Day 13: Last Day at Walt Disney World

After our exhausting tour of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, it was nice to sleep in a little on our last day. We woke up to our glorious view for the last time, which I will document here in not one but THREE photos…

Breakfast for me…


Actually, that was just breakfast dessert. My sensible first course was French toast sticks and ham from the Beach Club Marketplace.

 

Breakfast for Patrick… a slightly more sensible bowl of cereal with caramel corn in it!


Another look at our MNSSHP candy haul


Somehow we managed to squish all our stuff into 2 suitcases and a box to ship (which the Yacht & Beach Club’s Ikon business center charged us $47 for – ouch!!!). Then we checked our bags at the airline desk and went into Epcot so that Patrick could trade pins at Walt Disney World’s only remaining official pin-trading station (now that Disney has rousted the pin sharks at Downtown Disney Marketplace).

Who has time to sit in these?


 

Here, let me save you some money on purchasing the official biography of Duffy The Disney Bear ™.

Poor Duffy was hanging out in his character meet-and-greet pavilion all alone, so we took pity on him and pretended we wanted a photo op.

“There, there, Duffy, don’t cry. Maybe some Japanese tourists will come along and know who you are!”


“See, Duffy—what did I tell ya?!”


We had some time to kill before our Via Napoli lunch reservation, so we wandered around taking exactly two photos. Looks like we were going for some kind of “Where in the World Are We?” contest with these!

 

I am not particularly interested in pizza but wanted to try this new restaurant just for YOU, dear reader. I was surprised at how bland the interior décor was—it was more the way I thought La Hacienda de San Angel would be but wasn’t. Via Napoli’s kinda just a big box. I did like how light it was in there, I just miss the level of detail you see in other World Showcase restaurants.

I had a hard time deciding what to get to best be able to rate the food. I ended up getting the Lasagna Al Forno, which was nice and hot and cheesy but not worth $20. Patrick got the $16 Quattro Stagioni personal pizza, which he really liked, and a Strawberry Aqua Fresca.

Strawberry Aqua Fresca


Quattro Stagioni Pizza (eggplant, artichoke, ham, mushrooms, mozzarella) and Lasagna Al Forno


We liked our meal but it was WAY overpriced. I can’t believe the Patina Group charges the same prices at their Florida restaurants as their California restaurants. Even Disney doesn’t do that. There was nothing particularly appealing on the dessert menu, so we decided to save some dough and get gelato at the cart out front instead.

Then we hopped on a boat to Mexico to pick up Donald piñatas for Patrick’s cousin and my pal Wazzo.

This picture totally just made me miss Epcot!


I guess I also wanted photos of the seating area for Cantina de San Angel, so… here ya go!

Your moment of zen…

And that appears to be the final shot from our trip…

Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland!

Originally I was going to do a separate post about our first-ever Halloween party at Disneyland, comparing and contrasting it with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom. However, our experience was so disappointing, I never had the heart to write it up. We dutifully dressed up as Constance and Harrison Hightower, but without the Roots to shadow us, we ended up with only a handful of horrible PhotoPass shots, none of which I wanted to buy.

The candy situation was pretty terrible—all the stations had super-long lines, and there weren’t as many of them (I see a correlation here!). But the worst part of the party was the CROWDS. Disneyland is very much an Annual Passholder’s park, and they turn out in droves for the Halloween party. The night we went was miserable: hot and more crowded than a weekend day at the park. What’s the point of paying extra if crowds are going to be worse than on the days you get in for “free” with your AP?

Overall, the experience really soured us on hard-ticket events at Disneyland and prevented me from ever properly wrapping up this report. So…. here it is! The not-so-thrilling conclusion of “Trick or Tweet! Halloween at Disney World & Disneyland“!

 

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26 Responses
  • Alan
    July 21, 2012

    Is this supposed to be a cliffhanger? Where’s the Disneyland trip report?

    • Carrie
      July 21, 2012

      Sadly, no. I still haven’t written this part! I just remembered it today, actually, so I’ll try to get cracking on it soon!

  • Carla
    November 15, 2011

    On a totally different topic, I just saw that there is a new Muppet movie coming out and thought that if anybody had any details or inside info, it might be you guys. We sang all of the songs from The Muppet Movie in chorus in elementary school (seriously dating myself here….) and I still know every single word. I also tend to sing the lyrics in any applicable situation (“I’m going to go back there someday” every time we leave Disney, “hey [insert destination here] where have you gone? Send someone to fetch us, we’re in Saskatchewan” every time we are lost). Just thinking about the music is making me want to go watch the movie again!

