When we checked in a the Contemporary, we got an adorable Orange Bird magicband!
We started off the evening at the Top of the World Lounge. I'd been wanting to go there, but since it's only for DVC members, I'd never been able to.
The view is amazing! I can only imagine watching Wishes from up there.
We headed inside and jumped in line to get pictures with Mickey & Minnie!
And you know we're suckers for any photo op!
Next we decided to check out the food. So many delicious items!
My favorite was this seafood/crab cake!
There was also an open bar with different things to drink.
Cori got a picture with Chip & Dale and then it was time to hop on the bus to go over to the Polynesian Resort.
There we headed to this great lookout area set up with dishes inspired by Trader Sam's (which I forgot to get a pic of except for the drink!)
And yummy dessert.
We had great music to listen to.
We headed over to check out the over-the-water bungalows. I am SOOOO renting one of these someday...who wants to join in?!?
My goal is to sit in that pool one night and watch Wishes!
Then we went and picked up our treat! It was freezing, but who can pass up free Dole Whip!
Soon it was time to head over to the Magic Kingdom for the Disney Vacation Club 25 and Beyond Bash! We ran into Kate and Katie and had a great time hanging with them all night. It was almost time for Wishes so I had this great idea to time it perfectly so we'd be on Thunder Mountain during the fireworks and it worked.
Such a cool view!
Space Mountain had no line. As in not a single person! I don't think I've ever seen it like that!
We also hit up Pirates of the Caribbean right before the rest of the park closed.
We headed over to the party-side of the park and checked out the free snacks..chips, cookies, and free ice cream bars!!
Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, and Goofy were dancing it up!
Kate & Katie told us that with their annual passes, they get free Photopass pictures!
So we took advantage of all the cool characters out (we didn't even hit half of them!!)
We also went over to the Haunted Mansion to check out the Tightrope Walker and the Cadaver Dans.
We ended the night with the fireworks show that was created for the event, 25 and Beyond Blast!
The fireworks show was simply amazing. I think it might even be my new favorite one--I wish they'd make it the regular show!!
The Disney Parks Blog Meet-up was truly a great event! I'm so lucky and glad that we got to attend!