Hello Florida & Happy DAVE-cember!

Although large crowds & high humidity are not my thing (wilderness & snow worshiper here), couldn’t have been more excited to celebrate Dave’s 18th birthday in the place he loves best…DisneyWorld Orlando.

Limited myself to 3 full days.  Up by 630am each day, stayed ‘til park closings at 11pm – 3 FULL days.  If you’re gonna do it, go BIG, right?  Arrived late Saturday afternoon – was the last to arrive in Orlando (Mountain time zone challenged).  After hotel check-in, rushed to Magic Kingdom for dinner at Cinderella’s castle, followed by fireworks.

Spent Day 1 at Hollywood Studios, Day Two around Epcot, Day 3 in Magic Kingdom.

Can’t go wrong sharing time & memories with family!   Happy DAVE-cember!


Fav Park – Epcot (World Showcase fan)

Fav Dinner – Coral Reef (lover of fish – both in the tank & in my belly)

Fav Ride – Aerosmith’s Rock N Rollercoaster (not generally a thrill ride guy but the music rocked)

Fav Impromptu Christmas Event – Candlelight Procession (American Adventure Pavilion/Epcot)

Fav Breakfast – Akershus Royal Banquet Hall/Norway (smoked fish & pastries – my kind of breakfast :))

Fav Buffet – trick question/no such thing as a favourite buffet (reason Americans are bursting at the seams)

Fav Character – Lady Tremaine & Stepsisters/Cinderella (idea to Disney: an ‘all-Villains’ Park, cool huh?)

Least Fav Character – Ariel, little Mermaid (met 2 of them – both were creepy, been left underwater far too long)

Fav Stage Show – Beauty & the Beast/Hollywood Studios (yep, even better than Fantasmic!)

Most Over-rated Grand Opening – Fantasyland (wait ‘til 2014 when everything is built)

(kinda my) Fav Retro Ride – It’s a Small World (but ride needs a major do-over; the 1970’s were 40 years ago)

Fav Gift Store – see Buffet response above (exchange ‘bursting at the seams’ with ‘hoarders’)

Fav Language Choice when bored with English – German (Epcot’s Spaceship Earth will never be the same)

Fav Hat – Michaela’s Candy Cane Holiday hat (no Mickey ears for us)

Fav Christmas Xtra – Gingerbread House (Grand Floridian)


Overall Fav – Christmas Lights & (fake) Florida Snow, Hollywood Studios (absolutely the best!)


YouTube video ‘David’s 18th Birthday Bash’

xmas lights & fake Florida snow (short clip)

Beauty & Beast (stage show clip)

Magic Kingdom (fireworks clip)


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