Well I will recount what I can remember, but sadly my wife and I are unable to remember the details of one of the days. I know many on here do not believe in AP's specifically because they are "undersold". For us the price is right when one considers we go for only a couple hours at a time. Granted we still abuse the AP's and go pretty often, or at least have so far. No pictures as usual so if you are looking for those then you can quit now. So on with the report
we went to the Meet. We had this thought in our mind that we would be there early, that we would be able to enjoy the park, and that we would casually walk over to the meet at the appointed time. With the 3 little ones (baby doesn't count) the reality became us running down Main Street to make it just in time for the clock to strike noon! I had a lot of fun at the meet n greet, met a lot of people I had previously only known online. At some point it was decided we should all ride Mansion. To whomever made that decision... THANK YOU... we were thrilled to be able to ride with fellow MC's but were worried the first ride would be something the little ones couldn't go on.
The walk over to the Mansion was exciting. We tried to keep up but the crowds kept us back. Special thanks to Fishbulb who helped my wife tremendously. He was a huge help in trying to get our traveling circus from point A to point B. Prior to this trip we had not taken them on Mansion in over a year. One of my girls is an extremely high strung individual, she was the one I was worried about! Anyhow we make it into the elevator with everyone and she starts COMPLETELY freaking out. Screams a couple times, keeps saying she wants to go home. I have no clue which MC's helped calm her down but to those who did THANK YOU. Fun ride, I was stuck with baby and both girls. Erin calmed down once the ghosts started dancing, and by the end of it she was telling everyone about the floating candle.
The next stop was the Riverbelle where everyone ate. I had a heck of a time keeping everyone in one place, at one point one of the little ones had to go to the bathroom, one became two, which became three, and Daddy had 3 little ones all holding hands practically RUNNING to the nearest restroom. When I got back we all ate, laughed, told Banana Republic, and generally had fun. It was here that I departed ways with my MC friends. I look forward to meet. While we were walking out of the Riverbelle someone shouted my name. I turned around and was greeted by an old friend.
I'm holding back the name because he still works for the park, but I've known him a long time. He was accompanied by an absolute sweetheart who is due here in July with her first baby. The father happens to be another close friend and fellow Skip. Daddy happens to be at golf instead of at the park... one quick phonecall and he's "on his way now!" After a brief visit we head off on our own little adventure. In very short time we went on:
- Pooh (daughters favorite) really nothing out of the ordinary usual smiles and annoying blacklights.
- Pirates- kids screamed, sang, and overall had a blast
- Jungle- should have just avoided it, really painful experience.
and then meet Friend #2 (Daddy) who finally joins us. Now one big happy family we walk back over to
- Mark Twain- it was twilight, I had not been on a twilight cruise in YEARS. It was a bit cold but the kids had a great time, and to me that is what counts. It was also the perfect opportunity for me to catch up on old times with a very dear friend.
It was only after Dumbo that we realized what had happened. At some point between Carousel, and Dumbo, someone had raided our stroller and stolen my daughter's pink Belle jacket. I HOPE it was taken to keep another child warm because if it was not then I would not be able to understand why someone would take a little kid's jacket... knowing how cold it was outside. Thankfully we had a blanket to cover her with.
- Jungle (did I mention all 3 of us are former Skips) where we had a pretty bad boat.
- Carousel- again able to pick a whole row, and then some. Kids all rode, as did a couple Skips.
- Pan- This was fun, only down side was we had to split the party up. The kids had never been on Pan before, we will do it again when the line dies.
- Dumbo. Dumbo actually broke down and we were forced to sit there for about 15 minutes until they fixed it!
We ended our evening with dinner at Rainforest Cafe. The inside was packed so we opted for the patio. I had never eaten up there before, it was AMAZING, highly recommend it if one has the chance. All in all a wonderful trip.