Today was a long day. Boys slept until 7:30am which was just awesome. Decided to go back to Epcot to do the rest of the park. Doug fast-passed "Soarin'" and Roman, Grandpa & I stood in line to meet Mickey, Pluto, Minnie, Donald, & Goofy. I love the way Disney does their character stuff now; with one 35-min wait we got to see all the major characters. Epcot also listed the countries where other movie characters would be located, and we were able to catch 2 of them later in the day - Mulan & Snow White, as well as Mary Poppins again. Roman would have nothing to do with meeting these ladies. We aren't sure if it's because they're girls, or because they would actually talk to him and that blows his mind. I tend to think it's because actually talking to the real characters scares him; Doug thinks it's just because they're female. But he does want their autographs, so it's Mama & Charlie who get to see the ladies. Speaking of ladies' man Charlie, he spent half his day with a big lipstick kiss mark on his forehead from Mulan & a fainter one from Snow White. Roman did think that was really funny.
After we did Ellen's Energy Adventure (dinosaurs, Bill Nye, and Ellen DeGeneres - always fun!), we had lunch in Mexico. Roman chickened out and refused to go on Mission to Mars, and Doug decided Test Track would be too scary/fast for Roman. So our afternoon was spent this way:
Doug & Roman did 5 Kim Possible missions across the World Showcase. The rest of us wandered the stores of every country. We met up in Germany & then again in England, and decided after Soarin' to go to an early dinner so the kids could get a good night's sleep.
(I did, however, run into the matriarchs of 2 families from church - Appel & Harris - at the America restaurant where we were all grabbing a snack. Too funny!)
We hopped a bus to another resort, Wilderness Lodge, & hoped to eat at their fun restaurant. We ended up in their snack bar... because of crowds, most sit-down restaurants are booked solid for dinners. It was fine, though, they had different offerings than my parents' resort. We then took the boat over to Magic Kingdom, but just to catch a bus back to Riverside & head on home.
Charlie refused to fall asleep this evening until about 9:30, and Roman too. It will be interesting to see if they sleep late tomorrow. Thursday's plan has one set agenda: 10:15am Character Breakfast with Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, & Piglet at Magic Kingdom. Then I believe swimming in the "junk pool," & maybe fishing. We will end up at Downtown Disney for shopping (Lego store, Disney store, among other great places) & dinner by the end of the day. Roman is feverishly trying to decide what his big purchase from us is going to be - we gave him a $5 a day allowance to buy little things (which, believe me, doesn't go far) and he can have one big purchase that we will finance. It sounds like he's leaning toward an Indiana Jones pack - hat, whip, gun, jewels, the whole shebang. He did debate the make-your-own-lightsaber because he can build a double-blade, which this is the only place I'm aware of where you can find that. But we sure would like a break from Star Wars, so we'll see!