Today’s my favorite holiday and I’m quite enthusiastic.
I have always had a tough time with holidays because I’ve never celebrated them the way I felt was “normal”, but as I get older I’ve come to realize that (a) there is no normal way to celebrate and (b) a lot of the ways of celebrating that I’ve deemed normal would be quite unenjoyable for me. I don’t think I’d want to go to a big mass on Easter (I’m good with my pastel excitement), I don’t do scary stuff so I wouldn’t want to do that on Halloween, Thanksgiving seems like an emotional bloodbath, etc.
The one holiday that I can totally get down with is Valentines Day.
It’s such a good sentiment, I like the aesthetics, It’s not too marred by traditions, and I got Peanut and Poptart on Valentines Day (10 years ago!!!).
So… I did what I normally do when I feel good… Take pictures!
Here they are:
woohoo! best day of the year! (not content wise, just date wise ya know?)
*We’re back on track with the Disney posts. I’m gonna try to be better about posting, I swear.*
Woohoo! It’s December 31st, New Years Eve!
Today, we’re going to spend about 17 hours out and about (that’s my way of warning you that I think this post has over 100 photos in it).
We woke up at about 6:00 and made our way to the gates of the Magic Kingdom so that we could take the monorail to the Contemporary.
We had reservations at Chef Mickey’s.
We ate pretty quickly because we were terrified of them closing the park for capacity while we ate (they did eventually close for capacity at like 11:30).
While we were sitting, I broke the hell out of my nail adjusting my tripod in my backpack. Luckily they had bandaids.
So after eating, we took the monorail back to the Magic Kingdom!
We didn’t have any fastpasses or reservations for a while, so we decided to just waste our time and went to take pictures…
You don’t really see her anywhere except her meet and greet.
I don’t know what happened, but I can’t track down my photos with her 😦
But, we went into Fantasyland through the Tommorowland/Fantasyland passage right near where Merida hangs out. I mention this to give context for my egregious photos of the neon Tomorrowland flowers.
Next up, Winnie the Pooh!
Surprisingly enough, the line was just about as entertaining as the ride. The ride wins though because Kanga and Roo are in there.
It’s really tough to get clear photos on that ride, so I saved you the eye strain and didn’t upload my horrifficly blurry images.
After that, we went to the Philharmagic.
No photos of the show because the screens are 3d, sorry.
Have some posters!
We noodled for a bit, and then it was time for our first fast pass: It’s A Small World!
Have you ever noticed that the sign has the ride name in quotation marks? It makes me uncomfortable.
There’s like 50 photos from this ride so maybe scroll for like 25 seconds? If you don’t wanna see, of course.
After that, we had more free time.
So we got peter pan floats! To my knowledge they’re vegan aside from the white chocolate feather.
We then went up to the front of the park to see Tinker Bell!
My photo with her doesn’t look great so I’ll keep that one for me.
You won’t believe what you’re about to see though…
The line to get a drink at Starbucks was like 30 minutes. I know that because I waited in it…
My mom needed coffee, am I supposed to say no?
We were back in the hub and had reservations at the Skipper Canteen relatively soon, so we went to my favorite part of the Magic Kingdom…
The tiki room was just opening up for another show, so of course we had to go in.
I don’t know if I’ve said it before, but the tiki room is my favorite thing in all of disney world. Followed closely by the China pavillion in Epcot, the Tower of Terror, and Festival of the Lion King. (I have a favorite in each park! I never noticed!)
We noodled about more and then it was time for another fast pass across the park.
The 7 Dwarfs Mine Train!
(yes, it’s dwarfs not dwarves. I didn’t make that choice)
The ride was a roller coaster, so I didn’t get any pictures, but the mine scene was super cool. Highly recommend if you have a fastpass. I don’t know if I’d wait in a more than 1 and a half hour line though (the line was 4 hours when we rode it).
After this we decided to go to Fronteirland and watch the Country Bear Jambouree, but we were foiled by…
It took forever to walk. The people trying to walk were completely stagnant because the parade viewers weren’t doing us any favors and the cast members were directing traffic in a pretty nonsensical way (this will be a theme today).
