH more fun to watch than listening to the song! I really hate that people often cut down and ridicule this ride! Then, it was back to Liberty Square, to ride The Haunted Mansion and to check out some of the shops we missed Wednesday. The Haunted Mansion was great, and was in fact far more comical than frightening!

    Next, we watched Cinderellabration, which was incredible, especially with the fireworks shot off after Cinderella is crowned a princess! WDW should keep this show even after the Happiest Celebration On Earth is over!



    a photo from the Cinderellabration show, on the castle stage




    outside Tony's Town Square Restaurant with a real live boy, Pinocchio!


    Then it was back to Main Street to check out a few more shops, and the off to Tomorrowland. The first attraction we visited in Tomorrowland was Stitch's Great Escape, which was cute, but I wouldn't go out of my way to ride it again. Next up was the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, which gave us a pleasant ride through of Tomorrowland. The best part was the ride through of rides such as Buzz Lightyear and Space Mountain! After that, we rode Buzz Lightyear and Carousel of Progress. Carousel of Progress was AWESOME, and perhaps my favorite ride/attraction in Tomorrowland so far! I can't believe Disney would even want to get rid of this, as it was rumored not long ago!

    Next up was Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, which I really enjoyed, and scored 86,500 points! We skipped Astro-Oribter and Space Mountain, due to very long lines. In fact, Space Mountain had a very similar situation to Soarin', with a 60+ minute wait in the line and had run out of FastPasses for the day.

    We then headed for Adventureland, first to the Enchanted Tiki Room show (which was really something, even though it wasn't the original!), and then to the Jungle Cruise. Jungle Cruise had a long wait, so we opted for a FastPass (the only one were really needed on our trip). While waiting for our ride time on the Jungle Cruise, we spotted Peter Pan (again) and Wendy Darling nearby. Before getting to them in line, we asked the CM with the if/when Captain Hook was appearing. She said he wouldn't be appearing that day (which I was disappointed with), but I had a great time with Peter and Wendy. Peter did most of the talking, but Wendy asked where was I from, which I told her (Greensboro, NC). She responded with "that's quite far from here!". Peter asked "did you fly here?". I said we drove, and he said "I bet you played a lot of games on the way, like the Lost Boys would!" He then asked if I rode Peter Pan's Flight yet, I said I did, and that it was FUN!



    We then posed for a photo and autograph from both of them. I then told Wendy "you ARE darling! She really got a kick out of that comment, and Peter said "you're right about that!"

    Next was back to Frontierland, to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, which turned out to be one of favorite rides in the Magic Kingdom, and all of WDW for that matter! Splash Mountain was closed for a rehab, which I found quite diappointed. Before leaving the park for good on our last day, we rode The Many Adventures on Winnie the Pooh and then Dumbo. Pooh was a great ride, especially the part where Tigger bounced through. (the ride cars bounce with him!) Dumbo was a lot of fun as well, very much like Triceratops Spin which we rode in Animal Kingdom Tuesday and Magic Carpets of Aladdin that we rode in Adventureland Wednesday. In fact, Dumbo was probably my favorite of the 3, and one of the rides I really wanted to ride before arriving at WDW!



    Dumbo at dusk



    City Hall at night


    After leaving the Magic Kingdom, it was dinner at The Pepper Market in Coronado Springs. I ordered Fettucini with regular tomato paste sauce, and a sample of Alfredo sauce, given to me in a cup to try. The Alfredo sauce wasn't bad at all, especially having tried it for the 1st time ever!

    Next up, time to say goodbye.

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    Day 7: (11/19/05)



    A parting shot, outside my room at Coronado Springs. Time to say goodbye. So long for now, but really looking forward to the next time!

    Upon leaving WDW and Orlando, we took a ride down US 1 to get a look at some of the beaches in Florida. We stopped for breakfast at McDonald's in Daytona Beach, and then stopped by the St. Augustine Beach Lighthouse. We only stopped in the lighthouse's museum and gift shop, due to lack of time and having to pay a charge to actually go out to the lighthouse. From what we could see, the St. Augustine lighthouse was a beautiful lighthouse, and in fact looked VERY similar to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse not far from where I live, especially with the black and white spirals!

    That night, we stopped at the Best Western at Fredererica Beach, FL (not one of the chain's better motels, to say the least!). Then, early Sunday morning, it was on the long ride back home after our 9-day vacation, which was without a doubt THE best vacation I have EVER been on in my entire 33 years of my life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If anyone has more questions or comments, please feel free to post! I look forward to hearing from you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KentB3
    Peter Pan reminded me earlier that day to keep an eye out for him in the SADCT parade, and it turned out the VERY SAME Peter was in this parade, who pointed me out in the crowd (I was in the front) and waved!
    Well of course! There's only ONE Peter Pan!

    And yes R, the Three Fairies have been bigheads in Florida for years.

    Stinkler is so right about Mary too. True story.

    Love your pictures, Kent!
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