Don’t Stop The Magic!

By DAMI - Last updated: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

 

On the People Mover Monorail from Magic Kingdom to Epcot there is such great views of the park and grounds. from a nice high angle. There are lots of groups wearing the same colored t-shirts so they can recognize each other. This is passing by the Spaceship Earth Ball and looking down at the Memorial Stones at the entrance to Epcot.

On the People Mover Monorail from Magic Kingdom to Epcot there is such great views of the park and grounds. from a nice high angle. There are lots of groups wearing the same colored t-shirts so they can recognize each other. This is passing by the Spaceship Earth Ball and looking down at the Memorial Stones at the entrance to Epcot.

What’s so much fun about being here at Walt Disney World is that there is so much to do and see every day that by the time you get home at the end of the day you have literally lived a hundred different magical lives! The ambiance is so much fun and so happy that even the crowds are enjoyable; it’s a thrill to be all together in this world of dreams! Today we got up at 6:30 and packed our lunches as usual and drove the short drive from Kissimmee to WDW. It’s great being so close, the condo rental is perfect!

We started at Epcot and took the Monorail People Mover to Magic Kingdom and started with a tour of Mainstreet USA and then on to The Cinderella Castle. We had a our Fast Passes all ready and had a rendez-vous at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train to start the day. Hi-Ho-Hi-Ho, It’s Off To Work We go! It was awesome! The train was super cute and were made like real wooden train cars and we did the mining adventure ride and it happened so fast you really want to do it again!

As the Mine Train goes by all you hear is screams of delight! The scenery is awesome!

As the Mine Train goes by all you hear is screams of delight! The scenery is awesome!

We then went to see Winnie the Pooh and his friends which was more for kids but since DD was wearing her Winnie the Pooh T-Short with the magic muffin it fit very well with our day thank you very much!

And because we had seen the birthplace of Winnie the Pooh in White River in Ontario when we drove across Canada few years back it was neat to see that honey loving bundle of fur!

Then we did Enchanted Tales with Belle and the Carousel of Progress and Stitches Great Escape and the Buzz Lightyear Ranger Spin and do you see what I mean this was all before our lunch!

We stopped at Splash Mountain and took pictures of people getting soaked as they roared down the track into the pools of water, it was funny!

We took the Paddle Wheel boat and sailed down the river past creatures and indigenous peoples who had a camp set up and were peacfully going about their day.

We took the Paddle Wheel boat and sailed down the river past creatures and indigenous peoples who had a camp set up and were peacfully going about their day.

Then there was the huge Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse and back to Main Street USA and my goodness by the time we had got back to Kissimmee my head was spinning again just like the Buzz Lightyear  spinner!

Giraffes were dancing and singing in the It's A Small World ride! It was such fun all the miniature little characters and the song is so great once you're outside you keep singing the song!

Giraffes were dancing and singing in the It’s A Small World ride! It was such fun all the miniature little characters and the song is so great once you’re outside you keep singing the song!

As we left there was the usual little pang of sadness at having another day being over but we still have tomorrow to look forward to and it’s fun to go back home and look at our photos and try and remember everything we did and saw. It’s not even possible to capture every magical moment but it sure is the best trip ever and I’m so glad to be here on my first visit to Walt Disney World!

Climbing the first ascent on the Mine Train was pretty intense and soon we were rocketing down through the pillars of rock! What a great day at Disney!

Climbing the first ascent on the Mine Train was pretty intense and soon we were rocketing down through the pillars of rock! What a great day at Disney!

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First the Snowpocalypse and now a Snownami!

By DAMI - Last updated: Monday, March 16, 2015
The drifts of snow looked like huge waves and look like they are about to swallow DD! What a crazy snowstorm for St. Patrick's Day!

The drifts of snow looked like huge waves and look like they are about to swallow DD! What a crazy snowstorm for St. Patrick’s Day!

Waves of drifting snow blew in this weekend! Another Nor’easter, caused by an Alberta Clipper meeting the warm southern air from the Eastern USA, blew in on the weekend and now it’s Saint Patrick’s Day and there is no way we have a hope to a clover no matter even if it has 4 or any number of leaves!

What the heck is with these never ending snow storms! I'm going bonkers!

What the heck is with these never ending snow storms! I’m going bonkers!

It’s hard to tell how much snow fell because it was blowing and drifting like mad! When we went out to start shoveling it was un believable how much snow was piled up blocking the doors and burying the car!

The snow meant it was virtually impossible to get out of the house! Compost was buried and the fence too! OMG!

The snow meant it was virtually impossible to get out of the house! Compost was buried and the fence too! OMG!

