Day 9: The Last Day of the Trip

When I woke up that morning, I knew I had a lot of phone calls to make before I caught the plane home. However, it was too early for anyplace in California to be open yet, so Jensey and I went downstairs to The Wave and met Nate for breakfast.

I asked Nate to take a picture of the place for me with my camera…

Much better!

Then I took my camera back and, well, THIS happened…

Breakfast was OK—not spectacular but at least they had slightly more interesting choices than the usual Disney breakfast.

Ham & Cheese Omelet with Breakfast Potatoes and a Biscuit

Breakfast potatoes: The Lazy Man’s Hashbrowns

MultiGrain French Toast with Fruit Compote and Choice of Bacon, Pork Sausage or Chicken Sausage

It’s healthy cuz it’s got multigrains in it!

Eggs Benedict with Key Lime Hollandaise

Not shown: the soup bowl full of extra hollandaise I requested…

After breakfast, Nathensey left on their Christmas road trip to South Florida, while I checked out and then set up camp at my favorite conversational grouping of furniture in the Contemporary’s convention center and started making phone calls.

Conversational grouping not pictured

Here, I’ll use an old picture—pretend that guy is me!

After I’d tracked down and called all the people I needed to and made a ton of decisions on the fly over the phone, I didn’t really know what to do with myself until my flight that night. I felt guilty about running around a theme park at a time like that. On the other hand, it was nice to be in such a happy place that held such fond memories for me. I finally decided maybe I could ride the train around the Magic Kingdom for a while.

On my way over there, I took a few more shots of those cute Small World character cookies and, again, inexplicably, the Contemporary’s convenience store. Maybe cuz it had been redone to accommodate DVC clientele?

Um, this is what the inside of a monorail looks like…. Boy, I must really have been out of it!

I love this scene on Big Thunder Mountain

Real live swamp!

Looks like I ended up at the candy shop on Main Street—didn’t see that one comin’!

Ginormous Mickey Crispies

Ooooh! Tongue-dye cupcakes!

They were stockpiling glass slippers over at Glass ‘n’ Things ‘n’ Stuff, or whatever it’s called…

As you can tell, at that point I was just sorta wandering around randomly pushing the button on my camera, not sure what to do next. I thought I didn’t want to go to Downtown Disney because it’s the sad place you go on your last day when you don’t have any days left on your park pass. But the receipt for one of my purchases came with a 35% off coupon that could only be redeemed at Downtown Disney and the resorts, so I took it as a sign I should buzz over there and have a Ghirardelli sundae for lunch.

On the way, I finally figured out where the Car Care Center is!

Somebody else's lunch

My lunch!

This coupon was burning a hole in my pocket, but it required a minimum purchase of $50, so I wandered all over looking for something, anything to spend $50 on. (I know I’m a sucker.)


A-ha! Now HERE's a place I could drop fifty bucks, easy!

I could only drop $50 in here if they actually had park concept art, and not just "character jamboree" lithographs and figurines

Oh wait—that's cool!

And THAT's cool!

And that's SO cool I later got it for Patrick with a D23 discount!

That is so NOT cool… I found the same piece for about a third of the price on

From there it was back to Goofy’s Candy Co.!

"I want it ALL, please!"

Had to get a peppermint one this time!

Mmmmm… pink….

I promise I didn’t spend the 50 bucks on candy. Instead I went back to Tren-D and got Patrick a copy of The Art of Princess & the Frog for Christmas.

This was not on the way...

They must have been having trouble with spontaneous, unauthorized performances here. Dang that American Idol….

So empty… almost makes you miss the pin sharks!

Clever Christmas decorations!


I’d planned to finally try Earl of Sandwich by picking up something to eat as dinner on the plane, but the line was way too long for my compressed schedule. My time ran out and I struck out for the then-off-site Hertz place to return my car and catch my flight. Yes, there are pictures of that too…

And you always have to get a shot of the last ride of the trip…

When I got to LAX, Patrick surprised me at the baggage claim! Nobody meets you in the actual terminal anymore—what a treat! And when we got home, he surprised me again with TWO completely decorated Christmas trees. AWWWwwwwwwwww!

And thus ends A Very Lurky Christmas: Holiday at Bay Lake Tower… of TERROR!!!  The Lurkyloos will return next year in…

Tokyo Disney on Two Weeks’ Notice: A Photo-Packed Account of 17 Days in Japan

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12 Responses
  • Deena
    June 18, 2012

    Awesome trip report as usual. So sorry to hear of your loss but really glad you had such an amazing friend to lean on. Love never fades and memories remain and become sweeter with time:-) Keep the reports coming, you and Patrick are a hoot!

    • Carrie
      June 18, 2012

      Thank you so much! That’s a lovely thought to hold. 🙂

  • kathy
    June 15, 2012

    I really enjoy your commentary and especially your PHOTOS! What camera and lens do you use? Manual vs auto?

    • Carrie
      June 16, 2012

      Thanks! The very best photos in this report were taken by our friends and wedding photographers, the Roots. I do know they used a Canon 5D Mark II on that trip, but I can ask about the lens if those are the shots you’re thinking of. The rest of our photos Patrick took with a Sony HX1, a “bridge” model between point-and-shoot and DSLR. It doesn’t have interchangeable lenses, but it does have a lot of neat in-camera features like Sweep Panorama and a low-light setting that takes 6 shots at 10 fps and blends them together. Hope this helps!

  • Hope
    December 21, 2011

    I really enjoyed seeing WDW at Christmas through your eyes. I’m not sure when we can ever get our tails over there, but it’s nice that I’ll always have your recaps to look forward to. Thank you for sharing all of your adventures and I hope you and Patrick have many more in 2012! (And Share Pictures ofcourse! 😉 )

    • lurkyloo
      December 22, 2011

      Hey, thanks for reading! 😉

  • Chilly
    March 21, 2011

    keep the trip reports coming

  • Kaylyn
    March 21, 2011

    Hey Carrie! I just basically mainlined all of your trip reports.You have such a knack for making things I’ve already done seem fun and interesting, I love the way you write. Just thought I should leave a comment instead of just creepily running up your site traffic.


    • lurkyloo
      March 21, 2011

      Hahaha! Thank you for taking the time to comment.

  • CityGirlLost
    March 16, 2011

    Great trip report, Carrie! I so prefer to read them here rather than all interspersed with comments.

    • lurkyloo
      March 16, 2011

      Me too! I mean, I love it when people leave comments, but the DIS interface is so reader-unfriendly.

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