Thursday, June 29, 2017

First Weekend of Summer 2017

It was a hot one but a good one! This is later than I wanted but getting back into the groove is taking some time, lol.

Friday I got off early and headed for the land of Disney! While I've been to Disney many times before this was my first time staying on property.

I did the online check in thing and you're supposed to get an email when your room is ready and be able to skip check in lines, yay!! Well, I decided to test this out (am I the only one that does that?) and didn't check in when I got there, just looked around and read my book. I waited until a few minutes after 3:00 and with no email went ahead and stood in the line that thankfully wasn't long. They told me my room wasn't ready but could move me to one that was. Now I know not to wait, just ask when I get there.

We stayed on property to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours, special for Pandora until 1:00 am. Totally worth it, we got to all the things with no more than an hour wait without a fastpass for the Flight of Passage which I've been referring to as Flight of the Banshee, lol. Disney and the Imagineers did such a great job making it an immersive experience as soon as you step into Pandora.

Their ordering process in the Disney app for the restaurant in Pandora is bar none my new favorite. We didn't have to do anything except confirm we had walked in and our order was ready when we walked up to the counter.

Before we did Pandora I did put us on a sunset Safari ride and we got to see some awesome wild life. While I haven't done this another time of the day, I would definitely recommend doing it in the evening hours before the sun goes down. There were only a few animals we didn't get to see.

We also saw the Rivers of Light from really good seats. Kim had seen this previously from crappy seats, so she suggested getting those fastpasses if you can. It's not something I would see every time I go, but if someone new visits with me, I'll take them.

Saturday was rough since we were up late with Extra Magic Hours and then our neighbors were young guys that were laughing and carrying on until 4:00 am.

Luckily I had planned for us to stay until check out time so our first FP+ wasn't until 11:30-12:30. We did our few fastpasses, had lunch at the SciFi Dine In theater which was fabulous!

I even caught the storm troopers marching through on our way out. I couldn't focus on my pic because there was a guy that kept dodging me thinking I was trying to take a pic of him...have you ever heard of a selfie dude?

How was your weekend? What do you have planned for this upcoming weekend?


  1. haha. That's funny that guy thought you were taking his picture.
    I love the zebra ears.
    I love staying on Disney property but its been so long since we've been there - all the tech stuff sounds top notch.
    Love your little fedora on you too!!! :)
    We always eat at that little drive in - so fun.

  2. So fun! Looks like you had a fab time!

  3. I visited Pandora over the weekend too - such a fun place, isn't it?!

  4. I love your first weekend of summer - looks like a fab one! I was also in Orlando, but for BlogHer

  5. How fun!! I love the idea of extended magic hours to take advantage of everything during off peak times!!


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