The car ride to Disney World was pretty miserable. We had hoped and planned on the baby sleeping a lot more in the car than he did. Between his whining/fussiness, the older boys needing to go to the bathroom so often ("You do not get to drink water!"), doing homework in the car, and the flat tire we got on the way, we decided the extra money to fly would have been worth it. We drove around 9 hours on Saturday. We stopped for church in DeFuniak, Florida on Sunday morning and arrived around 5pm at Disney World. After unloading the car, we checked out the resort and ate dinner.
The boys excited to begin our week! They had been looking forward to this vacation for over 6 months!
Day 1: Animal Kingdom
We decided to do Animal Kingdom, which seems to be the least popular park, on Labor Day hoping for less crowds. It wasn't bad but still lots of people!
Waiting in line for the Safari ride
On the Safari jeep
Austin taking a nap
(My boys did really well at staying close by. We really emphasized the importance of holding our hands or holding onto the stroller so that no one got lost.)
Riding the Triceratops Spin ride with Bryson, though he's too short to be seen.
We were really bummed that DINOSAUR was under refurbishment as that is one of my favorite rides in Animal Kingdom.
Of course, the most anticipated and favorite ride for my older boys was Mount Everest. Carter was given a card 2 years ago that allowed him to go to the front of the line if he held onto it because he wasn't tall enough last time we went. He held onto the card and knew exactly where it was for those 2 years. He was SO excited to ride it and absolutely loved it. Bryson had a hard time with any ride that he couldn't go on. Caleb and Carter didn't care about anything else in the park except for this ride. They probably rode it a total of 10 times that day between fast passes, rider switch passes, and then riding it several times before we went home.
Tree of Life
Tree of Life at night, prior to the lighting
Picture with Minnie and Mickey--my nephew, Gavin, with us
When we got on the bus to go back to the resort, Bryson headed to the back with his Aunt. It wasn't long before he fell asleep...on a stranger's arm. The man was very nice about it.
Exhausting day, but also so fun! Everyone slept well this night. We hoped that trend would continue, but the next two nights the baby struggled some and woke a few times.