Disney 2009

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We did a last minute trip to Walt Disney World over Halloween weekend.  We’d been so stressed that we thought it might be the relief that we needed.  And, it was!

This was our first time experiencing the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.  We spent two days sampling the food and drinks at the 27 extra booths that are added just for the festival.  If anyone enjoys good food and drink, this is the perfect way to spend your time, and your money.  We had placed $100 on a Disney Gift Card before leaving home, so that we wouldn’t need to pull out cash or debit cards.  We ran through almost $70 on Day 1 alone!  We added more money the second day, and ran it down to $5.  But, it was worth it!  The food was amazing.  We ate so much that I thought I was going to burst open!

On top of the festival, we also ate dinner on Friday at Les Chefs de France.  Amazing as always!  Their French Onion soup is to die for and John loves their escargot.  We had the coolest waiter this year.  He was from just outside of Rouen, and when he found out that I had been to St. Malo, he couldn’t stop asking if I had visited other areas of Northern France as well.  When he left the table, John quietly asked me what I knew about Rouen.  I told him Joan of Arc was burned at the stake there.

We stayed at the All-Star Movies Resort.  It was our first time staying at a value resort.  I have to admit, it wasn’t half bad.  There was nothing really special about the room, but for the price and the convenience of being on Disney property, it was worth it.  I called the morning of our reservation and asked for a room with a King Size Bed.  The operator said the only one left had a “Roll-In Shower.”  I was picturing a shower that rolled in and out of the room – like a roll away bed.  Needless to say, that was wrong.  It was a shower for a disabled person in a wheelchair.  But, it was awesome!  Who really needs a tub anyways?  

Finally, on Sunday, we went to the Magic Kingdom.  We were spending the entire day there.  We arrived at 9:00 so that John could get his hair cut on Main Street.  This was really cool!  Unfortunately, he wouldn’t let the barber put a mickey in hairpaint on the back of his head.  Next, we ate breakfast with the Pooh characters at the Crystal Palace.  We learned to eat at the last possible time.  the characters will stay out to interact with you and since there aren’t many people left, they will spend more time with you.  Piglet had a good time bothering John.  He was trying to sign the check and Piglet kept waving hands in his face.  I couldn’t stop laughing.  So much for Piglet being shy and scared.

There was NOBODY in the park.  We waited no longer than 10 minutes for any ride.  The only ride that we fastpassed was Peter Pan.  We even rode things that we hadn’t ridden since we were little, like Dumbo’s flying elephants.  Hands down the best time we have ever had in the Magic Kingdom.  

We ate an early dinner at the Liberty Tree Tavern.  If you want a lot to eat for a good price, try it out.  It is family style and All-you-can-eat.  For $29 per person, you get salad, mashed potatoes, stuffing, turkey, roast beef, ham, green beans, macaroni and cheese, corn, and biscuits.  And you also get a beverage and apple crisp with vanilla ice cream for desert.  John ate so much.  We ate at 4:30 and didn’t eat for the rest of the day!

Finally, we stayed for the Not-so-scary Halloween Party.  It was great.  The characters were out in costume and we got to trick-or-treat.  Definitely something we will have to do one day with kids.  For the first time in a long time, we watched a Disney Parade and loved it.

Take a look at our pictures.  Remember, the password is our middle names joined by and (louisandlea)

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