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Jaime & Ethan’s Pinky Swear Trip: Day 6, “There is Only 1 Part to Today”

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2014

Today, we have a late start, since a little Recovery Time from the past few days is in order. While the garlic helped, Ethan is still sick.

I spend my time reading, animal watching, and Facebooking.

By the time Ethan is awake enough to eat, I am able to run down to Mara for lunch instead of breakfast. We eat on the balcony.

He got a turkey sandwich, I got allergy chicken tenders, and I asked for an order of GF zebra domes.

We finally get it together and take the bus to Hollywood Studios.

Sorcerer Mickey meet up is first on our list. Mickey had followed the last people off to the side to finish his conversation, so Ethan and I just posed for the photographer. Then Mickey photobombed us!

Then we headed over to meet Minnie. I loved the décor in her room!

I’m pretty sure I’ve said before how much we love to draw at the Animation Academy. This trip, we drew Tigger. Mine is the “fat” Tigger.

I love the Streetmosphere performers. We haven’t been able to catch too many of their performances though, since we’re always running around, trying to show Ethan everything there is. I’m hoping that, the more trips we make, the easier it will be to slow down and schedule these performances in.

We head over to the American Idol Experience. This isn’t a must do (good thing, since it’s now gone) but it was fun to watch.

Muppets 3D was next – I adore this show, especially the pre-show!

Ethan gets to meet Lightning & Mater.

How did I become the photographer in this relationship???

Star Tours
American Idol finale show (We wanted to see the woman we voted for, and who won, during the earlier show. She won the finale.)
Fantasmic – rained out – well, we got to see the first 5 minutes. I’m not sure being rained on while sick is a good idea…

We decided to take the boat to the BoardWalk and see about eating at Big River Grille for dinner. The food here is always good. We crack ourselves up by ordering hot tea and guacamole and chips. Yeah, those go together…

We both ordered the New York Strip – 8oz. USDA Choice New York strip steak, served with garlic mashed potatoes and vegetables $18.99

After dinner, we are toast. I’m coming down with Ethan’s cold now. We take a cab back to AKL and bed.

Jaime & Ethan’s Pinky Swear Trip: Day 5, Part 2 “Magic Kingdom Whirlwind”

The rest of our day at the Magic Kingdom is an interesting mix of rides and events. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of rhyme or reason in our movements…

We take the train from the front of the park over to Frontierland. Here we see a squirrel being fed by some people.

We ride Big Thunder Mountain and try to do Tom Sawyer’s Island, but the line is pretty long.

How about we head into Adventureland for Ethan’s First Dole Whip?

Please notice that Ethan’s shirt appears to be soaked. That is because, as we stood in line for the Dole Whips, the skies opened up for a 20 minutes monsoon. Ethan was on one side of the stand in line, I was on the other (divide and conquer). My side had the advantage in 2 lines were open and we had cover to get out of the rain. Ethan’s side was using HIM as cover! We were texting to see who was getting closer to the front of the line and he came over when we realized mine was the better side.

Haunted Mansion
Ariel’s Grotto
Journey of the Little Mermaid

Yeah, I don’t know what we’re doing either…

Back to Adventureland! We meet Rosetta (?) and Tinkerbell.

Over to the Tiki Room and I’m starting to lose my mind –

Pirates of the Carribbean
Peter Pan’s flight

Trying something new tonight, we decide to watch Wishes from New Fantasyland! I’m standing out in the courtyard and Ethan goes and sits down against the wall. I want to be out though where I can look in every direction. So I’m spinning around, trying to catch every explosion wherever it goes off – I don’t know he’s taking pictures of me. I start talking to the woman next to me and we’re having a blast making ourselves dizzy. Turns out her husband was sitting next to Ethan!

It was cool, but I like the front of the castle better.

After the fireworks, we head over to Be Our Guest for dinner. Ethan is coming down with a cold. When the chef comes out to take our order, Ethan asks for some raw garlic. The chef comes back a few minutes later and slips Ethan a wadded up paper towel.

We both ordered the Grilled Strip Steak – with garlic-herb butter and pommes frites $33.49. The garlic worked it’s magic and Ethan feels well enough to enjoy our meal.

Two very tired people take the bus back to AKL.

Jaime & Ethan’s Pinky Swear Trip: Day 5, Part 1 “Pepperoni, Mushroom, and Pepperoni!”

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2014

Breakfast this morning is in the hotel, we are heading down to Boma. I have heard really good things about the gluten free breakfast here.

We are taken through the buffet and are told what’s safe and what’s not. I ask for Allergy Waffles and gluten free donuts. And… gluten free zebra domes, maybe, please?

I discover I DO NOT LIKE QUINOA!

The difference between a regular zebra dome and a GF zebra dome? The bottom – instead of a slice of cake, it’s a piece of chocolate. I like them better than the regular!!!!

