Last day! I hate the last day. :/
On this particular trip I did something I have never done before at Disney: gotten up early for a mere training run. But what with the Quarter Marathon and all I felt I simply hadn't logged enough mileage. I wanted to cram at least a couple more in there.
And so I dragged myself out of bed around 7am and headed over to Hourglass Lake, the figure-eight path between Pop and Art of Animation. A couple loops later I had knocked out about three sweaty miles; I would like to have gone further but I still needed to shower and finish packing.
ELIZABETH: Yeah, no idea what happened there. It made me a bit nervous for the flight (what if they somehow bumped my ticket?!?!), but everything was fine.
Finally ready to go! We hopped one of those weird reticulated buses to the Magic Kingdom and were through the gates by 8:40am. Despite MEMH being in place, some parts of the park weren't open. Fantasyland was available, however, and we skipped over the miles long Peter Pan line in favor of it's a small world. This also had a line. A short line, but still: a line. For it's a small world. In the morning. Weird.
A few steps away from it's a small world, Elizabeth realized she'd forgotten her new Everest hat on the ride. At this point we had entirely cleared the area, though, so we resolved to ask guest relations about it later.
Oh, and not sure where to drop this information, but: I got a million compliments on my dress all day. People make fun of me for being on the Hot Topic mailing list, but their Disney stock is a force to be reckoned with. You should definitely check it out, especially for Disneybounding.
ELIZABETH: It's a real failing. I refuse to believe that people wouldn't buy it. Who doesn't love breakfast food??
Then it was back through Liberty Square and into Frontierland for our very welcome Splash Mountain FP+. Temperatures being what they were, the line for this was CRAZY. Sometimes those FP+ times really do work out! We got the front row and were splashed pretty good, but it was so hot outside that we were both dry in little more than an hour.
ELIZABETH: I almost wish they didn't have the ride so well air-conditioned, though, because we weren't overheated anymore by the time we got to the big drop, and it wasn't as refreshing. It felt good once we were back out in the heat, though.
|Is it just me, or is the woman in the third row|
getting elbowed in the face?
Also on the docket were the Main Street shops, which we wandered through before ending at guest relations so that Elizabeth could inquire after her hat. Meanwhile I roved the candy store, increasingly frantic at the complete lack of Goofy's Candy Kitchen sour gummy worms anywhere on property. Do you not make them anymore, Goofy? Why not?! ;.;
Elizabeth returned, reporting no luck on the hat front, but she had been told to investigate at it's a small world again, which we did on the way out with no luck. But first: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, my best FP+ get of the trip. So difficult to get on this ride without a million-year wait is it that it was only my second time. It's super cute but awfully short, no?
ELIZABETH: I seem to be a bit cursed with hats. I always lose them, but then again I don't wear them that often, which probably exacerbates the problem. I did find that the Mine Train was fun but rather short. Nothing can live up to Everest, alas.
First up: the goat cheese panna cotta from the Cheese Studio. I enjoyed this for its subtle sweetness but I think the goat cheese flavor could've been even stronger.
ELIZABETH: Yep! I approved. I'm not very good at describing food experiences, but I was sad to not have it anymore once I'd eaten it.
We also made purchases in South Korea, where I grabbed the iCing sparkling grapefruit "rice brew" (so... sake?) I enjoyed so much last year. It was... okay. I found it a little cloying this time around. Probably wouldn't repeat it again. Meanwhile Elizabeth got raspberry wine and Korean barbecue short ribs; I tried the raspberry wine and found it a bit strong.
ELIZABETH: It was, though I do think pairing it with the short ribs was a good combination.
My very last food item of the trip was actually not a F&W Festival item but something I've been wanting to try for a long time: Tipsy Ducks in Love from China's Joy of Tea Stand. Cold coffee, tea, bourbon, and chocolate sauce, topped off with whipped cream. Whew! This was delicious but serious business on the sugar front. I finished most of it but I wouldn't recommend such a thing for everyone.
Then we had to head out. :( We grabbed a somewhat lethargic bus back to Pop and made it back just in time for our Magical Express bus... which was of course late. They're always late. Unless I'm late, I'm sure, in which case they are invariably on time.
And that's it. MCO's airport security line continues to be the WORST, but it was a pretty uneventful journey back. The Disney stores there don't have any sour gummy worms either. Heads up: the Southwest terminal is undergoing construction, which means that while eventually there will be great new food options, there are currently just less. Plan accordingly.
That's a wrap on this trip report! MOSTLY. (I still have two restaurant reviews to do!)
ELIZABETH: Woo! A Jenn-planned trip is great, as always. :)
Thanks for coming along on this journey with me - I hope you had as much fun reading it as I had writing it! I'll next be in WDW - very, very briefly - for the WDW Marathon. See you there!
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