More from the April 2012 Disney trip with Audrey…
We felt pretty great about all that we accomplished at Hollywood Studios and decided to get a little downtime at the hotel before Downtown Disney and our Cirque du Soleil show. We headed back to the hotel where we had a surreal experience with the approaching storm. Numerous lizards were skittering trying to find shelter. We could see a storm approaching, but we attempted to soak our feet in the hot tub before the storm hit. By this point, my injuries were starting to catch up with me. I had a weird place near my ankle that I must have strained during my fall on the arrival day. It was beginning to be a problem. The soak in the hot tub helped some. We were kicked out of the hot tub before we would have liked to have left due to the storm. We made it back to the room just before it started pouring and relaxed during the storm.
We showered and got a little dressed up to head to Downtown Disney. It had stopped raining, and we were disappointed that the ferry wasn’t running due to the weather. The bus ride to Downtown Disney didn’t take too long. We were a little confused about the options for the bus, and neither of us wanted to walk too much at this point!
Audrey has a thing for sticking her head into things.
I have a thing for being silly and encouraging others to join me in silliness.
I decided that I needed to make another trip to Once Upon a Toy to get the potato head bodies (and another round of “fill the box”).
The center display is just some of the custom Disney pieces that they have for Mr. Potato Head. They also have quite a few Star Wars themed ones.
I have to say that I did a fine job both times of fitting pieces into my $20 box. I was trying to decide whether I could fit anything into the box, and a sales person thought I probably could. He decided to take on the challenge and see if he could fit MORE into the box, and he *almost* ended up fitting less pieces into the box than I did! Fortunately, he was able to fit a few bonus pieces for me in the end. Win win for me. He said he was very impressed. I love a good challenge.
Dinner was at Wolfgang Puck Express. We weren’t all that impressed. Dessert was particularly disappointing! Not that we really needed more food…
We had fun browsing the pin store (and doing some more trading around Downtown Disney). We were a little chilly, and I ended up buying and returning a Disney sweatshirt/hoodie that didn’t fit right at all. I opted to get ponchos for Audrey and me…the ones that say, “Hey! It’s Florida and raining and a little chilly and we were totally unprepared for it! How do you like my new Disney parks poncho??” We looked ridiculous, but it was a good purchase for this evening and part of the following evening.
It was quite a walk to get to the Cirque du Soleil venue since we were on the other end of Downtown Disney for dinner. Our feet were hurting pretty badly by this point! We were tired and bordering on grumpy, but I was very excited to see Cirque du Soleil and share the experience with Audrey for the first time.
La Nouba did not disappoint! I was concerned that I would be too tired to enjoy the show, as both of us were exhausted. It was nice to rest our extremely sore feet! This Cirque show has a lot of the acrobatics that I love to see in their shows. I loved the trapeze, the guy that we called the Flying Roman God of Draperies, trampolines, and the 9 and 10 year old girls called Diablos. We learned later that they will likely go onto perform in other Cirque shows after training in this one. They were amazing!
After the show, we were ready to sleep, but we had to make our way back to the hotel. It was a bit of a hike to get to the bus stop that was in the middle of Downtown Disney. We made it, caught our bus, and crashed back in the room.
My favorite thing on this day was the first ride on Toy Story Mania, but there were so many great parts! Cirque was amazing, Rock ‘n’ Roller coaster was awesome, not having to wait in lines was awesome. It was just a great day. Audrey was impressed with my advance planning and how we never had to wait, and she loved everything.