Trip Report, Day 4, 2/4/06 (last day)
Our last day began the same as Friday did...a wake up call from Mickey, and more rain outside. I was despondent, dreading another day in soggy clothes and a now-ripped poncho. According to the weatherman, the rain was supposed to be gone by noontime, and for once he was right. In fact, by the time we got to the TTC, it had stopped raining for good. We took the monorail to the Grand Floridian for breakfast at 1900 Park Fare. We managed to snag the front seat of the monorail, always a treat, even if the windshield was dotted with raindrops.
We had never been inside the Grand Floridian before, and it really is a beautiful place, much more, um, dignified (?) than Pop (and much more expensive, of course!) We took some pictures inside the lobby, then we found the restaurant. Wendy Darling was there to greet us.
I had chosen 1900 Park Fare as a character breakfast because I thought that Cinderella was supposed to be there. Me, the master WDW planner, read the wrong schedule...Cindy is there at Dinner time. Breakfast is a character meal, but the morning characters are Pooh, Tigger, Alice & the Mad Hatter. Luckily, my daughter didn't know or care about my gaffe, as she had fun interacting with the Hatter, who refused to give my seat back when I came back from the buffet. The food here was as good if not better than the buffet at Chef Mickeys, and the men loaded up on the usually forbidden breakfast foods.
Once we got to the MK, our plan was to hit the attractions that we missed on Wednesday, which involved us criscrossing the park several times. Saturday was a lot more crowded than Wednesday had been, naturally, but nowhere near what I had remembered at peak season.
We hopped the train to Frontierland, then we backtracked to Adventureland and the Jungle Cruise. The jokes were as corny as ever, but it's still a must-ride on our visits. Next up was Pirates, our last chance to see it before the much-balleyhooed insertion of Johhny Depp. Dad and I went back to Splash Mountain and wore our ponchos this time, to the derision of the CMs at the loading dock. They said that ponchos defeat the purpose, but I replied that I got wet enough yesterday. It was all good fun.
Next up was Big Thunder. We let my wife rest her feet while the rest of us rode. I got FP's so that my daughter and I could ride again immediately, but the FP's weren't good for another 30 minutes. My dad went to film the parade that had just started, and me, the wife and kid went over to Tom Sawyer Island to wait out the fastpass. Bad idea...my wife couldn't handle the climbing and parked herself on the first bench we saw. My and my daughter walked over the bridge to the fort, climbed up and down, and went to the Injun Joe's cave. My daughter refused to go in, so I collected the wife and we went back to BTMR. We had reached the fastpass time, but of course, a CM was blocking the entrance, telling of those "technical difficulites" again. the parade was still going on, so we grabbed a couple of Mickey Ice Cream bars and watched. Luckily, BTMR soon re-opened, and we rode again.
Time was flying, as it usually does on the last day, so we headed over to Fantasyland and got FP's for Pooh. The line for the teacups wasn't long, so I rode with my daughter, who insisted that I spin the cup as fast as possible. After staggering off< we wobbled toward tomorrowland to get a Space Mountain fastpass for me, and maybe ride TTA again before going back to Liberty Square for our last character meal at the Liberty Tree Tavern. Along the way, we passed the Indy Speedway, and took advantage of the handicapped entrance to get right on. My daughter drove the car while I hit the gas. Good thing she won't be able to get a driver's license for another 10 years, she drives like her mom! :) (Just kidding!)
Upon entering Tomorrowland proper, we had a very pleasant surprise. Buzz was supposed to be down for rehab for another 5 days or so, but lo and behold, there was a line of people entering the building, and the FP sign was on! Apparently rehab was finished early...there's that Disney magic again! Buzz is my daughter's absolute favorite ride in all of WDW, and she was jumping with excitement. I wanted to save my FP for Space Mountain, so the rest got FPs for Buzz. We then jumped into teh standby line. I was curious to see what the rehab had done to the ride, I had seen rumors that the guns were going to be replaced by the lift-out ones that Disneyland has. That's not what happened, in fact, the cars themsleves looked like they hadn't been touched during the rehab. There was some fresh paint and some new targets, but the ride is essentially the same, and as fun as ever. (cont'd)