This was like 50 cm at least or it sure looks like it and it must be the snowiest winter on record in Moncton or New Brunswick because these storms have been going all winter and I thought that when I got home from Florida I would be not seeing much more snow! Oh how wrong I was!!

Just s hovellin and a shovellin and a shovellin!

Just s hovellin and a shovellin and a shovellin!

Oh my word I want to go back to the sun and warmth of the South! Even Victoria BC would be a nice and welcome change from this blizzard of white woe! Time to start saving those Airmiles for a ticket to ride…hmmm maybe Melia Cayo Coco would be a good break from all of this!

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Wild Times at Animal Kingdom

By DAMI - Last updated: Saturday, March 14, 2015
The noble and majestic Tree of Life has a hidden jungle of creatures carved in the trunk!

The noble and majestic Tree of Life has a hidden jungle of creatures carved in the trunk!

We got up at 7 so we could take a trip to Animal Kingdom and I am so looking forward to it! Another bright sunny day and as we walked towards the front gate it really feels like you are entering the Kingdom of the Animals! You can see the Tree of Life rising high above the canopy of trees and as we get through with our Magic Bands we decide to stroll along the jungle paths and see the animals and birds that are just waking up.

We first went to “It’s Tough to be a Bug” which is a really cool 3D movie with effects and a great fun story about bugs and the good they do and how it’s tough to be a bug when everyone wants to spray them dead just because they are creepy crawlies but not all bugs are bad! I was getting sprayed in my seat and pee-uuuuu the stink bug really let me have it when he let a poof go in our faces!

There were so many different birds to see! There are guides available to help spot all the species and it was great to add some new birds to Our Big Year list!

There were so many different birds to see! There are guides available to help spot all the species and it was great to add some new birds to Our Big Year list!

The Tree of Life is such an amazing structure, the carvings in the trunk are so well done and you can look at the shapes for so long and suddenly you see different creatures pop out that you didn’t see at first, alligators, lions, monkeys, whales, spiders, goats, lemurs there were so many hidden animals!

The screams could be heard across the valley and echoed on the streets of Tibet as we continued our world travels at Animal Kingdom.

The screams could be heard across the valley and echoed on the streets of Tibet as we continued our world travels at Animal Kingdom.

We went to the dinosaur lands and through Tibet and I took my courage in my hands and went on the Everest Expedition Roller Coaster! DD opted out after we did the lineup which was pretty neat because they have all sorts of Tibetan and Nepal artifacts and you really feel like you are getting ready for a trip in the high mountains! When the roller coaster pulled up to the station I saw my car was number 13! Oh no good thing I’m not superstitious I told myself as I crossed my fingers and opened a packet of salt to toss over my right shoulder!

The ride was fun, a real stomach dropper and the scenery was awesome as we dropped down around the mountain and through the tunnels. I won’t spoil the surprises but it was a real cool ride!

We had a guide book that revealed hidden secrets around Walt Disney World and I wouldn't have noticed this one hidden Mickey unless one of the cast members hadn't pointed out the stones embedded in the sidewalk around a little metal sewer cover. Those Mickeys!!

We had a guide book that revealed hidden secrets around Walt Disney World and I wouldn’t have noticed this one hidden Mickey unless one of the cast members hadn’t pointed out the stones embedded in the sidewalk around a little metal sewer cover. Those Mickeys!!

After the roller coaster and some time to calm my legs down we went to the Kilimanjaro Safari. We had a fast pass so we could get in the quick line and escorted down a ramp that is decorated really like you are entering an African safari with signage and building materials that make you believe you’re in another country! Coming from Tibet to Africa within a few minutes was keeping my mind spinning with delights!

Even though it was a cool day the Hippos were able to soak up the sun as they lounged on the beach and rested their plump bodies.

Even though it was a cool day the Hippos were able to soak up the sun as they lounged on the beach and rested their plump bodies.

This Giraffe is singing us a little song as we drive by: Laaa Laaa Laaaa Ooooooh!

This Giraffe is singing us a little song as we drive by: Laaa Laaa Laaaa Ooooooh!

The Safari was great, we get into a typical safari truck like you see on National Geographic and then set off into the savanna and jungles to spot for animals! It was a relatively cool day for Florida and the creatures were sticking close to home so we maybe didn’t see as many beasts on the savannah as other times my guide Jungle DD told me but still it was neat to be looking left and right trying to spot any sign of one of the African animals.

This little Meerkat  had a perfect lounging spot to just lean back and watch the day drift by. Even the Meerkats have fun at Walt Disney World!

This little Meerkat had a perfect lounging spot to just lean back and watch the day drift by. Even the Meerkats have fun at Walt Disney World!

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