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.
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
Characters in Flight
At the booth you can also get these posters and a certificate of flight (for an additional price.)
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
1900 Park Fare
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
This buffet had everything from sushi to paella to strawberry soup and gummy bears (yes, we got some with dessert!)
How cute is this chocolate Mickey?
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 🙂
There is cheesecake, carrot cake, chocolate mousse and a lemon custard here
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)
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.)
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.
The step families’ autograph page
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
Wall-e egg with little bug on top
Robin egg, Lion King and Fairy tree
Gold leaf egg & flower egg
Flower egg with Dragon Fly
Tea Party egg
Snow White Egg
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
It’s just a dinosaur!
Figment 30th anniversary pin buttonWe 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
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.