Saturday, December 17, 2011

Disneyworld: Day 1

Wow, going through the Disneyworld pictures and trying to pick which ones to share is really tough! I think thats part of the reason why I haven't been blogging lately. Everytime I thought about it, I felt sooo overwhelmed! Disneyworld is just SO HUGE. We took 728 pictures! I'm surprised we held back and didn't take more(yes, thats holding back for us!) It was a wonderful(and exhausting) trip! We made so many memories and feel so blessed we were able to make this trip this year. When we decided not to sell our house last year, we had some extra money that we realized we might not have again. We also realized this would be the perfect time because we finally had a couple of kids old enough to ride some of the bigger rides and I would be just finished with nursing Ammon and not pregnant(well, that we knew of....) And we had always wanted to visit Disney at Christmas-time. So the timing was perfect! It was my dream come true(not just the kids!:) We went the week after Thanksgiving to avoid crazy crowds. I was surprised how many people were actually still there. It wasn't crazy, but it was crowded in certain areas(I guess other people are bad like us and bust their kids outta school too:). But we never had to wait for a ride more than 15 minutes so that was great. Thank goodness for fastpasses! We were able to get a free dining plan(free food, whats better than that?) That was the best. Included with that were character meals so back in July when I started planning this trip, I booked a character meal for every day of our trip. That was one of the highlights of our trip for the kids, meeting tons of characters and getting their autographs in the little books we bought them. Their little eyes just lit up! They had never done that before when we had visited Disneyland in California. They loved looking through their books and comparing the different signatures each eday. We had a great trip. Cali was a whiner the whole time, I'm not gonna lie, this kid can whine!! Weird thing is, Joey and I just don't get why she was so crabby the whole time. We were at the happiest place on Earth, didn't she get that memo? :) She just doesn't like being out of routine and not in her own bed I guess. But we still had a blast. It was unforgettable. But aye, that Cali girl. There were some moments...


Day 1 at Disney was just a half a day. We drove(Yes, we are crazy. The kids did great though. Thank goodness for mp3 players and dvds!) about 21 hours from Dallas to Orlando in two days and arrived at our hotel-the Port Orleans: Riverside around 3pm.The kids were wowed by the hotel and loved the towel folded like Mickey on our bed upon arrival. Its a very lovely hotel-the grounds were beautiful. Our room was teeny though. But we got a great deal and we figured we wouldn't be spending lots of time there anyways, so it wasn't a big deal. For the price, its a decent hotel. After check in and unloading the car,we excitedly took our first bus ride to Epcot where we rode Finding Nemo, Spaceship Earth(which surprisingly was one of the girls favorite rides, especially since it takes your picture during it and then does funny stuff in a cartoon with it later), and had dinner at the Garden Grill with Mickey, Pluto, Chip and Dale. Then we ended the night watching a fireworks/laser show. It was a really fun evening and a great way to start our vacation! The kids were so cute with the characters. Cali wouldn't take a picture with Mickey or Pluto but surprised us when she approved of the chipmunks:) And Ammon absolutely did not like Mickey! It was so funny. And sad :) He screamed and held on to me for dear life every time he saw him. But he did like to eat the Mickey Mouse dessert at the end. I guess he was getting his revenge...hehe.



Here are the pics...no captions..you can just figure it all out from my description above :)
















































































3 comments:

Marie said...

Wow! What a wonderful time with your family! I always wanted to go to Disneyland when I was a child. I'd still love to go. Maybe someday . . . xxoo

Tara D. said...

FINALLY! !! Just kidding. :) Looking forward to lots more pictures. So keep em coming.

Emily said...

That would be my dream come true too. I didn't realize you did the free dining after all...I bet the drive was exhausting, but so worth it. There is hardly anything more magical than that castle lit up, with your family around you and firework show.