The Happiest Place on Earth…

Tuesday
We arrived safe and sound in Orlando on Tuesday afternoon. Our house is amazing! We made sure to buy groceries to last us through the week, and made a game plan for Wednesday. We also watched the pilot episode of The Office on my computer.

Wednesday
Heather, Aaron, Doug, Jackie, Bryan We woke up early and had pancakes and eggs to tide us over for a few hours on probably the craziest day of our lives. Mission: Conquer Magic Kingdom and maybe hit up Epcot. We arrived at Magic Kingdom near 9:45 am and went directly to Space Mountain. We picked up a fast pass and proceeded to another line. Fast passes allow you to put your ticket in a machine, spits your ticket out, along with another piece of paper. This paper gives you a time frame of which you can return to the ride and pretty much walk right on, where if you waited in the Standby Line, could take a couple hours. It’s a neat idea. We waited in line for the Buzz Light Year ride, which was great. We then watched Mickey’s ’Twas the Night Before Christmas and booked our way to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. We rode that and made Bryan get us fast passes to Stitch’s Great Escape, because he’s the fastest of us all. We ate packed lunches and went to ride Space Mountain.

Other than at Arnold’s Park, which doesn’t count, I haven’t been on a roller coaster for as long as I can remember. Space Mountain was the end of that! We made our way to Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain and decided we’d rather wait in line for Splash Mountain. So we did. We got only a little wet, but it was a good time because the two kids behind us in the log were great company! We went back to Stitch’s Great Escape and were waiting for 7 minutes to come and go so we could use our Fast Passes there when a Disney World staff member, Mike, came up to me. He said, “People would love to stand behind you in a line because there are so many things to read on your shirt!” (I was wearing my Drama Club shirt that has a lot of weird laws or something on the back.) I agreed and Mike said, “People should be paying you for that.” I said, “You’re right, they should!” Mike then pulls out his billfold and gives me 10 fast passes for any ride in Magic Kingdom that can be used anytime that day! It was a blessing because we thought we wouldn’t be able to go on Thunder Mountain at all. We did Stitch’s Great Escape, which wasn’t great at all but at least we didn’t wait in line to find that out. Then we booked it to Thunder Mountain to use our Mike passes. We waited less than 5 minutes and were on the ride. The standby line wait was close to 100 minutes! Mike is the best ever. We grabbed fast passes for Peter Pan’s Flight and made our way to Epcot Center, another Disney World Park.

The excited faces of Heather and Jackie and Bryan We got fast passes for the 3D show Honey, I Shrunk the Audience and quickly found that we wouldn’t have time to wait in lines for any ride. We did find Body Wars, however and walked right on to that ride. Someone commented on my shirt there as well. We all got sick after being on that and decided to get some fresh air and walk around “Holidays Around the World” which has different countries surrounding this lake. We did that for close to an hour and returned to watch our 3D extravaganza. We returned to Magic Kingdom and checked to see if Space Mountain had a short line…140 minutes. We decided that It’s a Small World’s 20 minute wait seemed pretty appealing, especially when you can sit down for it. Turns out it was more like an 8 minute wait, but it was glorious. The ride has been redone since I last was in Disney World. Same idea and everything, but repainted and new or restored dolls. I was slightly impressed. We went to Peter Pan’s flight and made our way home. We got back at the house near 12:15 and cooked ourselves tuna noodle casserole. I was the first to go to bed, near 1:30. We decided sleeping in this morning was a must. We will begin our day at about 11:45 and will hit some gift shops, disc golf, and mini golf. Tonight will end the day with our Pirates dinner theater.

I’ve called a few people while up here, Grandparents, Parents, and of course Miles. I told him about the Drama Club shirt craziness, since he’s the president, but I think he was too drugged on NyQuil to appreciate the greatness of it all. The boys have been thinking of different ways to catch an alligator and retrieve its head for David. So far, we haven’t seen any real ones. But I know our time will come.

Friday: Disney world (MGM, Animal Kingdom) Saturday: Swim with manitees in the Gulf of Mexico, New Year’s Eve Sunday: Universal Studios Monday: Pack up for home and fly away

OK, bye bye!