AKL to MK Wednesday Dec 29

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AKL to MK Wednesday Dec 29
Thu, 12-30-2010 - 12:04am

AKL to MK Wednesday 12-29

We woke up around 8:30, I couldn’t wait to shower, then a leisurely morning, breakfast, phone calls to the kids in the US and a surprise skype call from the kid in Israel … dh handled all the drama, I realized that when I have a lot of stress, my sugar goes up! I also realized that if I don’t have a snack about 3½ hours after breakfast, I have a sugar drop. It happened yesterday and again today, so now I will set an alarm on my cell phone to remind me, ‘cause that is a yucky feeling and I hate it.

We had to go off-property to pick up the scripts we forgot yesterday, but at least they were both ready, and that errand only took a half-hour, and we were back at AKL waiting for the bus to take us to Mickey Mouse. Guess what? On our way back to the resort (btw, I found a shortcut, beats out almost all traffic on 192! - the road leading out of the resort takes you onto Osceola Pkwy., and I took that all the way to Seralago, made a right turn, and drove down to 192. A left turn and in a few blocks was at Walgreens. Nice and easy!) Anyway, on the way back, we saw signs up that the MK was closed! Never saw those before. Having dinner ressies at the Crystal Palace, I was a little concerned, but the concierge said those signs mean that the parking lots are closed and anyone using Disney transportation can still go in.

What a fun day, it started out chilly, I put on a pair of thermal bottoms and wore two sweatshirts, but as it warmed up, the heavier sweatshirt came off (and I didn’t put it back on until close to sunset). Tomorrow’s supposed to be even warmer, maybe no thermals at all lol.

Our first goal at the park was lunch. I wanted to try Pinocchio’s Village Haus since I’d never eaten there, and was hoping for a table overlooking the Small World queue.

Surprise of the day - on our way to Fantasyland, we got to the entrances to the castle to find them NOT ROPED OFF!!! I kept saying this isn’t the way to FL, we’re going to end up in Tomorrowland and have to walk all the way back around. Dh just said just keep going, and I was so shocked when we got inside the castle, I was thrilled to see the mosaics again, didn’t remember the gold quite as shiny as it looked, I was in awe.

But I probably shouldn’t have lingered quite so much, because by the time we got to PVH, I was in the middle of the sugar drop L and feeling a little panicky while trying to eat my apple (which I’d tossed into my bag at the last second). So dh went to get our food and I tried to get us a table, but they were jam-packed. Finally we snagged a spot, but at the other end of the dining area from the windows over the IASW queue, but at that point I didn’t much care, I can always try again another time. We both got the pepperoni pizza and Caesar salad combo, dh got cheesecake and I got the yogurt. Dh wasn’t going to get the pizza, he assumed it was a personal pizza like the frozen Celeste pizzas for one, but he could hardly finish his (with his gastric bypass) and we agreed that for a non-south-Philly pizza, it wasn’t too bad lol. Too bad the salad was just romaine and some shredded parm., but the Ken’s dressing helped that a bit. We ended up sharing the cheesecake and took the yogurt back to the hotel with us tonight.

So lunch out of the way, we were faced with 6 hours in a packed park. What to do first? Why, Peter Pan, since we were right there. Dh went to get Fp’s, we were shocked at the return time of 11:30 p.m.! Decided that we’d see if we felt like staying that late, we then worked our way towards Adventureland, for Pirates of the Caribbean. We agreed that we’d see how long any wait times were and if they were too long, we’d just come back next week for it.

But surprise of the day #2, other than PP, no other lines were as long! I mean, the park sure LOOKED jam-packed, it was SO hard steering the scooter, but the wait times were really low!

The wait time for PoC was 45 minutes, but we pretty much moved the whole time. It wasn’t bad at all. Dh even agreed to push me in a transfer-wheelchair because we really expected it to be 45 minutes. And one guy near us in line asked us why we were in that line, and he was surprised to learn (when we told him) that DW is working on discontinuing alternate entrances. (And I fit in the regular wheelchair J , not the wider one.) After we came out of that, we came across The Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management - hokey but one of our traditions even with the cheesy ending lol.

At that point, we still had several hours to fill, so we went over to Tomorrowland to check out the wait times for Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. Of course there were no Fp’s left, but the CM at the end of the line gave us a blue ticket to return to the ride in 45 minutes, even better than a Fp. I don’t know what this is, it’s the second time we experienced this in the past few weeks. So with 45-ish minutes to fill, we hopped onto the People Mover for a leisurely tour of Tomorrowland giving dh a chance to sit. After that, we noticed that there were hardly any people waiting for the Carousel of Progress, so we sped over there and we both got to warm up. I’m telling you, there were less than 30 people in the theater with us, and they were all CoP lovers, because we were all singing along, talking to the show (like at Rocky Horror lol). Except for this one little kid, he was so funny, at the end of the show, he came over to his Mom who was sitting in front of us and asked her if he could get back his last 20 minutes rofl. She was just laughing, she and her dd (both kids were probably between 9 and 13) were hysterical, both of them just love this show ;). Dh and I like looking for details we didn’t notice before, like in the last scene when it’s Christmas, there’s a stuffed Mickey sitting among the gifts under the tree. And before we got up to leave, dh pronounced this a great day, I felt so happy he had a good time despite the crowds.

And lo and behold, we were just a few minutes late for BLSRS. Dh scored a little less that 20,000, I had about double. Of course there’s no proof because my picture of the scores didn’t come out. Oh well, we’ll just have to ride it again!

And after that, time for dinner - YAY. Dh was limping (I swear, one day I’m going to figure out how to create a double ECV) and we already knew we were heading home right after dinner.

We’ve never eaten at The Crystal Palace before, and I wasn’t sure how dh would take to a character meal with no kids in tow, but he loved it. Tigger’s his favorite J and he told him so when he got to our table ;). I have 3 pics of the two of them lol, Tigger even tried to bounce dh! (Must have been one strong dude there roflmbo!) I got hugs and kisses from Eyeore, Tigger, Pooh and Piglet and I considered joining in the kids’ parade, but then I didn’t lol. Dh missed the two parades, he said he HAD to go to the restroom. It’s not like we had any little kids of our own marching around, but it was cute to see anyway. The food was ok IMO. There were lots of dishes that sounded good to me but when I tasted them I was disappointed. The broccoli was very spicy-hot, and the salmon was dried out. I gave the quinoa a chance but I just don’t like it. I loved some of the veggie-combo salads, the ratatouille, the non-dried out salmon, the green beans, the mashed potatoes, the mussels and andouille sausage (also had clams in it, I tasted ONE but it was way too salty, I wonder if it was the same seafood used in the soup from Boma the night before, so I picked mostly mussels), the antipasto salad with salami, mushrooms and olives, and of course the desserts - carrot cake, coconut flan, key lime pie and miniature tarts of a yellow cream (lemon, maybe, I forget) with 3 perfect blueberries sitting on top. I’ve seen lots of mediocre reports on the food here. I want to like it more, there is a great variety of different flavors and combinations, but most of them are just not quite

In peace,

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Thu, 12-30-2010 - 2:31pm

I'm so glad you are having a good time despite the crowds.



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Fri, 12-31-2010 - 10:16am

Sounds like a really nice day. :) I haven't been to CP for lunch or dinner but have heard very mixed reviews about it. My personal favorite is breakfast at CP. I love when adults can fall into the magic and have fun with the characters. That is the real magic in Disney. :)

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Sun, 01-02-2011 - 8:52pm
Awwww, sounds just wonderful Max!! Yay for great Disney magic!