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Walt Disney World, September 1998

Joe had a meeting the Orlando Airport HyattOrlando Airport Hyatt, so we took a couple of extra days to go to Disney World. We arrived at the Wilderness LodgeWilderness Lodge on Wednesday. We had made reservations less than one month before we were scheduled to go and the only thing Joe could get was the Honeymoon suite at the Wilderness Lodge. We thought that would be fine because we had stayed in a regular room and that was fantastic, how could a suite be anything less. Well when we got to the room we really didn't find a replica tag heuer suite but a regular sized room with an extra large bathtub (supposed to be a Jacuzzi, but that didn't work too well). Other than the room, the service was exceptional, as always.

Airport Hyatt Lobby

On Thursday we went to the new Animal KingdomAnimal Kingdom. It was pretty good. It reminded us of the first time we went to MGM, just not enough yet. They are still building the Asia section, witch looks really promising. The one thing I can say for AK is the safari ride is well worth it. Sometimes you fell like you could reach out and touch the animals. It was beautiful!

That afternoon we went to the Disney Institute (see our Disney Institute trip for more information) to do one of two classes we planed for this trip, Celebrations. Joe had done this one before but we thought we would do it again because he learned so much the first time. Then we went to Epcot to have dinner at the German pavilion Biergarten. It was very good, I had been shying away from it because of the 'family' style seating, but it wasn't so bad, we sat across from a really nice family from England. And the food was great. Try everything (it's buffet style), even if it doesn't look appetizing, it's all good, then go back for the things your really like.

Friday we did Epcot. Honey I Shrunk the Audience was great. At the time we went Kodak (the sponsor of this show) opened their lounge to stock holders, we have to Kodak stock so when we got to the show we went to the lounge and could bypass the line. It's a very nice to have a place to get free soda/water in the middle of a hot day. Later that day we went to the Disney Institute for Disney Architecture. After that we 'Park Hoped' (we did this a lot this trip) to MGM to ride Tower of Terror. We haven't rode this since they take you down twice and boy it was good before, now it's just great. And that evening we went to the Polynesian Luau.

Girafe in the new Animal Kingdom

Saturday was Magic KingdomUs in the Magic Kingdom day. The Disney web site said Big Thunder Mountain was going to be closed so we went to Space Mountain first. (Remember Magic Mornings, early entry for Disney Hotel guests) and there was no line, so we rode that two or three times before a line finally formed. Then we strolled over to Splash Mountain and noticed BTM was actually open! So when we found out Splash Mountain was having problems we went over to BTM and rode that a couple of times, by then SM was fixed so we rode that once (the line was horrendous, and we've done it so many times we didn't need to do it again). After that we wen to see the new Carousel of ProgressCarousel of Progress. We saw the parade at 3pm called 'Remember the Magic'Parade. Then we went back to Epcot and had our favorite Yakitori in Japan and watched Illuminations from their. Not the best place by the way, the arch and an island get in the way.

Sunday was departure day, so we did not want to waste a day's ticket at the Parks so we went shopping at the Disney Village. (Spent way too much). We had lunch at Wolfgang Pucks. Very good but the small outdoor seating area isn't very good in the rain. By the way did I mention it RAINED every day we were there! It wasn't so bad because, as long as you don't mind being wet, like we don't, you practically get the whole park to yourself. The only thing you have to be careful of is shopping, everybody decided to go shopping Sunday because of the rain.


Us sitting on Goofy in the town square