Walt Disney World Trip Report Part 26 –

Day 7 – 11/10/2014

Having rolled solo through England I made my way towards Future World for my Living With the Land FP+. I was happy with the photos I took in Canada a couple days before so I didn’t stop there. I did have to stop and take a picture of the Imagination Pavilion with a monorail passing by. I only had to wait about 5 minutes for monorail Green to come through.

I got to The Land and there was quite a line for Living With the Land. I was glad to have a FP+. I didn’t have a long wait before boarding the boat. LWTL was one of my favorite rides previously and I was slightly underwhelmed this time. I think because this time there weren’t as many fruits and veggies on the branches. Instead of these amazing 9-pound lemons, it was just a tree branch. I hadn’t really thought about the time of year affecting this ride, but it makes perfect sense. It’s a shame Moms wasn’t feeling good, I think she’d really enjoy the Behind the Seeds Tour. I’ll just add it to the list for the next trip.
DSC05607DSC05608– “lettuce” show you this Mickey head

I wanted to explore the Aquarium in The Seas since other than eating at Coral Reef we didn’t really check it out last time. That was my next stop. I was trying to get a lot done today and rushing a little more than usual. Otherwise I couldn’t spent quite a long time there in all those viewing areas.
DSC05614– I think this teacher lost his students DSC05615

I know I rode Journey Into Imagination on my first trip to WDW back in ’89, but I don’t have the memories of the ride to make me hate the new version. I enjoy it and since the wait was only about 5 minutes I got in line.
DSC05616DSC05619– this made me sad

The fountains around the Imagination Pavilion are great, so after exploring my Imagination I hung around and took some more photos. DSC05630
DSC05643_HDRDSC05651_HDR– had to stop for a slightly different view as monorail Green passed by again.


Walt Disney World Trip Report Part 25 – I’ve Got the UK All To Myself

Day 7 – 11/10/2014

We woke up this morning and Moms wasn’t feeling too good again. She decided to rest in the room while I visited Epcot. I remember I had to get something from the car, but I don’t remember what. All I know is I took my camera with me.

I opted to take a Friendship boat to Epcot instead of walking. I took a bunch of photos while waiting for the boat.
DSC05556 DSC05560

I entered Epcot via the International Gateway and World Showcase wasn’t open yet. I didn’t mind though, that meant empty pavilions. I headed towards Future World where I had a FP+ for Living With the Land. On the way I stopped to enjoy a basically empty United Kingdom. I enjoyed being able to take photos in the day with not as many people around. Next time I may just have to spend a morning walking through an empty World Showcase. DSC05566

Walt Disney World Trip Report Part 24 – Getting Our Yacht On

Day 6 – 11/9/2014

After our snack run, we headed to our final hotel stay. The Yacht Club. I was excited to check out Stormalong Bay more than anything. We checked in and of course, my Magic Band had been deleted from the stay. At this point it was just easier to get a new MB just for this room stay and use my other ones for park entrance. This helped to balance me out though with a MB on each wrist. We had a room near the quiet pool and it was quite a walk from the lobby. It was close to an exit near the dock for the Friendship boats though. The décor of the room definitely wasn’t too our taste.

We rested for a bit and eventually headed out to check out more of the resort. The dock and beach area is pretty great. Walking through Stormalong Bay made me want to jump in right then. DSC05427

Magic Kingdom was our destination for the evening. We arrived and slowly made our way up Main Street. Taking in the Christmas ambiance at night.


We got to the Castle and headed through it on our way to Fantasyland. They were getting ready for some nighttime show and apparently they close off the walkway through the Castle for the show. The thing is the CMs just came by with a rope with very little warning and no compassion. This happened as we came to the exit. We were walking at different paces and I made it through before just before they started blocking people. I understand preventing people from coming in, but they didn’t want to let the people who were already in the Castle through. They were telling those people to go back through the Castle and take one of the side paths. Moms was one of those people and she wasn’t having any of that. They eventually let her through.

We were getting hungry and the mac & cheese from Friar Nook’s sounded good. It definitely hit the spot, I love mac & cheese and this was not a bad version at all. DSC05496
DSC05513DSC05518– I find these walls odd; they look fine, but since they’re not connected to anything they’re just in the middle of the way

We were right next to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Moms had never ridden it so we hopped in line with about a 20 minute wait. The interactive queue is pretty neat. Out trip through the Hundred Acre Wood complete we started towards Liberty Square. A quick stop at the Tangled restrooms, then we rode Haunted Mansion.

