10 March, 2011

Marathon Week Day 6: MK, Crystal Palace & Illuminations!

I'm trying to get one more post out before I head out to India. Pray that my flight takes off on time today. We're supposed to get 2-3 inches of rain in only a matter of hours. I've been hounding the weather sites and Continentals like crazy.

So descriptions might not be too detailed...but we got lots of pics!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

After our entertaining day of Drinking Around the World, I knew it would be kinda hard to get the gang moving really early in the morning to make an 8am ADR for Crystal Palace.  Luckily Pat was up and already ready over at his resort and a few texts later, we were both on buses heading to the MK. I caught the MK bus just as it was pulling up so my little sprint tested out my tired marathon legs, ouch!

I love love love seeing the Magic Kingdom when it's empty.  I always try getting an 8am ADR when the park opens at 9am.  There's a calm that hovers over Main Street before all the chaos of park guests running around to get to the big attractions.  It's awesome.

Pat and I wandered slowly up Main Street so that I could take pictures.  We were both pretty hungry though so I threw in the towel after awhile.  Plus it was dreary out but still pretty cool. 


Toy Soldier
Horse Drawn Streetcars

Empty Main Street

Main Street

disney photopass pics, Jan 2011
Stupid crane!!

Partner Silhouette

We checked in quickly and were seated only a few minutes later.  Crystal Palace has REAL COFFEE so I was happy already by the time we sat down.  Our waiter was pretty good.  I think he got frazzled or overwhelmed at one point so we lost him for a little bit but we didn't have any complaints.

We put our drink orders in and then headed right up to the buffet.  Definitely think that Crystal Palace has the one of the best breakfast buffets on property.  I think between the two of us we tried pretty much everything but since I didn't plan on writing a review about it, I didn't take pics of everything.   The blueberry pancakes were the only thing I wasn't a fan of, but it's only because they were still raw.  The taste would have been enjoyable but...meh.  Made to order omelets are always my highlights anyways.  And their puffed french toast was still good as always though!

And of course...we got to meet Pooh and Friends!



Smootches for Tigger


After stuffing ourselves at breakfast, we wanted to do as much as possible before Pat had to leave.  Very impressed with ourselves..we got a LOT done and did a few attractions that neither of us have done in years, maybe decades!

Heading into Adventureland we made a quick walk through of Swiss Family Treehouse.  I hate to admit it but I haven't seen the movie so this never interests me.  Plus it's just overall dull.  On our way to Pirates, I saw that Aladdin's Magic Carpets had NO line and Pat mentioned that he's never been on so what did we do?  Ran into line and acted like little kids and then jumped on the Jungle Cruise. 


Pirates was sadly down (and it ended up staying down for the rest of my trip, or at least every time I went to Magic Kingdom) but Pirate Goofy was there to pass the time away.   This Goofy was entertaining!  Although I think I lost my ability to translate what mute characters are trying to say to me on this trip.  I was having such a hard time 'communicating' with every character!  I had to rely on the PhotoPass photographers sometimes to translate, which did kinda make it funnier.

Goofy was showing how he was tired and sore after running...and then Pat and I posed with Goofy in our fabulous running poses.  :) 

disney photopass pics, Jan 2011Goofy decided to run with us  

Frontierland and Liberty Square were next.  I think we quickly got through Thunder Mountain, Country Bears, Hall of Presidents, and then ended up at Haunted Mansion. 

crazy bride

grimm grinning ghosts

Quickly walking through Fantasyland, we jumped on Snow White's Scary Adventure.  Glad I did since they announced that it'll be closing for the refurb!  Headed to Tomorrowland after that and were going to wait on line for Space Mountain when an awesome lady came running up to us and handed us Fast Passes that were good for right then! Score!

Buzz Lightyear was next and I somehow got conned into going on Stitch.  I miss Alien Encounter!! I knew when to hold my breath though so didn't gag at the corndog part.  :)


It was almost time for Pat to head out but we headed over to Toontown to get one last glimpse before it shut down for good.  Now, neither of us had ever been on Barnstormer. So we joined all the little kids on line and went for a ride.  It was definitely cute and I'd like to see how they revamp it for the new ride in Fantasyland.  After a quick walk through of Mickey's house, we made our way to Adventureland to get the best treat ever...Dole Whips!! :)

First & last ride on Barnstormer...

