Today we spent most of the day at Mom's place, of course. We went over there while Mom and Steve were still at church, which turned out to be a very good thing, because then we could give Celeste and Sarah their souvenirs without bringing up any awkward questions about why didn't Steve get anything. (The honest answer is that we have no idea what he would have liked, except for the Rubik's cubes, and they were pretty expensive.)
After they got there, Steve started some stuff cooking, and then we all gave Mom our presents. We got her a handkerchief and a pretty pearl necklace thingie in Japan, Sarah got her a recipe organizer thingie, and while Mom loved all the presents, we think Celeste won with her family tree photo display thingie. It was shaped like a tree with little picture frames hanging from the branches like fruit.
It's gotten to be a standard practice that whenever we have dinner over there, the Twins eat grilled cheese sandwiches. Only this time, I mentioned that my favorite cheese is mozzarella, so Mom made me sandwiches with that (though come to think of it, I don't know why we sat there and let Mom cook for us on Mother's Day; what is our problem?). It was an interesting experiment but I decided that grilled cheese sandwiches are best with American cheese after all.
Then we got out the puzzle we bought in Japan. It's called a Disney All Characters Puzzle, and it was Awesome. The main picture is like the wall of an art museum or something, with all these pictures featuring Disney movies and shorts, and they really did have a lot. Though come to think of it, I don't think they had any of the flowers and trees, from the famous Flowers and Trees cartoon. They also didn't have Tarzan, despite having Atlantis and Treasure Planet, and Twice Upon A Christmas, which came out after Home on the Range, which also wasn't featured, so I guess it wasn't only a copyright issue preventing Tarzan. Well, maybe it was with Tarzan, because Tarzan's awesome, but probably not so much with Home on the Range. Still, they even had the Black Cauldron, and Suzie the Little Blue Coup, which we are now thoroughly convinced those insane and annoying cars in Kingdom Hearts II were based on. We'd keep saying to Celeste, "You know those cars? Don't they look like Suzie the Little Blue Coup?" and she'd be like, "What?" Oh well.
But it was really neat, because we all got to pick movies to work on, so there wasn't any confusion. I did Beauty and the Beast, Fantasia, The Three Musketeers (Mickey Mouse version), and Twice Upon a Christmas. Hm, they didn't have the Great Mouse Detective, either. But they did have Oliver and Company and The Fox and the Hound. (Remembering as we go.)
And then Sarah's boyfriend called so she left, and then Survivor started, so Mom left, so Celeste, Athena, and I finished the puzzle about half an hour into Survivor, and Mom came and looked at it and we all oohed and aahed, and then Celeste didn't want to watch Survivor so we came home. And now I'm tired and don't really want to continue the Japan report, but maybe now would be a good time to talk about Pooh's Hunny Hunt, because, since we hate spoilers so much ourselves, I want to take consideration of anybody who might be like, "Don't just tell me all about it! I'm gonna go on it myself!" And this way it will be easier for them to skip it without missing anything else.
We first saw the ride on the way to Toon Town, and we noticed that the line was 70 minutes long. And we're like, "I know people like Winnie the Pooh, but... really?" So we moved on. Still, we were intrigued. And thanks to the parade, the line was shortened quite a bit, so we took advantage. In the line, we heard a cast member come on the PA thingie and warn guests that sometimes the wind is very strong on Pooh's Hunny Hunt, so make sure to hang on to any loose items. And we're like, "On a Winnie the Pooh ride?"
The line had a bunch of pages from the Winnie the Pooh books, which we don't know if they were actually from the books or if they were original for the attraction (which might also be in Disney World?), because they had pictures of Gopher, who, as we all know, wasn't in the book, "And ding-dang glad of it!" They were all in English, and quite entertaining. But I'm not sure if I can remember any of the entertaining bits.
We finally got onto the attraction, and we were riding in honey pots. When the car in front of us set out, we noticed something very unusual--this ride had no track. And it was crazy! It really was like the wind was blowing you around. The car goes into this big room made to look like the 100 Acre Wood, and there's Owl's House (which is swaying back and forth in the wind), and Eeyore's house (which Pooh knocks down), and you follow Pooh, who's hanging onto a balloon in his quest for honey. It's awesome, because you get blown to different parts of the room depending on which car you're in (they send them out in sets of three).
Then you go into the next room, where Tigger shows up. Of course he starts singing his theme song, and of course he starts bouncing. And he actually bounces you! He bounces you! It. was. Awesome.
(I kind of get the feeling some Aurora-types out there might be like, "Yeah, but it's not like it's hard," but that doesn't matter. Hard to do or not, it's still Awesome.)
The wind starts blustering again, and Tigger starts yelling about how Tiggers do Not like honey, and I keep forgetting the transition but eventually, as in all Winnie the Pooh rides (Athena says she thinks you go past Tigger, and into Pooh's house where he's sleeping. I remember now! Everything gets all dark and sparkly. They were really good with the sparklies in Japan.), you end up in the Heffalumps and Woozles dream. This part was also Awesome. It's another big room, with Heffalumps and Woozles all over, of course, and the first thing you do is dance around the middle with not only the other cars in your group, but a fourth car with a Heffalump and Woozle in it. Then there are a few other things you do, in different orders depending, like go up against a mirror where a Heffalump bee comes along and sucks all the honey out of the pot you're in, and, the best part, riding up in front of a honey cannon. The Woozle lights the cannon, and all you can do is sit and watch while the fuse gets shorter and shorter, and then BOOM! the cannon blasts you away. Awesome.
Finally, a giant Heffalump sucks you into his trunk (backwards), and you end up inside the honey tree, where Pooh is happily eating honey. And it really smells like honey! Neat!
And they all lived happily ever after. The end.
In summary, Japan's Winnie the Pooh ride kicks our Winnie the Pooh ride's butt. Though ours is very cute, and I like how it sways back and forth.
Today I'm thankful for shiny Disney puzzles, the awesomest Winnie the Pooh ride Ever, getting lots and lots of chocolate today, Tiggers, and mozzarella cheese.