We woke up the next day to a gorgeously perfect morning. We left the sliding door open as we got ready for the day so we could smell the Disney air and hear the Disney sounds! The big, ugly balloon was flying high already this morning. I was watching the breeze just move this thing all over the place. Made me a bit weary of ever getting on it!! Just a quick picture of the courtyard outside of our window. So pretty: We jumped in the car and drove over to the Poly for our 9 am reservations at Kona. I was beyond ready to eat some of that Tonga Toast! On our way through the parking lot, we saw this funny sight: You just never know what you're going to see in Disney World! So, today was Monday.. you know, the day that NO ONE was supposed to be here. The day that has been reported as the slowest day of the year in Disney. Well... I'm guessing folks hadn't received the message because the Poly was MOBBED!! Here is the line we had to wait in just to check in at Kona: We saw several angry guests who had no ADRs trying to get into the restaurant. There were LOTS of empty tables, but they were turning people away unless they had a reservation. Thankfully, we were all set! Of course, Matt made fun of me because I thought our ressies were at 9, but it was really 9:40. So we could've slept another half hour. And after the day we had yesterday, those 30 minutes would've meant A LOT! Oh well! That really doesn't matter, because in just a few minutes, we were at our table looking at this: Here is the view I had while eating: I really like the atmosphere in Kona. Before we knew it, our food was here. Another classic Matt expression... fill in your own caption: He ordered an omelet, I got the Tonga Toast (of course) and we agreed to split them to share! Here I am ready to enjoy the delicious fare: Just kidding! You don't eat it like that, silly! Check out the strawberry compote in front of me. Oh my gosh! I don't think I used that the last time I got Tonga Toast. This time, I did. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.... I am just drooling remembering how scrumptious it was!! We basically devoured the meal and were quickly on our way to DTD. I did not take a lot of pictures here because I was too busy spending WAY too much money! I did take out my camera at the new Trend-D store. Really LOVED the displays in here! Next stop was the Christmas store. We were really hoping to get some holiday decor for our house. Most specifically, a tree topper and a tree skirt. We were SO disappointed in the selection EVERY skirt was $75! I am sorry, but I am NOT spending $75 on a tree skirt. I can't imagine how many skirts they'd sell if they'd make a more wallet-friendly skirt... it doesn't have to have all the fancy embroidery, expensive fabrics, and plush feel. Just a cotton or felt version with that DisneyWorld touch. So what did we do? Well, earlier, at World of Disney, we were checking out the $75 monorail that runs around the track... and we were talking about how we'd love to have that going around our tree... So... $75 on a fancy skirt? Or $75 on a monorail that moves, and has little figures you can play with? EASY ANSWER!! We ordered the monorail and had it shipped to the house. We decided to tell the kids that Mickey was sending them a Christmas present. It all worked out perfectly! The tree topper didn't work out, either. I must have a tree topper that lights up.. not sure why... just one of those 'that's-the-way-I've-always-had-it' kind of things! I could only find ONE topper that lit up, and it just didn't call to me. So, we were stuck with our same old angel we've had for 14 years! Our final disappointment... the Christmas store sells no exterior decorations! What? Again... imagine the money they'd make there! Now, we are very subtle with our exterior decorations.. well, except for the giant Mickey wreath on our garage: We were hoping to find a lighted Mickey head to hang in the large window above our front door. Nothing. Before we left, I grabbed a few shots of the Christmas merchandise: We left somewhat disappointed, but decided to cheer ourselves up with some Magic Kingdom action! We drove over to the Contemporary and headed up to the monorail: We admired the Contemporary's MASSIVE Mickey wreath: And a little closer: A few fun stories on the monorail... I grabbed this fun shot with the shadow of the balloon decorations on the glass: And here is Matt... What is he doing? You ask? He was using the voice recorder on his iPhone to record the monorail announcement "Please stand clear of the doors... Por Favor....etc. etc. in Spanish". He then texted it to all of our friends who were jealous of our trip. It makes a great ring tone, too! Once he did this, we started thinking of all kinds of things we could record and send to people! We had a lovely trip over to the MK, with only a few strange glances at our recording activity!!