2013: Disney World

Some highlights of trip to Orlando / Disney World are below. Please note – I walked a lot at each resort, ate, saw, went on rides, but only the highlights are listed.

B0ught a Disney World five-day ticket (without park hopper – decided to stay in one park each day, with a second day at Epcot) from Undercover Tourist. The websites Disboard, AllEars.net, MouseSavers, Fodors, and a few other sites I can’t remember right now (which probably means I just glanced through them…) helped a lot to discover what to pack, what to see, when to see, what to eat cheap, where to stay, and how to plan.

February 5
Arrived in Orlando / Day 1
Picked up rental car at FOX Rent a Car (Note: next time, spend the bucks and go with Enterprise – if you get bus/car sick, go with Enterprise who will pick you up. My mom does, and we didn’t know that the FOX rent-a-car is about 20 minutes or something from the airport – she almost got sick, but thankfully didn’t – but FOX was pretty cheap so that’s why we went with that company)
Checked in at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort near Disney World (You must be a Wyndham member or a friend of . . . I am lucky enough to be a friend of!)
Purchased groceries at Walmart, bought late lunch at Subway within Walmart to take back to resort
Toured Resort and rested, made frozen pizza and watched NCIS and NCIS:LA.

Day 2
Disney’s Hollywood Studios 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, Disney Channel Rocks!
Great Movie Ride, ATAS Hall of Fame Plaza, Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow
Backlot Tour, Lights Motors Action! Extreme Stunt Show, Indiana Jones
Lunch at the Studio Catering Company Counter
Fantasmic! Show

Day 3
Disney’s EPCOT 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Soarin’, American Adventure
Seas with Nemo and Friends, Turtle Talk with Crush
Mo’Rockin in Morrocco, Candy Art in Japan,
Met Belle in France, Pictures with Pooh and Tigger
Lunch: Crepes des Chefs de France kiosk, France

After EPCOT, went back and experienced the Lazy River and Escudos Bar at the resort, ate supper there. Then watched HGTV’s House Hunters, CW’s Vampire Diaries and Beauty & the Beast.
Day 4
Disney’s Magic Kingdom 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Main Street USA, The Hall of Presidents, Enchanted Tales with Belle
Cinderella Castle, Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade, Dapper Dans
Dream Along with Mickey stage show, Walt’s Railroad,
Mickey’s PhilarMagic, It’s A Small World, Jungle Cruise
Pictures with Mickey, Princess Aurora, Cinderella, Rapunzel
Wishes Nighttime Spectacular
Treat: Aloha Island’s Dole Whip
Lunch & Supper: Electric Umbrella

Day 5
Disney’s Animal Kingdom 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Festival of the Lion King, Tree of Life, Kilimanjaro Safaris
Picture with Mickey in safari gear, Eyore, Tigger and Pooh
Lunch: Yak & Yeti Counter Service
Downtown Disney 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Characters in Flight

Resort: Lazy River, walking the entire walkway around the resort, got supper at La Cozina (sandwich and salad) at the resort, etc.
Day 6
Disney’s EPCOT 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., back at 8 p.m.
Mexico, the Three Caballeros boat ride with Donald Duck
Ate breakfast at Kringla Bakeri Og Café
Test Track, Spaceship Earth,
Illuminations: Reflections of the Earth

went on the Lazy River at the resort, before going back to EPCOT to watch Illuminations.

Day 7
Went to the Florida Mall – visited the M&M World store, as well as other shops. Spent evening at resort relaxing and visiting with people.

Day 8
Morning – hang out at resort, pool, etc.
Early afternoon – Downtown Disney – shopping and eating at Giradell’s Soda Fountain – a Domingo – and brought back to resort supper of Wolfgang Puck Express – bbq chicken pizza’
Late Afternoon to late afternoon – EPCOT, see Illuminations at end of night

Day 9
Checked out of resort, returned vehicle, airport, home.

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