Monday, October 29, 2012

Sneak Peek

Here's the Halloween sneak peek!

Any guesses?

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Disney Days: Last Day and Heading Home

It was our last day at the parks, and we chose to hit Magic Kingdom again. 

Right after we got there, we lucked into seeing Chip and Dale.

This was our day to do whatever we wanted.  There was no "schedule," and we just rode what we had loved on our first day there.  We hit Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Peter Pan,  It's a Small World, and several others.

It was a hot, crowded day at the park, so we moved pretty slowly! The girls did perk up when they saw a picture of this dwarf who shares a name with their grandfather....Grumpy!  They are giving their best grumpy faces.

After doing everything that the girls had requested and making sure we had the pins we wanted, we decided it was time to leave the park. 

We left with full autograph books, heavy pin lanyards, and memories to last a lifetime!  That evening  Casey and I went out to Downtown Disney.  It was a fun way for the two of us  to end the trip. 

The next day it was time to head home. 

As sad as it was to leave such a magical place, I was super thrilled to be reunited with this little mouseketeer!  Oh man, did we miss him?!

It was a wonderful trip that the kids haven't stopped talking about.  Many, many thanks to Deedee for taking us on this fabulous adventure!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

Disney Days: Animal Kingdom and Electrical Parade

On Saturday, we were slated for Animal Kingdom. We got there early and headed straight for the safari.

The safari was awesome.  We saw tons of animals, from giraffes to lions.

The girls kept saying they wanted to "ride a ride." So, we headed over to the Kali River Rapids.  There is a sign that says, "You may get soaked."  Clare, Casey and I got soaked!!!  The girls loved it, but Casey and I spent the rest of the day drying out.

We rode Primeval Whirl, Triceratops Spin, and Dinosaur.

Then it was time for lunch at Tusker House!  We got to see lots of safari friends.

Safari Mickey

Daisy Duck

and Goofy!

We moved quickly across the park to catch The Nemo show.

Casey was able to convince Clare to ride Expedition Everest.  No mercy, I tell you!  The three of us conquered Everest!

On our way out of the park, we caught up with Tigger,

and Winnie the Pooh

and sad Eeyore.

We had covered all of Animal Kindgom, so we headed back to the condo to rest up for a big evening planned.  This was our last chance to catch the Electrical Parade! 

We got to Magic Kingdom about an hour before the parade started. 

We quickly saw that we needed to grab a seat.  We claimed our spot and waited for the show.

The parade was amazing.

It definitely lives up to the hype!

We took advantage of being in the park and rode a few more rides....Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  

We had managed to avoid standing in lines for too many character meet and greets.  Between character dining and some good luck, we hadn't waited to meet anyone very long.  However, we decided it was worth it to stand in line to meet Tinkerbell.

Tinkerbell is Sydney's favorite, and I think she definitely thought it was worth it!
As a bonus, we got to meet Periwinkle too!

At this time, it was about 10:30, so we decided to end on a high note and hit the road.  

Our own sleeping beauty!

One more day!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Disney Days: Epcot and Souvenir Shopping

Friday morning we were back at it!  
We headed to Epcot and were pleased to see that it didn't look too crowded.

First, we headed to Soarin'. Everyone loved it!  We rode it again about an hour later.  We did the rest of the stuff in that building....Living on the Land and The Lion King movie.

Of course, we rode the Nemo ride.

Then, Casey made us watch the Captain E.O. show.  Despite Syd's thumbs-up, this was not a crowd favorite!  No Michael Jackson lovers amongst us.

Finally, the time had arrived! Lunch at Akershus!


This where we hit the jackpot with the princesses.  For posterity's sake, here they all are:

Sleeping Beauty, Princess Aurora

Our 2nd meeting with Cinderella

Snow White


and Ariel! 

 Clare was thrilled to learn she was a lefty!

After lunch, the girls got to participate in a "princess procession."

We rode a boat ride in the Norway area, and then walked through a tiny bit of the World Showcase area.  We did hit Mexico!

We rode a few more rides....Mission:Space (HOLY COW!), Spaceship Earth, and did Turtle Talk with Crush. 

It looked like the skies were about to open up, we had ridden and seen everything we wanted, so we decided to leave Epcot.  

The girls were allowed to pick out a souvenir, so we went back over to Downtown Disney.  Just as we got there, it started we had to bust out the very humbling, yet functional ponchos!  Or pintos, as Sydney called them.

We got the souvenirs, grabbed some dinner, and headed back to the condo.  The girls had been surprising us with how well they were doing with the very busy schedule, but we didn't want to push our luck.  We got everyone to bed, and no one had any trouble falling asleep!

One more park: Animal Kingdom!