I haven’t seen many trip reports posted lately, so I thought I would try and get the ball rolling by posting my second-ever report……ironically dealing with many “firsts”.
Our first full day in the park was Sunday the 8th. I had done my homework and checked the weather forecast, so we were dressed in our rain gear for the first two days of the trip. Because of the rain I didn’t take many scenery photos on Sunday or Monday, but did manage to take this one:
This spot, between Snow White and Pinocchio, is one of my favorites.
Later in the day I captured these two Fantasmic events: The first part of the clip is of Captain Hook remaining stationary on a rope ladder (I’m sure there is some official nautical name for it, but heck if I know what it is). I don’t know if this was a Hook-in-training, or the “wet/raining” version of the show, but it happened 3 nights in a row before he finally started chasing Pan around the ship again. The second part of the clip is of Maleficent standing in for what should be a dragon. The dragon was working on Saturday the 7th, but we did not see it again for the rest of the week. I guess Mickey might have finally gotten the best of that old dragon after all.....
After catching Fantasmic on Sunday, Regan (my daughter) and I did one of our many “firsts” this trip. We had never been on BLAB, so we decided to give it a try. One of the beautiful things about an off-season rainy Sunday is that there is almost no one in the park, especially after Fantasmic. We walked right on to Buzz and, for lack of a better term, had a blast. We wound up riding it 4 times in a row before the park closed on us. I would post our photos and scores, but I have seen some of the numbers you Mice Chatters achieve, and ours were nowhere near those. I have to admit that I have no idea how some of you folks routinely score over a million points. The best I could muster was in the 400,000’s.
Monday started off to be a great day. It was cool and raining, again, so we were once again prepared to get a little wet. On our way into the park we passed through the right tunnel just in time to spot Minnie walking into the Opera House. Hoping we would catch her for a quick photo we walked in to be met by….
After posing for a quick photo, we walked in to the lobby and discovered several characters interacting with only a handful of guests. Most of the folks who were posing with the characters soon walked in to the theater to watch the 50th movie, leaving about 10 guests with 6-7 characters. What resulted was a very happy 5 year old getting a TON of character time without making anyone else wait. The longest interaction was with Goofy, who decided to take Regan on a little walk-about of the lobby….
The whole experience in the lobby of the Opera House was amazing. I couldn’t help but think of the long lines and short interaction times we would be facing if this were a sunny day. Instead, Regan got a private dance with Mickey and Minnie, her Goofy walk-about, and several minutes with the other characters on scene. Here are a few photos of our very lucky Monday morning:
The rest of the day was mostly spent taking in dark rides and trying to keep dry.
Coming up, most likely later tonight: The return of the sun, Billy Hill makes a lasting impression, several more “firsts”, and people I don’t know…..