Sunday – AK: We made it out of the rooms a bit later than expected (shooting for 8, more like 8:30). Let me say, it was easy for us on this trip to lose track of time. The little ones really dictate our timelines. And well, its hard to keep track of the time when you are just happy to be in the happiest place on earth! We went to the bus stop at Old Port Royale and saw 4 buses for MK without a single AK bus. The only family waiting in front of us said they had been waiting for an hour, so I kindly called the front desk for assistance. After some time on the phone, the kind lady said a bus would arrive in 5 minutes. It was a few more than that, but I was happy to have made the call even though DH teased me for being a complainer (I was not!).
Once there, we went through temperature check, security check, and magic band touchpoint with no line. FYI for those with small kids, DS2 did NOT like getting his temperate checked. This odd-looking thing pointed directly at his head freaked him right out. Throughout the week, we learned that they could measure him on the back of his neck while we held him. I would carry him up to the checkpoint and kindly explain he didn’t like it, and they would scan him without him even knowing!
We headed to KS first (per my suggestion) rather than meander around and ride the first thing we came across. The wait wasn’t bad at all. It felt like we walked through the cue mostly. The kids loved it, and it was a great way to start our trip. When we got out, we grabbed a pretzel from a stand and threw on ponchos because of some rain. DH commented on the length of KS line at that point and said he would willingly follow TP guidance . But the rain got heavy, so we pondered whatever was indoors. We jumped in line for It’s Tough to be a Bug, only to find ourselves standing out in the rain, lol. But we got into the show and scared the kiddos, of course. From there, we grabbed Flame Tree BBQ, rode TriceroTop Spin twice, and headed to Dinosaur. Much to my surprise, DD5 decided to “be brave” and ride, while DNiece6 decided it was too scary for her. This is a huge role reversal, so I was nearly trying to talk DD5 out of it while we were in line. Although she did NOT like it, she said she knew she was safe because DH roared back at all the dinosaurs. We caught up with DM, DS2, SIL, DNiece6, and DNephew2 and went to Kali River Rapids. This was our first attempt at Rider Swap and got scolded for having 4 ppl in our 2nd group. We learned we needed to show that we were 2 different families both rider switching. The moms and girls rode first, then the dads and girls rode second; all while the boys napped. Everest was next, although we found that DNiece6 was just barely too short, while DD5 was tall enough. This made for an unhappy niece, but she was happy to hang out at Rivers of Light and watch characters. The non-riders saw the drummers, the classic characters, and Pocahontas. Meanwhile, I sat with DD5 and had the soccer-mom-hold on her on Everest. I love coasters but as I (eh hem) age, my motion sickness gets worse. Even with the prescription patches, I felt quite disoriented. In the dark, I yelled to my daughter, are you ok? She answered back with an excited ‘Yeah!’ Who knew I had a thrill seeker?!?! Her arms were up for a good portion of the ride (like DH had taught her)! After that, we were running short on time and headed to Pandora. Wow, amazing to see in person, although I wish I would have watched the movie again just before coming. We all rode NRJ together, which was a nice ride for the whole group even if we weren’t all Avatar fans. From there, half of the group jumped in line for FoP just before park closing, but again found DNiece6 was just a tad short. The nice castmember gave her a pass to skip the line when she is tall enough and comes back. So only DH and DD5 rode. I opted not to go due to the motion sickness, which tends to be worse with screens for me, even with some nice strangers trying to convince me I should go. To my surprise, DH came off saying it was the best ride he’s ever ridden! A little sad I missed out, I knew Soarin’ would be another opportunity for me to see if I was able to handle the screen rides. By that point, it was after 6. We had been surprised to find out the extended the park hours by an hour that day. Back to CBR we headed to figure out dinner plans. With limited options, we ate at CBR’s quick service, but weren’t real impressed with the food or selection. Off to bed for our MK day Monday!