Sunday morning, bright and early, we drove once again through the Disney gates.
We went to Guest Services and told them it was our birthdays. They gave us these badges with our names and “Happy Birthday” on them and every where we went all day long Disney employees (and some other guests) told us Happy Birthday. I recommend getting one of these badges whenever you go, whether it’s your birthday or not. Being told “Happy Birthday” every five minutes is incredibly magical!
There weren’t a ton of rides at Hollywood Studios and the ones there had long lines and no fast passes for a while, so we didn’t ride anything, just walked around and admired the general splendor until it was time for the Beauty and the Beast show. Have I mentioned that Beauty and the Beast is my ALL TIME FAVORITE Disney movie? The show was really good– basically the movie condensed into thirty minutes of musical numbers. I loved it, of course, and sang along with each and every song. I’m sure Brooke was annoyed as hell, but she smiled and didn’t complain at all. I took about 30 pictures of the show, but here’s my favorite. Any guess why? haha
The first thing we did was head straight for Space Mountain and get fast passes. Unfortunately the fast passes weren’t good until after 8:15 PM, but luckily, we were planning on staying all day!
After obtaining the fast passes we got lunch, then enjoyed the 3:00 parade. It started raining just as the parade started, but the rain was actually a welcome addition- it cooled the day down a bit.
When the parade ended, it really started to pour, so we went to the Hall of Presidents and enjoyed the show there. It was quite moving. It begins with George Washington and goes all the way through to Barack Obama. When pictures from 9/11 scrolled across the screen with George W. Bush’s voice speaking over it with words of encouragement for the nation, I got a little teary! And I am NOT a fan of George W. Bush! But anyways…
We spent the next couple of hours riding all of the MUST RIDE rides: It’s a Small World After All, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise. I wanted to ride the Teacups and Splash Mountain, but Brooke didn’t want to, so NEXT TIME! And unfortunately Thunder Mountain was closed. NEXT TIME!
At 6:00 we left the Magic Kingdom and met Danny in Epcot for a backstage tour of The Seas. I wasn’t allowed to take any pictures backstage because that’s “where the magic ends.” Plus, Danny could have gotten into big trouble! He took us to the room that overlooks the aquarium and I stood approximately three feet away from two dolphins who stuck their heads above the water and looked straight at me! They knew I was there to see them. I couldn’t say anything to them or make any big hand gestures because it would derail their training, but still, I was only three feet away. NEXT TIME Danny might try and arrange it so I can go snorkeling in the tank and then I might be able to touch one of them (maybe- I’m not sure, he wasn’t clear on that)!
After our backstage tour, we walked through the World Showcase. Of course I had to take a picture in the famous London phone booths! Danny ate at the Moroccan restaurant, but Brooke and I didn’t want to eat anything for dinner yet because we still had Space Mountain ahead!
We went through the entire World Showcase and of course I took a ton of pictures, but I’ve already bored you enough, so I’ll just get to the end of the day.
We went back to The Magic Kingdom after the World Showcase because we wanted to see the fireworks. They were beautiful but Danny told me how much they cost each night and almost gave me a heart attack. Let’s just put it this way- it was almost more than I made last year- for the entire year- with both jobs.
Still breathtaking, though.
And of course, after the fireworks: SPACE MOUNTAIN! The best most awesome roller coaster EVER. I know there will be some cynical and pessimistic people out there who don’t believe in the magic of Disney who will say, “Space Mountain? Really? The best roller coaster ever?” And I will say “HECK YES!” And they will say, “But it doesn’t even go upside down!” And I will say, “But you can’t see what’s coming next! The thrill is much bigger!”
After Space Mountain, 😦 , we left Disney World. I said goodbye to the happiest place on earth (though, as we were informed when we got our birthday badges, Disney Land is actually the Happiest Place on Earth, while Disney World is Where Dreams Come True). And then I had to come home. Back to reality. But I brought some happiness back with me. A little magic.
And I plan on holding onto it for as long as possible.
Thank you Disney World- I will be back.