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Posted: Oct. 08, 2003 2:46 am/pm Quote

Here's the first two days of my first ever trip report. I hope you enjoy it or at least don't fall asleep reading it! :sleepy:

Who:
Me – Mom, chief obsessive tour planner, kids “wild ride” companion
DH – coaster-phobic
DS1 – age 9, junk food expert
DD – age 6, thrill seeker, food allergies
DS2 – 20 months, “the little guy”, Pooh fan, his first Disney trip
Grandmom –  my mother from New Jersey
Granddad – my father from New Jersey, chief stroller pusher

Background
This is our third trip to WDW with kids. In 1999, we stayed at POR with my parents and my brother’s family. In January 2001 my parents and our family stayed at the Contemporary Tower with a Magic Kingdom view. This trip, we stayed at the Polynesian from September 28 to October 5 using the Fairytale Package. I called each of the sit-down restaurants 7 days before our PS’s to discuss accommodations for DD’s food allergies. My parents had already driven to Florida from New Jersey and were staying for a few days at Ormond Beach, Florida.

Day 1, Saturday, September 27
After frantic packing Friday night, we were ready to go by about 8:30. We tried out a new route to Orlando through the north Alabama-Georgia mountains. We picked up lunch from Wendy’s and stopped to eat at a rest area so the kids could run around. The DVD player in the van was great. I packed all Disney movies – Lilo & Stitch, Stitch: The Movie, The Aristocats, Mary Poppins, Homeward Bound, Sleeping Beauty, The Many Adventure s of Winnie the Pooh, and Snow White. We finally stopped for the night in Gainesville, Florida after 9.5 hours of driving. The new route was good, but backups on I-75 put us behind schedule. I didn’t think the little guy could take sitting down in a restaurant for dinner, so we got take out and ate dinner in our hotel room. For an added bit of vacation apprehension, DD had a fever and was feeling blah. I called my parents and told them we should be at the Polynesian between 10 and 11 am.

Day 2, Sunday, September 28
We were up early for the final leg of our Orlando journey. DD still had a fever, so we gave  her some  children’s Motrin. The Ramada Inn had an expanded continental breakfast, so we ate before checking out. DS2 *really* didn’t want to get back in his car seat! We arrived at the Polynesian at 10:30. While waiting to check in, I called my parents. They took a wrong turn and were at Animal Kingdom Lodge. We checked in and found that our room was ready. Room 2407 was a lagoon view on the 2nd floor of Tuvalu with a connecting door to my parents room. It’s very big and nicely decorated. We didn’t have a balcony, but we did have sliding glass doors that open onto a railing. Our view includes the Grand Floridian, Cinderella’s castle, Space Mountain, the monorail, and the Contemporary. To DS2’s endless delight, we could also see the ducks that visit the patios along the water’s edge. Our multitude of bags arrived, along with my parents. We unpacked a few things, then headed for Captain Cook’s for lunch. After being refueled by French fries, chicken fingers, Polynesian chicken sandwiches, etc., we took the launch to the Magic Kingdom.
DD was still feeling blah, so we rented her a stroller. DS2 had his beloved red Combi London stroller to command. We walked down Main Street and through the castle towards our first ride on Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel. But wait – there was a cast member directing people into Mickey’s Philharmagic! Deciding that Cinderella could wait, I quickly directed our group into Philharmagic. Everyone enjoyed it. DS2 laughed through the whole show. Next we took a quick ride on the Carrousel, while Granddad headed off to Splash Mountain to pick up some Fastpasses. While we are awaiting his return, DS1 spotted the ice cream vendor, who was soon ringing up our Mickey and Minnie bars. We ate our ice cream while walking  to the Haunted Mansion. The kids were fine with riding the Haunted Mansion – until we got inside. I reminded them that it’s all supposed to be “funny” spooky. We boarded our doom buggies. I had DS1 and DS2 riding with me. DS2 promptly fell asleep, but DS1 was scared. The ride stopped for a minute, then continued. Then it stopped for about 5 minutes. DS1 was really scared! I started pointing out the lights, cameras, and other technology in an attempt to distract him, but the people in the other buggies who decided it would be funny to scream weren’t helping our situation. We finally got restarted and finished our ride. At the exit of the ride, a woman was sitting in a wheelchair talking to security. DS1 and DD were thoroughly spooked by the ride and refused to ride the Haunted Mansion again during our vacation. DS2 was just cranky that his nap was interrupted.
It was almost time for the parade, so we found some spots in Liberty Square. We only had to wait 15 minutes, but the kids begged me to skip the parade and go to Splash Mountain. I cruelly made them stay for the parade, which they really enjoyed. After the parade, we headed for Splash Mountain, where Grandmom, the older kids, and I used our Fastpasses. Granddad and DH took DS2 for a walk. It was the first ride on Splash for DD and DS1. They loved it! We took the train over to Toontown, then took the back way to Tomorrowland. After a ride on Buzz Lightyear and a spin around the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, we board the monorail back to the Polynesian.
We ate dinner at ‘Ohana at 5:40. We had a table in the back section with a view of the volcano pool. DH and I shared a Lapu Lapu, while we enjoyed the all-you-can eat dinner. A chef came out to talk through DD’s menu. He provided her with her own shrimp, pork, and rice. DS1 only ate French fries,  which was no surprise to us. Then we were off to the pool for a little relaxation and a lot of volcano sliding for the kids. The life jackets was great for DD. She could slide as much as she wanted without me worrying too much. She is definitely much more of a thrill seeker than her older brother was at this age!
We made it back to the room in time to watch the Electric Water Parade and go to bed.


