Last Park Day. We always end our trips with a full MK day. By this time, we’d done and seen everything so the pressure was off, but I don’t know how to tour slowly so naturally we did everything again. We had a solid FP lineup so I decided to follow our touring plan which meant RD Pirates. Funny ride to RD, but it was still fun to start with a classic. We then headed to Adventureland and planned to do Big Thunder and maybe Splash so we could modify our later Splash FP for something else.
Big Thunder was a nice short wait, so after doing it twice with RS, we went to check our Splash which was posted as 20 mins. So we went for it as that’s not much of a wait at all. I sent everyone to ride while I took Katie to the playground. She was actually a little scared to go inside the structure so I taught her how to get up for the slide. Meanwhile hubby calls and says he thinks it’s at least an hour still to wait. This would mean that we’d miss our Peter Pan and Mine Train FPs which I couldn’t modify. Thinking he was off, I went and spoke to the CM at the entrance and asked if they had any info because the ride was posted for 20 and I was afraid to lose other FPs. She told me that the ride had all of a sudden gotten really busy and that the reported times were way less than what to expect. Then she kindly asked me to pull my family out of line and she walked them through FP. This was true Disney Magic as we didn’t expect anything I just wanted to know if we should come back to the ride later. But she told me she understood how RS can also be so time consuming. I also thought it was interesting because Disney is more known for over inflating times. The park must have filled super fast (predicted 6 I think actual was an 8) but we didn’t really feel it the rest of the day.
So we were still late to Peter Pan, but they let us ride. Then we used our MineTrain FP and I modified our other Splash to a Haunted Mansion for after lunch. Next we ate at Be Our Guest again (we really do love it here) and just like before we had great food and slow service.
After Haunted Mansion we did PhillarMagic and I picked up FPs for Small World, Pooh, and Under the Sea. In the meantime storms had started (thank god we did Frontierland early) and they lasted about 4 hours. This allowed me to pick up…drumroll please… 7 anytime FPs. My family thinks I’m crazy. So we started with Space and the FP line was all the way out to the PeopleMover. Plenty of waiting time for Miss K to nap. After we used two more at Monsters and Buzz.
Flashback here to 2011, my first trip to Disney with hubby (then boyfriend of 1 year) and Ingrid. I convinced my husband to go to Disney and we’d surprise Ingrid. Only my husband is a Brazilian immigrant, now U.S. green card holder and studying for citizenship, so he had no clue what going to Disney meant. One of our best memories of that trip was the Laugh Floor and he was picked to be that guy (it must have been the bright Brazilian shirt he was wearing). Ingrid was so excited and he thought it was so funny. So ever since, his favorite character is Mike Wazowski. Hence there have been years of Mike Wazowski gifts and cakes in our family.
Anyways so hubby was hoping to get on the camera and this time he did… he and Katie got to dance and sadly I didn’t get a pic. But I did get one of mom whose mind had to be read and she was so embarrassed she couldn’t talk
After Tomorrowland fun, we headed to dinner at Harbor House. I mobile ordered and we sat upstairs. We love this place. Yummy fish and it reminds me of the type of historical restaurants we go to at home in Ma, plus it’s across from the Mansion. It was also the first meal at Disney that I didn’t feel full after…possibly because of no alcohol. But it feels almost quiet and quaint which is hard to get at Disney.
After we didn’t have time for all our FPs because we wanted to see fireworks. So we did Haunted Mansion again and headed back to Splash because I could ride Splash all day long. The FP line was about 5 miles past the turnstiles so only one group got to ride, but I loved doing it at night.
By the time we headed to the fireworks it was time for them to start. We just wanted to duck somewhere not bothering people but it was pretty mobbed. I did hear other groups loudly fighting over spots. We were able to duck by the restaurant opposite Casey’s for an okay view until some family stood right in front of us (they were eventually told to move by CMs). The fireworks were lovely but I do think the projections makes it harder to see the whole thing. I’m also still in love with Wishes.
While I wanted to stay and soak in every last minute of Disney, my family was wiped so out we headed. The emporium was naturally packed, but getting a bus was easy. Katie slept in the stroller through the fireworks and then as we walked out. I walked out crying ugly tears because I’m your typical Disney baby who doesn’t like the fun to end. But it was an awesome day.