After Dumbo, we did Peter Pan. We did Small World because we had a Disney newbie with us (C.); otherwise, we probably would have skipped it. We skipped Snow White because it is (a) lame and (b) has a horrifying reputation for destroying some children, and it is not possible to predict which kids it will totally freak out. Tea Cups and Winnie the Pooh were both down for rehab. We tried to do Barnstormer, but it was down unexpectedly. We then did Haunted Mansion, and, in uncertain order, Pirates, Magic Carpets, Astro Orbiter, People Mover, Buzz Lightyear. T. liked the carousel; A. refused to get up on a horse so we rode on the bench instead. We skipped Jungle Cruise, but some of us did it on the last day. The head hunter jokes persist, however they've modified the apparel/theming on the people avoiding the rhino to make it marginally less colonialist/racist. I got to ride Big Thunder with R. and T.; they rode it many, many times on later days. I still haven't been on the Florida Splash or Space Mountain, altho the boys did both.
On later days, C., A. and I did mild rides together while T. and R. did coasters. The second day at MK, C., A., and I left before lunch so C. could meet her brother back at our hotel. The last day in the park, C., A. and I had lunch at the Plaza: fantastically quiet at 11 a.m. and the food was excellent. They even had Tofutti for me.
Pooh's Playful Spot is closed (I think permanently, for the Fantasyland rehab, but I might be wrong), however The Laughing Place is still available for very small child fun. It's near the Frontierland RR station/Splash/Big Thunder. I found it for A.; T. found it for himself. It still had a puddle in it early in the morning, presumably from overnight cleaning.
At Epcot, we lucked out at a character meet-and-greet. The kids were mildly amused by the Seas. I had to take A. out of Turtle Talk, but T. stuck around for the whole thing; I think we had to take him out partway when we did that in Disneyland a few years ago. They both looked at the fish for a little while. T. was tall enough for Soarin', which I sat out because I was feeling paranoid about that vertigo incident and while I enjoyed it in California, I felt no need to ever do it again. That was the one headliner C. was excited about and she really loved it.
C. and A. both sat out Test Track, which was fantastic. Maelstrom was good (especially the going backwards bit) and the Mexico ride was better than I expected, mostly because I had the sense to largely ignore the animated film in favor of looking at the architecture. And boy, do I know where I want to have lunch one of these days. We did not do Journey into Imagination or Living with the Land, largely because we lost T. for a while and it sort of took the wind out of our sails. We did ride Spaceship Earth (skipped Energy, also), which I will be devoting a separate post to, probably in conjunction with a book review.
Crowds were low enough that we frequently stood in standby lines, since they were often 10 minutes or less. This is a great time of year to visit and highly recommend it to others. Disney had just switched from Halloween to Christmas. We got to see one parade, and we made a point on the last day of watching the Dreams show on the Castle forecourt stage (we being defined as the girls).
The kids were done by the end of day 4 in the parks. They understood we were going to go home the day we flew home and were very cooperative. This is the right length of trip for us.