February 8, 2015

Park Fun With Brayton

Ok so Brayton's surprise didn't quite go as planned, but it is a funny story.

So I was taking my time thinking I had all the time in the world, and Brayton calls and says he is about 15 minutes from the resort. I freaked out and loaded up my car as fast as possible. He pulled into the resort about the same time as me. So I told him to wait in the check in parking. I had to run to the room to set up his surprise. I got him birthday balloons and a birthday banner to hang in the room for him.

 I am an idiot and never took a picture of this though. Sorry about that!

After he arrived we went and had dinner in Celebration, and the place was really good! It was called Celebration Harbor (or something along those lines). After dinner we went back to the room and went to bed early for our park day.

Our park day started out sooo disastrous. I was getting ready and realized I hadn't packed my tennis shoes in my over night bag, and there was no way I could last a 14 hour park day in flip flops. So as we were leaving to run to my apartment to grab the shoes I forgot my car keys. I then had to run all the way back to the room to get my keys. When I did this I left my magic band in the room. LUCKILY I thought to pack my main gate cast entrance pass in my purse. When we arrived at the park I realized I had no magic band and almost freaked out. That would have just been the frosting on the cake had I left my main entrance pass at home too.

We FINALLY made it into EPCOT, our plan to be at rope drop at 9am turned into a 930am arrival. Which wasn't too bad considering all of our mishaps. We were able to walk onto Soarin with only a 15 minute wait, which was very exciting! After Soarin we did single rider on Test Track (walked right on), then we went over to Mission Space and walked right on that one as well.  Then we rode the Sum of All Thrills in innovations. This is a pretty cool hidden gem. You get to design your own roller coaster track, then ride it in a simulator. We waited about 30 minutes for this (our longest Epcot wait), but it was so worth it!

Next, we headed over to World Showcase. It was about 11:15am at this point, and the showcase had just opened. It was really nice because the crowds were so slim this time of day. We walked right up to Mulan.

After Mulan we had lunch in Germany. Brayton had the brats, and I had mac and cheese with sauerkraut (ha quite the combo)

I have never really spent time watching the shows throughout the World Showcase, but it seemed like our timing was perfect for each show. We caught some of the Italian flag dancing, the Japanese drum show, and the Canadian log cutting show.  We also watched the Voices of Liberty. This was my first time watching them, and let me tell you, they were AMAZING! If you are in Epcot go check them out!

We stopped to get a picture with Mary Poppins (my fav!) in The UK pavilion.

After we finished the World Showcase we decided to ride Figment, The Land, and Nemo. Then we left EPCOT to drive back to the resort for a quick nap. At this point I had already logged about 8 miles of walking on my health app, so my feet were killing me.

At 5:15 I made reservations for the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show (this was part of Brayton's bday gift) I am going to do a separate review post about dinner. But briefly, it was great! However, I do prefer the Hoop De Doo Review still..

After dinner we went to Magic Kingdom. At this point it was getting sooo cold outside. Ha, I say cold and it was maybe 55 degrees.

We had fast passes for Space Mtn, Pirates of the Carribean, and Big Thunder Mountain. We were also able to walk right on to Haunted Mansion, It's a Small World, and the Teacups. The longest wait we had all day was for Jungle Cruise (about 30-40 minutes). Even the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train only took us 25 minutes. Buzz lightyear was about a 20 minute wait as well.

Overall the crowds weren't too bad at all. The park was open till 2am for resort guests, but we left around midnight because it was cold, we were tired, and we had ridden everything we wanted to. I am not sure how Brayton made it after dinner to Magic Kingdom, he ate enough food at dinner for a small village (lol).

Talk to Yall Soon!

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