Thursday, February 17, 2011

More Disney

I thought I would be able to finish our trip in this post, but I have a few too many pictures that I want to post.  I do have plans to print my blog, so I don't want to leave too many pictures out.  My daughters are doing a good job of recapping the trip, if you would like some info for planning your own trips check out that link here.

Our first day at the parks found a few of us, actually all of us, except Jessica, Jackson, and poor Ben who fell asleep and was carried for much of the evening, enjoying the late night rides.

Here are Cooper and his dad on Dumbo.

 I have several pictures of our Monday morning entry to Magic Kingdom.  We had reservations at Cinderella's Royal Table for the girls before the park opened.  If you want to eat at CRT, you need to make your reservations EARLY ~ like 6 months early!!  I did this, and I was so hoping that it would be worth it.  If you have a little girl that likes Disney princesses ~ go for it!  We were not disappointed.

I think that one of my favorite things was entering the park before it opened.  I didn't know you could do that and it is wonderful.  I took several pictures of the castle because you just can't get these pictures on a normal day.  I just wish the sky was blue ~
 I don't think there are any people in this picture!

 Our pretty princess.
 Standing at the castle and looking back to the depot.  Usually PACKED with people.

 So much fun.
 This was Wednesday morning, another early entrance for a breakfast with characters at Tony's on Main Street.

We spent the day at Epcot on Tuesday morning.

These pictures are out of order ~ we are back to Wednesday morning now.  We got in early to go to our breakfast at Tony's and while we were waiting we shopped for hats.  Every one needs a pair of ears!!

What I want you to notice is that we are the only ones in the shop.  How fun is that??
After breakfast, we met a few characters.

The fairy godmother.

Peter Pan and Cooper.  I love how the characters take the time to really talk to the kids.  It was so special.

On Wednesday evening, we took Elizabeth to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.  {I have no idea how to spell that} Our little sweetie, looked so young and sweet sitting in that chair.

{you know when they slick their hair back and you just see that little face ~ you can so easily see the baby that used to be there 5 short years ago ~  kinda sad ~ but very thankful to be here to share these memories! }
She got a lot of attention and loved it.

Our pretty girl.

When she was finished, she posed in the throne.  What a fun experience!!

Some lessons learned: schedule something before the park opens, because it is so much fun to go in when there are few people around.  

Pack rain gear for sure.  We got dumped on on Monday and you need a poncho with a hood.  Umbrellas are good, but not as good as something with a hood.  I got one at Target, but you know they sell them at the parks too.  {those tend to be throw aways, and I brought mine home and I can save it for our next adventure.}

Bring your own umbrella stroller ~ even for kids as old as 5 or 6.  It's not even so much for the walking, as it is to keep track of your child in a crowd.  It would have been pretty scary at the parades and fireworks if we didn't have the strollers.  And the parks are very dark at night.  That's one thing I think they could improve on is a little more lighting at night.  They don't have to have big lights, even a little up lighting on the buildings would help. 

So there you have it, one more post left to finish up our trip.  It was so much fun ~  I think I had the best time of all of us!!


Lori said...

I have heard that little salon is the greatest. Greatest place on Earth, looks like you had the park to yourselves. Lucky to share with the grand-kids.

TLEB said...

Great pictures - it was such a fantastic trip! Good tips at the end, too!

Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State said...

LOVE Disney. When we went to the Magic Kingdom, it was right when it opened so it was still pretty empty. Definitely a different feeling!

Pat said...

Loved this! Enjoyed all the photos and what a beautiful princess!

Debbie said...

Oh my goodness, I didn't see this post until tonight! I love every bit of it. I haven't been to DW for years, and two of the best times I've ever had in my life were when we took the girls for their fifth birthdays.

I would have LOVED all those things you got to do with your granddaughter. That boutique is so adorable, and the Cinderella's Royal Table would have been just up our alley.

What a wonderful family trip you had. You are ALL going to remember this for the rest of your lives. Just perfect.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Your sweet little princesses bring tears to my eyes! My 15-year-old loves Disney like crazy.
We are taking her there for one day over our spring break... haven't even told her yet!
My almost 18-year-old son will not be thrilled, but my baby girl will be just as excited to walk through the iron gates at Downtown Disney, as I imagine your little granddaughters were!
Thanks for sharing your lovely family trip with all of us.
Cherished moments for sure.