Archive for December 30th, 2005

Walking Zombies

Thursday
We slept in because Wednesday was so tiring on our bodies. It was decided to be a good idea to spend a little time in the hot tub. However, when they got there, the water was bright yellow. So we decided it wasn’t a good idea.

Doug loves hula girls!We took off for disc golf near noon. We went to Turkey Lake Park for nine holes. It was a good time. We got distracted by a turtle, an orange tree, a lemon tree, a mango tree, and white sand aka Florida snow
We went to some gift shops downtown and enjoyed spending money on ourselves and others. I bought a post card for Miles, but realized I needed to call him for his address. So it wasn’t going to be as cool and surprising as I first though. After two hours of shopping, we decided to spend a lot of time getting ready for Pirate Dinner.

We returned to our house and each had a bowl of ice cream outside by our pool. The boys decided to be boys and jump the brick wall to see what’s on the other side. A golf course and some backyards were over there. There also was a giant snow globe. Bryan claimed that at Disney World when it snowed fake snow of bubbles, it was like we were in a snow globe. He explained that since we were on Earth, also called a globe, it makes sense. Heather pointed out that wherever it snows then, must be considered a snow globe. Bryan decided his thoughts are way above ours and we couldn’t possibly understand.

The pirate dinner was insane on many different levels. Bryan, Doug, and Aaron were a part of the show along with 15 other boys. That was pretty cool. But the craziest thing of all was what happened after the dinner/show. There was a disco dance pirate party in the main lobby. We entered, and there were flashing lights, a screen with psychedelic patterns, and a pirate DJ. We decided to not partake in the festivities. We came home and took a family portrait because we looked nice and decided to go to bed rather early for Friday’s big day.

Friday
We woke up early and went to Epcot. The five of them waited in line at Test Track (car testing ride) while I took their tickets and got fast passes to Soarin’. We rode Test Track, and went to Mission: Space. At Mission Space. This ride was the most impressive ride at Disney World. We were in capsules by fours and assigned jobs such as navigator, pilot, commander, and engineer. We were launched in to space (the contraption was spinning super fast and made the skin on my face push back) and it really felt how I would imagine it to feel like in space. We took a bus to Animal Kingdom and waited 2 hours to ride a Safari thing, which wasn’t too great. By that time, we needed to head back to Epcot to ride Soarin’. This ride was pretty neat as well. It rose you up like a hang glider while your feet dangle and you’re in front of a movie screen so big that it is all you can see. You fly over different scenes like the ocean and forests and mountains. A cool and sweet smelling breeze rushed across our faces. The only thing to make it better would have been a mist when we got close to the ocean. It was good.

We took a bus to MGM studios and prepared to get fast passes for the Tower of Terror. Five of us got our passes, but when Aaron stepped up to get his, the machine broke. The attendant gave him six free passes (!) to the Tower of Terror for anytime. We got in line for the Aerosmith Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and two hours later were riding the best roller coaster we’d been on. We used our fast passes at the Tower of Terror and enjoyed the ride there as well. We then realized we had 5 fast passes for 6 people (from when Aaron didn’t get his pass along with ours). Someone suggested giving them away to a group at the end of the line outside. We found a party of three and a party of two who looked like they could use a free pass and gave ours to them. It was a good feeling.

We didn’t make it to the Driving Stunt Show, or Indiana Jones. But we went to the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire show and that was exactly like the TV show, only the winner gets a cruise, not a million dollars. It was neat. I wasn’t smart enough to make it in the hot seat though. We went on Star Tours, a Star Wars simulation. It was exactly like the Body Wars ride we all hated and got sick from. Just a different video playing in front of us. Mistake. We headed to Magic Kingdom to see the fireworks, but missed the monorail to make it over there. We watched them from further back and it was still pretty sweet. By this time though, my body had turned on autopilot and I was not functioning correctly. We thought it best to head back early and get some sleep for our big day at the Gulf.

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Saturday: Swim with the manatees, New Years Eve Sunday: Universal Studios Monday: pack up and head home

OK, bye bye!