Nativetxns at Orlando 10 of 12


<font color=teal>Moderator<br><font color=red>Hono
Feb 15, 2000
March 31st, Friday

Katholyn: (newly qualified for AARP) Fell in love with Disneyland when it was brand new- decided I loved WDW even more on a short trip in 1982; felt cheated with a 3 day trip in 1991. Will use any excuse to go back again.
Wilgus: My husband who is severely Disney impaired; thought WDW was nice but not interested in ever going back and who I love anyway.
Kim: My sister's 24 year old daughter who is going through a divorce-never been to WDW and can't wait.
Dustin: Kim's 6 year old son and my surrogate grandson-never been to WDW

5:30 came awfully early this morning. I was so tired I didn't think I was going to drag myself out of the bed. This is getting harder and harder to do. We are all exhausted. Dustin is so tired in the mornings that he usually cries when we make him get out of bed. But this morning I woke him up by asking him if he wanted to stay at the hotel and sleep or if he wanted to go on a safari. He got right up with a smile on his face. Both he and Kim had been waiting for Animal Kingdom-it was the park they wanted most to see. So we stagger out to catch the 7:00 am bus and head for AK.

We have a priority seating at Donald's Breakfastosaurus at 7:30 AM. I got a tip on the DIS boards, that if I booked a priority seating for the very first available time, and got to the podium first, something very special would happen. Well, all that happened is that we had to get up very early for breakfast. When we got to the gate, of course, the park had not opened yet, and we were told to wait, while a group gathered. Then a CM took our group all at the same to the restaurant. Nothing special happened. WAIT A MINUTE! Yes, it did. After we were photographed and seated, it began to rain, it was a real downpour! And we were inside the restaurant! We didn't get wet, didn't get touched by even one rain drop. Now, that's special.

The character interaction at this restaurant was very good, except for Goofy who passed us by three times. The Castmembers here were all upbeat and happy. They played jokes on people like pretending to squirt you with ketchup. It was a happy place but the food was not as good as the food at the Crystal Palace. Donald kissed everyone at our table-making a little smoochy sound. We felt honored!

Full of breakfast we head right for the Safari and get there about 9:00. The line wasn't bad and it only took us about 15 minutes to get to our jeep. Dustin and Kim really loved this. Kim videotaped the whole thing. I'll bet she gets seasick when she watches her film, it was quite a bumpy ride. I won't name all of the animals we saw, but I think we saw them all. It had rained that morning and all of the animals were active. A giraffe walked right in front of our truck. At one point, we had to stop for an ostrich that was standing stock still in front of our tram. Suddenly, as we waited for the ostrich to move out of the way, a baby rhino walks down this little sand dune on the right side of the truck (the side Dustin is on) and walks right up to Dustin. He could almost touch him. We had a very special safari.

After the safari we strolled down the Pangani Trail, then decided to see It's Tough to be a Bug. We spent about 15 minutes working our way through the queue and admired the Tree of life along the way. This show was very cute. I forgot to lean back in my seat though and didn't get stung by the hornets.

At Countdown to Extinction there is an hour wait but we got fastpasses for an hour later. Dustin wanted a Coke so we found cold drinks and a picnic table and sat down to rest. We were all so tired. We were sitting there lost in a fog of exhaustion when Dustin suddenly said, "Can't ya'll just get me a babysitter and take me back to the hotel?" Uh oh. Have we overdone things? When a six year old asks for a babysitter you know you have a problem. Well, we decided to use our fastpass at Countdown and try to see Tarzan and then go back to the hotel. Dustin loved the Countdown to Extinction ride and we start out to find Tarzan. As we get to that area we find our selves in a grid lock situation. The line for a fastfood vendor had merged with an extremely long line for Tarzan, and you could hardly move. That's it. Forget Tarzan! We force our way through the wall of people and finally get out to the bus area, where we had to wait about 30 minutes for our bus.

Dustin slept on the bus on the way back to the hotel and when we got to the hotel he was ready to swim. OK, Kim and I drag ourselves down to the pool and watch him swim for a couple of hours. I don't know where he found the energy to swim-we hardly had the energy to watch him swim LOL! We get back to our room about 6:30 and I lay down across the bed. That was the last thing I knew until Wilgus woke me at 9:00 to see if I wanted to eat something. NO! I don't want to eat anything, I want to sleep. Kim and Dustin are both still fully dressed and sound asleep on their bed. Wilgus left to get himself something to eat and I got out of my clothes and into my jammies and immediately fell asleep again. I didn't know anything until the next morning at 6:00 am. I guess we all really needed to sleep because we slept almost 12 hours.

Next: MGM
went back to our room.........and fell asleep at eight thirty and slept until the next am eight is alot of work having fun........;) guys sure are early risers! Glad to see that you finally went to bed early.

Del :)
It's hard to stay commando the whole trip isn't it?
I love the characters at the Breakfastosaurus! I can't wait to go back there next month.
Thanks for posting and upping my anticipation!


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