Last month, we went to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. We had not been in six years. My parents went with us and they had not been since 1980!!! A LOT has changed since they were there last including more parks!! They felt like it was the first time they had been there because when they were there in 1980 there was Magic Kingdom and a few resorts. The girls were really excited to show them all the new stuff. We stayed off property for the first time and used our time share. We stayed at Marriott Cypress Harbour, which was 10 – 20 minutes from all the parks. We would take one day and do one park to help make our days not quite as long. We spent our first day in Magic Kingdom and did half the park. The next day we were in Epcot and then in Animal Kingdom. On our fourth day, we left my parents at the resort for a day of rest and we took the girls to Universal Studios to see Harry Potter World. This park was new to all of us! We finished the week in Hollywood Studios and our last day was Magic Kingdom for the other half. It was a very busy week, but we had a great time! We managed to only be affected by the rain twice in the parks. Most of the time the rain would hit and we would be eating inside – we would come out and the sun would be out again! In Magic Kingdom on both days we somehow managed to leave our good camera behind both times!! Those pictures we relied on our cell phones! Other than that, we had no complaints of this jammed full week!! My parents enjoyed all the parks and were so happy to see them. This is just a few highlights because this post would be too long otherwise. (in reviewing this it is still long even with a few highlights!)
We managed all modes of transportation that Disney has to offer. The very first one we did was the ferry boat. My dad LOVES boats, so we knew this would make him happy and the line was shorter than the monorail that morning!
Liberty Square Riverboat – two boat rides in one day!
Next day we were off to Epcot – we rode the monorail to this park.
Hidden Goofy and Hidden Mickey in the aquarium.
In London – had to try out the phone booth. Amazing kids know what that is anymore!!
Maddie finally made it to Paris!! Well, sorta…..
In France we saw this act going on. This guy is CRAZY!!! Look at what those stacked chairs are stacked on – bottles!!
Next day was Animal Kingdom
This poor guy was trying to nap with all these people staring at him! At one point he looked up at us and then rolled over so he couldn’t see anyone.
One of the best rides in the Animal Kingdom is Kilamanjaro Safari – my dad loved this ride because it is like you are on a safari and four wheelin!! It is never long enough for me – I could do this for hours.
Animal Kingdom has some of the best shows – The Lion King is amazing!! You are in a circular theatre and they are performing all around you. They use trampolines and fly trapeze.
There is also Finding Nemo the musical – it is amazing how they can bring an underwater show to the stage!
One of the rains that we got caught in was leaving Animal Kingdom. Luckily we were done and beginning to leave the park. First time we pulled out the ponchos. The girls had never seen it rain so hard and we were soaked getting to the car!
The middle of the week is when we left mom and dad at the resort to rest and the four of us headed to Universal Studios Florida to see Harry Potter World! That was the main goal of the day and even though we walked the park, we really did not do anything else there. We headed back mid afternoon to the resort so we could have a break as well. After all, we still had two more days of parks left!
As we left this park – literally stepped in the parking garage the rain started to dump! Again, another great day that the rain did not affect!! As we arrived back at the resort, Rick decides to do his usual playing around and started jumping in the elevator – and lo and behold the elevator stops!! We are stuck! We couldn’t resist the photo opportunity. We were only stuck for 5 minutes, but the rest of the trip Maddie refused to ride the elevator!
Hollywood Studios! Mom and dad were rested and ready to hit the parks again!
This is the only attraction that rain caused a problem for us – we only saw half the stunt show. That was a disappointment because we knew this was one dad would enjoy and he was, as well as, the rest of us!
Maddie’s favorite place – animation studio. This had changed since we had been there six years ago. This time everyone that participated learned how to draw a character. Today she learned how to draw Olaf from Frozen. I need to take a picture if she will let me. She did a fabulous job, but according to her it is not good. I can draw stick people that is it!! To me it is amazing! Not sure where she got this talent from.
LOVED this picture of Meagan! Rick, Meagan, and I rode Rockin’ Roller Coaster and we didn’t know what to expect. It was fabulous!!
On the backlot tour you see how they make movies. Mom and Maddie got a little more than they bargained for!! The water came rushing down towards the tram, BUT it was not to come INTO the tram. Well, this time it did! Maddie was soaked! Our docent was quite shocked when this happened!
Last day we were back at the Magic Kingdom, but before we went in we did a character breakfast. Part of our goal for this trip was to let mom and dad see as much of the WHOLE Disney World Resort, so we chose a place for breakfast that took us to one of their hotel resorts. This was 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian Resort. It was a fabulous buffet and a great way to start our last day.
From the Grand Floridian we took the monorail over to Magic Kingdom and this was our second run in with rain that we had to put ponchos on. This is what we saw when we arrived
But with true Florida rain, it was gone within an hour and the rest of the day was great!
On our way home, we were delayed, but dad didn’t care – he could sit and watch all the planes taking off out of the airport. I think this is one of my all time favorite pictures of him because it describes him perfectly of one of his many loves in life!!
It was a very busy week, but a great one with some great memories!!