Thursday, February 21, 2013

Disney Trip

For Christmas, BB & Papa gave the older 2 kids a trip to Disney World.  They told the kids that it would be up to their parents as to when they would get to go.  Andrew and I decided it would be best to go during the school year to avoid some of the crowds.  We also decided it would be more fun to not tell the kids until we were actually going.  So last week we loaded them all up to head to the happiest place on earth!  They were so VERY excited!

Day 1 - Epcot

it was appropriate that Mickey was the first character we met!

then Pluto (named PluDog by Reilly)

then Minnie Mouse!

then Duffy the Bear (Mickey Mouse's bear)

Day 2 - Magic Kingdom
They rode all kinds of rides (Speedway, Dumbo, Goofy's Barnstormer, Its a Small World, Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain Railroad, Peter Pan's Flight, Buzz Lightyear ride, People Mover, Aladdin's Magic Carpet).  We went to Cinderella's Royal Table for lunch where we met Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel, Jasmine, and Aurora. Later that night we went to the Electric Parade, then Disney turns the castle into a projection screen and does a really cool presentation.  

So excited to be riding the Speedway (formerly Grand Prix from when I was a kid)


Mom loves Dumbo too!

Lunch with the Princesses!

Every character they met signed their autograph book.

Snow White!

our little Prince


Ariel (she had the most personality!)


Buzz Lightyear, Space Ranger!

pooped out after a full day of the Magic Kingdom

Day 3 - Animal Kingdom
watching Nemo the Musical

ready for Russell and Dug to sign our books!

my elbows hurt, my knees hurt and I need to go to the bathroom!

posing on the lightpost

the famous Animal Kingdom tree

family photo (minus Sullivan who was hanging out with the grandparents!)

tadah!  It's Donald.  Did you know he signs his name "Donald Duck #1"?  

one of my favorite all time characters, Baloo!

King Louie!

Reilly gettin' some bear love!

Day 4 - Hollywood Studios
Again, we met all sorts of characters.  We rode Star Tours, the Great Movie Ride, saw a couple shows: Disney Junior show, Indiana Jones stunt show, Hannah & Andrew rode the Rock N Roller coaster.  Mom wouldn't ride it because it goes upside down.  Saw a parade.  That night we had dinner at Mama Melrose's to celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary!


Handy Manny!

Lighning McQueen! (Reilly was bummed he didn't sign his book.  Ha!)


Phineas & Ferb

trading pins with cast members was so much fun!

Day 5 - Magic Kingdom round 2
we rode a lot of the same rides from day 1 at the Magic Kingdom PLUS:  The Little Mermaid ride, the Winnie the Pooh ride, saw the Country Bear Jamboree.  For dinner we rode the monorail over to the Contemporary Resort to have dinner with Mickey and the gang.!  After dinner, we went back inside the park to see the parade and light show again.  We concluded the trip with a most spectacular fireworks show in front of the castle.  Such a magical place.
our pretty girl on the railroad at Magic Kingdom

Momma and her favorite girl!

Daddy and one of his 2 favorite boys!

nothing like a mickey mouse ice cream!  
Mommy felt like a kid again!

the castle is an amazing sight!

happy girl

it all started with a mouse!

dinner with Goofy (and Mickey, Minnie, PluDog, and Donald)

and they all lived happily ever after....