I can’t believe I never got around to writing about the last day of the trip…
Day 4 was a busy one. The guys started out at Animal Kingdom while the girls went to Magic Kingdom to ride a few more things with The Kenz. We met back up with them at Magic Kingdom mid-morning, and after lunch, Kenzie had a little bit of a meltdown, after which my parents took her back to the room to rest, giving Ashley, Michael, and I some time to hit a couple of attractions at our own pace.
Later on, we went back to the room to freshen up and grab a snack (since dinner reservations were for 8:15…and I rarely eat that late), and then we went over to Hollywood Studios. Since it was Saturday and a week-and-a-half before Christmas, this was our first experience with major crowds. I haven’t seen crowds like these in one particular park since the 80’s when there were only two parks, fewer resorts, and far less to choose from at Walt Disney World. I only rode two rides there: Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror and Star Tours. There was a 70-minute wait for Rock & Roller Coaster and NO FASTPASSES; not getting to ride R&RC was the only true disappointment of the trip for me, especially since it was being refurbished last year when we were there.
At dark, we gathered with another massive crowd for the Osborne Family Spectacle Of Dancing Lights. All I can say about it is that it was the most incredible light show I’ve ever experienced, and I’ll never look at Christmas lights in people’s yards the same way again.
After seeing the lighting and some of the ongoing show, we negotiated the scary, bottlenecked crowd to make our way out of the park and on to the Contemporary Resort for our dinner at Chef Mickey’s. We got there earlier than we really needed to, and Kenzie fell asleep on the way, so we rested in the lobby until it was time. I really enjoy Chef Mickey’s…mainly because of the prime rib and garlic parmesan mashed potatoes…and Kenzie did much better with the costumed characters than she did last time.
Kenzie’s nap must have done her some good, because after Chef Mickey’s, she was raring to go back to Magic Kingdom to squeeze in the last few rides of the trip. We wound up staying there until almost midnight.
Day 5 was the ride home…