Monday, February 20, 2017

Sunday at Walt Disney World - Part 3

When we last left our group, Ian and I were rushing from a ride on Goofy's Barn Stormer and trying to meet up with the rest of our group. We're all doing character dining at the Crystal Palace!

Lots and lots of food. Alli got a variety of things to try.

I think Ian enjoyed the barbecue sauce more than the actual chicken nuggets.

Who is that sneaking up behind you Alli?

It's Eeyore!

Both kids were happy to get down and give Eeyore a great big hug.

Next up was Tigger.

Dessert time! Of course they eat that better than the real meal.

I found these fun bee treats at the dessert bar.

Ian just wanted to eat the bees off the top.

And speaking of bees, our favorite honey loving bear was the next to come for a visit. Ian told him "You're the third one we've seen. First was Eeyore. Second was Tigger. And you're three." Pooh was impressed and gave him a big hand.
Alli loves Pooh and gave him a really big hug.

And Alli had to give him a kiss before he left.

It's Piglet! Back home at Disneyland, we can find Pooh and Tigger pretty regularly back in Pooh Corner. Eeyore comes out for a visit too. But Piglet is more rare.

In the end, the kids enjoyed meeting the characters. The food was alright, but not great. Typical buffet food. For $45/person, now that I've seen it, I don't think I'd go again. There's other places to explore, like Cinderella's Royal Table, and the Be Our Guest restaurant.

Time to hit our next Fastpass.

Walking through Liberty Square, Ian saw the Muppets performing in the windows. Wish we had time to watch the show, but we're pushing the end of the return time for our Fastpass.

it's a small world! It's been closed most of the day today, so I was really happy to see it open when our Fastpass time came due.

This is the WDW version. It's a little different than the one we have back home. Different scenes, and a different ride system. Instead of riding in a flume back home, here you are completely surrounded by water.

And before we get too far into it, I look back and see that Ian's asleep. All the excitement of the day has finally caught up with him.

Just a quick catnap though. Because as soon as we were done, it was time to head to a staple of every visit back home. The Enchanted Tiki Room! We enjoyed the show of course, but I did miss a few of the changes. During "Let's all sing like the birdies sing" back home they invite everyone to sing along. Ian loves belting it out at the top of his lungs. At WDW they don't invite everyone to sing along.

With all the "must-do" rides completed, it was time to see what has a short line. The People Mover was an obvious choice.

And since we'd used our 3 Fastpass reservations, I was able to get another Fastpass. Autopia was available almost immediately!

Alli was just tall enough to ride! I tried to help steer, but she's already pretty independent. She'd push my hand away if I took over too much.

Once we used that Fastpass, we could immediately get another one. Ian really wanted to ride Goofy's Barn Stormer again, and it was available immediately.

Usually I ride with Ian and I'll give him a little protection from the bumpiness of the ride. I'll put my arm between him and the side. When Ian said he wanted to ride with Ethan I forgot to give him that warning.

And after the first big turn, Ian quickly bonked his head against the side.

Despite the bonked head, Ian still wanted to ride again. Not today buddy. It's about time to head home.

Once last check of the Disney World app and it showed Winnie the Pooh had fast passes available. Everyone grabbed one and it was time for our last ride of the day.

We've been remiss in getting a group picture in front of the castle. Just one quick photo and then it's time to head home.

It was a very eventful day today with Ian's first haircut, a visit to the Crystal Palace for lunch, and a whole bunch of rides. Thankfully tomorrow is a down day at the house.

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