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April 28, 2008

Walt Disney World as a Teen!!! Typhoon Lagoon Surfing - Part 9

Man, am I sore!

Caitlin Surfing at Typhoon Lagoon

I had my surfing lesson this morning which was amazing! The instructors are very helpful and friendly and by the end you are actually surfing! The instructors were from the Cocoa Beach surfing school and they come to Typhoon Lagoon a couple days a week.

Caitlin Surfing at Typhoon Lagoon

The nice thing about learning to surf in a wave pool is you can pick what kind of wave you want. They have the big wave and the small wave for beginners. The class size is small and everyone gets about 10 waves.

Caitlin Surfing at Typhoon Lagoon

I would recommend it to anyone who has ever wanted to surf!

Caitlin Surfing at Typhoon Lagoon

Afterwards we went to Animal Kingdom and it was packed!

Caitlin and Turk at Animal Kingdom

I couldn't go on much since we were leaving early but I managed to go on Dinosaur and Kali River Rapids.

On the River Rapids you really don't get that wet after the initial plunge at the beginning. The scene in the middle is supposed to look like loggers cutting down the rainforest, a girl in our boat thought it was supposed to be ancient Asia so I just wanted to clear things up.

I have always loved Dinosaur ever since my grandma freaked out on it because she couldn't get the seatbelt out, ah fond memories. It's a fun ride and I was very proud of myself when I found a Hidden Mickey on it!

We had lunch at the Restaurantosaurus in Dinoland, it was soooo good! I would recommend it for any picky eaters or someone who would just like an ol' cheeseburger and fries for once. The set up is really cool and you should take your time looking around the restaurant.

I would like to take some time out to say thank you to a few people:

Deb- for letting me write this awesome blog and help all of you out there

My parents- for giving me another awesome vacation

My grandparents and my boyfriend Dustin- for taking care of our dogs and our house.

And you guys for reading this!


Editor's Note: Thank you Caitlin for sharing your vacation with us! It was great fun to read! Deb

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April 27, 2008

Walt Disney World as a Teen!!! Part 8

Ah nothing like relaxing!

Instead of going to Epcot today we went yesterday and decided today should be a day to relax. I recommend everyone having a relaxing day on their vacation. The only downside was we didn't get to meet Deb and the All Ears gang.

We hung out at the pool at Port Orleans French Quarter which is very nice and right out in the sun perfect for tanning!

French Quarter Pool

After we were done resting up from grad night my family and I went to Disney Hollywood Studios.

Caitlin Mike and Sully

Now I want to clear something up for all of the people out there: SINGLE RIDER LINES ARE NOT FASTER THAN FAST PASS LINES!

I went on Rockin' Roller Coaster with three different fast passes all in a row and saw people getting into the single rider line which looked like you could just walk onto the ride, wrong. They only use the single rider people when they need you so you end up waiting A LOT longer than you would in the fast pass line.

One kid who had gotten into the single rider line when I was first waiting in the fast pass line ended up filling my seat on my second time around!

Also a tip about any ride that has a movie in a separate room before it: watch the movie once then if you ever go on it again just try to get as close to the doors that open as you can that way you can be the first one out and get to skip the long line of people who were in the movie with you!

We had dinner at the Brown Derby and the food there is fantastic! The Cobb Salad is delicious!

We went to see Fantasmic which is my favorite night show. I recommend sitting higher up and not near the front because you get a better view, plus you get out faster when it's over.

Tomorrow is my last day ttyl.

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April 26, 2008

Walt Disney World as a Teen!!! Grad Night - Part 7

Wow Grad Night was a blast!

Caitlin at Grad Night

I don't recommend going on Space Mountain when you get there because everyone wants to go on it and it ends up being really crowded!

Big Thunder Mountain was the shortest wait I had all night so I recommend going on that plus the view of the park at night is beautiful!

Be sure to go and dance a little bit the music is great and it gets you pumped for graduation!

The Haunted Mansion had a long wait but it's worth it to see everything at night.

I ended up near the front of the concert stage and the fireworks show was amazing! Not as good as the ones at the Pirate and Princess party but close! These were set to the biggest songs of this year and everyone was singing along it was really cool.

I watched The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus; they were ok but had really good stage presence that got everyone else in the crowd pumped!

