Sunday, January 4, 2009

Christmas Disney Vacation!

Our Christmas season included a fantastic Disney Vacation! We flew to Orlando, Florida on Dec 10 with my WHOLE family (excluding one brother and our little Addie, and before you feel sorry for Addie, just know she received MUCH spoilage from Grandpa and Grandma Adams while we were gone). My parents gave us this trip as a Christmas present. We spent 3 1/2 days at Disney World and then 4 nights/5 days on a cruise. We had so much fun seeing the characters, especially the Princesses, Minnie, and Mickey. We loved the rides and the shows! It was great being with family on this great vacation! Thank you Mom and Dad for a great, once in a lifetime extended family vacation all about DISNEY! We flew home exactly one week before Christmas! The girls are sitting with their cousins in the Orlando Airport: Brynn, Ellie, Snow White, Gracie, and Maren. It was huge, our hotel for the first night in Orlando was INSIDE the airport!

DAY 1 at Disney World:Hollywood Studios

This was the first day at Disney World. It POURED on us for a couple hours. We got ponchos after we were soaked. Finally the rain stopped. It took a long time to dry off. You can see that Gracie's pants from the knees down are still wet.

This was a highlight for Gracie. She is obsessed with HSM. I am a little worried. Five years old seems a little young to be so obsessed with something like this!

We were waiting for the "Beauty and the Beast" stage show. We enjoyed a few other shows including Muppet's 3D, Fantasmic Firework show, The Little Mermaid, and more!!!
DAY 2: Magic Kingdom (an almost exactly the same as Disneyland)

They both were excited to see Belle. She was the first princess we saw!

Bart, Gracie, and Ellie standing in front of the Disney Castle!

Riding on the Teacups!

We rode on lots of rides including: Magic Carpet (Gracie's favorite), Dumbo, The Carousel, , It's a Small World, and Jungle River Ride! We watched Mickey's Philharmagic 3D show, it was the best 3D show!

DAY 3: Epcot Center

We ate at a buffet for breakfast. Minnie, Donald Duck, and Goofy stopped by to say hi! Ellie didn't know what to think of all the characters in FULL body costumes. She was the most comfortable with Minnie. Gracie really liked Minnie! Ellie was pretty comfortable with her too, I think Ellie was following Gracie's excitement.

Ellie and Gracie being eaten by a shark at the Nemo Exhibit.

We met my brother Will (his wife wasn't hungry so she chose to shop), and his kids, Chester, Bailey, and Elayna for lunch at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall where the princesses came to visit with each table. All of the characters, the whole time, spent quality time with each child. I was very impressed. They gave them undivided attention and really made them feel important. I thought that was awesome!

The girls with Belle. They took this picture with Belle when we first went into the restaurant to be seated. Notice the girls clothes. We told them they could choose one dress-up while we were there to buy and that was their souvenir! Before Gracie told me what dress-up she wanted she informed me that it wasn't going to be modest and that she would wear clothes under it...she wanted Jasmine's dress-up! Ellie was excited with Cinderella's dress!

Ellie wouldn't let go of me at this point. If she was going to have a picture with a character, I had to be in it with her. Cousins Elayna and Bailey are on the right side of the picture.

Gracie, Aurora, Elayna, and Bailey

The girls again with Ariel! Jasmine also visited the table, but I cringe everytime I see the picture, she was definitely not modest.

It was fun to see the Princesses. Gracie had them all sign in her autograph book before taking the pictures (they signed in Ellie's too even though she would not get close to them). I think this lunch was one of the highlights for Gracie!

DAY 4: Animal Kingdom
Riding in the long many-passenger jeep, going on a Safari! We sure got bumped around on the dirt roads. It was quite funny!

My bro, Matt, standing by the tree lady. It took a minute for us to realize it was a lady covered in leaves as we were walking by her. Pretty crazy!
We saw the Circle of Life Lion King performance and a live bird show as well! Then we met up with the rest of my family that was catching the coach to take us to the SHIP!


Lance and Sally Sagers said...

that looks so fun! I am glad you had a good trip :)

Erica said...

I am so glad we got to go on this trip, it was a blast. It looks like your family had tons of fun, I was sad cuz I didn't get to see any princesses. I was kinda looking forward to seeing some, oh well. We didn't see you guys much at Disney World we were at different parks. Well it was lots of fun, and you have some way cute picts. I'll have to see the rest of them sometime.

Oh John passed away from cancer. It was a good thing for him, but it was hard for the rest of us.

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