Stacey - That's me!
Matt - My cute husband!
Nancy - My mom!
Diane - Matt's mom!
Magical Express was wonderful as usual and we were the first stop. Our moms enjoyed taking pictures of themselves while Matt and I watched the welcome video that plays. Walking off of the bus at the Polynesian was a "pinch me" moment. I couldn't stop smiling! The check-in desk seemed a bit busy. Standing in the lobby I started to look around and a flood of emotions came over me. This was what I'd waited so long for. The trip I never thought would really happen. I started sobbing. Right there in the line to check-in. This was a prime time for our moms to take pictures of course. "Oh look at Stacey crying! Awww." *click*
Our packet was waiting for us but not everything was inside. The gift card seemed to be missing and the desk couldn't find it. Also, our Garden Grocer order couldn't be found right away despite the fact that I got the call from Garden Grocer saying that it was delivered. The cast member at the desk assured us that they would track down both the groceries and the gift card and call me when they did.
We headed up to our room... only a short two or three minute walk from the Great Ceremonial House. Third floor lagoon view room in Aotearoa. I have to be honest that when we were walking to the room I was nervous that the view wouldn't be as good since the longhouse sits further back than the rest. Of course it all ended up well and we could even see the castle if we stood on the left side of the balcony. The room was pretty much spotless. I know there have been reports of unemptied trash cans or bed bugs but we saw none of that. The desk must have found the groceries quickly because they were delivered as soon as we got up there.
Captain Cook's fed us a very good lunch. I like the touch screen ordering very much though my mom seemed to have none of it. Every time we used it she made us order for her. She ordered the pork sandwich. Diane and Matt both got the adult grilled cheese. I ordered the soup of the day... vegetarian chili! Everything was really really delicious. We found that the "chips" were actually more like crunchy flatbread. Most chips didn't seem cooked enough so they were chewy instead of crunchy. Weird. I finished my chili before anyone else so I walked around and took pictures nearby. The new cabanas were really nice but it looked like no one was using them.
After lunch we took the monorail to Magic Kingdom and got our park tickets from Guest Relations. The park seemed really busy right away. We made our way up Main Street and took in all the sights and smells. The Confectionary. The Bakery. And finally... Cinderella Castle. I could tell Diane was really enjoying herself already and was in awe of finally seeing the castle in person.
We made it to Tomorrowland and met up with a new friend of mine that works at Space Mountain. Ashley and I met back when she worked for American Idol Experience. She said that Space was actually down at the moment but people were still waiting in the very long line with hopes that they would start running very soon. Ashley took us through the FastPass line and past what seemed like a million people. I thought maybe she'd have us join in the line at some point but nope! She literally walked us right up to the loading platform and let us ride in the first car. By the time we got up there the ride was operating again so we were off! I really like the new music because something is better than nothing. The ride was MUCH smoother than the last time I rode but the vehicles are still terribly uncomfortable.
Ashley walked us out of Space Mountain and then we said our goodbyes. She was off work and we were off to play in the Magic Kingdom! The crowds were really intense on this day. Buzz Lightyear was even a 40 minute wait! But thanks to some awesome FastPasses that a wonderful cast member gave us ;) we waited only five minutes! We hit up Peter Pan and the steamboat and then got FastPasses for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. While we were waiting for our ride time we rode Splash Mountain, Enchanted Tiki Room, and Hall Of Presidents. My mother-in-law was really nervous about her first ever roller coaster ride. My mom decided to sit out and wait for us so Matt and I walked the brave Diane into the queue. I am happy to report that Diane LOVED Big Thunder and even asked to do it again before we went back home! Hearing her laugh through the entire ride was music to this coaster lovers ears!
Now that our tum tums were all wound up we decided to eat dinner at Pecos Bills. The line was long which seemed to be the trend of the day. When Matt and I were ordering I turned back to look at the ordering computer and noticed that there were two vegetarian options that are not listed on the menu. A veggie taco and a veggie wrap. I didn't ask what they entailed but at least I know now that they modify the taco and wrap for us veggies!
Anyone else ever get truly wet on Pirates Of The Caribbean?! We did in the front row! Maybe we were top heavy since they crammed all four of us in the front of the boat. I think I got more wet then than on Splash Mountain! After Pirates we went back to Fantasyland and finished off with Mickey's Philharmagic and the carousel. We originally planned on staying for Main Street Electrical Parade and Wishes but the majority of us were too tired to stay in the parks so we left and went back to the Polynesian.
My mother-in-law and I inquired about getting a microwave and got one sent up to our room right away. We all tiredly unpacked our clothes (except Matt who lives out of the suitcase) and I watched Wishes from our balcony. I did notice a little noise from the luau but nothing annoying. I found it quite pleasant actually. While everyone else got tucked into bed I took my shower. Can I just say that I could have stayed in that shower all night?! It was heavenly! Finally, it was my turn to get some shut eye and be ready for a full day at Hollywood Studios.