This has been the best month. The. Best. We surprised the kiddos with a trip to Disney World. The minute we got in the car for our drive, the boys were asking, "Are we almost there?" We had our nephews and Max with us, and Emma went with our niece and her auntie and uncle. It was a long drive, and the boys slept most the way, so when we got there at almost midnight they were full of energy, ready to play! I was ready to sleep.
Day 1 was spent at Magic Kingdom. It was pure magic. We met Ariel, rode a few rides, had mickey shaped pretzels, and walked a lot. We stayed at that park for about 5ish hours and then Ian, the kiddos and I left to go back to the house. We let the kids nap, because they were on the verge of meltdowns. We had dinner, and then headed back to Epcot. We rode the Frozen ride, which was by far my favorite ride. Then the kiddos met Anna and Elsa. Day 1 was my favorite day of Disney. It was a Thursday, and so the parks weren't too crowded. Friday and Saturday were definitely a lot busier.
Our first ride was a roller coaster, which we found out Max hates. He is not fan of the fast, up and down rides. He likes the slow ride...just like his mama. It's a Small World was one of our favs. Emma on the other hand loved it. She went on Splash Mountain with Ian, and loved every minute of it.
Day 2 was spent at Magic Kingdom. We always had plans to leave early, but it never happened. Everyone wanted to ride a certain roller coaster ride, which meant the kiddos and I were out. They were in line for over an hour, and in that hour the kiddos and I rode a Winnie the Pooh ride (super cute), saw a 4d Disney movie (we loved, loved this), and then rode the carousel. That day we also went to Disney Hollywood Studios. Max met Kylo Ren and Storm Troopers and he was pretty much in heaven. He has declared himself to the dark side, and the smile on his face was so big. Emma met Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins and Jake. Her fav was Sofia. She was giddy. We saw a Frozen sing along, which thought Emma would love, but she didn't seem too impressed with it. I, however, sang along and loved it. Ha! Max thought it was so boring and was about to fall asleep, but Olaf came out and all was okay in his world. Our night ended with the best ice cream and meeting Mickey and Minnie.
Day 3 was our last day, and we spent it at Magic Kingdom. This was by far my most favorite park. It was decorated for Christmas, and so pretty. This was also the busiest of days. So many people. It was funny to people watch. It's supposed to be the happiest place on earth, but people were mean, yelling, kids were throwing tantrums, and people were just not happy. The grownups and some brave kids rode Space Mountain twice. Ian, the kiddos and I rode the Dumbo ride. We watched a Christmas parade, and then called it a day.
We did lots more in those days, but really if I were to type it all out for you, you'd be bored. I'd say our first Disney trip was a success. We were total rookies and not planned well at all, but fun was definitely had. Emma and Max got to experience the magic with their cousins, and they loved it all.
Ian said Disney is like Vegas. You can only take it for so many days before you want to go home. On to some pictures from our trip. I'm only posting a few, because again...I'd bore you.
I loved experiencing Disney with these two. They would get excited with each new thing they saw. Max saw the beanstock from this ride, and we had to go take a picture next to it.
Not the beanstock, but every place at Disney is a great place to take a picture. This was across from our bathroom break.
While everyone else rode the rollercoaster, Auntie Nicole found Minnie and Mickey for Max and Emma.
One of my favorites. The Globetrotters are playing the Washington Generals on tour this season.
When I decide to stop teaching, I'm going to go back to Disney to take pictures.
We'll end with our Christmas card for 2017. I hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful Christmas, and that you have an even better new year! I'm looking forward to 2018!