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23 August 2013

Day 15 (Thursday 22nd)

"The Magic Kingdom"

I've decided.....The Magic Kingdom is my favourite theme park ever. On this trip we've been here the most. Sometimes, after previous trips, I was thinking I was tiring of visiting here. I mean, you can only ride the same rides so many times without getting bored right?

It seems different this time around. Maybe it's because Jack can ride more things, maybe it's because Josh is older and appreciates it all a little more. I can't pinpoint it but we've had such great times in here this past 2 weeks. We must have ridden Splash Mountain 6 times already and we're not done yet...not by a long shot!

Today we chilled out in the room a little first and headed to the park just before 11am. First stop was to get fastpasses to return at 2pm to meet Mickey Mouse again. Then, as has become tradition, we grabbed a couple of Frappuccino's from the Starbucks at the Main Street Bakery. With the early afternoon heat they were finished by the time we'd checked out the passing parade and walked by the side of Cinderella Castle into Fantasyland. We needed to ride two Fantasyland rides that we had so far missed, The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh and my favourite ride in this area, Peter Pan's Flight.

Winnie the Pooh was first and it's always fun but luckily we didn't have to wait for 90 minutes to ride. It's only a 3 minute ride so you definitely need Fastpass access to make it worthwhile.

Peter Pan's Flight has always been a great ride if you like Peter Pan (which I most definitely do) and takes you in a pirate ship through the Darling children's nursey, over a brilliant model of London and into Neverland. The scenes on this ride are so brilliantly done and you really can get lost in the story of the movie.

We then headed to Adventureland to ride Pirates Of The Caribbean on the way to Splash Mountain. We made our first stop this holiday at Aloha Isle to grab a slice of pineapple and a DELICIOUS fresh pineapple juice. This has also become a tradition for us and I can't believe it's taken us 2 weeks to get our first one (must be the new Starbucks that's scuppered that).

It was now time to go meet Mickey again. Jack loves meeting Mickey Mouse, he always runs up and gives him a massive hug.

Off to the candy store next as Josh wanted a 'candy apple'. They don't make them so instead we opted for a Mickey Mouse Apple. A bargain at $10....especially as the boys had about 2 bites each and it ended up in the bin ;-)

We next rode on The Magic Carpets Of Aladdin. I've never ridden this even though it's been here since 2001. I think the reason we've never ridden is because I never liked it from the first moment I saw it. To me, they just 'plonked' it in the middle of Adventureland, a part of the park that has such a brilliant atmosphere and spoilt the whole vibe of this area. It totally obscures the view of the Tiki Rooms and is just a multi coloured blot on the landscape. There's already the fabulous Dumbo ride in Fantasyland which is the EXACT same concept with flying carpets replacing flying elephants. Anyway, i'm ranting. The ride was OK, the kids liked it and that was fine. I just hope they remove it one day.

Straight onto The Enchanted Tiki Room next. We haven't done this for about 10 years. It's one of the originals from 1971 although it was refreshed, I think, in 1997. It's a chorus of audioanimatronic birds that sing and chat with the audience. It's OK, we did it, we'll do it again in another 10 years :-)

Pirates Of The Caribbean! A 40 year old theme park ride. It's still fantastic. I would lose all the new references to Jack Sparrow and the movies though, it was fine the way it was.

And onto Splash Mountain. We will never EVER tire of this ride. It's the best log flume ride we've ever ridden and the theming is just tremendous. You can get great views of Cinderella Castle and you ride around and the indoor set pieces are mesmerising as you follow the exploits of Brer Rabbit. FAB!

After this we hopped (actually, i'm lying, we just walked) onto the steam train that circles the Magic Kingdom to head back to the entrance. On the way to the exit Joanne bought a frozen, chocolate dipped banana and we were on our way back to the hotel.

A quick trip to the room for the car keys and we were heading to TGI Friday's. Even though there's loads of these in the UK, Joanne always wants to go over here. It's the USA though...the food is better, the service is most DEFINITELY better and, of course, the prices are better. We had a great meal and our earlier plan to pop into Perkins for a mixed box of mufffins was put on the back burner for another day.

I've run out of clothes so we quickly popped into Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein for some polos and boxers (who can resist these bargain prices?). I bought some for now and a bunch of the 'next size down' to wear in the next few weeks when i've worked off all this lovely grub we've been scoffing. Then it was back to the pool for a late night dip.

And here we are now. I'm sat writing this blog while the boys are playing and Joanne is surfing the net on her iPad.

Why can't every day be like this?

Tomorrow should be very nice, it's a special day for Joanne and me. More about that later.'s 10:45pm and i'm off in the pool with the boys.



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31 August 2013

Day 23 (Friday 30th)
"The Final Day :-("

31 August 2013

Day 22 (Thursday 29th)
"Universal Studios"

31 August 2013

Day 21 (Wednesday 28th)
"Last Disney Day"

30 August 2013

Day 19 (Monday 26th)
"The final week!"

26 August 2013

Day 18 (Sunday 25th)
"Alarm Clock"

26 August 2013

Day 17 (Saturday 24th)

24 August 2013

Day 16 (Friday 23rd)
"Piracy on the high seas"

23 August 2013

Day 15 (Thursday 22nd)
"The Magic Kingdom"

22 August 2013

Day 14 (Wednesday 21st)
"Cinema and Chillin' Part 2"

22 August 2013

Day 13 (Tuesday 20th)
"Cirque Du Soleil"

21 August 2013

Day 12 (Monday 19th)
"Spidey 'n' Marshmallows"

20 August 2013

Day 11 (Sunday 18th)
"Computer Woes & Mammoth Storms"

20 August 2013

Day 10 (Saturday 17th)
"Sci-Fi Dining"

20 August 2013

Early morning bloggin'
"Chillin' @ The Poly"

16 August 2013

Day 9 (Friday 16th)
"Animal Kingdom & 'Ohana"

16 August 2013

Day 7 & 8
"Bringing it all up to date."

15 August 2013

Day 6 (Tuesday 13th)
"Waterparks and EPCOT food"

14 August 2013

Blizzard Beach
"Fun on the T-Bar Zip Line"

14 August 2013

Day 5 (Monday August 12th)
"Cinema and Chillin'

14 August 2013

Day 4 (Sunday 11th August)
"Chef Mickey's and Magic Kingdom with friends"

14 August 2013

Let's Do 3 Parks in 1 day
"Or not..."

11 August 2013

The Polynesian
"This pool is soooooooo nice."

10 August 2013

Day 2 (Magic Kingdom & Downtown Disney)
"Time to meet Mickey"

09 August 2013

Day 1 (Magic Kingdom and EPCOT)
"We're finally here!"

09 August 2013

Quick Update
"First Day"

06 August 2013

Here We Go.....
"Airport time..."

28 July 2013

9 Days
"Almost There"

19 July 2013

Sea Raycers
"Tootling about on the water"

19 July 2013

Blizzard Beach
"Water, Slides and Funnel Cake"

19 July 2013

Tonga Toast / Kona Cafe
"Tingling Tastebuds"

18 July 2013

Monorail Candies!
"Alejado de las Puertas"

18 July 2013

Our August 2013 Trip
"August 7th Onwards"

17 July 2013

Countdown Charts
"Can't beat a good countdown chart!"

09 January 2013

When plans go awry
"So the story goes that I had this massive surprise lined up for Joanne and the boys"