Day 3 - Typhoon Lagoon
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Day 3 - Sunday, March 23, 2014
Chapter 4. Day at “The Creek”
We woke pretty early, not because we needed to, just because its what we are used to I guess. I hadn't slept well though, my heel had been bothering me since about 2 am, and I hoped it wouldn't mess up the day for me. (I have rheumatoid arthritis, and it's one of the joints that often flares up randomly) We headed down for breakfast at Boma. Owen had slept through dinner here the other night and I don't think he even remembered going at all. Fortunately breakfast went much better.
We hadn't decided for sure what we were doing today... The kids wanted swimming in one form or another. Our waitress happened to ask us where we were headed today, and we mentioned that we were thinking about going to a water park. She immediately recommended Typhoon Lagoon, having just been there the week before. If we were doing a water park, I had been assuming it would be Blizzard Beach, just because it's the one we went to in 2008, and really liked. She told us all about Typhoon Lagoon though, and we were sold! (Can you believe we were eating breakfast without even knowing where we were going for the day?? Look at us, being all spontaneous, ha!)
We should have easily had time to get there before they opened, but thanks to just missing the bus, then Lily realizing her MB was still in the room, we got there about 5 minutes late. Not too bad though. Our waitress had suggested that we head straight to Ketchekidde Creek (pronounced “Catch a Kitty” Creek) to set up camp, and she was not wrong! Owen ended up loving this area.
There were rivers, waterfalls, slides, fountains, etc, all designed for the preschool crowd. If all of Disney World were reduced to just "Kitty Cat Creek" as he called it, he would still be happy.
After a while there, we did the lazy river and Gangplank Falls, a family raft ride. He did okay on those, but they both had a part where you have to go under a water-dumping-on-your-head thing, and he wasn't so fond of that. Honestly, neither was I. Is it not possibles make a fun ride at a water park without insisting that you go underneath a waterfall?
He wanted to go back to the Creek so I took him while Brian and Lily went to some of the bigger slides. This time, we discovered a tube slide on the other side of the Creek that he REALLY fell in love with! He was a little scared to try it at first, but after watching some other kids his age, he went for it, and there was no stopping him then. He went over and over again. Fortunately it wasn't too busy. At times there would be a short line of 3-4 kids, other times he was only limited by how fast he could carry his tube back up the hill.
Eventually we all met back up to get lunch. I wanted to go to the snack bar that was near the creek, but Brian was convinced that there was something better over near one of the slides he had done with Lily. My heel had been bothering me all morning, since we were off for a long walk I decided to put my flip flops on instead of going barefoot, and that did help a lot. (Actually they were Lily's flip flops that she bought at the YC last year, yes my 10 year old has such huge feet that I can wear her shoes. She likes it though, says that big feet make good flippers for swimming) So we hiked across the park for lunch.
We ate at Typhoon Tillys, over by Shark Reef. The only non-meat thing they had was a PB&J sandwich, didn't sound very filling but at least it came with fries. And a cookie which I'll admit I was looking forward to. Owen had to go potty, so I took him and told Brian to order for me. I was quite disappointed when I came back to find out that Brian, for some reason, had switched out my sides to be grapes and applesauce! I was looking forward to the fries and cookie more than the sandwich, guess I should have communicated that better. Oh well.
After lunch Brian and Lily wanted to do Shark Reef, there wasn't an age or height limit so we thought we would let Owen try. You get to snorkel through a pool with live fish! Owen wanted to do it right up until the moment that we got in, then he freaked out. Brian had already taken off swimming so I pulled Owen out of the water and we had to do the walk-of-shame backwards through the line. At least he was willing to give it a try though. Maybe it's progress?
I think Brian was feeling bad by now, having left me with Owen most of the morning, then messing up my lunch, then making me miss snorkeling, since he didn't stick around long enough to help. So he suggested that Lily and I go do something. I don't tend to like scary water slides, but I was wanting to try Crush n' Gusher, the water coaster. It was more of a walk than I was expecting from there, but it was worth it! So much fun. We shared a double tube, and it really is just like a roller coaster, in the water.
We found them afterwards, playing in the sand. I'm actually a little uncertain about the order of events for the rest of the afternoon, I know at some point Lily and I went back for a second ride on Crush n'Gusher, and Lily took Brian on it too. We generally took turns staying with Owen at Kitty Cat Creek, while the other went with Lily.
Near the end of the day, I had been with Owen for a while, but was content to stay, so when they came to check in with me I just sent them back out. Brian wanted a drink first, and Lily was in a hurry to get back to the wave pool, so he told her he would meet her there. But about 30 minutes later, he came back, not able to find her. I hadn't seen her, so he went back out looking. She finally showed up at the Creek sometime later, in tears, having gotten lost.
I couldn't for the life of me figure out how she could have been lost for so long, there were maps everywhere, and pretty much anyone in the park could have given her directions to the creek. But that's my shy, introverted daughter, she will walk around for an hour in tears before she will speak to a stranger. Oh well. Brian caught back up with us, and the park would be closing soon. I didn't want this to be her last memory of the day, so I sent them off to do a couple more slides.
We got packed up and out just as they were making the final closing announcement. Another full day! Unfortunately, as we were packing up, I realized that Owen's stuffed raccoon, which he is desperately attached to, was missing. I was almost sure he had left the room with us this morning. Had he left it on the bus? Or had he made it into the park and disappeared during the day? In any case, I doubted we would see him again, and had a sinking feeling that there were many tears in our future.
I'm really glad we came to TL today though, both kids had a blast! The other time we did a water park, in 2008, I had second thoughts for a while and was wishing we had gone to MK instead, but then Lily ended up saying it was one of her favorite parts of the trip. So I don't know why I always resist the water parks, clearly they are a hit with the kids! And so far, knock on wood, we hadn't had any Owen-meltdowns. He is usually happiest in water, so no suprise, I guess. We have the waterpark option on our 10 day NE tickets, so we should have a good excuse to come back.
Getting back to the resort was tedious and frustrating, they had already stopped running busses to the resorts, even though the park had JUST closed, and there were still tons of people there. So we had to go to Downtown Disney and connect to an AKL bus from there. And traffic by DTD was a mess. The whole thing took almost an hour. I was really wishing that Brian had stuck to our original plan of renting a car, but even this fiasco hadn't swayed him.
(Sorry I don't seem to have taken any pictures the rest of the day, oops!)
We barely had time to change for dinner, we were headed to Sanaa tonight! Owen had slept on the bus, but was still sleepy and not in a great mood. And Kidani was a HIKE! I hadn't realized looking at the map how far it was. I think we were a few minutes late checking in, and I had to carry Owen for much of the walk.
Almost as soon as we sat down I knew we were in for a rough meal. Owen was not up for this, and being extremely uncooperative. It didn't help that our server was not very good, he forgot our appetizer and we had a horrible time getting drink refills. The food was okay, but not the best of the trip for sure.
Things picked up a little towards the end of the meal, after Owen ate a little he started doing better (though not before knocking over a full glass of water, oops!) And we finally got our appetizer (the bread service) AFTER the meal. It was really good! The walk back to Jambo was much more pleasant than the walk earlier had been, now that we weren't rushed and the kids were both in better moods. Brian had promised them both a small dessert after we got back as a reward for salvaging dinner.
So we picked up a cookie from Zawadi (the marketplace) and took it out to the observation deck. We had the whole place to ourselves. The kids really liked that there were rocking chairs just their size, and it was a nice way to end the day, just relaxing and listening to the African music playing in the background. Definitely feeling very "at home" here at AKL, pretty sure it's going to be my new favorite!