Thursday, October 23, 2014

Disney Day 5 - 1900 Park Fare, Swimming & Whispering Canyon

After some really long days we were all ready for a slower paced day on Tuesday.  Thankfully we had scheduled to be "off" on Tuesday.  The kids were still waking up fairly early so we decided to stick with our breakfast reservation over at the Grand Floridian's 1900 Park Fare.  

 We had just been eating quick breakfast foods in our room most of the week so it was nice to get a big meal for the day!  The food was good.  I really enjoyed the chilled strawberry soup and the kids loved the Mickey waffles.
 1900 Park Fare has a diverse group of characters.  We met Winnie the Pooh.

 And Tigger too!
 And Alice.  She was really funny and interactive.
Mary Poppins was perfectly perfect in every way.
 But our favorite character was the Mad Hatter.  He was hilarious.  Ben asked him what his favorite tea was and he said Invisabila-TEA and Insana-TEA.
 
 We finished up the morning with a walk through the beautiful hotel.
 Then we headed back to our hotel for a lazy day of swimming.  The kids had been begging to swim with the McClures so we spent the morning being lazy by the pool.
 Ben and Evan did some Sorcerers card trading.  
 It was so nice to be able to rest our very tired feet at this point.  The weather was perfect.  The days had been really nice and cool but it was starting to warm up so swimming felt great.
 Since we had a really big breakfast we skipped lunch but did get some Nutella and pistachio gelato.
 We all took naps that afternoon.  Like I said our goal was to rest all day.  We did meet up with the big group for dinner at the Wilderness Lodge.  It was an amazing hotel.  I think it is where we want to stay next time we go to Disney.  It was just beautiful.  Dinner was at the Wispering Canyon Cafe.
 To say we ate a lot would be an understatement.  The food was amazing and there was so much of it!!!
 The restaurant is known for its fun antics.  Our waitress was so loud and boisterous.  She was hilarious.  Kate asked for the ketchup and she got about 10 bottles.  We then had to run it to the next table who needed it.
 The waitress didn't like having to keep filling up Matt's water glass so she brought him the largest glass of water I have ever seen!

 It was the perfect place to eat with a big group.  We had a lot of fun!
 Ben and Kate headed back with my parents to their hotel for the night.  They got to read and relax some more.

 Matt and I were free for the evening!!  There are lots of fun options for dates at Disney but we were still pretty tired so we took it easy.  We went over to the Boarkwalk area to walk around.  It was a beautiful evening and it was fun to just stroll and people watch.
 We did stop and get some yummy treats (as if we hadn't eaten enough already).
We all really enjoyed our low key, relaxing day.  It was much needed and helped us re energize for another long day on Wednesday!

Disney Day 4 - Evening & Cinderella's Royal Table

More from our Monday...  While us girls were at Bibbity Bobbity Boutique the boys were off having fun.  Ben was so excited to get started playing Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.  He played all week and spent lots of time trading cards and now his own complete set!   
 I think they may have also ridden a ride or two and watched the afternoon parade.
 After we were done at the Boutique we went to meet Tinkerbell.  It was one of the longest lines we waited in all week at 20 minutes (we don't wait in lines)!

 We met back up with the whole group for a ride on the Haunted Mansion and then it was time to head over to the castle for dinner at Cinderella's Royal Table.  We were all excited to see the dining room inside the castle.

 We were greeted by Cinderella and had our formal portraits made with her.  

 Then we were escorted up the winding staircase to the dining room.  It was really beautiful!  I was surprised at how small the restaurant was.  Only about 40 tables or so.  It was a very intimate feel.  It was great to be able to look out the windows into Fantasyland.
 We had read that the food was only so-so but we were all pleasantly surprised at how yummy it was.  Very upscale food but very good.  I think everyone enjoyed the food along with the atmosphere.  It was a nice break to have a very nice meal in the middle of lots of park food.
 What visit to the castle would be complete without some visits with the princesses.  About halfway through the meal the princesses started to make their rounds.  It is such a great way to get to see so many of the princesses.  We got to meet Snow White, Aurora, Ariel and Jasmine.  The kids were good at coming up with questions to ask each of the princesses.  Their responses were lots of fun.



 No meal in the castle would be complete without an amazing dessert.  They had some really awesome ones.  This was the chocolate mousse made to look like a clock that I ate.  The kids had amazing peanut butter smores.  Overall I would say the dinner at Cinderalla's Royal Table was awesome!
 We had to get a picture of the cousins in their fine dinner wear.  Ben had on a Gus Gus shirt and Perry had on a Jacques outfit.  They all looked so cute.  Perfect for dinner with royalty.  
 And of course there had to be a picture of the whole family with the castle.
 After dinner we took advantage of the dwindling crowds to get in a few more ride including a ride on Pirates.  

 We did have a fun magical moment that night.  We were just walking through Liberty Square and Tiana was finishing up her greets for the day.  The cast member in charge saw Kate and asked if she would like to meet Tiana.  So Tiana came over to where we were just to meet Kate!  So sweet.  They had a fun interaction.

 And there had to be a whirl on the Magic Carpets.
 We also took the first of many ride on Small World.  Kate loved it so we kept going back.
 We had parked our stroller at 9:00 am in a giant stroller crowd when we entered the park.  It was now 10:00 pm and it was the lone stroller still there.  We got a good laugh out of that.  Glad the kids were able to go all day walking.  It made it so much easier.
 We finished up the night with some time in Tomorrowland.
 They actually ended up extending the hours to 12:00 am but we only made it to 11:00 pm before we were done.  It had been a long and tiring day.  Kate was exhausted and fell asleep as we were leaving the park.
It was such a wonderful day but we were all ready for a slower day on Tuesday.