Disney Cruise Day 5…Disney World!

One of the fantastic things about the 8 night Bahama cruise out of Galveston was the fact that it goes to Disney World!  What?  Yeah, you heard me, Disney World.  The boat docks at Port Canaveral and they bus everyone to the Disney World parks and give you a one day park hopper. It’s all included in the cruise, no additional expense.  If only all port excursions were like that.

We had a pretty ambitious plans for the day.  If my daughter had her way, we would have done the headliners at all four parks.  The part of me that wanted to survive the day edited that plan.  We wanted to do Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, and Epcot (in that order).  Do you think we made it??  Let’s find out!

I ordered room service the night before for delivery at 6am.  You just fill out a little card, hang it on your door, and the next morning it shows up.  It was so nice to eat breakfast in the room while we got ready on this early morning.  Once we were up and dressed, we headed off the ship and over to where the buses pick you up.  Before we left on the cruise we booked seats on the 7:15am bus to Hollywood Studios.  You can book any park for a wide range of times.  It is about an hour and 15 minute drive from the port to the parks.  I did the girls hair to pass the time.

Hooray we made it to Hollywood Studios!  They must have opened the park early because guests were already inside riding rides when we go their at 8:35am (scheduled opening was 9am).  It was also a bit drizzly, as you can see in the picture.  That was great though, it meant for very low crowds that morning.

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We zipped over to Toy Story Mania first of course.  We got fastpasses and then got in line.  Wait…there was no line!!  I’ve never walked on to Toy Story Mania!  What a great way to start our day.  After we rode the ride…we rode it again.  There was still no line!  You would have to be crazy not to keep riding it.

Cameron and I ride together almost every time because we are both highly competitive.  Also, we like to get all the hidden targets to pop out and can only do it with two experienced players.  We are so nerdy, no wonder we’re married.

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I beat Cam the first two games :).  Player 2, that’s me.

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TIme to head on over to Tower of Terror and Rockin Roller Coaster!  We rode Rockin first and then Tower, both had minimal waits.

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Time for second breakfast.  Everyone needs a cinnamon roll the size of their head at 9:30am don’t they?

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After getting some more carbs we rode Star Tours and then used our fastpasses to Toy Story Mania.  Cam beat me this time.  I blame it on arm fatigue 🙂

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Off to the Magic Kingdom.  We hopped on the bus to the Transportation Ticket Center, then took the Monorail to the Magic Kingdom.  It wasn’t too bad of a commute.  But this is the point in our day were it starts to get HOT!

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Most of our party headed off to ride some rides but Cameron was in need of a haircut.  He didn’t have time before we left on vacation to get one, so I suggested he try out the Harmony Barber Shop.  Did you know that the Magic Kingdom has a barber shop?  So cool.  We didn’t have a reservation, but they were taking walk in’s.  He waited for maybe 15 minutes and then he was in the chair.  The ladies and gentlemen that work their are very skilled at what they do.  I’d highly recommend stopping in for a cut.

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The prices weren’t even that bad.  $19 for an adult cut.  Back home I see men’s haircuts for $20- $25 all the time and you might not even be getting a skilled barber.  We may make this Cameron’s souvenir every time we visit.

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Here he is all fresh and trimmed!   So handsome.

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Snack time!  I need food every 2-3 hours or I turn to stone, haha.  You must try one of these, Dole Float!  Pineapple juice with either orange or pineapple soft serve on top.  I like to get orange pineapple swirl, so good.

Next we did the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House and Pirates, then headed over to Tomorrow Land.  We rode a bunch  of rides over there.  Space, People Mover, and Carousel of Progress.

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Time for lunch.  We tried out the new Beauty and the Beast themed restaurant, Be Our Guest.  It really is beautiful inside.  I can’t believe I didn’t take any pictures of our lunch!  It was really good too.  Val and I shared the croque monsieur, perfect serving for the two of us.

There are three places to enjoy your meal, the main ballroom, the west wing, and the library.  There is a thunder storm in the West Wing every now and again, and it is also where the enchanted rose is located.  The windows in the ballroom are amazing.  If you get close you can see that it is snowing outside the castle.  I definitely want to come back and try dinner here sometime.

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The stained glass is just one of the gorgeous details in this place.

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Ok time for Buzz Lightyear!  I love this ride.  The 680,400 is me :).  Cameron and I have actually been able to out score the game before.  We both got 999,999 while riding together once last January.  I guess that means we have ridden this ride way too much.

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Whose crazy kid is that?!  Oh wait…it’s mine.

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Alright it’s HOT!  Most of our party headed over to Epcot, but Val had to ride Splash.  The wait was forever 70 minutes.  However, Tinker Bell sprinkled some Pixie Dust and a very nice lady handed us her fast passes that were good right then!  Thank you nice lady, you saved us 70 minutes!  Here is Val and I on Splash.  We haven’t gone down the big drop yet and I’m already wet.  Dumb water cannon thingy.

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Since we just saved some time, we also rode Big Thunder.  Can you tell the sun was blasting us in the face?

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Alright, heading over to Epcot now.  This is the point in the day where the energy is going downhill quickly.  “Daddy, carry me” starts to be heard by many Daddy’s.

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That late afternoon low can only be fix with a visit to Club Cool.  It’s a little place in Epcot where you can sample soda flavors from around the world.  Did I mention it’s free!?  This is a must do for my family whenever we visit Epcot.  Cameron and Valerie both like the watermelon soda from China and I like the vegeta beta from Japan.

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We played around in Future World for a while, rode Mission Space, and headed towards the World Showcase.  The Flower and Garden Festival was going on and the flowers were just everywhere.  It was lovely.  I could have wondered around there for days.

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We had dinner at the Japan Pavilion and then went to Germany to pick up some dessert.  These little marshmallow guys were our consolation for them not having anymore caramel corn, boo.  The caramel corn is one of my favorite things in the World Showcase.  So sad it was out.  But a salted caramel square and a giant chocolate cookie stuffed with caramel helped fill the caramel corn void.

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I can’t believe it is time for Illuminations already!  We watched the show and then slowly wandered out, taking a few pics as we left.

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It was a super exhausting day, but completely worth it.

We boarded the bus back to the ship and as soon as I sat down, I passed out.  Next thing you know, we were walking like zombies back onto the ship.  We woke up a bit re-boarding the ship so of course we had to hit up the special midnight buffet before calling it a day :).

Next up, sleeping until noon!!

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