Monday, September 29, 2014

A Magical Trip of a Lifetime - Day 4

After getting the first round of antibiotic in Ansley and keeping her medicated with tylenol, Tuesday morning brought with it our first round of super pixie dust. The Magic Kingdom really is that - magical. Especially when viewing it through the eyes of your kids.

Upon entering the parking lot, you have two options, ferry or monorail to MK. The monorail was not yet running (did I mention we had another pre-park opening breakfast? :) ) So we opted for the ferry. Here was our first view of the magic :)

Upon arrival, we had plenty of time to take some good 'almost empty' shots.

Here are the kids waiting in front of our breakfast venue, The Crystal Palace. I will say this, overall, this was probably our least impressive breakfast, BUT, to be in the park pre-opening and for the kids to get to meet Winnie the Pooh and friends, it was well worth doing it once.  Next time we may opt for breakfast in Cinderella's castle, though.

Here were our character friends (minus Eeyore, who passed our table right as we sat down, and we just didn't want to wait on this particular day ;) ):

I just can't handle the cuteness :)

 Ansley was so concerned Tigger was going to bounce through the ceiling :)

After The Crystal Palace we set off towards Ansley's number 1, Ariel:

 Unfortunately, these are some of the photopass pictures I'm missing, so I only have this one that I took right now, but it's priceless. Ansley was very concerned about having a question to ask each character. For Ariel, she asked where her dingerhopper was. Low and behold, it was right behind her shell, and she proceeded to get it out and demonstrate proper dingerhopper use. It was awesome, and the kids talked about the interaction the rest of the day. She spent more time with us then she had to, and it was so appreciated!

From Ariel, we visited the ever infamous, DUMBO!

 Look at the sweet boys' expression! Pure, little boy, BLISS, I tell you! God love you, Dumbo, for this precious captured smile!

From there, on to Ansley's first roller coaster, the Barnstormer, check out her face:

We quickly graduated to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. It's the one ride we did not ride more than once that I so wish we would have had the opportunity to!

Oh- I just love her face! Priceless! (Notice the ponchos, they are foretelling...)

Here are a few more ride or random pictures from the day - Carousel:

Because I love this place:

And this face:

And this face: (we were well medicated ;) )

And this one! Smiles galore!

We had quite the perfect seats for the Festival of Fantasy Parade. Here's a peek:

 The characters - they are always in character. Always. (Wait until you see one of tomorrow's pictures.) Speaking of characters, here's the kids and Buzz (to whom Ansley had planned to ask, "Where's Woody?", got flustered, and asked at least three times "Where's Buzz?" Ha! Good thing he can't talk ;) )

 And here was THE magical moment of the day. Enchanted Tales with Belle is an attraction I ALMOST didn't pursue, but with a fastpass thought it was worth it due to the special (and I do mean special) effects. They are phenomenal and would have made the attraction more than worth it alone.

Add to the effects that they choose members of the 'audience' (around 40-50 people, fairly small) to participate in the story and you have a memory... a priceless memory. And B, he got asked to play THE Beast... with Belle! Ans got asked to play Chip, the Teacup.

You are getting ready to see a theme.  From this point forward, B somehow got singled out daily in some way, shape or form. Here is B scaring Belle, dancing with Belle, and bowing after they dance. This MAY have topped my magical moment list for the whole week... may.

And one with 'Chip' and Belle:

 Ansley asked to do it again so she could 'be the beast'. :)

From this point, the rain started. And it rained... and rained... and rained some more. And we waited under an awning on Main Street for 30 minutes, and no sign of letting up, so three hours premature, we decided to brave the rain... to the car. (Can I also put a plug in for strollers here? Rent one. And make sure it comes with a rain-cover. It was a SAVE ALL... for the whole week!)

Here's some Photopass pictures, again, keep in mind the early breakfast and few other people in the park :)

Love, love, LOVE these!

And, despite the rain, we had to meet Tinkerbell on the way out :)

 We headed back to the hotel, ate again in Pop's restaurant. I tried the chicken parmesan and BOY, I was impressed. Possibly the best chicken parm I've ever had... at a 'fast food' rated restaurant!

Tomorrow - tomorrow is Princesses and touring the WORLD! :)

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