Flower & Garden Un-Birthday : Part III

We’re here! Part Trois!
A quick recap : it’s our first full day at the park and we spent the morning at DHS but now we’re exhausted and we need some downtime.

We were staying in the Mighty Ducks section of All-Star Movies and we thankfully had a little pool in our area. It was the perfect size and was not overly crowded or loud. The day was hella hot so I couldn’t wait to get my bikini on and jump in the water. Brandon was about ready for a nap so we got two lounge chairs in the shade so he could comfortably nap for an hour or so.

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I like the smaller pool areas in the resorts because, as we can all assume, the main pools are always crowded and super loud. Although they are close to the food court and the bar, it’s just not worth it. This one also had super cute decor with Goofy, who doesn’t quite understand how to hold a hockey stick, defending our goal.
IMG_6066After we got pleasantly sun kissed, we headed back to the room to get ready for an evening in Magic Kingdom! After we were eligible to make our fourth FastPass of the day, I snagged one for Splash Mountain which turned out to be a blessing because it was SO hot and the Stand By queue was 115 minutes long (boy bye). The potentially disastrous part of this is that we were seated in the first row of our log flume. Goodbye perfect makeup and hair. Hello Laughing Place! The best part about getting soaked on Splash Mountain? Drying off on the hub grass!

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*drying off on the hub grass WITH A MICKEY SHAPED PRETZEL (partially eaten bc I needed it)
This was our first ‘hub grass’ experience and it did not disappoint. In fact, it perfectly represented the vibe of this trip. I wanted to relax. I wanted to take in the scenery. I wanted to take the time to reflect and appreciate. This is exactly what the hub grass was for us in that moment. It became a reoccurring character on this mini vacation and really set this visit apart from our previous visits. So while we munched on our pretzel, sipped on our soda, dried our clothes, we listened to the calming music, people-watched, and were able to center our minds. I think this is incredibly important when you are touring around Walt Disney World, which seems sometimes like a race against the clock, that it should be encouraged to take 30 minutes out of your morning, afternoon, and evening to just chill. Sit down, lay down, eat a snack, eat a meal, and clear out all of the stress and the anxiety. You will make your next FastPass, you will get a good meal in, you will make it back to your hotel tonight with your dignity and your sanity in tact if you just take a few moments during the day to bring your mind and your heart back into the focus of your trip.

There are so many beautiful things to see and to hear, if you just take a moment to quiet your mind and listen! Now moving on!

The FastPass availability had depleted a bit. We were interested on going on whatever rides we could, with as small waits as possible. We were not going to turn our noses up at any ride at this point. We just wanted to get our fill while we could. We hopped on line for It’s A Small World and got a little overwhelmed with the crowd behind the castle. It was definitely worthy of a Spring Break crowd but we were desperate to leave that area but thankfully we had a FastPass available at Under the Sea so we were able to run over there afterwards for the opening of our FP window. We were about ready to call our day and decided on one more ride so we went to the Peoplemover, another first for us! We never put an emphasis on adding Peoplemover to our plans but now it will be a staple. It’s another perfect opportunity to sit, relax, listen, and watch. It was the perfect ride to end that day. Enough walking, navigating through crowds, checking the MDE app for stand by queues. We got to reflect on our first of two Magic Kingdom visits with a smile and then finally, we heard our stomachs.

We jumped off Peoplemover, ran through Tomorrowland, across the hub, and towards Sleepy Hollow for a waffle with powdered sugar and strawberries. It was really difficult to try to not inhale it. As much as we wanted to stick around for Wishes, we knew it would screw us up if we were to get on the buses after the show. We were able to watch most of the fireworks from the bus as we were driving back, which wasn’t the same, but we had no regrets because we got back into bed and ordered a pizza delivery. We ended our evening gorging on questionable pizza, in our pajamas, and watched Seinfeld. This is easily my favorite thing to do and we got to do it in our favorite place!

