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Disney Anniversary Trip Report- Day 6- Downtown Disney, Characters in Flight, 1900 Park Fare & Grand Floridian Easter Egg Display

on April 19, 2013

Good morning everyone, today we will finish up day 6. From the Animal Kingdom we hopped on the bus to our hotel then got on one there to go to Downtown Disney. We got off at the Marketplace and went to visit Kristy at the DVC beside customer service in the Marketplace. We also did some pins trading and checked out a few stores while waiting to talk with Kristy.

We found this fascinator, thought it was so cute.

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Before we left for the trip, I had written about buying tickets on Groupon for the Characters in Flight (for more info about Characters in flight, read my first post  here) and we wanted to get to ride it but at that moment it was docked. However after chatting with Kristy we noticed that they put the balloon back in the air, so we hurried over to ride it before our 7:30 reservation at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian.

On the way there, we saw this neat street performer

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Characters in Flight

At the booth you can also get these posters and a certificate of flight (for an additional price.)

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Regular prices, adult $18 each, child $12, so with out group on we saved $16, nice! 232323232%7Ffp54378)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (9;334;nu0mrj

Wow, we are going up there?! 🙂 looking up

Up there!232323232%7Ffp54433)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (9;634;nu0mrj

Here is Buzz on the hand painted balloon232323232%7Ffp54354)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (9;834;nu0mrj

Under side of balloon232323232%7Ffp54435)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3927534;nu0mrj

Going up!232323232%7Ffp54433)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3926634;nu0mrj

View of Cirque de Soleil232323232%7Ffp54396)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3 4 734;nu0mrj

Pleasure Island232323232%7Ffp543(3)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3926934;nu0mrj

We can see all the way to Epcot232323232%7Ffp54375)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3 4 34;nu0mrj

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Saratoga Springs and some other resorts232323232%7Ffp543(8)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3926;34;nu0mrj

Downtown Disney and Beyond232323232%7Ffp5439 )nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3 4;734;nu0mrj

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Our Shadow looming over Disney232323232%7Ffp54377)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3;3(634;nu0mrj

View directly underneath us232323232%7Ffp54368)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3;43234;nu0mrj

Epcot ball232323232%7Ffp543 9)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (5;834;nu0mrj

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Hubby in the air232323232%7Ffp734 7)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;(6(634;nu0mrj

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We were up about 300 ft (instead of the full 400) and there were only 9 of us on board (which is a 1/3 of the balloons capacity) due to the winds, but it was a really cool view and something neat to share with the whole family, I recommend checking it out when you have some free time downtown.

When we were down we realized we were closer to the Westside bus stop than the Market place so we got to the bus stop and picked the first bus heading towards the Grand Floridian, it was the Contemporary bus, so we took it, then got the monorail at the Contemporary to the Grand Floridian.

View from Monorail at Contemporary

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1900 Park Fare

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1900 Park Fare is a character dining experience, this one includes Cinderella, Prince Charming, Anastasia, Drizela and Lady Tremaine. You go check in and like Ohana (as well as the other character dining experiences) they take your picture and you can purchase them if you don’t have the photopass + after dinner.

Here are our shots

my prince 1900After our photo session we were sat and congratulated on our anniversary and told we had about 20 minutes before the characters came out, so we went to scope out the buffet

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We were also given these lovely place mats to keep for our anniversary, I thought they were super cute!232323232%7Ffp54392)nu=3647); ;)5;;)2738; ;6 (25 ot1lsi

This buffet had everything from sushi to paella to strawberry soup and gummy bears (yes, we got some with dessert!)

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Kris got some of the roast, mashed potatoes and some stewed chicken232323232%7Ffp73479)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(232(434;nu0mrj

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Then Cinderella and Prince Charming came out and had their first dance232323232%7Ffp54349)nu=3642)4(3)297)27334(338825 ot1lsi

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How cute is this chocolate Mickey?

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First came Prince Charming and Kris asked him for tips on how to keep his princess (me) happy for ever. The Prince told him to always smile and that will help with our happily ever after 🙂

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Kris and Prince Charming232323232%7Ffp73475)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;(73834;nu0mrj

Me and Charming232323232%7Ffp543(8)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;(73934;nu0mrj

Lady Tremaine232323232%7Ffp734;5)nu=3642)4(3)29;)27334(338(25 ot1lsi

Kris and Lady Tremaine232323232%7Ffp54387)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;(73 34;nu0mrj

Me and Lady Tremaine, I was trying to look snarky too but I think I just look scared, lol! 232323232%7Ffp54353)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;(73;34;nu0mrj

Dessert complete with Strawberry soup and yes, gummy bears 🙂 232323232%7Ffp543(6)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2333334;nu0mrj

There is cheesecake, carrot cake, chocolate mousse and a lemon custard here

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Kris and Anastasia232323232%7Ffp54345)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;975934;nu0mrj

Anastasia was trip, Kris was telling her about our anniversary and she told us to show Drizella my engagement ring, because she would be so jealous (since it is green, which is her favorite.)

