|There are few sadder sights...|
We started off our day by going to Epcot, as we were becoming accustomed to doing. Unfortunately, the half marathon was going on, so it took us an hour to get there. This wasn't terrible for us since we were in no rush, but I did feel bad for another family on the bus who thought we would be arriving before rope drop. We finally got there at around 9:30. We went straight for Soarin', expecting to only get Fastpasses, but the line was so short that we basically walked on! Next we hit up Test Track single rider, and soon it was almost time for World Showcase to open.
|Who can resist this photo op?|
|The famous Le Cellier mushroom filet.|
|James' giant burger!|
After lunch, we tried to avoid exploding, since James' brother and his boyfriend had arrived and were at the Studios. We took a Friendship Boat over (SLOW again, but my knee was still bothering me), and we went into tour guide mode. We knew they only had one day with us, and they were going on the highlight tour. It was around 1 pm, so Toy Story Mania was out of the question. We started at the Great Movie Ride, and next we hit the Muppets. James and his brother wanted to see the Honey I Shrunk the Kids playground, since it was one of the few things they remembered as a kid at Disney. It was awkward walking through all the small children, but they just wanted to see if it was like they remembered. Apparently it was. After that, James' brother and his boyfriend went on Tower of Terror while James and I shopped. After they got off, I got us free Fastpasses for Rock N Roller Coaster (which I proceeded to chicken exit from, of course) because it was my birthday. Then we decided to head over to Epcot, since it was around 4 already.
We got to the Magic Kingdom turnstiles around 6:50, and we quickly realized we needed to get across Main Street fast if we wanted to beat the 7 o'clock parade. Luckily, we made it, and we arrived at Pecos Bill's just around 7. I had the bowl of meat, but I don't remember what the others ordered. We had assumed when we were done eating around 7:30 that the parade was done, but lucky us, it had just started where we were in Frontierland. So our Disney newbies got to watch the Main Street Electrical Parade. Then we high tailed it over to Main Street for Wishes.
I think Wishes was a hit, and luckily the Magic Kingdom was open until ten. So we had time to ride stuff too! We started at Adventureland, which was completely empty right after Wishes. We went to Jungle Cruise first, and I was amazed to see that our skipper was the same skipper we had in August. Only then he was earning his ears, and honestly, he wasn't a great skipper. This time, however, he was awesome! And he was totally amazed that I had remembered him from the first time. Luckily we had a boat that was really into the jokes, so we had a good time.
After Jungle Cruise, we rode Pirates, which is always a hit of course. Big Thunder was very crowded because Splash was closed, so we went right into Liberty Square. Unfortunately my favorite, the Haunted Mansion, had a 20 minute wait, and we were on a time crunch. We passed through Fantasyland, which was pretty busy for so late at night, and we headed into Tomorrowland. Here, we rode one of my favorites: the TTA! It was quite cold, but it was still a good time. And the last ride of the trip was Buzz Lightyear, which was less than a 10 minute wait. Not bad at all.
After our rides, we wandered down Main Street, and I stopped in the Confectionery for a cupcake and another chocolate caramel apple to take home. And at the Confectionery, I was Twitter recognized by a cast member that was working there! It was totally awesome! I felt famous! Finally, before we walked out of the park, we saw the kiss goodnight. I had never seen it before, so it was a fabulous end to a fabulous trip. We rode back over to All Star Movies, where James' brother and his boyfriend were staying, and we hung out until we were quite tired. Then they drove us back to our resort, where we got ready for bed. The next day, we pretty much woke up, did some last minute packing, and left. It was a great trip, however, and definitely a memorable one.