YOU GOTTA LOOK AT THIS
They were giving out free hats and “tooters” (that’s what my mom and I call them, they’re just paper horns) and because of that, I flipped off a stranger for the first time.
There was a line where they were distributing the goods and I was in it when suddenly a lady with a stroller rams into my ankles and tells me to move. I tell her I’m in a line and she makes a face at me and says “act like it”. What’s that supposed to mean? I’m just standing. You know, like one does in a line? And she pushes her stroller into me again to get her point across, so I flipped her off…
I feel kinda bad about it.
So something really interesting that they did was a New Years fireworks show at about 18:00. I thought that was nice so that the people with little kids don’t have to keep their kids in the park so late. They must feel exhausted after doing 2 huge fireworks extravaganzas…
You know how I mentioned the way crowds were being directed? Here’s where we call back to that.
My mom and I had reservation at the Crystal Palace which was semi-near where we were if we cut through Adventureland. We walked all the way through Adventureland (the Crystal Palace is like 20 feet from the sign) and right a we were about to exit, they changed the crowd direction. The thing is we were literally the last people walking in that direction, so the guy directing crowds made specifically the 2 of us turn around and not just walk around but walk a specific path through the back of Adventureland, past Pirates of the Carribean, OUTSIDE the park, through the staff parking lot back to the front of the park and down Main Street to get to a restaurant that was 30 feet away at most. We weren’t the only people walking that route, but we were the only people who were stopped and turned around. My mom was livid.
We barely made it to our reservations on time and later in the evening my mom went to guest services to complain (the gave us 6 all purpose fast passes though so yay for that).
Dinner was nice. They had really good bread and a pesto pasta dish that was labeled vegan! Exciting!!!
I ate a ton of pasta…
After our dinner, my mom went to guest services and told me to go do something (she felt like she was ruining my fun, she wasn’t), so I decided to ride the peoplemover since it pretty much never has a wait. Well… It did today. The wait for the peoplemover was 35 minutes long. To give you context for that, the average wait time year round is 5 minutes…
After all that, we were in the home stretch. We found a spot for the fireworks.
They were letting us sit until we had to be packed like sardines, so I sat on the ground cross-legged and fell asleep… hahaha.
I normally go to bed at like 21:00.
I hope you can tell what’s happening in the video. They shot off fireworks 360 degrees all around the park. It was amazing. It was like it was sunset for a little because of all the light.
That can’t be good for the environment though…
But yeah, after that we left. It took about 40 minutes to walk out of the park because of the bottleneck of all the people leaving from the same exit.
We took the bus back to our hotel and pretty much fell asleep the second we entered the room.
We pretty much sped from our room out to the park this day. We had an early reservation at one of me and my mom’s favorite restaurants in all of disney: Tusker House!
When you enter the park there’s a long stretch of mostly foliage that make great backdrops for photos. Just fyi.
Our meal was really great. The food there is wonderful and it’s a really comfortable environment.
We were seated next to this japanese family that kept making my mom and I laugh. When we entered the restaurant I heard one of them say (in Japanese) “if this is supposed to be in Africa why is nobody black?” A valid question. They also had like 7 cameras between them and it was funny to see them take 4 pictures and you think they’re done, then they pull out 3 more cameras.
After finishing up at Tusker House we went over into Pandora for our fast pass. Pandora is a new addition since the last time I visited disney and it’s super cool.
Please excuse the upcoming blurry photos, the boat is in constant motion but I wanted to get some photos on the ride to show you guys.
We sadly didn’t get a fast pass for flight of passage so we didn’t get to ride that on our trip 😦 I don’t think there’s much I’d wait 5 hours for. Maybe if I could meet Li Shang from Mulan… He’s cute… Maybe not 5 hours in line cute, though.
The next thing we did was the Gorilla Falls walking trail. My mom mainly waited for me to fully observe everything while giggling at me.
After we finished the walking trail, we didn’t really know what to do so we walked over to the tree of life to go watch It’s Tough To Be A Bug.
