Yesterday was a looong day at the Magic Kingdom, but a fabulous one. Not too hot, not too crowded, and a good time was had by all. The weather was so fabulous we left for Disney a little earlier than planned, and stayed until after the fireworks at 10 p.m. It was a looong day, and not without mishaps and a couple of brief meltdowns (such is life with a three year old) but it was another delightful break from reality. The following pictures are random and not in chronological order.
Tomorrowland has an all day dance party with Mr. Incredible, Elastogirl, and Frozone from The Incredibles (a delightful movie that grownups can definitely enjoy, btw). Delaney has participated before, but has always been terrified of Frozone. The first time she danced last fall, when Frozone approached her she ran to her father in terror, which caused Frozone to crack up.
This time, when Frozone approached she was happy to dance with him. They danced for several minutes, and ended it with high fives and fist bumps.
Next, Elastogirl took a turn - she had Delaney twirling and shaking her booty.
Later the DJ led everyone in a group dance, and we were impressed by how quickly Delaney caught on to the choreography (better than I would have done, that's for sure). She's more than ready for dance lessons. She enjoyed the dance party so much, she had to go back again after dark and dance again. She chose dancing over going on another ride!
We rode many rides, including the teacups, the merry-go-round, Buzz Lightyear, Aladdin's flying carpets, the People Mover, It's a Small World, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
We spent a great deal of time on Tom Sawyer's Island, and explored a place we'd never visited (which is remarkable, considering that my daughter grew up visiting Disney): there's a fort on one end of the island, with lots of twisty turrets and rifles to shoot.
Then we went to pirate school, where a pirate who looked and sounded remarkably like Captain Jack Sparrow and his very funny sidekick taught four little boys from the audience to be pirates. (No girls?? Delaney was disappointed.)
It was very cute, and the two pirates did a great job ad-libbing with the kids and the crowd while remaining in character. All of the kids DID get to become pirates in training and swear allegiance to Captain Jack Sparrow, and Delaney was very proud of her rolled up scroll, until she discovered it wasn't really a pirate map.
Delaney did have a few brief sessions of Being Three, including inexplicably crying in fear on the same roller coaster she enjoyed riding with me on our last visit! We think it's because she and mommy were in the very front of the car, but we've always been toward the front. But 90% of the time she was her happy, cooperative, sunny self.
Oh, and my daughter - who is a bigger Disney Geek than I am, it seems - had learned all sorts of easter eggs hidden around the Magic Kingdom, like Lady and the Tramp's paw prints in a heart in concrete outside the Italian restaurant (where they shared their spaghetti, of course), and "Cinderella's horse" on the carousel. Cinderella's horse has a gold ribbon on its tail. So of course, when we rode the carousel we watched where that horse had stopped and hustled to it, so Delaney got to ride.
It was a very active day - our iPhones told us we'd walked nearly 10 miles, and though Delaney did ride in her stroller, she was out of it quite a lot of the day, dancing, climbing, running, dancing some more - so by the time the fireworks ended, even she had to admit she'd HAD IT. She asked that we put the back of her stroller down, and she curled up and was out like a light in under a minute. She slept through leaving the park, boarding the crowded monorail, the walk to the car...she didn't even stir when hoisted from her car seat at the end of the trip home, at midnight.
I of course had to then walk dogs, etc. before finally falling into bed sometime after 1 a.m.
My daughter reports that everybody at her house napped a lot today. I didn't, and boy, am I ever feeling it now. Murphy had me up by 7:15. He tried to wake me even earlier, but I was past caring if I'd have to clean the floor when I did get up. I am exhausted right now, and planning to crawl into bed at 9 with a book and a cup of herbal tea. Another work week rears its ugly head. I'm already thinking that maybe next Saturday will be the ACTUAL last Disney trip of the season, and my daughter and Miss D are of course on board. (My son-in-law likes Disney but not THAT much; we tend to get a little carried away, in his [no doubt correct] opinion.) Yes, I am escaping into Fantasyland - or Tomorrowland, or Adventureland - any of those lands beat the hell out of Realityland.