Follow Mikayla, Ethan and Annika each day as they experience Disney!!
||Hollywood Studio's and Star Wars
||Hollywood Studio's and Star Wars
||Animal Kingdom and Downtown Dinsey and
on the list for today.
The kids should have been off to their
Pirate Treasure hunt, but due to a registration error, they were
signed up at a different hotel. So they missed out on that
opportunity. I had two crying children and one near tears
wife. So, to make it all better I suggested we head over
to Typhoon Lagoon water park for the day. Nothing like fun
in the sun & water to make things better!! We started off
on a trip around the Lazy River. We then found the tube
slides and Ketchakiddee Creek, where Annika could have some fun.
One problem though.. on the Lazy River Annika was on a raft with
Mikayla when Mikayla decided to 'lean' forward. Any
parent's worst nightmare is when one of your little ones falls
into the drink, and that's what happened. Mikayla was
quick to respond, pulling her sister above water. Daddy
was also right there to assist and mommy.. well she was
'maneuvering' on her raft to get off...lol. Annika was now
a vice and wanted nothing to do with the water. No kids
area, no mini water slides, no nothing. Funny at first,
but then annoying as the day went on. So Mikayla, Ethan
and I then went on the Family tube slide where all three of us
were in one raft. Fun stuff. We then had lunch and I
can officially report Mikayla has made her first purchase, sort
of. Lunch was a Grilled Cheese Pretzel and she had to have
TWO!! Does that count? After lunch Ethan and I
headed into the Surf Pool where the waves reach an amazing 12
feet heigh!! We started off in the shallow end and moved
our way out to deeper waters. At about the 5' 5" mark, I'm
holding Ethan and on my tippy toes trying to stay above water,
the wave hits us and pushes us closer to shore. I asked
Ethan if that was too much, and, as he's spitting water from his
mouth he responds, "No (cough), that was Awesome." Great
comment! We headed back to the hotel about 4pm to clean
up. We headed to Epcot and did two more Kim Possible
missions, followed by dinner in Italy. To make things
better, I secretly told them it was Maria Lisa's birthday and
they came out and sung Happy Birthday in Italian!! What a
dinner we had! The kids, though, were starting to show
some signs of exhaustion. Seems the water park took it's
toll making them tired? Was it possible? We decided
to head in and call it an early night (about 9pm). Good
thing as it was about to start raining. We made it back to
the hotel just in time. Not many pictures from today,
||Today we're planning stops at Epcot and
a Monorail ride to the Magic Kingdom! Our first stop at Epcot
was a ride on a Clamobile as we joined our undersea pals on a
quest to find Nemo! Ok, I took that right out of the flyer,
sounds cool though ;) We then found Bruce for a great photo opp,
but Annika was a little hesitant so look for Mommy in those
pictures ;) After that we headed to pick-up our Kim Possible
Kimmunicator. KP and her pals need our help and will be sending
us on missions at a few of the countries inside the World
Showcase. For those wondering the Kimmunicator is a type of cell
phone device that lets us interact with Kim, Ron and Wade (from
the Kim Possable TV show on disney channel). It shows video on a
small screen and gives us directions while we’re on the
missions. Problem is you only get one Kimmunicator, and we have
three children, and you now see the dilemma before us. Let the
fighting and bickering commence as to who gets to hold it and
who gets to press the buttons!! I thought for sure my wife was
taking us to some exotic country for lunch. Well we ended up at
the Liberty Inn at the American Adventure? Ok, not so exotic.
Right after lunch we spotted Pluto, Goofy, Minnie and Mickey!!
We were able to get pictures with everyone but Mickey before he
had to leave. We hit a few more countries and one more KP
adventure in China before we grabbed the Monorail and headed
over to the Magic Kingdom! Fist stop was The Magic Carpets of
Aladdin!! No one got spit on by the camel! Darn, maybe next
time!! After that we decided to see those Pirates of the
Caribbean! Annika was surprisingly good at this attraction.
