Thursday, December 30, 2010

day 5: welcome to Hogwarts :)

This was probably the day that Adam and I were most excited about.  We took one of our days from Disney and went to Universal Studios to see the new Harry Potter park.  Can I just tell you, it was over the top. The fact that it was around 40 degrees and I swear we saw snow flurries helped a lot when trying to imagine we were really there. We had lunch at the Three Broomsticks and bought a few sweets goodies from Honey Dukes :)

While Adam, Cyndi, and I rode some of the roller coasters, Anne was having a little photoshoot with daddy in Jurassic park and Suessville. 

 Michael said she was putting on quite a show here, pretending to be afraid of the T Rex.

We all left feeling extremely cold but happy.   


day 4: Animal Kingdom

Believe it or not, Santa comes to Disney World too!  Anne was super pumped about her stash...especially her new puppy.

Along with what seemed like half the world, we visited Animal Kingdom Christmas day.  It was seriously packed!  Not as packed as MK, they actually closed the park at 11:00 and wouldn't allow anyone to enter!  This was also our warmest day with a high of around 75 degrees.  We enjoyed riding on the safari and Expedition Everest!  Oh, and fast passes are definitely the way to go!  *thanks, Steph, for the awesome tips list!*  For dinner we ate at the Yak & Yeti which is an Indonesian restaurant. It had really great food! Anne enjoyed getting to meet lots more characters and getting her face painted like a panda princess :)

 Anne said, "Look, I'm a moose!"

 lounging hippos
 Do you see the giraffe?

 She LOVES Thumper!  She just screamed when she saw him :)
 It was a wonderful day. 

day 3: Christmas Eve

Obviously, between the enormous amount of food and running from roller coaster to roller coaster until the wee hours of the morning, I woke up feeling a bit squeamish.  I opted to stay in bed while everyone went to Epcot for lunch with the princesses.  You guys know I had to feel terrible to miss this!  Thank goodness Michael and Adam took more than enough photos to show me what I'd's a few of my favorite.

Later that afternoon, I started feeling a little better so we decided to go back to MK to watch the lights parade and fireworks. It was absolutely magical to watch those fireworks over the castle! It was like living a dream...seriously!


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Day 2: check in

Sorry to the few of you that were actually looking forward to reading a daily blog from Disney.  First of all, we stayed in the cabins at Fort Wilderness.  The only bad thing I have to say about staying there is you have to pay $10 a day for internet. So needless to say, we didn't.  In order to keep our memories and pictures organized, I have decided to do several Disney from each day we were there.  I uploaded 674 pictures last night from the week and am pretty sure you DON'T want to see them all :)  I'll try to keep that in mind bc I loved every one!

here goes....first of all, this was my FIRST time to Disney and somehow I got put in charge of planning our trip. Yes, you read that correctly.  Even though everything worked out perfectly there were a few moments of, "man, I would have done this or that if I'd only known."  I'll try to prevent these things for you first time Disney Planners :) 

1. When you arrive, don't go straight to a park to pick up your Key to the World card.  Go to your resort, if you're staying at a resort. We learned this the hard way, and then I accidentally called the guy from Hampton Inn (the place we stayed the night before) and let him try to fix why the front gate of Magic Kingdom couldn't find our tickets.  This was a little bit of a panic moment...until I realized I was talking to the Hampton Inn guy not the Disney guy...oops.

2. When you make dinner reservations etc. make them for the park you are planning to be at for that day.  This actually worked out well for us except on the first day.  Anne did Bippoti Boppoti Boutique at Downtown Disney, and we were at Magic Kingdom...for some reason I thought dtown disney was in MK.  It was definitely worth it, though!  If you have a daughter, you have to take them!  There's also one in Cinderella's Castle, if you can get in there.  We weren't that lucky.

For the rest of this day we rode Dumbo, It's a Smallworld, and several other classic rides.  We were all super tired from not getting much rest the night before, but we had dinner reservations at Raglan Road Irish Pub in Downtown Disney.  This was THE most amazing place ever!!!  We had a table right in the middle of the dining room where there were Irish dancers and an Irish band were playing. If you know me, you know the one place I love is Ireland.  The music, the dancing, the beauty, I love it all.  For some reason we forgot our camera that night...but watching Anne dancing a jig was priceless.  We left full and happy :)
After dinner, Michael, Adam, and I took advantage of late hours at MK.  We rode 4 major rides in 2 hours.  We were running from one to the next to get there in time...probably not the smartest thing after all the food we had just eaten.