Thursday, November 20, 2014

Disney Day 3

The next two days were warm and sunny, so the crowds were larger but still not bad.  We went to EPCOT on the morning of Day 3. 
Kate wore her Ariel outfit because we had plans to meet some princesses later that day at lunch.  The first character we met that day was Pluto.
Kate was SO excited to meet him.  Then we headed over to the Land and Sea exhibits.  Everyone else rode Soarin' while I waited.  Things like that make me feel sick.  First we had to be sure Kate could ride...she JUST was tall enough.  YAY!  She loved it.  At one point, she said it was her favorite; I think she thought they had really gone to those places.  So cute! 
Then we explored a little and rode a Nemo ride.  By that time it was actually almost time to go see the Princesses at Akershush in Norway. 
Kate had fun meeting more princesses featuring Belle and including Sleeping Beauty,
Snow White,
Cinderella  (who OF COURSE remembered Kate giving her the flower the night before!)
and Ariel (who of course, loved her outfit!)
  Granddaddy and Kate had fun playing while we waited on dessert...
and then Kate got to lead the line of princesses during the parade. 
We rode the Norway ride and tried to meet Mulan, but her visit was too far away; so, Kate went back to the hotel for nap while David and I returned to Magic Kingdom.  I got a Dole Whip (which was pretty good).  We did some shopping and climbed the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse.
 Then we went to meet Kate, Kate-O and Grammy.  While we were waiting, we got a call from our realtor that NO ONE had come to our open house.  I was just a little (read MUCH) disappointed!  Everyone rode the rollercoaster while I guarded the stroller (sigh...being pregnant at Disney is no fun as far as rides go) and Kate-O and Kate rode Dumbo.
  On the way to the other side of the park for the parade, we snapped this cute picture of Kate mirroring Ariel! 
Then we got to watch the parade.  Such fun! 
There were lots of characters including Tinkerbell,
Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella,
the Dwarves (Kate got to hold Doc's hand!),
Pete's dragon and an Eagle to end it all.  After the parade we rode Pirates of the Caribbean and then headed to the fireworks. 
It was a long day but fun!  One more day to go!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Disney Day 2

Well, the rain from day 1 continued most of day 2 but that didn't stop us.  We got up and headed to Animal Kingdom.  Due to the rain, we started at the bug show, then waited for Mickey and Minnie.
Safari Mickey and Minnie were thrilled to see Kate. 
Then she and Daddy and Kate-O rose Kali River Rapids.  I sat this out with Ellen and Jim due to being 19 weeks pregnant.  However, after the ride, we decided it was okay for me to ride (!) and we went back later on all together. 
Lots of fun!  Then we walked around some, David and Kate-O rode Mt. Everest while the rest of us watched a fun bird show. 
We had reservations at Donald's Tusker House.  While we waited to be called, Kate and Granddaddy practiced their roars.
 It was fun because the buffet (as most of the character meals were) was Indian and African cuisine.  I enjoyed this one a lot. 
Kate had fun meeting Donald, Daisy,
Mickey, and Goofy.  She even took part in a musical parade.  Afterwards, we went on a safari
and through a rainforest where I was eaten by a fossil. 
Kate got to play a traditional African game, which I played as a child as well. 
Our next fast pass was for Finding Nemo.  Kate fell asleep inside but only napped for about 20 minutes.
  We did a few more kiddie rides before heading to the front to find Pocahontas (and she and Kate became FAST friends!). 
While waiting for her, we found another Kato!!! 
Kate also learned about flamingos - this is how they sleep! 
Then it was off to our Character dinner where we got to meet Cinderella,
the step-sisters,
step-mother
and Prince Charming.  Kate was definitely smitten by Prince Charming! 
On the way in, she had picked up a browning flower from the ground.  She decided that she wanted to give it to Cinderella.  It was so sweet and Cinderella found it funny and cute that Kate picked it up off the ground for her. 
Yet another fun day at Disney!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Disney - Day 1

In May, David's parents took us all to Disneyworld.  We kept it a surprise from Kate until we picked her up from daycare to go to the airport because we would have NEVER heard the end of it if we had told her earlier!  It was great.  This was the video of us telling her:

For the longest time, she was more excited about going on the airplane.  She did great!  Of course, she told us her favorite part about the plane was the snack.  Go figure!  We ride in an airplane and her favorite part is the pretzels and peanuts.  Once we got there, we had a long bus ride to the hotel - during which Kate fell asleep.  This girl was OUT!  We ate and went to bed in preparation for the next day.

The first day, we went to Magic Kingdom.  This was a very full day! 
We started off seeing Goofy,
then Mickey,
then Mary Poppins (who Kate, surprisingly said was her favorite for the longest time). 
David, Kate, Stephanie (Kate-o), and Ellen (Grammy) rode the teacups. 
Then we went to meet Merida. 
Later that day, we were scheduled to go to Bibity Bobity Boutique.  Let me just say that Kate LOVED it!
  Kate-o got her a new princess outfit, which ended up being midriff showing to my chagrin.  On the hanger it looked like it was one piece.  Then when Kate was getting dressed I saw how it really was.  Alas...we got some pins and pinned it up! 
I think Kate had fun but she looked a little serious the whole time.  There's my little Jasmine.

By this time it had started raining.  Everyone else went to some sort of ride while I watched the stroller.  Then we went to Cinderella's castle for lunch. 
Kate was just amazed at all the princesses.  Daddy was amazed at his gluten free roll!!!! 
We saw Ariel,
Sleeping Beauty,
Snow White
and Jasmine! 
At the end of the meal, Kate got an option of apples or ice cream.  I was shocked when she chose apples.  In the end, it turns out that she thought they were just asking if she wanted apples...she thought she was getting both! 

Then we went to Belle's Enchanted Tales.  We had a fast pass for this, which was great.  Kate was chosen to be the beast...and she did a GREAT job! 
She got to roar at Belle...and in the end, got to dance with her.  What a fun experience for her...and made this Mama very happy! 

We met more princesses when we saw Rapunzel and Cinderella.  Kate was telling us this was "the best day ever" right as we went to Rapunzel.  Since that is one of the lines from Tangled, we told her to tell Rapunzel.  I'm not sure she got the reference but it was cute. 
We didn't watch any parades this day.  Just rode The Haunted Mansion and then did supper.  On the way out, we were able to meet Tiana and her prince Naveen. 
Kate asked her what it was like to kiss a frog. Naveen thought it was funny until Tiana said it was a little sticky and salty. 
Ha!  Fun day!  It did rain, but that made the lines shorter.  The next day, we did Animal Kingdom...