Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Day three and LOTS of pictures


Pictures as promised from Monday at Magic Kingdom (although there are still a ton I need to edit and post later):
We went to Animal Kingdom today (a first for us), and I highly recommend all you future Disney-goers to plan to visit this park on your trip. The kids loved it, we loved it, and none of us were as tired at the end of the day as we were after Magic Kingdom a couple of days ago.
Do wait to meet up with the characters until you get to Animal Kingdom...the lines are so much shorter and move fairly fast. The same middle child who screamed bloody murder when meeting Shamu 9 months ago, absolutely adored meeting this characters this trip. She would go to the over-stuffed creatures and give them the biggest smile and hug I've seen from the chick. Totally worth the trip!
Nafey boy loved the characters as well...especially the ones with big ears and beautiful lashes. He kissed this one right on her nose...a very open-mouthed sugary kiss with a little tongue at the end, to which his mother first thought "ewwww, I wonder how many other snotty-nosed kids' mouths have been on that mouse's nose" and then"Dude! Where in the world did you learn how to kiss like that?! You need a good 'ole talkin' to, boy!" I think he's in love.
Do not take your 5 year olds to see the 3-D Bugs Life show...there is a pretty freakishly scary part in the middle to which the child will claw their way up to the top of the head of the closest adult to them (happened to be her Nana...score!) and scream with the look of absolute horror in her eyes. Seriously, I've never seen her be so scared. And it made me laugh to see her react that way...I know, horrible mother that I am. I tried to be sympathetic, but it was too hilarious to keep all the laughter in. The 3 year old...she loved it. She left a few extra claw marks in her Nana's arm(again, score one for me sitting on the other side of everyone), but she would watch it again in a heartbeat.
The same child who freaked during the Bug Show rode the super scary Mt. Everest rollercoaster with her Nana...yeah, I don't get it either. She was so proud of herself and even told our waiter all about it at dinner tonight. This kid loves rollercoasters!
Do make a point to go on the Safari Ride. We got fast passes for this ride and only had to wait about 15 minutes. It is such a very cool ride, and the animals are right there along the side of the jeep a lot of the times. This was definitely worth the day there. Nathan thought so as well:
Another must-see at Animal Kingdom is the Lion King musical...way cool! There are a few things at each park that are totally worth the price of admission, and this would be one of them. The kids loved it, and it was mine and mom's favorite of the entire day. They have some serious talent working for Disney!
Oh, and the parade...definitely stay to see that. It is a very interactive parade in that all the characters come and shake hands and give hugs to kids on the sidelines. Emma was up dancing and waving the entire time, so she received quite a bit of attention and hugs from everyone. You should have seen the kid beaming from ear to ear...it still makes me heart happy to think of how much she loved today. After having a couple of rough days the first part of this week, she was a jewel today!

Nathan continues to do well. He is tired, but is taking numerous naps on the "park days". He loves all the interesting things to see...and he especially loves being wheeled around in the stroller or held all day. I am so thankful for how well he is doing with the break in our schedule. It has been such a wonderful week so far! Tomorrow is our last day at the parks, and we plan to go to Magic Kingdom again so Emma can ride on Dumbo and the kiddie rollercoaster again. It may be a few days before I post again, but I promise there will be lots more pictures again.

5 comments:

september on February 11, 2009 at 10:16 PM said...

I always read your blog but never post comments but anything that combines Disney with great photos deserves a shout-out. Those shots are great--you can just tell what a magical time you all are having.

Not sure if you're heading to Epcot but it's a hidden gem for character meetings. There's the main "character" pavillion that has a longer line than it used to before they revamped it (why oh why did they have to put up a sign??) but for a short wait you get 4-5 of the "biggies." And in the afternoon in World Showcase it's an endless stream of characters--especially princesses, and since they tend to be tucked in the back of each pavillion the lines aren't generally as long. On our December trip Bronte and Davis got to play ring-around-the-rosy with Sleeping Beauty.

Animal Kingdom is our favorite park and I think it's waaaay underrated. I love WDW, but so much of it is go-go-go and AK is such a great chance to sit back and enjoy it.

61 days and counting until we're bringing my neices to WDW for Spring Break!! Enjoy your last day and I can't wait to hear all about it.

Ceridwen on February 11, 2009 at 10:44 PM said...

Looks like a fun but draining time. I hope we take the girls there sometime.

AmyG on February 12, 2009 at 8:59 AM said...

Great pictures! I enjoyed AK when we went... but it was right after it was opened and it was VERY crowded! Would love to go back.

I loved the 3D Bug's Life show, I'm surprised they are still showing that one. But anyway, we didn't have any little kids with us, when we went to see it... I can imagine the fright that some of the stuff might have caused them, lol.

Enjoy the rest of your week!!

~sydney~ on February 12, 2009 at 12:43 PM said...

sounds like sooo much fuuuunnn!

(i love ab's free bird shirt by the way...too cute!)

Christy@MercyEveryMorning on February 13, 2009 at 12:08 AM said...

Looks like lots of fun, and I'm totally jealous to see y'all wearing summer clothes in the middle of February. :)

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