We dropped Jerie off to work the morning shift at the Jungle Cruise. She would meet us later in the day. Whitney and Wyatt dressed as a Princess and a Pirate.
We did Peter Pan, the Flying Carpets, Swiss Family Tee house, the Tiki Room, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
We made our way back to the Jungle Cruise so that we could ride on Jerie’s boat.
She was an awesome skipper. Check out her video on our Facebook page.
While waiting for Jerie, we went to the Country Bear Jamboree.
We met a worker in front of Splash Mountain. He wondered if we were lost and we told him we were waiting for a Skipper on the Jungle Cruise who was in the College Program. He told us he wanted us to have a great day, so he pulled out 2 “golden tickets”. These are a fast for any ride in the park with no time restriction. We were completely blown away, grateful, and thrilled. Caught up with Jerie, decided to watch the Hall of Presidents show and then find a place to watch the parade.
We had front row seats.
Loved the Christmas theme.
We didn’t want it to end.
After the parade we stayed to watch the Muppet’s “Great Moments in American History” in Liberty Square.
We rode Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain railroad.
We stopped and got fairy dust.
We wanted to use our “golden tickets” on the Seven Dwarfs Mine ride. Each ticket allowed 5 people into the fast pass line. Since we only had 8 people, we wanted to continue the magic and invite 2 people to join us. So we watched the stand-by line and 2 people stood out. They were in matching purple shirts so we thought they were newlyweds. We approached them and explained the situation. They were a bit skeptical but followed us to the Fast Pass line. We found out they were with the LSU band in Orlando for a bowl game.
We rode the Teacups and Autopia.
Then it was Space Mountain, Barnstormer, Little Mermaid, Buzz Lightyear, and Mickey’s Philharmonic.
It was time for the Fireworks.
It had been a wonderful day. 22 rides and attractions and with some planning, a bit of Disney magic, and some luck, we did not wait longer than 20 minutes for any given ride. We knew we would never have another day like this at the Magic Kingdom.
That night Jodi got kicked out of her bed by her kids and ended up sleeping on the couch cushions on the floor.
On New Year’s Eve, we left Jerie and drove to Atlanta. Jodi’s SUV was loaded with 7 people and most of Jerie’s items. We would take some home to Idaho, the big items like her TV would go with Jodi to Iowa for us to pick-up later. We were cramped, with everyone but the kids and the driver having bags on their laps. Once in Atlanta we enjoyed a nice meal.
What a great Christmas vacation. It was inexpensive, fun, exhausting, and unforgettable.