:happy:Thanks everyone for the support. I’m going to continue our TR now…
I woke up fairly early, showered and then got the rest of the gang going. After showering and having breakfast, we were off to the Magic Kingdom. It was Saturday and we thought we were going to hit big crowds, but that wasn’t the case. The only major issue was the heat. It was steamy, sticky hot! We took the ferry over from the TTC (we do live in Staten Island and we’re used to ferry rides) to the MK. By the time we got through security and walked towards the castle, my kids were moaning and complaining about the heat. Of course, we forgot our water fans at home and didn’t want to spend $$ on new ones since this was a short trip and we have 3 fans at home, lol. We got up to the Crystal Palace and saw a Photopass guy with nothing to do. We sat and posed for some pix with him, and he added Tink in our hands in one of them, the kids love that! Then we were off to Adventureland. As we’re passing the Tiki Room, we ask when the next show is. We have a 2 minute wait for 12 or so minutes of AC, so we go enjoy the Tiki Room. After that, we get the kids lemonade slushes and some water bottles and head over to Pirates. The sign said a 15 minute wait, I go w/the kids and DH stays and holds everyones drinks and backpacks. We walk right on! So far, so good! After our ride, I sit w/the drinks so DH can ride with the kids. Same thing, they walk right on. We never expected that.
After Pirates, we head over for FPs for Big Thunder Mtn, but the sign says 20 minutes. Bob decides to wait with the kids, so I go over to FP Haunted Mansion (I don’t do BTMRR and my son was a little afraid of Splash Mountain). I get over to HM and it’s a 20 minute wait also. Why waste a FP when we may need it for something else. I head over to Hall of Presidents, which I haven’t done since I was a kid approximately 30 years ago, so I didn’t remember it at all. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, plus it got me out of the heat for a nice amount of time. I kept trying to convince the kids to go see it, but they weren’t interested. Bob and the kids meet me over at HOP and we head over to HM. We get on the line, which looked like it may be a longer than 20 minute wait. Much to our surprise, the line moved very quickly. We were inside within 15 minutes and got to enjoy our 999 Haunts! I feel like a kid every time I ride this ride, it brings me back to my first trip in 1977 (ok, I’m dating myself now, I’m old, lol)
After we rode HM, we headed over towards It’s a Small World where there is a 20 minute wait. My kids were not, in any way shape or form, waiting 20 minutes for a “baby” ride. It kinda broke my heart that they didn’t want to do it, but I quickly got over it. As usual, the wait for Peter Pan was 55 minutes - not going to happen and not worth a FP for them, so we keep on trecking. We head towards Mickey’s Philharmagic, which is loading now - who’s better than us?! We walk in get in line and are seated within 5 minutes. So far, our MK day is great, low crowds, low wait times for the stuff we really want to do, just hot!! (We do realize that it is July and it is Florida and it will be hot! We usually go the end of August and we are used to the heat, it justed seemed more steamy than usual.)
We exit MP and the kids are hungry, so we stop at the Village Haus for some lunch. We spent a few extra minutes lingering just people watching and enjoying the a/c. After lunch, everyone is feeling full and refreshed, so off to see more of the world!
We head out to do Buzz Lightyear (one of my favorite MK attractions). There was a little bit of a wait, but I really like this ride. My son complained the whole time we were waiting, which made the wait seem like forever! We stick it out, probably 15 minutes and we get on and ride. My cranky little 6 year old was thrilled he rode since he beat his sister’s score (it’s the little things in life that make him happy, lol). We exit BL and head over to DH’s favorite, Carousel of Progress. Bob is probably the biggest fan of this attraction. I like it, but he loves it:heart: Before we go in, the kids spot Stitch out signing autographs, so we wait on line to meet him. He is one of DD’s favorites!!
After CoP, the kids are starting to get tired and a little crabby. They do Stitch and I sit and check in at home w/mom. They come out and we start heading up Main Street to leave the park. We were in front of the watch store when a mini Parade starts. We have excellent viewing spots (where the heck is everyone?) so we stop to watch. It’s Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It - very cute, we all really enjoyed it especially since there were no crowds and it was a surprise!! We watch that, then head out of the park.
We hop on the resort monorail and head over to the Contemporary so we can do a little shopping. The kids played a game with some CMs outside the toy store there. Bob and I each have a drink and relax. We spend some time here and then back to our hotel for dinner. After dinner we take a dip in the pool and then off to bed. Day 3 was pretty good!!