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While I’m counting down all the things that I’m looking forward to about this coming Disney trip, I do want to take a moment to mention something that is long gone that I still wish I could experience. 

The Tapestry of Nations was a parade that was put on at Epcot for the millennium celebration from 1999 to 2001 (then it changes to Tapestry of Dreams until Disney got rid of it in 2003).  I had the opportunity to see it a few times when I visited my sister while she worked at WDW, and I wish now that I had made more of an effort to remember it as it was beautiful. 

It was a beautiful parade for so many reasons.  The puppets were beautiful and graceful, the dancing and drummers were almost hypnotic, and the music, oh, the music!  They still play the parade theme after IllumiNations at the end of the night, but most people are so concerned with the mass exit, that they don’t notice it.  It’s so beautiful.  I get it stuck in my head occasionally and it drives me crazy because I don’t have a recording of it. 

Now, we all know I’m a sucker for parades, but this was truly an exceptional experience.  I’ve found some recordings of the parade from youtube.  If you’ve never seen it or if you’ve forgotten how beautiful it is, I suggest you take a look. 

Highlights from the parade

This video has my favorite part of the parade, when the puppets run and embrace each other. 

I’ll just have to keep hoping that Disney decides to bring it back.  It would fit well at Animal Kingdon…

Have I mentioned that it’s beautiful?  What do you miss the most at Walt Disney World?

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Wow, a little over two weeks left.  Before I know it I’ll be boarding a plane and landing in the sunshine state, then Disney’s Magical Express will take me away. 

So what am I looking forward to today?

Fantasmic!

My mother-in-law and I have seen the show before, but I don’t think anyone else has.  I’m excited for them to see it, but I’m trying to be careful not to put too much hype on the show.  It’s entertaining, but it’s no Wishes.  Although at least we won’t have to worry about dragon malfunctions like they do in Disneyland. 

 We’re doing the dining package for the show, which I’ve never done before.  We’re eating at The Hollywood Brown Derby super early (earlier than senior citizens would normally eat), then we have to be at the reserved seats at least a half hour before show time.  I’ve never done the package before, but from the reviews I’ve read, the reserved seats are not too bad.  It sure beats waiting 2 or more hours in uncomfortable bleachers to have your view ruined by the people finally joining their friend who was reserving spots for their group of 20 Brazilian tourists, which includes the tallest person at Hollywood Studios deciding to sit in front of you 10 minutes before the show starts, leaving you nowhere to go and nothing to see.  Just saying.

I haven’t seen the show since 2004, but I’m assuming much hasn’t changed since then.  I hope everyone likes it, and that the wind is blowing the right way so we all don’t get wet from the water fans.

Has anyone else done the Fantasmic! dinner package?  Tell me about it in the comments!

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Big Thunder Suite

Yee-haw! For those of you who know me (or have been keeping track) Big Thunder Mountain Rail Road is one of my absolute favorite rides at Walt Disney World (and Disneyland too). So I cannot tell you how excited I was when I saw the post over on disneyparks.com/blog about the new Signature Suite at the Disneyland Hotel. You know, the Big Thunder Suite! For the small price of $3343 you can sleep up to six people in this nicest room in the wilderness. That’s only $557 per person! For one night! Not including tickets to the parks!

Price aside, they did a really nice job on the theme and décor. Take a look at the photos I took from the Disney Parks blog’s site. I’m telling you, if I were to build a cabin at our lake, this is what it would look like.

I love the room and closet doors, and the wood flooring and paneling is repurposed from a barn (mostly). And that dining room table? Yes please! Plus when the little ones are bored with the theme parks and the television and endless entertainment options, there are buttons on the wall that trigger sound effects from the attraction. That won’t get annoying ever!

I do have to admit that I cringed a little when reading the description. I find it almost personally offensive when TV’s are hung above fireplaces (I don’t enjoy craning my neck when I am relaxing), and even worse is when you cover them with art or mirrors. I also am a little grossed out by the bath tub. The size is nice, but all that copper makes me shudder and feel dirty. But generally, if I had a small fortune, I wouldn’t bat an eye at spending the night in this suite.

What do you think? Would you stay there if the small fortune was no issue?

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Day 23: Fountain of Nations

Today I’m looking forward to the Fountain of Nations at Innoventions Plaza at Epcot.  This is usually one of the things I forget I like until I’m standing right in front of it after entering Epcot.  I usually catch the end of the show and don’t want to wait around until the next one.  That’s why I use the magic of youtube to see what the entire show will look like.

Who knows, maybe this year I’ll actually see the entire thing in person.  It’s just another Disney touch: that surprise of, hey, take a second look, this may not be just what you originally saw when you first looked. 

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Day 25: Travel Documents

Ok you guys, I can’t tell you how excited I am. I went over to my travel agents (aka my mother in law’s) and picked up our Disney travel documents! Eep, they’re here!

So the brochures don’t have any information that I don’t already know, but its still fun to look through them. It’s a tangible item that shows that all my planning is not in vain, that this trip is real and I will be heading down to WDW with my family very soon. It says that my trip is soon here, and Disney is ready for my arrival.

I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I do!
TTFN!

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Well, it’s been a week or so. I haven’t taken my mind off the pending trip, but my life has picked up. I expect to be super busy from now until we leave, so I’ll post when I can.

For today, I’m thinking about Soarin’ Over California. This ride has a ridiculously long line, but it’s worth waiting for 20 minutes in the FastPass line, which is a fairly regular occurrence. If you do decide to brave the standby line, there are fun games and information to pass the two hours time you’ll be standing there. Just make sure you pee before you get in line, because those ocean scenes will get you if you don’t.

This is another low key ride, but unlike the TTA, everyone else is in love with it. Feeling like your gliding over famous California landmarks while orange pinesol is sprayed into the room makes for a relaxing, yet invigorating experience. The only parts of the ride I don’t care for are the sped up footage of LA at night (Disney didn’t know they only got one shot and had to make due with their trial run) and the fake fireworks at the very end. Yes, it’s Disney and cute, but much more effort could have been put into it I feel.

Still, I can’t wait to get my fast pass and experience my “flight” over the golden coast.

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Continuing with my list of things that I love about Walt Disney World, I thought pictures would speak better to what is on my list today.  Enjoy.

(Pictures from allears.net and Brian Bennett from MousePlanet.com)

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