In advance of our trip, Catherine and I had decided that, in addition to the Magic Kingdom, we'd visit some of the other parks. Each one was more fun than the last. At Hollywood Studios we took a class in animation drawing and experienced Toy Story Mania! — an interactive ride that's coupled with a video game — one of our favorite attractions. At Epcot we went international and had French crepes for lunch and Chinese food for dinner. Near the Morocco Pavilion, Catherine had henna applied to her hand. Not sure if her mother would approve, but what happens at Disney stays at Disney — well, that is, unless it takes a couple of weeks to wash off.
The Animal Kingdom was all new to me and definitely has its appeal: yes to the Kali River Rapids, a fun water ride; yes to the tolerably scary Dinosaur ride; absolutely no, thank you, to the Expedition Everest roller coaster. Best of all was the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction. During the bumpy 20-minute ride along a dirt road into the bush, we seemed to get excitingly close to lions, hippos, rhinos, elephants and crocodiles.
Then Grandma gave in, and we made some time for shopping. After much consideration, Catherine settled on a headband with glittery Minnie Mouse ears and a floppy Pluto for herself, and a Dumbo Baby for Mom, which I somehow suspect will end up on Catherine's bed, too. She selected other plush toys for her 3-year-old cousin and a baseball cap with discreet Mickey Mouse insignias for Dad. And she told me after we watched the Magic Kingdom's nighttime illuminated parade that she also wanted one more thing: a promise that we'd go on a vacation together next year because "Grandma, it's been awesome!"
— Myrna Blyth