We were just walking along and ended up in Adventureland. I love corny jokes so the Jungle Cruise is one of my favorites. The wait was only about 10 minutes so we hopped in line. Being Christmas time, they had changed the ride to Jingle Cruise and added some Christmas items to the jungle along with some holiday “humor”. Our skipper, Mike, was fantastic. He had great energy and delivery. Everyone on the boat was cracking up.

By now it was getting close to 10 and we were starting to drag. We made our way out of the park as Wishes was going off. They had us exit “backstage” behind Main Street, so it was neat getting to see the backside of buildings. We just went back to the room and crashed. DSC05532– Swiss Family Treehouse
DSC05534DSC05537– Yacht Club lobby


Walt Disney World Trip Report Part 23 – The Haunted Mansion Store Is Dangerous to Wallets

Day 6 – 11/9/2014

Our visit to the mines successful, we headed towards Tomorrowland. I had moved my fastpass+ for Space Mountain up, so we stopped at Tomorrowland Terrace for a quick lunch to kill some time. We’re fans of the make-your-own-burger toppings bar they have there. Moms got a burger and side of green beans and I wasn’t too hungry, so I just got some chili cheese fries. Moms doesn’t do Space Mountain, so she did some shopping while I rode. I prefer the DLR version, but still find this one enjoyable, plus the “futuristic” scenes you pass by on the way out are cool.


I joined Moms in shopping when I got off and ended up buying some Star Wars character cars. We were in the area, so the Peoplemover was a must do. Moms keeps trying to get me to start a Facebook group to bring it back to Disneyland.

We started to make our way towards Liberty Square to check out Memento Mori, which had opened shortly before our trip. Along the way I couldn’t resist taking more pictures of the Castle.


Haunted Mansion is one our favorite rides. I like all three versions I’ve been on (with Phantom Manor being my favorite) and I even enjoy a couple rides on the Holiday overlay version in DLR. So a Haunted Mansion themed gift shop was a place we really wanted to check out. Both of us were excited about so many things in there. We ended up purchasing quite a few things. Easily the most we had spent so far. It was well worth it though.

About this time we decided to head out and check in to our next and last hotel stay for the trip. We took a boat to the Poly and then walked to our car from there.
DSC05416 – those bungalows look like an awesome place to stay

We got in the car and headed off property to Publix so we could pick up some more snacks for the room. I’d heard lots of good things about their sandwiches I just had to try one since I had such a small lunch. It was good, but I’m not sure it lived up to the hype.
– I take pictures of grocery stores sometimes

Up next, our last hotel 😦


Walt Disney World Trip Report Part 22 – Barnstormin’ the Mine Train

Day 6 – 11/9/2014

Today we would be checking out of Animal Kingdom Lodge and heading to our fourth and final hotel for the trip. The knowledge that this next hotel would be our last started to bring out those end of trip thoughts into my head. There weren’t many animals out in the savannah outside of our room. I went and checked out mom’s staircase viewing spot and sure enough all the animals were in that area. It must have been breakfast time since they were all chowing down.

We packed up our stuff and headed to the car to load up. I spent some more time in the lobby taking pictures.

Today was the day we were able to snag fastpass+ for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Initially we had times for later in the evening, but I was able to change them to 11 in the morning. Just with a 5 minute difference for each of us. It’s really weird how the system works to find times. We hopped on the railroad and took a trip to Fantasyland.

When we got off the train we decided to ride The Barnstormer. It’s right about our speed and the wait was only like 10 minutes. We both thought it was a pretty fun little coaster.
– Space Mountain from the Barnstormer queue

One of Moms favorites is Dumbo and since it was right next door and had a minimal wait we got in line. It’s Dumbo, I don’t really know what else to say about it.

Afterwards we had about 15 minutes to kill before our Seven Dwarfs time was available. We wandered around New Fantasyland while I took some pictures.
Our time had finally come and we entered the fastpass queue. We had about a 15 minute wait before boarding a train. I enjoyed the ride, it didn’t blow me away but neither was I terribly disappointed. I guess the most telling aspect of it is that I just don’t remember that much about my one ride on it. Hopefully I’ll get a few more rides in on my next trip.


