Saturday, 1 September 2012

If Your Heart is in Your Dream, No Request is Too Extreme

Another week of magic, and somehow, no costume-related calamities to report!

On Wednesday, Canada said goodbye to another lumberjack, Jason, who was finishing his program. Standard boot toss, handprints and certificate presentation during the day, as well as an Amazing Race-themed speech. That night, all the merchies but one gathered at Coronado Springs to say goodbye. It turns out you can fit a heck of a lot of Canadians into a hotel room. The next day, we not only said goodbye to another lumberjack, Isabelle, but also a coordinator and, for people at the end of their work week, a manager. Brutal, Disney. To soften the blow of losing so many people, Lesley and I went to Magic Kingdom, where it is apparently already Fall and the Halloween decorations are out in full swing.
Rodi (our highest seniority lumberjack), Dave (departing coordinator) and I.
Dave's dreamcatcher on his nametag is standard for departing (honourary) Canadians.
It was August, and it was also Fall.
Disney logic.
Friday was the busiest and possibly the most Disney-filled of all my days off. It started ridiculously early in the morning with my car loaded full of Canadians and UKers, off to Epcot for a cast photo scheduled for 7:45 am, in honour of the 30-day countdown to the upcoming 30th anniversary of the park. Mickey and Minnie were in attendance, as well as opening day cast, ie cast members present when Epcot opened on October 1st, 1982. All the lumberjacks trekked over the Canada for a few early morning Canada cast pictures before some of us went to wait out our start times at the break trailer, and some of us went home to nap before recommencing our days off.
An epic of Epcot epicness.
Can you find me?
Moose antlers for Canadians!
I'm far right in the second-to-back row. 
After my small nap, Rhys and I headed over the Saratoga Springs Resort for a Disney Vacation Club open house we had signed up for the week before at the Board Walk villas. Basically, it's a Disney version of a timeshare, but with no actual time restrictions and the most gorgeous of accommodations not only on Disney property, but all over the world (even in Wales, woooooo!). Very tempting, if I wasn't poor and in a solid amount of debt. We were given ice cream as a small reward for attending, then we went to Typhoon Lagoon for (free) fun in the sun.
Disney details in the Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House sample rooms. 
Most of our time was spent lounging in Castaway Creek (the lazy river), digesting copious amounts of ice cream. Thank you, sand pail.  In the evening, after we cleaned up, we bussed over to the Kidani House of Animal Kingdom lodge for drinks and African-Indian munchies at Sanaa, the restaurant of Kidani House.

Note:  You'd think it would be cooler in Florida at 7:45 in the morning. Not even slightly.

Thanks to: Angela and Tiffany, as I see I have mail from both of you. Huzzah!

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