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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Day 4: Animal Kingdom

We enjoyed a relaxing morning where we weren't trying to rush off. We knew Animal Kingdom would be the least busy of the parks and weren't concerned about being there right when it opened. It actually was sprinkling steadily in the morning which kept people away as well. So we threw on our ponchos and headed off for the day.

Waiting for the elevator

We went to Expedition Everest first thing--Carter was pretty heart-broken that he wasn't tall enough to ride it, but he was a good sport.

Then we rode Kali River Rapids while taking turns with Bryson.

The safari ride and some of the animals we saw

We definitely made time for the Lion King show, which is my favorite in all of Disney World: fabulous singing and dancing. We also went to the Flights of Wonder show, but decided to pass on the Finding Nemo one. Matt and I didn't enjoy it much last time, and he and I actually snuck out early last time.

Instead, we spent a good portion of time hanging out in DinoLand.

The Dinosaur ride--the boys got pretty scared but still rode it again with me.

The boys were too short and kept their dinosaur flying too high that this was the best picture I could get for the Triceratop Spin.

Bryson and I hanging out in the Boneyard play area.

Digging for fossils

We didn't do a ton of character pictures--the lines were always forever long and our boys just didn't care a whole lot and Bryson was terrified of any character. We happened to pass by when there was a short line for Russell and Dug.

Matt and Caleb went to ride Expedition Everest a few more times before we went home. Carter was able to get a fast pass to the ride which will allow him to go to the front of the line when he is tall enough for the ride. That made his day!

While Caleb and Matt rode Expedition Everest again, Bryson, Carter and I took a train to Rafiki's island and visited a petting zoo.

Then we met up with Matt at the exit to go back to the hotel. (Matt and Caleb rode Expedition Everest 9 more times!) Matt had promised to take the boys swimming, so once we got back to the hotel, they all went swimming.

A friend that went to Disney World a few weeks before us recommended the restaurant 'Ohanas. We were able to get a reservation, but it wasn't until 8pm that night. We debated all day long about canceling since we knew that would make it a late night for our kids. When we were told by a fellow vacationer that it was their favorite restaurant in all of Disney World, we decided to risk it.

There was SO much food, and it was all so yummy!

Fuzzy picture, but this is Carter participating in a luau dance.

After dinner with full bellies and a few pounds heavier. I agree whole-heartedly--best restaurant in all of Disney World!

A picture at the Polynesian Resort before taking the monorail to Magic Kingdom.

A picture in front of Magic Kingdom with Halloween decor. We then caught a bus back to our hotel. Again it was another late night. 

Sunday morning we packed up and caught our flight home. Again, we planned the flight during Bryson's nap so that he would sleep the entire time. Did that happen? Nope! This time I had Skittles in my purse for bribery though in case our plan backfired again. Overall, the boys all did well on the plane and we were excited to be home.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Day 3: Hollywood Studios

The downside to day 3 was that our shoes got soaked from the previous night at Magic Kingdom, and I only brought one pair of tennis shoes per person. So, the boys had to wear the only other pair of shoes I packed: their water shoes. Caleb's flip flops gave him a blister but he did a good job of being a good sport despite that. I should add that we told Carter before the trip that we were bringing one stroller and it was for Bryson so Carter would have to be a big boy and walk everywhere. He did it too! He only asked me to carry him once during the whole trip!

After the previous night's experience, we went ahead and purchased ponchos and set out for the day. It sprinkled lightly in the afternoon, but overall, a great day of weather. Much cooler than the previous day!

Waiting for the bus to take us to Hollywood Studios

We did what everyone else did once the gates opened--head to Toy Story. 

We had a 25 minute wait--not too shabby. Lots of decor to take pictures in front of.

We love the Toy Story ride! It's so awesome. Matt schooled me again by getting a higher score than me.

This toy soldier freaked Bryson out.

Next we headed to Tower of Terror to use a fast pass.

I think the boys were definitely scared on the ride, but they said they liked it. They rode it again with Matt.

While I rode Rockin' Roller coaster, Matt took the boys over to see a magic show. They actually got to participate in the show!

None of the boys were tall enough for Rockin' Roller coaster so Matt and I took turns.

Picture opportunity with Sven

We split up for lunch since Carter was determined to have a ham and cheese sandwich with mustard (his favorite food). So everyone else went for a pizza lunch and Carter and I went to a sandwich place. It was right next to the "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" playground, so Carter played after lunch.

We enjoyed the car show. Caleb and Carter got to meet one of the stunt guys!

