aka "Just because you are at Disney World, doesn't give you the right to act like an a$$hole." quoted from grumpy, tired (possibly from NJ) lady on the bus.
No worries, I'll get to that quote in a minute. First things first. Since the Cinderella pictures opened my eyes as to how long our daughter's hair was - I looked into getting it cut the next morning. Unfortunately there was not a salon at our hotel, however there were salons at the fancier (read: more expensive) hotels on Disney property. Do you remember Day One's quote ""What do mean I can't take a direct bus to our hotel?"? Well that holds true when trying to get from one hotel to another in less than 2 hours. It took us FOREVER to get to the fancy hotel, get Hannah's hair cut and get back to Downtown Disney where Tiffany and Audrey were waiting and waiting and waiting. Since we had already held them up enough for that day, we decided to split up while we went back to the hotel to drop off some purchases (I always try and make time to Christmas shop). I took this picture of Audrey making silly faces at Chris before we left the bus.
The plan was to spend the day at Animal Kingdom. Unfortunately we lost a lot of time, so we tried to make up for it as best we could. Before we got in the gate, we met up with Pluto and Pocahontas. We also saw Rafiki (from Lion King) but Hannah was not interested. Never fear, we got lucky later.
We went straight to the Lion King show since we heard that one was the best. A lot of people from our group had already arrived and they were kind enough to save us seats. So we sat at the end of the section. It was a GREAT show - I highly recommend it. Towards the end of the show, a young dancer in a Zebra costume comes up to us and asks if Hannah can be in the show. Absolutely, so then the zebra dancer takes her hand and takes her to a small group of older children who have been picked by other dancers. They quickly showed them how to wave and shake some kind of gourd/maraca looking thing. Hannah loves to do both of those things so she was very enthusiastic. The stage was round so the dancers proceeded to lead the children all the way around the stage. Hannah was so cute shaking and waving as the zebra dancer hustled her around the stage. I was so proud of her, I almost started to cry. Here she was thrown in a completely new, loud, chaotic situation, and she just shined. Timone was singing the song and then I noticed that after going around once, all of the older children were lead back to their seats while the zebra dancer and Hannah were hanging out at one corner of the stage. Then Timone finished the song and says "That was great kids! Good Job, especially you!" as he points down to Hannah. Then she comes running back and her little heart was racing. I was so proud of our little pixie (and SOOOO happy we got her hair cut). We have the whole thing on video and if I ever figure out how to get that on this blog, I will share it with you.
After the show we headed over to the area for our next group event. We wanted to get across the park before the parade so we weren't late. There was time for a quick costume change (Tiffany had bought the most perfect jungle outfits) before the parade began. The parade was really cute (as most Disney parades are) and Hannah was most excited to see Minnie Mouse. After the parade we headed to our safari/group dinner event. Here is a picture of our group before we went on the safari (we are in the back row). The safari was nice because it was getting dark and they were feeding the animals so they seemed to be much more active than I remember. It was VERY bumpy, so Hannah got jostled around a lot. She really liked the baby giraffe and baby elephant. After the safari we headed to dinner. Dinner was buffet-style. Tiffany and Chris seemed to have a lot of trouble - I guess I went earlier before the long lines formed. I was shocked and amazed that I dodged that bullet. Dinner was good, and Tiffany and CHris decided to eat as much as possible to make up for there experience at the buffet. Hannah got to dance with the band that was playing for the dinner crowd. Hannah and I had time to meet Rafiki and Timone. I am bummed that the picture is so blurry - I guess I had it on the wrong setting. I think I need to get a new camera. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Oh, I almost forgot. Let me explain the quote of the day. After the dinner event, Animal Kingdom was closed to the public, so we were gently ushered out to the exits and onto the appropriate buses to get to our hotels. Sidenote: Did I mention that there were three older brothers (ages 6-7) in our group? Well, two of the boys were the catalyst of the "Incident" that I am about to explain. We are happily riding the bus to our hotel when a man towards the front of the bus turns around and yells "WHOSE KIDS ARE THESE????" Since both of the "kids" were part of our group and the man was yelling I immediately paid attention. Apparently the boys were rough housing on the bus and it really annoyed this man and his family. So one of the mothers in our group grabs her son and brings him back to where we were sitting and some people start making some comments like "Boy, someone is really grumpy... he's in a bad mood... murmur murmur murmur blah blah blah." So the wife of the angry guy gets out of her seat, turns around and says to all of us behind her on the bus, "Just because you are at Disney World, doesn't give you the right to act like an a$$hole." Uh Oh. That's when I raise my voice and say "Why are you cursing? Just stop cursing, there's babies on this bus." along with a few other people. She comes back with "I don't give a F-bomb." That's when Chris stands up and starts yelling at her to sit down and stop, to just stop, because there are children on this bus that had nothing to do with this... She refuses to sit down and insists that we need to control our children. And that's when Chris says "It's not my kid, there are other people on this bus..." Meanwhile I find it interesting that her husband is saying nothing at this point and that Chris is the only one standing up to this woman. I was holding Hannah's ears so she couldn't clearly hear all of this mess. Thankfully the angry woman and her presumably very angry family get off of the bus at a different hotel and the rest of the bus starts clapping.
Wow. I guess this is not your mother's Disney World.