Our First Ever Trip Report, 2011 (note to self; need to work on that title)
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Tuesday 9-13 Today we got up around 7:30 and had a quick breakfast in the room before heading to the Magic Kingdom. The line for the bus was short and we didn’t have to wait long. The weather was warm and mild with no rain.
When we got to the front of the park we were disappointed to see the entrance tunnel was being worked on so it was covered by tarps .
As soon as we got inside Nathan realized he forgot to put medicine on his face so he and Mark left and went back to the room. Why did he need medicine on his face? Well, on the car ride down I noticed that he had a thin red scratch on his face that went across his forehead down his nose. We have 3 dogs, 4 cats, and one lizard and he is always playing in the woods with boys from our neighborhood so although I hate to see it on his face (especially after I pre-paid $100.00 for a Photo Pass that I plan to use the heck out of it) it’s not unusual. But by last night the scratch had gotten 4 times as wide and was red and runny. At first I thought it might be a MRSA infection. I’m a little gun shy because Brett had one on his arm last year from a Brown Recluse Spider bite. It landed him in the hospital for a few days and then for a week after that he had to go to the Doctor everyday for painful treatments to drain it. I soon realized that with the ooze being clear we were only dealing with Poison Ivy. While not as scary as Staff it was still a big concern because all of our boys are very allergic to it and usually when they get it they get it bad. This time it didn’t spread and he only had the one scratch on his face (Thank You, Lord).
Here’s a picture from another day that shows what it looked like. Gotta love those Turkey Legs!
While we waited for Mark and Nathan to get back, Brett and I walked over and got a dole whip from Aloha Isle in Adventureland. (I handed it to him to hold while I got my camera out to take a picture for you guys but when I turned around he had taken a big bite off the top. Sorry, but don‘t worry I got another one the next time and I‘ll show you that pic when we get to it).
The Swiss Family Tree House was closed for refurb so we passed it and went instead to ride Jungle Cruise. We got in line and waited but not for long because there were only about 15 people in front of us. We had a great jungle guide. I thought it might be because it was early and we were one of her first tours. It sure made a difference.
We left there and went around the corner to The Pirates of the Caribbean. We stopped outside and watched the show with Capt Jack. It was a cute show but mostly for kids.
Right inside the entrance Goofy was dressed as a pirate and signing autographs with only about 4 people in line. I wanted to stop but Brett just gave me his “no-way mom” look so I knew it wouldn‘t be a good picture and I didn‘t pursue it.
There wasn’t anyone in front of us in line going into the ride so we were able to walk through at our own pace and really look around. This is one of my all time favorites! Love It!
From there we walked over to Frontierland and went into the Prairie Outpost and Supply Company so that Brett could get a snack. Everybody stay away from this store, it is a proven fact that you will gain 2 lbs just from the smell of chocolate in here. Brett picked a double dipped chocolate and caramel Oreo cookie. It wasn’t on the snack list so it cost $6.00 but it was sooo worth it ! It was so rich we could only finish half of it.
Mark and Nathan met up with us here and all the boys went to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. I haven’t ridden this ride since I was little and I didn’t want to now. Instead I went into the Briar Patch gift shop and sat in a rocking chair and sent a text to my oldest son to check on things at the house. When they came out we all rode Splash Mountain. Again this was a first for me as I don’t remember ever riding it in the past. I’m just glad I didn’t get too wet.
We wanted to go to Tom Saywer’s Island next but everyone was getting hungry so we went instead to the Tortuga Tavern for lunch. Two of us choose Beef Burritos, (mine with no beans) and two of us had Beef Nachos. The toppings bar had a very good selection and was clean and well kept .
We were pleased to see that there were plenty of seats to choose from so we sat inside right by the open door so it would be cool. The food was delicious here. My only complaint is that to me the chocolate cake was dry and too bitter and the non-chocolate selections were limited. Nathan has a goal to not eat chocolate for one year and he has until December 31, 2011 to go. He has done so good I hated that they didn’t have more for him to choose from. After lunch we all rode the jungle cruise.
Then we went to ride the Haunted Mansion. We took the line going through the new part even though it was longer because we hadn’t seen it yet. I was very impressed with the new additions.
We left there and went through FantasyLand to Tommorrowland. Nathan and I rode the People Mover while Mark and Brett rode Space Mountain because Nathan wasn’t ready to ride that one yet. If you take something cold to drink and maybe a snack this is a nice relaxing ride that gets you off your feet a bit.
When they came out of their ride we all went over to ride Buzz Lightyear‘s Space Ranger Spin. The line for this was a little long at 15 minutes but we didn’t mind waiting. I have all but gave up trying to beat them at this game. LOL
Our dinner ressie tonight was for 700 at Via Napoli so we decided to leave the park and head over to Epcot. We took a Monorail to the TTC and another one over to Epcot.
It didn’t take long but it was close to our reservation time when we got there so we walked straight to the restaurant. The place was packed so it was very loud. They sat us at a table right by the pizza ovens which at first we thought was a good spot but soon realized that it was very HOT so we asked to be moved.
For dinner two of us had “Linquine Frutti di Mare” (shrimp, clams, mussels & squid tossed in marinara piccante) with “Gelato Frizzante” (ice cream soda made with San Pellegrins‘s Aranciata and vanilla gelato), and the other two had “Mezze Rigatoni alla Crema Con Pollo” (cream, chicken and peas) with “Tiramisu” and “Candele” (candle stick pasta, sausage ragu, polpettine meatballs, mozzarella, ricotta) with “Zeppole di Caterina“ (ricotta cheese fritters served with whipped cream and chocolate sauce). I have heard a lot about the pizza here and had planned to try it but I’m not disappointed that I didn't because all the food we ordered was very, very Good! I can’t wait to go back! Here is a picture of Nathan with his Espresso. Not sure if that was a good idea or not.
At this point we had been out all day and we were very tired so we just went back to the room and showered.
Up next, is a park free day. Breakfast at O’Hana and then we can do whatever we want. I have big plans of renting a boat, or resort hopping or maybe going into town to the Disney outlet. We’ll see….
That is a pretty nasty scratchy! I can't blame you for being concerned, but so glad it was just poison ivy. I hiked out in the woods in late September of my freshman year in high school and came back with a small patch of poison ivy on my upper lip, probably from where I had touched it and then used my hand to wipe sweat off. Neither my Mom nor I realized it was that; we assumed acne. Before we knew it, it was all over my face. Bad memory! Great day at MK and dinner sounds wonderful at Via Napoli (it's a new favorite for my family).
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