The boys were fortunate enough to get a Tender ride earlier this month.
I thought that it was YOAMD all over again, because we didn't have any luck winning anything last year.
While on the Tender ride, they found out that if you ask a conductor, and they have enough cast members on station, you can get a ride in the Lilly Belle.
So Friday, my eight year old, went up to a conductor and asked if we could ride on the Lilly Belle.
He was kind enough to say yes, but he had already promised a family of three a ride.
So, he asked the other guests if it was alright if another family rode.
Had they said no, I'm sure that they could have gotten their own private tour, but the other guest was polite enough to allow us to ride.
The first thing that the conductor did was to give us these great souvenir tickets.
After we boarded the train, he punched our tickets with a cleverly designed hole punch.
Earlier we had left the park for lunch, and I forgot the camera in the truck, so all that I had was my lousy stinkin' Camera phone.
Our Conductor was fantastic, he told the boys a lot about the history of the parlor car, and listened to their stories and questions.
He showed us the Hidden Mickeys in the carpet.
The Conductor turned on the fans because it was quite warm, and he showed us how the lights worked.
I hope that they continue allowing regular folk to ride.
It was really a wonderful experience.