The Wizarding World was always so crowded that week that we could barely move through it. I had a particularly difficult time navigating the stroller there. You can see from these pictures that the crowds were considerably reduced on Saturday, and it was a good deal cooler with some clouds in the sky. We never imagined that Saturday would be less busy than the weekdays, but I guess most visitors coming for Spring Break have finished up by then and are driving/flying home over the weekend.
The line for Dueling Dragons wasn't very long, so we were able to ride each dragon once. We even waited an extra 15 minutes for the front of the blue one, which was completely worth it! The blue side is more intense while the red is faster. In the front I enjoyed the blue more, but otherwise I preferred the red. I hadn't enjoyed the blue one much when I went on Tuesday since I had just spent a long line wrangling Allison while worried about Oscar and Tyler. This time I enjoyed it thoroughly. Being in the front was amazing! There was so much wind and so much speed that my hair was voluminous for the next hour.
After the dragons we did Dr Doom and Hulk single rider before walking over to the other park. We wanted to ride the Rip Ride Rocket coaster, but it was temporarily closed, so we went over to Men in Black single rider instead. This is exactly like Buzz Lightyear at Disneyland but with an alien theme. It's too bad Tyler was an inch too short since I'm sure he would have loved it (again, Buzz has zero height restrictions, so I really don't understand why Men in Black has such a stringent one). Oscar usually annhialates me in points on these types of rides, but he only beat me by a little bit.
For Gringotts I actually recommend waiting through the regular line once since it takes you through the bank, which is just so jawdropping that it's worth the line. The single rider line skips all of that, so I was glad we'd already done it our first day. There was a small delay where we were stuck in line for an extra 10 minutes, but it got going again. By the time we got out Mike and family had arrived with Tyler, and we met up with them at the Red Oven pizza restaurant out on the CityWalk. Yummy!
By then there was nothing else we were attached to seeing, and Mike and family were busy doing roller coasters, so we looked up a few shows to see. We wandered over to Diagon Alley to watch the Tales of Beedle the Bard puppet show, "The Fountain of Fair Fortune."
Since we still hadn't heard from Mike after the show was over (phones have to be locked up while doing roller coasters), we took Ty to the Kids Zone area of the park. On the way we stopped off for some treats, including a minion cupcake for Tyler. That sweetshop is so tantalizing! I wanted to buy one of everything in the display cases.
We arrived just in time to catch the Barney show. In spite of never having seen "Barney" on TV, Tyler absolutely loved it. He was completely rivited and happy to participate in the songs.
After you come out of the show, the kids can play in Barney's Backyard, an indoor play area that closes at 5. Ty loved it there, especially playing in the sand and the water. After about 20 minutes he said he had to go "potty," so we took him out to Barney's restrooms, which have small toilets for little kids to use. He went running back to Barney's backyard afterwards, and almost cried when the doors were locked. Since he was so sad I took him back to the big ball room in the Curious George play area since I knew he'd be happy there.
By then Mike and family had come over to see the Animal Actors show where Sophie got called up as the child volunteer. We left Tyler with them while we ran over to ride the Rip Ride Rocket coaster that had been closed earlier. That line was a bit long, even in single rider, so they took him on ET at 6:30pm before meeting up with us in Springfield to ride The Simpsons. I'd bought a big lard lad donut and we all enjoyed it's deliciousness together before hopping on the ride.
The kids wanted to play some carnival games, so we let them have some fun winning a few stuffed animals. Ty doesn't have the motor skills yet to actually compete in these, but he still really enjoyed playing with his cousins.
By then Tyler was getting super tired, so we decided to head on out of the park. We enjoyed the sunset as we walked out after a truly wonderful day. Tyler fell asleep quickly in the stroller on the way, and Oscar took him right up to his tent in the hotel where he stayed asleep for the rest of the night.