Well, We're Back
For starters, I uploaded all of the pics I took and put them in a set
for you. Now you can say 'nice set!'
Halfway through our trip, we discovered that Thomas (who had assured me he would sleep over at our house while we were gone) was, in fact *not* staying over with the dogs. Meaning that our severely epileptic boy Patrick, who is prone to seizing when we're on vacation, was left unattended for EVERY SINGLE NIGHT that we were gone. T followed up this performance by lying to us and saying he was there (yep, we had our neighbors
spy keep an eye on the place. Nice, real fucking nice, kid. When we got home, we discovered that he's moved out of his room and only has a few boxes in the basement left before his departure is complete. Way to end strong, thanks for helping us out when we helped you out.
But on to better things. There were hardly any lines at any of the park. Oddly enough, only yesterday afternoon did the Magic Kingdom start to get crowded, just in time for us to hop aboard the monorail and head out of town. The planned meals worked out so well that we added some more along the way: The Liberty Tree Tavern, which pretty much sucked.
It's this colonial joint, the employees dress in appropriate garb (plus Sketchers, in one case) and did this whole routine when your table was ready: "Hear ye! Hear ye! Let it be known that we are now seating the Nardness family from the great state of Vermont!" which was charming until we'd sat there for 45 fucking minutes waiting to be heard, ye. Our table was right over an a/c vent so we were FREEZING while we ate our medley of dried-out American foods and meats.
We stayed at the Magic Kingdom until closing time that night. While us happy parkgoers streamed out of the park, the Go The Hell Home Mickey stood on the platform below the train station and talked to the park goers, bidding them a good night though we know he was thinking "hey kids, it's really hot inside this costume, could you please leave???"
We spent the next day at the Animal Kingdom, enjoying the safari of Africa and a bad-idea 2 trips on the water ride, since we weren't wet enough after the first ride. We got drenched just in time to get drenched again in a long-lasting thunderstorm. We arrived at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for dinner at Boma, the African buffet, after waiting for over an hour in the bat house at the Animal Kingdom.
After the slightly odd, yet warm dinner, we went promptly back to the hotel and fell asleep at like 9 pm.
We also did some silly things:
And tried on a lot of hats:
We hit all the parks including both water parks, where I enjoyed the beginnings of a very special sunburn on just my upper arms. Sexy. We also hit DisneyQuest, this crazy interactive place with a billion standup video games and these huge VR games like Pirates and the Jungle Cruise. While at Downtown Disney, I was able to ride the skiff not once, but twice, so all was well. What I couldn't get over was the sheer number of people videotaping their loved ones shopping at Downtown Disney. At least 100 times that day, I found myself walking in front of some yahoo aiming his camera at junior, who was undoubtedly eating a popsicle in front of a store. Huh?
The last night we went back to 'Ohana to see our Hawaiian-themed cousins and eat more tasty meats. It wasn't quite as good as the first night (our 'cousin'/server Debbie was a bit of a pill) but it was still good times, good times. That place kicks every other Disney restaurant's ass.
It was a terrific vacation, I'm so glad we went. We wrapped it up with our 9th anniversary, which was yesterday. I can't think of a better way to have spent it than with our friends Mickey and his homies.