Beauty and the Beast

The boys enjoyed the Indiana Jones show and their first funnel cake while watching the show!
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We ran to do Tower of Terror one more time before we planned to leave. The boys had a chance to ride it twice and Matt and I wanted one more ride each. Caleb rode it with Matt while Carter, Bryson and I hung out by the exit and played with bubbles.

Then I used the rider switch pass to ride it again with Carter. When we were less than 10 minutes a way from our turn, Carter told me he didn't want to ride it. When I asked him why, he said he was too scared. I was confused--Carter is our little dare devil and had already been on the ride twice. He claimed it as one of his favorite rides of the day! He started getting more and more adamant that he didn't want to ride it. I was torn because I knew if I got out of line, I wouldn't make everyone else wait for me again, and I really wanted to ride it one more time. I called Matt, and we were trying to figure out if there was a way for Carter to head down the real elevator and meet Matt by himself (which I wasn't really comfortable with) or if I should just get out of line with Carter. A lady next to us heard the dilemma and decided to try to help. She told Carter that she had never been on the ride before and that she was really scared. Carter told her it was only a little bit scary, and she asked if Carter would ride it with her so she wouldn't be scared. That seemed to appease Carter and we got on the ride. Once the ride started, Carter kept saying over and over again that he wanted to get off. Needless to say, I did not enjoy the ride either because I was feeling SO guilty that we didn't get out of line. This picture absolutely breaks my heart--a terrified little boy clinging to his mother for dear life. Biggest regret of the trip; it definitely wasn't worth it. :(

[I asked Carter today if he was mad at me for making him ride Tower of Terror that last time while we were at Disney World. He said no, it wasn't scary, and that he really liked the ride. This picture begs to differ!]

We left the park late afternoon and decided to use our dining points to order room service for dinner when we got back to our resort. It was nice to have a relaxing evening since the previous day/night was so long. I put Bryson to bed early while Matt and the other boys explored the resort.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Disney World Day 2: Magic Kingdom

We had some difficulty getting to Magic Kingdom on day 2 because everyone planned to go to Magic Kingdom on the same day for that early magic hour! By the time we got in line for the 7 Dwarves ride, the wait was already 45 minutes. We weren't able to get a fast pass for this ride, so we decided to jump in line. After getting the rider-switch pass, I took Bryson to ride the Tea Cups and the Dumbo ride while they waited. Then I rode it with Caleb; Carter preferred to do the Dumbo ride with Daddy and Bryson. Because it's the newest ride at Disney World, it's pretty popular but Matt and I didn't think it was all that great actually. We thought it was comparable to Big Thunder Railroad, but prefer Railroad which is a longer ride.

Splash Mountain

The kids had a lot of fun on the Haunted Mansion ride. I love that there are so many rides to do as a family in Magic Kingdom!

Matt and I had a little bet going on who would come out with the highest score on the Buzz Lightyear ride. Unfortunately I had the baby with me, who was in charge of the controller that spins the seat. We went around in a lot of circles which led to my defeat.

Poor Carter wasn't tall enough for Space Mountain. I'm actually really surprised that Caleb was willing to ride this ride twice (once with me, once with Matt) because I think it's pretty scary. It had even less lights in the mountain than I remember from last year making it mostly pitch black.

We didn't take as many pictures in this park because we were busy running around trying to do everything! It was SO crowded and wait times were quite long--we were trying to use fast passes as best we could, but they changed the fast pass system since we were there last November. We don't like the new system! When we scheduled the trip, we were told that September was the least busy and the best time to come. Unfortunately the week we picked was Atlanta's Fall Break (new to their school system's this year), and we ran into so many people from Atlanta! I kind of think Magic Kingdom is always going to be the busiest of all the parks though.

So our plan was to take advantage of our Memory Maker photo pass by taking lots of family pictures on the way out. At around 8:30pm it started sprinkling. We were waiting in line to do Peter Pan's Flight, which is a ride we were really excited about doing with our kids but it had been a super long line all day. We finally decided to wait in line when it got down to 40 minutes. When we came out of the ride, it was pouring rain and there were huge puddles everywhere. Needless to say, we didn't get any more photos for the night. :( We were completely drenched from head to toe--it made for an uncomfortable ride home!

We did ask someone to snap this picture of us while we waited for a bus to take us to our resort.

Despite the wet ending, we were able to ride all the rides in the park; it took us 13 hours to be able to do that though! The kids did remarkably well for such a long day. They all zonked out on the bus ride home and slept very well that night.