Breakfast was good. The food was tasty and there was so much to choose from! I had to get Mickey waffles and so did C-man. I did try some of the African foods, but they didn’t have a breakfast feel to me, so I stuck with the traditional American breakfast consisting of tater tots, biscuits, waffles, bacon, sausage, pastries, fruit and whatever other carbs I could find on the buffet! While the food was good and the atmosphere was great, the service was not so hot. Several times our drinks were dry and we had a hard time understanding the accent of our waitress. We wanted our bill to be split so I could pay for mine and KK could pay for hers. That was a disaster! We finally figured it out and went on our way. At least we were able to meet Donald, Daisy, Mickey and Goofy! C-man even participated in a “march” around the restaurant with Mickey while shaking some sort of instrument. It was cute and he enjoyed it.
Next, we took the bus back to the Magic Kingdom. The first thing we did was ride the train all the way around the park. I was hoping to catch a glimpse of the new Fantasyland expansion, but had no luck. After the train, we sat on the curb in Town Square to watch the Celebrate a Dream parade. This was a fun, quick parade with lots of characters. I took lots of pictures and then we moved on. One thing on my list that I really wanted to do this trip was try a Dole Whip. That was our first stop in Adventureland. C-man didn’t want to try it, so I had it all to myself. I didn’t get a picture of it because I think it was 115 degrees that day and it was actually melting faster than I could eat it. If I had taken the time to get out the camera and take a picture, I would have had a Pineapple Dole drink rather than a whip, so I passed on the picture. While I am glad I finally had one, I doubt I’ll get it again. It was good and refreshing on such a hot day, but I’d much rather have soft serve chocolate ice cream. Call me crazy, I know. I like fruit. I like desserts. But, I really don’t like my desserts to have a fruity flavor.
After the Dole Whip, we rode Pirates of the Caribbean and made our way to Tom Sawyer Island. I honestly don’t remember the last time I set foot on the island. It may have been during the barrel bridge fiasco! We spent a lot of time running around the island, playing on the playground, going through the tunnels, running across the bridges, playing in the fort and shooting the guns. C-man had a blast and we were sweating more on that island than we did the whole trip! It didn’t take long after the Tom Sawyer adventure for C-man to take another nap.
While he was sleeping, we strolled to Fantasyland and sat in Pinocchio Village Haus to cool off and drink water. Once we were refreshed, we went to Liberty Square so I could look for a Christmas ornament and we found Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen. I think she is my favorite princess now! They were such a fun couple. The line wasn’t very long, but it took a while because they spent so much time with each guest. C-man woke up right as it was my turn to meet them. Being in a foul, “I just woke up” mood, he did not want to meet them. Instead he stood back and cried the whole time I was with them because he wanted me to hold him, but didn’t want to meet Tiana and Naveen. As we left, Prince Naveen told me if we wanted to come back later when he wasn’t crying we could come to the exit gate and cut in line to meet them- HOW SWEET! Too bad we were on our way out and didn’t have a chance to take him up on the offer.
This was when the magic started to fade. We made our way down Main Street toward the exit. It was time to leave. On our way out, my feet were a little heavy and it took a little longer. Tears welled up in my eyes wondering when I would be back to this special place with my son, hoping it wouldn’t be too long. I hope to make a few more trips with him while he still believes in all the magic and isn’t too cool to hug a princess or chase a space ranger. I turned around before I went under the train tracks for one last look of Main Street USA and the castle. I swallowed the lump and said goodbye.
Until next time…