Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Day 2, recap

Wednesday, December 1

This was a long day for all of us. We woke up early and were on a bus from Coronado Springs to Magic Kingdom by 7:00am. We had 8:10 breakfast reservations at The Crystal Palace. We arrived at the Magic Kingdom in plenty of time and stood in line to get into the park. It was cold and rainy and the line continued to stretch through the turnstiles and back to the bag check even before the park opened. At roughly 8:00am, they let us cross under the train tracks onto Main Street USA. (I guess nobody had reservations at 8!)

When we got to Main Street, it was pretty empty. But we were fast approaching our reservation time and I didn't want to lose our spot, so I didn't stop for too many photos. I snapped a few and we had the photopass people take a few, but other than that, we just wanted to get inside and eat!

While we were waiting for our name to be called, C-man looked through the windows at "Pigick" and "Pooh." He was so excited! But that quickly changed once the window was not a barrier! We enjoyed our breakfast buffet and we all kept our eyes open for approaching characters! We either distracted C-man or I had to hug him while he sat in his highchair and whisper that everything was going to be OK. We did manage to get one picture with Tigger, but I had to hold C-man and make sure Tigger didn't touch him. I'll write another post, one of these days, about our Crystal Palace experience!

After breakfast we had time to ride Space Mountain using a Rider Switch pass (another post) and then we had to get to our hair cut at Harmony Barber Shop. This was not the experience we had the first time. I was glad we made reservations. There were at least 6-8 people in line for haircuts when we arrived. But, since I had an appointment, we got to go straight to the front of the line! That was awesome! The parents waiting continued to say "We were told you couldn't make reservations... blah, blah, blah." Tip: CALL DINING RESERVATIONS TO MAKE A HARMONY BARBER SHOP RESERVATION!! So besides being happy that I made reservations, there really wasn't anything else that made me happy about this visit. The lady who cut C-man's hair barely smiled and hardly talked. The haircut was horrible and C-man even sat still and behaved. I can understand a bad haircut on a 22 month old when they are fussy, squirming and not cooperating. But C-man did great. She was the bad one. Oh well. You win some, you lose some. We lost on this one. Overall, I'm still glad we did it and I have that memory with C-man.
Once I was over the haircut experience with C-man and JAG got the colored hair gel in his hair we were off again to check things off my "to do" list. I got C-mans "First Visit" button from Guest Relations and the rest of us got "I'm Celebrating" buttons since we were celebrating his first visit! Then we started down Main Street to head towards Liberty Square for silhouettes of the boys. On the way, we were distracted by Daisy Duck. The photo above is how C-man liked to approach the characters! From behind, on his own terms! We saw a few other "street performers" on Main Street and then saw a Silhouette dude on a side street off Main Street. We stopped there instead of going on to Liberty Square.

Again, not the same experience as before! This guy was just as talented and did a great job, but his attitude STUNK! He barely smiled and would only answer questions with one word answers or nods. I was disappointed in his attitude, but not his work. Another tip we learned was you can't use Disney gift cards on silhouettes. They are independently owned and contracted with Disney to do their art. So, have cash on hand if you want a silhouette. I think the silhouettes were $8 a piece (you got 2 copies) and $8 for each of the cheap, oval, plastic frames.

At this point, I had most of my "to dos" crossed off, so we started riding- Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, and Haunted Mansion. C-man and I met Jessie and Woody while Daddy and JAG rode Splash Mountain and while they were on the Haunted Mansion, we walked around and took pictures. After riding and eating a snack we spent quite a bit of time on Main Street and by the partner's statue. We even sat in the Baby Care Center for a few minutes to warm up and watch Imagination Movers! Around 3:00 we left to go back to the hotel to rest and register for the conference (remember, that's why we were down there!).

In line for Jungle Cruise.

At the hotel "resting" and reading Mickey books!

After our rest, we headed back to the Magic Kingdom for a few more rides and the Main Street Electrical Parade, Holiday Wishes and dinner. We ate at Casey's (corn dog nuggets are a must on each of our trips!). We spent most of our time in Tomorrowland. We rode the People Mover and Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. We went back to Main Street for Carter's first pair of ears and found our spot for the parade. We waited by the Liberty Tree Tavern for about 45 minutes and ate pop corn. It was very cool that night! After the parade, we saw the Wishes Fireworks show and went back to the hotel. We were all beat!
Wheee!! Riding the PeopleMover!

It's not easy to rack up points on Buzz Lightyear with a 22 month old in your lap!

My friend Matthew from home in the Main Street Electrical Parade!

It's been a long, long day. Good Night!


  1. Great post and cute pics!! Getting my sons 1st haircut at Harmony Barber Shop marathon weekend.. reservations set.. very excited!

  2. Try to get the lady in our pictures from our first hair cut... not the one in the photo above!! The first lady did a much better job. She was leaving the shop when we entered... boo. I would have loved to get his first haircut there! The kid before us had his first haircut along with the special ears and certificate!! :) HAVE FUN!

  3. I enjoy reading your stuff Bethy :)

  4. Ahhh! I love reading other's people's experiences because they are just about like ours! This past time, we found several "cast members" that had attitudes that STUNK!