Thursday, June 15, 2017

Magic Kingdom~day 3

On our third day at Disney, as with the other two, we got an early start.

John and Abbey wore their Star Wars shirts from Hollywood studios.

The first ride we went on was Space Mountain

My favorite part of Magic Kingdom was the parade

We had a great selection of food. Elijah chose cotton candy as one of his snacks. Our plan gave us 2 meals and 2 snacks a day. Some of the snacks were enough for 2 people.

John's claim to fame is "make them feel like puking on the teacups"

Elijah loved driving the cars.

More parade pictures

We stayed to see the show on the castle and the fireworks. It was a long, but wonderfully fun day!

While we were on vacation, our dirty laundry wasn't!  Disney doesn't have any "clean clothes fairies". So while the rest of my crew went to sleep, I had a nice quiet time in the laundry room. I must admit to nodding a bit while I waited for the clothes to dry.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Disney-Day 2

Day two dawned with a purpose for us...get Abbey in the "Jedi Training" show at Hollywood studios. They take kids and they are allowed to be part of a public show. They take only a limited number of kids, and it is first come, first served basis.

We were up and on the first bus from our hotel bound for Hollywood studios. After the wait for them to open the gates, John and Abbey took off for the line waiting to get registered. They made it and Abbey was in!! (Elijah opted out. We tried and tried to get him to do it. He had heard you fight against Darth Vader and was afraid) She was scheduled to take part in the 6:00 show, so we went off to enjoy the rest of our day.

And enjoy it we did!! It was great!!

The first ride we went on was Tower of Terror

You can't see Elijah, he was beside me. But, he loved it.

Then we went to Rock and Roll Rollercoaster

Like father, like daughter...

We decided to visit Starbucks and have a snack...Frappuccinas and huge chocolate cupcakes were being enjoyed when we heard this loud announcing-like music. A whole brigade of stormtroopers came marching by.  They put on a little show right there in the street. Abbey was enthralled!

This was my favorite moment of the day!

Meeting Goofy was more Elijah's speed.

We had a great time the whole day. Then it was time to get Abbey in place for her Jedi training.

They paraded the dressed up kids through the crowds shouting, "Make way for the Jedi's".

Abbey got to have her turn being a part of the show, fighting a girl villain pal of Darth Vadar.
She loved it!

We then went to FantasMic. We were going to leave because the only open seats were in places that didn't afford a good view. A guide motioned for John to go inside the reserved section and we have a great seat of the entire show!

Quickly, we then made our way to the Star Wars light show.

It was a great end to a great day! We were sooo tired, but soo happy! Everyone fell fast asleep, except for me, and I joined them pretty soon.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Walt Disney World!!!- Day One- Animal Kingdom

John and I have visited Disney World in Florida a couple of times with our older kids and knew it was inevitable that we would need to take the younger ones at some point. We wanted Elijah to be big enough to ride the rides and we didn't want to go when we had the expense of college to deal with. This year was our year! Elijah hit 49 inches and Daniel had graduated from college.

We contacted a Magic Kingdom Planner and found an affordable package which allowed us to stay on site and have 2 meals and a snack provided. We were assigned a room at the All Star Music Resort. We chose to drive, but spent the night in a hotel close to Disney in order to get to the first park as early as possible.

The entire trip was fantastic! The weather was beautiful, raining only once, and that was while we were in a show. The lines weren't long. We got to do the things we really wanted to. It was just a perfect trip.

But, at the first park, I wasn't so sure it was all going to be hunky dorey. Our first park was Animal Kingdom.

We had a fast pass to the Dinosaur Ride. It wasn't my favorite and Elijah really didn't like it.

John and the kids rode a twirly ride.

The next ride was Exhibition Everest. We waited through the line and got to the front and Elijah started to cry. I took him out and Abbey and John rode it. We all were really upset at Elijah. Abbey wanted to ride the Dinosaur Ride again, but I wasn't thrilled, so I offered to sit out with Elijah. John, visioning that this would be our 4 days, was not happy with Elijah at all. I told Elijah that this is what it would be like and I took out my book and began to read, paying no attention to him. We had a fast pass for Exhibition Everest, so there I sat with my book and Elijah kept looking at the ride. He suddenly announced, "I'm thinking about trying it!" I made a deal that if he would try EE, I would ride the twirly ride. So, he tried it, and at the end of the ride stated, "Can we do that again?" He was good to go the rest of the trip!

Next we went to the African Safari.

We all really enjoyed it along with the bird show...

After the little hiccup, it turned out to be a wonderful day!

The next day...Hollywood Studios