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May 27th, 2021            

We decided to take a trip to Walt Disney World on a day that Tara and I both had off during the week. The main reason for our trip was to take Uncle Steve, as he had asked us to go during our recent visit to Sun-N-Fun. In addition to Steve, we were joined by both Grandpa Gary & Grandma Terry. None of the kids joined us, as they were all still in school!

Our first stop today was at Disney Springs, with the primary purpose of our stop being Gideon's Bakehouse for cookies. There was no virtual queue today, as we arrived early enough to just wait in the normal line. After our 30-45 minute wait, we had our delicious cookies and were ready to do some more exploring. Grandma Terry wanted to hit the Pandora store to have her bracelet cleaned, which she accomplished while we waited in line. We also hit up the LEGO Store, where I got to dream about all of the sets that I wish I had. Our final stop before leaving Disney Springs was at Cookes of Dublin, where we dined on their fish and chips meal.

After we had eaten lunch, we headed off to the Transportation and Ticket Center, where we would catch the ferry over to the Magic Kingdom. Once inside we headed to City Hall to visit guest relations to sign everyone up to take advantage of Steve's Disability Access Service (DAS). While we were there, they allowed us to pick a ride that we would like a pass for, and we chose the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train as it tends to have some of the longer lines in the park. We didn't have a long wait before our pass became available, so we headed off to Fantasyland before boarding the ride. While we were in Fantasyland, we climbed aboard "it's a small world" to take a trip around the world. The kids don't like this ride very much, but Steve wanted to ride so today was the perfect opportunity to give it another chance.

We wandered over to Adventureland next, grabbing a DAS pass to Pirates of the Caribbean. While we waited for our turn, we went to watch Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room bird show. We met a family in line that was from California that was on their first visit to Walt Disney World. They were sharing with us that a lot of the rides here were a lot shorter than their "equivalent" version at Disneyland. This was interesting to me, as I assumed that most of them would be more or less identical. After watching the birds sing words and flowers croon, we climbed aboard our boat to the Caribbean. Yo ho, yo ho, a pirates life for me!

We left Adventureland and headed off to Frontierland to get a DAS pass for Splash Mountain. While waiting for our time to come up for that ride we decided to go on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Here we learned that there are three rides at the Magic Kingdom that you can get a separate DAS pass for and it doesn't count against your regular DAS pass - meaning you can essentially hold one pass and then use a second on on either Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain, or the Jungle Cruise. That meant that we were able to get a DAS pass for Big Thunder while we also held our pass for Splash Mountain!

Once our turn on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was complete, we headed over to Splash Mountain to take our turn there. Dad opted to skip this ride, so it was just Tara, Steve, Grandma Terry, and I on this one.

After riding the two mountains in Frontierland we decided to head clear across the park to Tomorrowland. Our first stop here was to get a DAS pass for Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, but instead of issuing us a pass they just sent us through the FastPass+ line! That was a welcome surprise. Tara ended up in her own car, and she played both left and right handed!

With Emporer Zurg defeated, we decided to relax while enjoying Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress. Although I enjoy the show, I think it may be time to update it just a bit (if nothing else, at least the final scene, as it isn't very futuristic any more).

By this time we were getting tired and hungry once again, so we decided to head out of the park. We ended up back in Champions Gate in Davenport, Florida at the Chili's, where we enjoyed our meal much more than our previous visit to Miller's Ale House. After dinner it was time to make the drive back home.

All in all, a nice relaxing day at Walt Disney World, and I am already looking forward to our next opportunity to visit!


Disney's Magic Kingdom

Steven on the boat from the Transportation and Ticket Center to the Magic Kingdom.

The General Joe Potter ferryboat getting ready to pass us on the Seven Seas Lagoon.

One of the Monorails passing over the bridge between the Grand Floridian and the Magic Kingdom.

A look at the Walt Disney World Railroad station and Cinderella's Castle from the ferryboat.

A look at Cinderella's Castle from Main Street, U.S.A.

The Goofy Cavalcade making it's way down Main Street, U.S.A.

Goofy himself!

Panchito, and Josť Carioca on the Goofy Cavalcade.

A few shots of Cinderella's Castle from the end of Main Street, U.S.A...


Rapunzel's Tower as seen from the Fantasyland section of the park.

Without the kids here, we finally got to ride "it's a small world"!


I was the only one in our boat who got a goodbye at the end of the ride!

Twice, in fact!

A couple more shots of Rapunzel's Tower...


We also sat for Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room...


Tara, Grandma Terry, and Uncle Steve enjoying the Tiki birds.

A couple more shots of Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room...


Captain Jack Sparrow was out posing for pictures in Adventureland.

We also rode the Pirates of the Caribbean today...


Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is also another one of our favorite rides, and we took a turn on it today as well.

Another look at Cinderella's Castle, this time a side view from Liberty Square.

We took the time to sit in the air conditioning to watch Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress...

A look at Space Mountain from the ferryboat.
Here you can see the construction crane for the new TRON Lightcycle Power Run ride next to Space Mountain.

The shoreline of the Seven Seas Lagoon from the ferryboat to the Transportation and Ticket Center.


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