Fall Break: The Final Chapter

Fall Break is well behind us now.  In the interest of wrapping up and moving on, days three, four and five have been rolled into this one post.

The morning of Day Three, we hopped a ferry and traveled directly from Ft. Wilderness Resort and Cabins to the Magic Kingdom.  The weather was perfect and it was easy to negotiate through the crowd of fellow visitors.

Per Y.K.’s request, we walked straight down Mainstreet U.S.A. to Cinderella’s Castle.  Though he was disappointed that there were no halls to roam or treasures to behold, each of us appreciated the magnificent mosaic murals depicting the story of Cinderella.

We rode everything we wanted to ride and saw everything we wanted to see – with the exception of experiencing the Swiss Family Robinson’s treehouse (under renovation) and seeing Rapunzel and Flynn Rider.  Word has it that Flynn draws quite a crowd.

From the Magic Kingdom, we caught the Monorail to the Contemporary Resort, then hopped a shuttle to Downtown Disney.  After thorough exploration of the Lego store, we enjoyed dinner at Ragland Road Irish Pub and Restaurant.

The forecast for Day Four was 100% rainshowers.  Yes, 100%.  And I neglected to pack lightweight jackets for everyone, much less raincoats (alas, there is a chink in my Girl Scout armor).  So we forged ahead to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and purchased rain ponchos as soon as we got through the gates.

The ominous clouds lurking overhead only amplified the excitment of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show

While the professionals from those two shows were impressive, I must say that one of the “stunt men” from the Studio Backlot Tour completely captured me with his performance.  For my very own Hubby got to be one of the participants in the moviemaking experience that kicks off the tour!  Here he is, on the far right, in action. 🙂

We got in a few more things before the rain finally began to fall.  Then, with ponchos donned, we headed back to Downtown Disney for dinner and souvenir shopping.

I thought this would make a great fascinator . . .

 . . . but the “Mad Hatter” didn’t agree.

The fifth and final day of our Fall Break Adventure was spent at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.  Between my daughter and I, I’m not sure which one of us was more excited about visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Luck struck twice (or maybe it was magic) when, like her dad, O.K. was chosen to participate in a show.  As she and I stepped into Ollivander’s Wand Shop for a demonstration, O.K. was immediately spotted by the wizard behind the counter.  He lead her through the wand selection process (remember, “the wand chooses the wizard”).  After a couple of “magical mishaps”, a wand of reed and unicorn hair core chose O.K. 😉

After having a jolly good time in Hogsmead, we joined the boys and toured through Seuss Landing, Jurassic Park and Toon Lagoon.  In our opinion, the Animal Kingdom’s Kali River Rapids have nothing on Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges.  It was the best raft ride EVER, and all five of us got drowned rat soaked! 🙂

We ended our day on Marvel Super Hero Island (a.k.a. The Most Awesome Place On Earth to Y.K.).  Y.K. got to meet his favorite super heros and a few villains, too!

Shooting webs with Spiderman

Powering up with Captain America

Sizing up Dr. Doom (for reference, Hubby is 6′ 6″)

I guess Y.K. wasn’t all that impressed with Green Goblin.

But Y.K. and I both were impressed with Cyclops from the X-Men! 😉

And so our Fall Break Adventure ended on a truly super note.  As should be evident by the photos and commentary in the last several posts, we had a blast.  The memories we made will, indeed, last a lifetime!

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  1. Sounds fantastic – I am very jealous of the Harry Potter experience.

    • Blake

       /  November 3, 2011

      We didn’t get to do all of the things we wanted to do in the Wizarding World, but what we did experience was fantastic! I hope you get to go someday! 🙂

  2. Love it!! Looks like an awesome time. Does that Castle still have a gift shop in it? When I was there last, the castle was closed to renovations. They used to sell the most awesome things there, including princess hats. 😉

    Thanks for sharing this!

    • Thanks, Ali! It truly was the best vacation.

      I think the castle does have a gift shop. It for sure has a restaurant. We almost ate breakfast there, but the kids weren’t up for sitting down for long. So we grabbed a quick breakfast elsewhere.

      The hats . . . oh, the hats! 🙂


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