My rings (gratuitous wedding picture)

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After that Cinderella came by and she was really full on Cinderella, she was very sweet and was so happy that I had found my prince like she had (reminded me of Giselle  in Enchanted.)

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My handsome prince with Cinderella232323232%7Ffp734;5)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;975 34;nu0mrj

Cinderella’s autograph

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Then Drizella came over, she was our favorite, she asked if we had had Cinderella clean for us. Kris told her no, that we were taking it easy on her. She responded, “Why, that is why we invited her, to clean. That is why she is wearing gloves!” Lol

After that we showed her my rings and she was just overwhelmed with them and very jealous, she was too fun.

Us with Drizela
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The step families’ autograph page

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We had alot of fun and after we ate and met with all the characters, we decided to head out and hit the Magic Kingdom for some shopping and our Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom cards, but as we were leaving we found this

The Grand Floridian’s second annual Easter Egg Display

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Huge Hand painted Chocolate Easter Bunny232323232%7Ffp734 4)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2334334;nu0mrj

Pink egg with filigree and flowers232323232%7Ffp543 5)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2334434;nu0mrj

There was a beautiful Tangled egg, it was our favorite232323232%7Ffp73477)nu=3642)4(3)2 9)27334(339 25 ot1lsi

Maximus and Rapunzel232323232%7Ffp5438;)nu=3642)4(3)2 5)27334(339625 ot1lsi

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The Magic flower topped the egg232323232%7Ffp54395)nu=3642)4(3)2 7)27334(339825 ot1lsi

Rapunzel and Flynn232323232%7Ffp543;3)nu=3642)5 )955)27335 4625 ot1lsi
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A lion King egg, Hakuna Matata theme with Zazu perched on top232323232%7Ffp5439;)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3928334;nu0mrj

Wall-e egg with little bug on top

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Wall-e and Eve inside232323232%7Ffp54379)nu=3642)7 ;)559)27337 ;64 25 ot1lsi 232323232%7Ffp734;5)nu=3642)5 )939)27335 2 25 ot1lsi

Aladdin egg
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Robin egg, Lion King and Fairy tree

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Dumbo’s Circus

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Gold leaf egg & flower egg

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Flower egg with Dragon Fly

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Tea Party egg

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Filmstrip egg

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Snow White Egg

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Seven Dwarves232323232%7Ffp73498)nu=3642)4(3)2;7)27334(33 825 ot1lsi

Sleeping Beauty egg- Aurora232323232%7Ffp734 9)nu=3642)5 )94;)27335 3(25 ot1lsi

Prince Phillip and Fairies232323232%7Ffp734 9)nu=3642)7 ;)557)27337 ;64825 ot1lsi

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Her brothers as bears232323232%7Ffp543;9)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3927;34;nu0mrj

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Happy Easter

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I was blown away by the artistry of these eggs and the entire area smelled of chocolate, was a really exciting holiday themed display. If you go to Disney during a holiday be sure to check the Grand Floridian, they always seem to do something Disney special (like the huge gingerbread house during Christmas.)

We did our pin trading and some shopping at the Grand Floridian before we left (I bought a present for someone special, a Trixie pin for hubby, and a figment pin for me.)

Surprise- still has not been given to recipient

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Figment 30th anniversary pin buttonfigmentWe got back on the monorail and went to the Magic Kingdom.  We got in during the parade and ran to the firehouse, got our cards, then to customer relations for pin trading, and off to the Emporium to get some souvenirs for our friends.

This precious Mickey even has a rattle inside, for our friends new little one

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And this awesome tank which says, “one shoe can change your life” and has a shoe for each princess, for Steph 🙂 092_zps4ce20ce4

Did I mention I love the emporium, has something for everyone.

It was getting cold and late and the water pageant didn’t seem like it would be around our side anytime soon, so we got on the bus and watched the fireworks as we headed back to our hotel. Was a perfect ending to our night.

Day 7 will be a full day of Epcot starting with a character breakfast at Akerhus.

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2 responses to “Disney Anniversary Trip Report- Day 6- Downtown Disney, Characters in Flight, 1900 Park Fare & Grand Floridian Easter Egg Display

  1. Fay Michael says:

    What a magnificent experience riding the hot air balloon and seeing the all your favorite places from the sky a memory to treasure. I am sure Drizella was jealous the ring is a treasure for sure, a nice manicure with green tips was a nice compliment too! The Easter Egg display was amazing, Tangle Egg takes the lead for sure in our family. Love you and your prince.

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