June 11, 2009 - Pirate adventure and Magic Kingdom
Cast of Characters - Myself - Stacey - 31, Husband - Bryan - 35, Step-Daughter - Briana - 11, Son - Owen - 4, Daughter - Kate - 2
We got up early to catch the bus to Magic Kingdom to get on the monorail to go to the Grand Floridian. This is one thing that was tougher than I thought, if you had reservations at any resorts you really had to plan ahead and get there early. We got to the Grand Floridian around 9:10. Owen and Briana weren’t on the first list for the Pirate Adventure, for some reason they were on another list, but she finally found them, thank goodness. They went over and got their pirate bandanas, life jackets, name tags, and tattoos. Owen, of course, was a little upset, and didn’t want to go. But by the time he was on the boat he was giving thumbs up. There was a photo pass person on the boat, so I was excited to get those transferred onto our photo pass since we are getting the CD, we didn’t get too many good ones.
Then Bryan, Kate and I were off to the Magic Kingdom to get her first hair cut. We only had to wait about 4 or 5 minutes. Then there was a chair open for Rex to start cutting her hair. She did so well. She was a little nervous at first, but once she knew her hair was cut, she was proud to show it off. She got some pixie dust in her hair, which excited her to no end. She got a certificate and a pair of “first haircut” ears. She wore them all day.
My favorite picture from the whole trip:
We decided to go on a ride or two before we had to pick up Owen and Briana. Kate wanted to buy something so she bought a Minnie spinner with her Disney Dollars. Then we went to get two coke floats and a funnel cake - $15 - I was going to pay for the funnel cake, but the Cast Member told me it was on the snack plan, so bonus - we used three snack credits. We were going to ride Splash Mountain but we saw frontier Donald on the way and got in line to see him. Of course Kate was yelling at me to get her book out. Kate was so excited to see all the characters.
It was time to go back and get Briana and Owen. We got stopped by one of the parades coming down Main Street. Kate was really excited to see it and was dancing and waving along. We got back just in time to see the boat coming up with no kids in it. I remember telling Bryan, “Is that the boat? There’s no kids in it.”
When it got closer they all jumped up and screamed “argh”. Owen was so excited when he came back he kept saying “argh” and wanted to see what treasures were in his bag. He was the first kid to find a treasure map in the sand. Briana said the leader said he was such a good kid, he thanked her for taking him to the bathroom. Their booty was a parrot, a ball, some rings and necklaces, a telescope, a treasure chest, and an eye patch. Owen was really excited to wear the eye patch.
This was the day that Bryan decided if we come back he wants to stay in a Monorail resort. I came back to the room to wait for a call I was expecting. Kate was asleep and Bryan took the kids to the food court to get some lunch. They brought me back a Philly cheese steak. My dad showed up around 3:30 p.m. He and Bryan went to the car to get some beers. Then my dad and I took the kids to the pool while Bryan napped. My mom showed up around 5 p.m. and swam for a while with us. We went to Downtown Disney for dinner, this was a pain in the butt bus. We had Earl of Sandwich. I had the roast beef, Bryan had a Hawaiian sandwich, Owen and Kate shared a ham sandwich, Briana had a pizza sandwich - $35 - we used 4 quick service meals. Briana bought a Donald stuffed animal for herself with her Disney Dollars. Kate bought a Minnie mouse dress up toy. Owen bought a dinosaur set in the T-Rex Restaurant. Briana also did some pin trading. We took the bus back and went to bed.