All good things must come to an end…and over the last 11 days we’d seen our share of good (even great) things. Being out so late the night before, we decided to take it easy and didn’t make it out of the room until almost 10 a.m. Although, Mousekeeping did knock twice to see if we had left yet.
We headed out to the Magic Kingdom® to redeem our last three FastPasses. We stopped first at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, where we were able to secure bacon for Andrew (thanks to some last minute advice solicited from some of my favorite Disney fanatics online) and a more traditional (if not early) lunch for the rest of us.
After lunch, we hit our first FastPass+ snag of the trip (and we were so close!) While in line at Peter Pan’s Flight, ready to use our second FastPass+ of the day, my son announced that he REALLY wanted to take the Jungle Cruise again. No worries, I popped out the smartphone and used the My Disney Experience mobile app to change the FastPass+ experience (not the time.) Sure enough, the app advised the Jungle Cruise had an available window opening in just 15 minutes (12 p.m. to 1 p.m.). I pressed “next” and waited for the refresh… 3:30 p.m. to 4:30pm?!?!?! That’s what was showing in the app. Since we were leaving that day, and the time didn’t work at all, I sought assistance at the kiosk located near Mickey’s PhilharMagic®. The first cast member was very empathetic, but his tablet had gone to sleep and was having difficulties rebooting. He sought out a Guest Relations manager to assist me. But it took quite a while, and we stood there for about 15 minutes while she tried to get her tablet to work, then her back-up tablet, and finally success. She wasn’t able to get us into the original window, but was able to get us in at 2:15. That, we could manage.
By the time we’d gotten that fixed, the window for our third FastPass+ opened. So, we headed to Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin® to save the galaxy from the evil Emperor Zurg. Once the galaxy was secure, we had only 15 minutes until our final FastPass+ window opened (Jungle Cruise.) So, we headed across the park to Adventureland and our last attraction this trip. By the way, there appears to be a 10-minute grace period before (and after) the scheduled FastPass+ window.
Having seen the glory that is the “backside of water” again, we said goodbye to the Magic Kingdom® and headed back to the Beach Club Resort for an early dinner before departing. And what better way to drown the sorrows of saying goodbye, then with a sundae the size of my son’s head?
But seriously, I really do enjoy the entrees and desserts at Beaches and Cream Soda Shop. We even got to see a presentation of “The Kitchen Sink!”
Still enjoying the sugar high, I returned to Bell Services and prepared our bags for the return flight home. Unfortunately, this is when I discovered the unopened bottle of Pomegranate Tequila in one of our carry-ons. Doh! We’d checked our bags at the resort’s airline check-in desk that morning, so they weren’t an option. And, I learned, it is against Florida law to ship alcohol. Knowing we would not be able to take it through airport security, I donated it to the lovely ladies at the Concierge Desk, who suggested, if they could get a giant bottle of tequila to freeze in 55 minutes, I might be able to take it home. I thanked them for their efforts and really hope they had one heck of a good time that Monday night.
We headed out to wait for the Magical Express just in time to see Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) waiting for his private car. Totally geeking out, before I could even consider telling my favorite famous fuzzball to “laugh it up,” the Magical Express was there to prevent such an awkward encounter.
And just as we had arrived on the Mouse’s magical motorcoach 11 days before, we departed. In those, nearly dozen, days we experienced so many different and exciting things, made new friends, and precious memories. It’s the promise of all this, and more, that always leaves us ready and waiting for our next Disney Parks adventure.