This trip was celebrate two things; her retirement and my 50th birthday, so we did Disney Deluxe this time around. Stayed at a deluxe Disney property, and did the deluxe Disney dining plan. It's taken me forever to get around to doing this blog, because we also purchased "memory maker", and I have hundreds of photos to go through. But I wanted to get the blog posted before the year ends, so will only be sharing a photo or two of each day with a recap of what we did that day.
|One of my favorite memory maker photos!|
As we didn't arrive at the hotel til mid afternoon we had no plans to visit a park. Instead, we checked out the lodge and had reservations for a character meal onsite. "Story Book Dining at Artist Point with Snow White". A delicious 3 course dinner served in a fairy tale setting. You meet Snow White, Grumpy and Dopey, but the star of this character meal is the "Evil Queen".
You get summoned to meet her, and she is a character from the get go! She was so wicked and so much fun! We chatted for quite a while. It was a great dinner to kick start our trip.
|She liked my tee, which I wore just for her.|
|Pat and I with our ole pal Tigger!|
|These fab chairs are in the lobby and we enjoyed a few drinks and people watching here. We loved it when others joined us!|
|Shaking my tail feathers with Donald Duck at breakfast!|
|Seriously, this was so much fun!|
|What a surprise it was to get to see Amy!|
|I also got VERY EXCITED when we found Scrooge McDuck doing photo ops in the park. It was my first time meeting him.|
|Pandora - The World of Avatar|
|This picture does not do the beauty justice.|
|Pandora was so pretty at night.|
The party didn't start until 7pm, but you are allowed in the park at 4pm. I had scored us dinner reservations for dinner in Beast's castle. The three course dinner was very good, but meeting Beast was an absolute highlight of the trip for me, and one of my favorite character meet and greets ever.
|Before going into the castle for dinner. I love memory maker!|
|I love him!|
|He was awesome!|
|Our fabulous waiter at Beast's castle.|
|Arriving at the party.|
|The castle decked out for Halloween.|
|We just did a walk through here, very busy.|
|In front of the Millennium Falcon.|
|The Storm Troopers walking around gave Pat and I a good scare at one point!|
Still, we had some great moments. Our day started at "Garden Grill", where we had lunch with Chip and Dale, Mickey, and Pluto! After lunch we went on the ride "Soarin". Now this was a HUGE deal for me. I don't do well on rides, I easily get extreme motion sickness, and have to be careful what rides I go on. The last time I was there, in 2014, with my cousin Andi, I was in the seat of this ride, but chickened out at the last minute and left. With support and encouragement from Pat, I stayed on this time and loved it!! She was able to compare it to other rides we'd been on together and that really helped. I was so proud of myself!
|I did it!!|
|He gave us each a warm hug.|
|Lunch is served!|
|My favorite picture from our trip, sums it up perfectly.|