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Disney Birthday Celebration {Day 2: Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Whispering Canyon Café}

We were up and on the bus to Blizzard Beach bright and early on the morning of Bowden’s and my birthday.  We were ready for a fun day and were there are rope drop.  We dumped our stuff on a couple of chairs in Tike’s Peak (the kids play area) and headed to the chairlift to reach the top of Mount Gushmore.

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DSCN0164We went to Teamboat Springs first so we could ride the one ride our whole family could do together that C was willing to ride.  I really loved the view from the top of Mount Gushmore.  You could see three of the four parks, and it was just so Disney.

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Then we boarded the raft and were ready to ride the longest family raft ride in the country.  And we loved it…well most of us did.  As we flew down the slide, B declared it “the. best. birthday. ever.”

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And C felt more like this:

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She was not a fan.  So she and the Hubs went back to Tike’s Peak while B and I headed off for some rides.  We hit up Run Off Rapids, the Snow Stormers, and Teamboat Springs (again) before meeting back up with C and the Hubs who had been going back and forth between Tike’s Peak and Ski Patrol Training Camp (an area for older kids).  C’s favorite ride was there, and B enjoyed it as well.

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Now it was time for the Hubs to enjoy some rides with the birthday boy while C and I hand out.  C and I enjoyed Tike’s Peak, Ski Patrol, and even spent some time in the wave pool Meltaway Bay and the lazy river Cross Country Creek.

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After a yummy lunch from Lottawatta Lodge, we left to go to Typhoon Lagoon which wound up being quite a production.  The construction at Downtown Disney (soon to be Disney Springs) has the roads a bit clogged, so Disney has made efforts to reduce the number of busses they had in that area.  So to get from Blizzard Beach to Typhoon Lagoon, we took a bus to Art of Animation where we changed busses to head to Epcot where everyone had to go to get a bus to Typhoon Lagoon.  It took almost an hour.  After arrival, we dumped out stuff in some chairs under a small shelter in the Ketchakiddee Creek area, and B and I made a run for the Crush N Gusher.  It was amazing and is by far my favorite water park ride.  So after our go on it, B and I caught the lazy river back to Ketchakiddee Creek so the Hubs could ride with him before the storm hit.  But alas, the grey skies opened before they had the chance to leave.  So we took cover under the shelter while thunder cracked and lightening struck all around us.  It was pretty terrifying for the kids, and I will admit that I was mildly frightened as well.

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The storm finally caused them to close the park at 4:30 which is when we loaded onto a wet, cold bus with a bunch of other wet, cold people where this happened:

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We went back to the room, showered and warmed up and were ready for our reservation at Whispering Canyon Café at the Wilderness Lodge.  Oh.  My.  Goodness.  Whispering Canyon Café is now my new favorite Disney restaurant and is a must do for all future Disney trips.  Not only was the food delicious, but the atmosphere was just so much fun!  And the Wilderness Lodge is absolutely gorgeous.  I could spend hours just walking around enjoying the resort, but I digress…

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Our family loved this restaurant and all of the hijinks that come with it, including but not limited to ketchup wrangling, huge Mason jars for big drinkers, and hobby horse races around the restaurant.

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I wasn’t starved, so I ordered an appetizer as my meal.  The kids had kids meals, but the Hubs ordered the most popular item on the menu:  the All-You-Care-To-Eat platter complete with brisket, ribs, sausage, chicken, and pulled park bbq with sides like mashed potatoes, green beans, baked beans, and corn on the cob.  The platter begins with a delicious apple walnut salad and corn bread to boot.  It was absolutely delicious, and next time we go with the dining plan, that platter will be mine for the taking and devouring!

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After the meal, I had a little surprise up my sleeve for B.  I had called ahead and ordered us a birthday cake.  Ordering a cake at Disney is surprisingly easy and affordable if you don’t want anything too elaborate.  Our little chocolate on chocolate cake was more than enough for our group of 4, and it only cost $23.  The cost of the cake was added to our bill at the end of the meal.  And the receptionist and our server Chante worked together to do an excellent job of keeping it all a secret.  B was surprised and cake was delicious.

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Our birthday could have been more perfect only if the storm had stayed away. But B and I had a blast for our birthday.  He has declared it the best birthday ever, and I don’t entirely disagree.

Disney Birthday Celebration {Day 1: All-Star Movie Resort and Contempo Café}

B told me that he would rather go to Disney World than have a birthday party.  Well, he had me at Disney World.  And since we share a birthday, it was the perfect way to celebrate our birthday together.  So I started making plans for us to take a little weekend trip down to Florida for our birthdays over Labor Day weekend.  I made us reservations at the All-Star Movie Resort, and to keep cost low, I got us water park tickets instead of regular park tickets.  It was almost half the cost.

So on Saturday we headed down to Disney World, got checked in, and then headed to the pool for some fun before grabbing some dinner.  We enjoyed the pool, and kids loved everything about the All-Star Movie Resort including the arcade which we visited after dinner.

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We kept it simple and went to the Contemporary Resort to eat at the Contempo Café which is right next to Chef Mickey’s.  A booth in the right corner of the restaurant meant that my kids did a lot of this:

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