Saturday, September 27, 2014

Keepin' It Real: Disney-style

Isn't this picture the BEST?!
This is the one time we made them wait in line to meet a character.
They were unimpressed, to say the least.

In all honesty, our kids were wonderful all week long.
5 and 8 are super ages to take kids to Disney to start with,
and we were so pleased with how flexible and cheerful they were the entire time.
We had no meltdowns, no whining,
and only just a few instances of grumpiness, 
which was usually related to being hungry.

But we joked all week long about Disney being
The Happiest Place on Earth
with all the screaming babies and whining children
and fighting parents and yelling public arguments.

Bless it.  

Friday, September 26, 2014

Disney Day 6: Headed Home

We had an extra table service meal to use before leaving on Friday,
so Dan found us some last minute spots at O'Hana for breakfast.

It was just PERFECT because the kids love Lilo & Stitch so much!
What a great way to end our week!

I just have to brag on Dan for a bit.
He planned every single minute of this trip.
From the meals to the FastPasses to the plan for each day....he did it all!
Every time I tried to plan it, I started looking online or reading books and got totally overwhelmed with all the choices and tips and's just so MUCH.

So he took it over and I cannot even tell you what a wonderful job he did!  Every minute was planned perfectly for our family.  I am so thankful to be on Dan Davis's team.
We saved for almost a year for this trip, and enjoyed it so much!
Grateful for time away with my family.
And just as grateful to be back home!  :)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Disney Day 5: Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom just requires 2 days to fully enjoy, so we planned another day in our favorite park to end our vacation.

We wanted to be there for rope drop again, to get another ride on the Mine Train before the crowds hit. This is what our morning looked like:
We parents were up and ready to go, and the littles just kept snoozing.

Fortunately, they woke up in time for us to throw some clothes on them and let them brush their teeth, and we made that early bus to rope drop.

It didn't take them long to get excited.  
Here's what Lana did as we waited for the park to open:
She got herself a map and was making notes of all the places we wanted to go and rides we wanted to ride on this last day.  LOVE my little planner!

We did make the Mine Train again at rope drop -
it was a great strategy and well worth getting there early because the wait times for that ride for the rest of the day were around 2 hours.

Dan had snagged us a FastPass for Buzz Lightyear:

We took very few pictures this day because the crowds were NUTS.  We wouldn't believe the difference.  Lines were closer to 75 minutes for rides like Splash Mountain, Thunder Mountain, and Space Mountain, which we had ridden on Tuesday with wait times of 10 minutes or less.  People were shoulder to shoulder everywhere you went.  We were spoiled by the light crowds earlier in the week!

We took a break in the middle of the day to ride to Kona for lunch at the Polynesian Resort:

We had more wait times today, that the kids found creative ways to entertain themselves, like feeding ducks from their hands:

We stayed at the park until around 5, using our FastPasses and taking the time to wait for our very favorites (like Goofy's Barnstorm for Tucker and Thunder and Space Mountain for Lana)

and then decided to call it a day.  We headed back to the hotel for time in the pool and a restful evening:

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: my favorite photo from Disney.

Disney Day 4: Hollywood Studios

After closing down Magic Kingdom at midnight the night before, we took our time getting started this morning.  Hollywood was new to all of us, so we were glad to arrive in time to get a treat and take in the parade while we got our bearings:

Sometimes I forget how much of a little boy my Tucker still is - 
watching him wave his little arm off at the parades was so sweet.
(He even dreamed about it that night, waving in his sleep.)

After the parade, Lana was ready to RIDE.  Her favorite part of Disney by far are the thrills,
so we headed straight to Tower of Terror.

I love this picture of her bubbling as we came off the ride!

After learning in Animal and Magic Kingdoms that Tucker likes rollercoasters, but really really dislikes it when they are dark and scary, we decided to parent swap and let him sit this one out even though he met the height requirement.  (Lana was glad that she got to ride the Tower again!)

Even the atmosphere in the waiting area freaked Tucker out,
so we were thankful for a timely bit of distraction:

 After riding the Tower of Terror, we had FastPasses for the stunt show:

It was really cool!

Just around the corner was the Honey I Shrunk the Kids area.
We watched the movie together the week before our trip so they would "get" it.

It was really cool and they were so excited!

Stitch is their very favorite character, so when they found these stuffed animals,
they both chose to use their spending money to get one!
You can see how thrilled my buddy was:

We couldn't get a Fast Pass for the Toy Story ride, 
so we decided to bite the bullet and wait.

So glad we did!  It was arguably my favorite non-coaster ride of all.

We did child-swap for Rockin' Rollercoaster, and we all loved it!

What a great day in Hollywood Studios!
We had no expectations, so it was low-key and laid back.  Perfect.