Friday, January 22, 2010

Disney Day 5 - Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

A supercalifragilisticexpialidocious day! It was amazing, even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious! We started our day at the Grand Floridian for the Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Breakfast with Mary Poppins, Alice, the Mad Hatter, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. Who could ask for more?

Sean wasn’t quite sure what to do when Alice, the Mad Hatter and Mary Poppins talked to him! He’s been so used to characters just interacting with him and not speaking.

The bonus of starting our day here was we were able to take the monorail over to the Magic Kingdom killing two birds with one stone – one, we wanted to ride the monorail at least once on our trip. And two, the Magic Kingdom’s parking is not very handicapped accessible. But my father-in-law could ride his scooter right on to the monorail. Easy peasy!!

We arrived at the Magic Kingdom around 9:30am. Jeff and his mom went to pick up a wheelchair for her, so Grampy & I ventured on to Main Street where we saw Pinocchio with no wait!! Then we headed over to Fantasyland to ride Winnie the Pooh (twice upon Sean’s insistence!), Peter Pan, It’s a Small World, and Mickey’s Philharmagic. And then jumped on the train over to Frontierland. Another handicapped accessible hurdle is you cannot take scooters on the train, so Jeff rode it across the park and met us at the train right as we pulled in to the station. Next up was Pirates of the Caribbean, Tiki Room, and Country Bear Jamboree. And that’s where Sean pooped out on us. One minute he was laughing at the bears, the next he was sound asleep on my shoulder. We decided to head over to see the Hall of Presidents so we could sit for a while and let him continue to sleep. This attraction has been redone so it was interesting to sit and watch it, although admittedly I almost fell asleep myself. We transferred Sean to his stroller and he continued to sleep, so we staked out a spot to watch the parade and grabbed a snack. The little party pooper slept soundly through the entire parade, and then some.

We strolled down Main Street and scoped out the merchandise, picking up a few things. Sean woke up by the time we reached the flag pole, so we decided to check out the barber shop. There was no wait, and Sean was propped up on the chair for his second Main Street barbershop haircut.

And what else should you do after a haircut but go buy Mickey ears? Sean wasn't too thrilled about wearing them however. Should we expect more from a two-year old?

While we waited for the personalization of his ears, Jeff and his dad played a game of checkers which was a nice diversion. Meanwhile we saw the flag retreat ceremony. Something very cool we never would have seen otherwise.

We had dinner at Pecos Bill, and then found the perfect bench in Frontierland across from the shooting gallery to watch Spectromagic. We haven’t seen this parade in a long time, and remember how wonderful it is! It’s pure magic. Sean caught Snow White’s attention, and she came over to personally say hello to him. Unfortunately Jeff didn’t capture it on film. He was too busy looking at the next float instead of what was right in front of him. Aren’t we all guilty of that most of the time?

Spectromagic was delayed by about 20 minutes, so by the time it was over it was close to 8pm which is when Wishes, the fireworks show, begins. We knew we didn’t want to get caught in the mass exodus so we literally crawled our way down Main Street to the flag pole where we watched ¾ of the show. I decided we had better leave early in order to beat the crowd since we needed to catch the monorail back to the Grand Floridian. And with a stroller and a scooter just the thought of the mass exodus almost gave me a panic attack. Our timing was perfect, and we made it on the first monorail available to us. As we drove away, the ramp up to the monorail station was jam packed.

We were pooped by the time the day was done, but it was a leisurely day full of great memories.

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