Last weekend was a rough weekend in many senses of the word. I went to Charlotte after work on Friday, worked for 13 hours Saturday, slept four hours, got on a plane, flew to DC (for 30 minutes), then flew to Orlando. If you know me well, you know I require a lot of sleep. I know my friends with kids laugh at me saying that, but I was the kid would get sick at church camp, just from lack of sleep. So last weekend I slept a total of 10 hours with Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night combined. That with everything else going on, it was a rough weekend. I say all of that to say how amazing the weekend ended.
On Friday I took an UBER to the airport, who was a carpenter, and looking for a job. Well, we really need to hire a carpenter. He is interviewing this week with Josh, (prayers appreciated) but the reason I took an UBER was so Josh could pick me up from the airport and we could go to DISNEY!
Yes, you read that correctly, I can no longer say, “I have never been to Disney.” They have a Florida Resident deal going on, 4 day pass that you must use before June 9 for $169. I then had the option to pay a little more and add the Park Hopper, it ended up being around $200, per person. I still think that is a little much, but it was so much fun. Every now and then, with me doing three jobs, and Josh running and starting a business, treats are good.
We started at Hollywood Studios around 12:00. I had us three fast passes, Tower of Terror, Indiana Jones, and Rock and Roll-coaster. We then got a fast pass for Beauty and the Beast, before heading over to Magic Kingdom. Super Bowl Sunday was the day to go to Disney. The longest line we waited in was thirty minutes. When we walked into both parks they were having shows, Hollywood, Star Wars, and Magic Kingdom, Main Street Parade. After we watched the Star Wars show (Neither of us have ever seen Star Wars, so we were clueless who they even were) we went and rode the great Movie Ride. One thing we noticed quickly was the amount of detail Disney really puts into each ride. They are not just rides, each ride is a full on experience. As soon as we finished there we walked down Sunset Boulevard and a truck stopped beside us, three women hopped out and there started another show. That was one thing we both discussed how the whole place felt like you were in the middle of old school Hollywood. I know, I know that was the point, but hey they did it well.
After that we headed to our first Fast pass, The Tower of Terror. I have to be honest, I was really worried about this ride, after a ride in Australia and the Old Superman ride at Six Flags. I have to admit, the experience was better at Disney, but the other two actual rides took the breath out of me more, and made my stomach leave my belly more.
I loved the whole “My Disney Experience” Ap. It was awesome. I can’t imagine going without the app. Tower of Terror had an hour wait, we just walked right on. Great for a planner like me. Next up we had Indiana Jones, but we had some time to kill. We walked around and looked at the Star Wars stuff, but again, weren’t that into it, since we had no clue anything about it. The Indiana Jones part was amazing though. It was really cool to see the stunts, the movement of how everything is orchestrated, and how well trained the stunt people were with gymnastics skills. Honestly it really made me want to go back and watch all the movies, are they on Netflix?
As soon as the Indiana Jones Stunt show ended we made a bee line to Aerosmith Rock and Roll-coaster. That was our favorite ride at Hollywood. The music blaring in your ears, the track, it was a great experience. We just happened to get picked to sit in the front. I was so excited. I sang, well more like screamed the song, Walk This Way, the entire time. When we finished there, we headed to Beauty and the Beast. We had met an employee from Greenslopes (Brisbane) who gave us a fastpass to the shows. We again, walked right in and sat in a great seat. That show was amazing. It made me want to see the Broadway show even more.
While we were waiting for Beauty and the Beast to start I got us a fast pass to Splash Mountain in Magic Kingdom. We quickly headed over there, rode the monorail, (How many of you remember reading about the Disney monorail in grade school text books, when learning about modes of transportation?) It was getting chilly as we walked into to Disney and I realized Splash Mountain was a ride we could get wet. I quickly canceled that fastpass and we got in the one line we waited in and rode Thunder Mountain.
After Thunder Mountain I got us a fastpass for Space Mountain at 9:20. We went and watched the light show on the castle. The light show reminded me of Sydney Vivid on the Opera House, but all Disney. One thing I thought was amazing was when they played the Frozen song, I could hear four different languages singing the song around me. I love how things can bring all cultures and languages together.
While watching the light show we got the idea to hit as many rides as possible during the fireworks. Oh what a great idea that was. We walked right on to the tea cups, It’s a Small World (that is one weird ride), Dumbo, the carousal, and the Mine Train. I mean we hit all the iconic rides that you see as a kid, I know we aren’t kids and don’t have kids, but it was still our first time there, we had to do all the kid things also. After we hit those up, we walked around a bit, and then rode Space Mountain.
After that, we walked back to Main Street, got some coffee, and headed home. Next Sunday I have planned Animal Kingdom and Epcot. After next Sunday we will have two more days to do whatever, so any tips are always appreciated. We don't want to miss anything!