12/5 Day Two - MONDAY
Monday we came in for early entry and we headed straight for Tomorrow Land. We did it all in the early morning and managed to do Buzz Lightyear twice and even grabbed Fast Passes for later. We never saw Dznygrl in Tomorrowland this day, as we bounced between Astro Orbiters and Honey I Shrunk the Audience.
We stopped to trade pins a few times but we didn’t see too many Cast Lanyard Pins yet…
For lunch we dropped in on White Water snacks. We had some of the most fun that day feeding some little birdies near our table. We laughed and laughed at the cute little birds as we tossed them this little crumb or that little crumb. They can be picky eaters!
Then it was nap time and homework time for the kids. During this time I went back to DL to get my AP photo taken and to stock up on Fast Passes.
I managed to get FPs for Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones and Splash Mtn, which meant we had a nice afternoon of rides ahead of us and plenty of time to wander around.
It was also at this time that I abused the single rider option on Splash Mtn. I rode it half a dozen times with no wait. I had a very memorable ride with a family that all put on ponchos and were all so scared of the “fall”. I was afraid I may have to do CPR on someone during the ride, because there was some serious heart palpitating fear being expressed by the others on the log. Their picture was amazing, because it turned out to be 5 people who looked like they were in the act of dieing, with some guy (me) in the back of the log looking slightly weirded out. Sheesh!
I also found one of my favorite pin trading locations at DL. Back in Critter Country there seemed to always be at least a couple nice Cast Lanyard Pins when I came looking. I think it was in the store called Pooh’s Corner.
Later when we returned as a family we were able to burn up all of the Fast Passes I had gathered and even visit Santa Claus at the Reindeer Round Up.
The Reindeer Round Up was a lot of fun. There were characters whooping it up. Santa was doing his thing. My kids hung out with Mrs. Claus for a while. The reindeer were fighting each other a bit, so that was sort of strange. Oh, and reindeer are small too! They have antlers to shame most deer, but they are puny. We also saw Marshmallow, the turkey that President Bush pardoned on Thanksgiving. He looked tasty! Coming soon to the turkey leg stand near you, Marshmallow the pardoned Thanksgiving turkey! Yummy!
For our dinner we ate some fruit and soup at the French Market. I also ate a frozen banana, which is one of my favorites! We got a special Haunted Mansion Holiday coin with our meal… Now I need to find where I put it! DOH! :pinch:
We then went back to Splash Mtn to try and get a good photo of the “drop”. Since we have a 2 year old, we parental units had to take turns. I went with Gabriel and my wife went with Cheyenne.
My wife and Cheyenne had a poor picture, because they were sitting behind Andre the Giant – I am serious! You could hardly see them! That was one big fella… I almost wanted to get the picture because of the overall absurdity of it, but I chose not to…
Gabriel and I had an awesome picture! I will have to scan it and post it as soon as I can… Basically I challenged him to pose with me and if he succeeded he would get a yummy reward. He nailed it. We put our fingers over our eyes like masks and we had a lot of fun doing it.
We ended up wrapping up the night with some pin trading. We managed to score a few Cast Lanyard Pins at another great trading location! YAY! Inside the Grand Californian Hotel at the store near the main lobby there was often some Cast Lanyard Pins available, not too mention friendly cast members.