Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Spring Break 2016 - Part 4

Our second Disney park day started at Magic Kingdom.  This day, the park opened at 8:00 AM and we were there at the gates by 7:20 AM or so.  We knew it would be crowded so we wanted to get there early. We had to wake the boys up and leave by 6:45 AM to get there.  The boys both asked why we were getting up "at night" to go since it was still dark out.  And the weather had turned COLD for this day.  Pants and sweatshirts kept us warm but it was in the 40's when we were waiting for the park to open. This day, we started off by running to Space Mountain to start where Brian and Evan got on the ride fairly quickly.  While they were on Space Mountain, Eric and I ran to Seven Dwarves Mine Train (his favorite ride) again.  Brian rode the tea cups with each boy individually and I got to ride Space Mountain with Evan again using the rider swap.  We also got to do Peter Pan, rode Barnstormer again, did the People Mover and stopped for a snack. . . this enormous Mickey chocolate chip cookie!  

After this, we rode the train to the exit:
This was about 10:30 AM.  You can see just how crowded Main Street was at this time . . . just as we were leaving:
We hopped on the monorail to the Contemporary to have brunch with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto.  Our boys, especially Evan, have been very hesitant about characters in costume. So you can imagine my surprise when THIS happened when Minnie came to our table:
It's a miracle:
Eric got so tired eating that he had to lie down:
Brian jokingly "eating" Pluto's tail for brunch:
Next up was Mickey!
I made it into this photo:
Donald Duck:
He really did enjoy it!

And one last photo with all of us and Goofy:
I am so glad we decided to do this brunch.  My parents gave us a little extra spending money for the trip, which certainly helped (so thank you!).  And surprisingly, we were able to get a reservation with 2 days notice.  I just kept checking repeatedly to see if something would open up and it actually worked.

After this, we headed to Hollywood Studios where we did the following shows/rides:
Stunt Car show, which closed permanently a few weeks after we left
Honey I Shrunk the Kids Playground
Disney Junior Show
Frozen Sing-A-Long
Indiana Jones Stunt Show
Star Tours ride
Toy Story Mania ride
Tower of Terror (Brian and Evan).

We had changed our agenda for this day and were still able to score fast passes for the last 3 rides, which were some of the most popular rides.

We couldn't believe Evan rode Tower of Terror.  But afterwards, he said it was too scary and wouldn't ride again.  I had the rider swap ticket again and we didn't use it.  At this point, we had been going for 11 hours and were ready to go home.

We also went to the Sea World water park on our last day.  We had arrived at 10:00 and I thought we'd be heading back no later than 3:00 . . . though we were forcing the boys to leave at 5:00.  Evan said that was one of the best days of his trip too.

All in all, the trip could not have gone any better.  The weather cooperated and even gave us an advantage on the one day that it rained.  We had a great mix of pool days and park days.  Can't wait to go back next year to do Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom (again)!

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