Steve 29 Jan 2015 Day 8â Wednesday, January 7, 2014 â âGraceful is my middle name.â Weâre out early this morning. We have a breakfast Advance Dining Reservation at Chef Mickeyâs so we catch a bus to the Magic Kingdom at easy and we pose for the obligatory photo. Weâre soon called in and are seated. We enjoy varied breakfast items (eggs, Mickey waffles, pancakes, bacon, sausages, pastries, etc.) with lots of juice and coffee. Weâre visited by the Fab Five and we take lots of photos. Pluto, particularly, took some extra time with Christopher who was wearing his Pluto hat. Christopher also charmed Minnie by executing a hats off bow â none of us expected that or had any idea where he learned it. The kid never fails to surprise. Nowâ¦ Iâve gone on record previously stating that the character breakfast at Chef Mickeyâs is certainly overpriced but worthwhile because you get meet and greets at your table with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto. But the price has gone to $38 for adults and $20 for children â for breakfast. Thatâs the same price as dinner at âOhana. In my wildest dreams, I canât eat near enough food to come close to a $38 breakfast. And the boys? Itâs great character interaction but this will be our last visit for quite a while. to enter, my MagicBand fails again. It seems itâs been failing regularly this trip and, after a couple of tries, a Cast Member with a tablet is called over and resets things so I can enter. On this occasion, before resetting the Cast Member asked which park I visited yesterday, presumably to make sure it was my pass. I had to think for a full 30 seconds before I blurted, âAnimal Kingdomâ. We started with two Standby rides on Buzz Lightyear. Christopher âwonâ on both. Thunder Mountain Railroad. This epitomizes what I like about the new Fastpass+ system. Thereâs no need to rush back to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to ride. Having that Fastpass âin my pocketâ allows riding a few other things at park opening then strolling back to use the Fastpass. there accepts scooter and brings us all the way up to the load area and we ride with almost no wait. The consensus was itâs a nice little ride but is so short itâs not worth a long wait. We spent some time in Fantasyland. We rode the Carousel with a short wait. I actually sat on a horse for the first time in probably 20+ years. We then saw Mickeyâs Philharmagic, seated in the last row due to the scooter. This is the one place where the scooter introduced a real negative. The back row offers an obstructed view, especially for the shorter guests (the children). It appears thereâs not enough slope to the theater floor so, from the back, you have lots of heads and shoulder obstructing your view of the screen. We then rode âitâs a small worldâ and, while on the ride, I changed our standby) to the Jungle Cruise at the same time. Got to love My Disney Experience when it works. Jungle Cruise was a great ride with a great Skipper. Pirates of the Caribbean was next. The Standby time was listed at 25 minutes but we were in the boat in10-15. It was almost a complete walk through. We then rode Aladdinâs Carpets which was a first for Barb and me. As we were exiting the ride, Barb was trying to navigate around the scooter to get out of the way and tripped, almost falling into the water. We then did something I havenât visited in decades: the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse. Iâm good for another 20 years, thanks. We decide to head out of the Magic Kingdom and make our way from Adventureland to the hub. Weâre walking down the sidewalk, just before you get to Caseyâs Corner, in the area where the curb flattens out to street level to allow access. I somehow mis-stepped and my left foot wound up on the edge of the curb with, I think, most of the foot off the edge. This caused my ankle to roll and I lurched into the street in a headlong run with arms pin-wheeling to catch my balance. Iâm thankful there wasnât a child or stroller in front of me. It all happened very fast and I have a distinct recollection of fully expecting to go down. I actually remember thinking to roll on to my left shoulder to avoid a complete face plant. Somehow, after three or four lurching strides, I caught my balance and came up into an easy jog â glancing back and smiling like, âYeah, I meant to do that.â I figure with all the video taken at Walt Disney World, someone, somewhere must have recorded this. Iâd really like to see it just so I can confirm what I think happened. At any rate, a likely disaster was averted. Iâm not sure how much damage I wouldâve done had I face-planted on Main Street but Iâm reasonably certain the pavement wouldâve won. On the bus and back to the Boardwalk where we hit Seashore Sweets for ice cream cones. We then spent some time in the room freshening up. Tonightâs plan is for Fantasmic! time for a ride so we hit Star Tours and, once again, we get the Wookie planet. Unofficially, I believe thatâs five times in a row. Randomizer my foot! We exit Star Tours and make our way down to Sunset Boulevard and the theater. We enter and, as weâre walking up the ramp we hear an but not filled. The two leftmost sections are empty. I wonder why the announcement? Thereâs a specific area for scooters and wheelchairs. Itâs near middle but at the very rear of the theater â last row but thatâs OK. Itâs still a good view. I brought along our new âbackpack coolerâ so we had some snacks and bottles of water while waiting for the show to start. I also brought along my stadium blanket. Itâs a gift thatâs been in my car for about three years and never been used. Itâs a compact folded thing with Velcro and handles, folds very small and unfolds nicely to be used as a warm, cushioned seat on those metal benches. I now, however, know why Iâve never used it. Itâs three weeks later and I still canât figure out how to refold it. We enjoy it, as always. In every show, about 10% of the guests rise and exit at the first sighting of the paddleboat. Itâs rude and annoying but thereâs not much you can do. We normally stand at the end of the show, join the crowd and waddle out. Itâs slow going but what are you going to do? I recall, however, seeing how difficult it was for scooters to navigate that mass of humanity. For that reason, I suggest we wait for the crowd to clear before leaving. To my surprise, it only takes 9 minutes until the end of the line reaches us. We can then join in and walk out without being shoulder to shoulder all the way. I think weâll do this more often. By the way, have I mentioned the Brazilians have landed? Weâve seen dozens of tour groups today â all headed by that single flag bearer. Iâll state now that I really didnât see any rude behavior this trip â beyond the usual singing and cheering. The only real impact was when they would all decide to hit an attraction at the same time causing the wait times to jump significantly. Back at the Boardwalk, we spent some time watching Coney Island Chris doing some amazing things with the Chinese Yo-Yo. We stayed for his signature finale, the bed of nails. Barb and I then visited the Boardwalk Bakery for a slice of carrot cake (me) and a chocolate chip cookie (Barb). We brought those back to the room, enjoyed our desserts and turned in. Things I Think I Think â I (donât) think we had a traditional meal today, other than breakfast. I think it would have been funny if Barb had fallen into the water at the Aladdin attraction. It would have been less funny if I face-planted on Main Street. Seriously, we were a couple of klutzes today and could have done some real damage. I think Iâll keep riding Star Tours until we get a different scene. I think, in the future, weâll let the Fantasmic! crowd clear before leaving.