Thursday, February 23, 2012

Disney Day 6 – Animal Kingdom

We spent our 6th day in Orlando at Animal Kingdom. I had only visited this park once before and didn't remember much except for the big tree. We arrived when the park opened and walked straight for the Tusker House in Africa so that we could have breakfast with the characters.

Look who greeted us outside!
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We headed straight for the buffet and loaded our plates with yummy waffles and sausage to eat while we waited for the characters to visit our table. The buffet was a big hit with my boys -- they loved the freedom of choosing whatever it is they wanted to eat!

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First up was Safari Mickey Mouse! Nolan just about jumped out of his chair when Mickey approached our table. He could not get to him quick enough.

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Luke had a kiss ready for Mickey (while Nolan has waffles stored in his cheeks!)

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Surprising to me, Luke was really excited about Daisy Duck and he flung himself into her arms when she came to our table! He's a real ladies man.

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The Kilimanjaro Safari was so exciting!

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We got to see a few animals that we haven’t been able to see at the Philadelphia Zoo like elephants and a lion. Nolan and Luke were most excited to see lion!

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Then it was time for some fun dino rides before heading into A Bug’s Life!

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Nolan and Luke fell asleep in their strollers in the late afternoon, so we took advantage of being able to ride the Expedition Everest coaster which was a lot of fun! The park was pretty crowded that afternoon, so we wandered a little while longer before heading back to the resort for some swimming. We went over to the main pool which has a kiddie pool next to it and let the boys loose. They had a blast and we had margaritas! It was such a gorgeous, hot afternoon and I’m glad we got the pool time in because it ended up being our last. The following day was supposed to be in the 60’s and that’s not swimming weather as far as I’m concerned!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Disney Day 5 - Magic Kingdom

Before Nolan went to bed the night before, he insisted in sleeping in his Crocs, so when he woke up this morning, I could hear his little feet march across the tile floor into our bedroom as I was drinking my coffee.

We left the resort early and went to The Polynesian to have some breakfast before taking the monorail over to the Magic Kingdom. We enjoyed the most delicious breakfast there!

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The monorail was, quite possibly, the coolest thing that has ever happened to the boys (in their eyes, of course).

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As you can tell, we were very happy to be at the Magic Kingdom!

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We began our day in Tomorrowland and went straight for the Buzz Lightyear ride (or as Luke began to refer to the ride: “Let’s shoot the bad guys”).

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(I’m taking a picture on the ride…naturally).

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Next up was the Indy Speedway. At first my little guys didn’t understand why I wasn’t riding with them, but I loved seeing their faces as they drove past me on the bridge!

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We managed to do a lot of rides (and the Tiki Room!) in Adventureland. I think Nolan & Luke’s favorite ride was the Jungle Cruise, but I preferred Pirates of the Caribbean!

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We created little Pirates. Aaaarrrg.

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Before we started back for Main Street, we rode the Haunted Mansion ride and I’m happy to report that the boys weren’t scared at all!

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The parade was pretty cool. I’ve never actually seen it in it’s entirety because I always took advantage of the short lines during it, but I wanted my boys to be able to see some of their favorite characters ride by.

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Of all the characters they saw that day, this guy was their favorite.

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(they enjoy watching Jake and the Neverland Pirates).

Luckily the crowds weren’t bad this day and we were able to ride all the rides very quickly since the lines were so short. I don’t think we waited more than 10 minutes for any ride. The Speedway may have been the longest.

We went back to the resort and had a nice dinner. The boys went to bed and we stayed up to watch a movie. We could hear some rustling coming from their bedroom, but every time we peeked in, they were both in bed. Finally, we heard their door creek open and we spotted Luke peeking out at us. We told him it was bed time and as we put him back in bed he whispered, “no I don’t.” Thankfully he did because we had another fun day planned for Wednesday. We were having breakfast with the characters at Animal Kingdom!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Disney Day 4 – Epcot

The day that we went to Epcot was an absolutely gorgeous and clear day.

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Once upon a time, Epcot probably wasn’t the best park for toddlers, but now there is a Finding Nemo pavilion and, as you know, Nolan and Luke are all about Nemo and his friends.

As we arrived, I passed a store and caught a glimpse of the cutest blue Crocs with Mickey Ears on them for my little men, so we made one quick pit-stop before heading directly to The Seas with Nemo and Friends.

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No flash photography, but I wanted to be able to show the boys the Clam-mobiles that they rode in!

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From there, we waited for the next Turtle Talk with Crush show and this is when I began to notice that Luke wasn’t feeling his best. Both boys had been sniffling for a few days and I always worry about that leading into an ear infection, so when Luke began to feel warm, I kept a close eye on him.

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For Turtle Talk with Crush, the boys sat up front on the theatre with the other children while we sat in the seats. Justin (being the best dad ever) stood off to the side of the theater to shoot video and also to reassure the boys that we weren’t far away. It’s a good thing he did because after about 5 minutes, Luke (not feeling well) began to cry and wherever he goes, so does his brother – they really do look after each other! Justin and I stood off to the side holding our boys while we finished watching the show.

Turtle Talk was my favorite attraction at Epcot – so clever and FUNNY!

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Nolan had a kiss ready for his friend, Nemo!

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Before we did anything else, we stopped by one of the Child Care Centers they have (again, another reason why Disney is amazing) to buy some medicine for Luke. After a short while he was feeling like himself again so we hit up the ImageWorks with Figment ride.

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They spent about 15 minutes dancing around in there (you can tell Luke was feeling much better by this point).

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I loved that the Monorail rides through Epcot so that I could point it out to the kids whenever it passed – they couldn’t wait to ride it!

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By now it was lunch time and we had reservations at Coral Reef which I was very excited about.

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This is the giant sea turtle (among others) that we had fun watching during our lunch. The service was great, but not the meal .

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After lunch, we did another ride or two before Justin and I took the boys back to the condo. I wanted Luke to have some down-time and a nice long nap before heading back to Epcot later that night for Illuminations.

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After their nap, my little men were, once again, ready for some fun! We had been hyping-up the fireworks, so they were both pretty excited to see them.

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There is always music playing at Disney, so we have plenty of opportunities to dance!!

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We found a nice fireworks spot, then sat and waited.

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We all enjoyed the show, but Luke covered his ears since he’s not terribly fond of very loud noises.

As we were leaving, I showed the boys the monorail for the last time and told them that we would be riding it tomorrow for our day in the Magic Kingdom!!