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Posted: Oct. 08, 2003 2:55 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Lauren!

Great job on your very first-ever trip report! I'm looking forward to part 2.
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Posted: Oct. 08, 2003 5:03 am/pm Quote

Did you happen to get a photo of your view from the room? I stayed in Tuvalu (back when it was Samoa) but I did not get a shot of the view.

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Posted: Oct. 09, 2003 9:12 am/pm Quote

Quote (Tikiman @ Oct. 08, 2003 4:03 am/pm)
Did you happen to get a photo of your view from the room? I stayed in Tuvalu (back when it was Samoa) but I did not get a shot of the view.

Aloha

Steve

Maybe? I have four rolls of film to develop and our digital pictures to download. I know we tried to photograph the Electric Water Parade from our room. I'm pretty sure I also took some daytime pictures, but I'll have to get back to you after we get all of our pictures back.

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Posted: Oct. 09, 2003 3:58 am/pm Quote

Day 3, Monday, September 29
We were up before daylight and ate breakfast in our room. My parents brought milk and orange juice in their cooler, while I brought cereal, bowls, spoons, soy milk mix, fruit cups, and cereal bars. We hopped in the car for the ride to Animal Kingdom and arrived shortly after 8 am. The kids had fun talking with the palm tree, then we went through the gate and hit the first snag of the day – cast members with animals on display. The kids had fun seeing what was in each box and asking questions, while I mentally rearranged some of my early morning plans. We finally made it to Kilimanjaro Safaris and helped chase the poachers. We had some great animal sightings. DS2 was thrilled to see the giraffes, elephants, lions, rhinos, hippos, gazelle, and the ducks! Our next stop was Dinoland. DH and my parents took DS2 and DD on Triceratops Spin, while DS1 and I rode Primeval Whirl. We both enjoyed Primeval Whirl, although there was a lot less “whirling” than I had expected. DD and DS2 loved Triceratops Spin. While they were waiting for us, DH and DD played one of the carnival games. They were the only two playing, so DD won a small stuffed dinosaur toy, which she named Dino. The next ride on the list was Dinosaur. Granddad opted to take DS2, while the rest of us rode. This was DS1 and DD first ride on Dinosaur. While waiting to board, DS1 and I waved to the ladies with whom we had shared our Primeval Whirl car. DD buried her face in my shoulder after we boarded our car. After a wild ride through time, we completed our mission and disembark. DD giggled when she saw the dinosaur roaming around on the security cameras, but decided that she wasn’t brave enough to do Dinosaur again this trip. We stopped at a pretzel stand on our way to Kali River Rapids in Asia. DS1, of course, had spotted it on our way to Dinoland. Grandmom decided to stay dry, so she took DS2 while Granddad joined the rest of us in donning our ponchos. DS1 was looking forward to getting wet and decided to skip a poncho. After we boarded our raft, I realized that we had done a poor job of distributing the load. It looked like DS1 and I were going to get soaked! Sure enough, by the end of the ride DS1 was happily dripping. My poncho kept me mostly dry, but my shoes were squishy for the rest of the day. Next up was a walk through the Maharajah Jungle Trek. We had good