OK, I left off with our decision to have Trail’s End. We have been staying and eating at FW for about 5 years now. Trail’s End was our go to place. It was busy, but there was never a wait. When we first started eating there they didn’t even take ADR’s, or if they did, you certainly didn’t need one. It was a lot of really good food, great service, in a nice atmosphere that we really enjoyed.
We arrived a the podium to see about a table and were told in 35-45 mins. we could have one :eek: . We have never had to wait for a table before, OK maybe like 5 or 10 mins.
At this point my DH was ready to get in the car and leave, but I convinced him that it would be worth the wait, so we walked around a bit, checked out the Settlement Trading post, DH and DD played checkers, we sat in the rocking chairs for a bit, and the time actually went pretty quickly. Before we knew it our buzzer thingy was going off and it was time to eat.
We were seated and our server came promptly. The rest of the meal was great. All the shrimp and ribs you can eat, plus they have added a soft-serve ice cream machine. We ate until our bellies were full and decided a visit to the MK was in order.
The kids really wanted to ride BTMR and Splash, PoTC was on my to do list, and DH just goes with the flow. We encountered a problem we had not considered when we arrived. It was 9:00 by the time we reached the MK gate and it was a Spectro night. Can I just tell you how difficult it was to get to Frontierland during a parade? We had to go around the longest way possible through TL, FL, and Liberty Square and then down this pathway that runs along the water across from TS Island.
The good news is that once we got through the masses, there were hardly any people back by the mountains. The kids rode BTMR 2x in a row and SM with no wait at all. We made our way to AL and had time for PoC and still had time to go back to TL for a spin with Buzz.
After this we decided to go and try to beat some of the crowds exiting the park. Closing time was 11:00 and we had to get on the road tomorrow for a 9 hour drive back to ATL.
We went to the boat dock and waited 30 mins. for the boat. They only had one boat running to FW and we had to wait for it to go to FW and return to MK because of the fact that we had just missed the boat when we arrived.
We finally made it back to FW and had to wait for the bus to get us back to the parking lot, but we got there eventually and made our way home.
I have to say that this trip was less magical for me than others past, but I guess I should have expected more crowds in the Spring.
I look forward to our next trip in Sept. when I get to dine for free and show my mom the place I love. She has not been in 25 years and I look forward to sharing all the new stuff (for her that is almost everything) with her and I am hoping it will be magical for her.
Thanks for letting me vent a little and sharing my experiences with all of you.