As is my wont, I set an aggressive schedule for day 2 - there were Extra Magic Hours to be had at the Magic Kingdom and I intended to have them. I hopped out of bed to my 6am alarm, showered, dressed, roused Erika, and off we went to the park (although I must confess I was a bit miffed we had to take a bus to get there. Skyliners to everything, says I!)
True to my design, we were through security and at the gates early, and chose to kill some time with a Photopass photographer hanging out in front of the train station.
After that I let Erika pick some rides, and we took in The Little Mermaid, Winnie the Pooh, and it's a small world with minimal wait before running off in search of breakfast. We were halfway to Sleepy Hollow for waffle sandwiches when I realized we had early lunch reservations so we backtracked and got something light at Cheshire Cafe instead (more on that later).
|This was in the line for Pooh and I'd love to know what the Imagineers were smoking when they wrote it.|
Instead, I have Erika a choice of Carousel of Progress of Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, and she chose the latter. I was fine with this as I hadn't done it in, oh, five years? More? And I remembered it as being up to and including hilarious provided you got a good audience cast. Our audience cast this time proved to be medium-funny, but by the time we exited the theater Space Mountain was back up so it all worked out.
So we rode that, and then we set off for Adventureland. Before we could make it, however, we were flagged down by a nice lady performing a guest survey. Never one to shy away from voicing my opinions, I told her all about myself and faithfully promised to fill out the email survey I would be receiving in a couple days. (And I did. See, I'm trustworthy!)
This done, we proceeded to our original destination, Skipper Canteen, which I will be reviewing in a later post but suffice it to say here that I enjoyed. After that it was a quick spin on the Haunted Mansion with our final FastPass, followed by a trip on the monorail over to Epcot. I picked up a Soarin' FP+ on the way.
|The Hatbox Ghost is, like, SUCH a nuisance.|
We were briefly distracted by the Jammitors before going on our way, our way in this case being to the Mexico pavilion for a trip on Gran Fiesta Tour where no Cast Members noticed my Three Caballeros shirt. Boo.
Some obsessive refreshing at this point yielded a Test Track FP+, and with this on our horizon we decided to take a stroll around World Showcase. We stopped for the taiko drummers in Japan, dipped into Mitsukoshi, and got Erika a bubble tea in China.
On our way out of Canada we wandered by Journey Into Your Imagination and decided to take a spin; Erika listened very patiently while I explained how Figment is the #1 greatest Disney character ever invented and this ride used to be way, way better. Grateful for her support, I promised to tell her when to hold her nose.
The post-show area now has character meet-and-greets, so we took a pic with Joy and then Erika got a picture with Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope while I took the opportunity to charge my phone with an outlet I spotted.
Our plan was a success, and we were able to pick up a bus to Pop without difficulty. We snagged a quick dinner at the Pop food court, then headed back to our room to relax and prep for the morning's race.
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