Friday, October 21, 2016

Disney Day 5

Disney day 5 centered around plans to eat an early lunch with princesses.  We spent most of the day at Epcot, then moved over to Hollywood Studios, then made an epically bad decision to visit Disney Springs.

First up, everyone but Sedona wanted to say hi to Baymax, mostly just to see what the costume felt like.



We even got a fist bump from him on the way out.


Secora, the new roller coaster dare devil, wanted to ride Test Track and we had some time, so everyone got in line for that.  Sierra was pretty adamant that she didn't want to ride, but the cast member at the beginning of the line told us it'd work out best for her to just go through the line and then just not ride, so that's what we did, though she was scared we were gonna make her ride the whole time.  When you get in the car, there is the option of just taking a bridge over the track and waiting for your party to return, so she waited and the rest of us rode.  Secora LOVED it.  I kept telling Sedona she was okay and she shouted, "I am NOT okay!!" so much that the guy next to us couldn't stop laughing at her (she was still clearly okay, she just enjoys fast rides more if she can scream out her anxieties)

Lunch was actually the last breakfast seating at Akershus.  Secora was thrilled to see all the princesses and the big girls were secretly thrilled, but played it cool.





 "I'm on your shirt!  That was before I had my legs!"




We did the obligatory lap around the world show case.  Everyone got fans in China (which were REALLY useful for the rest of the trip...they carried them everywhere and used them often)
And we checked out the train in Germany



In Italy, we took a picture at the Neptune fountain
In Japan, we stopped to watch Taiko drummers
In Morocco, Sedona decided she wanted to get a henna tattoo like sister, but she wanted it to be a surprise.  Aladdin and Jasmine were doing a character greeting nearby, so I took the other girls over there while Sedona did her henna.  I didn't know it at the time, but this would be one of the first pictures of Jasmine in her new, more modest, outfit.  Apparently it's been quite controversial that they switched her over to this.  I'm guessing the change was because of creeper men that have been unable to keep their hands to themselves (a couple of those were actually in line in front of us).  Secora decided she was scared of Aladdin at the last minute, but Sierra went along as buffer.


By the time we were done, Sedona was proudly showing off her henna
World showcase is hot and sunny, so after we made it to the end, everyone was ready for a nice, air conditioned ride.  That meant another spin on Finding Nemo and some time checking out the aquarium inside.



For this trip, Hollywood Studios was our "not much to interest us" park.  The girls aren't really into Star Wars and don't have any desire to watch live shows, so there wasn't much to do there for us.  That meant afternoon of day 5 was a perfect time to go check out the few things they would want to do.  So we hopped a bus over to our second park of the day.  We decided to start out by heading to Backlot Express for a snack and on the way we noticed there was an Olaf greeting with no wait.  Who doesn't want to see Olaf?!  It was kinda neat, he's inside, set up with a beach scene and the scent of sunscreen is piped into the room.

"I'm gonna meet Olaf!!" 
 Sedona's in the "these giant characters are kinda scary" phase and opted to skip this picture too
 Warm hugs!! 
After we ate, we headed over to Toy Story Mania.  We stopped to watch the Green Army Men for a while 
After the ride, we had just enough time to kill that we were able to catch the Muppets show

Waiting to go into the show
This was a classic Disney show that they do so well.  3D, but also includes real life elements to make you feel like you're really in the middle of the show, not just seeing it.  

Next up, we had plans to see the Frozen Sing Along.  This particular day and this particular time, the guy playing the male historian of Arendelle was FABULOUS.  He made the whole show.  Josh and I were laughing the entire time and it was one of our favorite things of the trip.  He was amazing.  So much so, that we weren't sure if his jokes were scripted, or improv (spoiler: improv.  That explains why his fellow actors were having trouble keeping it together...several times they had to squelch their laughter.  The regular scripted show is nothing compared to this guy's performance).  We had no idea what to expect in this show, so we just went in with plans to sing loudly enough to embarrass our tween (we succeeded!).  At the end of the show, there's one last singing of Let It Go with Elsa up on stage and it "snows" (foam/bubbles) in the theater.  The girls were completely surprised and LOVED it.

 At that point, we were done with Hollywood Studios, so we were trying to decide how to use the rest of the night.  We made a very poor decision to head over to Disney Springs so we could shop for souvenirs at the main Disney store.  Disney Springs is way different from the Downtown Disney that existed five years ago.  It was packed with people, completely overwhelming to all of us, and the bus depot is set up in such a way that we had to walk a LONG way to get to our bus.  It was a total waste of time, not fun at all, and we would have been so much better off just going back to the hotel to swim.  I can't recommend taking kids to Disney Springs.

Now that we had hit all the parks, we talked about our favorite rides and hatched a plan to ride everyone's favorite rides on Day 6.  That meant 4 parks in one day, so we had to get to sleep and rest up!

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