Day #4 - Was super awesome.
I woke up early and sang Happy Birthday to myself while my family slept. I had to drag them out of bed and I mean that in the most literal way possible. Dragging. We were sleepy.
We had breakfast reservations at 8 o'clock at the super deluxe, ritsy 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian Resort. Pretty swanky, except with Disney characters.
We took some time to make mean faces to the camera while we waited for our reservation time. It was pretty cool that morning, so we bundled up and enjoyed the blue skies.
We ate breakfast with Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter (no Cheshire cat - darnit!), Mary Poppins, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger too. It was pretty awesome. The food was fantastic, even better when they brought out a giant cupcake and a candle to blow out! They even brought one out for Hallie. I thought that was so thoughtful.
After breakfast we rode the Monorail over to the Magic Kingdom. We got there again just as the gates had opened and following along with my itinerary (hee hee), headed for Adventureland this time. It was a cool (but gorgeous) morning and there were zero crowds. We walked on again (!) onto every, single ride. I thought we would have to FASTPASS rides like the Jungle Cruise, but nope! Right on. It was great. We rode the Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, etc. and then headed to Frontierland.
Oh the fun of Frontierland. We loved it. We (okay, Dave and Hallie) got started riding the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (BTMR), while I did some shopping and got them a FASTPASS for BTMR since a line had started forming at that point. So as soon as they got off the ride, they got right back on it for another go-around. This time while they used that FASTPASS, I got them another FASTPASS for Splash Mountain. So when they got off the roller coaster they went immediately to get wet.
Which they didn't.
And Hallie was ticked off. Luckily, I had gotten them YET another FASTPASS, so she got to go again and got a bit wet this time. Thank goodness.
We went to Tom Sawyer's Island and it was so much fun exploring the caves, barrell bridges, wind mills and such. Hallie could have spent all day running around that little island. She absolutely loved it and so did we.
We took a break at lunch at Pecos Bill (quick, easy and good!) and went to Liberty Square to ride the Haunted Mansion for some good, scary fun. Hallie loved the spooky stuff and said that was her favorite ride. I love that kid.
We were getting pretty tired by this point and the crowds had finally showed up after lunch. It was stupid packed. We caught a Character Dance Party thing, bought some mouse ears for Hallie and decided to go back and swim. We were originally going to have supper at the Liberty Tree Tavern in Liberty Square, but decided that swimming and naps were more important, since we had a busy night ahead of us.
After swimming, naps and supper at the resort, we went back to the Magic Kingdom for the Electrical Parade and Fireworks.
It was magic.
Like, the best birthday I have ever had. I feel very blessed.