For some reason, Elisabeth decided
that she didn't want to take a ride on the Carousel. I don't know
why as she likes to ride on the one back home in the mall. Whatever
the case was, Daddy and Michael got to do the honors. Even though
he seemed to have a death grip on the horse, Michael thoroughly
enjoyed his time aboard his trusty steed. When the Carousel stopped
I basically had to pry his hands away from the horse's neck, and
he kept shouting AGAIN...AGAIN!! The line was starting to back-up
a bit, so I decided to see if I could convince Elisabeth to go
for a spin. Not a chance. If time permitted we would try again
later in the afternoon. "It's a Small World" was next
on our agenda. The wait wasn't too long for this at this point.
Elisabeth again didn't want to do this ride because it was on
a boat. I finally convinced her to come along, but it wasn't a
|experience for her as she
was very much on guard for the boat possibly sinking. We kept telling
her that he boat wasn't going to sink, but she wouldn't believe
us. I felt a bit bad for both her and the others in our boat. Finally,
the end of the ride was near. I never thought I'd be wishing for
a ride to end, but that was it.
Mickey's Toontown Fair
was our next destination. It was getting close to lunchtime, but
both kiddies decided that they simply wanted to snack on their
cereal for lunch. So I found a hot dog vendor standing right outside
the houses of Mickey and Minnie, and Mommy and Daddy both had
what I feel was a great tasting hot dog. It was not a small dog
either. Definitely worth the money. After Mommy finished her hot
dog, Elisabeth wanted to go through Mickey and Minnie's houses.
After not doing the Carousel and not being very happy in It's
a Small World, this was a good opportunity to get her back in
a happier mood. Judging by the photos to the right it seemed to
have worked. Michael wasn't too interested in taking a tour through
the houses, so he stayed outside with me while we waited for Mommy
and Elisabeth to return.
All of us wanted to take a spin on the Walt Disney World Railroad,
so we jumped onto the train at the Toontown station. Michael and
Elisabeth both enjoyed the ride, but there really isn't much to
see of the park from this vantage point. There were a couple of
scenes that Imagineers developed around the Tom Sawyer Island
area, but much of the trip was looking out at forested areas.
Once we returned from making the loop of the park, Michael and
Elisabeth wanted to go into a playground area that was just outside
the gates of the train station. We still had a while before the
parade started, so we decided to let them run around for a while.
The both had a great time sliding down the slides and crawling
through tunnels. Needless to say this was a pretty popular area,
and it was difficult to get the kids to leave. However, the prospect
of seeing a new parade did the trick, and we were off to find
a spot for the Make a Dream Come True parade.
We ended up getting a spot for the parade just before the bridge that
leads into Liberty Square. We had about 30 minutes before the parade
was due to start, so Mommy went into a couple of the shops in Liberty
Square to see what souvenirs were to be had here. The overcast was thinning
a bit, but the Sun was still unable to break through. Off in the distance
we could hear the faint sounds of marching bands beginning to grow closer
and closer until we could see the first banners turning the corner out
of Liberty Square to come down the road and over the bridge on their
way towards the castle. There was a bit of a lull between the marching
bands and the first parade floats, but then we saw the first snowglobe
float pull around the corner and come towards us.
The first float featured the head
mouse himself...MICKEY!!! It was really kind of neat to see the
characters basically dancing inside this snow globe contraption.
I'm wondering how they ventilate these things. I'm assuming there
has to be some sort of air conditioning in there as well because
that has to become a hot house on those 80+ degree days.
As the parade wore on we discovered that we weren't in as good
of a spot as we had thought. Many of the character skits that
are performed during the balance of the parade were taking place
further up the road from our location. Because of this there were
several times where there was a bit of a gap between floats. Nothing
too major, but I think the kids would have like to seen more skits.
|We did luck out, however, when the float with Aladdin
showed up. For some reason many of the characters from the 100 Acre
Woods were riding with Aladdin and the Big Blue Genie. I'm still
trying to figure this one out. Anyhow, they did this little skit
right in front of us where Aladdin waved a magic wand and Pooh,
Piglet, Eeyore, and Tigger began dance. After a couple of minutes
the characters, with help from some of the Cast Members chaperoning
the parade, pulled some the kids from the crowd out into the parade
area to dance alongside them. As the end of the parade went past
us, and the ropes came down, we basically followed the parade right
over the bridge to the castle.
As the parade wound past the castle and down towards
Main Street U.S.A., a character meet and greet was taking place
right below the castle. With all of the characters we had already
met up with, Elisabeth had yet to get Donald's autograph. We did
see him at Epcot yesterday, but the caravan loaded up before we
were able to get up to the front of his line. So, we took this
opportunity to get the big duck's autograph. Little did we know
that he'd be at Chef Mickey's tomorrow evening for our dinner.
As luck would have it, another of Elisabeth's missing autographs
was also here...Lilo.
Daddy thought that a picture of just "the girls" would
be appropriate here. In reality, I think the kids have had the
most fun meeting the characters, and that's fine by me. As long
as they are happy, that's most important. It also kept Daddy from
getting frustrated standing in ride lines...LOL!!
|Mommy remembered reading something about a "to die for"
dessert that she thought was available in the Magic Kingdom. It
was called a Dole Whip, but we had looked just about everywhere
for it, and couldn't find it. There was only one other land that
we hadn't been to visit today, and that was Frontier Land. We came
up on Splash Mountain and decided to watch a few of the logs come
down the hill. Would Elisabeth (Michael's too small for many of
these rides) decide that she'd want to try Splash Mountain just
to get all wet...NOPE!! She did, however, allow me to take a picture
with Mommy and Michael in front of the giant mountain.
It looked as though Mommy was going to have to go without finding her
Dole Whip dessert. As we were making our way out of Frontier Land and
walking towards the bridge over by the Swiss Family Tree House, here
was this little shack of a building on our left, and what do you know...they
were selling Dole Whips!!! I don't know how to describe this dessert
except that it was outstanding. It was basically soft-serve ice cream
with a Dole pineapple flavor to it. You could get the straight pineapple,
vanilla, or a pineapple/vanilla swirl. Definitely go for the swirl.
It was now around 5:30, and this happened to be another evening for
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, so the park was going to be closing
at 6:00. YIKES!! we had to get a move on.