Countdown to Walt Disney World 2015…by taking a look at 2012…WDW Day #4

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

We started this day with an appointment for the DS at The Pirate’s League in the Magic Kingdom.  They didn’t have any openings on the day we’d planned to be at the MK so we went that morning just for the appointment.  It was the first time for DH and the kids to walk down Main Street with the Cinderella Castle at the end.  I cannot tell a lie…I got a little teary excited when we turned that corner and saw it for the first time.

003 MKOn the way to Adventure Land, where The Pirate’s League is located, we stopped at a little kiosk so DD could get her ears!

004 Graces new earsThen we headed to The Pirate’s League.


The “before” picture…

We actually got to the appointment early so we had time to ride the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

007 POTC rideThen we got DS checked in. He was given a new “pirate” name…Mark Hullbiter.

008 PL new Pirate name Mark Hullbiterand the transformation begins…

014 PL022 PL026 PL029 PL Pirate OathTaking the pirate’s pledge 036 PL037 PLHis new “tattoo”

044 PLgetting his sword

045 PL after photo

The “after” photo…

We ended up eating lunch at Casey’s Corner before heading to Downtown Disney for the rest of the day.



053 jack and grace

This is probably my favorite picture of the trip!

Downtown Disney…we really enjoyed it.  We bought most of our souvenirs while there.  I knew I wanted to get ear hats for the boys, so we did that first.  We had them embroidered with the boys’ names.  DD and I both got the sparkly ears.

056 Downtown Disney057 cookie058 grace and pirate059 lego064 lego066 lego082 grace new earrings081 jack and mamaMama and her Pirate!

We ended the day with supper at Chef Mickey’s in the Contemporary Resort.  When I went to WDW in 1986 with my family, I was 15.  We stayed at the Contemporary.  It is my dream to go back someday and stay there again.  So, when we first entered the resort on the monorail, I loved it.  It brought back so many memories from that trip.

So, we had supper at Chef Mickey’s.  It’s a buffet.  We didn’t actually really enjoy the food at all.  But the character interaction was AWESOME!  That’s actually what redeemed the restaurant.

IMG_0554088 chef mickeysIMG_0527IMG_0528IMG_0529IMG_0532IMG_0535IMG_0539IMG_0545The decor and atmosphere were fun.  Lots of bright colors and fun accents.

IMG_0546IMG_0548IMG_0550IMG_0551IMG_0552And at the end of the day, we had one very tired pirate!

one seriously sleepy pirate

Countdown to Walt Disney World 2015…by taking a look at 2012…WDW Day #3

Monday July 16, 2012

Today we headed to EPCOT.

001 Jack and Daddy

003 Mama and Grace

005 Epcot

006 EpcotWe slept in a bit today since we didn’t have lunch reservations until 12:55.  We got there in plenty of time to mosey back to the Canada Pavilion in World Showcase for our lunch at Le Cellier.

008 Le Cellier 009 Le Cellier Victoria Gardens 010 Le Cellier Victoria Gardens 011 Le Cellier Victoria Gardens 012 Le Cellier entranceThe grounds and gardens here were just beautiful.  We got checked in for our lunch reservation and walked right in and were seated immediately.  The inside looks like an old wine cellar.  I loved the atmosphere.017 Le Cellier

022 bread

Seriously, the bread was amazing!  Especially the pretzel bread!

023 fried rock shrimp

024 fruit cup


026 cheddar cheese soup

027 jacks steak and fries

028 filet mignon with mushroom risotto

030 pork chop

031 graces burder

037 chocolate moose


Birthday Chocolate “moose”

038 chocolate moose

We spend the rest of the day hanging out in the World Showcase Pavilions. DS  wanted to do the Agent P World Showcase Adventure.  So we used that as the opportunity to see things.

044 agent p world showcase adventure 044d agent p 044f agent pIt was actually kind of fun, because it caused us to look at things that we might not have seen otherwise.


We spent a bit of extra time in the China pavilion (because it rained), but that store was huge.  DD and I got personalized fans.

046 chine

047 my fan

It’s “supposed” to be my name in Chinese…but who really knows?!?

051 china

Starting to rain, better hurry!