views of the Komodo dragon, bats, birds, and tapirs, but only a few glimpses of the tigers. We decided that our last stop would be It’s Tough to Be a Bug. We had had a disastrous experience with this 3D movie on our first trip in 1999 and hadn’t even attempted it in 2001. DS1 and DD assured us that they really wanted to go. We all made it through this time, thanks to some tips from TourGuideMike. Even DS2 did OK. The final “bug exit” effect surprised my husband. I had hoped to see the Festival of the Lion King, but the kids were wearing down, so we headed back to the hotel. My parents decided to have lunch at the Rainforest Café and take the bus back. They wound up eating at the Flame Tree Barbecue, though.
Back at the room, we shared some chicken tenders from Captain Cook’s, then I took DS1 and DD down to pool. DH and DS2 tried to take a nap, but ended up joining us at the pool after about an hour. After our swim, we were rejoined by my parents and rode the resort monorail to the TTC. At the TTC, the Epcot monorail left just as we approached the platform. We had to wait for the next monorail, but DH, DS1, DD, and Granddad were able to ride in the front and earn their monorail co-pilots licenses. We were running late and just had time to watch the Circle of Life film before our PS at the Garden Grille. Dinner was delicious, but DS2 was terrified by the characters. He finally got to the point were he would wave to them – but only from a large distance. The layout of the tables in this restaurant doesn’t seem very good for character dining. After dinner, we headed for Test Track. I warned the kids that the lines might be too long, but the wait was only 20 minutes. Grandmom took DS2 for a walk while we waited. After about 10 minutes, DD had to make a bathroom run. Granddad left DH and DS1 in line and got us Fastpasses for about 40 minutes later. I walked over to Mission Space and got Fastpasses for DS1 and me to ride later. DD and I took over DS2 duty, while Grandmom and Granddad went to ride Mission Space. They enjoyed it, but after that experience Granddad decided not to ride Test Track. DS1 was happy to use his Granddad’s Fastpass, so DS1, DD, and I rode Test Track. When we got out the stand-by line was only 5 minutes, so we rode again! DD loved this ride! Next, DS1 and I went to ride Mission Space. There was no line at all. I was a bit apprehensive, since close spaces (like caves) make me a bit uncomfortable, but I had no problems. The launch sequence is pretty good, but the Mars maneuvers were awesome! I think that the outside design of this ride is the best in Future World. When DS1 and I found the rest of the group, I noticed that DS2 was wearing different clothes. He and DD had discovered the fountain near Mission Space and Test Track. They had a great time, but DS2’s shoes were still soaked the next day!
We returned to the Polynesian and got ready for bed. When the Electric Water Parade started, I called the kids over to watch. DS1 took one look and said “It’s the same as last night” and returned to playing his Gameboy. At least DD and I enjoyed it!

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Posted: Oct. 09, 2003 7:46 am/pm Quote

:bowdown: Thank you for taking the time to post your trip report.  I'm gathering tips from your experience for my upcoming trip in 1-- yes it's almost here-- week   :buttrock: keep the reports comin'!!!

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Posted: Oct. 10, 2003 9:35 am/pm Quote

