Monday, April 7, 2014

Disney World Part 2

Day 5 - Hollywood Studios

We spent Wednesday at Hollywood Studios.  You know you are putting your kids first when you go to Disney Junior Live instead of the Tower of Terror! 

There were three highlights for the kids - lunch with Disney Junior characters, Disney Junior Live and Fantasmic.  The highlights for Matt and Dad were the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and the Tower of Terror!  I don't think Andy cared, but I have to admit, I was jealous!  Both of those were things I would have loved to have done.  But, I really enjoyed watching the kids at the Disney Junior Live show...I just didn't enjoy the show so much!   :-)

Taking a break

Playing in the Honey I Shrunk
the Kids playground
 Lunch was with Sofia, Doc McStuffins, Handy Manny and Jake.  Kayley was very excited for Sofia and Doc.  Drew liked seeing Jake.  Ryan loved them all!

Kayley loved dancing with Doc
Fantasmic was the night fireworks and water show.  It was crazy how packed it was.  The show was fantastic!  The kids were a little tired, but they were great throughout the show. 

Day 6 - Magic Kingdom

We spent our last day at Disney at Magic Kingdom.  We got there early so we took of for Space Mountain to try to beat the crowds.  Andy stayed with Ryan and the rest of us got in line.  The kids did great so we were able to ride it again later in the day.  I was so proud of how well they did on every "big kid" ride!

Grandma holding onto
Kayley on Space Mountain
We also went to Enchanted Tales with Belle, where you act out a scene with Belle.  Dad was chosen (did not volunteer!) as one of the soldiers and Kayley volunteered to play Belle's father, Maurice.  Drew was a little shy and didn't volunteer for a part!

Soldier Mark

Belle visiting Maurice (Kayley) in jail.

Throughout the day, we rode Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Jungle Safari, Dumbo, Barnstormer, the People Mover (my kids love that thing!) and some other ones I am forgetting.

Jungle Cruise
We had dinner reservations at 1900 Park Fare with Cinderella.  Kayley put on her Cinderella gown, shoes, tiara and grabbed her wand and off we went.  Drew was not as into this dinner!  And he was embarrassed beyond belief when one of Cinderella's stepsisters kissed his cheek!  As we were leaving, we ran into one of Matt's high school classmates.  Small world!

On our way to dinner

Princess Kayley

At the restaurant

Prince Charming

Kayley was smitten!


Cinderella's stepmother

Cinderella's stepsister

After dinner, Mom, Dad, Kayley and Ryan went back to the resort.  Matt, Andy, Drew and I headed back to Magic Kingdom.  We went on Splash Mountain again, Haunted Mansion and It's a Small World (short line!) and watched the fireworks.  It was a great ending to our Disney experience!

Andy, Drew, Matt and me

Day 7 - Clearwater Beach

On Friday morning, we packed up and headed to Clearwater Beach.  It was cloudy and in the low 70s.  Certainly not great beach weather, but we made the most of it.  The kids loved the beach.  Ryan wasn't sure what to think of the sand at first and he thought the water was pretty cold!

 Once Ryan got used to the sand, he loved it!

Day 8 - Home

Saturday was our day to fly home.  Mom and Dad were on our flight to St. Louis so that was nice.  Mom sat with Drew and Kayley and Dad, Andy, Ryan and I sat next to them.  We were ready for a nice quick, uneventful flight home, but no such luck.  We sat on the tarmac for over 2 1/2 hours due to a thunderstorm to the north.  Ryan is a very active almost 2 year old.  Being confined on a plane that isn't moving for 2 1/2 hours and then over 2 hours in flight is not fun for him and, therefore, not fun for any of us!  But, it could have been worse I am sure.  After a long day of traveling, I was very excited when we finally pulled into our garage Saturday night!

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