WDW, First Trip Back, Overview

Our first ride was Toy Story – our latest favorite ride at Disneyland. Most of the line is outside, with cute Boardwalk theming. When we saw pictures online of the inside queue with more elaborate theming, we were excited to try the WDW version of this ride. It was a lot of fun, but the ride itself felt like it was backwards – we remember spinning in a different direction at DL. Oh, the funny little differences between the parks and how you notice them. Crowds were light and all rides we chose to ride were walk-ons.

But we were so exhausted due to very little sleep the night before, we couldn’t put the usual power into our shooting and so our scores were, well, nothing to brag about. lol!

The next ride was The Great Movie Ride – we love this and we don’t have it in California so it was a must-ride. We got the gangster side, and I always tease Rich about those guys from Joysey – and he does his best impression to scare me even more. If we retired here, I could see him doing this job. lol!

We wandered through the shops and then took the boat back to the Boardwalk. The weather was pleasant, short-sleeve weather. After living in the dry desert for a couple of years, we were enjoying soaking up the Florida moisture and viewing all of the green stuff with blooms, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Grand Floridian Spa

Rich and I each got a pedicure at the GF Spa and when my technician noticed what bad shape my nails were in (I had removed the acrylic nails for practical sake), she asked if I wanted a manicure, too. I accepted and she was definitely my Fairy Godmother with her skill at disguising where the old acrylics were and the new nails met.

World Showcase

Another highlight was our usual walk from the Boardwalk to World Showcase via the International Gateway. Sigh! We turned right and headed straight to Morocco, the Tangierine Cafe, and Mo’Rockin. Much to our delight Mo’Rockin was playing our favorite song – Habibi – we have a couple of their CDs but hearing them live is just so incredible!!

We shared an order of our favorite meatballs and a platter of Mediterranean sliders. Here’s the exact description:

Mediterranean Sliders Combo – three pita pockets – lamb, chicken and falafel with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cucumber and Tahini sauce served with Lentils, Hummus and Tabouleh

Meatball platter served with yellow rice

We overheard somebody say that Moroccon food is very much like Greek food.

We finished our tour around World Showcase, recalling many, many, many evenings here before when we lived nearby.


We were both a bit disappointed that Amir Ali, the regular main singer of Mo’Rockin who started it all, wasn’t performing that night. But they still sounded incredible.

Right before we left on the trip, we did read that our favorite Cantina in Mexico would be closed for refurbishment. We thought this would be a great time to try out the new Tequila bar, but when we peeked inside, it felt cramped and claustrophobic and didn’t appeal to us at all. Besides, we had two margaritas on travel day so maybe we were done with those on this trip. ๐Ÿ™‚

The other lowlight that would haunt us on this trip was that we still felt the ghosts of living in Orlando, which ended up not feeling that good to us.

Lessons Learned

Because we had spent so much time parking at the Boardwalk and walking World Showcase and other places like Ft. Wilderness, Downtown Disney, and Saratoga Springs when we lived here, we realized we would need to avoid those activities that made us feel like we were back living in Orlando. We were going to have to work hard to recapture the feeling of being out-of-town tourists.

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