OK…. Here’s some more! Day 2 was Magic Kingdom, Commando Style (don’t take that the wrong way!) I had promised my DW, whose preferred vacation is sitting at the beach, that we would only have one of these days on this trip, so we needed to make the most of it. And this is the park the kids had been waiting for. We were up at 7:00, and out the door quickly. Just as we walked over to the bus stop, we saw the MK bus pull away… (karma…) However, the EPCOT bus pulled up next, and I thought “ Braeden wants to ride the Monorail, so why not hop on this bus, and make our way to the MK from there.” I am one of those “forward progress” types, and I do not like sitting and waiting when other options present themselves. Plus, you never really know how long it will take for another bus… So, on we hopped to EPCOT. After hitting all of the other CBR stops, and the longer than usual trek to EPCOT, I started to wonder if we made a bad decision. (Karma…) At EPCOT, we hopped the Monorail to the TTC. (Who designed the TTC?! To get from one monorail to the other, we had to run ALL the way down the ramps and ALL the way back up!) Monorail to MK and we still made it there about 10 minutes after the park opened!
As we entered, we saw several character opps. However, our kids stated that if they had seen them last time, and already had their autographs, they did not need to see them again! Fine by me; more time to ride! We did however stop to see Wendy. We thought we would try something new this year for the kids, so we bought them Pin Trading lanyards on Main Street. On the way to the castle, we stopped to watch part of a street show by the Main Street Players. Right as we reached the castle court, the Cinderellabration show started, and since it was not crowded, the kids were able to see everything! (Good karma!) The show was very cute, and my DD especially liked seeing all of the Princesses together. From there, we moved on the Fantasyland.
First stop, the tea cups. No wait! Next, grabbed a fast pass for Pooh. While waiting, we rode Dumbo. This was the first time I had ridden Dumbo in at least 15 years! It was probably the longest wait for any ride during the whole trip, but it was only about 15 minutes. Next, our first time in Mickey’s Philharmagic. LOVED it! My DS thought it was a little loud though. We then ran over to use our Fast Passes on the Pooh ride, followed by a counter lunch at Pinnochio’s, with one of those tables that looks down on IASW… Well, after watching people go on, of course we had to ride it next! After that, we headed to Frontierland and saw the Country Bear Christmas Show. They really need to work on the speakers in there. They seem to have grown more gravelly over the years, and a lot of the music was hard to understand.
Now, on to the big rides for the kids. This was a big moment for a 4 and a 6 year old. We started with Splash Mountain. They loved it! The big hill was a little hare-raising , but they agreed they would do it again if we had the time. The parade was going to start soon, so we grabbed a Fast Pass for Big Thunder, and found spots to watch the giant snow globes. It rained a little during the parade, but it was definitely not a wash out. We pulled out our 2 ponchos, and let the kids hide under them with us, while the parade finished. (They were clear ponchos, so they could still see the show!) After the parade, we ran to Big Thunder, and again the kids loved it! We then hopped the train to Toontown, visited Mic’s house, the Toon Park, and Minnie’s house. The Christmas decorations were very fun, especially the jumbo Christmas lights lining the edges of the roof. The Barnstormer was next, and it was met with a resounding “That’s IT?!” from the kids. They have definitely graduated to the big leagues!
We ran back to Tomorrowland and grabbed a Fast Pass for Buzz. We next found the AAA lounge, picked up our Diamond Club Cards, grabbed a free beverage, and rested our feet for a few minutes. It had rained a little again, but it was done by the time we went back out into the park. Next we rode the Indy Speedway, which was a big hit with our DS, as he is a huge NASCAR fan. Back to Buzz, and my DW and DS killed my DD and myself in points. Dinner was at Cosmic Ray’s where they really do have a wide selection of counter service food, and the entertainment of Sonny Eclipse! Everyone was wearing down at this point, but we still wanted to see the Spectro parade and my DW wanted to ride HM, since she had missed it on all of our previous trips. Soooooo…… We ran back to Frontierland.
The kids and I found a place along the parade route, right next to the Stocks, and across the street from the Liberty Bell. DW went on HM. While we waited for both the parade and DW, it began to lightning in the distance. (uh oh, here comes Karma…) But the thunder was very delayed. We continued to wait… More lightning… Not as much of a delay for the thunder… DW showed up. No wait at the HM. We put our ponchos on, as it had begun to rain. Not too bad. But it got heavier. Wait, look… Here comes the parade! Many other guests around me started asking how long the parade would continue, considering the CM’s are dressed in lights and wiring, while the rain kept getting heavier… Then, the monsoon hit. Many, though not all, guests decided to head for the hills. We asked the kids if they wanted to stay or go. They chose “GO!” So we ran for it! As the parade was still going, we could not head back toward the castle; we had to go around through Fantasyland. So, there we went, each of us adults with a separate child beneath our ponchos, moving at child speed through the downpour. At one point, I put the poncho on my DS, and put him on my shoulders, so we could move faster, though I got thoroughly drenched! Of course, when we got to the Tomorrowland side of the castle court, we got stuck as the crowd was blocked by the end of the parade… We saw the first 4 floats, and the last 4. Then, the mass of guests ALL ran down Main Street in the rain. It was mass pandemonium! As we finally made it through the exit, Karma smacked us again. :crying:
I looked for Resort bus signs, but saw none. I was directed by another guest to get on the Monorail to go to the TTC to find the resort buses. So there we went, along with most of the park guests. We packed into the Monorail like sardines, all soaked through, and sweating from running! Nasty. Of course, we all poured out at the TTC. However, there are no RESORT buses at the TTC. I was informed by a helpful Cast Member that the resort buses were back at the MK… Doh! Not going back there! So we waited for a bus headed to the Studios, which is the closest park to CBR. Once we got to the Studios, we had to wait 20 minutes for a bus to CBR. By then, the rain had pretty much ended. By the time we returned to the CBR, we were exhausted. I walked down to OPR to pick up some snacks, and again watched the EPCOT fireworks from our room. At this point, before going to bed, we checked our messages at home… (More Karma…) Turns out, back in Xenia, we had 50 MPH winds, and our neighbors had left a message that a whole mess of our roof shingles had blown off, along with our front screen door! Luckily, I have great neighbors. They checked for leaks… NONE. And they rigged the door so it would not flap in the breeze. These problems are what I was working on last night as we prepare for the big snow storm!
Now, don’t be too alarmed, because as it turned out, the house is fine (need the entire roof re-shingled, but that’s what insurance is for), and that night was the ONLY night that we had bus and rain problems. In hindsight, we had a great day and saw just about everything we wanted in the MK. Tomorrow, a more relaxing day. A DVC tour, shopping at DTD, and a short stint at EPCOT.