I’m still fairly sick, so I haven’t had a chance to get any pictures up, but I figured I could just go ahead and do my Disney recap without them. Besides, the majority of my pictures are of my kids & we all know I don’t post pictures of them here. So, here we go.
Our flight landed in Orlando on Monday around 10:30 am & we caught the Magical Express (bus) from the airport to Disney. Once we were all checked in, we headed right to the Magic Kingdom. Of all the parks down there, the MK is my favorite. Huge bummer that it was freezing that day. I mean it was literally as cold in Florida as it was in Massachusetts. I was pretty disappointed, but it’s not like it wasn’t something we weren’t used to.
We had lunch at Tony’s Town Square, which was really good, met some of the characters, went on some rides & headed back to our room after dinner. It was too cold to stay out all night & wait for the fireworks.
We stayed at Port Orleans, which was ok. I liked it, but I wasn’t overly impressed and definiltey wouldn’t stay there again. The room had two full sized beds & a cot. I took one bed with Chris, my two guys took another and the 13 year old took the cot.
The next day we went to Epcot, but my 13 year old stayed back at the room for the morning because he got very little sleep on that cot, so he wanted to try to catch up. Epcot had extra magic hours, so we were there early to get in some rides. My six year old loves the Spaceship Earth ride (inside the ball), so we went on that a few times, plus a few others & then went to the character spot and met Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy and Donald Duck. By then it was lunch time and we headed over to the World Showcase. We had lunch at the Liberty Tavern in America, where the 13 year old met up with us, walked around & did a few more rides and then it was time to head to Hollywood Studios for dinner at 50′s Primetime. After that, we checked out the Osborne Family Lights display and it was possibly the awesome-est thing I’ve ever seen. Ever. We took the bus back to our hotel & it was after we got off & were walking back to our room where my three year old barfed all over me. Good times. I got him and myself cleaned up & in bed because we planned another long day on Wednesday.
I woke up on Wednesday not feeling great, but we took the bus over to the Animal Kingdom, which if you read my post yesterday, you know I barfed all over the place. It was pretty embarrassing, especially when someone ran over offering me assistance. I mean, can’t I just barf in peace? Anyways, I finished & cleaned up and then we went off to do our thing. We met a bunch of characters, did the safari ride and did the dinoland stuff, but by lunchtime, I was feeling pretty crappy and wanted to go back to the room and rest. Once we were back at the room, I napped for a few hours & Chris took my boys to the playground and entertained them for a while. I woke up from my nap feeling even worse, so we canceled our dinner plans at Epcot (in Mexico) and just stayed in. I felt terrible about it, but I knew I’d never make it.
I woke up on Thursday feeling fine….and I was STARVING. We had a character breakfast at Hollywood & Vine (Hollywood Studios) and I ate tons. The food was awesome. Then we did some rides, saw the Indiana Jones show & met some characters. Then we headed over to Downtown Disney to do some shopping and had a volcano at the Rainforest Cafe. Then we headed over to the Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
When I say I made a huge mistake by buying tickets for that, I mean HUGE. The park was filled to capacity. There was NO space to see the parade and we couldn’t get near the castle to see the fireworks. It was a huge waste of money and I totally regret going to that. We did bang out a bunch of the kiddie rides, some of which more than once (Small World), but the kids were miserable & so was I.
Friday we decided to head back to the Animal Kingdom for Donald’s Safari Breakfast because we missed our sit down meal on Wednesday night & had to use it up. On the way walking in, my poor 13 year old got the bug & barfed all over the place, so he headed back to the room while the rest of us had breakfast, which again was delicious and then headed over to the Magic Kingdom again to do a few more rides. Dinner was at the Sci-fi Dine In (Hollywood studios). Our food was served, but my three year old was so over-tired and crabby, that I left with him while Chris and my six year old stayed to finish their dinner. We saw the lights again, but then headed back to the room early because my ear was killing me & I needed to go see a doctor, which I did. I took the 13 year old with me and Chris stayed back and put my kids to bed.
Saturday, we had breakfast at Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary, then went back to the Magic Kingdom. Around 11, we went back to the Contemporary, so that the 13 year old could parasail, which he liked. Then we went back to our hotel to swim for a while & Epcot again in the evening.
We had breakfast at our hotel on Sunday morning & then caught the Magical Express (bus) back to the airport to find our flight was delayed. Huge bummer. We had lunch at the airport and by the time our plane arrived, it was raining down in Orlando (and apparently pretty windy), so we had a VERY bumpy ride home, causing my six year old to barf all over the plane. Ew. I’m glad he was sitting across the aisle from me.
Even though we were all sick (except for Chris) at some point, it was an awesome week and we got everything done that we had wanted to. We won’t be back at Disney for a few years due to some other big trips we have planned, but I’m ok with that since one of the trips is to California and we’re going to Disney Land.