6:30 AM – I slept in!!!! Yes, this is sleeping in for me these days.
7:30 AM – The wife is up, thanks to an emergency text from work, probably related to the intense flooding going on in and around the lower mainland right now. No exaggeration, if today was our travel day home, we would not be able to get there. Floods have cut off Chilliwack from all roads, including Highway-1. Hopefully they are able to get that sorted out before we return home on Saturday!!
9:20 AM – We arrive at the Plaza Inn for our breakfast with Minnie and Friends. It’s a buffet that isn’t really a buffet…..they have cast members serving you at the buffet stations. The characters don’t come for individual pictures anymore, but we still get video of the whole gang (Pluto, Pooh, Dale) and pictures with (near) Minnie Mouse. The food is really quite good for this sort of buffet, and the biscuits and gravy are some of the best I’ve ever had. It’s well worth the $40ish price tag.
After breakfast we head into Critter Country where Splash Mountain is a walk-on. I have NEVER seen that before. We get pretty wet, I gotta say, and although it’s much cooler today than it was the first couple of days, it’s still warm enough to dry us off without much worry. We also take a ride on the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, do a bunch of Xmas shopping, and then head for the exits. We are going back to the hotel to rest for a few hours before we begin our big evening, where we have tickets for Mickey’s Merriest Nights, a private event (“private, just us and thousands of our closest friends”), that begins at 8 PM, one hour after the park closes. Very much looking forward to that! It runs until Midnight, features 6 different Xmas parties in the various lands, and we will have the opportunity to ride any ride that we want from every land that is open. The only lands not open tonight are Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Critter Country and ToonTown.
While the wife has a little nap, I am sitting on the patio editing the vlog from last night and enjoying a cheap but half-decent Chardonnay that I bought from the hotel gift shop.
Nothing to write home about, but for the $20 I paid for it, it’s about what I’d expect.
Another restful day for Little-Miss-Naps-A-Lot while I spend most of the afternoon editing the vlog, drinking the Chard and just enjoying the time on the patio. Also watching the news from back home, which just seems to get worse and worse. Man, I hope we are able to get home on Saturday.
6:30 PM – Back into the park to do a few things before the party starts at 8. Disneyland at night, at Christmas, is spectacular.
In the hour between the closure of the park and the beginning of the party, we ride Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland and the Matterhorn Bobsleds. All walk-ons.
8:00 PM – The party begins and we wander around the various lands to see the six themed mini-parties which all include food and entertainment, including character sightings
9:30 PM – “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade begins. We are in front of ‘It’s A Small World’ waiting to see it. The cast member who is standing around us says this is the biggest parade they’ve ever had. It starts on Main Street, and weaves it’s way through the park to the finish at Small World. She wasn’t lying about the size of this parade, as it’s nearly 10PM by the time it comes around the corner into view. It really is a spectacular parade. Disney does this stuff so, so well.
11:00 PM – OK so I am way too old for this. It’s been a great day, but time for us to start meandering down Main Street and head for the exits. The party doesn’t end until Midnight and by the time we hit a few shops on Main Street and hit the exits, it’s not too far from that. We are both totally spent at this point. Another spectacular day!
That’s it for today. Tomorrow, sleeping in, a relaxing morning, and dinner reservations at Wine Country Trattoria in DCA. Stay tuned!