September 25, 2011

Countdown to Walt Disney World 2011 (3)

6 Days to Disney!

We'll take another trip back in time... The year is 2006; Disney's Animal Kingdom opens with a new mountain. Expedition Everest puts Disney's Animal Kingdom back on the map as a popular place to visit. Disney announces the Year of a Milion Dreams.

This time Lisa and I are headed to WDW for our first joint venture. Our good friends from PA, Barb & Mark, have invited us to go on a grown-ups only trip. Barb was able to get a good package deal through a friend, we got Park Hopper passes and we'd be staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge!

We had just about perfect October weather, the hotel was amazing, the food was excellent and we got to go, go, go without slowing down for diaper changes, naps or early bedtimes. Even though we missed Wishes and the SpectroMagic! parade at Magic Kingdom we did get to see Illuminations at Epcot. We also spent some very relaxing time at the lodge (at night and early in the morning) spotting many of the local animal population.

Luckily for Lisa (since I'm not much of a thrill ride guy) she had Mr. Mark to go with on all of the bigger, faster rides like Mission Space and Expedition Everest. And it was our first time on Soarin'.

The Disney Vacation Club wasn't on our radar yet but we KNEW we'd be coming back to WDW soon and most likely staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge again.

Since we weren't expecting Princess Maddy (surprise!) I hadn't bought a new camcorder yet. So I only shot one short clip with my digital camera and Mark did the same with his. Unfortunately there was no sound and the clips were REALLY short. I spiced them up a little with some editing and music. Here they are:

And here are select photos from my Facebook album: Walt Disney World 2006

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