S: Girls' Gone Disney by Shannon Crawford
FC: Girls' Gone Disney | A Beth, Danyelle, Lita & Shannon Adventure
1: Lita, Beth, Danyelle & Shannon left on September 11, 2008 bound for Florida and more importantly Disney World. Their home for the week would be the Caribbean Beach Resort, Jamaica. The main pool had just been unveiled for their arrival. They spent time in all four parks, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios & Animal Kingdom. Their time was spent experiencing attractions and rides, shopping and laughing... a lot of laughing! | Girls' Disney Vacation
2: Disney Vacation September 11 - 16, 2008 We flew in, Beth and Shannon, not so hot on airplanes. We were very glad to land even though the flight was a good one. Once we figured out how to get out of the labrynth of an airport we were on our way to find the friendly faces of the Disney Magical Express. The bus would take us to our hotel. Yet once we got to the hotel we found that we had to wait in line to check in and figured now might be a good time to make our reservations for the trip! Then it was another wait for the van that would finally take us to our room. It's okay though we were all smiles because we were so happy to be in Florida and raring to go have fun.
4: Caribbean Beach Resort Jamaica
6: Aerosmith Rock'n'Roller Coaster
8: The Candied Apple Danyelle only wanted an apple and we made her wait. | But once she bit into it she was all smiles!
9: STAR TOURS | MUPPETS 3-D
10: One of the many hair wrap stands. These spritzer bottles were everywhere. Lita got this little boy in trouble when she asked him to spray her! His mama thought he was spritzing random strangers.
12: Honey I Shrunk the Kids Playground
14: 50's Prime Time Cafe - Mom aka Kristy was our waitress. Lita was Brat, Dan was Milkshake Girl, Beth was Dumdum and Shannon was Captain Obvious. For dessert Lita & Shannon had S'mores. It was a very enjoyable place to get out of the pouring rain.
19: We started this day with a nice boat ride across the lagoon from Magic Kingdom to the Polynesian Resort for breakfast. | These are some shots of the gardens and pool of the resort. The orchids in the lobby were beautiful.
21: Character Breakfast at 'Ohana Beth was handed maracas so she could join the parade later. Try as she might she couldn't convince any of the other girls to go with her. Before you eat they give you a lei and take your picture. That's the man with all the leis on his arm. They had these funny statues lining the entrance to the restaurant.
22: Grand Floridian
25: After we finished breakfast we boarded the boat again bound for Magic Kingdom with a quick stop at the Grand Floridian to check things out. A beautiful hotel, but very austere. We ran down to the spa to check out what they had to offer. Then we hopped on the monorail to finish our morning journey. We had actually entered MK earlier and made a beeline for the Main Street Bakery because breakfast was later in the morning. In MK we had great fun and squeezed in lots of shopping. (Opposite page) At breakfast, artwork found in the gallery inside the Polynesian Resort. Our Photopass pictures.
26: Danyelle's cinnamon bun was as big as her head! | Clang clang went the trolley
27: Magic Kingdom
28: Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, very funny show Stitch's Escape
29: Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin This was fun, I don't know how good we really were. The joystick is very touchy, you'd bump it and you'd be spinning and incapable of hitting any targets. Beth & Shannon took advantage of a phone break to get their picture taken with Buzz, aren't we cool! Next stop was Space Mountain.
30: Tinkerbell's Shoppe | Danyelle was building a charm bracelet through the whole trip, it was a group effort. Cinderella fountain in front of the shop. We didn't actually ride Dumbo, but we made Beth jump in for a picture.
31: It's A Small World If you go to Disney you have to ride it!
33: Tom Sawyer's Island to Splash Mountain. Then it was onward to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
34: Then our wild side came out with Pirates of the Caribbean. We even tried some of those HUGE sunglasses, but we weren't that wild.
37: Our day at MK was great, there were barely any lines for the attractions. In addition to those pictured we also did Phillarmagic, a fabulous 3-D show. To the left, in my favorite picture spot the girls were being diffulcult and couldn't decide which was thier best side. We passed a little Jack Sparrow on our way out. Dan was getting directions so we could ride the monorail, that turned into an extrememly confusing adventure where we actually ended up in the same place we started from!
41: Previous page is from Wishes Nighttime Spectacular in Magic Kingdom. Our hotel late at night. The frog was perched on the doorway of the next room. Beth & Lita had gone down to the food court and came bursting into the room yelling "get your camera" so we stood outside of the next room taking pictures. Wonder if anyone was inside?
42: E P C O T
43: We had breakfast in the Land Pavillion, then heading into Soarin' and Living with the Land.
45: Danyelle made a new friend | The Seas with Nemo & friends
47: While Lita & Dan went to Mission Space, Beth & Shannon relaxed a bit and watched the Jamminators. All 4 headed to Test Track, a great ride!
48: Dance Around the Worlds
49: Germany, Norway, France & United Kingdom | Johann!
51: Here we are on the Three Cabellaros ride in Mexico. This is the end result of several group shots, Lita didn't like the way she looked in the first ones, this one's pretty good, right?
54: JAPAN | Trying to blend in with the locals.
56: MOROCCO | First a visit to a booth where we get some belly dancing tips. Then...
57: dinner at Restaurant Marrakesh We laughed the whole time. | Magic Marker?! | Ching Cha-cha ching ching
58: Character Dinner | Chip & Dale's Harvest Garden Grill
59: Epcot was a blast. We had dinner at the revolving restaruant in The Land, it is so good. Chip & Dale were really sweet on Danyelle! The characters really liked Beth too. (Maybe that's because they were sitting on the outside?) We stopped for a picture on the way out, we were laughing so hard they were all a little blurry!
60: Of course when girls go away, they are going to shop! Just of few of the many interesting things we found along the way.
61: Downtown Disney Some places we stopped (I mean shopped) at, Pooh Thotful Spot, Goofy's Candy Co., World of Disney, Basin & the Lego Imagination Center
63: Animal Kingdom We made a beeline for Kilimanjaro Safari, the longest line we had for the whole vacation! We were really excited to see the animals, but alas there were no giraffes for Shannon!
66: Our breakfast stop, these murals covered all the walls. Looking stunning in our bug eye's. Obviously we were in shear terror on the dinosaur ride. Finding Nemo show is highly recommended!
68: We were all anxious to ride Mt. Everest, as it would be a first time for all of us. It is a good coaster. Dan & Shannon ran back for a second run during the parade. We each got a caricature done, Lita the parrot, Mermaid Beth, Cowgirl Dan & Shannon the giraffe.
71: We had dinner at the Boma restaurant in the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Served buffet style with various dishes from Africa. The best was a chocolate dessert that was just downright luscious! | Animal Kingdom Parade
72: We had a wonderful time and brought home great memories in addition to the pictures and various souviners. Disney with girlfriends is a much difference experience than going with your husband or children. Thanks girls for a great get-away!