Brandon and Michelle linked up with us for Day 2. Claire and Harper definitely enjoyed that. We slept in and made our way to the park. Thanks to the end of the Thanksgiving holiday, the park wasn’t particularly crowded. In fact, we had a good view of Dream Along – With Mickey without even trying.
After that, we rode the Winnie the Pooh ride and then met up with B and Seashell. Claire spent just about the entire time Brandon was around hanging on, walking with and climbing on him. Only, she kind of doesn’t make it easy when she knows she’s got someone not familiar with her tricks on hand.
Casey’s Corner for lunch and a host of rides was the course for the day. Following that, Brandon and Michelle escaped back to Tampa and we made our way to dinner at the Crystal Palace.
Dinner at 1900 Park Fare had reasonable good food. It was one of the best series of cast interactions. We were fortunate to have Anastasia, Druzilla and Lady Tremaine spend a bit of time chatting with Claire.
Claire mentioned to Anastasia the crying at one of the other tables. Anastasia told her that Cinderella cries, too, so she can steal all the attention and that Claire should tell her not to cry so much when she sees her. Claire agreed and immediately called out Harper for crying. It was hilarious. As hilarious as Anastasia’s reaction to that interpretation.
Druzilla played dolls with Claire for awhile. Claire invited her and her family over to our house to make cookies. If you notice, Claire started trying to pose like them.
Lady Tremaine spent quite a bit of time listening to Claire talk. Claire told her about the crying and Harper. She told her about inviting Druzilla and her family to our house for cookies. The Lady subtly rebuffed Claire for not having a grandiose invitation for her. Claire told her about a lot of stuff.
Cinderella also came by and talked with Claire about her dress. But, as the character everyone was there to see, we didn’t really have the same interaction time.
Prince Charming was pretty cool though. He danced with Claire.
I was really happy about that. Cinderella and the Prince danced briefly and Claire spent the following five minutes telling how much she’d like to dance with him. So, I think it made her night.
All in, it was a great way to kick off the trip.
Our first day was mostly travel. The flight was super easy. The kids relaxed. I watched a soccer game. The first picture is in the Orlando Airport. Claire asked to have her picture taken so she could show her friends at school.
We stayed at Port Orleans – The French Quarter. Since we were staying on the Disney property, we rode the Magical Express. They had massive lines set up for all the different routes. And Disney is all about line management. Even still. It was a short wait.
Christmas decorations and themes went up during our stay as we crossed in to December. The kids were suitably impressed with the trees at every turn.
Upon arrival, the primary event was dinner at 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian, another hotel on the Disney property. When we got there, a choir was singing Christmas carols in front of a nearly three story Christmas tree. While we were waiting for our table, the kids were invited to come up and hold some bells to jingle while they sang Jingle Bells.
This segued into a couple of songs. Claire was slightly bewildered, but enjoyed herself nine the less.
A belated Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! We spent ours at my parents house with my sister. Everyone had a pretty good time.
On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Danielle, Diana, Claire and myself went to see Frozen at the theater. After, we went out for Chinese food. Who knows, maybe a new Thanksgiving tradition! We all thoroughly enjoyed Frozen. But, best Disney Animated picture since The Lion King? That’s a stretch billboard!
My mom made a great meal, which was enjoyed by all.
As my mom has noted elsewhere, Claire used our annual Thanksgiving Picture moment to steal a dollop of mashed potatoes. With her finger. So, it’s pretty clear we’ve been doing something right with that kid.
Harper helped us end the night by spending about four hours returning the contents of her stomach. Which, I think you’ll agree, was a truly special way to conclude Thanksgiving.
My thinking is that for Thanksgiving last year, I worked ten nights in a row, during which I had the flu and my family was out of town. This year was a definite improvement! For which I’m thankful.
I was gone for awhile! But, I’m back now! And, I’ve got t-shirts for everybody! Okay, that last part isn’t true. But, the important part, that I’m back, is very much true. I was busy Thanks Giving and Family Vacationing. And, you know, all in all we all had a great time. Excepting some minor issues, to be discussed later.
Any road. Keep in touch here for the next week or so. I’m going to start breaking out photos from both Thanksgiving and our Great Mouse Trip. And, remember, have a magical day.
We watched Babes In Toyland (1961) last night. The girls really enjoyed it. The dancing in particular. In fact, I think they both danced through every number. I mean, this is a pretty good example of our average night.
And no, I don’t know why Harper does that. But, she feels it’s her supreme dance move.
I’d say it looks great compared to what it was two weeks ago.