Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Walt Disney World; Magic Kingdom
4600 North World Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL
There are the haves and the have nots, the half-fulls and the half-empties, and then there are the Disney and the non-Disney. Tonight, I saw the light, and I think her name was Tink (check it out on YouTube as she soars from the top of the Cinderella Castle to the roof of a Tomorrowland building). My wife has always been hardcore Disney, much the way she is hardcore Grrrl punk. I am not sure how the two mix, but it works for her. Tonight, I watched Sydney's face light up as he yelled "woaaah" alongside me three hundred times and I left the Dark Side for her sunny side of the street.
After a brief ride over on the ferry we got the party started with what else? a party! Mickey sure can shake it on Main street. We hit Tony's (aka Tramp's mack daddy, from Lady and the Tramp - our fav Disney flick of the moment) for lunch. Yeah, I made Kami slurp up a spaghetti noodle with me 'til we kissed. We then hit the Magic Carpets, grabbed a FastPass for Big Thunder Mountain for 4:30PM and headed for Fantasyland. Between a nap for Liji, we still managed four turns on Prince Charming's Carousel, It's a Small World (check out how it's changed on this YouTube clip), Dumbo , the Mad Tea Party and hooked the boys up with embroidered Mickey ears. The highlight of the afternoon was Sydney and I taking off for our FastPass date at Thunder Mountain (my fav ride from when I was a kid). That kid loves a mean roller coaster!
You would think by 5:30PM we would be toast. That's when auntie Dee pulled out the big guns. Dinner with Winnie and co. at the Crystal Palace. Perhaps it was the surprisingly decent buffet, but I swear Kam has never hugged me as hard as she squeezed that giant Eyore. The highlight of the whole day though was the Main Street Electric Parade. Lij sat speechless for 30 minutes as every character we introduced him to in the last six months passed by in flashing neon. He didn't make it for the final act, but Sydney loved his first fireworks at the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular. That my friend, was not false advertising.