Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Disney Day 7 - Hollywood Studios & repeat MK Day

I hadn’t been to Hollywood Studios (or MGM as I still call it) in years. I had fond memories of the Rock and Roller Coaster and the Tower of Terror, but just hadn’t returned to the park since 2000. It was just as much fun as I remembered and we had an awesome day!

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The boys (obviously) couldn’t ride either of my two favorite rides, so we did them in shifts and luckily the lines were short enough that we were able to do the quickly!

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We still had fun just being together while waiting for Grammie, Pop & Aunt Danielle to finish a ride!

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After wandering around for a bit, we saw….

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Jake from The Neverland Pirates (which is a show on Disney that’s on rotation in our house)! This was a huge deal for Nolan & Luke. I hadn’t seen them this excited yet! Luke could barely contain himself.

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After the Little Mermaid Show (which was just amazing and the boys both enjoyed it) we went to the Prime Time Café for lunch. Since we had poor timing, we ended up waiting to be seated for an hour before we made it to our table. The boys were pretty upset by this point and I was starving, so it didn’t make for a happy combination. We sat, we ate, we left. The food was good (fried chicken – yum!), but I would have been happy grabbing a hot dog and ate that while walking around! There was so much more I wanted to do, but the boys were fading fast.

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Yep, didn't ask them to hold hands...it's just how they roll sometimes!

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We saw a couple more shows before Justin & I left with the boys while my family stayed. We took them home and gave them a nice nap before we met up with my parents at the Magic Kingdom later that evening.

Our last ferry ride over to MK!

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We stopped by The Confectionary and loaded up with some goodies before meeting the rest of the group on Main Street.

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We took a train ride halfway around the park then scoped out a good firework-watching spot.

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Afterwards, it was off to ride some more rides. Luke kept asking to “shoot the bad guys” so we went straight for the Buzz ride again!

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We had to sneak in a Space Mountain ride, so Nolan & Luke went on the People Mover with Grammie & Pop!

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As we were leaving the park, I thought about how much fun we had and how different it will be for all of us when we come again in a couple of years.

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A lot of people looked at me funny when I told them we were taking the boys to Disney at only 2 ½ years old, but I think it was the PERFECT age for them to really appreciate all that was going on. I know that they won’t remember this trip when they’re big, but I will remember it. A month later, they are STILL talking about Disney World and all of the fun things we did. Luke even remembers random, small events like dropping his “credit card” in the lake at Epcot!

I saved some events for future trips like having the characters sign autograph books and going to see the Luau at the Polynesian because I think they’ll appreciate that more when they’re a bit older.

I had a lot of trepidation about how the boys would behave during an 8 day vacation to Disney, but they blew my expectations out of the water. They were so well-behaved! I’m not saying both of them were perfect angels at every point on our trip, but they were both extremely good and really didn’t disappoint. I expected spending less time in the parks and more time at the resort resting, but they were troopers and wanted to keep going.

We still had a half day to spend in Orlando on Friday before our flight back home so we decided to pack on Thursday night and spend a couple of hours at Sea World again before we flew home the following day.

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