Outfit details!
Ears : Shop House of Mouse
Shirt : JCrew
Sandals : Urban Outfitters

Flower & Garden Un-Birthday : Part II

April Fool’s Day began with a joke : getting up early on your ‘vacation‘. BUT it was our first full day in the parks and I did my best to convince Brandon that it would be worth it to get to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for rope drop…
…well, we got there as early as we could. I had to put on my face, first.

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Our energy had replenished. Our bellies were empty. Our hearts were overflowing. We couldn’t wait to get into the parks, get on our favorite rides, smile, hold hands, and EAT.

We arrived a quarter to opening and weren’t quite sure what to expect as we were approaching the turnstiles. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that this was our first experience with rope drop! I know! How humiliating. A self-proclaimed WDW aficionado was about to experience rope drop for the first time. Allow me to briefly explain: I tend to visit during less busy seasons. I was never entirely concerned about crowd volume and line queues. Looking back, I was always rushing and I never felt like I was truly satisfied with my touring plan. Until NOW! Rope drop changed my life.

DHS was a ghost town at 8:45 AM during prime Spring Break season. We walked through Hollywood Boulevard and waved at Donald and Daisy, who were already taking photos with guests. We made a hard right towards Tower of Terror and just marveled at how desolate the street and walkways were. We quickly opened up our backpacks, powered on our cameras, and started snapping away, knowing that we would not get an opportunity like this later on.

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Our plan was to get on the stand by queue at Rock N Roller Coaster with the anticipation that it would be a short wait. If memory serves, we waited about 15 minutes (later on this queue would be 100+ minutes). Afterwards, we were walking by Tower and Terror and saw an 11 minute wait. We had a FastPass reserved for later in the afternoon but decided that we needed to take advantage of this moment! I can’t think of a better way to wake you up in the morning than consecutive rides on Rock N Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror

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After all of the screams and the drops and the butterflies, we got a real pick-me-up from the Joffrey’s kiosk outside of the Tower of Terror exit. We got a donut and an iced tea and leisurely walked towards our first FastPass of the day, Toy Story Mania! I fondly remember my first visit to TSM in which I waited over an hour in the stand-by queue. As cute as the decor was, I would never wish to do this again so I was particularly excited to get an early FP.

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Afterwards, we had some time before our Star Tours FP and decided we needed to get on Great Movie Ride as this was probably our last opportunity to do so before it’s gone forever. I’ll cherish my memories of this ride, especially the time we got stuck in the Tarzan section for 15 minutes and had to hear Tarzan yelling over and over and over again 🙂

The queue for Great Movie Ride said 30 minutes but it was a little closer to 45. But while waiting in line, we decided to shake up our plans for the following day. Initially, we planned on rope dropping at Epcot but decided we really needed/wanted to rope drop at Magic Kingdom instead so we cancelled all of my Epcot Fast Passes and made early morning FP’s for Magic Kingdom with the plan that we would run to Mine Train first thing! So you see here folks?! You can make plans ahead of time, but you can change them less than 24 hours beforehand. Or even that same day!

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We had just made the end of our Fast Pass window for Star Tours and after that, we wanted to check out the Star Wars Launch Bay since I had access to the Disney Visa Cardmember Photo Pass with Kylo Ren. They have the Jawa’s out taking photos with people and down a hallway is Kylo Ren. He was TALL and we had fun refusing his requests to join the First Order. Unfortunately, we don’t have good photos because although the opportunity to meet Kylo is free, the copies of the photos are NOT.

Afterwards, we walked to Echo Lake, grabbed a Root Beer Float from the Oasis Canteen, took a breather and made the executive decision that we were far too pooped to stay for our last FP at Tower of Terror so we took some more photos, reveled in the delight of all the chaos around us of families freaking out over line queues, the warm weather, the insane crowds, and fighting over where to get lunch. We snapped a few final pictures and moved on towards the buses to enjoy the All Star Movies Pool before visiting Magic Kingdom that evening.

Next up will be our evening at Magic Kingdom!

What I wore at DHS :
Hat – Lost Bros Trading Co

T-shirt – Lost Bros Trading Co
Purse – Danielle Nicole Hand Bags
Sunglasses – RayBans