July 12th - July 17th
Cast: Me, Raye (my best friend/ sister figure), and her parents
Hi everyone! Though I’m sad to be back I’m glad to have all of you to share my trip experience with and help tide me over until my next adventure! This is m first trip report here ever so hopefully I’ll do a good job!
So our flight was leaving Boston at 6:30 in the morning so we needed to leave the house between 2-3am. I had “gone to bed” around 5pm and woke up around 1am to make sure I had everything ready and to get myself somewhat presentable. We would be going straight to the parks once we got there since it would be so early.
We got to the airport without any problems though we were extremely exhausted. The flight was a bit turbulent (must have been storms over Virginia or something because we were warned about it) but other than that it was pretty uneventful.
By the time we got to Pop Century our room was already ready for us which was amazing because I had so much junk in my carry-on that I did not want to take to the parks!
The view from our balcony. Usually I get stuck looking at trees but this time, we had a good view of the 80’s section!
After we dumped off some things, we headed over to Hollywood Studios. We had dinner reservations at the Brown Derby so we just decided to spend the afternoon there. It was different for me because usually when I go with my family we make it a point to visit Magic Kingdom first but it wasn’t a big deal.
It was very hot but we tried to make the best of it!
First thing we did was the Great Movie Ride and to our surprise we actually got the cowboy! I know we were having a discussion about that earlier here so I made sure to grab some photos!
After that, we wandered around a bit, got right on to Star Tours (we needed to see it at least one more time before it changed!) and then wandered around a bit more until people started to line up for the Block Party Bash. Neither of us had seen it before so we decided that it would be nice to take a break and watch the parade. We got a good spot right up front and waited until it started. It was extremely hot in the midday sun though. We felt very bad for the dancers.
It was hot…we couldn’t help but be silly.
I love this guy. The sock makes me giggle!
She’s so pretty!
After the parade it was time for some character hunting! (Also, we needed a major AC break from the heat of the sun!)
Do excuse us if we look a little wiped out. It was in the high 90s our entire trip!
(I know I look silly in this pic but the other one had caught me blinking so sadly, this was the better of the two!)
After meeting the Incredibles and Lotso it was almost time for our dinner ressies so we didn’t get to see Sorcerer Mickey (his line was really long). So we headed over to the Brown Derby and waited a bit for Raye’s parents to get there. We checked in and were seated only a few minutes after.
Because we had been up so early we were all starving by this point and were very glad to have a 3 course meal coming our way. Once we were seated, we saw people several tables away from us with fun glowing drinks. Of course, we had to know what they were so we inquired and we were told about this delicious drink called Hollywood Lights. It was some mixture of rum, pineapple and some other fruit juices. I can’t quite remember but it was absolutely delicious and incredibly fun to watch the colors change.
I had never been on the deluxe plan before so I was very excited to have 3 courses every meal. I can’t actually eat that much food but it was amazing to have the options to eat whatever I wanted! First up was the delicious crab cake. Then I had the salmon dish but I forgot to take a picture of it. It was so delicious and I was so hungry that I just devoured about half of it before I realized I forgot to snap a photo. However, it was quite ugly looking by then so I just finished eating and remembered to get one of dessert. I had the grapefruit cake. If you like grapefruit and cream cheese then you’d love this cake.
After dinner, we decided that we should head over to Animal Kingdom. I had been checking times for several weeks before we left and I found out that Animal Kingdom would have EMH until 10pm that night. It didn’t matter to me that I had been up since 1am, I HAD to see Animal Kingdom at night. It was something I had never experienced before and I was very, very excited!
First thing we did when we got there was Dinosaur because it was still kind of hot out and the line wasn’t too long. It’s my favorite ride so I was quite all right with that. We got seated in the very back of a time rover and I have to say, it seemed way more fun this time than any other time I went on it.
After that we headed over to Expedition Everest. The line wasn’t too long because EMH had already started. Though it wasn’t exactly dark out yet, I was still excited to see AK from the top of Everest at dusk.
The Tree of Life when we first got there:
Yes, I am making the most ridiculous face ever. :laugh:
What Everest looked like by the time we got off it.
After Everest we started to feel really exhausted. It was already getting late and because we had been up so early we needed to go back to the hotel and get some sleep.
Tree of Life when we left!
We took the bus back to the hotel, showered and were in bed a little after midnight. It was a very long day but it was totally worth it. :happy: