Day 3 begin as day 2 ended, with me getting off the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. I was starting to get tired, so I pulled my tripod out and took some photos as I made my way to the exit for some much needed sleep.
After another night’s sleep interrupted by coughing, we awoke the next morning ready to head to Magic Kingdom. Only one slight snafu. Moms travels with one of those small luggage locks and being a male I was done and ready much sooner than she was. For some reason I was playing around with the lock and unknowingly accidentally reset the combination. Then I stuck it on the luggage and couldn’t get it open. Moms called the front desk for help, while I searched online for a locksmith. Luckily the maintenance guy came in a few minutes and was able to break it open easily. Now I had to go find a new lock and fortunately, the Poly’s gift shop had some. Crisis averted, we finally made our way to the Poly’s boat launch.
As we were making our way down Main Street a parade was just starting out. We saw that for a bit and Moms interacted with some of the streetmosphere characters that were around. Then we made our way to Casey’s Corner during a break in the parade. The menu item of choice was their BBQ Slaw Dog for both of us. Very good and very messy.
Adventureland was to be our next port of call. Moms wanted to ride Pirates. She’s not big into drops so she liked that this version only had one drop.
After a quick browse through the gift shop, I wanted to check out Disney World’s version of Splash Mountain. When I got there, it was down, so I hopped on Big Thunder Mountain which had a short wait.
After another thrilling ride, there was a small line forming for Splash so I got in that line and a few minutes later, they reopened the ride. It’s very weird to me to sit next to someone while riding Splash. This version of the ride has more of a coherent story than the Disneyland one. I know Disney World fans on the internet use Splash as their main point of why Disney World is falling apart, but I didn’t notice any major problems. Sure we were stopped just before and after the drop, but all the animatronics seemed to be working to me and the music and sound effects all seemed in working order. After reading the internets doom & gloom I was expecting Brer Rabbit’s eyes to be falling out, or even just a bunch of static figures standing there. To me it was all good. I enjoyed my trip to the laughing place.
After Splash we hopped on the train and rode to the New Fantasyland station. We didn’t ride anything, just spent some time shopping and getting snacks before going to Tomorrowland with one goal in mind. The Peoplemover.
The Peoplemover was down though. Since it was right next door, we got on Carousel of Progress. Moms loved it and I liked it a lot as well. Stitch was walking by after we exited and was just starting a line. I like characters that have no wait, so I stopped for a quick picture.
The Peoplemover was back up and running so Moms got her first taste of that ride since it closed at Disneyland. This ended up being her favorite ride in Disney World.
After Mom’s best ride ever, we started to make our way out for a break. Moms stopped in the Emporium briefly and I visited the Fire Station for a pack of Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom cards. The Celebrate a Dream Come True parade started and ended up separating us on each side of the street until it was over.
Moms was tired and wanted to go back to the room for a rest, I on the other hand was still good to go and opted to get off the boat at the Grand Floridian to check out the giant gingerbread house. The Grand Floridian seems way too fancy a place for me, but the gingerbread house and their Christmas tree in the lobby were both very impressive. When I was done looking at all that sweetness I walked back to the Poly and stopped into Capt. Cook’s for a quick snack. After seeing that gingerbread house, I just had to stop and get a gingerbread cupcake. It was okay, the cake wasn’t moist enough for my liking.
Our bodies slightly rested, we headed to the bust stop to catch a bus to Hollywood Studios. With the tentative itinerary I had in my head based off of where our ADRs were at, I figured tonight was our only chance to see the Osborne lights. I don’t know if it’s because we have the most pictures from our previous trip here and at Epcot’s World Showcase, but those are the two areas I remember most from that trip.
We were hungry so food was the main thing on our minds at this point. Tomorrow we had an ADR for 50’s PrimeTime, so we figured we’d see if Hollywood & Vine had some seating. They did. The food was your standard cafeteria buffet. Nothing earth-shattering, but it hit the spot.
Knowing we’d be back the next day, we weren’t too concerned about seeing things. Our goal was the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights so we made our way there. Spectacle is absolutely the correct word for it. One of the highlights of the trip for me and possibly Moms favorite part. Rather than me continuing to gush about how great it was, I’m just going to post a bunch of photos and let them speak for themselves.
The park closed at 8 that night, but we stayed around until at least 8:30 just in awe of the whole thing. I absolutely loved it. I had pulled my tripod out as the crowds started to thin, and I kept it out as we made our way to the exit with me stopping to take photos along the way.
We bussed back to the Poly, tired, and with me hoping to get a full night’s sleep.