December 31st, 2007 – by: coreyanderson
Jim, Kath, & Johnny
So me, Jim, Kath, and Johnny all headed down to Disney World in Orlando, Florida to celebrate the New Year. We figured it would be about the right time of year to head to warm and sunny Florida, seeing as how it was like negative 10 degrees at home in Chicago. Uhhhhh, we figured wrong! The weather in Florida leading up to our trip was in the gorgeous 70's and even went up to the 80's after we left, however it seemed as if we brought the cold weather with us when we arrived! Overall, the weather was rainy on the days it was warmer, and frickin' freezing on the days it wasn't. For the most part we had all brought some long sleeves shirts and a sweatshirt to wear, but we left our winter coats behind--since when do you have to worry about 20 degree weather and freeze warning in Florida, right? Yeah, mmm hmmm.
Aside from the weather though, and the sometimes touch-and-go-moods of those we traveled with, we had a really nice time. This trip was my fourth time taveling to Disney World, the three times before I had stayed at the Polynesian, this time we stayed the the Grand Floridian resort. Our rooms were upgraded and had the best view of the lagoon and Cinderella Castle, which was especially beautiful at this time of year because it was completely covered in Christmas
lights! After arriving, we hopped the monorail to the Magic Kingdom to explore the park. HOLY COW was that place crowded!!! Most rides were on about a 60-90 minute wait--some more--and fast pass tickets were usually sold out before lunchtime.
New Year's Eve!
All of the parks we went to were extremely busy for the duration, but it was definitely the busiest on New Year's Eve--said to be the busiest day of the year! Disney at xmas time was definitely something everyone should experience once because the lights and decorations made it seem all the more magical. There is also a show or a parade every 1/2 hour to an hour which are fun for everyone. We spent another day at the Magic Kingdom later in our trip, but I figure I'll just sum it all up in this one blog! Things you have to do at the Magic Kingdom: The Pirates of the Caribbean ride (of course) updated with the characters from the Disney movie, the Illuminations parade, where the characters glide down mainstreet in their carts and carraiges illuminated by lights of every color, and seeing lighting of Cinderella Castle at xmas time.
New Year's Eve!
Good Stuff. After the Magic Kingdom, we headed back to our rooms for a quick change of clothes, and headed to Downtown Disney for Dinner at Wolfgang Puck's. The food was delicious and surprisingly not ridiculously pricey. The weather was actually decent that night so we strolled around the main street, browsing the shops, and looking for a place to sit to watch the fireworks at midnight--it was New Year's Eve after all. There was not a place left to sit, so we quickly headed back to the resort for the balloon drop in the lobby, and then found a spot on the beach to watch the fireworks explode all over Disney. Afterwards, Kath and John went to bed, so Jim and I grabbed a beer from the bar and sat on the balcony of our room, watching the fireworks, the boats go by, and the lights of the castle change, and talked the night away.