FRI 14th JAN 2000
Up at 8:00
and as soon as we are ready we are out of the room as the
plan is to eat at the Kona Cafe in the Polynesian before
meeting Ronnie and her family in front of the Diamond
Horseshoe Revue at 11:00.
As usual when the Stringer family are on the move things
don't go exactly to plan.
We wait for the Magic Kingdom bus but it is taking a
while so when an Epcot bus turns up we decide to hop on
it and then get the monorail to the TTC. This takes
longer than intended due to a short wait for the monorail
at Epcot and we finally reach the Kona Cafe at about
10:20. Luckily we are seated straight away.
The purpose of breakfast here is to try the Tonga Toast.
The pigs .... er... I mean, the family devour it and give
their considered opinion. MMMMmmmmmm! This is a 100% sure
fire hit with all of us. The ham that comes with it is
also good. Having read about Tonga Toast I was expecting
something similar to French Toast. What I was NOT
expecting was something akin to half a loaf of bread,
filled with banana, coated in cinnamon and smothered with
enough sugar to keep the economy of a small Caribbean
island on course for a year. There must be a million
calories in this but, boy, is it good. It is immediately
put on Tammy's list of things that must be done again
before the end of the holiday.
By the time we have finished it has gone 10:45 and we
rush off to the monorail. We enter the Magic Kingdom at
11:02, route march across to Adventureland and arrive
about 10 minutes late for our meeting with Ronnie. She
is, of course, very gracious and accepts our apologies.
After introductions to Grandma we head off to the barbers
shop on Main Street where Mike (Ronnie's husband) and I
are going to get our hair cut. I suppose it must be about
time as I look like a cross between a rock musician and
The ladies in the barbers shop are very good, chatting
away while Ronnie takes pictures for her web site. Mike
and I both come out looking much improved (mind you, how
can you improve on perfection?) as Tammy and Ronnie look
up at us in awe, as doe eyed as two love struck
teenagers. Or it might have been pity, I'm not sure.
Off to Splash Mountain
where we all ride except Tammy and Georgia. This is the
wettest Splash Mountain ride I have ever known with India
and Jill (Ronnie's daughter) taking the front seat and
getting very wet. India's trousers take hours to dry out.
Ronnie buys two copies of the picture and kindly gives
one to us, lovely lady that she is. It shows the two
girls screaming their heads off while Kevin looks ice
cool and composed in the back seat. Well, maybe not.
This is really the only walk on of the day, the crowds
seem much heavier than for the last two weeks. The other
thing that you should know is that it is cold today.
Although in the high 60's and sunny for most of the day
there is a very chilly north wind. I'm sure there are
many people regretting wearing the shorts and t-shirts
The queue for Big Thunder Mountain is 35 mins so we go
back to watch the Diamond Horseshoe Revue. This is a nice
little show with a singing cowboy, an excellent magician
/ card trickster and the lovely can-can dancing saloon
girls. Mike and I particularly appreciate our front table
seats for this last section. In fact we appreciate it so
much that Ronnie and Tammy have to furl up our tongues
and poke them back in our mouths at the end of the show.
I'm a little vague on the order of things from here on in
but I'm sure Ronnie will put me right if I get it wrong.
Pirates of the Caribbean is next before we return to Big
Thunder Mountain. Everyone rides except Grandma. This is
Georgia's first time and she loves it. She has certainly
got over her early scare on Splash Mountain and is
willing to try most things now.
Tammy, Grandma and Georgia now go to Ariel's Grotto as
Georgia has been dying to meet her. The rest of us head
for Space Mountain but there is a 35 minute wait so we
all go on Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin instead. I
triumph with 240,000 points due to superior skill and
tactics, or could it be just pure luck?
We meet up again in Fantasyland where Tammy has taken the
opportunity to sample a peanut butter brownie cup fudge
sundae, probably took me longer to write that than it did
for Tammy to eat it.
Snow White has very little wait so on we all go. The 3
girls are now riding together.
On to the Pooh ride to use our fastpasses that we got
earlier. Without these the wait is 1 hour! Ronnie
explains that it is probably because it's Martin Luther
King Day on Monday and many people have made a long
weekend of it. I enjoy Pooh even more than before
particularly after Ronnie points out the picture of
Piglet in the queue area looking like he is desperate for
We head off for Space Mountain again but Georgia throws a
paddy so I have to go with her and Grandma to ride Buzz
while the rest blast off through space. Another lifetime
best for me with 325,000 points, due in some small part
to the ride slowing up towards the end, a fact that I
conveniently forget to tell everyone when I crow about my
score. The fireworks are approaching but another quick
ride on Buzz for everyone is fitted in.
We walk up to the hub in perfect time and can pick our
spot in front of the castle as a lot of people have left
due to the cold. I'm not sure why but Tink doesn't put in
an appearance, however the fireworks are as good as ever.
The park is nearly closing, so what do we do? Why, rush
over to ride the Haunted Mansion of course! These
O'Rourke's are people after my own heart! I really do
love this attraction, it is one that you can repeat time
after time and not get bored.
A slow walk down Main Street and it is time to say
goodbye to Ronnie, Mike and Jill. Grandma says to me
later that we managed to talk about WDW nearly all the
time we were in the park. Yep! That's the idea, Grandma!
It has been a lovely day that we have all enjoyed, let's
hope that we can all meet up again soon. Hey Ronnie, it's
about time you made it over this side of the water!
We arrive back at Dixie Landings at 8:00. We intend to
have a quick snack in the lounge but end up watching a
man playing the piano. He really knows how to get the
crowd going, playing such varied things as the Flight of
the Bumble Bee, YMCA and Brown Eyed Girl in a
boogie-woogie style. A couple of pitchers of beer
disappear as we have a foot stompin' table thumpin' time.
Grandma and India get up and do the Macarana and then the
We finally leave just after 10:00 and fall into bed.
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