Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Happiest Place on Earth

We had an awesome trip!

We left early in the morning and arrived at Puffy's house just in time for lunch. That was a great visit. Cyg said I would love Puffy and he was right. She and Mr. Puffy were lovely hosts. They even were gracious enough to give our girls a tour of their lovely home.

Then we made our way down to the hotel - traffic was awful so it took twice as long as it needed to. We got all checked in and then took the bus down to the park. We got there in time to see them taking down the flags. There was a small marching band that played all of the Armed Forces theme songs and as each branch was played, one or two men would step out of the crowd and stand at the flag pole at attention. It was very moving. Then they lowered the flags and folded them properly. It was quite a patriotic experience for my girls.

Then we went down Main Street and bought a couple of ginormous turkey legs and some sodas. YUM! We found a place to sit for the parade and had a great view.

After that we made our way over to Frontier Land and took the Pirates of the Carribean ride. They added three animatronic Jack Sparrows that are awesome. Next was the Haunted Mansion. I got in trouble about midway through the ride. I was happily snapping away with my camera when, over the loudspeaker a voice says, "A reminder, there is no flash photography allowed in the Haunted Mansion. Thank you." After we came out of that ride, we ran into the live Jack Sparrow and had our pictures and autographs with him. He was no Johnny Depp but he sure was a cutie.

We made our way over to the river and watched Fantasmic. It was ... well, ... Fantasmic! Ater the show was over we watched the fireworks from Frontier Land. They truly were spectacular.

I won't bore you with every little detail of the rest of the trip. We saw princesses, Siths, Storm Troopers, giant bugs, and we were even shrunk down to the size of a tiny little mouse. The rides were great. The girls really liked Space Mountain and Soaring Over California. We talked to a turtle and an alien (Stitch) and learned how to curtsy and wave a royal wave.

We ate breakfast with Goofy and his friends. We saw Alice and the Mad Hatter and danced with Goofy and Pluto at a beach party. There were a couple of giant ants walking around and we got to meet Lightening McQueen and Mater (as in Tow-Mater). We walked all over Tom Sawyer's Island and almost got lost in a cave.

We got to meet Mrs. Claus and see Santa's reindeer. The best experience we had was meeting Santa and praying with him. Robin told Santa that what she wanted for Christmas was for her friend Joleen to come home safely from Africa. He asked what she was doing there and Robin told him that she was there on missions work. He said, "Oh, so she's out spreading the good news to other parts of the world." Santa said he knew Joleen and wanted to know what he could do to make sure she came home safe. We said maybe we could pray for her. Santa said he could do that and then he looked at me and said, "Can I pray with the girls right now?" I nodded and he began with "Dear Heavenly Father" and ended with "we pray all this in the precious name of Jesus Christ." He looked up at me and said that the girls' desire to pray for someone else was more "gift" than many mamas could wish for. I left there with tears in my eyes and saying, "That's the BEST Santa ever!"

Our last day in the park was spent in Mickey's Toon Town. We got to go in an hour early and meet the Mayor of Toon Town and his lovely girlfriend and all their friends. We played in Goofy's playhouse, toured Minnie's house and Mickey's lovely home and movie lot. We walked all over Donald's ship and almost got lost at sea.

We ate at a couple of great restaurants on our trip as well. Tuesday morning we had breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen where they serve a very impressive all-you-can-eat buffet. On Tuesday night we ate at Buca di Beppo's and on Wednesday we ate at the Rainforest Cafe. Thursday evening we had dinner with the Princesses at Ariel's Grotto. We ate our lunches in the park and Pizza Port was the best. We had some great chili fries and hamburges at Taste Pilots' Grill.

I will try to figure out how to post a few pics soon.


  1. Glad you had such a blast meeting Puffy and at DL!

    And that's quite a story about the Santa! I wasn't going to use the Santa avatar you made for me, but now I guess I'll have to!

  2. That's what made me even think about using Santa. I love the spirit of what Santa represents. And I don't mind my girls believing in him. We don't make a big deal about and they're actually not really sure if he's real or not. And that's fine with me.