Friday, November 7, 2014

Five for Friday: New To Us at WDW

I thought for this edition of Five for Friday I would share with you 5 things that we did on our recent Walt Disney World vacation that were new to us!

1.  Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party


I actually had the pleasure of attending this awesomeness twice on our trip - once when I arrived on Friday with my DisBroads and then again later on during the week with my family.  Everyone told us that MNSSHP is THE BEST and it did not disappoint!  I will have an entire post devoted to this (eventually...) but if you are a Disney fan then this party needs to be on your to do list!


2.  Resorts - Disney's Wilderness Lodge and Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort


For the racecation portion of my trip I stayed with the Broads at Disney's Wilderness Lodge.  It is absolutely beautiful!!  I really do hate though that the pool and the waterfall were under renovation while we were there because I hear that is one of the best features of this resort.  I will say though that the Agave Nectar Margarita and Pulled Pork Nachos from the Territory Lounge were a worthy substitute for the views ;)  Did you know that you can order food from Artist's Point at the Territory Lounge??  Well now you do!

When my family arrived I transferred over to Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary Resort, our DVC home.  I cannot tell you just how much I loved being within walking distance of the Magic Kingdom!  Our room was close to the elevators so it was quick and easy for us to get to the Contemporary for drinks or to catch the monorail, and we got the pleasure of watching the Magic Kingdom fireworks just about every night without even being in the park!  Our final night there we watched HalloWishes from the BLT parking lot and it was better there than it was when we were IN the MK.  Just sayin.  And we loved the pool - we went twice and both times I had to chase Morgan up the stairs to go down the slide over and over again!


3.  Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort


We did several new to us restaurants this trip so I will break them down individually rather than group them together, with the first being Whispering Canyon Cafe.  I had heard this place was delicious and had the pleasure of enjoying breakfast there with my sister on Sunday before the rest of my family arrived.  The chocolate chip pancakes were as tasty as I had hoped and the entertainment was rather enjoyable.  If you have never eaten at Whispering Canyon I highly recommend it - and be sure to ask for ketchup :)

4.  Rides

Now that Samantha is was tall enough we were pretty unlimited with ride choices!  And since Morgan was a tad older this time we were able to fit in some other rides we had never done before.  A few of our favorites were:

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train


Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Expedition Everest (this one was NOT my favorite but Sam and my sister enjoyed it so much they rode it again)


Journey Into Imagination with Figment


The girls enjoyed all the interactive games at the end too!

5.  Being on a ride when it broke down

Mr. SS was highly upset when Pirates of the Caribbean was closed when we went into the MK on Thursday morning; it is his absolute favorite and, I quote, "The only reason I come to Disney World" (which is totally not true, he was just being a drama queen at that point).  So when we returned to the MK for MNSSHP on Thursday night we were excited to see the ride was open with little wait!

Or maybe there was a reason for that...

I was #notimpressed

We were in the middle of the town fire scene when the ride broke down.  We were stuck for about 15 minutes or so before they finally got it moving again.  That was the first time I've ever been on a ride at Disney when it broke down.  It honestly wasn't terrible but not something I would want to endure again.  I heard that Pirates of the Caribbean is majorly overdue for a renovation and will be closing down soon for a 2 year overhaul.  WHOA!


There a LOT more new to us stuff that I couldn't get to in this post but rest assured I will share all of it with you!  I try to do something new to us on each trip - how about you??