Day 4, Tuesday, September 30
We had another early morning with breakfast in the room, then hopped in the car for the drive to MGM. Our first scheduled stop was Tower of Terror. I had hoped to try it, but hadn’t thought any of the kids would want to ride. DS1 decided to give it a try. He was a bit apprehensive when we entered the hotel. The dust and cobwebs reminded him of the Haunted Mansion. After the TV sequence in the library, he was ready to leave NOW! While we waited to get to the next cast member and exit, the people behind me started talking with us. The teenage girl explained how she had been scared the first time she rode. They convinced him to give it a try. He was more scared of the “haunted” effects than of the drops. Afterwards, he said he was glad that he gave it a try, but he didn’t want to ride it again. Our next stop was Star Tours, with everyone except Granddad and DS2 riding. Once again, our robot pilot got a little lost on the way to Endor and gave us a wild flight. This was the first time DD rode Star Tours and it joined Splash Mountain and Test Track as new favorites. I guided the group over to Playhouse Disney. I knew DD and DS2 would love the Playhouse show. I also knew that DS1 would hate it, so he and I headed back to Star Tours. After another missed trip to Endor, we looked for ice cream on the way back to Animation Courtyard. Alas, all the ice cream stands were still closed, so we settled for popcorn. I had planned to see the Voyage of the Little Mermaid next, but DH wanted to see the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular and DD desperately wanted to ride Star Tour again. There was just enough time for DH, DS1, and DD to ride Star Tours before joining the rest of us at Indiana Jones. We took advantage of the ice cream stand across from the entrance before heading to our seats. This was the first time we’ve seen this show and we really enjoyed it. Then we made our mistake for the day – we headed to the Great Movie Ride. The wait was our longest of the day and DD was melting down by the time we exited the ride. We headed back to the Polynesian for lunch and a well deserved nap.
After our naps, we walked to the TTC and caught the monorail to Epcot. Our first stop was the Wonders of Life pavilion. DH, DS1, DD, and I rode Body Wars. DD didn’t really enjoy it. Next we went to see Cranium Command. We always enjoy this attraction. DS1 didn’t seem to think it was very funny though. He realizes that he is getting close to puberty and might someday start liking those dreaded girls! Our next event was one of the most anticipated nights of our Disney vacation – parents night out! My parents took the kids for fish and chips in the UK, the boat rides in Mexico and Norway, a walk around the World Showcase, and finally a viewing of Honey, I Shrunk the Audience. DH and I, meanwhile, snuck off for dinner. We enjoyed browsing through the Moroccan pavilion, then had dinner at Restaurant Marrakesh. We both had the Royal Feast and shared a Moroccan sunset drink. For most of the food, everything I liked, he didn’t, and vice versa. The appetizer plate had Jasmina Salad (I liked it), Seafood Bastilla (I loved it! ), and Chicken Bastilla (he liked it). The main dinner was Roast Lamb Meshoui (his favorite), Lemon Chicken (I liked it), and Couscous (I liked) with Seven Vegetable (he liked). We both ate our share of the Crepes Atlas though! The musician added to the atmosphere and the belly dancer was fun to watch. I bought the Moroccan cookbook as a souvenir. Next we wandered through the shops in France and the UK. We stopped in Canada to buy an Off Kilter CD and bought an Epcot coin set and Canadian tour book as well. By now it was about 8 pm. We decided to stay for Illuminations, which we had never seen. I offered to help pass the time at the shops in Showcase Plaza, but DH decided he would rather just sit and talk. Probably a much cheaper decision as well! We found a spot near the railing across from Refreshment Port. We had a good view of the lagoon and a break in the trees overhead for the fireworks. Illuminations was great! We finally made it back to Polynesian at 10 pm. My parents had put the kids to bed, but DS1 and DD were still awake. On previous nights they had taken turns sleeping on the daybed, but that night they shared a bed with a pillow between them. I think they missed us.

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Posted: Oct. 10, 2003 11:26 am/pm Quote

I'm on a roll today.... Here's Day 5 -- our day at SeaWorld with Little Miss Grump! :glare:

Day 5, Wednesday, October 1
We started off the day with 8 am PS at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian. I loved the food there, but the waiting area and the buffet always seems very chaotic. We visited with Mary Poppins in the waiting area. DH said that Alice and the Mad Hatter stopped by our table. All during our breakfast, we kept hearing a little voice shouting “Pooh! Pooh!”. DS2 overcame his fear of the characters to visit with his all time favorite – Pooh. :hearts:
After breakfast, we returned to the Polynesian and got in the car to go to SeaWorld. My parents decided to go to Epcot and rest for the afternoon, instead. Our first ride a SeaWorld was Journey to Atlantis. DD barely made the height requirement, but was dying to go on the ride. I was a little apprehensive for her after seeing the size of the first big drop, but she loved it. Because of her height, she did have a tendency to bump her head on the plastic of the seat back. She was fine as long as I put my arm behind her. There was no wait for Journey to Atlantis, so we rode again. While DH waited for us to finish our rides, he and DS2 found a great spot to visit in the Journey to Atlantis gift shop. One room off of the gift shop has different aquariums in the walls – and the ceiling – and the floor! DS2 loved it! He looked so funny lying on the floor, staring at the fish below.
Next we hurried over to the 11:15 Shamu show. DS1 wanted to sit in the soak zone. We compromised by sitting towards the top of the first section of seats – in the soak zone, but far enough away that we had a good chance of escaping a soaking. The show was great, but by the end we were surrounded by grumpy kids. DS2 was crying, DD was demanding a drink NOW, and DS1 was upset that we didn’t get wet. :cry: I refrained from feeding them to the killer whales, although I was pretty tempted at the moment! :crazy: Instead we headed for Shamu’s Happy Harbour play area. DH took the kids in to play while I headed off in search of food. After a successful hunt, I returned with two Shamu kids meals (corn dogs & fries), an extra order of fries, and two Shamu kids drinks. Mango Joes had much tastier options on their menu, but I didn’t have a good way to transport the food back to the troops. The Shamu kids meals came in buckets and the kids drinks had lids and closing straws.
After lunch and some playtime, we headed for Wild Artic. DH took DS1 and DD on the “helicopter ride”, while DS2 and I did the “walking tour”. DS2 loved the beluga whales. The workers loved watching him run around the “base”, pointing and laughing. We saw the polar bears on the land part of the exhibit, but got up close views of the walrus and whales in the underwater viewing area. DD managed to bump her head twice. :hurt: The kids went to explore the bear’s den mockup and were scared silly when the recorded bear growl started playing!
We came out to find it sprinkling. After the Shamu show, they handed out some free coupons for a mid-way style game. The kids really wanted to use the coupons, so we headed over to the arcade area. We stopped to check the underwater viewing area for the killer whales, but didn’t see any. DD had a complete meltdown at the arcade, refusing to leave. We finally had to do the “goodbye, see you later” and walk away routine before she would go with us. I felt awful, but she’s a little big to pick up and carry away kicking and screaming! I offered to take her picture in from of the Clydesdale horse statue. Nope. So as we started to leave, she started crying and screaming again – because she wanted her picture taken! Argh! :musik: (I know that all of you readers have perfect kids who would never even THINK of acting this way! )
We visited with the live horses, marveling at their size. Next stop – eels, barracuda, and sharks! We loved the moving sidewalk with the aquarium arching overhead at Shark Encounter. DD really wanted to ride Journey to Atlantis again. First, though, we stopped to visit the penguins at Penguin Encounter. DS2 thought the penguins were pretty funny. We rode Journey to Atlantis again – twice. After our last ride, we exited the gift shop with a pink stuffed sea horse and a “SeaWorld” bag of mixed rocks. We escaped pretty cheaply in the souvenir department, but that’s what they wanted! We were all pretty tired by now, the rain was getting heavier, and DS2 was sleeping in his stroller, but we decided to swing by the manatee exhibit. DS1 had studied manatees in school last year and wanted to take some pictures back. The class had even sponsored a manatee. DH stayed with DS2, while DD, DS1, and I watched the movie and visited the manatees. The highlight for the kids was seeing one of the manatees poop! On our way out, we stopped by Dolphin Cove and touched the stingrays at Stingray Lagoon. They do feet like wet portabella mushrooms! We drove back to the Polynesian, stopping to refill our gas tank and purchase some necessities of life – milk, orange juice, and Cheerios.
Back at the Polynesian, DH and I were worn out from the long day and from dealing with DD’s tantrums. I had a quick chat with my parents and arranged a special treat – they agreed to watch the kids for an hour while we ate dinner! I put out some food for the kids to eat while we were out. My mother was amused when DD begged her to “Please, please, please!” open the canned green beans! DH and I went to the Kona Café where I had a classic Mai Tai and Pan Asian Shrimp Pasta. Yum! DH had the Asian Marinated Prime Rib and a strawberry-banana smoothie. He loved the prime rib, but didn’t enjoy the potatoes and vegetables. For dessert, we shared a delicious Kilahuea torte. Properly refreshed, and ready to deal with Little Miss Grump again, we headed back to the room. We took the kids down the pool, while my parents headed the Kona Café for their own dinner. DH took DS2 back to the room about 7:30, but the other kids and I stayed and watched the fireworks from the beach by the pool. We went back to the room and watched the Electric Water Parade before bed.

LaurenS
P.S. Did I mention that my parents are great?! :coolgrin:
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Day 6, Thursday, October 2

