Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Disney 2015 Day 9: Final Day at the Magic Kingdom

Sick of vacation recaps?  Well, we're down to the final day!  Hooray!  Not really.  Leaving Disney gives me the major sads.  I always leave trying to figure out how soon we can get back.  Spoiler alert: Brian and I were <this close> to going last week when the kids had a three day break around a weekend.  But we had too many other commitments that weekend, and not really enough money! Ha!

We got to park in time for Rope Drop.  First time ever for us!

Once we were in the park, the boys and girls went on separate adventures. The ladies had three main priorities.

Mary. Merida.  Tiana. Reesie is a huge fan of Mary Poppins, and she was thrilled when Mary told her that she is practically perfect in every way!

We took a tour of accents.  From Mary's proper English accent to Merida's Scottish accent...

And then Tiana's Southern drawl!

She asked the girls if they'd ever been to Virginia Beach!

And Reese was excited to tell her we used to live there, and her dad still works right near the beach!  Tiana loved it. Once that visit was over, we headed to meet the boys in Frontierland.

Not to worry, they kept plenty busy without us.  I didn't know that they rode Splash Mountain until it showed up on our Memory Maker!  Sneaky boys.

Then they went over to Tom Sawyer's Island for boyish fun.  It's their favorite!

The girls and I were back in time to get a picture of them coming back on the raft.

And then we went to meet Woody and Jessie!
I love the hugs that they were able to get photos of!

Then we went over for one last ride on Splash Mountain (and a photobomb by me)!

Next we made our way to Fantasyland where we met up with Peter Pan. Peter never fails to crack these children up.  Especially the boys.  Those are REAL smiles on those faces!

Photo op in front of Rapunzel's tower!

No one poses like Gaston!  Ha!

I saw the pictures from the end of our last day and said, "Hey babe, thanks for letting me know my ears were on backwards!"  He didn't notice....

We stopped to watch Wishes and then went to Adventureland so Hudson could watch the pirate show!

Had to get a picture with these ball playing boys in front of Casey's Corner!  It's crazy how big Wyatt has gotten since this trip to Casey's when he was one!

And then we went to meet with the big man himself.  And we scared him a little!

Mickey told them to pose like a Cheetah!  He knows Wyatt well!  We went back to Tomorrowland for one last ride on Buzz and another whirl on the People Mover.

And one last family shot before we ended our vacation.  Oh man, I hate leaving Disney World!  I am always so sad while I pack up our room and get ready to go back home.  But once we're on the road I am ready to be home...while Brian and I plan our next trip, of course!  Ha!

We had the best time!  It's funny because I either get asked for Disney advice (which I am always happy to help with - I talked to my pharmacist about her trip this morning!), or I get asked why we got so often.  We just love it.  These 4 are only going to be small for a little while, and they love the Disney Magic - and Brian and I do, too.  There will be time one day for family vacations to other places, but for us, Disney is just the best.  And when they're grown up, we'll probably still be going! Ha!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Disney 2015 Day 8: Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom

Day 7 of our vacation started at Hollywood Studios.  We planned to leave after our lunch at Hollywood and Vine, so we decided to get there early so we could ride Toy Story Mania twice (once standing in line, plus our Fast Pass for later).

This girl had no idea what she was doing, but she was pretty determined to play!

Brian saw these shirts on the first day of our vacation and was pretty insistent that we get them.  I think we were also supposed to wear them to see "The Force Awakens." Oops!  Goofy got a chuckle out of them.

We visited with our favorite Disney Junior characters.  Hudson didn't stand in line with us to wait for Sofia, but he did jump in before the photographer started snapping the picture.  Thank goodness!  I don't want him to follow his big brother's lead on everything!

Although Wyatt did join them to meet Jake!

I still remember how excited we were when Doc first came on when Reese was little.  And she is still a favorite around here.  Even if they pretend that they don't care, all of the kids get excited about a new Disney Junior show!

And Finley clearly LOVES Doc McStuffins.  I meant to bring her Halloween costume so she could wear it in this picture, but I accidentally left it at the resort.   Oh well!

Brian, Wyatt, Reese, and Hudson rode Star Tours one last time, and then we went back to Toy Story Mania.

We grabbed popcorn for the kids, and  then went to meet the Green Army Man. While the kids were standing in line, one of them dropped their popcorn.  And the nice Army man went and got all three of them a new one!

Then we actually rode Toy Story Mania for the final time!

And we followed that up with our character meal at Hollywood and Vine.  I can sum up our lunch in two words.  Never Again. The kids did like meeting their favorite characters.

But it was a really quick photo op.  The food wasn't great.  And it was expensive!  Handy Manny was the only character who is no longer out in the park, though, so that was fun for the kids.

Buuut, not worth it!

After lunch we went back to the resort to rest for a little bit.  We loved being greeted by Rafiki on our return "home"!

I think Brian and Finley slept the longest, but I was also able to close my eyes for a little bit while the other three relaxed.  I fed them Easy Mac in the room, and changed their clothes - I actually did laundry and watched Hulu by the pool one night on vacation.  That allowed me to get another wear or two out of the shirts I ordered for them!

Once we got to the Magic Kingdom, Brian went up to the train station (also closed on our trip) to get this picture down Main Street!

We were mesmerized by Elsa lighting up the castle.  

And we moved on to Adventureland to take advantage of a short line at Pirates (not really that short, but shorter).  Then we had a Mom Fail. I tried to do the "plan ahead" move that's all over Pinterest.  I bought cheap Glow Sticks from Target, and gave them to the kids to use instead of buying expensive light up toys.  Except...those cheap glow sticks are cheap for a reason.  Finley's cracked and left a hole and the liquid got in her eye.  The package says it's fine, but it still hurt her and made her cry.  We went to the bathroom to wash it out, and when she settled down we went to secure a spot for the Electrical Light Parade.  Once Finley and I were cozy, everyone else went to ride Splash Mountain.  They came back just in time for the parade and ice cream!

When the parade was over they set off again for Big Thunder Mountain!  They said it was awesome because "Wishes" started while they were on the ride.

Meanwhile, Finley and I found a great spot to watch the fireworks from the bridge by Tom Sawyer's Island!

At this point, we SHOULD have headed over to Tomorrowland to ride Buzz and the People Mover instead of leaving because the bus line for Art of Animation was LONG.  Fortunately they were pulling buses up two at a time, so it went a little faster than normal! We had to rest up for a final day of vacation filled with more "Must Do's"!