So...we've been here a week. In that week, we've encountered almost no
lines for rides and eaten at all of our favorite restaurants. To the
point where my stomach is revolting in a pretty big way and I'm sort of
wanting to never see a buffet again.
We've visited all of the parks at least once, save Blizzard Beach. Our
visit there was thwarted by rain because, call me weird, but a waterpark
in the rain seems a little over the top in terms of wetness.
We have two more full days here and I'm not sure what's left to do. I
know, it's crazy to even consider. And yes, being in a comfy hotel bed
does absolutely beat being at work but just the same I think I've
learned that 9 days of Disney is a little too long for us.
Why? Because coming here in the off-season means the lines are pretty
much non-existent. So time we might've spent waiting in those lines is
spent moving to the next attraction. It's sort of like
bloop-bloop-blooping through commercials with Tivo.
But don't be swayed by this revelation. No, no, it will only serve to
sharpen my future planning strategies (less buffets, a day or two less
In the meantime, I will share some highlights with you:
- spending most of a week with K. It was Just Fantastic to have that
kind of time with her (this might be the biggest understatement of all
time). Val so enjoyed and you can bet your ass that we did too.
- tasty meals all around the resorts and in the parks. Dare I say I
outdid myself on the meal planning.
Except the Princess Storybook Lunch at Epcot. If you found this post
via a search, hear me now:
That shit is ridiculously expensive and so not worth it for the 2 second
character interactions. $18.99 for a goddamn kids meal. That's NOT a
That said, later in the day Val asked to have lunch with the princesses
again. I said sorry, kid, we won't be doing that again.
If I may interrupt myself, I'm by no means a fan of the whole princess
culture that my friends at Disney are so carefully cultivating right
now. The notion of always waiting for a man to save you, never mind
those infernal dresses and the poorly-made shoes that go with them, all
of this does not sit well with me. Add in the fact that the 3 major
ones are lily white, unlike my daughter, who is not and it pretty much
hits all my feminist sticking points.
So, you may ask, why go to that sort of lunch? Because, at 2, Val is
terrified of all the other characters. The princesses look like people,
i.e. they're not wearing giant furry suits and they talk so she can get
excited about seeing them. For now, we'll concede the princesses but
with some major limitations. We're not buying any merchandise, and
we're talking a lot about why we're not doing that. My answer for right
now is because, Val, those princesses don't look like you.
What that really means is, kid, don't model yourself after some white
chicks who find salvation in a man and frilly dresses just because you
see it all over the place. That doesn't make it yours. How about you
be yourself first, then look for love and your own fashion sense
wherever it may find you.
But I digress. And I suspect the princess issue will come up again in
Back to the highlights:
- the halloween party. It was so not crowded and had so many cool
things. Val's favorite was a dance floor with Lilo and Stitch where
she, Grandma and I danced ourselves into a sweat-filled frenzy. The
headless horseman led the parade, it was so cool we watched it twice.
- the weather. We managed to miss almost all rain while K was with us.
We'd get to the car after a full day, then it would start after we were
tucked into the car.
- valet parking at deluxe resorts. Pay once, park all day. We parked
for dinner at Animal Kingdom lodge, then moved the car to the
Polynesian, parked for free, and rode the monorail over for the party.
We missed all the parking-related crowds, it was awesome.
- toy story midway mania. Likely the best ride ever. K and I hit that
park early one morning and rode it 4 times!
- tower of terror is better here than at Disneyland.
- same goes for Haunted Mansion.
- watching Val play in every fountain we passed. After the first day,
we started bringing her bathing suit and a towel. I know, we're smart.
That's just a few. I'm not sure what we'll do today and I think there's
a real beauty in that.