The problem with Boma breakfast is the price, in my opinion. Over $20 a person – we did not eat that much food…

We take a bus over to Downtown Disney and spend a couple hours browsing through all the shops. At around 11:00, we went over to Splitsville, the new bowling alley, and rented a lane for an hour. You are given shoes and menus, but we were going to eat afterwards so we didn’t order anything. By focusing on the bowling, we got 3 full games in during our hour.

She even posed for me!

I broke a nail bowling!

Here is a photo of the last time I was ahead – turns out my husband bowls fairly well…

We had a really great time, although I aggravated a hip injury from over the summer and will limp for the next 3 days. MENTAL NOTE: Bowling should only be done at the END of a vacation!

We have a 1:00 ADR to have lunch here at Splitsville, but we checked in early and they took us (it wasn’t busy on a weekend). We ask to be seated outside.

Splitsville has an extensive gluten free menu! I have been counting down the days until I can try the pizza here. I ordered the Gluten Free + 3 – your choice of three toppings to our GF Cheese: pepperoni, bacon, black olives, broccoli, red peppers, grilled chicken, mushrooms, onions.

I got pepperoni, mushroom, and pepperoni!

Ethan’s lucky I let him try it! And it was a pretty big pizza, but it was so amazing!

Ethan ordered the Steak Fajita Bowl – Grilled marinated steak is served with sautéed red and green peppers, onions then drizzled with tataki sauce. Served with sushi rice and cilantro

We are really happy with our Splitsville experience as I limp away to catch a boat to Old Key West. It’s where I own my DVC points, so Ethan wants to look around.

From OKW, we take a bus to the Magic Kingdom. First thing we do is meet Talking Mickey again. This time, Mickey shows me a card trick!

Jaime & Ethan’s Pinky Swear Trip: Day 4, Part 2

On the way out of Animal Kingdom to go back to the hotel to swim, we stop to view a couple animal displays.

We get back to the room and finally get to see giraffes – they come out later in the morning (all my dreams of coffee with giraffes have been shattered so far this trip!)

The giraffes knock the feeder down and a bunch of cattle come over to clean up the mess for them.

We change and head down to the pool. It’s February – the water’s too cold for me! Ethan swims a couple laps and then we head to a hot tub for awhile. We then find a couple of loungers and hit the bar.

We read and relax, but the lifeguards are noisy. Neither of us is a big fan of the entertainment at the pools – I want to relax, not play games. There’s a Bingo game going on and I went back into the water and sat on a wall (only my legs were in the water). There are 2 women sitting a few feet to my left with Bingo cards. They are talking a mile a minute. I can see their cards. As I got up to leave the water, I stopped in front of them.

JAIME: I don’t know why, I think I’m weird, but you missed N43 and it was driving me crazy.

Ethan takes a nap and I spend some time on our balcony. I came in for a few minutes and when I went to go back outside, I’m stopped by this HUGE bug at the door!

Tonight we have late dinner plans. We’re going to the 9:30 showing of Hoop-Dee-Doo Review at Ft. Wilderness. I tell Ethan back in the room that if we hurry, we could go to the Magic Kingdom and meet Talking Mickey before getting on a boat and going to Ft. Wilderness…

So that’s what we did!

Talking Mickey was so cool – I got a little teary (don’t I always?) having an actual (I know!) conversation with him!

Hoop-Dee-Doo is fabulous, as always! We had great seats up by the piano player.

The chef came out to discuss the allergy. The salad was fine for us to eat (I scooped out both our salads before I remembered to take a picture!)

The gluten free cornbread was absolutely amazing! We finished every crumb!

Beans, corn, mashed potatoes – all safe.

We were given grilled chicken instead of fried chicken – it was dry. (and these grill marks look too perfect to me – I think it’s frozen chicken…)

And the ribs were safe for us to eat too. They were good!

And for dessert, we get strawberries and whipped cream instead of strawberry shortcake – I liked it much better! Amazing! We are STUFFED!!!

We had a blast (we were the only couple to raise our hands when they asked for honeymoons and anniversaries, so we had to dance to “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” alone!)

Jaime & Ethan’s Pinky Swear Trip: Day 4, Part 1 “A Different Kind of Disney Duck”

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2014

We’re going to take it easy today. Probably not by design, but it’s what happened. We started the day with going down to The Mara for breakfast. Allergy Mickey Waffles with bacon and a ham & egg sandwich on Udi’s bread.

Mine was the sandwich and it was delicious!

We’re heading back to Animal Kingdom today. We start with the safari. Most of the pictures, again, are the same pictures you always get…

but the zebras lined up like the 3 Caballeros!

Next, we walked the Pangoni Trail before heading to lunch.

I love Yak & Yeti! LOVE. IT.

We both ordered tea

I got the Shaoxing Steak and Shrimp – skirt steak, tempura-battered shrimp, jasmine rice, stir-fried vegetables, chili plum dipping sauce. They grill the shrimp and leave the teriyaki sauce off the steak. It’s amazing!

Ethan got… whatever this is… I’ll have to ask him… (he thinks it’s the duck)

We are stuffed, this was a really good meal. We decide to head back to the resort to spend some time at the pool.

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