|Amy's Day Two Report
||[Dec. 21st, 2006|02:44 pm]
Our first full day in Disney dawned on Saturday Dec. 2nd. We’d had to get up and leave so early for our trip to the airport; the sneakers I’d thrown on Kate’s feet at 4:30 in the morning were her crappy old ones. The bottoms were almost worn through. While we met in the lobby of the Contemporary to figure out how to get our luggage to bell services and then on to Saratoga Springs, my mom and Katie went shopping. She came back down in the most adorable low top chuck Taylor sort of styled sneakers; pink sparkly with “Princess” on the back, and a castle on the toe. There were even stars in the sparkles…very Dorothy ruby-slipper-like.
So once I’d run back and forth to our room-waiting for bell services, and then realizing it could take way too long…at the precise moment that jenelope knocked on my door since Bill had realized this too. We ended up bringing the luggage straight to them to transport to our new hotel. Our rooms wouldn’t be ready till 4 in the afternoon, so we hopped the Monorail (MommaRail according to Katie) to the Magic Kingdom.
We were famished, and had been planning to head over to the bakery on Main Street for a bite to eat for breakfast. Unfortunately they were filming the Christmas parade and we where brought backstage to avoid walking through the filming on Main Street. Our breakfast hopes were dashed. We ended up grabbing a snack of cheese stuffed pretzels. Not my favorite…but we were so hungry it just had to do.
We rode the People Mover, and Katie at first didn’t want to. She remembered going through the dark tunnel into Space Mountain. There was also no way we were going to convince her to do Buzz Lightyear. Bill waited outside while we all took aim at the aliens. We headed over to the “slow cars” as Bill refers to the Indy cars. Katie loved that. She insists that she won the race. Jenelope and I shared a car. We then made our way to the teacups, Carousel, Mickey’s Philharmagic and Small World. I think we skipped Dumbo because the line was insane…but I may be remembering wrong.
We grabbed counter service lunch at Pinocchio’s whatchamacallit. I had to stake out a table and find people that were almost done eating because it was packed.
We ended up hitting the Tiki Birds in the afternoon and Pirates. New Jack Sparrow was tastefully placed. I miss the “Thar be Rough seas ahead…” but it’s still a great ride. We then knew we’d have to make our way to the Polynesian for dinner at Ohana. We hopped the Train in Frontierland, and had to wait a bit for it since there was a parade running. It was a nice ride to the front of the park where we grabbed the monorail.
My mom was a bit taken aback that we wouldn’t be “freshening up” in our rooms before dinner. She wasn’t clear on the concept that our rooms weren’t even ready and that it would take forever to go there, can make it back in time for our reservations.
We sat at the bar and waited for the Houle arrival. Carol, Randy and his parents and aunt and uncle. They’d be delayed getting to us by bad weather and a cancelled flight. They made it in time, with empty stomachs. They proceeded to drink some Mai Tai’s and the evening was starting off very fun. Food was excellent. There was a guy playing the ukulele this time. He wasn’t as good as the lady they usually have. Katie did the limbo and the coconut race. She nibbled on some food, but not much. We caught some of the fireworks from the beach and finally headed to our first stay at the Saratoga Springs resort. Carol and Randy had rented a car, and were nice enough to give my mom and David a ride. Her hip had been bothering her, and we didn’t mind catching the bus. When we finally got there, it was a gorgeous setup. We claimed the master bedroom and king size bed. We figured it was easiest to just have Katie sleep in with us. Ryan grabbed the foldout couch, which gave my mom and Snub there own queen size beds respectively.