Saturday, November 9, 2013

Our 2013 Disney World Trip, Day 2

We stayed at Pop Century Resort.  We have stayed here a few times in the past and it is our favorite next to the new Art of Animation.  We stayed at Art of Animation last year and loved it.  Since it is only 4 of us, we decided against the extra expense of the 2 room, 2 bath suite.  I must say it was very nice last year and I will book it again if we plan a 7 day trip.  We really enjoy Pop Century mainly for 3 reasons.  One, the bus only stops at this resort.  If you go to a park it is a direct route.  You do not stop at several bus stops on the way which saves time.  Two, the food court.  I think they have some of the better food compared to the other Disney resorts.  Three, the atmosphere.  We love the oversized designs.  You can see in the picture the huge Big Wheel & Twister game.  Someone had decorated their hotel window which was adorable.  I had to take a picture to share.



 Day 2 at Disney World was planned to be spent all day at Magic Kingdom.  We had planned a full day.  We had tickets to the Halloween party.  There is an extra charge to enter the party.  It starts at 7:00 PM and ends at midnight.  You can enter the park with these tickets at 4:00 PM.  They have trick or treat stations throughout the park.


We love to attend the party and see all the costumes.  Adults and kids dress up but it is not required.  There is fun for all.  I had to snap a picture of the red solo cups.  Although, I can't imagine how they rode rides in those.  I met the skunks and corpse bride in line waiting for the bus.  Very creative ideas.  She said she made their skunk outfits.  Jake went as an Army soldier.  Of course, I thought he was the cutest of all.  We brought his costume with us and he changed into it at the park.


We took our yearly pictures near the pumpkins at the entrance.  I love the decorations.


Look at all of the Halloween/Fall decorations.  I think it is absolutely gorgeous.  This is a view down Main street.  At the end you have a prime picture of the castle.


We found something new this year.  Slightly down Main street on the right, we stumbled upon a store where a guy at the back was making glass pumpkins.  I have never seen this before or noticed it.  The pumpkins were so cute.  You could have it custom made with your name in the glass.  It was a bit pricey as everything is at Disney, plus I couldn't imagine it making the ride home in one piece, so I passed on the purchase.  Take a look at the crystal Magic Castle.  Isn't that beautiful?  Yes that does say $37,500!  See Mickey Mouse?  At first glance you might think he was $495 but if you look closely there is a much smaller Mickey Mouse in front of him for that price.  Hey, that is a bargain!


We had to stop at the candy store.  They have the neatest M&M machine with every flavor under the sun.  You grab a bag and load in your favorite colors and flavors.


Next, we hit some attractions and rides.  We started off with the Hall of Presidents.  It is an interesting review of all of our Presidents.  In the picture below you see two future Presidents, even the one making a face!




After we rode several rides, it was time for the Halloween party to begin.  They gave each of us a bag to trick or treat all over the park.


The new section of Fantasyland was nice.  We rode the Little Mermaid.  It was similar to Nemo & Friends in that you ride in a sea shell but I think the ride is longer.



There are two parades (same one) during the party.  We always watch the last parade.  Fireworks are right before the last parade.  I think this is the best parade Disney offers.  I have probably seen them all, including the Christmas parade.  I like the snow on Main Street during the Christmas parade but I still prefer the Halloween parade.  It starts out with a headless horseman riding through the route and ends with Goofy's candy machine which smells of candy.


At the end of the day, we walked out with a bunch of candy, memories and hurting feet.  Day 2 of Disney World 2013 is now history.