Feb 25, 2017

Disney, Part 1

Has it really been two years already?  Time to head back to Disney for the last trip with free admission for one of our kids.  Cue the tears for Mom and Dad.  We waited until the last minute to decide to do this trip, so we ended up with awful flight times and no character meals, but hey, who needs sleep or convenience in the happiest place on earth?  Definitely not Pourciaus.  Here we are, fresh off the plane and riding the train to baggage claim around midnight...
Note to fellow travelers: if you arrive too late the Magical Express will be happy to carry you, but not your bags!  That brought our total of things to keep up with to 3 backpacks, 4 suitcases, 1 giant stroller, 4 kids, and two grandparents...

It took us until after 2 a.m. to get to the room, but the next morning these kids were ready to hop the monorail to the Animal Kingdom...


Another bit of unsolicited advice: if your Disney trip coincides with a Run Disney Race- move it!  Or don't plan ANYTHING early in the day.  Busses were not running from our hotel to Animal Kingdom because of the race, so we had to monorail to the transportation center to catch a bus.  When it became apparent that Stella and I were going to miss our first fast pass and probably our second (which was Expedition Everest, which Stella was obsessed with riding), Damon put us into a taxi thinking we would get there faster than them.  Almost 2 hours and a $50 cab ride later, we arrived at the exact moment as their bus!  It was infuriating to say the least.

We shrugged off our less than magical beginning and made it to the roller coaster in time, while everyone else set out to meet Mickey and Minnie.   But wait, where's Watts and Damon?




Well...remember that stomach virus Officer Watts had?  Thank goodness it laid low on the plane, but it was back with a vengeance on day 1 in the parks.  Pretty much as it was their turn to meet Mickey, Watts was struck with the urge to go, and when ya gotta go, ya gotta GO!  Damon and Thing 3 raced for the potties and made it in time, but it was becoming clear to dear old Dad that this trip was going to present some challenges.  They made it back in time to jump in for a couple of photos...


Meanwhile, Stella had conquered Mt. Everest and we even stopped to take some commemorative photo pass photos...

Two thumbs up for big girl rides!  (Gosh, I look tired!)
And back to the meet and greet for more character fun...
Poor Watts was so excited, but felt so rotten...




They also had a chance to meet Tarzan, which led to these hilarious pics...


Corinne was NOT sure about the guy with the dreads...
We got back together just in time to catch the amazing Festival of the Lion King, which is one of our favorites...
And Stella picked up a souvenir pin for slaying the beast...
More Disney fun to come!

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