When we were on our way there, they were letting the macaws do their flight and when one flew over our heads, a guy walking in front of my mom and I said “look a toucan!” and now my mom and I call every bird we see a toucan.
After that we had another fast pass for Expedition Everest! To my knowledge Expedition Everest is the first roller coaster I ever rode. I get really nostalgic when I think of it.
No ride photos, sorry. But after this ride, we went to eat. We went to Yak and Yeti because we didn’t have any reservations for lunch. We sat there for a pretty long time and I made some new friends…
I pet one of the ducks… I know that’s irresponsible but I can’t help myself.
Next thing on the docket: Festival of the Lion King!
This was our 3rd fast pass and it’s one of the best uses of a fast pass in my opinion.
We didn’t really have much else to do until Rivers of Light. We kinda strolled about for a while. We wanted to see the Finding Nemo musical, but the last show of the day started just as we started making our way over to see it. That sucks, I wanted to see the puppets.
And then we went over to the Maharaja Jungle Trek. My mom sat outside while I went through, her feet were hurting.
I’ve never been any of my teachers favorite student, mainly because I have a tendency to correct them. When I was in fourth grade we were talking about reptiles and my teacher asked us for examples of reptiles and I raised my hand and said Komodo Dragon. My teacher asked me what a komodo dragon is and I described a Komodo Dragon, to which she said something along the lines of “oh honey, those are fantasy creatures” to which I replied, “no they’re not, google it”. (admittedly rude, but who could blame me? It’s not my fault you’re a teacher yet you don’t know about southeast asian reptiles) She then googled it and saw that they’re real and seemed upset for the rest of the class period. I don’t think she liked me ever again after that. But I digress.
I didn’t take many photos on the Jungle Trek because most of the animals weren’t out and the birds in the aviary move to fast to get a good picture of.
After I walked through the Jungle Trek it was about time for us to go to our seats for Rivers of Light. This is a new addition for me as well. I’m gonna give you the photos with no commentary so you can just observe.
We then made our way out of the park because we had dinner reservations at Boma in the Animal Kingdom Lodge. On our way out, we got to see the Tree of Life lit up.
We then took the long walk to the bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge. We waited for like 20 minutes and I got to see a sight I’ve never seen. A little boy pissing. He was like 4 years old and he was very urgently telling his mom how bad he had to pee and his mother was clearly at the end of her rope because she dragged him by the arm into the bushes and pulled down his pants and told him to pee. It was kinda funny. It reminded me of when a lot of stories came out of people in Shanghai Disneyland not knowing there were public bathrooms and pissing in the planters. I have a sneaky suspicion the boys mom told him to go to the bathroom and he argued that he didn’t need to because his mom was for real fed up.
Boma was pretty good. It’s generally tough to be vegan at disney but there was a good amount of stuff and the chef made me a special dessert. I nearly had a panic attack about talking to the chef though. I felt like a gigantic burden.
My mom and I left Disney yesterday and we’re at a hotel near the airport for a few days, so I’m gonna try to make my posts while we’re here (we’ll see how that goes).
So we left for Orlando on December 28th, 2018.
We took a shuttle to the airport and the driver was a pretty aggressive maneuver-er. He was switching lanes like crazy and just whipping that van around.
We got to the airport about 6 hour before our flight. We expected to spend like an hour waiting for security, but it actually only took like 20 minutes. Our flight was delayed like 3 times, so we sat at the gate.
We made some new friends waiting. There was an older couple next to us, a lady with a 2 year old, a girl who was in the Disney College Program, and a therapist from Puerto Rico. To my mom’s credit, they were all talking to her, not me. I don’t really interact with strangers. I don’t think I said a single thing to like 3 of them. I wish I was sociable.
The plane boarded about 2 and a half hours after we planned.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned it before but I have a bit of a fear of flying. By a bit of a fear, I mean I stay on the verge of tears for the entirety of every flight I board. Lucky for me, this flight had a ton of turbulence. My butthole didn’t unclench for almost 3 hours.
