Friday, November 5, 2010

Disney Travelogue #4 (back @ the Magic Kingdom)

Wednesday morning, we headed back to the Magic Kingdom for the morning. We climbed the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse (one of Luke’s favorite attractions)

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Rode on Aladdin’s magic carpets…

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And then, after sailing with the Pirates of the Caribbean (twice), Tobin & I met up with my mom, sister and Alyssa – who had spent the morning getting princessed up at the “Bibbidi Bobbidy Boutique”. (Matt & Luke headed out for a couple of hours on their own – riding Space Mountain 10 more times, I’m sure.)

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We headed to Cinderella’s Castle for the princess lunch @ Cinderella’s Royal Table. There, we ran into our good friends Holly & Kate Nolley, Kate had made a trip to the Boutique herself!  Tobin was VERY happy to see her. :)

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The princess lunch was really on the agenda for Alyssa, but it was SO much fun, and our little boys love the ladies.

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Tobin says that Sleeping Beauty is his favorite, “Because she’s PINK,” but he sure seemed to like Ariel:

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She told him to call her on her “shell-phone.” Adorbs.

After lunch, we met back up with Matt & Luke and headed to Animal Kingdom for the afternoon. The adults all wanted to ride Everest (which was AWESOME, but we didn’t get any pictures.) We planned to ride the Kali River Rapids, then head to the Lion King and Finding Nemo shows before the park closed (Animal Kingdom closes at 5 every day). But the kids had such a good time on the Kali River (and we all got SOAKED), and there was no wait, so we just rode that over and over until it was time to leave.

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(We couldn’t get Luke’s Cpt. Jack eye makeup completely off. He was horrified. :D)

Here are the afters – can you see how wet we are?

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Buckets of water. Buckets. Luke and Alyssa made it through 2 rides without getting very wet – and they were the main ones wanting a soaking. But at the very end of our second ride, they got DRENCHED. The little boys thought it was hilarious.

That evening, the Dads (and Michael and Lesli) took the big kids back to the hotel to swim and play in the arcade. Mom, Khymberly and I headed back to the Magic Kingdom to do Fantasyland with Logan, Tobin and Langston. We thought we could totally handle that on our own – three adults, three kids. They had a GREAT time – riding Dumbo, Peter Pan, Snow White, It’s a Small World, and my favorite – the 3D Mickey’s PhilharMagic show. Then we watched the fireworks from right behind the castle, which is underneath the fireworks – they were coming from every side.  Amazing. What we didn’t count on was how difficult it would be to get three boys (only one of whom is mobile on his own – Langston is 20 months, and Logan needs a hand going up and down stairs) and three strollers on and off the buses. Especially at the end of the night, when all 3 boys fell asleep. Yikes. Note to self: It’s nice to have an extra person or two to help with the strollers. Unfortunately, we didn’t get even one picture of that evening, since we each had a child to corral.

I was so tired walking back to the hotel I had a hard time walking in a straight line – which reminded me of the Disney trip I took over Spring Break in college with my dear friends Dionna and Jessica. My favorite memory of that trip is on the last day, walking through Epcot with our Mickey Mouse ears on, too exhausted from all the fun to even stick together as we walked. :)