Well. It’s been 3 months to the day since I last posted on this thread but (contrary to appearances) I have not forgotten about it! A few days after my last update, I went to England with my family for 12 days, and then summer arrived with all its delightful busy-ness! But since I am now only a few short weeks away from my next solo trip (insert happy dance here) I figured it was time to actually finish up my trip report from last time!
So we’ll pick up where I left off with . . .
Day Five (3/9/19): Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom
This was a day of “firsts” . . .
First time eating Mickey Waffles (how has it taken me so long???)
First time successfully working the FP system to snag a total of 8 FPs in a single day
First time getting yelled at by a complete stranger (for walking too closely behind her…on a crowded sidewalk…in a throng of people…)
First time splurging on a drink with a groovy floating light-up lotus flower
So all in all, not a bad day!
Arrived bright and early for my PPO ADR at Plaza Inn and stopped for a pic on the way.
I had some time to kill before my ADR (did I mention I got there super-duper early?) so I wandered the plaza and took some pictures. I love this place in the quiet light of early morning.
Breakfast at Plaza Inn was wonderful! I thought it was a great value (no dining plan, I paid out of pocket) especially compared with the breakfast I had at Kona on my last day. Ahem.
I enjoyed it so much that it was one of the first ADRs I booked when I made the decision to go back to WDW at the end of August! This time, I won’t do a PPO, though. I felt rushed (self-imposed…the wait staff did not rush me at all) because I was anxious to get in line for RD. This time I’ll be doing a late morning breakfast after EMH, so I will be ready for a break and a more leisurely breakfast.
After breakfast, I headed to 7DMT with the rest of the RD crowd. I had a FP for Pooh that converted to an anytime FP while I was in line for 7DMT. By the time I had finished the train, Pooh was back up, so I hopped into the standby line. (Current FP status: 1 anytime and 2 pre-booked - Haunted Mansion + Big Thunder)
Pooh had just come back online, so the standby line was super short. Within literally 30 seconds of getting in line, however, it went down again. I decided to stick it out, but it was not meant to be. They informed everyone that it would be a long wait, so they closed the line to new guests and scanned our bands, giving everyone currently in line an anytime FP. (Current FP status: two anytime FPs, plus HM and BTMR still unused!).
I made my way to IASM, hoping for a short SB line since it was still a bit before 10am at this point. It was a walk-on, so walk on I did!
(not the greatest picture here, but I love this hippo! )
I was able to modify my HM FP up a bit, so I headed there next.
Now it was time for some decisions. I chose to use my first anytime FP for Jungle Cruise, which was already posting a 70-minute wait at this point (about 10:30am). Then I used my second for Splash, which had a 65-minute posted wait. Both were basically walk-ons with FP.
I wasn’t able to modify my FP for BTMR no matter how much I tried, so after Splash I had a bit of a wait until my 12:05 FP. I took my time exiting Splash, took some pictures, then found a cool-ish, shady spot to wait before walking onto BTMR using my final FP.
This next pic is actually a gif my phone created… no idea if it will work here, but I’ll give it a whirl!
At this point, I had a very, very serious decision to make. I knew I wanted to hop to AK in the evening and I knew that I wanted to try to snag a FP for FOP at the 1:01 drop. It was 12:27 when I got off BTMR. The “safe” choice would have been to find something boring to do for the next 34 minutes and keep an eagle eye on the clock. Instead, I booked a FP for Under the Sea, modified the heck out of that thing as I walked with purpose across the park, and was able to get it up to 12:45. I arrived at Under the Sea at 12:38 (within the grace period) and rode with no wait. My phone gets terrible reception on this ride, so I had my fingers crossed the whole time that the ride wouldn’t break down with me on it and cause me to miss the 1:01 drop! (#firstworldproblems )
I did not get stuck on the ride. I was off with several minutes to spare and waited in the shade of the exit area for the clock to strike 1:01. I was genuinely shocked when, at 1:01 precisely, there was a FP for FOP late in the evening! I was even more thrilled that was able to modify it a couple times before the magic minute ended and got it up to 4:50. I then sauntered and swaggered my oh-so-pleased-with-myself self on over to Be Out Guest, arriving early for my 1:20pm ADR and getting in immediately.