I loved seeing all of the Disney characters in their caps and gowns and my picture with Grad Mickey is going to be the picture on my graduation party invites!

Caitlin and Minnie

I totally recommend Grad Night so if you are a high school senior or going to be one talk your class into going!

Caitlin and Mickey

Now I need some sleep ttyl!

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April 25, 2008

Walt Disney World as a Teen!!! Part 6

Epcot is in my opinion the hottest (weather wise) park!
Ugh I hate walking around there on hot days!

I recommend going to the Character Connection first, it's air conditioned and the line is very short if you go first thing. Last year when I went the Character Connection was kind of hidden so we had the place to ourselves and lots of time to spend with the characters but this year they moved it out into the open.

Character Connection Sign

Go to Soarin' and get fast passes right away! Within the first ten minutes of Epcot opening it already had a thirty minute wait!!!! Which is ridiculous and even the fast pass lines are long!

Go over to Figment's Imagination early and you can walk right on! Everyone was at the Land waiting for Soarin' so we got to sit where we wanted too.

Mission Space is a lot of fun and you should go on it at least once. I have fond memories of it when I went on it last year and ended up meeting Corbin Bleu (from High School Musical) ah that was the day!

Test Track is a must do at least once also. For heavy coaster ride enthusiasts this might not be the best ride and you should high tail it over to Expedition Everest at the Animal Kingdom.

Test Track

When the World Showcase opens go to Norway first since it has the best ride, the lines get really long later on.

Spaceship Earth has been remodeled and it's so much better! It's a lot of fun at the end when you get to pick what future you want to see!

Spaceship Earth

Now I am going to go rest before Grad Night ttyl!

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April 24, 2008

Walt Disney World as a Teen!!! Part 5

We went to the Wilderness Lodge for breakfast. I highly recommend eating at Whispering Canyon! The food is good and the atmosphere is fun. I didn't have any strawberry jam so I asked the waiter for some and he yelled out to the restaurant if anyone had strawberry jam and they had to run and bring it to me.

Caitlin at the Wilderness Lodge

Ah I always love Disney Hollywood Studios!

I highly recommend the Tower of Terror and The Rockin' Roller Coaster to any teen but don't waste your entire day riding those two rides over and over again! Trust me, I did it when I was younger. I rode the Rockin' Roller Coaster nine times in one day! The lines for those two get really long really fast so be sure to show up early and not wait until the middle of the day to get in line. Get fast passes if you can so you can jump lines later.

I am usually a big fan of the Great Movie Ride but it really depends on who the actors are, our Bugsy was a girl which totally ruined it for me.

I love High School Musical and the parade is pretty good. I enjoyed the first parade because it had more audience participation but the High School Musical 2 parade is still pretty good. It's fun to watch and the music will be stuck in your head all day!

High School Musical

I am a huge fan of Mama Melrose's but if you aren't a big pasta fan you probably shouldn't go to it. I get the Spaghetti Fra Diavolo which is amazing! If you are a seafood fan you have to try it!

Mama Melrose's Fra Diavolo

We went to Muppet Vision 3D and it was so deserted we got to sit wherever we wanted and didn't have to move all the way down to the end of the row! This is something you have to see at least once!

I rode Star Tours for the first time and if you are a Star Wars fan you should definitely ride it! After the ride one of the cast members we had been talking to gave my family a coupon for free ice cream since it was my birthday and my parents' anniversary.

I saw a lot of characters, Buzz and Woody arm wrestled over me and Mike and Sully were a lot of fun too.

Buzz and Woody

I absolutely loved the Block Party Bash parade you definitely have to see it! It is a lot of fun and the people in it are awesome! It is now my favorite parade at Disney World!

Caitlin Dancing

After Hollywood Studios we went to Fantasia Mini Golf. One recommendation is to keep your ball out of the water and if it goes in leave it there and get another one! My mom hit hers into the water and when she went to get it she dropped our camera in the water! Be careful around water!

I am also a bigger fan of the Winter Summerland course than I am of Fantasia.

Have a great day and I will ttyl!

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April 20, 2008

Walt Disney World as a Teen!!! Part 4

Today was pretty fun! I went to Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort and it was my first time!

My family and I usually just take the Disney transports back and forth to the parks so we don't have a way to get to Universal and we usually don't have enough time to anyway.

