Saturday, October 18, 2008

Disney Vacation - Day 3

We all sleep in, ate a leisurely breakfast and then headed down to the pool for a dip! Banks loved the clown slide and Mary Reese loved all the elephants squirting water around the pool. We headed back to the room to get ready for our big date with Cinderella and her princess friends!
Since Banks was dying to ride the monorail again {and we had plenty of time}, we walked through Epcot to catch the monorail to the Magic Kingdom. We were the first people on the platform, so we asked to ride up front with the drivers {they let up to 4 people do this each ride}. They both loved being "Monorail Co-Pilots" of the Orange Monorail and even got a special card to commemorate the occasion! The Magic Kingdom was PACKED {attendance was over 44,000 at noon that day}, so we made our way straight to the castle for our lunch reservations at Cinderella’s Royal Table! They call your party when your table is ready, then you have your picture made with Cinderella before heading upstairs to your table. The girls are given a magic wand with a wishing star and the boys receive a sword with a wishing star. The Major Domo’s Pie {shepard’s pie} and Chocolate Buckle dessert were both delicious! We got to see Belle, Snow White, Jasmine and Sleeping Beauty upstairs. I wish you could have all seen the excitement on Mary Reese’s face – it was PRICELESS and worth every penny I paid to eat in the castle! After lunch they had a wishing star ceremony and both kids wished for a night in Cinderella’s Castle {it didn’t happen while we were there…but it didn’t hurt to wish}!
Wishing for a night in the castle
We decided to ride the Walt Disney World Railroad around the park twice! It was really nice to just sit and get out of the crowds for a few minutes. We disembarked the train and rode the raft to explore Tom Sawyer’s Island. Mary Reese had been dying to tour Mickey and Minnie’s houses, so he hiked it on over to Toontown! After the tour of homes, we walked to Fantasyland to ride Snow White’s Scary Adventure, play in Ariel’s Grotto and to ride Peter Pan again. By that time we knew we needed to go claim our spot for Spectromagic and Wishes!
We finally found a spot right in front of the castle but it was wall to wall people {it was super crowded and they weren’t kidding on the message boards about finding a spot an hour in advance}! I tried to get us some popcorn to snack on but the lines where ridiculously long! Spectromagic was an updated version of the Electric Light Parade they had when I was growing up! All the floats and characters were so neat all lit up! Wishes was fabulous and getting to see Tinkerbell fly from the top of the castle to somewhere else in the park {it is a big secret where she actually lands} was wonderful!
After the fireworks, we made our way back down Main Street and caught the bus home! Banks and Jody went to the ESPN Zone for a really late dinner while Mary Reese and I opted for ice cream at Seashore Sweets. We all hit the hay to get our beauty rest for Donald’s Breakfast Safari the next morning…

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