In one week, Tim and I will be basking in the Florida sunshine for our one year anniversary trip. We have been planning this trip since February and the time has flown by so fast as well as dragged on so much that we are pretty much in agony at this point. We are so ready for a well-deserved break and we have been working and reworking our itinerary since June. The plans thus far:
An early departure of 3 AM on Sunday morning will ensure we get to our hotel sometime between 12 and 1 that afternoon. Also, we hate traffic. We are driving instead of flying, just to be kinder to our wallets and we do travel very well together. For the car ride, needed items include:
- I-Pod with over 15 hours of music that we hand picked ourselves for the trip to keep us awake and alert during the wee hours of the morning.
- 5 hour energy shots…just in case the music doesn’t affect us enough.
- Sodas, snacks packed with protein, and waters
- GPS equipped with a TARDIS icon and Dalek voice. Because we are nerds like that.
Along the way, we only have one big stop we have to make and that is the Florida Welcome Center for a cup of orange juice. It’s a big thing for Tim, a lot of pulp and circumstance (heh heh). I am pretty intrigued because I have never done the orange juice bit. But it will be able to crossed off my bucket list afterwards.
Whew, already a packed day and we haven’t even gotten to our hotel yet…we are staying onsite at Disney at the All-Star Music Resort. My family stayed on site a few years ago and the experience was pleasant. We were able to use the shuttle to get us from park to park, received onsite perks like Magic Hours, and if we bought anything in the parks, it was taken back to our room for us. Obviously Tim and I wanted the best bang for our buck. We could have stayed offsite for about $30 less a night. However, we would have to pay for parking and we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the additional park hours. We went with the best value and chose Disney.
Sunday night we go to the Magic Kingdom to soak up the new Fantasyland expansion. I am very very stoked about this. We will have all night until 2 AM (thank you Magic Hours) to explore the park. Our must-see’s and do’s on the Magic Kingdom List:
- Enchanted Tales with Belle. I am a huge Beauty and the Beast fan. We are going and that’s that.
- Haunted Mansion. I have heard that they have revamped the ride and included some fun interactive bits while standing in line.
- Mad Tea Party. Tim has never been on this ride. How, I do not know. But I am taking him to his first tea party. 🙂
- Pirate’s of the Caribbean. Arguably my favorite ride in the park.
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. Here I have a myth to bust. I am not very proficient at shooting games but I have heard in several travel books that the big points in Buzz are found leaving the first room. Turn around and shoot the back of the Orange robots arm or the back of the buzz saw. 100,000 points. The car turns automatically away form these so turn back score big!I am going for top score on this.
- Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid. It’s only right and fair we check out this new attraction, as well. It looks pretty spiffy. Ursula is supposed to be HUGE on this ride.
- Main Street Electrical Parade. I see this every time we go to the Magic Kingdom. Cuddling up with Tim and watching this show followed by the Celebrate the Magic fireworks is going to be awesome.
A few special things we also need to do while there that aren’t posted on the main Disney site:
- Talk to the “walking, talking” trashcan Push in Tomorrowland. He’s actually operated by a “tourist” with a backpack.
- Listen in on the phone conversations at the Candy Shop on Main Street USA.
- Interview at least one Disney character. They go right into character. My favorite interview to date is this one that went viral a few weeks ago.
- Tim says the Chicken Strawberry Salad at The Plaza Restaurant has haunted his dreams for years. That is our must-eat place for the day.
- I also need to pop by Be Our Guest restaurant to check out the Beast’s castle before lumbering over to Gaston’s Tavern for a LeFou’s Brew, which I am pretty sure is Disney’s answer to the WWHP’s butterbeer at Universal.
Have any myths you want us to bust while in the Magic Kingdom? Is there anything you HAVE to do or try while there? Do you have a character in particular you want us to interview? Leave your comments below in the box. We leave in less than a week!