Caitlin at Universal

I loved the character breakfast. It has normal breakfast foods but their muffins are amazing! I got to meet Thing 1, Thing 2, Cat in the Hat and my personal favorite Spiderman! The characters were all great and a lot of fun to meet. The restaurant was deserted so the characters would go back to tables and say hi again.

Caitlin and Spiderman

The roller coasters are amazing and a must do for any teen!

My personal favorite was the Spiderman ride because you never knew what was going to happen next!

The Dr. Seuss part was mostly for little kids but you can meet the Grinch there which was pretty cool.

I would also recommend Poseidon's Fury, it may seem cheesy at the beginning but by the end your jaw is disconnected from your body and on the floor.


I didn't get a lot of time at the Studios but I saw Shrek 4D and got to meet Shrek, Fiona and Donkey all which was very cool.

For dinner we went to Fulton's Crab house at Downtown Disney, definitely somewhere you have to eat at if you get the chance! I had on my birthday pin and we had been talking to our waitress about me graduating high school this year.

Well when we were done with our meal she came out with a slice of chocolate cake and around the rim of the plate written in chocolate was "Happy Birthday" and "Congrats 2008". It was yummy and very sweet of our waitress to do.

We will see what tomorrow brings ttyl!

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April 19, 2008

Walt Disney World as a Teen!!! Part 3

Ok so the Pirate and Princess party was amazing!

The highlight of my night had to be meeting Captain Jack Sparrow though! Wow just looking at him is worth the price of admission! I seriously almost fainted!

Caitlin and Jack Sparrow

The parade was spectacular! The pirates float was probably my favorite because it was full of excitement and got your blood pumping. The cannons on the boat actually worked too! Of course it didn't explode with a cannonball but the light and smoke coming out of it was cool!

The fireworks are probably the best set of fireworks I have ever seen at the Magic Kingdom, which is actually saying a lot since Wishes is so amazing. I would explain more but it's something you have to see for yourself and my words wouldn't do the show justice.

Caitlin Tip: You should be in front of the castle if you want to have the best seat in the house for the fireworks.

For teens I would recommend skipping the treasure hunt, all you get are some bead necklaces and since there are so many rides to go on and characters to see you won't regret missing it.

It was also cool walking around with my Happy Birthday pin on. I was told happy birthday countless time and the River Roulette band sang me happy birthday!

I definitely recommend the Pirate and Princess party to anyone who has a chance to go!

April 18, 2008

Walt Disney World as a Teen!!! Part 2

Nothing says "Disney" like the Magic Kingdom!

Today was so much fun! We got there early to see the rope drop and then went straight to Fantasyland, where we basically walked onto to every ride! We also got to see Ariel in her grotto which is something I have never been able to do because it's usually so busy.

The Haunted Mansions updates are so cool! You have to be a huge fan of the ride to know that it has been changed because only little bits and pieces have been added. Let's just say the woman of the house is not very friendly!

The only ride at Magic Kingdom I didn't really enjoy was the Tomorrowland Transit Authority. We ended up getting stuck on it at three different points and on the third one the ride got officially closed! I mean the free fast passes for any ride was an added bonus but getting stuck made me very claustrophobic!

Caitlin Timon and Rafiki

I really enjoyed the train ride which is something I don't remember doing. It's cool just sitting back and relaxing and seeing the Magic Kingdom from a different point of view.

The longest line today was Splash Mountain and we had fast passes. I love that ride and usually when it's as warm as it is today you can expect long lines.

I loved Casey's Corner though. The food was soooo good! I loved their French fries!

I can't wait until the Pirate and Princess Party tonight! Until then I will be lounging by the pool! Ttyl!

April 17, 2008

Walt Disney World as a Teen!!! Part 1

Hello from very warm (for us Michigan folk) Florida!

I"m Caitlin Burns blogging live from Walt Disney World!

In case you missed yesterday's post, here's my intro!

I really don't think that there is a better sound than that of your pilot saying," We are touching down in Orlando Florida!" It's then that you realize, wow I am awake and I am actually going to Disney World!

My parents and I rode the Disney Magical Express to Port Orleans Riverside. I highly recommend taking the Magical Express no matter how old you are because they show a video of Disney World on the way to your hotel and it gets you really pumped for how much fun you are going to be having, plus driving through the Walt Disney World welcome sign is very cool!

