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Putting a Little Jingle in our Jungle Cruise- Day 8
Thursday, November 8th, 2018--Day 8
I did not sleep well. It was so hot in that room for some reason, and I just didn't feel well. We had breakfast scheduled at The Wave. Other than while cruising along on the monorail, neither of us had ever actually stepped foot into The Contemporary. We drove over, searched for a parking place, and went inside like two clueless tourists. CMs pointed us into the direction of The Wave. We walked in and felt like we had just stepped back into the 70s with the orange and swirly decor. All it needed was a bit of green shag carpet and the ensemble would be complete. I had heard good reviews about the buffet here, but we weren't very impressed. It was on the smaller side, which was perfectly fine, but the choices just didn't vary much. I did enjoy the sweet potato pancakes, though.
We had asked if it was okay to leave our vehicle at The Contemporary while we took the monorail to The Magic Kingdom for convenience. If we had been told no, we would have just parked at The Magic Kingdom, but the front gates gave us permission that day to go ahead and leave the car while we spent the morning at the park.
On our way up to the monorail, we did explore The Contemporary a bit. The walk-through shops had some merchandise I had not seen before, including an advent calendar with tsum tsums. I really wanted this, but when I found out the price, I set it back on the shelf. I perused the gingerbread selection, which I thought was cute.
It was neat getting on the monorail from inside the hotel since that's not something we are accustomed to doing. I understand why people enjoy The Contemporary so much, but I wasn't a fan at all from the little that I saw. The retro modern decor wasn't nearly as appealing as the rustic ambiance at The Wilderness Lodge, the savanna and culture of Animal Kingdom Lodge, and the always fun hokey tiki theme. To each his/her own.
Once at Magic Kingdom, I tried to capture a decent photo of the tree. I failed.
I wanted a picture in front of the tree to turn into Christmas cards, but it just never panned out. Oh, well, maybe there's 2019. *Hint hint again*
Our first stop was on the rip roaring Big Thunder Mountain to use a FP. We then stopped in to see the bears practice their country and blues. After that, we walked through the shop where we were given a sample of some sort of. . .candy.
We wanted a real snack and since we had not had our Dole treats yet, I used mobile order for the first time and ordered a Dole whip for Jason and the pineapple upside down cake for myself.
Pardon the napkin.
So, we all know there is very little shade around Aloha Isle and the tables are sitting out baking in the sun. That's if you're lucky enough to get one. So, I told Jason to put on his running legs and we raced through Adventureland over to Pecos Bill. I knew there was additional seating in an alcove past the restrooms so we darted in to a completely empty dining room that ended up exiting out into Tortuga Tavern. Since it was empty, we picked a seat in the back corner to enjoy our only slightly melted snacks.
Continued in next post. . .