Day 2 Monday, June 1, 2009 Can we be any more relaxed? After our late-night on Sunday, we sleep in or at least its the latest weve probably ever slept in before at Disney. Our wake-up call comes at 7:45. Im first up in the shower while Evan continues to snooze. Once I have finished blow-drying my hair, its Evans turn to shower. And herein my first issue with the Poly is revealed. Because all parts of the bathroom (shower, sink, commode) are enclosed within one room, I must move to the bedroom to do my make-up. The Poly rooms have poor lighting in which to accomplish this task. I open the curtains (and yes, the beautiful Florida sun is out and bright), but without an overhead light in the room, I am left with light from the balcony (which isnt much considering the desk is all the way across the room from the balcony) and a small lamp on the table. Oh well. I didnt scare too many small children once I exited the room, so my guess is the lighting wasnt too bad after all. We took a leisurely walk to Kona (have I mentioned how much I love the Poly?) and arrive just in time for our ADR except I have to request it be modified from a party of 8 to a party of 2. While we wait, we admire the Poly lobby below. This is the waterfall, taken from the 2nd floor, outside Kona. We have much better service today and are very pleased (unfortunately, I didnt write down the CMs name). I have the pineapple macadamia nut pancakes, which are soft, but which I cannot finish (had I thought beforehand, I shouldve looked to see a childrens menu or even ordered a la carte). Evan ordered the Big Kahuna and enjoys every bite. Kona coffee for me and Lilikoi juice for Evan complete our meal. While waiting for our order, we make a couple of phone calls and actually talk to live humans rather than voice mail recordings this time. Evan calls my mom and I call my friend Billie. Both are dying to know how Evan liked the surprise and how the resort is. The Stringers are having a lie-in and then probably a pool day. So we opt for a more relaxed day as well. We have to explore the Wyland Gallery and fall in love with one of the artists works (David Miller). He paints these beautiful, relaxing scenes that appear as if you are looking out a window (picture complete with shutters). Unfortunately, we wont be plunking down the $1500 for a print (at least not today). But the gallery employees just couldnt be nicer! We stop in Captain Cooks to pick up a refillable mug and some Mickey Rice Krispie treats. Yum! Back in the room, I throw down a pill while Evan finishes getting ready (the boy is terribly particular about his hair!) We decide a trip to Downtown Disney is in order and so make our way to the TTC. Only to find out that we must catch the bus to DtD at the Poly. So back we go and finally manage to find the bus stop. It seems to take quite a while for a bus to arrive (while a dozen Animal Kingdom busses come and go, it seems) and then quite a long drive to DtD. Our first stop is in the Christmas Store, where we pick out several things which we decide we will buy on the way out. Next up is Pin Traders, where Evan picks up a few items. Thank goodness, he did not go on the pin-buying spree like last year! Once Upon a Toy is close by, and we always enjoy going in and seeing the Mr. Potato Head pieces. We pick up a few for our Potato at home (including the Mad Hatter hat and Maleficent horns which Evan LOVES!) We also pick up a couple of the green bags for good measure. Here, the CM warns us not to go to the Magic Kingdom on Saturday as it will be very crowded due to a special event. I have to ask what the event is (and am honestly thinking we may be able to spy a celebrity or two) and she reminds us that this week/end is Gay Days. No worries. We were going to be in the MK on Saturday but not until the evening and that certainly wont keep us from going to see Wishes on our last night. We make a stop in Trend (at which time, Evan makes a b-line for the adjoining sports-related store). This is a very cute little store and if I must state the obvious, which carries very trendy wear for women. I tried on a shirt which I thought was just too adorable, but it just didnt fit right. Bummer. Next, its off to the mother of all Disney stores, The World of Disney, after, of course, we stop to snap a few pictures and avoid being spit on by an inconspicuous Stitch over the door. Once inside World of Disney, we enjoy covering every inch of the store. Some of our favorite things include the new characters from Up! (which we saw the day before we left home) we loved playing with the talking plushes. In the room for housewares (mugs and stuff), we run into Susan and Dot. Now we knew they would be at DtD this morning, but what are the chances that we would run into them? This was reminiscent of the last trip we took together, when we were staying in the same resort as Susan and her friend LuBeth (WL) and we kept running into them throughout the trip. We finally decided on our purchases, and decided to make our way back to the Christmas store. Evan and I each picked out our ornaments this year and I actually came away with two (including one that has a picture of the Poly painted on it with the year). We utilized Resort Delivery for all of our purchases, which came in handy, since we didnt make it back to the resort before our evening adventure began. If you managed to make it through Day 1 of my report, then you may be thankful for what happens next I have no other notes from this day, so what follows is based on my very poor memory. I do recall that we caught a bus to Port Orleans and once we arrived at POFQ (and after talking about the memories from Evans first trip, when we stayed at POFQ), we hopped off the bus and immediately on to an Epcot bus that was just leaving. Susan had left her phone with the Stringers since she had arranged a meeting time/place and an alternative meeting time/place in case she and Dot didnt make the first one. I do believe we were supposed to meet the Stringers in Epcot, so we called while standing in line for Mission Space (which showed a 30-minute wait for the Orange Team) and they were at Beaches and Cream. They agreed to wait for us if wed like to meet them for a snack. Since Evan and I hadnt really eaten yet, we left Mission Space and got to Beaches and Cream as quickly as we could. The Stringers shared a Milky Way Sundae and Evan and I split an order of onion rings and a chocolate Sundae (hey! We are on vacation I suppose this could pass for lunch.) Afterwards, were off to explore Epcot via the International Gateway. At some point, we have met up with Susan and Dot as they join us as we settle in to watch Off Kilter. I have never seen them perform (unless you count the times we have caught just part of a song as we are walking past). Moosehead beers all around and I have to say I really enjoy this (the show, as well as the beer). Until, that is, I try to take a picture with one hand and end up sloshing part of my been in my lap with the other! This apparently provides Kevin with the much-needed humor he had complained the trip was lacking. His simple words to me are beer goes in the mouth, Sharon. Nevertheless, you have to love a man in a skirt er kilt. After seeing Off Kilter, we see that the British Invasion are getting ready to begin a set and we decide this is always a fun show. Kevin graciously offers Evan his first-ever Guinness, which is definitely an acquired taste and one Evan says he does acquire just about the time he drains his cup. This group is terribly funny, including singing a song about ducks since a couple of them stood directly in front of the band for some time and then drew everyones attention to them as they walked around.