After that we spotted Peter Pan and Wendy and stopped for a
quick chat and a photo. Peter looked at Ethan's hat and told us
that White Sox go on your feet!! The kids really wanted to go on
Splash Mountain the three of us spent about 45 minutes in line
while Mommy and Annika walked over to get us Fast Passes (going
forward will be designated as FP) on Buzz's Space Ranger Spin.
We didn't get as wet as we expected on Splash Mountain which was
kinda disappointing for everyone. On our walk over to meet Mommy
and Annika we stopped to get something to drink. We stopped at
the Funnel Cake shop JUST FOR DRINKS. Ethan ordered two drinks
and one funnel cake? "But Mom loves them." he beamed. So Dad
paid.. again. Mom wasn't so hungry for her favorite snack, but
she took a bite because her kids thought of her (as they
devoured the whole thing). So on to Buzz's Space Ranger Spin we
went. Ethan did better on his shots and scored a little higher
than his prior scores. After that we planned on heading over our
to dinner reservations while catching some rides along the way.
We passed by the Tomorrowland Speedway first and decided to
drive some race cars!! Mikayla was tall enough to go in a car by
herself, but she shed some tears and told us she didn't want to
:( So Daddy and Ethan paired up while Mommy, Mikayla and Annika
had their own car. Mikayla ended up driving and giving her
mother a small case of whiplash as she drove her car to the edge
and back! Ethan drove the boys car behind the girls! We passed
the Mad Tea Party and decided to go spin on some tea cups,
everyone except Mommy that is. Something about spinning in a
circle? We ended up at our dinner spot a few minutes early.
Liberty Tree Tavern to be exact, where the meal was served
family style!! After dinner, Mommy and Mikayla headed over to
the Fairies waiting line (again!) and Daddy, Annika and Ethan found a
good spot to watch the Fireworks from behind the castle. What we
thought was a good spot looking at the back of the castle turned out to be
not so good as the fireworks are actually launched from behind
the park and not from the castle itself. So if you're looking to
get a good spot to view them (aichele, berkbr), I'd suggest
somewhere in the front of the park on Main Street to view the
castle and the fireworks. Annika covered her ears but enjoyed
the 'Fire Cracks' for the most part. We then joined the other
girls in the Fairies line. We had hoped to record (with the video
camera) any mischief that Ethan got into ;) Well it wasn't to be
as he was a good boy tonight. Maybe he learned from his previous
encounter that you "don't mess with Fairies" as Tink would say?
Rosetta even remembered Ethan from the night before!! Fun
times!! After that we found some good seats to watch the parade.
Actually they were great seats. But I want to tell you about the
guy sitting next to us. He had his daughter with him. As the
parade started Ariel was one of the first princesses to go by.
His daughter had an Ariel dress on so I'm guessing she was her
'favorite' princess. So dad yelled and got Ariel to wave and
blow kisses at his daughter. How cute. But dad continued to yell
at every character as they went by in the parade? Unreal.. I
mean maybe the one she likes the most, but everyone? Come on!! I
just know we'll be laughing about it as we watch and listen to
this on our video camera when we get home.
Up and out to the Magic
Kingdom!! We got to the park a little after it opened.
We planned on Ethan and me getting our hair done, but the line
was already too long. So, we headed over Cinderella's
Royal Table for breakfast. All the princesses were there
to meet with us and take some pictures. After breakfast we
headed to the carousel, which was preceded by the Sword in the
Stone photos. Other rides were It's a Small World,
followed by Snow White's Scary Adventure, Peter Pan's Flight &
Dumbo the Flying Elephant. We then headed back to
the barber shop so Ethan and I could get our hair done.
Then, almost 2 hours later, we were finished and had red, white
and blue colors along with Pixie/Pirate dust in our hair!!
Sweet!! While waiting, everyone was able to see Mickey and
the Street Parade. We then had lunch at the Columbia
Harbor House. Seems Daddy is able to eat chicken again!!