    • lurkyloo
      November 15, 2011

      Yes! Patrick puppeteered in the new movie, and we got to see it last week at the Cast & Crew screening. It’s SO much fun! I’m urging everyone to go see it so that Disney won’t stick them back on the shelf where they’ve been all these years (terrible TV movies notwithstanding).

  • Pinkgirl
    November 12, 2011

    Sheeeesh could they make it look less Italian!

    • lurkyloo
      November 12, 2011

      Hee hee heeeee! 😀

  • Chilly
    November 12, 2011

    $20 for Lasagne, wow. Looking forward to seeing the difference between Disneyland and World’s halloween party’s.

    • lurkyloo
      November 12, 2011

      Yeah. I mean, it was good lasagna, but not THAT good!

  • Mouse Fan Diane
    November 10, 2011

    The food looks amazing especially at Via Napoli. I cant wait to go there. Duffy looks so cute I cant wait to meet him.. Your pictures are gorgeous.

    • lurkyloo
      November 10, 2011

      Hey, thanks! 🙂

  • Jenny
    November 9, 2011

    Can’t wait to read the Disneyland Halloween party! I just sat and watched the Christmas fireworks (from my house) tonight. I can’t believe that party had started already.

    • lurkyloo
      November 9, 2011

      Yeah, I can’t really handle Christmas before Thanksgiving. Although I kinda wish I could because Target is already brimming with cool Christmas stuff! 🙂

      • Jenny
        November 10, 2011

        Don’t even get me started on that! The rule in our house is no Christmas stuff until the day after Thanksgiving. It is hard when there is tons of cool stuff out already. At least they aren’t playing Christmas music yet.

        • lurkyloo
          November 10, 2011

          Just wait a few hours… 😀

  • Carla
    November 9, 2011

    I’m guessing Canada for the first photo (with the waterfall) and somewhere in China for the second?

    Thanks for all of your photos! I haven’t been to any of Disney’s holiday parties, and I’ll probably never get to go, as my husband thinks that dealing with the crowds near a holiday would be about as much fun as taking a bus tour of Libya. But at least I can see the pictures and read your reviews!

    • lurkyloo
      November 9, 2011

      I’m gonna go with your guesses (although both pix may turn out to be in Norway—I’ll see if Patrick knows!). Also, I am with your husband on holiday crowds. I don’t think I will ever be at WDW between Christmas and New Year’s unless I win a contest or something. Everyone says early December is the secret best time to go, but ever since all the fan websites started scheduling their events then, I think that secret has been kept worse than DVC! 🙂

  • Heather
    November 8, 2011

    People seem to rave about Via Napoli, but a THOSE prices! I’d rather go to Papa Gino’s…

    • lurkyloo
      November 8, 2011

      LOL! I also don’t have a finely tuned appreciation for pizza—authentic or otherwise. I will go anywhere the LA Times restaurant critic tells me to, but when it comes to these neo-rustic pizza places, I never see what the big deal is.

  • Hope
    November 8, 2011

    You know Duffy was cute! Don’t pretend like you didn’t enjoy the picture-op. 😉

    • lurkyloo
      November 8, 2011

      You’ve found me out! 😉

  • Elizabeth
    November 8, 2011

    Ok…is it my imagination or did the interior of the Italian restaurant used to be more formal? I don’t even remember what it used to be called, but I know I ate there. I hate that the environments of these restaurants seem to scream “THEME PARK”, but the prices are for swanky ristorantes!

    • lurkyloo
      November 8, 2011

      You might be thinking of Tutto Italia, formerly known as Alfredo’s, which is still there and as formal as ever. Via Napoli is a completely new restaurant added to some empty space (and a bit of backstage, I believe) at the back of the Italy Pavilion. I know they were going for a more casual feel with the new place, but, sheesh, it doesn’t have to be formal to be well themed!

      • Elizabeth
        November 8, 2011

        Ahhh. I haven’t eaten in Italy in years.

  • ATG
    November 8, 2011

    Can’t wait for the next installment! You guys decked out at DL will be EPIC!

    • lurkyloo
      November 8, 2011

      Oh dear… don’t get your hopes too high. Our PhotoPass pix were TERRIBLE! We only bought one. 🙁

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