053 jamie and buddhaWe might have been a bit stir crazy!  DH being silly.

055 germany


057 princess

DD the princess!

(you might notice the happy birthday button…DH got tired of wearing it so we may, or may not have taken turns all week wearing it!)

058 german cuckoo clock

This clock reminded me of the one that used to hang on the wall in my grandma and grandpa’s house growing up.

I loved this miniature village.



And then, of course I LOVED the America Pavilion.  I’m a lover of all things American/patriotic.

062 america

We enjoyed the Morocco pavilion.  It’s very pretty.

064 morocco aladin

DS and DD by the “fountain”

066 morocco fountain

Countdown to Walt Disney World 2015…by taking a look at 2012…WDW Day #2

Sunday July 15, 2012

We got up bright and early this morning to get to EPCOT for “rope drop”.

001a Daddy and JackThere wasn’t really anything super special, but it was nice getting there early to get some things accomplished before it got too late in  the morning.

We, of course, rode Soarin’ (which we all loved and ended up riding 2 more times during the week).  We went to Turtle Talk with Crush and rode the Seas with Nemo and Friends and watched Finding Nemo: the Musical.

As soon as World Showcase opened, we headed back to the Japan Pavilion to do Pick a Pearl.  This was something we had decided before coming that we would do while at EPCOT.  We got there and once we started explaining to the DS what it was, he said he wanted to do it too.  So, both kids chose oysters.  DD got a nice one and DS ended up getting TWINS in his oyster!

003 EP Japan Pick a Pearl

Watching the CM shuck their oysters

007 EP Japan Pick a Pearl

Pearls! DS got twins!

009 EP kids with their pearlsIf you notice in that last picture, DD is wearing a silver necklace with a little princess carriage on it.  We bought it off of eBay for less than $4 (s&h included).  It opens to put the pearl in.

We stopped and had lunch at Katsura Grill.  It was a nice little restaurant, kind of hidden from the main path.  We all enjoyed the food and it was a nice little break.  We spend the rest of the afternoon walking around and exploring some of the countries.

We got to meet Belle AND the Beast!  The Beast even did a little dance with DD and twirled her around!

041 Family with Belle and Beast

And Jasmine by the Morocco Pavilion.  I love DD’s face in this picture!044 Jasmine

Every day, in the afternoon, we headed back to the resort to rest/swim.  Then we headed back to a park for the rest of the evening.

This particular evening, we had scheduled dinner at Akershus in the Norway Pavilion.  It was scheduled at 7pm so we got back early enough to ride Maelstrom beforehand.

Then we checked in to our dinner reservation at Akershus.

010 Akershus

The “ROYAL Proclamation”

014 Akershus

CM’s checking us in for dinner

015 Akershus

DS with his autograph book.

016 Grace and Belle

DD with Belle (her most favorite Princess)

020 Grace and Aurora

DD with Aurora

022 Jack and Aurora

DS with Aurora

029 Mama and Ariel

Me with Ariel

031 Grace and Snow White

Snow White signing DD’s autograph book.

032 Snow White

Snow White speaking to the “young prince” who is absolutely ignoring her! LOL!!

033 Jack ignoring snow white

DS wouldn’t even look at Snow White.

035 Parents with snow white

Me and DH with Snow White


Here is our food…mmmmmm…

Because DS was 9 he ordered off the children’s menu each time…and for the most part, just got pizza.  He was pizza’d out by the time we got home.

The other three of us all tried, each meal, to order different food so we could try lots of different things.  I ordered the Mushroom Stuffed Pasta.  I still think about this often.  It was so yummy.

Mushroom Stuffed Pasta

I ordered the Mushroom Stuffed Pasta

036 Traditional Kjottkake

DH ordered the Traditional Kjottkake

037 Oven Roasted Chicken Breast

DD ordered the Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast

038 Dessert

dessert plate

We tried to pace ourselves at EPCOT because there were two other days that we planned to be there for meals.  We also had reservations for Le Cellier at the Canada Pavilion and the San Angel Inn inside the Mexico Pavilion.

We stayed that evening to watch IllumiNations:Reflections of Earth, before heading back to the resort.