Re: It's Gonna Be A Long One! Our Trip Report Nov. 9-23, 2008
Thanks for stopping by MysticalSkye.
I was thinking I should add a little more about the game, because as in typical Disney fashion, they have their own magical style. When we arrived, Alice, Peter and Mad Hatter were dragging up chairs from the tables for the game. The children began helping as they arrived. Then they announced that they were going to play Musical chairs so all the kids lined up around the chairs. Then, the piano player whose name I forgot , began playing little snips of songs. When a child had "lost", they escorted them up to the platform in front of the piano where they got to tell a joke or riddle. If they were too shy or could not think of one Hatter would tell one for them. They were all corny jokes, of course, but it was all sooo cute! The whole time the characters were bantering between each other and the kids, as well. Anyway, when it got down to the last chair and two children, instead of leaving the chair in one place they told the children to keep their eye on THE CHAIR and then rounded up a bunch more chairs and started sliding them all around mixing them up. When the kids had sufficiently lost track of THE CHAIR they declared it a tie and the game ended. So much better Disney style with no losers and a single winner.
After the game kids were lining up for autographs. DD wanted Peter's. He took off because he had to go get ready for the parade but told us to follow him so we did. He finally stopped by where the characters exit back stage and started posing for pics and signing autographs. He was a great Peter and did a fantastic job staying in character. After we'd had our turn we headed back to catch Alice. We just barely made it because she was trying to make her escape too.
If you haven't watched it... GO! It was one of the highlights of our trip and as you will see later we didn't go just one time. Of course, anytime DD manages to achieve becoming one of the participants she is happy. I think she is destined for the stage!
Then, the piano player whose name I forgot , began playing little snips of songs.
If you haven't watched it... GO!
Was the piano player Michael? Based off the fact that Peter was there, sounds like the day my friend went which was a Monday, which meant it should've been Michael.
AND YES. GO TO MUSICAL CHAIRS. It is wonderful.
And it makes me sad that kids are afraid of Hatter. It must be that nose of his. The one you saw that first day is the guy I always see, who is super sweet and does not deserve the kids who are afraid of him ><
Those birds are pretty smart and have some amazing strength in their beaks in order to be able to crack the nuts the trainers give them.
When we arrived at HOB we were seated outside where they moved most of the umbrellas around just for us to keep the sun out of our eyes. We had never eaten here before but thought we would give it a try since Don is originally from Louisiana. I was a bit afraid of the food being spicy. I ordered shrimp with cheese grist and was surprised that it was not spicy at all but actually rather bland. Everyone else had the same thought on their dishes too. The portions were huge but with the bill coming to a total of nearly $200 with the tip we will most likely not be making a return trip. Oh yeah, I did have to try the White Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding but again was left less than impressed.
We considered watching Madagascar 2 again but our timing was no good and it was quite some time until the next showing. DH decided to check in with ESPN Zone to see if they might be able to catch the UFC fight this Saturday but no luck. We started heading back to the room and got just about to the package checking area when DD suddenly decides she has got to go NOW! So we zip into CA and rush her to the restroom. As we left from there we were pleased to discover that there are actually restrooms available in between the parks just to the left of the turnstiles which is good to know in case the problem should ever arise again.
On the way back, I snapped some pictures of some of the roses out front of the Anaheim Desert Inn. They are not a fancy place but they do have some nice flowers out front!
I took a really good nap and woke up to the Wizard of Oz on tv. We headed back into the park at about 6:00. We stopped by to upgrade our passes which was a slow process that annoyed DH. At least we were successful this time around. We got a fellow whose personality was less than charming. DH has very little patience for grumpy folks, perhaps because he can be a grump himself. I like to think of them as a challenge and generally have them smiling by the time I am done. This guy was no exception.
To appease DD for having had to endure standing in line so long, we stopped by and got ice cream. I decided I was in need of a second batch of jelly beans. I made the mistake of letting DD help me because I had an ice cream in one hand and was holding the bag in the other. Her job was to pull the handle to release the jellybeans into the bag. She was a bit slow on the stop process so I ended up with $25 worth of jellybeans! I have enjoyed them greatly since the trip but I do feel compelled to warn anybody who might not look first that Disney jellybeans are $12 per pound!
Next, we headed to Autopia where we were able to hear the live band playing from the Tomorrowland stage while we waited in line. They were playing some oldies from my era. Eagles, a little Pat Benetar... "hit me with your best shot... This ride was the longest I have ever had on Autopia. We got in a car just behind a family who had split each one of their many children up in their own individual cars. Everyone of them was having a hard time pushing those darn gas peddles down. I knew we were in trouble when the first child started off. Oh well, it gave me a chance to pay more attention to the scenery. I even spotted the mouse hole! Eventually we were off and headed to try to catch the train to Roger Rabbit but our timing was off again because Toontown was closed. We thought about hopping back on the train again back over to NOS but we piddled around talking to a CM back by Small World. We got into a conversation about the changes made and she let us in on a little secret that there might be a soft opening on the 19th. Whoo-hoo inside info! Just before we left, I remembered that I had one of the pins I had made up for special CMs so she was our first recipient of the Peterson appreciation button.
I forgot to get her name but she told us she would be working SW and to look for her when we rode it.
By the time we finished chit chatting the last train had come and gone so we hoofed it over to HM through a somewhat light Fantasmic crowd. The rest of our group had planned to watch the fireworks but they called to say the show had been cancelled so they were heading in for the night. After our ride on HM, we rode Pooh and Pirates. Then we grabbed some clam chowder and called it a night too.