Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Since our vacation was OVER a month ago and I'm STILL wrapping up blogging about it, I definately think it qualifies for Twinfatuation's Way-Back Wednesday and well, it DEFINATELY qualifies for WORDFUL Wednesday over at 7 Clown Circus. Check out their great blogs to see who else is playing along or to join in yourself.
On Friday of our vacation we went to Animal Kingdom for the entire day and then directly to the Polynesian resort to have dinner at Ohana (our favorite!!). I think we got to the park about 9:15am. We split from the boys right away so Chris could go get us fast passes for the Safari in Africa. Katie and I went towards Dinoland. First we stopped to get our picture taken in front of the Tree of Life. I am normally go, go, go with no stops until we get to our first rides but I learned to be a lot more mellow on this trip. For one, I had to be traveling with a 6 month old and second, it really wasn't that crowded. Although, Animal Kingdom, later in the day, turned out to be the most crowded day of all. We didn't have to wait for any rides, but the walkways were really crowded and there just seemed to be a lot of rude people out this day. At one point, I was trying to get out of the restroom and this big group was standing right in front so noone could get in or out. I stood there saying excuse me for a few minutes and eventually pushed my way through. I told them that I'm not sure you realize it, but you are all blocking the only way in and out of the rest room. What was the ringleaders response? Shut uuup! Them are fighting words! I went over to Chris FUMING and he just laughed at me. So back to a carefree morning....on our way to Dinoland I saw that Pooh and Eeyore were out to take pictures and Katie was eager to see them so we took a little trip to see them first.
A word on Katie's outfit. I actually dressed her in this with the expectation that she would go on the Kali River Rapids and get soaked and then get changed before breakfast. I was utterly amazed that even when she didn't go on that ride before breakfast she still cooperated and changed her clothes for me before breakfast (because I'm neurotic like that).
After some potty breaks, it was close to our 10:20 breakfast time so instead of riding the rapids, we cut through to Asia and got fast passes for me and Chris to ride Expedition Everest later on. We then moved on back to Africa to check in for our Donald breakfast at Tusker House. Donald, Daisy, Mickey and Goofy are at this one, but it's considered a "Donald" breakfast because it's the only character meal that he's at. We had been to this breafast for the first time last year and loved it and since we usually spend an entire day at Animal Kingdom - it's a nice late morning break to sit down here to eat. I haven't mentioned this before, but when possible we usually try to get the latest breafast reservation possible. We'll eat actual breakfast at our hotel (we bring all kinds of breakfast bars and mini cereal boxes with us) and then treat this as our lunch (usually followed by an early dinner).
Hey, you..with the big nose and ears...look at ME!!!
We skipped the INCREDIBLE Finding Nemo and Lion King shows this trip since we've seen them multiple time before. (If you are going for the first time, you should REALLY try to fit those shows in). We did decide to give the bird show a try since we had never seen it before. It was cute and both kids liked it, but it went on and on with no end in site...so after we enjoyed it for about 20-30 min, we ducked out.
After the show we got our fast passes for the Kali River Rapids and then headed over to Expedition Everest. I got into my fight I told you about earlier and then Chris went on the ride while I nursed Timmy and me and the kids hung out on a shaded bench. He was back in no time at all and then I got to ride and I had him bring the kids over to the Dig Site playground back in Dinoland. It's funny, this trip it seemed that the rides I remembered being boring were more fun than I remember and those that I really looked forward to didn't live up to my expectations from last time. I had been on Everest in December 2006, when I considered it to be THE best Disney roller coaster. I couldn't go on last year because I was pregnant, so I was really excited this time and I even wound up in the very first cart. It was loads of fun, but I do think the Aerosmith Rocking Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios is better.
I met up with Chris and the kids at the playground. One of the Disney photographers, who are usually only with characters or at the main picture points (like the Tree of Life), was in snapping pictures of the kids playing. The second she saw Timmy she just plopped on the ground in front of him and started snapping away because he was being so cute and silly.
And then when she was done, she just stayed and played with him, trying to get him to give a great big smile for me to capture with MY camera.
We played for a while and at about 2:15 we headed over to find our seats for the 3:00 parade. We had always skipped all parades in the past because I knew Katie couldn't handle sitting and waiting for them, um, and neither could her dad. I knew she would love them now though and I was right..she LOVED the parades. After waiting with us for a bit, Chris took off with Timmy to find a bench off the parade route to sit on. What was he thinking; he missed all this...
It is so much fun for the kids, with parades and games every 20-30 minutes.
The food at Ohana is all you can eat family style. It starts out with salad, asian noodles, honey barbeque chicken wings, steamed brocolli, and dumplings and then the meat is served table to table off of long skewers...shrimp, turkey, steak, and pork...cooked over a wood-burning fire.