Heavy rain woke me and Small up this morning and the rain continued throughout the whole day. When we packed our bags for this holiday we never put in anything for rain or cold. Although today was not at all cold, it was certainly wet, therefore being in wet clothes made us feel cold!
After breakfast and showers and a toe dipping in the pool which was heated when we arrived but today suddenly wasn't, we decided we had no other choice than to hit Disney and just 'go for it'. Several discussions about which park was the best to go to and we came up with Magic Kingdom, hoping that the rain would keep the crowds away, hence the rides we couldn't get on before would suddenly be more accessible. Or that we wouldn't mind waiting because we would be under cover! Wrong, the crowds didn't stay away but the waiting undercover part was correct. The man at the car park entrance (which costs $20 per day) waved our car through today and said "go and have a great day" and didn't charge us. That was nice.
Small was desperate to do the 'Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom' where you roam the park in search of clues and use your magic powers to defeat the villains. We picked up the map and various cards, did the first two portals and then went on Splash Mountain. We had brought with us some beautiful ponchos (lovingly supplied by our villa). They looked awful but the whole place had them so no-one looked at all out of place. It was quite sad to see some of the faces of the people there today, wet through and disappointed. So, armed with our ponchos and the knowledge we were going to get wet anyway, we went on the wet Splash Mountain ride. We got very wet, just sitting on the seats that other people before us had sat on. Then we got wetter being on the ride. My hat fell off just as we hit the 50ft drop and ruined my hair for the day.
We went on Thunder Railroad next which was very rickety and up and downy - but not wet (well apart from all the outside bits which was most of the ride. So we were even wetter and took shelter and ate our homemade sandwiches whilst trying to listen to The Notorious Banjo Brothers and Bob over the noise of the heavy rain. One of the cast members told us 2 mins (though to be fair we didn't know what for or that he was a cast member as he was wearing a similar poncho to us). He was letting us know that the next show was starting called 'The Country Bear Jamboree'. Now we were not expecting anything special from this show but were happy to experience some dryness and maybe a bit of warmth. What we got was a very funny show performed by some Redneck Bears. It seemed quite an adult show (in some of the references they made) but obviously the kids all loved the singing bears (regardless of what they were singing about). Huffle particularly enjoyed the bear with a raccoon hat where the raccoon suddenly poked his head up and also sang.
I had been wanting to watch a parade as we hadn't seen one yet (apart from the electrical one at night) but because of the rain, they didn't seem to be doing them. Then as we came out of the Bear show, we heard music. They had a small scale 'rain' parade where some characters were out splashing in the puddles and others were in cars.
After picking up some hot drinks, we got on the steam train and travelled to the Circus area in Fantasyland where we managed to meet The Great Goofini and Donald Duck. There was no queue for these so we were very lucky (once again we didn't know what was inside but it turned out to be good). Our photos looked awful because we were so wet and bedraggled.
Barnstormer was next which was a small kiddies roller coaster. We made the kids sit together in the front and Huffle and I sat behind. I videod the ride from my seat and the people behind (adults) screamed all the way round. We walked to Tomorrow Land (oh no, not here again) and got on the People Mover. This ride was much better than I remember as it traveled through or next to the rides in Tomorrow Land so gave you an idea of what was there. It was a sit down ride inside a moving car/train and we got completely dry and were very happy.
Happy that is until Smallest decided he wanted to go on the Astro Orbiter which had no waiting time. We went on and then realised why there was no waiting time. It was high above the park, in full rain just as the rain had gotten heavier and we got soaked through again. We bombarded Smallest with insults for getting us wet again and then went on Buzz Lightyears Spin ride. Smallest asked to sit with me because he thought he could beat me and was devastated when I got a higher score than he did.
Since I have been reading Winnie the Pooh lately to Smallest, he decided he wanted to go on the pooh ride. I love Winnie the Pooh and read the books to Small from a baby but somehow Smallest has missed out on all things Pooh (I don't know how is happened). Anyway we braved the 45 min wait time (which was actually only 25 after all). This ride has loads for the kids (and bigger adult kids) to do, playing with the Pooh themed games and set. The boys weren't interested in going in the play bits until I did and then they loved it. How could you not? It was worth the wait though because next to us was Pooh and Tigger doing meet and greet photos. We shouted Pooh several times and he turned to us and waved. We didn't remember this ride being too great but I thought it was better than I remembered. Funny, when you have a good memory of a ride, it is usually disappointing. Smallest said he loved it and it was one of his favourites (he says that about most of them though).
We all wanted to go on the Seven Dwarves Mine Train Roller Coaster (it's new) but the wait times have been at least 60 mins and went up to 120 mins today - that's ridiculous! We actually decided to wait when we first got there and were willing to wait the hour but it suddenly closed due to technical difficulties, in fact it was on and off all day. We have one more day here (maybe our last day) so we may try again then.
Huffle had FastPassed us some rides again but they were in Epcot so we took the monorail there. We started with Crush's Intereractive Talk. We were not expecting much but it was a fun talk with Crush from Nemo who talked to various people from the audience and asked them questions (mainly the younger kids). After this we were hungry so we looked for food. We walked over to the World Showcase and had Fish and Chips from the Yorkshire County Fish Shop which we ate in the doorway of a British Shop. They were hot, fresh and yummy. Our 2nd FastPass was Soarin'. This was absolutely brilliant and well worth the wait. It was a hangliding ride where we sat in a seat and were raised high up to a 180* blue screen. We then hang glided over California. I loved this one (possibly my favourite ride in Disney). I lifted my legs everytime we went too low over trees and rapids and ducked when a golf ball came towards me. Everyone else loved this one too.
Next we FastPassed Mission Space which we went on the other day and loved. I was worried about the fish and chips we had just eaten but it was fine. Because we knew what to expect, it wasn't actually as good. There is nothing like the unexpected thrill of a new ride. It was still very good though.
Still raining and and still wet (but not wet through) we headed back to the Monorail and got back to our car. At 9:30pm we stopped at an ice cream parlour. Well we haven't had many this holiday have we and that's not like us at all. They were really good and it was a 50's diner themed place.
Poor tired looking bear on the left
Hopefully this rain will stop tomorrow and we can relax on the beach! Small has a blister on his foot, Smallest has a blister on his ankle, Huffle has back ache from walking behind people who suddenly stop or veer in a different direction and I am tired from not sleeping a full nights sleep yet since we have been here. Time for some chilling.