Word on the street is that this bowl of bacon-y, pork-y, sacue-y yumminess has been taken off the BOG menu. But the new coq-au-vin-style chicken that appears to have replaced it seems to be a similar concept, so maybe I’ll love that just as much as the pork.
After a leisurely lunch and a slow stroll towards the front of the park, I decided to stake out a spot for the 3pm parade. After finding the perfect bench (complete with shade and an almost-cool breeze), the thought occurred to me that the only thing that could make the parade viewing any better would be if I was sipping a cold drink at the same time. Maybe I was overly confident after my morning of FP victories…
And, as we all know, pride goeth before the fall.
I chose to give up my perfect, shady, almost-cool-breezy viewing spot (first mistake) and scurried over to Starbucks. I figured the line, which was practically out the door when I arrived, would move quickly (second mistake). Surely 25 minutes would be plenty of time to order, get my frappuccino, and find a new-and-maybe-even-improved parade viewing spot, right?
35 minutes later, I finally scurried out of that madhouse, clutching my already-melting, $6 frappucino, right as the parade began to pass the doorway. I tried to make my way quickly along the sidewalk towards the entrance, so that I could get ahead of the parade and find a shaded spot under the trees in front of Tony’s.
The CMs had done a decent job of keeping the sidewalk mostly clear. At some point, however, I caught up to a mom and her teenage daughter, who were walking side by side veeeerrrryyyy sllooooowwwwlllyyyy, and managing to take up the entire walkway with just the two of them. I guess I came up behind them too quickly and/or closely for their liking, because before I could even take a breath to say “excuse me” the mom turned right around and yelled “JUST GO THEN!!” right in my face.
I was mortified.
I wanted to apologize for whatever it was that I did that made her so angry (still not exactly sure what that was) but I was so shocked that all I could do was put my head down in a whipped-puppy sort of way, walk quickly past her as she glared at me as only a Hot-and-Hangry-Disney-Mom can, and quickly found a spot that (I hoped) would keep me out of her path of fury.
Maybe I should have offered her my melty frappuccino as a peace offering.
BTW, Disney security caught the whole unfortunate exchange on one of their many surveillance cameras. I have managed to procure this still shot of my face at the exact moment the yelling started:
I’m a little embarrassed to admit how sad I actually felt after this incident and how long it took me to shake off the blues. I was so distracted by the whole kerfuffle that I got exactly zero decent pics of the parade, which is a shame because I was excited to see the dragon back in action. Oh well. Next time!
After this disappointing end to my MK day, I was definitely ready to hop to a new park and “start fresh.” So off to my favorite park I went!
A peaceful stroll through the Oasis and a friendly chat with a Roseate Spoonbill (who did not shout at me) were the perfect antidote to the previous hour.
I made my way over to Pandora and tapped in for my FOP FP. It was 4:59 and I thought “huh… wonder if I can manage to grab another at the 5:01 drop?” So I stepped off to the side to let people pass me in line and pulled out my phone. Sure enough, I snagged another FP for FOP! But then I realized that I would actually rather ride NRJ instead of FOP a second time (I hadn’t gotten to ride NRJ yet on this trip) so I tried modifying it. And it worked! I got NRJ for late that evening (maybe 8pm?) but modified it up to 6:05. This is FP #7 for the day, for those who are still counting!
After FOP, I strolled around and just enjoyed the alien beauty of Pandora while I waited for my NRJ window to open.
After Navi, I stopped in at Nomad Lounge for a nibble and a magic drink.
I gotta say, this glowing lotus flower made me far happier than it really should have.
I was pretty tuckered by this point, but I really wanted to stay for Rivers of Light (for which I had snagged FP #8 after tapping into Navi). As you can probably guess from my profile pic, I love this show. So my pet lotus and I made our slow, tired way across the park for a perfect end to what was an almost-perfect day.
Next up: A slow, lazy Sunday morning and Flower & Garden Part 2!