Well, after hemming and hawing and iffing and faffing...
We decided to head to MK yesterday, after all. It's the first Saturday in June, making it "Gay Day" at Disney. We were last there two years ago.
This year we did not get there at opening. We chose to do the lazy morning start. We got to the approach of TTC about 10 or so?? Maybe a bit later? It was bumper to bumper heading into the TTC. Trams were filled with people, so we among others decided to walk into the TTC instead of waiting for another tram. Red shirts EVERYWHERE! More so than two years ago.
This year we chose not to wear our red shirts (of the previous visit) it was just too darn hot. I had my Rainbow Mickey on my bucket hat, and Herself had on a light purple tank... Gay semiotics don't you know. I had an aqua tank on and it ended up matching perfectly with my little "find" (described below).
The monorail had been down earlier in the morning, so we headed for the ferry. It was a very short wait, and a lovely "cruise" over to the MK. The breeze was lovely (and BOY WAS IT HOT!!!) and much needed.
We did what we usually do at the MK, wander aimlessly from here to there until we find a queue short enough to tolerate. We managed a decent short wait for POC. It too had been down earlier in the morning...
Some of the fun shirts sayings: "Because I'm a Queen and I said so." "You can't have a fairy tale without Queens and Hags."
Some of the political sayings: "Legalize Gay." "When Do I Get To Vote On YOUR Rights?" Love is = (HRC Symbol). The Other Team, Sorry boys.
Some of what we considered inappropriate: "You must be this tall to ride this ride (with a line at the chest of wearer). A peeled banana with a double entendre that was not necessary. Sorry, but if "we" want to be accepted we need to take responsibility for not inciting others. Club sayings don't have a place in a theme park. We don't see opposite gendered couples running around in tee shirts with sayings like, "Breeding Services" or the like... at any rate, off my soapbox, but this is a pet peeve of mine (and one of the reasons we don't go to many Pride events).
We watched the mid morning celebrate parade while sharing a Mickey shaped soft pretzel. A lively and festive parade it was with some of the dancers dashing into the audience hugging friends that were watching. Gave everyone the celebrate feelings!
We did a LOT of people watching. Men in utility kilts with red shirts, women with rainbow tutus on (wondered how they got in, but no one was sending them out). Families, same gendered, with their children... lovely to see.
And yes, there was the advertising plane flying over the MK with "WARNING GAY DAY AT MAGIC KINGDOM." Sad, isn't it?
We didn't have ADRs for lunch (or dinner) because we were taking it one step at a time. We looked at Liberty Tree and the menu didn't wow us, so we went on to Crystal Palace. Neither of us wanted to do the characters. The little restaurant just off Main St. was full. So, on a spur of the moment whim we tried Tony's.
There was a 35 minute wait (and that was clearly only because they must have been short staffed). The place was not busy at all. We were a little concerned about that, but since we'd never dined there, figured we'd give it a go.
We had a wonderful server, Alfie! (Yes, we talked about the song). He was cheerful and courteous, and very prompt.
We ordered the antipasto (Tastes of Italy) to start. It came with prosciutto, capacola, gorgonzola, olives (green and black) artichoke hearts with dried tomatoes, pesto and a spicy red sauce. Oh, and two bits of bread. It was quite nice.
We then ordered a bianca flat bread and a chicken calzone. Both were very nice. Not crunchy, but thin crust on the flat bread, and the calzone was florentine style and very savoury.
We missed the lack of wine but managed to suffer through it.
Wanted to try the spumoni for dessert but it was just too big! All told, we'd go back again. TIW saved us the tip and we added a bit to bring it to 20% because he was such a dear.
We meandered here and there after lunch looking at things, people, riding the train, exploring the new circus area with Dumbo. It's not done yet, of course only Dumbo and Goofy's Barnstormer are up, but it will be nice for the little ones. I'm not a circus fan, but no matter there.
Country Bear Jamboree was jammed the entire day.
We talked about visiting our friend Mike who is a barkeep at a resort bar, but it wasn't time for him to come to work yet. My foot was giving me trouble, acting like it wanted to blister (it didn't) so in the end we decided with the heat, and the wimpy foot we'd head home.
It was a pleasant interlude, and we'll be back, of course. We did decide that to do Gay Day in it's entirety we do like to stay there so we can take a break during the high heat of the afternoon and then return for Wishes.
Oh! And I found a new pin! It's Tinkerbell with rainbows. Love it.
So, we'll go back next time of course. Just never sure with us when next time will be.