Monday Afternoon 2/5 Disneyland! “Google fixed”
… When last we left, the kids and I were sitting in Cafe Orleans waiting for our meal, and for T to come and tell me that our phone cameras were magically okay, and that we would be able to take photos with them for the rest of the week. I hoped…
FINALLY, T did join us at our table.
“Is it fixed?” I asked.
“Yes, and the photos are all there.”
He explained that for some odd reason that Google could not explain or fix, our photos taken underground in the Haunted Mansion had a time stamp of 8pm that night. What??? So, they would continue to show as the last photos we took until after 8pm that night. We kept seeing them as the last photos, thinking that none taken after were saved. But the whole time, they were being saved behind the HM ones. AND THEY WERE ALL THERE!!! And our phone cameras worked fine. We’d just have to deal with the photos having the wrong time stamp. OH GOOD!! I could deal with that!
We plugged our phones into this incredible portable charger my sister had given T for Christmas. My phone was down to 21% battery and T down to 30 something. And soon after, the food came, and I could take food photos after all!
But first! The photos I thought hadn’t been saved that I couldn’t share with you in the last post. Let’s see…
E (14) was holding S (3)’s hand walking through Critter Country…
Then we found Tigger…
S hugged him for a while…
And then there was Pooh…
Pooh liked that he was on S’s shirt…
Then the ride…
And here are a couple of the photos T was taking while on the phone with Google tech just to test if the camera was working again…
Don’t let the smile fool you, I was worried!
Now, you’re caught up and back in real time at our Cafe Orleans outdoor table.
Here came our Pomme Frites.
P (20mo) liked these!
Ok, we all did!
T got some Gumbo.
And we all shared a couple plates of Monte Cristos. Delicious! E received a recipe for monte cristos about a year ago and made them for us. They were so good, and ever since then I’ve wanted to try Disneyland’s.
T was creating a backdrop for my photo?? lol.
N (7), my cutie-patootie. She says, “Why are there always messy pictures of me eating?”
And do you see that in the back? Like mother, like son.
And finally, the Beignets! They couldn’t wait to get their fingers on those. The cream sauce was so light, and cool, and slightly sweet, and wonderful!
And, I have to say that our server, Ann, was fantastic! She was just great from beginning to end. Always nearby, checking on us, but not hovering, keeping us informed about our food wait.
Here’s the menu if anyone is curious. I didn’t look at it because I knew what I was getting when I made the reservation.
Our meal was over, our phones almost fully charged (great charger!), and the kids wanted to ride Winnie the Pooh again!
On the way, we got E’s ride photo.
(Splash Mountain, E’s favorite ride, was closed for refurbishment during our trip.)
P was asleep in the stroller by the time we got back to Pooh, so I sent the others to ride, and I walked him back to a Guest Services stand where I got P and S “First Visit” buttons.
We all wanted to ride on the Mark Twain Riverboat, as none of us had before. On the way over, we stopped to look at the petrified tree that Lilly Disney had donated to Disneyland.
The river boat pulled away just as we were walking up, so we walked around Frontierland for a bit, then went behind Big Thunder to where the new Star Wars Land entrance would be. There were a few others checking it out, too.
Then we went back to take a ride on the Mark Twain!
After lunch, I had booked Big Thunder Mountain Railroad FastPasses, (which had turned into Multi-Experience FPs). It was time to ride Big Thunder!
T took the three older kids with the FPs and booked Rider Switch for me at the entrance.
And… T lost his sunglasses. On our last trip five years ago, I believe T lost THREE pairs of sunglasses on rides. He told a Cast Member where he had been sitting, and J thought he remembered which train number they were in so the CMs could look for them in the pouch in front of the seats.
Meanwhile, the girls and I went to ride with the Rider Switch! I was a little nervous because, again, I couldn’t remember if there were any big drops. N told me, “There’s nothing to be afraid of!”
I loved the ride!!! So much fun! And (spoiler alert!) again, no big drops. Just speed, and quick turns.
While waiting for us, P was being silly with his burp cloth (he treats them like little security blankets).
Soon after the girls and I exited, the CM brought T his sunglasses! Yay!
It was 4:25 and S wanted to go on the Haunted Mansion again, even though he hated the stretching room. I booked FPs so they could get right in, and E and I stayed behind with P.
It appears that by now I had also booked FPs to go on Indy again later.
We were hanging out next to the river and I was trying to get selfies with P. But he was so distracted by the Mickey balloons that were floating from the parked strollers nearby. He was reaching for them and crying, “mm mm mm bbs,” which meant “Mickey Mouse balloon.”
I had brought my package of uninflated mylar balloons that I had made for the kids on the car ride. So, I blew one up and stuck a Mickey head sticker on each side. You can’t tell in the photo because of his serene demeanor, but P was thrilled! He waved it around, saying, “mm mm mm bb.”
That package of balloons was the best $11 I spent the week before our trip.
When the family got back from HM, it was 4:50 and we had reservations for dinner pick up at the Hungry Bear Restaurant at 6. Enough time to use our Indiana FPs.
I rode with E, J, and N. T took S and P on Pirates again. S still said he didn’t like the drops, but he liked the rest of the ride enough to want it again. Yay! I’m so glad he didn’t dislike that one.
J pulling the “do not pull the rope” rope:
We got the front row of our jeep. I loved it! N did not. By the end of the day (and after riding four times!), N said that she didn’t like Indiana Jones as much as she did the first time. This wild girl was just fine with the jerks and twists. She was creeped out by the snake. I have to laugh because the snake looks really fake. But it scares her. In the front row, there was no buffer between her and it, and she didn’t like it. But she was brave. And she still rode it again with Rider Switch.
In fact, we let the kids ride alone (together) for the first time using the RS. T likes the ride, but he had commented when he rode earlier that day that it was just too loud. It bothered him enough that he didn’t want to ride again. With instructions to have N sit between the older two, and make sure they weren’t in the front row, they were off. It was 5:25 by now.
While we waited for them, T got my ride pic we had forgotten to do in the morning. I kind of have crazy eyes here.
I noticed then that the photos I had taken down in Indiana Jones just before had also been given a crazy time stamp (1am!) and were showing up in front of all future photos I took. But this time we knew immediately what had happened. So no worries. Crazy google phone.
When the kids came back, we tried to get another shot of P with his ride shirt, but couldn’t get a good one.
Then we were off to try the Hungry Bear Fantasmic! Dining Package!