Day 8: Sunday December 8. Magic Kingdom. Predicted CL: 5. Actual CL: 8!
This morning we got up bright an early in order to change hotel rooms. This was a big pain but we had not had hot water (it had usually only been lukewarm or slightly better) the whole week, so we decided to move, and they couldn’t move us yesterday. Mainly we decided to move because apparently our whole building had problems with the hot water and I didn’t want my other set of in-laws also dealing with the water problem. We’re kind of used to water problems since we live in Russia, but I knew my in-laws would be miserable without it. So, we got up at 5:00 and gathered/packed and were moved out by 7:45 and on our way to MK, just a little later than hoped for.
We got parked, left our jackets in the car, and took the ferryboat over to MK. It was a little chilly for the first hour or so but quickly warmed up. We hit up the bathrooms before the morning show again and then headed to Fairytale Garden to RD meeting Merida. I saved a spot (second in line) while DH took the girls to ride the teacups. They were on the first ride of the day and returned hungry, ha, so we had some snacks in line. While in line for Merida we received a message from some friends of DH’s who live nearby (with whom we had arranged to meet) that they were in line for Merida saving us a spot. Ha! They were a few people behind us but had come while DH and the girls were at the teacups and had never met me before, so they missed us. Anyhow, we met up with them, met Merida, and headed for Astro Orbiter. That was a one-and-done for me, yuck. I thought it would be like Dumbo. It is NOT like Dumbo. I had to close my eyes so as not to get sick.
After this we headed for WTP to use our FPP. But hmm, we didn’t have FPP for WTP. I must have written something down wrong. So instead we headed for ETWB, which we actually did have FPP for. This was cute, and the special effects going from the first room into the second…what was up with that? Amazing. DD4 and DD8 each got a part. DD6 was still pretty clingy from meeting new people at this point so she sat with me and watched. After Belle we headed to Space Mtn. to use our second FPP, stopping at the bathrooms near the teacups on the way. While the girls and I were waiting on DH we saw Alice meeting by the teacups so hopped in line for maybe 5 minutes. She was very sweet.
We rode Space Mtn and all 3 DD’s did not like it at all. We went for the PeopleMover and waited stand-by for six minutes to ride. They loved PM, ha. Next on to MILF where we waited maybe ten minutes? This was hilarious, very similar to TTWC in technology but different, too. Very enjoyable. Next onto Buzz with our 3rd FPP. None of us enjoyed Buzz as much as TSMM. We didn’t even know the “game” had started for like the first two rooms. Oh, well. By this point it was about noon and we were all getting hungry. DH’s friends have Florida AP’s but know nothing, wow. I showed them how to mobile order and we ordered combo platters from CHH. They all headed to CHH (I told him to push “I’m here” when he was close) and I went to Frontierland to find DD6 a corndog, since she had her heart set on one. I met them at CHH but they didn’t have their order yet. That place was a complete zoo…the line was out the door and curving around the building. So, the mobile order pick-up area was also a little like a zoo…they tried to give us some salmon, but I insisted we didn’t order any. Even with the delay in getting our food from the mobile order window we still saved at least 30 minutes, maybe longer, by mobile ordering.
After eating we headed to ride the Magic Carpets with FPP that I had picked up and modified. And then we used the bathrooms, headed to the churro stand, got a few churros, and grabbed a spot for the FOF parade. This was awesome. My girls were so miserable waiting for it (we were standing in the sun) but as soon as it started, wow, they loved it. Tiana saw my girls’ birthday buttons and wished them a Happy Birthday, and Alice saw them and said, “Oh, it’s you again! Hello!” And my girls melted. I melted a little, too, actually. It was just so sweet. Note to Liners: dress your kids in obnoxious pink pants and matching shirts and the characters you meet in the morning might remember them during the parade!
After the parade we said goodbye to DH’s friends. DH took the girls to get in line for BTMRR and I went to fill water bottles. While doing that I called DH and told him to get out of line and come back for CBJ instead because it was only 6 minutes until the next show. Nobody really wanted to wait in a 40-minute line, right? DD8 was quite grumpy at being pulled out of line and had a bad attitude about the bears but she quickly perked up. It was funny and corny and they loved it.
While watching CBJ and I was trying to get another FPP but man, the park was busy this day. And open until midnight, so MDE kept trying to give me super late FPP. I finally had worked a Barnstormer one to fairly close to our current time and CBJ ended. I pulled up the TP app to see what ride waits were and noticed that Barnstormer was offline. And boom! 2 minutes later we all had an anytime FPP to use! It was so fun to look at my kids and ask them if they wanted to ride BTMRR or Splash with FPP when the lines for each were over an hour long. They picked Splash. DH was not so excited about it, but I told him, hey, it’s December. It’s like 75 out. If we’re going to ride it this is a good time to do it. So, we did, and it was awesome. I tried to work the FPP magic thing again but no such luck. I gave up and we headed to Swiss Family Treehouse and then headed to Main Street to shop for a few minutes. The girls have money burning holes in their pockets. DD4 and DD6 bought small coin purse keychains and we headed for the monorail around 4:30 and back to the resort.
We checked back in and got our new keys and ran into my FIL and BIL in the lobby. All got up to our rooms, we got unpacked again, got leftovers for dinner and got the girls in bed by 7:30. And then we began to talk about tomorrow. Tomorrow we’re supposed to RD Epcot, leave by 12 or 1:00 and come back for naps and then head back by 5ish and stay through Iluminations. I have dinner reservations for 8 people (eight!) at Garden Grill. But it’s supposed to rain from like 10-3 and none of them really want to go in the rain. And I get that, but I also don’t want to punt on the dinner reservation that my kids will actually like, the ability to get anytime FPP because our TT FPP will likely convert, and RDing FEA and Elsa and Anna since we didn’t meet them the other day, and we still need Belle’s autograph as well. We’ll see what magic I can work as far as convincing others of the wisdom of my plan.