Monday, February 23, 2009

January 2009 - Our First Walt Disney World Family Vacation!

On January 10th 2009 we embarked on our very first Walt Disney World vacation as a family. We've 'primed' the boys for several months with trips to Disneyland, CA to make sure they would 'get it' and enjoy WDW Florida.

The Animal Kingdom was the first park we visited. It was amazing and lots of fun. We started our morning with Donald's Safari character breakfast. Then we set off to take the safari ride. Thy boys loved this 'hands on' park. They got to brush goats, pet snakes and ride a train (huge deal). Mom and Dad even got to ride a roller coaster since Grandma and Grandad Choo-Choo went with us.

It was such a treat to be able to spend part of our week with Grandma and Grandad "Choo-Choo" (Melissa's parents). The boys thoroughly enjoyed their company, and I think they had a little fun too!

It's amazing how Disney can appeal to kids of all ages....ages 1 to 53 in our case!

This photo is all of us with the tree of life in the background.

Day two was spent at the Magic Kingdom. We enjoyed a quiet morning with almost non-existent crowds. The boys got to fly with Peter Pan, Play in Toon Town with Mickey and Minnie and help Buzz Lightyear blast Zurg among other adventures. But, for our boys, the most exciting was the boat ride in search of Captain Jack Sparrow, where they thought they were swashbuckling pirates! Both of they boys enjoy chanting "Yo ho, yo ho, a pirates life for me" on a daily basis! The afternoon brought heavier rains so we opted to leave the Magic Kingdom before dinner. They boys were tuckered out anyhow.

After Grandma and Grandad headed home, we made our way to our 3rd park. Epcot was great. Probably a little more fun for Momma and Daddy than Jackson and Parker. We explored the living seas and rode the Finding Nemo ride. Then we headed over to the world showcase for some lunch at the Rose and Crown Pub in "England." The boys fell asleep right after lunch so Momma & Daddy cruised the different countries in the world showcase. When the boys woke up we went on the Journey into Imagination ride then played at the Imagination! Pavilion. The boys loved all of the hands on stuff they could do there. We explored a bit more before we decided to make it a short day and head back to the condo for some rest.

Our fourth park to visit was Disney's Hollywood Studios. It was a very, very cold day. We slept in late and arrived to the park after lunch. Unfortunately, because of our choice to sleep in we missed out on our favorite ride "Toy Story Mania" since the line was way too long for the boys when we got there. We were able to watch an amazing stunt show that must have been created with our crazy boys in mind. They loved the car chases, motorcycle stunts and loud noises. We only rode one ride here, we really spent the day exploring. Jackson and Parker were thrilled to find their buddies 'Lightening McQueen" and "Mater" from the movie 'Cars' at the Hollywood Studios.
After a delicious dinner at Mamma Melrose we headed over to see Fantasmic!, which was well worth the wait and the elements!

On our 5th and final day of Disney parks we decided to go back to the Magic Kingdom after a fun luau themed character breakfast at Ohana's. We repeated some of our favorites like Pirates, Buzz Lightyear and The Haunted Mansion...and did a few new things too. We tracked down some characters. Mom & Dad had a quiet lunch at Tony's while the boys slept in the was almost romantic! We watched the parade, did some shopping then sadly said "GOODBYE!!" to the happiest place on earth. It was a perfectly magical, fun filled, and not so relaxing week!

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