After breakfast at Steakhouse 55, we jumped on the monorail and went to the Magic Kingdom to enjoy our last day in the park. We flew out here on Friday and it’s now Sunday, so we will have to go back tomorrow.
While Aaron was still getting the Indiana Jones Fast Passes, Ashly, Ian, Evan, and I rode the Pinocchio ride in the little kid section. It brought back so many memories of my childhood. I remember living in Lee’s Summit and we had it on VHS. I remember the first time I saw the Blue Fairy, and my mom watched it with me one night. I also remember thinking, even at that age, that Pleasure Island was way to chaotic for me as nothing good was going to come of it. Our personalities are partially engrained; at least mine was.
When he came back, Aaron and I went off for a couple of hours on our own, paddled canoes on the water, we went into Tarzan’s tree house, had a cookie and Coca-Cola, went on the Indiana Jones ride (one of the best ever made), called home to talk to our families, and then, six hours after we had brunch, it was time for our dinner reservation at the Blue Bayou, where we met back up with Ashly, Ian, and Evan. Aaron and I had mint juleps, a salad (in my case) and gumbo (in Aaron’s case), and steaks. I really do love the inside of that restaurant.
After that, we headed over to Disney’s California Adventure and shopped for awhile before Ashly showed us the Zoetrope. You have to see this! Watch this video right now! You won’t want to miss it! It’s amazing the shortcuts the human brain has that can be manipulated.
At this point, we split up again and Aaron and I went to use the Fast Passes on the Radiator Springs Racers attraction everyone loves.
They even have little kid rides based on the Cars movie, like Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree:
But here is what we were waiting to try …
The verdict? The Cars ride is amazing. The entire 3D Pixar Cars movie comes to life and are crazy realistic, then you race on a high speed track. This right here is what separates The Walt Disney Company from its competitors. Wow. Just, wow. One of my nephews loves the Cars movie so this would be the coolest thing in the world to him.
When we were finished, Aaron and I walked to Paradise Pier so I could go ride the giant iconic Mickey Mouse Ferris Wheel.
When that was over, we met back up with Ashly, Ian, and Evan, said our goodbyes, and then Aaron and I headed over to Downton Disney to pick up some gifts for people. Once it was dark, we walked back to the hotel, talking, and listening to the finale fireworks go off in the background. We’ll fly out of Orange County and back to Kansas City, through Phoenix, tomorrow. There was a lot more this trip, and thousands of images, but that covers the basics. It was a lot of fun.