Thursday, December 7, 2006

Day 9 - Last Looks

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Today we revisited our two favorite parks and rode some of our favorite rides, just soaking up the ambiance one last time before we head back to the cold northeast tomorrow.

We had coffee in our room before heading over to the Magic Kingdom. I thought I would be clever and pretend we had breakfast reservations at Chef Mickey's so we could park in the Contemporary's lot, but the security guard called my bluff.

We ended up parking at the Poly and taking the monorail to the park. There was a crane behind Cinderella's castle. It looked like they were painting the roof of one of the towers.

We stopped at the watch shop on Main Street so mr. lo could see if they had a replacement band for the watch he bought there in February, but they didn't, so we headed toward Adventureland. A double-decker bus came along and out came some street performers, so we watched them and went on our way. There were 30 minute waits for the Jungle Cruise and Pirates, so we went to Frontierland and watched a cowboy show and then went in to see the Country Bears - always a cute, old-fashioned show.

We had lunch at Pecos Bill's - great burgers and the best fixin's bar in Walt Disney World - and then we rode the Haunted Mansion one last time.

By then it was time to turn in our rental car, so we walked down Main Street one last time and saw that the tree had been moved back to the center hub.

We drove over to the Doubletree Hotel on Hotel Plaza Boulevard and dropped off the car, then walked to Downtown Disney and wandered around there for a while before taking the Sassagoula ferry back to Old Key West.

We got into some warmer clothes and had the concierge print out our Southwest boarding passes for tomorrow and got on a bus for Epcot. We took a last ride on Spaceship Earth and then went to the Rose and Crown for our dinner reservation. mr. lo had potato leek soup and fish and chips and I had a cheese and fruit plate and grilled steak with Yorkshire pudding. Suitably stuffed, we hustled to the American Gardens Theater for the Candlelight Processional. We enjoyed this so much on our first night that we decided that seeing it again would be a nice way to end our vacation.

The herald trumpets played much more in this performance and Brian Dennehy was the narrator. He did a decent job, but we both agreed that John O'Hurley was better. We had seats up near the front, near the percussion section. We couldn't see Dennehy unless we stood up, but it was interesting watching the percussionists switching between all the different instruments they had to play.

After the show, we grabbed our last lattes and headed for the bus stop, getting back to Old Key West around 9 PM.

Tomorrow we'll have time to pack and have breakfast in the morning before the Magical Express bus takes us to the airport around noon. We have had a really nice trip and the time has flown by. I'll post some final thoughts tomorrow.

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