I am doing you all a favor. Trust me on this. If you want to visit Magic Kingdom, don't do it on a Saturday, the official kick-off day of the Christmas season. Okay? Ok. I'm serious. We happened to do just that this year, although it really wasn't our fault. It was kinda my mom's fault but not really hers either. We planned our theme-parking around her schedule and wanted to make sure she would be able to participate in the Disney adventures with us. Alas, she had to change her ticket and we were stuck going to the "Happiest Place on Earth" on possibly the busiest day of the year. I have been going to Disney World since I was four years old. More than three decades have passed. This is the busiest I have ever seen it. The lines were long, people were rude, the streets were crowded, the attendants were overworked. For the first time ever, it seemed like the cast members were just doing a job. They weren't happy to be there. I didn't like that. One thing about Disney that sets them apart is that they always seem so, well, happy!
My dad almost got in a brawl with a man while waiting in the Winnie the Pooh line. I am not kidding. Words were exchanged, some not appropriate to be reprinted in this blog. All I could think was that I was going to be banned for life from my favorite place on the planet because my Dad came to blows with another grown adult while waiting to get on a children's ride.
We had fun, for the most part. I mean, how can you not? However, I can assure you, we will NOT be anywhere near Orlando the 2nd half of December ever again!
Waiting in line for Dumbo
This was one of the first rides I went on with my Daddy-O when I was a little girl
Tom Sawyer Island
These ducks walked over to us, looked for food, then settled in for a nap right at our feet
Riding the riverboat in Liberty Square
The Country Bear Jamboree
Dad was the best but after a week of theme-parking, he was ready to call it a day