NOW: Our second day in the park was awesome! It was so much more relaxing knowing where we were going, what we wanted to see, what the kids liked and didn’t like so far. It was hard that first day getting our bearings straight. Not because it was big, just because it was unfamiliar and we weren’t sure what to expect from the kids.
Instead of taking them down to a breakfast they might not eat, with highchairs that might not be available, we decided to just have them eat Cheerios in the room. Tim went down to get breakfast for us and also brought up an orange for the kids and I to share, as well as yogurt for them.
We wanted to make sure to get to the park a little earlier today. First of all, because we thought it might be a little busier on a Friday, and plus, we wanted to check out the Count’s Splash Castle, which gets busier later in the day. As we entered the park, we took some pictures with the cool character topiaries.
We waited at the gate for about 20 minutes – which Will was not too happy about, but it was ok. We got a locker again and then headed to the back of the park.
We ventured into the water surrounding the castle without too much hope. Too much splashing. But maybe they’d like it! Not so much. I was really disappointed because I wanted to play! It looked like a lot of fun, but they just didn’t think so. not with all the water squirting and splashing and dripping. I was tempted to leave Tim with the kids for a little bit and go play, but I didn’t. 🙂
We went back to Twiddlebug Land instead. Around 11 we “dragged” them out because we wanted to get dressed to see the Elmo Rocks show and then have lunch. We were trying to stick to somewhat of a plan today because we wanted to make sure they got a nap so we didn’t have a repeat of yesterday. Elmo Rocks was an ok show. Some parts dragged a little and the kids got antsy.
We headed to Sesame Cafe for lunch because it was inside and offered a Roast Turkey Sandwich that Tim and I were interested in. It was really tasty! We got the kids a grilled cicken kids meal to share – along with french fries (Count’s French Fry Count; That’s 3, 3 meals with french fries, ah, ah, ah). Their chicken was kinda dry – we figured it was because no one else was choosing that and it had been sitting for a while. Oh well, they ate french fries and blueberries and strawberries. The kids’ meals were a little crazily-priced though. Adult meals were around $11, kids were $10!
After lunch we went back to the car for a nap. From yesterday’s experience we figured they wouldn’t nap at all (or very well) while in the park. They were definitely acting tired so we thought maybe we’ll just turn on the car and they’ll fall asleep without even having to leave our awesome parking spot. We had gotten preferred parking again because we figured if we did have to leave and come back at least we’d be in the closer lot.
Well, we did have to drive around a bit for them to fall asleep. But once they did, we headed back to the Sesame Place parking lot, got another really good spot, and just left the car running while we sat and read books and they slept. They got almost a 45-minute nap which was perfect to re-energize them for the rest of the day.
As part of our package, we had already pre-purchased a 6×8 photo from 1-2-3 Smile With Me, so we headed there after changing into our Sesame Street-themed clothes. 🙂
We got some really cute pictures with Big Bird and Elmo, and settled on a family picture with Elmo as our 6×8.
Then we asked the kids if they wanted to ride the horsies. Their first ride! They said yes, but as you can see from this picture, Will was not too thrilled once he actually got on. I ended up taking him off and we watched Daddy and Ariel ride. Ariel wasn’t too sure, but she wasn’t crying either.
We headed over to play Ernie’s Duck Pond, where they each picked 3 ducks and won a prize. They definitely liked that!
We saw more ‘guys’ in the main area, and so we went to visit again, this time so Daddy could get video. 🙂
Then, it was time for Dinner with Elmo! We had also pre-booked this as part of our package online. We’ve done plenty of character dining at Disney and even as adults, really enjoy the interactions with the characters in this type of setting.
They were so ridiculously excited. It was so great. Cookie Monster, The Count, and Abby all came to the table. Big Bird was seated on a stool in the middle of the room so you could go visit him. Elmo was seated on a stool off to the side.
This was our 4th “Disney Does It Better” moment. Why didn’t Elmo come to the tables? That would be like sticking Mickey Mouse in the corner at Chef Mickey’s. I could understand Big Bird sitting still – it was a little hard for him to manuveur. But Elmo? We couldn’t figure it out.
Anyway, we had a blast. The kids didn’t eat, of course, but that’s to be expected. We were there for the characters, not for the dinner, if we’re being honest. Ariel did eat quite a bit of my Tilapia, but that was about it. They also had chocolate chip cookies and some soft-serve ice cream for dessert. Well-balanced meal right there. 😉 We also found a little Zoe to buy! We’d been looking all over for her…..our last character to add to our collection!
After dinner we took them to Ernie’s Bed Bounce, which we thought they’d like because it was like a giant bounce house. They had to go in alone, though, and they didn’t really like being that far away from us.
After getting out, we asked them if they wanted to go on Big Bird’s Balloon Race with Mommy and Daddy but they said no, so we headed off to see the Abby’s Treasure Hunt show. It was super-cute, and they really enjoyed it. Will was on Daddy’s lap, and he was so wiggly and excited Daddy didn’t get any pictures of the show. But that’s ok.
Then, we headed back to the shops to buy more souveniers but didn’t give them to the kids yet. We got them a big Big Bird and Snuffy, and each a beach towel with all the ‘guy’s on it. We also got T-shirts for ourselves, a magnet, and a keychain. The 30% off for having the season pass was awesome! We definitely came in under our proposed souvenir budget.
Then, we went back near the front of the park for pictures of “Sesame Street” and more guys while we waited for the nighttime parade.
We waited in line to see the Count and Zoe again while Daddy held our spots for the parade.
Then…………..we PARTIED!!!! With all the guys!
We left the park a little after 9:30. After stopping at the lost and found to see if anyone had turned in the water shoe Will had kicked off at some point after dinner. Nope. Well, he’s not sitting in the front of the stroller anymore. 🙂
We got back to the hotel, and got things packed for the next day (we were leaving 😦 ). Tim and I had already decided we’d at least stay for lunch in the park the next day. Then, because they had loved the parade so much, we figured, hey, what’s a couple more hours? So, we’ll be staying for the afternoon parade and then driving home.
After our showers, and the kids’ baths, it only took them minutes to fall asleep (around 11pm). Thank goodness! They slept until about 7 the next morning. This is now.