Sunday, November 21, 2010

Disney World, Part 2

Thursday, November 18
We went to Hollywood Studios again this morning. Nick got to ride Rock'n Roller Coaster. It was his first upside down roller coaster, and he loved it. We did several other attractions. Lights, Motor, Action Extreme Stunt Show was another favorite. Jacob really likes cars and has been looking forward to it for a while, as it was closed last time we were here. Micah really liked it, too. We were all surprised by how much we liked the Voyage of the Little Mermaid. It's a cute little show with a lot of special effects.

We stayed in again that evening. Somebody was sick, but I can't even remember for sure who it was now. It must have been Micah.

Friday, November 19
We went to Animal Kingdom this morning. Jacob and Nick really loved Dinosaur and Primeval Whirl. Nick loved Expedition Everest, but Jacob did not. This is Chris, Jacob, and Nick on Primeval Whirl.

Here are me and the boys on a ride where you go in circles on in a dinosaur. (I don't remember the name.)

We saw a lot of animals on Kilimanjaro Safaris.

We left Animal Kingdom a little earlier than we would have chosen to because Jonathan had the cold, and he started getting a little grumpy. He had handled the day really well for a baby with a cold, although he didn't spend any time in his stroller. He stayed in the baby carrier on me the whole time, so I was feeling a bit tired, too.

That night we went to Epcot. We parked at the Boardwalk and went in through the back entrance at the International Gateway. We were disappointed to see that they keep that part of the park really dark at night. We were afraid that we'd lose one of the kids, and they couldn't really appreciate the countries when they couldn't see anything. So we rode the ride in Mexico (yawn) and then Spaceship Earth.

After that, we all got something to drink and staked out a spot for Illuminations. We didn't find a spot until 8:40 for the 9:00 show, but there were still lots of good, front row spots. We found a great one right by the International Gateway. The boys were upset that it was a little chilly while we waited, but they loved the show and were glad that we'd done it.

Saturday, November 20
No Disney World this day. Chris did something for church in the morning while I took the boys to the playground at our condo.

After lunch, we headed to the beach. We decided to go to Cocoa Beach. It took a little over an hour to get there. We got to see a Disney cruise liner and a few others in port on our way out there. It ended up being really windy, so we didn't stay long. The big boys would have gladly played in the sand forever, but the baby and Chris and I didn't like the wind.

We could see that a lot of people were checking into our condo that evening, so we knew that the parks were going to start getting more crowded for Thanksgiving week. I'll update with more later.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

We're at Disney World!

We've been at Disney World for about a week now, and we're having a great time. This past week was delightfully uncrowded; however the crowds got really heavy today. A cold has been making its way through our family, so we've been taking it pretty easy. Right now, Nick is sick. He has pretty bad asthma, so we have to let him rest a lot because he gets too sick when he moves around much.

So far, this is what we've done:

Monday, November 15
The kids and I did some shopping and got settled into our condo during the day while Chris worked. That night, we went to the Magic Kingdom and rode a few rides and then watched Wishes. Jonathan, in particular, loved the fireworks. He kept trying to touch them. Here are a few pictures from that day.

Tuesday, November 16
We went to Magic Kingdom this morning. We were able to ride quite a few rides due to the short lines. At about 11:30, we returned to our condo for lunch. We were planning to go to a park after supper, but Jacob was feeling sick, so we stayed in.

Wednesday, November 17
We went to Epcot this morning and had a fabulous time. Jacob really loves Test Track, and Nick had a great time on Mission: Space (he was too short last time we were here). Micah, Jonathan, and I had fun in the Living Seas while the older boys rode things Micah was too short for.

That evening, we went to Hollywood Studios. We did a few of the attractions. Tower of Terror was practically a walk-on, so Nick and Chris did that first thing. Nick loves the big rides, and he had a great time. We also ate supper, watched the Jedi Training Academy, and saw the Muppet 3D movie. Then we saw the Festival of the Dancing Lights.

We rode the Great Movie Ride on our way out. We were only there a little while, but we got a lot done.

I'll post again later. I do want to keep a record of this trip for my own sake so that I can remember what worked and what didn't work next time we come.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

What can these shirts mean?

We're going to Disney World!

And I need some more practice tie-dying. I realize that they don't all look like Mickey heads in the middle, but some of them do, especially if you squint really hard. The worse one is my own. I think maybe everybody else will wear tie-dye, and I'll wear something a little more sensible.

I'm planning to post some pictures while we're gone, so watch for updates. I know that you're not supposed to announce your vacation dates in cyberspace, but, well, no one really reads my blog anyway, and we're having someone stay at our house while we're gone.