July 2016 Disney Daily Blog

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Bonnie, Neil, and Megan flew in to Orlando.  After getting on Disney's Magical Express, we met Courtney at Bay Lake Tower to begin our July vacation.   We ate lunch at Contempo Cafe before heading to Magic Kingdom.  Our first stop was the Confectionery where we saw our friend Krissie.  Neil, Megan, and Courtney went on Big Thunder Railroad and Space Mountain.  We headed back to the room to get ready for dinner.  We took the boat from the dock at the Contemporary to Fort Wilderness so that we could eat at Trails End for dinner.  We love the buffet that has cold boiled shrimp, salad, fried chicken, gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, cowboy beans, carving station, and more!  After dinner we took the boat to Magic Kingdom.  Our first stop was the Confectionery where Megan got a Mickey cake pop.  We had great seats for Disney's Main Street Electrical Light Parade.   We watched the Celebrate the Magic show that is projected on Cinderella's Castle and then watched Wishes Fireworks.


We headed to Epcot for park opening to ride the new version of Soarin' Around the World.   We loved it!  Next, we said hi to our Disney pals, Mickey, Minnie and Goofy, and then headed to Starbucks for a morning treat.  Afterwards, we headed to the new DVC lounge in the Imaginations Pavillon where we relaxed, charged up our phones and had complimentary drinks and snacks.  It's a beautiful view of Epcot and such a nice benefit for Disney Vacation Club members.  We ate lunch in Mexico at San Jose Cantina and enjoyed nachos and beef tacos. Courtney headed to change clothes for work and Neil, Megan and I headed back to Bay Lake Tower.  Megan and I went swimming in the pool.  The 3 of us headed back to Epcot.   We saw Courtney working the park entry as a Guest Relations Hostess.  Then we stopped to see some Disney pals, Mickey and Goofy. Neil, Megan and I went on Soarin' Around the World again.   On our way through the countries we stopped and said hi to Aurora in France.  In America we listened to Bruce in the USA - a tribute to Bruce Springsteen with the Sounds Like Summer concert series. We ate dinner at Via Napoli tonight.


We slept in this morning and had a relaxing day by the pool.  We switched rooms to a higher floor with a better view.   We got ready for dinner and headed to The Polynesian to eat at Ohana. We enjoyed Hawaiian bread, salad, noodles, and skewers of chicken, shrimp, and beef.   We headed back to Bay Lake Tower to watch fireworks from our balcony.


Courtney headed to work at Epcot this morning, while Neil, Megan and I went to Magic Kingdom for a few hours.  First, Neil and Megan rode on Space Mountain.  Then the 3 of us went to Carousel Of Progress and Monsters Inc Laugh Floor.  We went to Pecos Bill for lunch where we enjoyed nachos. After lunch we went on Seven Dwarves Mine Train, then headed back to Bay Lake to chill.   We headed to Epcot for the night and stopped to say hi to Mickey and Goofy.  Then we went to Garden Grill for a character all you can eat family style meal.  Mickey, Pluto, Chip and Dale.   We enjoyed ((list food )) After dinner, we went to Norway for the Frozen Ever After ride.  On our way out of Epcot, we saw fireworks from Hollywood Studios.


Happy 26th anniversary to Bonnie and Neil!  Courtney worked this morning.   We walked to Magic Kingdom. We rode Buzz Lightyear and then said hi to our pal Buzz.  We headed to say hi to Rapunzel and Tiana.   Then we rode on Cinderella's Carousel.   We met Courtney at Grand Floridian to eat lunch at Grand Floridian Cafe.  Then we headed off property to do some Disney shopping.  We had a relaxing afternoon and chilled by the pool, and then got ready for the evening.  We headed to Grand Floridian to eat our anniversary dinner at Narcoossee's.  We had an amazing dinner and Courtney and Megan surprised us with an anniversary cake at the end of our meal.   We watched the water pageant parade and Wishes fireworks from the GF dock.


We headed to Animal Kingdom.  We took pictures with Chip, Dale, and Rafiki at the front entrance.  Courtney, Megan and Neil went on Expedition Everest and then we went to go see The Festival of the Lion King.  We ate lunch at Flame Tree Barbecue.  We said hi to Mickey and Minnie on our way out. Courtney headed to Epcot to go to work and we headed to the resort.  Megan and I went to the pool for awhile.  We went to Magic Kingdom and had dinner at The Plaza.   We headed back to Bay Lake Tower to watch fireworks from the room


Today we are headed to Hollywood Studios.   We rode Toy Story Mania and then went to go have breakfast at Starring Rolls Cafe. Neil, Courtney and Megan rode Rock N Roller Coaster. We all went to the Frozen Sing A Long.   Then we headed to Back Lot Express to eat lunch.   Afterwards, Courtney headed to Epcot for her shift and Bonnie, Neil, and Megan headed back to the resort.   We chilled a bit and then headed to Disney Springs for the afternoon and evening.   We ate dinner at T Rex.   Enjoyed bruschetta, fried cheese, salad, fish and chips, and shrimp and pasta.   Then we walked around Disney Springs and looked at all the stores.  We met Courtney at Ghiradelli's after she got off work.


We went to Typhoon Lagoon water park while Courtney was working.  We did the wave pool, lazy river and Keyhaul Falls.   After eating lunch at Typhoon Tilly we headed back to the resort. After Courtney got off work, we headed to Disney Springs for the night.   We are dinner at D-Luxe Burger.   We enjoyed walking around the new shops at Disney Springs.


