Friday, April 4, 2014

WDW Honeymoon Recap- 3/31/13

Sunday March 31st marked Honeymoon Day 9; it was also the last day of our trip.  I was pretty bummed out when that was the first thought to cross my mind when I woke up. Then I remembered it was also Easter Sunday and how we'd be at the Magic Kingdom celebrating Easter in a few hours!

Eliot and I started packing up and getting ready to leave.  We decided to make the most of the day by going over to Epcot in the morning to take pictures of the Flower and Garden Festival.  While I was in the Pop Century lobby waiting for Eliot to get us breakfast, I spotted a line of people next to a small sign.  Minnie Mouse was here at Pop Century- awesome!  I got in line and waited for Eliot there.  A few minutes later he brought me a yummy chocolate croissant!

Then we got pictures taken with Minnie in her spring Easter outfit!  Yay!!!

After, the cast members gave us a huge bag of candy... wait, one for each of us?  Two bags of candy... I might not ever leave!  Then we hopped on the bus and started the beautiful day at Epcot.  We grabbed another picture with Spaceship Earth and our custom Mr. and Mrs. Cady shirts from our wedding week!

Then we made our way around the World Showcase.  Eliot borrowed a wheelchair from Pop Century so he could push me around in it.  After my foot spasm at the Magic Kingdom the night before, it was painful to walk or stand for long periods.  This made it a lot easier to get around.  On our adventure we saw Snow White's wishing well.

Then we saw the Snow White and the Seven Dwarves topiaries in Germany!

Lady and the Tramp were hanging out in Italy.

Lotso and Woody were in the American Adventure section.

We stopped in France when we saw Belle.  We still needed her autograph and photo!

Then we visited the Beauty and the Beast topiaries in France.

We saw Cogsworth and Lumiere, with Mrs. Potts and Chip in the background.

We spotted Prince Charming and Cinderella.  Eliot thought it was appropriate that they were placed at the entrance to our private VIP IllumiNations viewing area.  I agree.

Opposite of the Cinderella topiary were Aurora and Philip.

Here I am in the United Kingdom with Tigger and my wheelchair.  I don't think we would have made it around the entire World Showcase with my sore foot if I wasn't in it!

We also got one more picture with Duffy!  We hadn't bought the autograph book yet when we visited with him before!  And I really wanted to get his autograph!  I love him!!!

We took a picture of the Tinkerbell and Periwinkle topiaries by the Butterfly House.

And we couldn't forget Phineas and Ferb at the Future World entrance.

Then we said goodbye to Epcot and we went back to Pop Century to finish packing and to check out.  Goodbye awesome view from our room of the Art of Animation.  

Goodbye 1950's section of Pop Century!  We've had a lot of great memories here!  (We also stayed in the 1950's section during our wedding week when we occupied an entire room block of the hotel with our friends, family and wedding party.)

After finalizing everything at Pop, we went over to the Magic Kingdom to see the Disney Easter Parade on Easter Sunday!!!  (On my Disney Bucket List.)  We took a few photos by the castle before staking out our parade spots.  I was able to sit comfortably in my wheelchair while Eliot went to pin trade at the Emporium.

An hour or so later, the Easter Pre-Parade started!  We saw Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny once again.  They were followed by Daisy and the Azelea Trail Maids.  I was so excited that they were there!  I've wanted one of their pretty dresses since I was just a little girl!  I remember being glued to the television while watching the Easter Parade.  "I could write a sonnet, About your Easter bonnet, And of the girl I'm taking, To the Easter Parade."

We stayed to watch Disney's Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade which followed the Easter Parade a few minutes later.  It was the perfect way to end our honeymoon!

"Celebrate A Dream Come True, and you might just find a wish for you. When you close your eyes, then you realize, any dream is possible! Legacies and childhood wishes, watch them all come true, forever like a picture in your mind. Make a wish, unlock your memories, look inside your heart, and find the dream that's waiting there for you..."

About halfway through the parade, I was overcome by emotions and lost it.  Tears silently streaked down my face behind my sunglasses.  We'd been so lucky and blessed with our year long celebrations- 3 trips to the Walt Disney World Resort: our wedding planning session, having our dream Disney wedding and our honeymoon!  It was an emotional ending to the magical roller coaster ride we'd been on.  

It was really hard to say "Goodbye" to the Magic Kingdom this trip.  We got a few more PhotoPass photos, (Disney forgot to add Tinker Bell to our magic shot!) then we took one last look down Main Street at Cinderella Castle before passing under the railroad tracks.

We decided to take one last photo in front of the Train Station so we could end our year long Disney adventure with the same photo pose we started it with.

After leaving the Magic Kingdom, we zipped over to Downtown Disney long enough for Eliot to grab our RunDisney stuff.  While there, we got a picture of the Bambi topiaries. Then we went back to Pop Century to catch our Magical Express to the airport.

I still wasn't quite ready to say goodbye.  At the airport, we went to both the Earport and Magic of Disney stores.  I saw a large ad outside of one of them and had to get one more Disney picture before we boarded the plane for home.  I'm happy it was with Duffy!

We had a really amazing Disneymoon.  It was a great trip and were incredibly thankful we were able to go on it.  And I want to give a big thank you to Disney Fairy Tale Weddings for our Walt Disney World annual passes as a wedding gift!  We definitely got a good amount of use out of them!!!  °o°

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