Disneyworld - Days 1 and 2

Trip Start Nov 09, 2008
Trip End Apr 02, 2009

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

We went to the Magic Kingdom for the first day of our six day Disneyworld marathon!  Unfortunately we had managed to arrive on St Patricks Day which meant that a large proportion of the visitors to the park were clad in emerald green and failing that they were wearing strings of shiny green plastic beads.  The park was very, very busy and we were trying to keep the lid on our irritation at these people with, what we felt was, their twee image of Ireland!  We had some admiration for the family we saw walking about in their bright orange T-shirts, which we thought may have been a protestant stand, although subsequently we have noticed many families walking around with all members wearing the same coloured tops.  Who knows, they may just have innocently chosen orange on that day!
Yvonne had been looking forward to Disneyworld, although it was probably bound to end in disappointment!  Firstly, we had to collect our passes which we had ordered on line but had been unable to print the confirmation document we needed and were unable to retrieve it at a later date to print it.  Yvonne had previously phoned Disneyworld, as they had taken the money from the credit card, who wished her a magic day and assured her there would be no problem - just go to customer services on arrival.  Yvonne, who is very good at anticipatory stress, was convinced that they would deny all knowledge and a battle would ensue.  To cut a short story shorter, there was absolutely no problem - present credit card and ID and in return passes with no problems whatsoever!
Nobody expected D to be enamoured with Disneyworld, but Yvonne has to learn you can't go back and do the same again!  The first visit to Disneyworld was 15 years ago and Jack was good at queuing and had Alexander for company - Steven has different interests! The interests seem to range as far as water and stop!  He loved jumping on spurting water activities but hates queuing without swinging through bars, lying on the ground and screeching at intervals!  Despite this we trailed through the crowds to benefit from some of the entertainment.  We started with the spinning teacups which he did enjoy, provided you spin it very fast for him.  We then encountered queuing for the first time and were miffed to find out that the queue had ground to a halt to let Fastpass holders on.  We were unaware of this system which doesn't involve extra payment in the way that Alton Towers operates in England.  The system will allow you to register to come within a specified hour and you will be fast tracked on to the ride.  Once we had finished the Winnie the Pooh ride which we eventually got on, we got ourselves Fastpass tickets for the Peter Pan ride between 6 and 7pm.  We then spent the day going on as many things as Steven (and Yvonne and D) could tolerate! 
Initially we were going to make the first day a short day but as we had stayed until gone 6pm for the Peter Pan ride and the queues became shorter (so we had another go at the teacups!), we decided we would stay for the night time parade of floats followed by the fireworks.  Yvonne enjoyed this as she hadn't seen this when she came before and Steven, sitting on D's shoulders, was entranced by the parade and since November, back wandering around the streets of Banbury, Steven has been a little obsessed by fireworks!  Both the fireworks and parade were excellent but, even with the supie dupie camera, it was not possible to take any worthwhile photos.  Hey, let's keep the memories magic!!
Day two took us to the Disney Hollywood Studios (formerly the MGM Studios) and it wasn't quite as busy as the previous day.  We, once again, went on as many things as we could manage with the impatient three year old!  This included the Story of the Movies ride where Yvonne failed to be as scared by the alien as she was 15 years ago and Steven didn't even flinch.  We managed to find some more water fun for Steven with a giant Coke bottle which sprays water on to bystanders. 
Another highlight for Steven was seeing a 20 minute Disney Playhouse stage show which starred his new Hispanic hero, Handy Manny, and the Little Einsteins, a programme he is also keen on.  It was possible to have your photo taken with all these characters but Steven isn't quite sure about this yet.  As D says, "Look at them.  They're scary."!  The meeting of the characters is one of the disappointing differences between now and 15 years ago.  This may just be due to March being busier than November, but before the characters just came out and wandered around and the children got very excited when they spotted them and could just go over and cuddle them, have their photos taken with them or in the case of a very excited niece have her arm autographed by Dale (or was it Chip!).  Now they are brought out with a bodyguard and a long orderly line waits to meet them and there are official photographers present, although it is not a problem to take your own photos.  Maybe we will find a short queue and Steven will summon up the courage before the week is out!
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yvonne.stowe on

Beauty and the Beast
Hmmm...interestingly the Beast was nowhere to be seen - maybe retired with bad nerves after having to cuddle too many old ladies! On the other hand the vicious Belle was still going strong - she was everywhere with her bouncers!

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