The Greatest Birthday Weekend Ever!
Trip Start Jan 15, 2011
103Trip End May 20, 2011
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Friday: Friday was the beginning of my magical birthday weekend, as Friday was my birthday!!! I woke up and headed to Animal Kingdom to say hello/goodbye to Mike and Penny. This was their last day in Florida, and I'm glad I was able to see them again before they left. Go Lakers! I also met up with Rob, Jess, Bobo, and some of Jessica's family for about an hour or two before I caught the bus to the Hilton Bonnet Creek. Woop woop! Bobo had a caricature done of him, and it was funny watching him go through the process
After lounging by the pool, John and I headed toward the airport to pick up Terrance and Marge! They were very excited to arrive in the Sunshine state, and we hit the ground running! We relaxed by the pool for awhile before going to Downtown Disney with Rob, Jess, and Bobo! We wandered through some of the shops, before I acquired my favorite Thomas Kinkade picture of alllllllllll time! Check out my Facebook pictures for a photo of it. I will have it forever, and I am so excited! After this thrilling moment, we all ate at Wolfgang Puck Express. Woop woop! I dominated some pepperoni pizza, which was as spectacular as always. Then, we went to the Candy Cauldron where I had a FREE birthday marshmallow treat which was pretty funky. Patty bought about 29 pounds of fudge, so that was nice as well
Saturday: This was seriously one of the greatest days of my life...no lie. We went to Epcot and enjoyed every minute of it! We rode Test Track, viewed the powerful Circle of Life film, and then hung around the countries. I had my fair share of magical concoctions, including several lemon and orange slushes from France. Grey Goose is spectacular, fyi. I also dominated several margaritas from Mexico...thanks Jessica's dad! Jessica's BFF from England was able to meet up with the young Schneider clan all day and night, so that was fun! I can tell why Sarah and Jess are besties. We ate in Germany (brats, yum) and I obviously had to have one of the epic chocolate caramel cupcakes from the caramel store. I am forgetting so many details-it is upsetting.
We also watched the Beatles tribute band, met some characters, and soaked up the atmosphere. We also saw somebody in concert...they were in the 5th Dimension? The Fifth Dimension, I think! I don't know who they are, but they were actually good! Then, we went back to the hotel, swam and lounged by the pool before heading to the Hoop dee Doo Revue! The young Schneiders stayed at the hotel while me, the parentals, and Patty and John went to the show for the first time! Shay's wedding singer and old chum Robby Valenta was one of 6 people in the show! We LOVED it! We had unlimited drinks, salad, cornbread, fried chicken, ribs, veggies(blah!), potatoes, beans, and strawberry shortcake! It was a spectacular evening, and we had front row seats. Seriously. We were like 8 inches from the stage. John and Terry were almost decapitated on several occasions from the actors' high kicks! One of the actresses came over to our table, and they announced my 21st birthday, and asked where I was from. My great home state later received a shout out, as they mentioned people being from "someplace classy like Nebraska."
However, the highlight of the evening was when John was pulled up to the stage. He took a little prodding, as he asked the actress if he'd be able to eat some strawberry shortcake. I am pretty sure he didn't want to go up, but boy, are we glad he did. In this segment of the show, they used audience participants to reenact some Davy Crockett story. About 10 minutes went by, and we were wondering when John would be featured. Sure enough, he was the grand finale, as he was the angel of Davy Crockett. He showed the crowd some fancy twirls, kicks, and then mooned everyone in his tutu. It was hilarious. We even talked to Robby after the show, and he offered some advice on what we should do while my fam was in town. We will get to his tips later! After the show, we went back to the hotel and went to bed, as we didn't arrive to the wonderful Hilton until midnight or so.
I will continue this blog post later! Peace out! Have a magical day!