Thursday, September 10, 2009

Why? Because We Like You!

The highlight of today will be finishing all my work projects so I can have Friday off.

The highlight of tomorrow? A sticky, melty chocolate-covered Mickey Mouse ice cream bar, eaten lazily in the hot sun while sitting on the bridge that crosses over Splash Mountain's death defying drop to the watery Laughing Place. I'm going to DISNEY WORLD - the place where country bears sing, pirates drunkenly carouse, children from all nations harmonize while swinging from culturally + geographically representative items and grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize.
Growing up in Florida, I spent much of my young life either at Disney World or thinking about the next time I could convince a family member to take me to Disney World. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been, it certainly must be over 50 … which leads me to believe I’ve spent around $4,000 on Disney admission in my lifetime. That's GOOFY. You'd be hard pressed to find the native Floridian who's never been to a Disney park, yet now that I’m a New Yorker, I meet folks all the time who have not experienced the magical land of underground trash tunnels, utterly non-futuristic future lands and unadulterated parade-induced joy. JOOOOOOY!

Strangely, almost as if by magic, park-goers are compelled to skip and dare I say, frolic, while on Main Street, USA. I honestly can't NOT skip when Cinderella's Castle comes into view for the first time.

We planned this family excursion around the annual Night of Joy event, which Mom & RaeRae go to every year on their own. Normally we'd have to beg and plead with Dad to do anything having to do with Disney, but this time, the man is as excited as the rest of us! We're going to all the four parks, including Animal Kingdom, which I've yet to visit. RaeRae and I have spent the past week texting each other lines from our favorite Disney Sing Along videos, and in typical night-before-Disney fashion, we were both too excited to sleep.

Disney Highlights:
Ohana’s - Probably my favorite restaurant in the world. I've written about it before here. Endless meat & hula dancing? Yes please.

El Pirata y El Perico - My favorite quick service restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, located across from Pirates of the Caribbean. Their tacos rock. O.
Pirates of the Caribbean - I wouldn't be BAA if I didn't find a way to get to the Caribbean on every single trip out of NYC. I used to be terrified of this ride, but Johnny Depp really sold me on the concept.


Fast Pass

Tinkerbell - Every night, When You Wish Upon a Star is played across the park, the lights are dimmed and Tinkerbell pops out of a window at the top of Cinderella's Castle and flies over the crowd. That's Disney magic.

Disney Lowlights:
Screaming toddlers - I should know, I used to be one.

Scary midday Florida thunderstorms

Stupid, stupid Maelstrom Viking ride at Epcot - It's terrible. I just hate it.

Long lines

Tourists - I work in tourism, thus logically I should love tourists. However, tourists stand around without a plan and get in the way, and I get mucho annoyed.

My parents’ outfits - Fanny packs and "I'm with Goofy" Disney shirts. Enough said.

Space Mountain - Closed until November 21.

Keep an eye on my Twitter feed to the right for pictures and updates from the Happiest Place on Earth throughout the weekend. I'm headed to Nassau for a presentation on Monday and another in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, but hope to find time to post about our ORTHAPALOOZA 2009 for you, dear Internet friends. Have a great weekend!


Anonymous said...

I'm jealous! I absolutely love Disney World and spent two weeks down there this past summer. It's one of my favorite places in the world. I'm with you on Ohana, Tinkerbell during Wishes and Pirates! I do love Maelstrom though, it's actually one of my favorites haha! Have a fabulous time and have an honorary Mickey bar for this Disney lover who probably won't make it back to Disney World for a while.

Anonymous said...

Oh wow! I'm so jealous!!! Disney World is my favorite, favorite, favorite place in the entire world. Really . I love, love, love it! I can't go there enough. Sadly, I have not used a map in the place for over 10 years. I know the Disney parks better than I ever knew the Florida campus. Sad, right? And no matter how many times I've been there I still want to skip and sing all day long. I get this magical, nervous, excited energy and it doesn't leave my body until we're on that last monorail or ferry boat ride back to the parking lot. I even made Pat buy us annual passes, but we had to give those up when we moved to Kentucky last spring. :( The only other I know that understands my love for the House of Mouse is my little sister, Alaka. I took her there for her 19th Bday, just the 2 of us (sad, right?), and it was probably my favorite trip to a Disney park to date. Anyway, just wanted you to know I'm right there with you. We also eat at the same places in the park and my favorite part of the night is definitely when Tink flies. I once inquired into auditioning for the job but you have to weigh 94 lbs. Obviously, that's not me. I love MGM (or Hollywood Studios as it's now called) about as much as I love the Magic Kingdom. My favorite place to eat there is definitely the 50's Diner where they make you eat all your food or you have to stand in the corner while everyone yells "shame. shame." Also, they have a bar inside the restaurant which can also make for some fun adventures. I haven't been to Animal Kingdom since the year it first opened. It's the only park I don't know by heart. Definitely let me know how it is and I can't wait to see all your pics. I hope the Orth Family has a blast!!! I wish the Branham Sisters were there with you! Give Mickey a high 5 for us.


Jamie said...

i just want you to know that, thanks to an old Disney commercial, i can name all 7 dwarves in less than 2 seconds. sleepyhappygrumpydopeysneezybashfuldoc

Wezby said...

Well, strange as it may be, I'm one of those Floridians who has never been to Disney World...