Random Photo for 07/17/2015


Today’s photo is not so random, since today is Disneyland’s 60th birthday.  This is a photo from my most recent visit.  The rain kept the people away and made for some great shots.

Sony NEX-5N, SEL 35mm, 1/1000, f/1.8, ISO 100


Walt Disney World Trip Report Part 21 – Disappointment

Day 5 – 11/8/2014: Part 21

Epcot is a pretty big place. From Japan, the buses were practically as far as far as you could be. Instead I decided to take a different route. I exited via the International Gateway and took a Friendship boat to Hollywood Studios where I caught a bus back to Animal Kingdom Lodge. It was kind of a round about way of getting there and it probably took me about an hour to get back; but I certainly didn’t feel like walking all the way through the park.
– passing by the Yacht Club on the Friendship boat
DSC05212 – hello DHS!

While I was gone Moms had explored some more of the resort and found another view of the Savanna she really wanted to show me. It was an external staircase near our room that had a good view of the animals. I took a break for a while before we headed out for the evening.
– Moms view

Moms is a big Pandora Jewelry fan. They happened to be starting a line of Pandora Disney charms and were having a launch event during our trip. She really wanted to go check out the new Pandora store at Downtown Disney before we headed to dinner. The Food & Wine half-marathon was going to be running tomorrow and Disney had started to close some of the roads that night. We chose to take the bus instead of getting lost with road closures. We got to Downtown Disney and headed to the Pandora store. The Pandora store is in the Marketplace Co-Op. It reminded me of Harrod’s or Selfridge’s if you’ve been to London. A group of separate stores in one building, and they aren’t separated by walls. You can move freely, but buy your stuff at whoever sells it.

Moms bought a couple charms and we checked out some of the other stores in the building. One store had some home goods we hadn’t seen before. Salt & pepper shakers that look like the various Disney park trash cans, plates with the attraction posters on them. Some really cool stuff and we wanted to buy a lot. We only bought a couple things; and I’m still kicking myself for not getting that vintage Disneyland sign, but I’ve seen it at DLR so there’s still a chance. We didn’t have anything else we were dying to do in Downtown Disney other than kill some time. We had a late ADR for Ohana so we got a pretzel to tide us over for now. We wandered in and out of some stores before going back to the bus. We had a brief wait before a bus came, but it filled up when we were next. Luckily though another bus to the Poly was right behind it.
– salt & pepper shakers we bought a set of
– didn’t buy these plates but I did get the one in the background that has the old Disneyland park map on it

We stayed at the Poly on our previous trip and loved it. It was our first choice for this trip, but was incredibly expensive. On that trip Moms discovered Ohana when we were checking out the resort and wanted to eat there. Of course it was all booked up though. Ever since then it’s been one of our main reasons to get back to WDW. I found this ADR before we had even really planned a trip.

We arrived and the Poly was still under refurb at the time. It was pretty sad to see the hotel in that shape. It didn’t have the vibe we loved so much. We checked in and got a buzzer, but they told us they were running behind. We walked out to the boat dock and the Electric Water Pageant was starting right after we got there. We stayed to watch that before going back to wait. Our ADR was for 9:00PM, which is a terrible time for an ADR at Ohana. The reason is that people stay and watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks after they eat. So with our 9:00 ADR we didn’t get seated until 10:00. By the time food came I was too hungry to take pictures. Maybe we had overhyped the place after wanting to eat there for a couple years; maybe it was having to wait an extra hour to eat; maybe it was the woman at the table next to us who was talking very loudly during the entire meal; or maybe the food just wasn’t that good. After all this time though we were disappointed with Ohana. I did really like the steak though, and the bread pudding was amazing and I wish we had saved some room for that. I’d be willing to give it another try, but I don’t think Moms would.

DSC05233 – Grand Floridian
DSC05238 – Electric Water Pageant

DSC05250 – I think the Lapu Lapu was the only thing that made the wait bearable
DSC05251 – I had recovered enough to take a picture of the amazing bread pudding.

By now it was around 11:30 and we had to figure out a way from hotel to hotel. The biggest weakness in Disney transportation. We took the monorail to MK, then a bus to AKL. The bus ride took even longer since they couldn’t go the direct route due to the closed roads. We ended up on a road that took us behind Animal Kingdom. It reminded me of Jurassic Park going that way. We got back to the room and zonked out for the night.