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The plan for the day was to relax at Stormalong Bay for the morning, have a late lunch at Planet Hollywood and then head over to the Magic Kingdom for evening EMH and stay till park closing at 1am (not as cool as the 3am closing times last year…..) and if there was time run over to MK before 5pm to get to the barber shop for Jason’s annual Disney haircut.

Jon & Jason ran down to the Marketplace to get breakfast; they had been looking forward to the yogurt parfaits.  Well, FYI the marketplace at BC is no longer serving breakfast.  That’s right, all CS breakfast is now available (only available) at Beaches & Cream.  I mention this mainly because I found it to be inconvenient for DVC guests, not a huge deal but…..  The boys were very happy with their yogurt parfaits; lot’s of large blueberries, strawberries, raspberries & granola.  They brought an omelet w/ biscuit and bacon meal for me.  It was allright, nothing to right home about but it was fine.

Megan and Jon went to play tennis (tennis courts are located on the Yacht Club side of the resort).  Eventually Jason & I went down to Stormalong Bay.  On our way, we passed Jon & Megan;  they were headed back to the room and said they’d meet us at the pool after going to the fitness center.  They wanted to workout, I wanted to float around and have little drinks with umbrellas; we all got what we wanted 🙂

It was so nice by the pool, that we didn’t want to leave.  We decided to put off our ADR at Planet Hollywood and try to get in later.  Then we spent more time at the pool.  Jason went on the slide more times than I can count, participated in some of the poolside activities and checked out every part of the pool.  Jon & I spent our time reading, drinking and floating on noodles in the lazy river.  Meg floated, read and went back to the villa for a nap.

Around 3 we went back to the villa to get ready for our evening activites.  This of course is Florida in July so we were waiting for the rain to start and hoping to make it to PH before the storms hit.  It looked like we were going to make it, but then we got on a bus with the slowest driver ever!  It was fine at the Marketplace DTD bus stop but by the time we got to the Westside DTD stop, the skies opened up and the monsoon began.  On several previous trips to PH we’ve gotten drenched trying to make it from the bus stop and then we freeze in the restaurant.  Not happening this time!  We stood under the cover at the bus stop, until we finally got a break in the storm.  When we finally made it to PH we were seated immediately on level 3 (even without an ADR).  Meg had snacked at the pool and wasn’t really hungry yet, so we decided to share  3 entrees between us.  Jon & Jason both had the LA Lasagna and I got the Crab Cake.  The LA Lasagna was delicious as always, and the crab cakes were pretty good.  Between the 4 of us we almost finish all of it, of course we were saving room for dessert.  Planet Hollywood has some of our very favorite desserts (all serve 2 people).   Jon and Jason had their usual, the Banana Split Creme Brulee.  It’s exactly what the name says, a creme brulee topped with a banana split.  They ate every last bite!  Megan & I prefer the Ghiradeli Brownie Sundae.  Huge rich brownie, topped with chocolate & vanilla icecream, hot fudge & caramel (YUM!) tons of whipped cream, milk & white chocolate shavings and of course a cherry.  YUMMY! 

We took a little stroll around DTD to walk off some of dinner.  Stopped at Magic Masters (magic shop) watched them perform for a bit.  If you get the chance, stop in; these guys are really good and it’s great entertainment for free.  Ok, free until you decide you need to buy a magic trick– I strongly recommend buying the tricks while you’re there or at least early enough before Christmas that you don’t have to pay overnight shipping costs.

Eventually we made it to Magic.  We grabbed a time sheet on our way in and saw that the Enchanted Tiki Room only had 1 more show for the night, so when we got to the hub we turned left.  It’s silly & corny but fun!  Then we went to see the new Hall of Presidents.  Wow!  It was great, very well done except for President Obama.  The mannerisms were right, but not the look.  I really think they’ll have to re-do him, it just doesn’t look like him.  We finish Hall of Presidents about 15 minutes before the parade was to start.  I wanted to watch Spectro Magic but the kids didn’t, so they took off to ride Haunted Mansion.  Now that the parade is starting in the front of the park, we still had time to spare so Jon & I went over to HM.  We were wearing our anniversary pins and were in the last doom buggy.  The CM loading the buggys wished us a Happy Anniversary and then hopped on our buggy and tried to scare us.  It was pretty funny.  After HM, Spectro was just entering Liberty Square.  The kids were off doing their thing, so Jon & I were able to stop and watch the parade.  Then we went and rode Splash Mountain with practically no wait and got a FP for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  Then we headed over to Adventureland.  We started to watch Wishes from the Swiss Family Tree House, but the view was partly blocked.  Instead we went down and rode the Flying Carpet ride and had an incredible view of the fireworks.  By now we needed a snack, so we grabbed Dole whip floats (and coke floats) at Aloha Isle.  Jungle Cruise was already closed for the night so we went to ride Pirates and BTMR.  Great time on BTMR and a great CM Stephen who was pumping up the guests, cheering and clapping; just a lot fun!  We worked our way back thru Stroller Land (ok Fantasy Land) the line for Pooh Bear was still over 30 minutes, so we kept on walking.  Rode Buzz Lightyear  and at the end of the night we stopped at Casey’s for hot dogs.  I don’t know if it was just because it was almost 1am, but these were really good! 

Caught a bus right when we walked out and were back to the Beach Club at 1:15am.  It was a long day, but a lot of fun.  We missed a few things (Jungle Cruise & Mickey’s Philharmagic) and Jason still needed his haircut so we changed our plans to come back in the morning.  Now it was time for sleep!