Pat had to sadly leave after our Dole Whip adventure so I started wandering Magic Kingdom solo for a quick bit.  I headed over to Carousel of Progress and while I was on the ride, Andy had texted me saying that he was on his way to Magic Kingdom too.  We met up around Main Street and the light hitting the castle was awesome so of course a few pics had to be taken. 

The castle...Pinkish Castle

We were both starving so headed to Cosmic Rays for some grub.  Honestly don't remember what I ate, but I just remember it was ok.  Nothing amazing.  To pass some time away, we headed to Astro Orbiter for a spin.  When we got up to the platform, the cast member assumed that the two of us would ride in one rocket.  Now... Andy and I aren't big people.  But he is 6'6" and I was carrying around my huge camera bag.  We attempted to squeeeeeeze into one rocket and I wish there was a camera filming us.  Eventually two other cast members walked by seeing us struggle and laughed.  They were amazed the original CM assumed we'd go in one rocket!  I quickly moved over to another and we had a grand old time spinning high above Tomorrowland.

Andy hadn't been to any of the monorail resorts so we took a detour from Epcot to wander each one quickly just so he could get a taste.  Stopped by Basin in the Grand Floridian and the Wyland Gallery at the Poly to browse for new items but came out empty handed.  On our way back to the monorail at the Poly I heard someone calling my name and started looking around.  My blogging buddy Ed recognized me from here and wanted to quickly said hi.  It was really cool to finally put a face to a name!  Since we were going in opposite directions though, it was a quick hello and goodbye and we were on our way to Epcot.

It was almost time for Illuminations and we were hungry too so we stopped into the cafe in France and I grabbed a mini quiche with ham and cheese and found a pretty empty spot to set up my camera.  As always, Illuminations was fabulous! 




After getting our fireworks fill, pretty sure we called it a night. I was still exhausted from the race so Andy headed home and I snuggled up in the fabulous beds at the Boardwalk!


  1. I love how you fill your days in the parks with so much. I'm the same way, as much as I try to slow down.

    Have an incredible time in India. I was there several years ago, and found the country and food to be amazing.

    By the way, I registered for the 2011 Wine & Dine Half Marathon. I'm really excited for it, and to get into training.

  2. Have a really good time in India! It's one of those places that sound so exotic, yet I've never been to before. This disneyland place, really does look like a fairytale after all :-)

  3. great pics!

    Have a great time in India and travel safely. Can't wait to see those pictures!

  4. Travel safe, dear! Love the Illuminations pics - those are great!

  5. I've said this already, but your fireworks pictures are incredible! Awesome job!!! :0) Hope you have a great trip to India!! :0)

  6. Oh my, seeing pictures from Disney makes me want to go back sooo badly. (side note:) If you're ever looking for a guest blogger I'm your gal! Check out my blog and follow me back! Cheers!
    - Liz

  7. Great pics!! I love the fireworks! Makes me wish I was there!! Only a few more months and I will be.

    Have a great time in India!!

  8. The very first picture - the decorations in the background give you little bunny ears!

    Seriously - why hasn't Disney hired you as an official publicity photographer?? Your pictures far outweigh what they usually share!

  9. @Lisa...I tell myself every trip that I need to just sit and relax and I can't each time! India was amazing! Can't wait to write a quick recap soon. And congrats on Wine & Dine! I've still yet to register but hopefully soon.

    @melie..thank you :) India was fabulous and Disney really IS a fairytale! :)

    @Victoria...thank you! India recap post will hopefully be up soon!

    @Liz...thank you! Just subscribed to your blog, definitely will catch up with reading tonight or tomorrow! :)

    @Emily...thank you!

    @FruitFly... omg that would be the best Disney job everrrrrr!!! :) Thank you!