Did you think I got lost? I was beginning to think I'd never get time to finish this report.
I had to take a break from my trip report because I had to get the planning done for our February trip.
So here is the conclusion to "Our Big Fat FAmily Vacation" Day 5 part 2
After Muppets it was time for Nikki, Helen, Tori and I to head back to the room to start getting ready to have dinner at 1900 Park Fare with Cinderella. Tori was very excited to have dinner with Cinderella. I was just thrilled that I got to go along, because I figured that this would be my only chance to see a little princess meet a big princess. I love seeing all the little girls all dressed up in their princess gowns when they go to meet a princess or in hopes of meeting a princess. Since I have two boys, Iíll never get the chance to see a little princess meet a big princess. I was very glad I got to be there too.
While the girls, all except Connie, went back to the room to get ready for dinner with Cinderella, the Boys and Connie continued on at MGM.
After the Muppets they headed towards the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids play ground. Now I have never been on this attraction but Marshall told me it was really fun. He had a great time running through it with Ben and Peter. In fact he said if itís not too busy and you like climbing around and acting like a kid, that all adults should try it too. If itís not too busy when we go in February Iím going to have to give it a try. After climbing around Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, they headed to the Great Movie ride. Ben and Peter were a little nervous during the gunfight and the Alien part, but otherwise did just fine. Connie loved the Wizard of Oz part, as it is one of her favorite movies.
After the Great Movie Ride they headed back to the room to have supper and go swimming. After swimming Ben and Peter played guns. Both boys managed to talk their parents into letting them get play guns from the shop in the hotel.
Meanwhile all the girls got ready to meet Cinderella. Tori was all dressed up in her Cinderella dress with crown and ďglassĒ slippers. She looked really cute all dressed up. We headed for the boat and took the boat to the Contemporary. WE had some time to kill so we looked around the shops there for a while. Tori got a new Cinderella purse for the occasion. Then we hopped the monorail to the Grand Floridian.
This is the first time I had ever been in the Grand Floridian and it was so beautiful inside, but made me a little nervous like I better remember to use my best manors and hummm, maybe Iím a little under dressed for this hotel. It just didnít have that relaxed comfortable feeling you get while staying at the Wilderness Lodge. Iíve always said I want to stay their sometime but now Iím not so sure. I donít know if I want to say at a hotel where I canít get that comfortable homey feeling. But just the parts of the hotel that I saw were so beautiful, it makes me want to see the rest.
Anyway, we headed to 1900 Park Fare to eat with Cinderella. We got seated right away and had time to get started eating. All the food was wonderful, but my favorite was the Strawberry Soup, this was outstanding.
First to stop was Prince Charming and he was very sweet. Telling Tori how pretty she was and calling her Princess Tori. Tori was a little shy of him so she didnít really talk to him and we were only able to get a picture of her with him as long as Nikki, her mom, was in the picture. Next came the mice, Suzy and Perla (I think that is her name). Although Tori said their names were Suzy and Mary. Tori loved the mice, she smiled and hugged them and posed for many pictures. Then came Cinderella, and again Tori was a little shy at first but warmed up and did pose for a few photos just here and Cinderella. We had a great time. It was so much fun seeing all the little girls dressed up in their princess clothes to meet Cinderella. And the food was really, really good too.
After supper we headed back to the Wilderness Lodge. Helen and Connie (the grandmas) had agreed to watch the kids while the parents went out. Nikki, Marshall and I headed downtown to do a little shopping and then hit Pleasure Island. We spent lots of time looking through and buying things in lots of shops. After a few hours we decided that we were just too tired to head to Pleasure Island so we headed back home and called it a night, we were home by 11:00 pm.
Thursday, October 16, 2003
Everyone decided that they wanted to go to Blizzard Beach instead of spending our last day at Animal Kingdom so we skipped Animal Kingdom. I was a little surprised at this decision, but it is what the group wanted to do, so that was fine with me.
We found a nice shaded area by Tikeís Peak. The kids and adults had a great time splashing around Tikeís Peaks. Helen, Connie, Ben, Tori, and Nikki took a spin around the lazy river while Peter Noah, Marshall and I continued to splash around and slide down the slides in Tikeís Peak.
After a while Marshall and I took Ben over to some of the bigger slides. We took the chair lift to the top. The chair lift is fun to ride, but is was very slow because there were a lot of guests that used wheelchairs visiting that day so it took a bit longer loading and unloading. We could have gotten in more sliding time had we just walked. After we got off the chair lift we headed to Teamboat Springs, the family raft slide. This was a lot of fun. After that we headed to Runoff Rapids. I went down in a single tube and Marshall and Ben went in a double. This was a fun slide too, but you had to climb a lot of stairs carrying your tube. I thought I was going to die by the time I made it to the top. After that we jumped in the Lazy River and rode it back to Tikeís Peak.
