Wednesday 22nd July 2009. Promised to be a real scorcher today, it was morning EMH at AK so Glen and I caught the bus just to go and ride Everest. We had no bags so straight through the entrance. We were back at the AKL by 9am and ready to go to a waterpark. We were planning on TL but we waited for the bus for what seemed like ages and when a BB one turned up we got on that! Bought a sticker costing $6.50 for our re-usable mug bought in 2007 and hired a large locker for $12. To keep Ashley happy we headed for the lazy river. Had a coversation on the move with the Photopass lady who was fascinated by John's underwater housing for his camera. Being lazy on the lazy river! A genuine smile from Ashley (even though its underwater), he's happy now he's at a waterpark. Saw Goofy standing having photos taken on a bridge so got out of the water and he just started to move away to a different location so we followed him and were first to have pics taken at the new spot. This is certainly a good place to meet a character. we had quite a conversation with him before anyone else turned up. We asked where Max was, Goofy indicated he was surfing, when asked how good he was Goofy fell over! Must be in a good mood, he's giving me a hug. Glen was somewhere behind us and we were waiting to move on and thought this a good observation spot to try to see him. Took a while and it was baking hot. This was fun, the line to go up the lift was very long so we decided to go up the singles line. John 1st, Ashley 2nd, Glen 3rd and me last. All got on lifts one after the other then after a few seconds it ground to a halt, so we sat waiting and waiting, getting hotter and hotter, I just hoped Ashley wasn't panicking and not understanding what was happening! It all turned out OK. We ate lunch at Lottawotto Lodge (burger, nuggets, chicken wrap and fries). We'd had enough shortly after this and made our way back to get cleaned up. Ashley asked to go to the arcade at AKL so we settled him in there and sat just outside with a coffee till he'd spent the points on his card. Ash and Glen went back to the room while John and I explored the hotel and grounds some more. I'll post the pictures we took on a different thread. We had an ADR at Chef Mickeys, the queue just to check in was sooooo long, we were past our time before we'd even reached the podium. We passed on having the photo taken and sat waiting for about another 20 minutes before being seated. We had a dog at the next table, it wasn't a guide dog and there was no indication it was a hearing dog so I don't really know what it was except it was overweight (same as its owner) and smelt dirty! Look at our sons, they can't even wait to have their photo taken before starting to eat! John always has to have a picture of Donald as he's on his golf towel! Time to visit the Magic Kingdom - hurray!!!! They were getting ready for Spectromagic, so we hopped on the train around to Adventureland and found a spot there to watch. Talk about good timing. Just the one pic, we took too many to put on here! Had a brief look around before deciding to head back before the mass exodus after the fireworks, we were very hot and Glen seemed to be suffering the most. Just got down Main Street as they said the fireworks are about to begin. No one was moving so we just turned around, sat down and watched them. I felt a bit bad really as I know people stake out spots ages in advance and we had just walked up but everyone else around us was doing the same and no one said anything so here is the view. We did go back to AKL after this, some little tiny tots were fast asleep on the bus, it doesn't help when they put the lights out on the busses as it had a relaxing effect on us too. We were in bed with lights out by 11pm.