Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Final Post About WDW 2011 (At Last)

This winter has been exceptional in a couple of ways: 1) no snow to speak of and 2) I've been busy and out of this house every day. Today, I had an unexpected cancellation and decided to finally put up this post (written back in December). This is a good thing because the next trip will be here before we know it!

My last day in the parks dawned with gorgeous weather yet again. Our last day would be spent with morning through early afternoon plans at Magic Kingdom. We didn't realize there were Extra Magic Hours until we got on the monorail. One of the best perks of getting there early!
We wandered Main St. admiring all of the holiday decorations that had sprung up seemingly overnight. Crowds were very light and I was in the Christmas spirit by the time I reached the Castle.

We started in Tomorrowland at Buzz Lightyear and walked right on. Space Mountain was also a walk-on. This was my first time experiencing all of the improvements that had been introduced. The ride is bumpy and wild and the sound effects are incredible. Space Mountain and I are the same age and I'm glad to see this attraction still knows how to rock!
No trip to Tomorrowland is complete without seeing the Carousel of Progress and after that we rode TTA (is it still called that?) three times. We walked by the Castle back and threw our coin in the Wishing Well. Since we were pretty sure Snow White's Scary Adventure wouldn't be open the next time we would visit, we rode it one more time.
Haunted Mansion was next on the list and we rode four more times. For lunch, Mom and I split up. She chose Columbia Harbour House and I went over to Pecos Bill's. This is the first time I had dined alone in the parks. But honestly, it was enjoyable. I used the self-checkout kiosk to order my meal and used my Key to the Kingdom to use my food credit. Zipped right through! Great service!
After lunch, it was Big Thunder Mountain. Mom and I laughed that we must be the only people to ride a roller coaster five times after just having lunch! Then after a leisurely stroll to Adventureland we visited the Pirates, took a few pictures and settled down for our Dole Whips. This is the first time I'd had a Dole Whip (only took 20 trips!) and now it is a must-have treat.
We wandered Main St slowly, taking in the decorations and storefronts and then headed back to Pop Century.
After a brief rest, it was back to Epcot for our last night. We rode Spaceship Earth as usual and then went wild walking World Showcase, taking pictures and snacking on items at the Food Festival.
My food selections this night (I was on a dairy kick)
Escargots, Irish Cheese plate, Artisinal cheese sampler and pot stickers.
Running food total for the trip is at approximately $225 (I included breakfast the next day)
My wrapup thought for the trip: Having a car of our own saved time and made it much more enjoyable. Not using the buses made us feel as if we weren't even around people.
Next day, it was time for the long drive home. We left Pop at 9AM, made South of the Border by 430 PM, Virginia at 9PM, back in RI at 6 AM. Home in bed at 8AM.
And that folks is a wrap until the nest trip this Fall! ;-)