I am back and recovering from my trip to Disneyworld. Now I need another vacation from that vacation to unwind. I’m thinking Hawaii for a week on the beach (haha).
We had a great time even though it was usually either boiling hot and humid or monsooning because of tropical storm Amelia blowing through. Never seen so much rain in two days before! We just do not get storms like that here.
We stayed at the Disney Wilderness Lodge, which is made to look like old national park lodges from the turn of the century. It has a HUGE lobby and it’s really impressive. A couple of pools and hot tubs, some restaurants and it’s kind of secluded. You have to take either a 20-30 minute bus ride to the any of the parks or you can also take a 7 minute boat ride to Magic Kingdom, which is what we did.
We stayed in an upgraded room which had a nice pond and forest view. Every night at 10:00 Magic Kingdom has a fireworks show which can be heard and 50% seen from our room ( we were on 2nd floor, so higher rooms have a better fireworks view).
I do have a couple complaints about it though. It’s not really a quiet place. We could hear all toilets all around us, below us and above us flushing A LOT. Also you can hear some showers going on as well as blow dryers next door. Bring earplugs!
Also the food isn’t that great. There is a higher end restaurant, a medium one and then kind of a quickie fast food type place, mostly for kids. And room service. We ate food from all places but the high end restaurant and pretty much everything was from the same menu. So after a couple days, it all tastes the same and there isn’t a lot to choose from. So I would suggest if you stay, try to eat other places frequently so you don’t get totally burned out like we did.
The hotel has a man-made beach (you can’t go swimming) where you can rent small boats and go around all the little islands.
Hollywood Studios was the first park we went to on our first day there. This was the hottest most humid day and I didn’t think I would last more than an hour! But I did. 🙂
It was a special weekend for Star Wars stuff, which Mr. VV was happy about.
Oh look, San Francisco!
New York subway.
I seriously feel for these people who have to wear these costumes in this heat!
This was one of my favorite rides of the trip. And I love it because every time you go on it, it’s a different experience because they change it up. It’s a drop ride, partially in the dark. Tres cool.
The second day we made our first of two trips to Magic Kingdom.
This was my favorite park overall because it just looks so cool and it’s HUGE.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is another fav. It was actually my first ever “real” coaster with my dad at Disneyland when I was maybe 8 or 9.
Another fav! Haunted Mansion is so cool and different from Disneyland. Actually all the rides they have at Disneyland and here aren’t exactly the same, which is nice.
Space Mountain! My all-time favorite roller-coaster on earth. Love it!
Mickey ice cream!
A couple places I saw these displays of the Beautifully Disney makeup and nail collections. I just wasn’t sure of the quality of the makeup and they were a bit pricey so I settled on two nail polishes for $8.95.
Up next was Animal Kingdom. I love the way this park was themed, it was a close second to Magic Kingdom in terms of the way it looked and all the details everywhere.
The “Tree of Life”.
The main reason I came here was for Expedition Everest, which is somewhat similar to the Matterhorn at Disneyland. I am a HUGE Mt. Everest nut (I watch all shows about it and have read tons of books about it) and this ride was really cool!
We did a safari which went all around and we saw tons of animals which roam the land there.
There have tigers, cheetahs and lions, but the other cats weren’t really in view. Except this hot, sleepy fella.
Mickey rice krispy treat!
After chilling out mostly at the hotel and Downtown Disney on Wednesday, we went to Epcot. This was the second day of the major storm and it absolutely poured the entire time, which kind of ruined some of our plans.
Me in Germany.
Of course I wasn’t about to pass up a chance to take a photo in a CLEAN phone booth in the UK (the ones in the actual UK are really gross).
We ate at this Biergarden in Germany and it turned out to be really good! It was super packed and we were lucky we managed to get in without a reservation.
Viking hat in Norway.
One of the most delicious things we ate the entire time was this School Bread from a bakery in Norway. Oh. My. God. It’s a soft pastry with coconut and vanilla custard on top and also filled with custard. So good we got more to go!
Delicious treats from Germany!
And my worst nightmare…
And one of the best things about the trip was my last day.
I met up with Stephanie from Imperfectly Painted, Cris from Let Them Have Polish, Maria from Cult Nails, Kari from Once Bitten and Courtney from Phyrra at Downtown Disney where we ate lunch. It was so great being able to meet all these bloggers I have been chatting with online for years!
Yesterday we had to wake up at 3:00 am for a 4:00 am bus pick-up to the airport. Then it turned out our 7:00 am flight was delayed until 12:30 pm! So instead we caught a flight to LAX then to SFO. I am completely exhausted still and was up again this morning at 5:00, so I am about to collapse on the bed with the kittehs and chillax.