Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Disney Vacation 2014: Part 1

We had an opportunity to go to Disney this year so we decided to go while Charlotte was still free and Tommy hadn't started school yet.  
 Charlotte did fantastic on the plane. Way to go, baby girl! She never slept but she was very good.

 Tommy rode with Grandma and Grandpa and he also did great.  MUCH better than his first plane ride.
 We landed and rented our minivan.
 The kids were super excited to be in Florida!!

 We decided to visit Hollywood Studios on our first day.  I really wanted to ride Toy Story Mania in 2012 but the wait was 3.5 hours long and never got any shorter.  This year the line was much shorter so we went for it.

 Tommy and Andrew rode together, Charlotte and I rode together, and Grandma and Grandpa rode together.  Watch out, they've got their cannons ready!

Charlotte DID NOT like this ride. It was dark, 3-D, and she hated the glasses.  It moved super fast and was unpredictable so she hated that too.  She screamed through the first 30 seconds and then all the sudden, she was fine with it.  I don't know what changed but she totally got over it.
Sidenote: REALLY glad we didn't decide to wait in line for 3 hours in 2012.  Totally not worth that wait time.

There were pretty much NO lines at any of the rides due to the fact that it rained most of the day.  We spent too much on ponchos even though we had these exact ponchos at home from the last time we came to Disney.  Hopefully lesson learned?

We went to the Frozen Singalong! Yay Frozen!! Both kids sat through the entire show.  I was really surprised how Charlotte sat and watched it without squirming.  The snacks really helped.

The adults even enjoyed it.  It was pretty cute and of course they sang the big number TWICE.  Crowd fave!

There is an awesome "bad guys" store at Hollywood Studios.  We were able to get Tommy's favorite, the Maleficent Dragon, and Prince Philip's sword.  He used it immediately to protect Hollywood Studios from the evil Maleficent.

 My parents were nice enough to trade off so we could ride the adult rides at HS.  We rode the Tower of Terror.  What a great ride.  I will admit, I screamed at each and every hint of a drop.  So fun.

Here's a pic from ride before the drop!! AAAHHHHH!!! 

Then we took the kiddos and my mom and dad went on the ride.  (Charlotte got a sweet new sweatshirt, by the way.)

 Here's my mom and dad's picture from the big drop!! AAAHHHH!! ;-)

We traded off one more time and we went on the Rockin Roller Coaster.  That was pretty crazy.  This is the picture they take when you go from zero to 60 in 2.8 seconds.  We were definitely not expecting that.  Another ride that was soooo fun.

 We went to Fantasmic that night. We went to the show last time but Tommy fell asleep so he missed pretty much the whole thing.

 He absolutely loved it because guess who showed up?? Well Mickey of course... but also Maleficent the dragon!

 He was excited to see all the characters on the big cruise ship that sailed by us.

We got one more picture on the way out of the park.  The kids had about had it at this point.  It was time to go. But a great day was had by all! We rode/saw nearly everything and lines were minimal.  Success!! 

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