Thursday was Early Magic Hour at the Magic Kingdom! After getting ready and eating breakfast in the room, we were ready to go – after 8 am. I was fuming since I stressed to my husband how this was THE most important day to get to the park early. Luckily, the crowds are still small, so everything turned out OK. We took the monorail to the park and headed for the first ride of the day – Dumbo. DS1 decided that he was “too big” to ride Dumbo, but DS2 loved it! DS2 cried when it was time to get off, but we headed for his other favorite – Pooh. We all rode the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and DS2 once again cried at the exit. Next, we rode Snow White’s Scary Adventure for the first time. No one was TOO scared, but my mother did note that we saw a lot of the witch! Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel was one of DD and DS2’s favorites. Once again, the little guy cried and clung to his horse when it was time to get off. Then we boarded our flying ships to wing our way over London and through Neverland on Peter Pan’s Flight. Then we walked over to It’s A Small World and some of us, at least, sang along. Next stop was scheduled to be Splash Mountain. The grandparents and DH opted to take DS2 back to Fantasyland, while DD, DS1, and I rode Splash. We agreed to meet at the exit of Splash Mountain at 10 am. Unfortunately, Splash Mountain is closed when we arrive. I picked up some Fastpasses for afternoon, but was pretty upset, since we had to go back through Fantasyland to try to find the others in our group. I told the kids we were on a secret spy mission to capture the grandparents. Their job was to look for our stroller parked outside of a Fantasyland attraction. We nabbed the Grandmom spy with the stroller next to Dumbo. DH and DS2 were in line, so we agreed to meet at the exit of the Mad Tea Party. DD, DS1, and I ride the Mad Tea Party twice, but still no DH. We discovered that they had detoured over to the Carrousel for another ride. Now reunited, we all headed to Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin. After Buzz, we took a ride on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, then headed to Adventureland. Everyone but Granddad went for a ride on the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. DS1 tried to aim the carpet so the camel could spit on us. I loved the little jewels and such embedded in the concrete of the walkway. Our next stop was the Enchanted Tiki Room. DD loved the talent agent birds in the preshow. She and DS2 were a little concerned during the dark section with the thunder. DS2 enjoyed dancing to the music and watching the birds. Our last stop as a group was at the Jungle Cruise. We had a good trip along the jungle river, although I noticed DD had her eyes closed as we went through the ruins. DD, DS1, and I waved goodbye to the others to head off to Splash Mountain. I thought that they were headed back to the hotel, but they decided to eat lunch at the Columbia Harbor House instead. When we arrived at Splash Mountain, we noticed that the stand-by line was very short. We decided to ride stand-by, then used our Fastpasses for a second trip. One the second trip, DS1 asked to ride up front, so we all wound up getting soaked! We took the railroad from Frontierland to Main Street, then took the launch back to the Polynesian. DS1 had a long conversation with the boat skipper, Rob, asking such important questions as “Can I drive?” and “Do you have any cookies?”.
After lunch from Captain Cook’s and a short rest, we all boarded the bus to MGM. Our first stop was a the Voyage of the Little Mermaid. Even DS1 enjoyed to show, although I didn’t remember it as being that wet! We found spots to watch the parade on the steps where the Doug Live! attraction used to be. We had a great view. Afterwards, we walked around Echo Lake to Hollywood and Vine for our Fantasmic! package dinner. The food was good and the chef provided DD with her own French fries, string beans, turkey, and soy ice cream. After dinner, DH, DD, DS1, and I rode Star Tours again, while the grandparents took DS2 to the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure. We met up with them at the playground and let the kids play for 30 minutes. I had a nice conversation with a cast member who was on a 6 month Disney stint. He was from Puerto Rico and commented on how the weather was cold for him. After the playground, we headed to Oscar’s Garage to go to Fantasmic. The stadium wasn’t very crowded when we arrived 35 minutes before the show. I gave the kids glow bracelets that I had brought from home, which entertained them for a while. DS1 was starting to get a bit grumpy waiting. DD really wanted a light-up wand and DS1 had mentioned that he wanted one of the colored light-sabers, so I decided to splurge. Unfortunately, DS1 had changed his mind and sulked for a while. We wound up buying him a glass of Sprite with light up ice cubes instead. The kids were wowed when Fantasmic started. So was I. We enjoyed the show, the fireworks, and the special effects. We got misted from the water screens, even though we were 2/3rds of the way to the back of the studio. Afterwards, we retrieved our stroller and went to the bus stop. The bus stops weren’t TOO crazy. We got on the first bus, but it was very crowded. I got a seat up front with DS2 on my lap. We were sitting next to a couple from Pennsylvania, near where I grew up. DS2 was fascinated by the man’s firefighter tigger tattoo. DS1 and DD got separated from the adults for a bit, but DS1 found seats in the back for himself and his sister. We made it back to the Polynesian just as the Electric Water Parade was starting.

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Sounds as if you all really had a great time.Looking forward too reading the rest of your report.
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