Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Dee Dub--Day 3

The Dee Dub Day 3 can be summed up in three Main Events:

#1--The Teacups.

#2--Dinner at the Crystal Palace

#3--The Spectromagic parade.

What is it about the teacups? Whose idea was it to invent a ride in which you spin and spin and spin, then spin yourself some, until you are about to vomit. Or until you actually vomit, and I'm not sure which is worse. Rey refuses to ride the teacups, so he's the photog behind the Canon here.

Dinner at the Crystal Palace was one of those experiences that shined a great big ol' spotlight on Disney's inefficiencies, or its diabolical plan to drive the parents of the world insane. Choose whichever theory you prefer. After Amber and I arose at 5am back in June to make all these dinner reservations, I sorta had an (apparently unreasonable) expectation that you'd be seated in thereabouts the time of your reservation. NOT! When we arrived for our 5:45 reservation we were told that they were just now seating 5pm reservations. Then we proceeded to sit while our kids went wild for about 30 minutes. We even watched while a table sat waiting to be cleaned for at least 15 minutes. That ended up being our table. The inefficiency was impressive.

In the end, the food kinda sucked there. We did get to meet Pooh, Tigger, Eyeore and Piglet. Let me tell you what, that Eyeore was emanating heat.

Cole could not be torn away from his ice cream, even for Pooh

And then came my most favorite part of going to Disney--The Spectromagic Parade.

It really is magical.

And I love it.

I love it, my kids love it, love is in the air.

Like I said, it's my fav.

You must stake out your seat at least and hour in advance. Our delay at Crystal Palace had me and Amber dashing off to find a spot and barely succeeding. But successful we were and spread out we did. You have to stake out a lot of space because people will crowd you. So you take way more than you need so that once you're crowded you're left with barely enough to fit your people. It's an exercise in rudeness, all around.

While we waited we busted out glow sticks and managed to persuade grown men to jump rope. Wearing Winnie the Pooh t-shirts. It was awesome.

From the moment the parade music starts up I get excited. It's such a catchy little diddy, indeed. The wonder on the kids' faces as you see these beautifully lit floats glide by... well it's wonderful. Watching the Spectromagic parade is one of the few times I don't feel like Disney is playing some giant trick on me... save they fact that they park a giant cart of overpriced toys right in front of your children while you wait for the parade to begin.

And like that, Day 4 is fast approaching.


Tonya said...

Love the pics and it looks like you guys had a great time. I am amazed at the outfits and can't wait to see what outfits the next few days bring!

BrianG said...

Those must be some awesome husbands to get out there and jump rope in front of a 1000 people or more.