DAY 5- TUESDAY 26TH MAY
I wake up at
5.45am. Serves me right for being so cocky about getting up after
Tam and I get up around 6.45am and go for a stroll along the river at the back of the Boardwalk. Its a lovely morning and the light is always so beautiful at this time of the day. Mornings and evenings are the best times for photographs and video I think.
See, Tam's not the only one that can get all arty-farty with the camera!
Back at the room we have breakfast and then pack as were moving to the Boardwalk today and I have to say Im looking forward to it. The Swan has been fine, but I think the one thing weve really missed most is a balcony. Its lovely to sit out and enjoy the Florida weather and watch the comings and goings on the Boardwalk. Talking of weather, the forecast is for another 3 or 4 days of heavy afternoon/early evening thunderstorms before it improves at the weekend.
We leave our
luggage with Bell Services and head over to the Boardwalk to
check in. Susan is joining us here for the next 11 nights,
sharing a studio with Grandma. Me, Tam, India and Georgia will be
in another studio.
At 9.15am we check in and our rooms are already free. We take a quick look and find that the balconies are really big, probably twice the size of normal studio balconies. The downside is that one of them is partially blocked in, just a wide opening with which to look out onto the Boardwalk. We decide to stay with them anyway as we are heading out to Typhoon Lagoon for a relaxing day in the sun.
We arrive just before 10.00am for opening and are soon set up in a shaded, fairly quiet area close to Shark Reef. This is so much nicer than being packed in with hundreds of other sunbeds around the main pool.
The first order if the day is family raft ride as we can all do it. The queue is 10 minutes or so and were soon on. Tam and I ride with Grandma and I think its a bit more thrilling than she expected! Poor Grandma exits looking a little like a drowned rat. Blige me she exclaims, which is as close as Grandma will ever get to saying What the xxxx was that!
Back at base camp we sit Grandma down to recover and the rest of us go to Crush n Gusher and do all 3 sections. Its great fun, especially with me, India and Georgia in a 3 man tube, I think they go faster.
We return to
Grandma and have lunch, along with a beer or three and I catch up
with my trip report while the ladies float around the lazy river.
Ive very much enjoyed our few hours at Typhoon Lagoon, its great to get away from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks now and again and relax in the beautiful Florida sunshine.
Despite her soaking, Grandma has been particularly enthusiastic; shes loved standing to look over the main pool and watching the huge waves crash past.
It's behind you!
After a fun day we leave Typhoon Lagoon around 3.00pm, just as the clouds are starting to gather. It starts to rain on the bus ride back and by the time we reach the Boardwalk its a fully-fledged storm with strong winds lashing the rain across the road in waves. We get off the bus and move as fast as we can towards the Boardwalk entrance. Even though there is a covered walkway from the bus stop, the rain is driving sideways and were all pretty wet by the time we reach the safety of the Boardwalk lobby.
We walk to our rooms, which are on the same floor as the lobby and not too far from it. One of the things I notice is that when its wet outside, they turn down/off the air conditioning in the corridors, it actually feels warm. Nice touch.
We have the luggage sent up and quickly unpack. Tam and I then walk across to the Hess service station to pick up a few things. Let me tell you, its quite far enough thank you when youre carrying a pack of 18 bottles of beer from there. I do feel a little conspicuous walking through the Boardwalk lobby looking like a brewery deliveryman. By the way, its still raining, but the main body of the storm has passed through.
We all have
showers and take our time getting ready before leaving at 7.30pm
for the Magic Kingdom. The plan is to watch Spectromagic (which
is on twice tonight) and Wishes.
As with all good plans, this one goes slightly awry as soon as we step on the bus as the rain starts to fall again. As we reach the Magic Kingdom its poncho city with masses of people exiting the park. We all put up our meagre brollies and push on, at least its just steady rain rather than a downpour.
We had intended to catch the 9.00pm Spectromagic, but decide this is probably not wise, in fact Im not sure theyll even show it, so we make our way to Columbia Harbour House to get something to eat. We all like this place and the clam chowder is particularly good.
Wishes is on at 10.00pm and its nearly stopped raining so we go and stand in front of the castle to watch. Its as wonderful as ever and I get that Disney tingle for the first time this trip.
The Haunted Mansion is next. Id forgotten that Disney had changed a few things in here and so were all pleasantly surprised by the upside-down staircases, the bride in the attic and Madam Leotas floating head. The audio in the ride is also greatly improved and theyve got rid of those awful plastic looking spiders.
Next we walk round to Pirates of the Caribbean. Now they say that every cloud has a silver lining and heres the proof. The rain may have been a pain, but its driven the vast majority of guests out of the park. Its virtually empty as we stroll through Adventureland and straight on to Pirates.
Its now nearly time for Spectromagic (11.00pm showing) but theres just time to fit in a ride on Big Thunder Mountain for all but Grandma. Another walk on and much better at night.
We watch Spectromagic from Adventureland with a sprinkling of people here and there. Its quite strange to watch this massive, spectacular parade in such a sparsely populated park. Still, it gives ample opportunities for unobstructed photos and video.
Two little mice together
We now begin to
make our way out, but manage to squeeze in a last ride on Buzz
Lightyear at 11.55pm.
We should be exiting the park now, but the Main Street Bakery calls to Tam. To be more accurate its like watching a cartoon where the cat smells a hot pie cooling on the window ledge and floats along on the fumes with its eyes closed.
A large cinnamon roll is looking forlorn and lonely in a tray, so Tam takes pity on it. Grandma and Susan follow on behind and by the time they have paid for their cake and joined us at the table, the only evidence of the cinnamon roll is an empty, slightly sticky carton.
We get the bus back to the Boardwalk and are clambering into bed at 1.00am. Its been one of those special days when things dont go perfectly to plan, but end up working wonderfully anyway.
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