DAY 2~ Sunday, August 9, 2009
Jon, the big kids and I were up at 6:30, so I began to get ready and Jon and Lily and Jay went to the food court to get our refillable mugs. The boys chose black handles and lids and the girls all got yellow handles and lids. I brought some snacks to have in the room, so we just had some granola bars for breakfast. After everyone was dressed and teeth brushed, we drove to the Animal Kingdom. Jon and I had decided ahead of time to drive because we always save Kali River Rapids for last so we don’t have to walk around the parks all wet, but we didn’t want to ride on an air conditioned bus either and freeze. We arrived in time for rope drop, but we were fairly far back in the crowd, so we weren’t able to see Minnie, Goofy and Mickey, but we could hear them. As soon as we were able to move on into the park, we headed for Expedition Everest for fastpasses, then we moved on to the safari so we could get some good morning views of the animals. We had the most wonderful safari tour guide. He was sooo funny, and he interacted a lot with the riders. There were some boys sitting in front of us who had their faces painted like a lion and a tiger, and he really had them in on the conversation. As we unloaded our safari truck he said, “Hakuna matata. It means no hurries, no worries. Man, what a wonderful phrase.” :laugh: The kids thought that was hilarious. After the safari, it was time to use our fp’s. Lily, Jay and I rode first. I was so proud of Jay, because he hasn’t been too into the more thrilling rides, but he discovered with riding EE this trip, that he does actually like it! Last trip, he did ride, but was somewhat apprehensive. I guess he’s really growing up! Next, Jon and Jay rode EE while Lily, Bonnie and I went for a frozen chai. Yummo! We met up with the boys after they’re adventure on the mountain, and it was off to Dinosaur. I HATE Dinosaur. It really scares the poopy out of me, but rode it anyway. I just bent over and closed my eyes, and screamed every time we came to a dinosaur. I think the people next to me and Jay thought I was nuts! I didn’t care–I was just trying to not see or hear the dinosaurs. After Dino, Lily, Jay and I rode Primeval Whirl (a first for Jay since he was finally tall enough), and Jon took Bonnie to ride Triceratop Spin. We were all getting pretty hungry by now, so we went back to Asia and grabbed the honey chicken from the Yak and Yeti counter service. It was delicious! We were very impressed with it’s yumminess! Bonnie is our little nature lover, so we went over to Rafiki’s Planet Watch so she could enjoy the Affection Section. There weren’t too many animals out this day, and I think it may have been from the heat. The llama that was out just laid down in the sun and almost looked dead! The kids thought that was hystercial! We had grabbed fp’s for Kali River Rapids, so we went back to use those. Of course my side of the raft went down backwards, and I ended up drenched. It was pretty hot that day, so I didn’t mind too much, and we were ready to head out, so it was all good.
We went straight back to our room and cleaned up. Once everyone was ready, we went out to Hollywood Studios with a plan to see Fantasmic. Alas, our plan was not to be. It was about 5:45 when we arrived, and the line for Tower of Terror was a short 45 minute wait. The fp’s were of course gone for both ToT and RRC, so we hopped in the ToT line because Bonnie had been waiting to ride it since she was about 2-seriously. The child used to practice how she was going to scream when she rode it because she had sat waiting for various family members to ride and heard all of the screamers! She never once balked. She walked right on and rode and LOVED it–in fact we kept hearing the rest of the trip how she wanted to go ride it again. When we came off of ToT, it was only 7:15, and the most ridiculous line I’ve ever seen stretched all the way down Sunset Blvd. for the 9:00 Fantasmic showing. I was not about to wait in line for 1 hour and 45 minutes to see the show, as much as I love it. My kids didn’t want to wait like that, and Jon did not want take them on his own while I waited. Soooo . . . we went to ride Star Tours and check out Toy Story Mania, as it was new to us. Once we satisfied our curiousity, we took off for the Magic Kingdom. We figured we could catch Wishes, at least. And we did. We arrived during Spectromagic, but were able to make our way around to my favorite viewing spot, right under Tinkerbell’s magic line. We saw the fireworks and waved to Tink. It was Extra Magic Hours, so rather than get in the craziness of the exiting visitors, we rode Winnie the Pooh and the tea cups. We figured everything had calmed down, so we left for our room. We had had another fabulous day at our favorite place in the world!