Saturday, November 20, 2010
...and The Rest of The Disney Adventure (oh, yes, there's more)
Wednesday, November 10, 2010:
We started today off with the thing Sporty has been asking and asking for: to ride the monorail. We took the boat to the Magic Kingdom and then the monorail to the Polynesian Resort where we had a Hawaiin style breakfast with Mickey, Pluto, Lilo and Stitch. The look on Sporty's face was priceless (well, it could have been the characters, or it could have been the fact he was allowed to eat bacon). They even served Mickey Mouse shaped waffles.
From there we went to Disney's Animal Kingdom. Pretty cool. The new Everest roller coaster was the best ride!
Sporty loved the petting zoo and you'd never guess he has his own pygmy goat in the backyard. There was also this amazing safari ride where you got really really close to all the animals in this cool preserve setting.
Sporty also loved this dinosaur maze-playground thing. We left that park at 5:00pm and headed to Downtown Disney for dinner at this amazing Rainforest Cafe where it was like you were eating in a rainforest and there was a "storm" every 20 minutes and the animals started moving.
Then, on to possibly the high point of Sporty's trip: The Lego Store! Big excitement.
Yep, it's a Woody, made entirely of Legos.
Stopped at Goofy's candy store on to see Cirque du Soleil! Nouba. Wonderful.
Thursday, November 11, 2010:
Had breakfast downstairs again: me and my cinnamon roll and Sporty and his chocolate croissant. Then we took the bus to Disney's Hollywood Studios. The biggest attraction there was the new Toy Story 3 ride, where you ride through and earn points shooting at these 3-D Carnival midway games.
We also went to a Playhouse Disney show with Mickey's Clubhouse characters and the Little Einsteins. And we went to the Narnia Prince Caspian thing. We were so tired from the whole week, going to bed at midnight or later!--we cut this park a little short and came back to the lodge. We had lunch at the western-themed place just off the big lobby that I remembered from our last trip. Excellent bbq and the kids do a "pony ride" around the restaurant on those stick horses. The boys went for a swim in the amazing pool there, all landscaped to look like an outdoor nature-Yosemite-like place with a water slide through the rock formations. I got in a nap before we took the boat back to the Magic Kingdom for Mickey and Minnie's Christmas party! Amazing holiday decorations on Main St., and Christmas music playing throughout the park, everyone dressed for Christmas, even the characters. You had to pay extra for this event, which was from 4:00pm to midnight and everyone else was booted out of the park, so there was hardly any wait for the rides. We hit Space Mountain three times and went on some things we hadn't been on yet--Snow White, Dumbo and the Teacups.
The special Christmas fireworks started while Sporty and I were on the Dumbo ride and we were right underneath them. They had stations all over the park with Christmas cookies and cocoa. After another ride on the Thunder Mountain Railroad we sat and watched the amazing Christmas parade, did our shopping--Sporty finally bought his monorail set we'd been hearing about all week--and took the boat back, getting in about 1:00am.
Friday, November 12, 2010:
Last day at the happiest place on earth! Had breakfast at the lodge and then the boat to the Magic Kingdom where we took 2 loops on the monorail. Ferried back and it was time for the bus to the airport.