Today we opted to do the rounds at the Magic Kingdom. Things happened.
I wanted to share another make new friends moment. We were admiring a young lady’s bright blue sneakers and told her so. Brett remarked that they would be very handy for finding her if she were ever upside down in a snowbank. Thus engaged, we soon discovered that the family was not from a colder climate but that they did visit Maine each year (Southwest Harbor to be exact). We had a nice chat until it was time to go into the park and conquer the attractions. It is important to perfect the art of small talk and to really work on those clever opening gambits.
The Carousel of Progress has been in operation since the 1964 World’s Fair. It must suffer from a few glitches from time to time. We sat down to enjoy the ride and the sound went out. Brett (good doobie that he is) got up to go tell the operator about it. As he was leaving, I thought to myself that perhaps that would be the last I saw of him for the next 20 minutes. The sound came on shortly after that and I assumed that Brett just went into the next compartment to finish up the show. Once I found him again, he told me that he told the operator there was no sound whereupon said young chap said “well it’s working now so it looks like you got up for nothing”. Honestly! Then he didn’t offer to let Brett back in or anything. Guess the fellow was feeling grumpy. Brett sat outside and people watched while he waited for me to reappear.
I like to take photos of people. If they are near me and especially if they are children I ask permission. One mother said okay but reminded that she didn’t want to see any of her son’s photos on the internet. After I finished I texted the photos to her and then deleted them. I’m sure I would have forgotten and somehow she’d see them and then I’d feel bad. Starting tomorrow I have my own grandsons here to photograph! I hope Theresa doesn’t mind.
Early in the day, especially when it isn’t too busy, it is possible to ride your favorites several times in a row. Buzz Lightyear is a ton of fun and we rode three times in a row. It is a kind of shoot ‘em up with lasers and targets and the idea is to get lots of points. The good folks at Disney take your photo while you are playing and then kindly offer to sell it to you as a souvenir. I kindly took a photo of our photo and am posting it here.
We spent a nice morning at the park and then took the monorail to the Polynesian Hotel for lunch at the Kona Cafe. I’m not sure if it’s a sign of being older or not being able to drink very much or being thrifty but the sangria sounded good so we ordered one and shared it. After relaxing over a nice lunch we took a boat ride back to our campsite and later we road our bikes to the Wilderness Lodge. That is a very pleasant couple of miles on a nice path. The luxury hotels all have beautiful lobbies and they don’t mind if you come and sit. There is plenty of people watching to be had. An enormous Christmas tree in the lobby is the backdrop for holiday pictures taken by Disney photographers. Plenty of children were refusing to cooperate and I had great fun watching.
A cute young man pushed his Granny (who was riding on her wheelchair) into the lobby and then parked her by a post and left to do something or other. While he was gone, another member of their party came by and wheeled her over to a grouping of chairs. I noticed the grandson coming back to where he left her and heard him say “I should have set the brake”.
We continue our camping friendships although possibly not in the ordinary sense. Should we consider ourselves close if we know a couple well enough to exclaim “look, it’s the bike people” when we see them?