Saturday, January 24, 2015

Day FOUR: Meeting Anna and Elsa


Day FOUR: 
Our last and final full day at Disney World was spent back in the Magic Kingdom! 
Once again, we started our day off bright and early, arriving at the park before the gates opened. We did our best to finagle our way up to the front of the line (closest to the gate), in hopes of being one of the first families through when it opened. You see, we were on a mission. We had very important business to attend too. We were meeting Anna and Elsa...WITHOUT fast passes. We had tried and tried, actually my A-mazing friend Juli did, to get fast passes for our family, but it just wasn't meant to be. They sold out within SECONDS of becoming available. SECONDS!!! (Sigh) 
So our ONLY hope of meeting the Ice Queen, and her quirky sister, Anna, was to make a MAD DASH to the meet and greet immediately after the doors opened. Otherwise, you could forget about it, as the average wait later in the day would be at least three hours...OR MORE!!!! Seriously!!! It's the craziest thing EVER!!!!! As we waited for the gates to open, Shane told us our game plan. He would be our fearless leader and guide us through the crowded streets and the sea of people.
 Each of the bigger boys were to hold tightly to a littles hand and follow Shane as closely as possible. Addy-Kate and I would bring up the rear, making sure no one got lost in the hustle and bustle;)
Finally we heard..."TELL THE GUARDS TO OPEN UP THE GATES"

"THE GATES"

...j/k...

They didn't actually say that, but that's exactly what was going through my head as we prepared to run (like crazy people) to the meet and greet. 
The gates finally did open, and with our game faces on, we joined the hundreds of other Frozen fanatics racing to meet Princess Anna and Queen Elsa.
We made it without losing anything, or anyone (except maybe a little dignity) and quickly found our place in line.
And even after ALL that rigmarole, our wait time was still over and hour. (sigh)
Oh well!! We knew we just couldn't bring our girls all the way to Walt Disney World,
 and NOT meet two of their very favorite princesses. 
And yes...the wait was totally worth it!
My girls...and even my boys for that matter...

were all SUPER excited to meet these two royal sisters;)
After the meet and greet was over, we spent the rest of the day enjoying everything we didn't get to on our first visit to the Magic Kingdom. 
Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger, Splash Mountain, 

and the Tomorrowland Speedway...just to name a few;)
Surprisingly, one of the kids very FAVORITE rides was the People Mover!
I think we rode it three times (in a row). 
They loved it THAT much! 
We also had time to revisit some of our favorites again...
The Tea Cups...
a classic, for sure...

and the carousal are always worth another ride.
Especially if it makes you smile this BIG;)

We also had time to do some shopping. 
The littles had some spending money to use up, and they each purchased a fun Disney souvenir to take home with them. 
Shane and I had ordered some cool light up toys and trinkets online before leaving for our trip. 
(WAY cheaper than buying things at the park) 
We kept them hidden, and once it got dark, we pulled them out and surprised the kids. 
They were so...excited!  
They had a BLAST waving their wands and flashing their swords as the Disney Electrical Parade went by! 
(Coolest parade EVER, by the way!)
Since our final day in the Magic Kingdom began with Anna and Elsa, it seemed only fitting for it to end with them as well. 
As our day came to a close, we sat back and watched as Disney magic happened before our very eyes.
Queen Elsa used her "powers" and covered Cinderella's castle in ice and snow, turning it into a "Frozen" wonderland. 
It was absolutely A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!
Our last day in the Magic Kingdom was indeed just that... "Magical"!
Exactly what wonderful memories and the sweetest of dreams are made off;)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sunshine makes me HAPPY!

Not only did my kiddo's have Monday off of school, but they had Tuesday AND Wednesday off as well. 
Extra LONG weekends, and super SHORT weeks are the BEST!!
And when the weather is THIS gorgeous out, we can't help but be outside--soaking it all up!
On Wednesday, I took the kids to Freedom Park. 
It's near uptown, which is about 25 minutes away from us, but it's (hand's down) the BEST park around. 
 It has an awesome Carolina Panther play area that my kids absolutely LOVE.

 Corban and his good buddy, JP, thought they were pretty cool as they took pictures of each other practicing their fancy football moves!
 A picnic in the beautiful sunshine totally hit the spot,

 and gave us the energy we needed to head over and check out the new playground equipment they just put in. 
 The kids had a blast and played for several more hours here.




 Before calling it a day, the kids asked if we could take a walk around the lake and feed the ducks. 
They were having so much fun and no one wanted to leave. 
It's so true what they say,  "A little sunshine is truly the BEST medicine!"


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Day THREE: Hollywood Studio's

Day three of our Disney adventure took our family to Hollywood Studio's!
 Hudson was THE most excited about visiting this park.
His all-time favorite characters "lived" there and he couldn't wait to hug Woody and give Buzz Light Year a high five!!!
We got to the park nice and early, and once the gates opened, we made a mad dash to the
 Toy Story Mania ride.

Because of it's popularity, this ride usually has a L-O-N-G wait.
We headed there first, hoping to avoid a line and crowd.
Because we got there so quickly though, we got to ride it TWICE in a row with out much of a wait at all!
SCORE!!!!
Once we finished the ride, we headed over to meet the Toy Story cast.
And sweet Hudson got that much anticipated hug from Woody!!!


Andy's toy soldiers can be found just walking around the streets of the park, and if you yell, "Andy's coming!" they freeze in place. So FUN!!!
We enjoyed watching the Indiana Jones Stunt show.
 The BIG boys were especially mesmerized by all the cool tricks they did! 
But we experienced Disney magic at its best when we visited Oaken's trading post, 
and got to play in REAL SNOW!!!!!
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!

Our lunch was at the Hollywood & Vine, where we dined with several popular Disney Jr. characters.
Doc McStuffins

Jake and the Neverland Pirates

Handy Manny

AND (my Sophie's all-time favorite) Sofia the First!!!!!
Our crew got to meet Mator too!
But I have to say, meeting Mike and Sully was the highlight of the day!
They were absolutely HILARIOUS and totally made all my little monsters laugh out loud!