The best part of being a local here in the WDW area, is that you can head over to the Parks anytime the moment catches you, family and friends are in town, or just “because.” We had planned a wonderful Magic Kingdom day with our good friend, Todd Perlmutter, so we could spend some quality time hanging out with him and a chance for him to get to know Craig and the girls. So we set the alarm this morning, just like on vacation, got up to prepare for our day, and we were set for the magic!
I thought it would be funny for you all to see what WE, the Petermann family, take into the Parks, even as Residents. So before I packed our blue WDW backpack, I took a picture of our Parks “Necessity” Kit, with all of its wonderful goodies.
As shown, we bring in “Body Glide” which if you don’t know what that is, it’s like deodorant, which runners use to prevent chafing between the thighs, underarms, and feet. I found out about this amazing gem on one of the Disney Internet Chat Boards, and bought it many trips ago- and still buy it to this day. It works, and is a MUST in these days of non-stop heat!
Any lotion– I like “Twilight Woods” from “Bath and Body Works” because it smells great and is great for my hands in the heat when it feels like they are incredibly dry.
Sunscreen– for the obvious reasons, if you don’t use it here in FL, you are as good as burnt unless you avoid the sun all day.
Bottled Water/Soda– now I had cold cans of soda for more as a treat, because the bottled water lasts longer in the Parks, and we refill it at the bubblers throughout the day. We found the bubbler outside POTC was VERY, VERY cold and great to refill your bottle with!
Water Mist Fan– bought at Walmart for $6, they come in a bunch of different colors, take 2 double “A” batteries and is worth it to carry for those very hot days. We put ice in it before leaving home, and it was a joy to have in long lines in the sun.
Money/ Passes/ Purse/ Wallet– I bought a cheap little black purse that I can wear across my chest, so my hands stay free. Then I put my AP in the clear pocket at the end of my pink lanyard, so I have what I need at all times within reach.
Snacks– I bring in raisins and fruit snacks. We eat them usually by lunch, or they melt in the bag.
Pin Lanyard– I bring in the pins I want to trade only and have a blast looking all day for something we need or just something for fun.
IPhone– for calls, Gowalla, taking pictures, checking FB, and of course, twittering our adventures.
Car Keys– you won’t get far without them!
IBProfin- for those headaches in the Parks that need something now.
Sunglasses- a must for everyone in your party- protect those precious eyes of yours, wear them anytime you can.
You can also bring in band-aids, a cloth for sweat, baggies for anything you may need to store on water rides, moleskin to avoid blisters on your feet, extra sunglasses, hats, and towels for any drying that may be needed off of wet attractions. Hope the list helps you!
OK, so after it’s all packed up, we headed out to Magic Kingdom, meeting up with Todd and watching the park opening show. I love this show because it just gets you in the Disney mood, and it is so exciting to count down to the park opening. Everyone is so fresh in the morning, no crying kids yet, no sweaty parent with a short temper- just miles of smiles.
We headed towards Fantasyland first, and here is why. I STILL do the same game plan that I did as a tourist, which is Fantasyland is ALWAYS, ALWAYS first in the morning. Why? Because we walked onto Peter Pan, Small World, Pooh, and so on. No lines usually until an hour after the Park has opened. I can’t tell you how many times I see kids crying and screaming during EMH at midnight, sweating in line for Peter Pan, for an hour wait- GO TO THE PARK OPENING. Trust me on this, you will walk on everything except Dumbo because it is limited to the number they can load for each ride. Save the hassle and stress and arrive at ANY Park opening to take advantage of no lines and less crowds.
Craig got to enjoy the new queue at the “Haunted Mansion” and Todd told us how to figure out who murdered everyone among the busts of characters there. It was cool to see all of the interactive things to do, and we rode it several times today, always picking the side we could play with everything. If you want to bypass it all, go to the right and you will probably walk right onto the ride. But, at least play once, it is very cool to see.
We proceeded to head to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, where Todd, Kyra, and I would take a ride. Em and Craig hung out and watched Splash Mtn for awhile, and I really enjoyed the BTMRR this time around. The last time, if you have been reading the blog for awhile, you know I got off and got VERY sick. I was hesitant to try, but it was so much fun with Kyra and Todd, and I was happy to have rode it again with no event afterwards. Next stop was “Tom Sawyer Island” which the family had never been too.. Yeah, I know, they never were there! I had been there in 1991, so it had been some time. Todd showed us all around, and even though we didn’t find any paint brushes, we found the fort, the cave, the barrel bridge, and the awesome rocking chairs. We really enjoyed it and will definitely hang out there more!