I can’t believe it’s over already.   All that time waiting & planning, and planning and waiting and now it’s over and time to plan the next one.

Cast of Characters for this trip: Dear Husband 39, Me 37, Dear Daughter 14 & Dear Son 11

We left home (Charlotte NC) Saturday June 7th, 2008 and drove down to Altamonte Springs Florida.  We’ve found an Embassy Suites there that is very nice, full hot buffet breakfast and only $115 a night. Plus it’s only a half hour to Disney on Sunday mornings.  We arrived at the Embassy Suites before dinner, allowing us time to relax, eat and play in the pool.

We drove over to Disney’s  Saratoga Springs Resort  on Sunday morning and checked in at 9:30am.  We got our request of the Grandstand, but not the building we wanted.  We had wanted the building overlooking the pool and backing up to the golf course. The Cast Member did look to move us,  but  the building by the bus stop was closed because of noise from the road work, so they were full at the other building.  It worked out just fine though.  Our room was ready, a dedicated 2BR, 1st floor with a courtyard and golf course view.  Room 9111.  It was perfectly clean, everything worked, nothing was broken. The only thing missing was the cable for the internet but that was brought down after we called about it.
The plan for the day is take it easy and relax. Magic Kingdom Extra Magic Hours till 2am tonight,and we plan to go in the late evening.
After unpacking and settling in we went to Artist’s Palette for lunch right at noon. No crowds, no line.  Got our food to go and went back to our room to enjoy.  As always, the food was excellent!

A little back story, DD had been fighting an Upper Respiratory Infection for about a week & half.  We’d taken her to the Minute Clinic the night before her final exam in Geometry and on Wednesday before the trip to her regular Dr. “Viral” is what we were told.  She was on cough medicine, an inhaler, zyrtec and motrin/tylenol for fever & throat pain.  She was feeling worse when we got to Florida on Saturday and even worse on Sunday.

After lunch, DD went to take a nap and DH, DS & I went to the main pool for the Welcome Home party.  DH & I had our books and drinks  and DS was off in the pool until the party games started.  They had a Hula Hoop contest (done by age group) DS is really good at hula hooping so he was very excited to join in this.  When they got to several people who were still going, they had them stop and add a 2nd hoop and then there were 3 left who added a third hoop.  Jason from North Carolina was the last one standing and recieved the new Pixar edition of Monopoly.  He was soooo excited! What a great way to start our vacation!

DD was feeling a little better after her nap, so after we all got ready we headed out for Magic Kingdom.  We waited almost 40 minutes for an MK bus, the people already at the bus stop said they had seen 3-4 of all the other busses.  In the end, they waited just over an hour. I might have thought they were exagerating, except that as we went to all the other stops, others were saying the exact same thing. The bus was packed, but we eventually made it to the Magic Kingdom.

We had decided to start the night in the back of the park. Debated getting Big Thunder Mountain Railroad or Splash Moutain  fast passes, decided to get BTMR.  Then went and got dinner at Columbia Harbor House.  First time there, thought it was pretty good.  DS said the new chicken nuggets were much better than the old strips, DD said they were fine.  After our dinner we walked on to Haunted Mansion, then made our way thru the Spectro crowds over to Splash Mountain but the wait was up to 50 minutes so we headed over to Adventureland.  Kids hopped on Flying Carpets as Wishes started. That was neat. As soon as they were done we went over to the Jungle Cruise.  I love the Jungle Cruise, I love every single corny joke.   Maybe because I had friends on the College Program that were Jungle Cruise Skippers, but it’s one of my favorites and my dear family only indulges me every couple of trips.  Pirates in undergoing refurb, so I get to go on Jungle Cruise.  nce Wishes is still going we’re able to walk right up and get on the next boat. Captain Sarah is great, and we play along with everything.  Now I have to say, the other group in our boat did not seem to get the jokes (or the point of the ride), that’s ok, I was having fun. Then something that I’ve never seen happen, we come up on another boat who’s captain yells over that there’s a boat in front of her that’s dead in the water. Yep, we got stuck on the Jungle Cruise.  Poor Captain Sarah, she said it was her first night and I’m sure it’s one she’ll never forget/  She went thru every joke she learned, then I tried to help by asking about the “local vegetation” So she was able to show us the “High”biscus and the “low”biscus.  The Captain of the boat in front of us started yelling out knock knock jokes to our boat and then moved on to singing “if you’re happy and you know it”   Boats are now backing up behind us and none of the radios seem to be working. I really wish I could have seen what was happening at the dock when there weren’t any boats showing up.   After a good half hour, they managed to get a boat out there to tow the dead boat back home and then we resumed our three hour tour (oops, sorry wrong story )

Crowds dropped significantly after Extra Magic Hours started and we were able to ride Splash & BTMR a couple of times with practically no wait.  We went over to Fantasy Land and DS & I rode the Tea Cups. DD was starting to crash, and not feel well at all.  She toughed it out, mainly because she’s 14 & stubborn and she was the one talking about staying at Magic Kingdom till 2am since park hours were released.  It was time for a snack so went and had Dole Whips (in honor of  Bawb–for those who listen to the DISunplugged podcast).
We moved over to Tomorrowland, rode the Wedway People Mover, Space Mountaintn & Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin. We left the park just before 2am, got a bus no problem and were back to our room in no time flat.

All in all, a very good 1st day, Just wish DD would feel better.

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