Trip 56: May 13
Time: 8:20am to 12:50 [DLP 8:20 to 12:50]
Cast/crew: Walt(12months), Nancy(5), Roy(7), Kim(34), and myself(36)
From the time we boarded the tram at Mickey and Friends until shortly after passing through the turnstiles, my kids were so rotten to one another that I questioned my faith in several things I take for granted: the magic of the resort, the happiness of the happiest place on earth, and the ability of it being “a place where parents and children can have fun together”. They even fought about the complimentary Mother’s Day carnations on the way into the park. It pushed me to the brink. I’ve never been closer to turning around and walking straight out the gate than at that moment. I had thoughts of “When our passes expire shortly, not only will we take a break for 6 months, we’ll take a break for forever.” Right then, the kids turned a 180 on their behavior and were able to make a day of it, but man, it was a rough start.
Kim’s parents joined us for the day. I made a solo FP run while everyone Jungle Cruised and absolutely fell love with the skipper’s jokes – apparently I really missed out. Breakfast at River Belle Terrace was good, as always. Kim and the baby split off from us and Winnie the Poohed, shopped, and Carrouseled while we hit up IJA, BTMRR, and the petting zoo. We trekked over to Space Mountain to redeem FPs. On the way over Roy caught the pin-trading bug which worked out fine ‘cuz Space was down anyway.
So back we headed to Frontierland and the pin traders. When what to our wondering eyes should appear, but …. The Billy Hills holding a covers concert (Creedence, Beatles, Clapton, etc.) on the porch of Frontierland Mercantile. Roy traded to his heart’s content and even secured the much-coveted baby Tigger pin he’s been obsessing over. Eureka, what a find! We adults were having our fun watching little Walt watch the Billy Hills (pictured below). We loitered there for a good while; never have I moved so little in the park yet had so much fun. The pin trading. The Billys. The Laughing Stock crew arrived and did their schtick just when we might’ve left. Then, oh the Columbia is in port so let’s board; this is a rare occurrence for us so we enjoyed a trip up Rivers of America. The goings on in and around Frontierland threw us completely off our normal/expected rhythm. But not in a bad way at all.
Grandma spoiled the heck outta the kids by buying them each something at either the Mercantile or Emporium. As we were about to part company from Kim’s parents we made a brief stop in front of the fire station for the Dans. They invited Nancy to join the show but she played hard to get. Next up was Roy. He (pictured below) was happy enough to oblige.