Thursday, September 8, 2011

Disney World Day 4

Disney day 4 found us back at the Magic Kingdom. This time to spend an entire day there. We were pleasantly surprised to find all the Halloween decorations had gone up since our last visit

Our original reservation would have put us there in the middle of all the Halloween festivities, but I thought when we changed dates, we would be missing all that.

We thought we would go see Rapunzel, but when we got over there, there was about a 30 minute wait and the girls decided they didn’t really want to wait that long to see her, so we just snapped quick picture from outside
Everyone was insistent on another spin in the teacups. This time Secora got to go too and I agreed to go only because the big girls promised they wouldn’t spin so much since Secora was in there. There was no line at all, so we rode once, then Secora and I got out while everyone else stayed and did another ride with more spinning

Next, Josh took the girls to drive the cars
Then I got them again for a trip on Dumbo
We had lunch at The Plaza. This was another table service meal on the dining plan and the only one we did that was not buffet. The food was fabulous, but way too much. Josh and I definitely could have split one adult meal. The girls each got tomato soup, grilled cheese, french fries and a “mickelodeon”, which was a sundae dish full of ice cream and topped with an upside down ice cream cone and two cookies so it looked like sorcerer Mickey. Josh had a cheese steak sandwich and french fries and I had a grilled chicken sandwich and french fries. We were each allowed to get dessert too, but we just got one dessert to split. We ordered a sundae and even with sharing, we couldn't finish it. For our other dessert, we got a bag of cookies to go.

After lunch, we headed to the Adventureland, where the girls found their favorite ride of the whole trip: Aladdin’s Magic Carpet. Secora could ride this one as well and she also loved it
After a few spins, we went to Frontierland to claim a spot for the parade. We were there early enough to have front row seats and it wasn’t nearly as crowded as the Main Street part of the route. Once again, in Disney World, details matter. Even the tire tread has the Mickey symbol
This is where it dawned on me how different my pictures were this time around compared to the last time I visited Disney. I have virtually no pictures of stuff around the park. In fact, I missed a large portion of the parades because I was more interested in taking pictures of the kid’s reactions. That is what I went to Disney for, after all. The trip you get with a 4 and 6 year old is totally different than the trip you’d get with a 16 and 14 year old, but so very worth it

After the parade, we just had to have another spin on the Magic Carpet ride

For the rest of the evening, we strolled around enjoying tried and true (and loved) rides and the Monsters Inc laugh floor show (worth getting out of the heat for, but not fabulous). We used a quick service meal to get dinner at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe. We took some of my favorite pictures with one of the Photopass photographers, but I don't have my copies of those to share just yet.

Finally, it got to be 8pm and we headed over to the Tomorrowland Terrace for our dessert buffet reservations. This event is NOT covered by the dining plan, and it's pricey ($22 for adults and $12 for kids). The cost was hard to swallow. Especially since I had my gallbladder out not so long ago and there was no way I could eat $22 worth of dessert and be confident I'd make it through the rest of the evening without embarrassing consequences. If you have the money to spend, it's neat. It's not just apple pie and cobbler, these are high quality desserts
It is all you can eat buffet and they keep the buffet stocked. Since I couldn't eat my fair share, I told the girls to eat all they wanted and get me my money's worth, which they, of course, loved. A main selling point of this event is that you are seated on the Tomorrowland terrace, which no one can get to except those at the dessert party (and you HAVE to have reservations, it books up fast). That means you get front row "seats" for the fireworks.

Like I said, if you have the money to spend, it's neat. The dessert was good, the view was good. It's not necessary though. A lot of people don't want to be stuck in the crowd on Main Street, but our experience was that if you just got off main street, you could get a perfectly good view without the crowds. It's one of those things where if you don't do the dessert party thing, you'll never know what you're missing (and therefore, won't miss it!)

After the fireworks, the park was closing, so we had to leave along with everyone else that was there. It was a long wait for the bus and Secora was always fussy on the bus rides in the dark, so that wasn't much fun. When we got back to the hotel, the girls had about 2 seconds of excitement over the new towel animal before they crashed into bed

This night was the first time Sierra fell asleep on the bus (despite being up until 11 every night). She had a couple more days to go though! Next up: Animal Kingdom!

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