We came, we saw, we kicked Disney's ass.
Okay, Disney pretty much kicked our asses...but it was so much fun!
We kept the vacation a secret until we arrived at the airport. Right before we left, we brought the luggage out and told the kids we were staying at a hotel in Indianapolis. They totally bought it because we had just done that a few weeks ago. Cole started crying because he wanted to stay on the farm and NOT go to a hotel!
We got to the airport shuttle stop and told the kids where we were really going! They couldn't believe it! They were almost more excited to hear that Aunt Susie and the baby (and baby #2) were coming along too!
We stayed at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. The rooms were good, setting was nice, food court and swimming pools were great!
We spent the first day at Magic Kingdom. And it was magical, albeit hot.
Cole got picked to drive the boat during the jungle cruise. He took his responsibility very seriously.
We also climbed the Swiss Family Treehouse, rode the magic carpets of Aladdin and the carousel, and joined Captain Jack Sparrow on the Pirates of the Caribbean.
We rode Splash Mountain, It's a Small Word, and Dumbo the Flying Elephants. We saw the Country Bear Jamboree (dumb!), the Carousel of Progress, and Mickey's PhilharMagic (my favorite part!)
The second day brought us to Animal Kingdom.
We went on the safari
and watched the Flights of Wonder bird show.
We also watched It's Tough to be a Bug (SO great!)
Festival of the Lion King
rode the Wildlife Express Train to Rafiki's Planet Watch
spent some time at Dinoland
and then mommy and daddy rode Expedition Everest sans children.
Favorite part of Animal Kingdom? Definitely the Bug's Life 3D show!
Day 3 was Epcot.
It was fun exploring the countries in Epcot. We watched a movie in China, ate in Germany, and walked through all the other countries.
We had lunch with the princesses at the Norway castle. Claire was in princess heaven. We saw Belle, Aurora, Ariel, Snow White, and Cinderella. She had her picture taken with each princess, got a hug, and even went on the princess parade through the restaurant.
We also rode the Seas with Nemo
went on Soarin', played in ImageWorks and rode Mission: Space, Living with the Land, and Test Track.
Favorite part of Epcot? Besides seeing Claire's face during the princess lunch, it would have to be Soarin! So fun!
Day 4 was Hollywood Studios. Very hot and crowded, thanks to Star Wars weekend. But we had a great time, nonetheless.
We left the kids with Aunt Susie and did Tower of Terror. Scary.
We all did Rock 'n Roller Coaster. I cannot believe how great the kids did-their first big roller coaster and they loved it! It went super fast, upside down, corkscrews, you name it! I was the only scared one!
The boys enjoyed the Indiana Jones Stunt Show while the girls watched the Little Mermaid show. Then we all rode the Toy Story Mania ride. So fun! But oh-so-thankful for Fast Passes! That ride had a 2 hour wait most of the day.
We also saw the Muppet Vision 3D, Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, and the Beauty and the Beast Musical.
Favorite part of Hollywood Studios? All of it! Except the heat and crowd!
3:30 Monday morning came very early. The bellman came at 4:20 to pick us and our luggage up to bring us to the main desk. We then boarded the Disney Magical Express at 5:00 a.m. to go to the airport. We boarded the plane at 7:30 a.m. and were home by noon.
We had a great time during our first trip to Walt Disney World, but were all happy to get home! Now it officially feels like summer break!