After lunch we went to see Mike Wazowski at Monsters, Inc. Laugh
Floor. Then, Dad and Mikayla & Ethan went on Stitch's
Great Escape. Ethan and Mikayla were still a little scared
on this one ;) The girls then went to get their hair done
and the boys went on Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin.
After meeting up with the girls and seeing their wonderful
transformations into beautiful Princesses, we headed back to see
if the fairies were taking photo's at the Hall of Fame tent.
The wait was well over an hour so we decided to eat dinner first
and come back. Dinner was at Tony's Town Square Restaurant
from Lady and the Tramp. After dinner we headed back to
those fairies, and boy do I have a story for you!! So we all
know Tinker Bell has a little attitude, right? And we all
know Ethan isn't so fond of princesses and fairies, but puts up
with them for his sisters, right? Well.. Tink called him
over to take some pictures and Ethan wasn't so happy about it.
So Tink started yelling at Ethan!! Tink called him a stinky,
smelly porcupine head!! She even played with his face to
get him to smile for the camera. So then we moved over by
Rosetta the fairy. Ethan told his mother "That's why I don't
like fairies!" Tink was still yelling at Ethan!!
Then Rosetta chased Ethan for a picture!! Ethan squirted
her with his water/fan bottle!! Rosetta grabbed it from
him and tried to squirt Ethan, but Ethan ran up the hallway.
Rosetta then chased Ethan up the hallway to squirt him!!
So now were about to leave and Tink is still yelling at Ethan.
Unreal!! We're going to try and go back to see them
tomorrow so we can catch something like this on video!
Funny stuff!! After that we headed for some more pictures
with the princesses as the girls had their hair done. The
time was now 11pm and we decided to try and see Minnie &
Mickey's houses, as almost no one is in the park. We were
one of the last ones to see Mickey in his tent on this night.
It's late and were going to sleep in tomorrow and then head to
Epcot and then back to the MK for dinner and some more rides.
We'll see how it goes!! Purchases: Ethan water/squirt
bottle. Annika: Pluto pen Mikayla: still nothing.
But someone had put a 2nd squirt/water bottle in our stroller
after Stitch's Escape. So now we have two!! Sweet!
I'll be putting pictures up tomorrow, sorry Zia
|As I was writing last night, Ethan woke
up. I assumed he was going to go to the washroom.
He walked over inbetween the two full size
beds and just stands there. I go over to him and help him
into the washroom. I tell him to go potty. He closes
the door and I go back to writing this. 3 minutes later
he's still not out of the washroom. So I go and check on
him. He opens the door and he's just standing over the
toilet. I open the toilet and tell him to go and what do I
see? He put a towel into the toilet? I can't make
this stuff up!! I make him go potty and put him back into bed. Monday morning he remmebers
nothing!! Beleave it!!
||Woke at 6am and off for Disney at
6:45am. Arrived at 10:45am and checked into our room.
12pm and we're off via a boat ride to Hollywood Studios and Star
Wars Weekend. Jeremy Bulloch, David Prowse & Jay Laga'aia were
the celebs on-hand today. We took pictures with some
clones, Ahsoka & Captain Rex, Prince Caspian and then, finally,
Annika got to see Mickey!! A little apprehensive at first,
but she eventually got kisses from Mickey!! Frozone
followed, along with some looks at Disney artwork. As everyone
was tired, we got one last minute autograph from Queen Amidala
and we headed back for an early night. Purchases: Ethan:
Lightsaber. Annika: Stitch keychain Maria Lisa: Backpack (after I
told her to bring one, but she said the "bag" would be good
enough). Louis: Star Wars Weekend Coin Plaque and Collector Pin
of Yoda & Mickey
||The Drive Down: Left home at 6:45am.
Multiple stops for gas & food. Stopped in Valdosta, GA for
the night, leaving us about 3 hours out from Disney.
Forgot about the hour time change so we're getting to the hotel
at about Midnight. Ugh.
||Special thanks to Jeff Schwarze for his
use of AT&T wiressless card that makes all of these updates
possible!! A true friend he is.