We had a lazy morning and then headed to Epcot.  It was great to see Courtney at the front entrance as we walked in.   Then we saw our pal Daisy.  We went on Figment and then to the DVC lounge to chill and have complimentary snacks and drinks.   We went to Turtle Talk with Crush.  We ate lunch at Sunshine Seasons. We met Courtney when she got off work and rode home with her. We chilled in our room for a little while.   The four of us headed to Magic Kingdom.   We said hello to Ariel in her grotto and then went to eat dinner at Be Our Guest.   After dinner we said hello to The Beast.   We watched Wishes fireworks from outside of Beast's castle and then watched Celebrate the Magic on Cinderella Castle


We enjoyed a nice breakfast buffet at The Wave, inside The Contemporary.  Then we headed back to our room to pack up since we are switching to Old Key West resort today.  We all went to relax at the Bay Lake Tower pool and then ate lunch at Contempo Cafe.   After we got the text that our room was ready, we headed over to Old Key West and got everything unpacked.   We are heading to Animal Kingdom tonight.   We ate dinner at Yak N Yeti.   Afterwards we headed to Killamanjaro Safari for a night time safari ride.  Then we saw the Tree of Life awakening.
Neil, Megan, and Courtney rode Expedition Everest in the dark.
We all watched Jungle Book - Alive with Magic.


Today we went to Magic Kingdom.
We started the day by riding in a Main Street vehicle down Main Street.   We watched The Trolley Show.   Then we Said hi to our good friend, Mayor Weaver on Main Street and got great pictures with him with the castle behind us. We ate lunch  at Pinocchio Village Haus, enjoying chicken Parmesan sandwiches.   We watched the new castle show,  Mickey's Royal Friendship  Faire.   Courtney, Megan, and Neil rode on Space Mountain and then we headed back to the resort.   After chilling for a short bit, we went to Epcot. We said hi to our pals, Mickey and Goofy.   Then we stopped in Norway to say hi to Anna and Elsa. We ate dinner at Via Napoli with Mitch and Tina and had a nice visit with them.  We rode Friendship boat to Hollywood Studios where we saw Star Wars Fireworks - A Galactic Spectacular.


Neil took Courtney to work so that we could use Courtney's car.  We went to Character Warehouse, a Disney outlet store.  Then we went to the mall, had lunch and Carlo's Bakery.   Then back to the resort. Tonight we are going to Yachtman's Steakhouse at Yacht Club.  This is one of our very favorite places to eat!   We headed to go see Wishes fireworks at Top of the World, the rooftop at Bay Lake Tower.


Animal Kingdom Courtney, Megan and Neil rode on Dinosaur and Primeval Whirl. All four of us went on Triceratop Spin. Then we headed to watch Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo the Musical.  We are lunch at Restaurantasaurus.  Courtney, Megan and Neil went to Hollywood Studios to use a fast pass on Rock N Roller Coaster, met some friends on Hollywood Blvd, then headed back to meet Bonnie at the resort.  We went to the Grand Floridian to eat dinner at 1900 Park Fair.  We saw Cinderella, Prince Charming, Stepmother, Anastasia and Drizella.   Then we went to Magic Kingdom.  Megan had a magical moment in the Confectionery.  A cast member gave her two chocolate covered marshmallows. Then we watched Wishes fireworks and headed back to the resort.


While Courtney worked, we had a chill morning in the resort and then we headed to Epcot.  First we rode on Spaceship Earth. Courtney finished her shift and joined us. We took the friendship boat to Japan and ate lunch at Tokyo Dining.  We walked around the countries to Norway, where we rode Frozen Ever After. Ellen's Universe of Energy Went by Courtney's apartment We went to Disney Springs and ate dinner at D Luxe Burgers.


While Courtney worked, we went to Epcot.  We are counter service lunch from Mexico and Norway.  We visited with Elizabeth in Norway.   Then we said hi to Donald in Mexico.  After Courtney finished her shift, we all met at the DVC lounge to chill a bit. Bonnie and Megan went on Finding Nemo.  We rode Soarin Around the World.  Then we said hi to our Disney pals, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Pluto.  We went to China to eat at Nine Dragons for dinner.  After dinner we headed back to the resort for a relaxing swim.  After showers we went to Bay Lake Tower to watch Wishes fireworks from the Top of the World lounge with Nichole.


Happy 19th birthday to Megan!  We headed to Magic Kingdom to celebrate her birthday.  We first stopped in to see Tinkerbell and then we got breakfast from Main Street Bakery (Starbucks).   We watched the Trolley Show and then headed to Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain.  We ate lunch at Be Our Guest.   Then we headed back to the resort to swim and chill a bit.   Before leaving the resort for the night, we saw Donald Duck in his Christmas attire since Old Key West is celebrating Christmas in July today.  We headed to Magic Kingdom. For dinner we are eating at Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary.   We love seeing Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto and Goofy. We went back to Magic Kingdom and watched Celebrate the Magic and Wishes fireworks.  Then Neil, Megan and Courtney rode on Big Thunder Mountain.


Blizzard Beach Ski lift Snow stormers run off Rapids Melt away bay Cross country creek Lunch at Olivia's Magic Kingdom Skipper Canteen See Chef Matt Dinner at Tony's Celebrate the Magic Wishes fireworks. 


Went on DVC tour at OKW, ate lunch at Olivias. Magical Express pick up at 4:50.


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