Aug 16, 2009

The Disney Train Debacle

Last Friday night (and I am behind on posting, so I mean August 7th) we went to Erwinville to celebrate the most recent accomplishments of our future-CPA in the family, Chad. We spent the night with Grandpa and Grandmere, where Stella pulled diaper duty... Following the diaper change, Stella decided that her baby needed a bath. She was so dedicated that she even joined her in the tub.
I just liked this close-up of Stella's blue eyes, chubby cheeks, and rose-bud lips...
On Saturday, Grandmere, Stella, and I traveled back to New Orleans to see the Disney Train. (www.christmascaroltraintour.com) The train is doing a 40 city tour to promote Disney's upcoming remake of A Christmas Carol. It includes a behind the scenes look at the making of the film, original artifacts from the Charles Dickens Museum in London, live carolers, fake snow, and a chance to morph your face into characters from the movie. Best of all, it's free! Sounds awesome, right? Well, it would have been awesome, if it had been open. We arrived on Saturday afternoon to find that the tour had been closed for the day due to inclement weather that had passed through a couple of hours earlier. Determined to have fun, Grandmere gave Stella the opportunity to see the outside of the train up close and personal while I captured evidence that we had actually seen the train...
"Hmmm....I wonder if we could sneak in when nobody's paying attention..." plotted Grandmere and Stella.
They made it to the door, but got caught just before making a break for it.
There was a really cool hill nearby in Audubon Park that Stella LOVED running up and tumbling down. I am not posting the tumbling down pictures because they look like child abuse. I promise you, she was having a blast, even though she looked like Jill minus the pail.
Just because we had been thwarted in our first attempt to see the train did not mean we were giving up. We are Pourciaus, and when we want something, we go after it. On Sunday as soon as we were finished with church, we beat a path back to the train. This time Daddy went with us instead of Grandmere. In this picture Daddy and Stella are inspecting the fake snow. It was actually just bubbles.
I think the person behind them in that picture is holding an ice pack to his forehead. We waited in line in the scorching sun of New Orleans for 3 hours. We spent the time fighting off dehydration, sunburn, and boredom. Stella befriended all the young children around us in line. Damon and I got to know the adults and everyone pooled resources. Some shared their umbrellas; we shared our sunscreen. The wait was miserable, but it was interesting to witness so many parents totally devoted to a cause and making the best of a really, really bad situation. By the time it was finally our turn to board, we were hot, sweaty, muddy, stinky, and exhausted. I am sure you will be able to see the grime in the following pictures. The first car had costumes and artwork featuring the characters from the movie. The costumes were just used as models, since the movie is a motion capture piece. It was hard to contain Stella's enthusiasm...
Stella and friend from line Mia checking out one of the exhibits...
Stella ready to get on with it...
Note sweat stains and general flushed appearance of mother and child...
Stella checking out some character models...
"Ooooh....Look at that!"The entire family by one of the motion capture suits...In this photo, Stella had just pulled my hair. She enjoyed it, I did not.
A cheery holiday photo before our exit...

In spite of it all, we did have a good time on the Disney Train. If the Disney Train comes to your town, our advice is to visit it on a Friday morning, when there is no line.

2 comments :

The Brownsteins said...

You are SO hardcore for waiting in line for 3 hours!! Plus you have a really patient toddler...Audrey would have melted down, fallen asleep from exhaustion, and then woken up and melted down again.
I am very impressed! Looks like it was really neat!

The Sharbono Family said...

Totally fabulous...i'm sure it's on its way to Pineville for a stop.....