After being in existential terror for a few hours (and watching the first 4 episodes of season 4 of Curb Your Enthusiasm), we landed.
The Orlando airport is really cool. It’s giant, so you have to take a train from one side to the other. We waited for our luggage for a while and much to our luck, some dudes duffel bag got caught on the edge of the conveyor right in front of my moms suitcase, so we had to wait an extra 10 or so minutes while they fixed the machine. It was kinda cool to see the guys moving stuff around though.
We then took an uber to get to the motel we stayed at overnight before we checked in to our disney hotel.
If you ask my mom about it, she’ll give you a 10 page single-spaced essay about everything wrong with the motel. The greatest hits include: broken mini fridge, staff didn’t know where the room was located, no elevator, right next to a nice hotel (bad juxtaposition), and many more. I guess I’m a pretty easy to please person because I didn’t particularly care. We got there at like 1:00 and had to leave at about 4:30, so I just didn’t sleep and watched animal planet instead.
I’ll end this post by telling you about one of my top 5 dumb moments of the last half of 2018. So before we left the airport I got some little soft pretzel bite dudes to eat at the motel. When we got to the motel, I decided I wanted to eat them warm… Well in the time between buying them and putting them in the microwave, I forgot that I put the change in the bag they gave me my pretzels in.
If you haven’t figured it out yet… I microwaved a quarter.
I didn’t start a fire though, so I think I did fine.
I’ve been out and about from sunrise to sunset for the past few days so I haven’t taken the time to write out a blog entry, but my mom and I are waiting for a dinner reservation right now so I figured I’d write.
I really don’t like sentimental mumbo jumbo, so this probably won’t be some grand reflection on the year. I just wanna write out my thoughts.
I’m so happy to be where I am. I tend to not enjoy most things celebrational because I tend to have pretty unexceptional celebrations. But I’m at disney world right now!!
I’m 100% the type of person to make new years resolutions (which I already wrote out in october because duh), and I just thought of a new one.
I want to celebrate stuff next year.
This whole year I haven’t done anything to celebrate anything other than blog posts. I didn’t have a birthday party, I took a nap after my graduation ceremony.
Yeah, I think I want to get excited about stuff in 2019.
That’s my last entry of 2018.
Let’s end this with what- in my opinion- is the best photo of me this year.
So I don’t talk about it a lot because it doesn’t matter but I don’t have my drivers license yet.
I’ll give you a quick rundown of what one has to do to get a drivers license above the age of 18 where I live.
take a required 6 hour class
take a driving test
I think that’s a pretty short list.
In comparison, the teenagers have to take a class, have over 30 logged hours driving, have a drivers permit for 6 months, have very stringent restrictions on their license for a year, and then they can drive however they please.
So I took the first step to getting my license this past Saturday.
I took my 6 hour course and I’d like to tell you about it.
I came to the driving school at about 7:45 and sat waiting for the class to begin at 8:00.
The class did not begin at 8:00.
There were only 5 people in my class and 3 out of 5 of them were late.
So when they finally arrived, the class began.
My classmates consisted of a girl who moved here from New York (where they have worthwhile public transportation), a girl who has been driving illegally without a license for 3 years, a 20-something DJ who had an affinity for staring at me, and a 60 year old man who recently moved here from Nigeria.
We’re like a group of rejected X-men.
So what actually happened in the class is pretty expected. We read the DMV drivers handbook and got lectured.
I would like to tell you about a video they made us watch, however.
I wish I remembered the title of it, but I’ll give you a synopsis.
Long, drawn out footage of dead bodies hanging out of cars with the reason they crashed written on screen.
Just gore and “eating a cheeseburger while driving”.
After doing some mundane studying and watching the aforementioned snuff film, we took 2 tests.
I got a perfect score on both of them so I was able to leave an hour early while the people who didn’t score as well were offered retakes.
I took a bit of time to camwhore in the bathroom which was shockingly nice.
Another great post, Mikah.
I hope the readers liked it just as much.
*both Mikahs look into the camera and laugh in a very sitcom manner*