Friday, May 15, 2009
Once again, I'm combining our vacation recap with Candid Carrie's Friday Foto Finish Fiesta, and yes, I'm ONLY on Day 3 of 8. Make sure you check out her blog to see who else is playing along this week or to join in yourself!
You can't really tell in this picture, but Timmy really liked Pluto...so much that he got a stuffed Pluto for his souvenir.
We tried to go see Minnie and Daisy, too, who were right next to us, but their line was closing just as we got finished with Goofy and Pluto. By that point, it was about time to head over to our 10:20 breakfast at the Hollywood & Vine. This meal was with the characters Katie told me she was the most excited to see: Leo and June from the Little Einsteins and Jo Jo and Goliath from Jo Jo's Circus. We've done this meal every trip and Katie has seemed to move on from these shows in favor of some slightly more mature Nickelodeon shows, but she was still SO excited to see them.
I don't think any of the characters are supposed to hold babies. The previous day I had asked Alice in Wonderland and she said she could only stand next to Timmy...but look who doesn't care about the rules...
What I did know about, was that Goliath came back again after Jo Jo, sat on the bench seat next to Katie and patted his legs and motioned for Chris to give him the baby back. The funny part was the Goliath did not want to give him back.
Actually, Chris put out his arms and asked Goliath if he wanted him to take the baby back and Goliath just shook his head no and hugged Timmy tighter. I think he sat with us holding Timmy while we finished eating for like 5 minutes. You rock Goliath!!! (We also saw June, but my camera battery died just as she came over.)
After breakfast, I think we played at the Honey I Shrunk the Kids Set for a little bit and we went back to Toy Story Mania! I don't remember the exact order. As we were in line I was commenting to Chris that it was so weird that they spent all this money on a new ride since it seemed to be so similar to the Buzz Lightyear ride they already had in the Magic Kingdom. Boy was I wrong! It was SO much fun! While the older ride moves through as you shoot targets throughout the ride and this is also a shooting game...this ride brings you to multiple screens where you are shooting to play different arcade style games. Written down it sounds so similar, but it really is different and by far one of the most fun rides. We loved it!!
Afterward we headed back to the hotel for a nice afternoon rest. The plan was to take a nap, maybe swim if we had time, and then head over to the Fort Wilderness Campground around 3:30 (to get there about 4:15) to have time to go to the petting zoo, ride the ponies, and play on the playground before our 6:05 dinner at Trail's End Buffeteria. But, Timmy who most needed a nap refused to sleep...so we headed to the pool.
Um, daddy, I think I may be getting sleepy again now.
So, Chris took Timmy back to the room, after a bit of swimming finally knocked him out, and I stayed in the pool a bit longer with Katie.
Katie was doing a great job swimming (with her swimmies); she actually was swimming from one end to the other. After we played about one million of her made-up games, we packed it in to join the boys back in the room...and we all slept. Unfortunately, we had to skip the petting zoo and pony rides this time around. For the first time we took the ferry from the Magic Kingdom to get the campground and it was an absolutely beautiful ride (after I got Katie to calm down from her screaming tantrum because she didn't want to go on a boat...clearly she didn't get enough sleep.) We spent the beautiful 20 minute boat ride playing "The Color Game." It gets kind of tricky when there's not much to see besides water and greenery. We got there in plenty of time for dinner and Katie got to spend 15 minutes at the playground before checking in for dinner. The Trail's End Buffeteria is a REALLY yummy homestyle/barbeque buffet meal and actually one of the least expensive buffet meals at Disney. It's almost always easy to get a reservation there, probably because it's so far off the beaten path. This was our second time there and it was just as yummy as the first time. Katie had fun building blocks outside while we waited for our table.
After dinner, some more playtime at the playground and some bathroom breaks, we took the bus back to Hollywood Studios to catch a bus back to our hotel. We thought about staying at the campground to go to the campfire/sing-along and outside movie. We gave Katie the choice to do that, go back to the park and maybe one more ride or back to our hotel. Of course she picked another ride. So we figured we'd head all the way to the back of the park to see if we could get on Toy Story Mania! one more time. The first Fantasmic show of the night was already underway so we hoped the line might not be too long. We finally made it back to the ride and...
On our 4th vacation day we went to Animal Kingdom and dinner at Ohana at the Polynesian (our most favorite Disney restaurant!!!)...to be continued....