As we made our way to Pirates, we saw Jessie and Woody next to Splash Mtn. We got in line, and it was very warm, about 11:00 a.m. it was. I could see it was going to take about 30 mins, and as I looked at Craig, he turned completely white. I panicked, and had Todd grab Craig to take him to Pecos Bills and sit in the AC for awhile, Kyra went with to help. We would have all gone, but we were next in line. Jessie hugged Emily over and over again as we told her how excited we were to see her again, about Ems Cancer, and about how we were now residents. Woody and Jessie both kept jumping up and down and hugging her, and while I was so happy for Em, I was so worried about Craig. We said goodbye and practically ran to the restaurant to find Craig. He was inside, still white and trying to get the blood back into his face. His fingers were numb, so I got him some ice water to help him feel better. I can’t tell you how scared I was- he is my life, and if something happened to him, I wouldn’t have a clue how to go on. I was happy to see him feeling better, and I learned to keep an eye on him the rest of the day.
After the bit of scariness, we headed to Cosmic Rays to get some food in his tummy. Right before we headed in, we saw Rapunzel’s line was really short, so we jumped in, only to find out we would still be waiting 2 hours to meet her. Alright, I am getting a bit annoyed by how they have her set up- 2 hours? So Emily, Kyra, and I will be making a trip to MK this week JUST to get in the Tangled line and meet them both! I hate to think what tourists think who have only precious hours to spend at a time at MK must do, something has to be done with her system- not right at all.
With food in our stomachs, and a nice cold spot to sit in “Rays” we got a text from Shalon that she was in the MK and looking for us. As I am looking at my IPhone, I say out loud, “She hasn’t texted me back” while Craig is laughing because she was standing RIGHT behind me. Good thing I love her to pieces and didn’t say something stupid! As I am turning to hug her, Craig is laughing and taps the window we are sitting next to and shows me someone is standing there waving. I SCREAMED!!!! Mr. Scott Otis, there, FINALLY, back from Hong Kong, was here to see us and I practically tackled the poor guy I was so happy to see him. We met in November on my solo trip to WDW, and we really connected like siblings. It was like seeing my brother, I was so happy to see that smile again and hear his voice. He walked into where we were sitting, after I hugged him to death, and got to say “Family, THIS is “the” Scott Otis…” and we all laughed as the kids hugged him and Craig shook his hand. BEST! MOMENT! EVER!!!
We now had Shalon, Todd, Otis, and us walking from ride to ride, laughing all the way. Shalon is convinced she breaks down the rides- which is funny because when we were waiting to ride the TTA on the belt riding up to it, it jerked forward and we all almost fell. We got on the TTA and it broke down, and even started to go BACKWARDS! LOL We rode Buzz, where Otis just barely beat me, but I see a rematch in the new future. We then rode POTC where Shalon and I did shout “FOR NARNIA!!!” when we went over the falls! LOL Jungle Cruise was hot and sweaty, and then another ride on Haunted Mansion, where we all rode with someone different- to which it broke down SEVERAL times and we all, of course, blamed Shalon! LOL (Cause we wuv you!)
Our family hugged goodbye to our awesome friends, and headed home for a swim. We all practically jumped in we were so hot and ready to cool our bodies down. Dinner was spaghetti on our IKEA coffee table while watching “Seinfeld.” The kids hung out while Craig and I met up with Todd again at Beaches N Cream and got to see J.L., Rikki, and Mike Rahlman. It was great to finally meet many new and old faces, and we ended the evening at the Boardwalk, sharing an ice cream cone while enjoying the cool breeze. We didn’t stay out long, as our County had a tornado warning, so we booked it home to make sure the kids felt safe.
Tomorrow is Father’s Day and I want to say “HAPPY FATHERS DAY” to all the wonderful Dads out there, including my awesome man, Craig, for he is an AMAZING father, and to my OWN Dad, I love you Dad and I am sorry I won’t see you tomorrow- present is on its way! Make it a special one for your husband or father- we are heading to Sea World to have a peaceful time for Craig’s big day. Make it count folks, make it count.