But aside from all of the tips and tricks that I offered earlier in the week, I wanted to share pictures of our trip with you - just as friends, you know? Warning: this post will be photo-heavy but I have downsized the pics to make it more loading friendly.
On Friday, March 1, we took 1/2 day off work/school and drove the 4 hours down to the Orlando area. We met up with some old friends and watched their son play baseball while catching up with them and their lives. We then enjoyed a nice dinner before heading to the hotel to get ready for the big adventure.
Saturday we awoke and headed to the Magic Kingdom for the park opening. If you've never seen the park open, I would recommend it, as the kids loved it (and the crowds are at their best). It was unusually cold for central Florida that day, but we had prepared for it and took advantage of the fact that the Magic Kingdom has plenty of trees, buildings, and other sources of wind breaks. We met every single princess in the park except for Merida, as her line was really long. We rode everything in the park we counted as "must rides" except for Space Mountain and The Barnstormer. We learned that Patrick is a fan of roller coasters and totally not afraid. We caught the fireworks, which are now preceded by a really neat light show that is projected onto the castle. We didn't have the BEST seats in the house, but not the worse either. And best of all - we had a SEAT rather than having to stand. It was a full and exhausting day.
Day 2 started at Epcot with a character breakfast with the princesses in Norway. It was awesome to see Abigail's eyes light up. We convinced Patrick to get in a picture with Belle before breakfast, but he wasn't nearly as thrilled by this as Abigail was. =)
Day 2 in Epcot was FRIGID. It was probably no colder than the day before, but it was cloudy and Epcot has a LOT of water and very few building/features to block the wind. We spent a good bit of time inside features and meeting characters. There was this cool Phineas and Ferb Agent P Spy training thing that Patrick did. Patrick further impressed us with his love of thrill rides and all things fast. He fits right in! We left by 5:30 and went and had dinner at Downtown Disney with some other friends we hadn't seen in over 3 years. It was really nice to see them and to get in from the cold!
|Her eyes lighting up as princess after princess came in|
|Look! It's Ariel (her favorite)!|
|Abigail drew Ariel a picture of the ocean and Flounder. This was her reaction. Perfect!|
Day 3 we spent the morning at Animal Kingdom and the afternoon at Hollywood Studios. Patrick shocked me by riding and LOVING Expedition Everest, Tower of Terror, and Aerosmith's Rockin' Roller Coaster. That kid is a roller coaster riding BOSS! Great fun was had by all (okay, so I'll spare you as many pics this time, but we have TONS).
|Waiting in line to see Phineas and Ferb|
Day 4 was only a half day but we returned to the Magic Kingdom to hit up Space Mountain, The Barnstormer, a picture with Merida, a surprise picture with Stitch (he's Patrick's favorite and we didn't know he was available for pics until this day), and Peter Pan again (the only ride Abigail requested to ride more than once). It was a fabulous end to a fabulous and exhausting 5 days.
|A little shocked by just riding her first roller coaster - The Barnstormer.|
As you can see - a good time was had by all.