Steamy. Crowded. Hot. Expensive.
And those are the good qualities. Somewhere along the line I lost my brain and decided that a trip to the Land of the Mouse in the middle of June (and in the middle of a massive road trip) would be a good idea.
We made it about ¾ of the way down before we ran in to a lovely thunderstorm. Nice wall cloud and sheets of rain to go along with the light show God put on. Fortunately, the kids didn’t freak out. Little Man could barely be bothered to even look up from his Leapster.
Things dried up nicely and we made our way into Orlando. I had FUBAR’d our Shades of Green reservation (yep, didn’t bother to READ the file that came with the confirmation of our reservation and missed the part about needing to put down a deposit on our room before a certain date. Ah, well.) so we wound up staying in a timeshare. The price was comparable and we managed to score a significant discount on DW tickets if only we would be willing to listen to a sales pitch on their timeshares.
Thankfully, my MIL is well-versed in timeshare sales pitches and gave us the script for getting out of there as quickly as possible. We rehearsed all night long. “It’s lovely. But it’s not for us. No. No thank you. Goodbye.” It worked pretty well and soon we were on our way after having had free breakfast. Works for me!
We packed in as much as we could at the Magic Kingdom. Carousel rides, Dumbo, Peter Pan, Snow White, Indy Cars, Buzz Lightyear, Space Mountain, Lilo and Stitch, Barnstormer, etc. Not bad with a 4 and 6 year old in tow while hanging with 500,000 of our closest friends. We were *that* close to hitting Big Thunder Mountain (my kids love roller coasters as long as they are not dark or scary – outside is fine) and a massive thunderstorm hit.
And they shut the park down. Well, the rides anyway. Our dinner reservation was coming up so we made our way to the front of the park.
In the pouring rain.
We stopped at one of the shops on Main Street and dropped a pretty penny on some dry clothing. Ouch. We then decided that dinner at California Grill wasn’t right for us (the guide said “$$$ to $$$$ in terms of price…a little outside of our budget) so we found pizza and headed back to the timeshare for dinner and time in the Jacuzzi tub. Ahhh…
Then we got to get up and do it all again! Only this time it was Animal Kingdom and it wasn’t quite as hot or as crowded. Which was nice because, by then, I was close to my last nerve.
We went on a safari and saw cows with horns that would put Texans to shame.
We saw the Lion King performance and Pocohantas and all of her wild animal friends. We wandered through Africa, Asia, and even considered trying the Expedition Everest ride until the kids got a look at the drop and yelled, in unison, “NO!” That ended THAT discussion. We did choose to take our chances on the Kali River Rapids and that was a good decision. It was probably about 2pm and it was HOT. So the ride cooled us off nicely and did so early enough that we were able to dry before our dinner reservation at The Rainforest Café. The kids enjoyed the occasional “thunderstorm” inside the restaurant and I enjoyed being able to sit down for a bit.
Then it was back in the car to head home. We are poorer in our wallet but richer overall for our trip.
And, hopefully, that will be the last time we have to do this for a LONG time. Unless you count Sea World. That’s coming up in a few weeks.
I’m putting the rest of the kids’ pictures on their blog. Enjoy!