Going home day
Somehow, we got all three families packed up and out of our vacation house by our goal time of 8:30. We drove over to Hollywood Studios for our last character breakfast and our first time at DHS on this trip. We sent Doug off to grab Toy Story Midway Mania fastpasses, while the rest of us strolled leisurely over to meet him. Since we had gotten in close to park opening, the line was short and we decided to wait in the standby line so we could have two rides that day. We made our way into the Candyland part of the queue when Ann said “Aly’s outside and won’t come in.” After a quick eye roll, I swam upstream back through the line where I indeed found Aly waiting by the entrance.
We had left this morning as our flex spot, and it was decided that we should use this time to visit Animal Kingdom and relive Will’s terror of four years ago, when I had to spend nearly 15 minutes convincing him on the loading platform that he should ride Expedition Everest. I eventually won out over his tears back then, and he ended up loving the ride, along with the Webkinz that he earned for his emotional scarring. I think I expended as much effort convincing the cast members that, yes, we were just fine, and they could continue loading around us while Will bit his lip, wrung his hands, hemmed, hawed, fidgeted, stepped forward, then stepped back. He was excited to relive “Mount Everest” (I had to keep correcting him) with his “Coaster Bro” (that would be the author) as we arrived at the Animal Kingdom on a pleasant morning.
Day 3 began with a raucous drive over to EPCOT, where we entered the park and quickly bypassed Spaceship Earth and made the traditional “send someone to get soarin’ fastpasses while the rest of us ride Test Track” – thanks Uncle Monkey!
So I mentioned that something may have snapped, right?
The next morning, we were planning to leave at 8:30 to head for Magic Kingdom, and by some miracle, all ten of us were ready to go shortly before 8:30. The kids were strapped into the minivan, the bags were packed, and then