When we got to our hotel, check in was easy and our room was ready even though we showed up earlier than we were scheduled. Our room is awesome! It's in Oak Manor and having never stayed in the mansions at Port Orleans it's very cool! We even have a fridge and outside of the mansions you have to ask for one. We are also right near one of the relaxing pools. I am looking forward to getting some sun out there!

Oak Manor at Port Orleans Riverside

After we got settled in we left to have lunch at the Crystal Palace. My parents went to the restaurant to check in while I went to Philharmagic to get Fast Passes. The last time we went I bought a My Pal Mickey, I recommend it because all of his corny jokes and singing will have you rolling with laughter, and he has some very interesting facts about the park so listening to his take on Fantasyland was fun.


I always love character dining! You get to sit down enjoy your food and let the characters come to you! Plus you get to watch all the little kids interacting with the characters. I am an only child so it was nice watching the younger kids meet the characters

My parents had on their happy anniversary buttons and the Crystal Palace cast members noticed it right away. They had us wait a few minutes while they made a heart made out of confetti on the table. Later they also got a certificate signed by Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger! I didn't really enjoy the food at the Crystal Palace this time around though, unless you like more exotic foods (the broccoli had lime sauce on it!) then I wouldn't recommend it but it's nice to meet the characters.

On our way to Philharmagic we ran into Cinderella's ugly stepsisters! They were so much fun! I love getting my pictures taken with the characters and I think villains are more fun for teens.

They started singing "Do the Bustle" which would go right over little kids heads but for us older people it's funny. The stepsisters improvise a lot (they started screaming when my family walked up because Mickey was hooked on my purse and they don't like mice), and as I said, the villains are more fun.

Then we went over to Philharmagic which is one of my absolute favorite attractions! It's funny, has your favorite Disney songs in it and is 3D! I don't think you could do any better than that lol.

When we walked out of Philharmagic the parade was just starting.

Caitlin tip: Get in line right behind the taped walkway and stand there until the parade starts, once it starts and the walkway is closed you can be right on the curb!

I always love the parade and no matter how many times you see it, it's still amazing!

I got a couple more pictures with characters and then we left to get our rental car. I recommend getting a rental car because I am not a fan of having to wait for buses if you leave one of the parks late at night. That and a rental car gives you a little more freedom if you feel like going out to explore.

My family and I decided to go to Downtown Disney's Market Place. I love shopping so this is one of the places I have to go to whenever we visit! Downtown Disney is really made for older people because they have a movie theater, Disney Quest and of course shopping. This is somewhere your family can split up for a while and do their own thing then meet back up later.

I tried a caramel apple at Goofy's Candy Co. "WOW" is the best word to describe how good it tasted lol.

I can't wait for tomorrow! Ttyl!

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April 16, 2008

Walt Disney World as a Teen!!! Introduction

Hey my name is Caitlin Burns!

I am a senior at John Glenn high school in lovely Westland Michigan! If you like unpredictable weather and freezing temperatures during spring you should visit sometime lol.

I am 17 years old and I have been in love with everything Disney for as long as I can remember.
My first trip to Disney World was when I was two and I have been going back ever since. Every time I go there is always something new to look forward to and enjoy.

Now I have been told by some of my friends "Oh isn't Disney World for little kids?" I am here to prove this wrong. There are so many things at Disney that a lot of little kids can't enjoy like teenagers and adults can! I feel that every year I go back I see Disney from a different view. This year I am seeing it from the "I am about to graduate and step into the real world" point of view.

I am going with my parents for my graduation present and this will be my sixth trip to the "World". My family and I are all Disney addicts and each of us love something different at Disney. This time around we are staying at Port Orleans Riverside. We are also going to be going to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure which is something we have never done before!

Not only are we celebrating my graduation we are also celebrating my mom and dad's 20th wedding anniversary and my 18th birthday!

My itinerary for the week is:

April 15th- Magic Kingdom
April 16th- Magic Kingdom and the Pirate and Princess Party
April 17th- Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure
April 18th- Disney's Hollywood Studios
April 19th- Animal Kingdom and Disney's Grad Night
April 20th- Epcot (Where we will be seeing the All Ears gang!)
April 21st- Surfing lessons at Typhoon Lagoon and wherever we feel like going back to then going home

So stay tuned and I hope I can help you parents of teenagers plan an exciting Disney adventure for them.

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