We went to meet Joy & Sadness from Inside Out, & the wait was much longer than anticipated. We had been stuck near an annoying guy, who thankfully gave up & left halfway through, but then we were left near another annoying family who was letting their kids run around everywhere (one touched my butt, one kept literally running into us, one almost knocked the guard poles down). We finally got in to meet Joy & Sadness after about 20 minutes longer than advertised. By the time we got inside, I was feeling a little more like Sadness than Joy, but I was glad to see them! The meet area was cute, & we got some fun pictures.
When we left the ride, there was some kind of fountain show happening - the water was spraying out at super high levels & music was playing. I'm not sure what it was, but I snapped a few photos!
I can't go through Norway without stopping for a troll horn & iced coffee at Kringla Bakeri. The troll horn is basically a giant, sugar-coated cream puff, & I love them. It's one of my favorite Disney desserts!
We went to meet Anna & Elsa next, since their line was fairly short. My goal is to eventually meet every princess, & I am well on my way! They were both very sweet, & one of the PhotoPass photographers made us laugh by informing us very matter-of-factly that he didn't get me anything for my birthday. I told him I hadn't been expecting much anyway. Anna was so bouncy & energetic - I don't know how she manages it all day! I'd be exhausted. But their meet area was very well-themed, & Elsa's dress was gorgeous.
We skipped the IllumiNations fireworks show, since we had seen the Epcot fireworks & holiday ending last December. Our thought process was that Soarin' would have a short wait time during fireworks, as opposed to at least an hour during the rest of the day, & we were right! Our wait wasn't long at all, & the little bit of wait we had was very entertaining. We were behind a little girl & her parents, who were fairly young. The little girl was maybe 3 or 4, & she was asking her parents if Tinkerbell was real, & the mom said, "Yes, I believe she is." The girl asked what Tinkerbell would do in a certain situation, & when the mom said she wasn't sure, the girl said, "I think she'd kick his butt!" So we all got a good laugh out of that. The dad leaned on one of the guard chains, but it was magnetized, not chain-linked, so it fell off the rail & the dad fell backwards. The little girl yelled, "You suck, dad!" & we all lost it. The mom said, "I probably should be upset with her for that, but I couldn't have said it any better myself!" It was too funny, coming out of this tiny, sweet-looking child. She made it up to her dad by cuddling with him in line afterwards.
On the ride, we were placed by a different family. They had a preteen, who had to wear the additional safety strap because he didn't meet the height requirement. He wasn't very happy about it, stating that he was nearly 13 & too old for that, & looked over to see how I was reacting to the situation & if I had to wear it. I glanced at the height markers, & told him not to feel bad because I was 26, & the height markers came up to just above my eye level. Not my proudest moment. He felt a little better after that though, & began chatting about the ride (He'd ridden it three times!). We rode Soarin' last December, but the ride was re-done in the spring, so this was our first time riding the new version. It was so great, & we loved it! The new version takes you all over the world, where the old one just flew over California. I could just sit on Soarin' all day & let it fly me places & pump in smells. My one wish is that they had kept the orange groves! I feel like that was what Soarin' was known for, & now that traditional orange Soarin' smell is gone.
We finished the ride just as the fireworks were ending, & joined the crowds out the monorail, where we met up with Mackenzie, Taryn, Ben, & Tenley. They had spent the day park hopping as well, & ended up at Magic Kingdom. We discussed our days on the way back to the condo.