After saying that I would do two days per post, I realized that I actually recapped 3 days in the last post, so I’ll do that again on this post. For those of you that missed “A Magical Vacation, Part 1″, you can view that HERE.
Once again, the disclaimer: You are all about to be inundated with a slew of pictures regarding our trip to Disney. We took a LOT of pictures. If this does not interest you, turn away now.
Day 4 of our vacation (Monday) was spent at Epcot. We didn’t plan to be there the whole day. Miss A had a reservation to be transformed into a Disney princess, so we knew we needed to leave Epcot by 5 p.m.
Let me first say that it started out COLD on Monday. I wore jeans, a t-shirt, and a zip-up hoodie to the park. We decided to hit the front part of Epcot first, so that entailed the big boys and the dads going on Mission: SPACE. It was something I couldn’t go on because I was pregnant, but honestly, even if I could, I may have skipped it because of all the warnings posted about motion sickness. I had no desire to get dizzy or walk around with a headache all day! Apparently, it was a fun ride, although a bit claustrophobic. If you suffer from claustrophobia, you may want to skip this ride!
Next, we found ourselves in Ellen’s Energy Adventure, which was quite boring in the beginning, but the “ride” through the dinosaur times was really awesome. The boys loved that part, and didn’t even comment on it being boring, so I guess that’s a good thing.
After Ellen’s Energy Adventure, we went and stood in line for Soarin’. It was a bit of a wait, but the ride was well worth it. On Soarin’ you basically board a “plane” and then your row of seats goes up into the air and you “fly” over some of the natural wonders of the United States. I don’t normally like IMAX type theater rides because again, the motion sickness thing, but this was really neat and I’m glad I decided to go on it.
We hit a few of the younger kid attractions after that, like The Seas ride with Nemo and Friends and we visited the aquarium as well.
Lunch happened in there at some point, and because we are a Disney Visa cardholder, we got a special meet and greet with Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy, as well as a free 5×7.
After all that fun, we decided to head to the back of the park to visit the countries. The International Wine and Food Festival is held at Epcot each October and November. That mean that in addition to the normal restaurants and vendor carts, there were more, with sample sized food offerings. We walked around and tried a bunch of different options. I didn’t think the kids would like it, but they had fun trying the different foods.
Before we knew it, we had to leave Epcot. On our way out, we decided to ride the Spaceship Earth ride (otherwise known, by my kids, as the “great big golf ball.” It would have been a neat experience, except we got stuck in the ride, going down a hill, backwards, for about 15 minutes. We were at such a weird decline, that it was super uncomfortable for me.
Once the ride finally started working again, we hightailed it out of there and made our way to Magic Kingdom. The guys went one direction and us girls made a beeline for Cinderella’s castle. Miss A had a reservation at the Bibbidy Bobbidy Boutique. She was able to pick out a princess costume and a hairstyle. Miss A chose Merida, from Brave. It was a good choice because the costume had long sleeves and by this point, it was once again, COLD outside. After Miss A got her new hairstyle, her nails were painted and she received some princess make-up. Once her transformation was complete, we went to the store next to Bibbidy Bobbidy Boutique so that she could have a photo shoot. I didn’t take any pictures of her during her transformation, or after, so I don’t have any to share. Bummer. Trust me though, she was adorable.
We then met up with the boys, who had picked some of their favorite rides to go on again. That included The Haunted Mansion, The Motor Speedway, and of course, Space Mountain. Buster was too little to go on Space Mountain, so K and I took the littles on The People Mover, yet again.
We were hoping to get out of their before the fireworks started, and while we did head out in advance of the fireworks, it was already a madhouse. As we got closer to Main Street, it became more crowded and we suddenly found ourselves completely stopped. We had to ditch our stroller (a Disney stroller, so we weren’t actually ditching our own stroller) and carry the kids out. It was insane. Very poor planning on the part of Disney, if you ask me. By the time we got out of there, an hour had passed.
The kids were absolutely beat, but we hadn’t eaten dinner yet, so we made sandwiches as soon as we got home and then everyone crawled into bed.
Tuesday (Day 5), brought a whole new adventure. We decided to take it easy from the parks and just have some fun for the day. We had reservations at Disney’s Beach Club Resort for a character breakfast. It was awesome. Minnie, Donald Duck, and Goofy all made appearances, and the cost of the buffet was well worth the experience. Plus, the food was really good too!
After that, we went back to the house for a little while and I ended up taking a nap. I never slept great while we were on vacation, but I blame that on the pregnancy, not the bed. A little later, we packed the kids up and took them to Disney’s Fantasia Gardens for some mini golf. My kids were insanely crabby, but we managed to have a decent time.
After mini golf, we headed over to Downtown Disney so the boys could check out the Lego store. There were amazing creations outside the store. I honestly have no idea how they build those huge creations. My favorite was the dragon. Buddy and Buster spent their souvenir money at the Lego store. As much as I hate Legos, those boys LOVE Legos.
After wandering around a bit, we went and ate dinner at T-Rex, which is kind of like a Rainforest Cafe. It was a very neat experience and although it was pricey, we had good food. After dinner, we went over to Disney’s Quest, which is best described as an indoor, interactive theme park. There are games and rides you can participate in, all for one price. This was included in our ticket, so while we didn’t stay long, we wanted to at least check it out.
Even though we had a low-key day, we were still exhausted, so we crashed shortly after getting home that evening.
Day 6 (Wednesday…Halloween!), was another theme park day. We headed off to Hollywood Studios for the day. This is the day that I started to get sick. My throat hurt, I had a stuffy, runny nose, and I just didn’t feel good.
The first thing everyone did was grab fast passes for the Tower of Terror, and then they ran and boarded the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Because the littles were too short to ride on this, they hung back and waited with me. Everyone loved the roller coaster. Apparently they didn’t read the description, because no one was aware that it went upside down. I guess that freaked Buddy and J out a little bit, but in the end, they liked it.
After the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, K and I took Miss A to watch the Beauty and Beast show. It was a nice, relaxing show, and Miss A loved it.
Other things/shows we did at the park included:
Muppet Vision 3D
Star Tours (I could not participate in this one, so I sat in the sun and waited)
Toy Story Mania (fun!)
Lights! Motors! Action! Extreme Stunt Show (this was pretty awesome!)
Honey I Shrunk the Kids play area
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
Of course, before leaving, the big guys wanted to take one more ride on the Tower of Terror, so they ran off to do that.
Once we got “home”, we put the kids in their Halloween costumes and went out for dinner. We couldn’t find anywhere to trick-or-treat, so we stopped at Walgreen’s after dinner and let the kids pick out some Halloween treats.
It was another long, but fun day.
In the next installment, I’ll share our adventures at Magic Kingdom (yes, again!) and Animal Kingdom.
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