So Disney is still popular. And crowded. Florida in late June is still hot. And humid. And as luck would have it, we picked a day that had no discernable breeze whatsoever.
But we did luck out by getting front row spots to the show in front of Cinderella’s castle. The girls and my nephew are absolutely convinced beyond any reasonable doubt or rational explanation that Cinderella actually lives in that castle. And with equal vigor they pointed out to me that Snow White and Aurora do not live there with her. So we’re all straight on that now.
After that we headed to Liberty Square. Liberty Square is my favorite spot in the Magic Kingdom. It has a replica of the Liberty Bell and looks like the town square of an old colonial town. If a mega-billion dollar corporation were around in the 1770’s to build a town square. Anyway, the Hall of Presidents was closed. I’m fairly certain the White House is responsible. I mean it’s supposed to be realistic and there’s no way the O-ministration is going share the stage with 43 other presidents. Heard a rumor that they were renaming it the People’s Hall of Soviets too but I can’t prove that.
The Heritage House gift shop next door was closed too. Which made me a little mad because they have replicas of old presidential campaign buttons and I was going to buy a Calvin Coolidge button.
We headed to the Haunted Mansion next. It was hilarious. You remember going on this ride. You get herded into this little room and this spooky Orson Welles voice tells you not to be afraid then that hanging skeleton in a noose appears at the top of the room. Bails was all excited about going on the ride, even boasting about how it wasn’t scary. She saw that skeleton and says, “Maybe I don’t want to go in the Haunted Mansion.” She was holding onto my arm so tightly it’s possible I may have future circulation problems.
There’s still some cool effects and the girls all thought it was great, especially the floating head and the ghost that hitchhikes a ride with you out of the mansion. Bails comment on the way out? “That was awesome Dad.”
Then we headed over to Pirates of the Caribbean. We stopped to get some pics with Captain Hook. He’s pretty tall and has funny shoes for a pirate.
Anyway, I had never been on this ride before. And it was pretty cool. They’ve completely redone it to resemble the three movies. Capt. Jack Sparrow is all over the place. The pirates look pretty real too including the one who was down in the muck, sitting with the pigs and drinking rum. Someone, might have been me, made a comment about how it looked a lot like Ted Kennedy. No confirmation on that yet.
Then we ate some lunch and rode on the Liberty Belle riverboat through the River of America where you see the old flatboats, a US Cavalry fort, lots of wildlife from the old west and even an Indian settlement. Provided me a chance to give the Riley a quick history lesson on Manifest Destiny. She wasn’t impressed.
We cruised through Frontierland, which by the way is a lot different from my first visit back in 1980. Back then you could buy Civil War replica hats with a USA or CSA flag on it. Can’t do that anymore. I think that’s a good change despite my interest in Civil War era history. Anyway, we headed to get the kid’s faces painted and from there to Minnie’s house and Mickey’s house. Despite the rumors, they aren’t living together. But they are right next door to each other. Everybody knows what’s up with the two of them so I don’t know why they don’t just stop the charade, take the vows, and move in together. They could rent the other place to Donald and Goofy and use the money to get a better paint job.
Kids were running pretty close to empty by now so we took the Walt Disney World Railroad back to Main Street USA, attempted to walk through some of wonderfully air conditioned shops, but just called it a day and headed back home. Luckily for me Bailey pretty much collapsed in mid stride and I got to carry her around Main Street USA for a little while, then to the monorail and finally to the parking lot tram. It wasn’t hot or sweaty at all. And her sparkly rainbow stars and flowers from her facepaint didn’t rub all over my neck either. So I wasn’t all colorful and sparkly for the walk out at all. Really.
One other observation about Disney World. Evidently if you are a Red Sox or an Alabama fan, you have to wear all your gear to the park. Because the only group representin’ better than Bosox faithful were the Tide fans. I don’t think those people actually own any article of clothing that doesn’t have an “A” on it.
The kids also have a pretty solid routine down of swimming in my folk’s pool in the morning, and then again when we get home from whatever it is we’ve done during the day. Cannonball contests have gone well. Yesterday we played “Loch Ness Monster” and I was the monster. It got a little tough to catch the kids when every time I was about to capture them, they made up a new rule about how I couldn’t reach out of the pool or grab them if they touching the edge, etc. I chose to ignore them and test their ability to land in water upon conclusion of a short trip in the air.
Anyway we’re headed home tomorrow morning. Hopefully everything goes as smoothly as the trip down. We’re flying into O’Hare so I have lower expectations than Broncos fans do of Kyle Orton. And that’s pretty damn low.
I’ll post some pics into the three vacation posts when we get home tomorrow.