By Thursday we decided we couldn’t handle Ben in the park. He was not interested and nothing but trouble. So Thursday morning Christopher and the big kids met Jessica at Magic Kingdom for Extra Magic Hours and I kept Ben at the hotel.
We all had a wonderful time. Ben and I played on the white sand “beach” and splashed in the baby pool. Later we showered and took a long walk on the Boardwalk. Our hotel complex was huge and empty, especially in the morning, so Ben had his run of the place, and loved it. We took a long nap.
Christopher and the big kids first hit the arcade shooting gallery, where all the guns were preloaded for free. They shot them all, then rode Splash Mountain, Dumbo, Goofy’s Barnstormer (three times in a row). They saw Mickey and Minnie’s house, rode Buzz Lightyear twice, and did the Laugh Floor again.
They took the monorail to Hollywood Studios and rode the Great Movie Ride. They also saw the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, part of a Jedi training, and the Lights, Motors, Action! extreme stunt show.
I arrived with Ben and Christopher took him back to the hotel for dinner and bedtime. Megan and Gavin and I headed to Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage and then got our seats for Fantasmic!, one of Disney’s biggest nighttime shows. The seats filled up over an hour before the show started, and we got great ones. We spent our hour eating popcorn and candied almonds I bought and pistachios from the nice Brazilian mom in front of us. I loved that at least 2/3 of the people I met at Disney were not Americans.
Fantasmic! was loud, bright, and magical, and we slept well once again.