Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Our little get away...day two



Our favorite Disney park is Magic Kingdom. Every time we go that is what we love the most. It is the classic Disney place and has the most little rides for the kids. And it has that magical feel with the castle and all. We have been to Disney when the lines were SO long and it was SO hot, this felt just right. Short lines and fantastic weather.


We often talk about our favorite rides and the Mickey's Phil Harmagic comes up a lot. Such a fun little show, and you have to love the 3-D glasses.
We hopped on the train as soon as we got in the park and hit frontier land so we could ride Big Thunder Mountain Rail Road first before the lines got busy...we were on and off a few times before the crowds showed up. Then off to fantasy land to get our fast passes for Pooh' s honey pot ride (The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh). When we were kids, that ride was where Mister Toad's Wild Ride used to be but Pooh Bear took over that spot in 1998.We are all too big to fit in one tea cup now...our legs are too long. Tissy often likes to ride with me, I tend not to spin the cup.
One of the reasons of this trip was for Tristen's birthday. Could she be any more cute? Yep...that is our 9 year old.
We have this tradition of eating at the place next to Small World (I think that started with you Shaleen). We try and get a place by the window and the girls wave to all the boats going past. I have also learned at Disney to just eat "clean up" on the food. The kids never finish and it is less expensive to eat their left overs and munch off of Chuck's meal. We always have a backpack full of granola bars and crackers and snacks for the rest of the day.


We also love Goofy's Barn Stormers roller coaster. It is such a short ride, but a good beginning for introducing roller coasters to kids. Here Chuck and Tissy are at the top just getting ready to go down.We don't tend to wait in line to see the characters. Mickey is the only one that we wait for. Tissy and I usually do this while Chuck and Tally are on Space Mountain. We have learned the fastest way to see Mickey is to go through Mickey's house and wait in the judges tent (where you get to watch cartoons in the shade) to see him. This time Minnie was with him.


Here we are waiting in line for Cinderella's carousel, another mellow ride. Waiting in line is a great place for people watching.
Back over to frontier land and we spent some time on Tom Sawyer Island. It is a fun place to explore around. The river boat is right behind usHere we are trying really hard to get us all in. I think we all look happy here. =)Enjoying the tree house. As much as we enjoy Disney, the girls aren't really familiar with a lot of the stories and movies. But we enjoy it anyway.

This was Tristen's first time on Splash Mountain. She tends to be pretty scared of the unknown, but she LOVED this ride. And we all got soaked. Good thing it was the end of the day and we were almost done.

Walking out at the end...if you look closely you can see how wet we are.

Our only mistake of the day...not taking a picture in front of the castle when we looked good...by the end we were pretty wet and haggard. But we had a great day.

13 comments:

Lee and Bev said...

Thanks for sharing all the pictures of your trip! Everyone looks so happy and I'm so glad you all enjoyed it so much. What a beautiful girl - the Bania of India - unreached people group! Thanks for sharing the reminder to pray. Hope to see you soon!

Rachael said...

The lines here this week have been the worst we can ever remember! 110 minutes one day for Splash Mountain! (We skipped it that day.) And, we just missed you by a week. Sounds like you guys just made it in under the spring break radar.

Elle J said...

We took our kids when they were 1st grade and preschool. They loved Splash Mountain and I remember being very worried and almost wanting to get out before the ride started...Where were the seat belt straps for that big drop at the end?! All was well, they loved it and did not fall out (even though I thought for sure they would!). LOL. Love looking at your photos and can't wait for us to return someday.

Smith Schoolhouse said...

looks like a blast! I've been missing that Florida sunshine too.

Christine said...

Glad to read you are having so much fun!

Christy said...

You KNOW we love Disney and the boys could probably be tour guides...which hotel? If it was a great deal, please email it to me. I might want to sneak away!

Annie said...

You all look happy in EVERY picture! You have the most lovely family - and are giving your girls the perfect childhood!

Shaleen said...

Love the pics, Cris. They take me back. Now that I'm on FB I'll have to post an album of our trip to FL. I would love to do it all again. And I'm happy that you are settled again. We're checking our calendar. But it's a little full for awhile.

ScienceGeek said...

Looks like you guys had a great time. I think it's funny how different families "do" Disney. For instance, you mentioned some of your favorite rides (Philharmagic, Pooh's honey pot, Goofy roller coaster) that we have NEVER been on! Last summer, we finally took the boys on It's a Small World (because everybody has to do that at least once!), and they hated it! You should have seen the looks I was getting! We haven't done Splash Mountain...we did Journey to Atlantis at SeaWorld, and while it was fun, it scared me to death! We all love Big Thunder Mtn. Railroad though! It's the best!

Our new favorite Disney park is Animal Kingdom, perhaps because we had such a great time last year. A lot of animal activity on safari, lots of fun on the roller coasters, and a great time getting soaked on the rapid ride.

Thanks for sharing!

Julie said...

Great pictures, everyone looks so happy!

Cindy said...

love the pictures! I'm with you on not spinning the tea cups. We're looking forward to going this year (now that I have a JOB!) Can't wait for more pictures-it looks like you guys had a great time!

Karen said...

Looks like so much fun..... we hope to bring all the kids one day. Emily and Lane have been .. Emily 2x and Lane when he was 3. I think that it is time to take another trip!! I hope in the next year :)

The pics are great.. you all look so happy :)

Susan said...

So glad you had a fun time. I don't even attempt the tea cups anymore...
Was it pretty warm? The splash rides are fun, but being wet and cold afterwards isn't. Sorry you had to brave the lines and crowds, that tires you out right there. What a nice family picute to remember you great family vacation!!