MON 17th JAN 2000
are off on the pirate cruise this morning and Tammy wants
to go to the Polynesian for Tonga Toast while they are
buckling their swashes. Told you she would fit it in
again. If there's one thing this woman looks after, it is
We are up at 8:00 and down to the food court for the
girls to have breakfast. Georgia plumps for the healthy
option of lemon cake.
As we arrive at the bus stop an Epcot bus is waiting, so
we hop on with the intention of riding in the front of
the monorail to the Magic Kingdom. Unfortunately the
monorail is not running. Curses, foiled again. Back to
the Epcot bus stop for a bus to the TTC , then the
monorail to the Grand Floridian.
At the marina we pay for the cruise ($20 each) and the
girls are kitted out with life vests and pirate
bandannas. One little boy is reluctant to leave his mum
but the Disney CM's are wonderful. The captain comes out
and talks to him and tells him that he can be captain for
the day and sit alongside him and steer the boat.
Off they go with a very jealous Tammy looking on as she
wants to dig for buried treasure, unfortunately she is 30
years too old and two feet too tall.
We take a rather hurried walk past the wedding pavilion
to the Polynesian as we think that they stop serving
breakfast at 11:00. When we get to the Kona Cafe at one
minute to 11:00 we find that it ends at 11:30. Oh well,
that's our exercise for the day.
The Tonga Toast is also forgotten as we all remember how
good the Eggs Benedict looked last time we were here.
This gets the thumbs up all round, so another wise
We take a leisurely stroll back to the Grand Floridian,
stopping for a swing in the hammock on the Polynesian
beach. As we stroll past the wedding pavilion we decide
to have a look inside. This is exceptionally pretty, it
really must be a dream to get married here if you are a
Disney fan. In fact I'm thinking of getting divorced from
Tammy just so I can get married again here.
The ceremony and exchange of vows take place in front of
an arched glass window giving a lovely view of the
castle, but it is not plain glass, it actually magnifies
to make the castle bigger and closer than it really is.
Trust Disney to think of every last detail.
We pick the girls up from the pirate cruise. they come
back armed with all the booty they have looted from the
treasure chest they found. According to the girls this is
a must do for children. They get to have a go steering
the boat and the crew were a lot of fun.
Into the Magic Kingdom for a last go on Big Thunder
Mountain. The attendance is high today as it is Martin
Luther King day and there is a 30 minute wait despite
both sides being open. Georgia laughs all through it and
once again professes it to be her number one ride.
Back to Liberty Square where both girls have their
silhouettes done for $14, the frames being another $14. I
am amazed how quickly this guy works. It can't take much
longer than 90 seconds to do both of them.
Into Fantasyland for pretzels and a chocolate sundae
before leaving the park. Only a flying visit and we say a
fond farewell to the Magic Kingdom as we won't be back
again this trip.
Back at Dixie Landings we get the girls to have a sleep
for an hour or so as we are going to Pleasure Island
later and a rest this afternoon will enable them to stay
out longer tonight. While they snooze we have a look
around Magnolia Terrace. I like the look of this side of
Dixie Landings, more refined but not so convenient for
the food court and other main areas.
We rouse the girls and all shower before getting the boat
to Downtown Disney at 5:00.
A little more shopping follows. Notice I did say a
little. Over to the House of Blues at 6:30 where we are
told that a private function is taking up the majority of
the place and it will be a one hour wait. This does not
seem like a good idea so it's off to Planet Hollywood. I
would guess that everyone knows about this place by now,
not a quiet, romantic place but reasonable food at a
reasonable price. (By Disney standards.)
On to Pleasure Island. We intend to briefly visit the
Adventurers Club but Georgia is loving it so much that we
stay until 10:00. She wants to go to every show and does
not want to leave. The cast are great but I have noticed
that the only one who makes jokes about children in a bar
is the woman playing Samantha Sterling. She made the same
jokes the first time we were there. Let me tell you that
my children are a damn sight better behaved than many
adults. I know some of you think that the cast temper
their material because of the presence of youngsters, but
any off colour jokes go straight over their heads. We are
out of the place by 10:00 for goodness sake. Everyone
else is very pleasant and makes us feel welcome. Please
do not think that I am over sensitive on this issue, I
can take a joke as well as anyone. (I married Tammy
didn't I? Oooh, I'll suffer for that one.) I just think
that, no matter what Ms Sterling's personal opinion might
be, she is a Disney Cast Member and should act
Anyway, it certainly doesn't stop us enjoying ourselves
On to the Rock 'n Roll Beach Club. Here the girls have a
great time playing air hockey and arcade games. The
highlight of their evening is when they find 4 cents on
the floor, the next half hour is spent combing the area
for more cash.
The band we watch are called Blue Stone Circle (awful
name) and they have a very talented guitar player who
also plays the violin. He manages to play it upside down,
behind his head and also between the legs of a woman from
Chicago who is wearing a skin tight short skirt. Now
that's not a sight you see everyday.
We leave around 11:45 and Georgia has a few tears because
she wants to dance before we go! Tammy, the walking
zombie, thinks that it is too late for that so off we go.
As we walk past the Virgin Megastore Tammy decides that
it may be too late for dancing but not for shopping. In
we go to get a t-shirt she wants.
We eventually make it back to Dixie Landings and bed at
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