By now it was early afternoon and Peter and Noah were getting cranky so Marshall and I decided to head back to the room so Peter and Noah could get rested up for Mickeyís Not so Scary Halloween Party.
The rest of the group was going to take a ride on Teamboat Springs and then Nikki, Ben and Tori headed back for some rest while Connie and Helen were headed downtown.
Connie and Helen never did make it downtown. Partially because of the directions Marshall and I gave them. I told them to hop a bus to the Ticket and Transportation Center and then hop a bus to downtown. I told them to take this route because is all of my visits the Ticket and Transportation Center was a main hub and you could always get to where you need to go from there, not so anymore! Marshall did tell them to just ask a bus driver whom they did once they got to the Ticket and Transportation Center and they told them that there were no busses that went downtown. So they were told to stay on the bus they were on and take it to Animal Kingdom and from there take a bus to any resort and then take a bus to downtown from the resort. So they ended up just coming back to the Wilderness Lodge and skipped going downtown. So (TIP) if you want to go to downtown go to the nearest resort and take a bus to downtown. This is how you also travel from resort to resort (if there isnít direct transportation to the resort you want to visit from your home resort), bus downtown then bus to the resort of your choice.
Finally it was time for Mickeyís Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP). Peter dressed up like Peter Pan, Ben was a bandit, Tori was Cinderella and Noah was dressed in Halloween pj bottoms and a onsie that I had painted on before we left that said ďMy First HalloweenĒ and had pumpkins and skeletons on it. We headed out to the boat to go to the Magic Kingdom, and wow was there a lot of people waiting. We were the last group to make it on the first boat that came.
The Magic Kingdom was all decked out. It was so cool. They did an excellent job on the decorations. We were using this night as a chance to do the rides we missed and the ones that the group wanted to do again, so I didnít really get to look and admire decorations as much as I wanted too. I highly recommend that if you ever are at Disney near Halloween to go to a MNSSHP, but donít use it as an extra park day but rather use it to just take advantage of the other activities and to admire the parkís transformation.
We did lots of rides even though the Park was pretty crowded. I was prepared for crowds but was hopping that it would have been a little less crowded then it was. Although, the wait times for rides were not bad at all, except for the rides in Fantasyland. We did space mountain, Ben was thrilled and thought it was so much fun. Buzz Lightyear, Tea Cups, Peter Pan (twice, even though the wait was long) Pooh, Pirates, and The Haunted Mansion. We ended up missing the fireworks, which was Fantasy in the Sky because we were on the Haunted Mansion. So I was a little bummed out that we missed the fireworks.
Next came the Boo to You parade. This was a great parade that started out with the headless horseman galloping through the park, very cool! Iím not a big parade person, but I loved this parade. It was fun to see all the characters in costumes. And the characters did such a great job of interacting with the kids too. For example Captain Hook spotted my son, Peter, dressed up like Peter Pan and stared pointing at him and staking his hook as if to say ďIíll get you Peter Pan.Ē Peter got a kick out of that. MNSSHP was a great way to spend our last night. We were all having so much fun that we ended up staying later then we had planned, almost until 12:00, which is late for little ones.
Day 7- Good-bye Disney World
Friday, October 17, 2003
We ended our vacation with breakfast at the Whispering Cannon Cafť. We all had a big delicious very filling breakfast.
Our flight home was uneventful, not nearly as stressful. And although I was sad to go I couldnít wait to get home to rest and start planning our winter get away where it would just be Marshall and I and one Big World.
I learned many things this trip. Most important, things donít always go as planned so just kick back and go with the flow and youíll have fun.
Not only will no two Disney World trips will be the same, but also the trip will differ depending on the players involved. This trip, with 10 people was fun but very different from any other Disney trip I have taken.
Lastly, keep your 4-year-old out of all shops or bring lots of money. I always thought it was so cute how you always end up in a store at the end of most attractions. This isnít so cute when you have a 4-year-old who thinks he needs everything he sees. I highly recommend investing in a very good blind fold that you can slip over your child eyes at the end of attractions. I will go back to thinking the hops at the end of rides are cute in February, as Peter will not be joining Marshall and I for our winter get away. I know, what bad parents we are, but it gets better. I actually told Peter that Marshall and I are going to Disney World in February, but it is just a meeting for big people. Kids canít come because it is a meeting so we can learn how to be a better mommy and daddy. Iím not sure he is buying this excuse because he told me we didnít need to go to a meeting like that. I think he doesnít want us to go to Disney World without him, and I canít blame him.