Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Day 2, Part 1 - Magic Kingdom

Day 2 Happy Birthday to Hannah!  TEN years old!! 


We had an exciting day ahead at Magic Kingdom!



Waiting for the bus to take us there.  I will just go ahead and say that the double stroller we rented was awesome!  I don't know how we would have made it without it.  The kids took turns in it.  The only thing I wish we had done differently was to get another single along with the double!  They kind of fought over riding too much.  Hard to blame them.  We did a TON of walking.





First glimpse of Cinderella's Castle!!!







Rapunzel's Tower



Pretty quickly we hit the rides.  We took advantage of the FastPass+ System and so we tried to plan our riding around those times.  It was kind of crazy.  Between the 2 days that we were here, though, we road just about everything.

Magic Carpets of Aladdin.






Wish our pictures in front of the castle had been better but the sun was shining right in our eyes.


This was just a few pictures of a show in front of the castle with a lot of the characters.










Tomorrowland Speedway.



We had lunch at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Cafe.


Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin.  It was really cute.  It was a game where you got to fire lasers and shoot things.  You were competing against each other and got a score at the end.


 Astro Orbiter.


The rest of the pictures were taken by Disney's PhotoPass photographers throughout the resort.  We purchased the Memory Maker.  I totally think it was worth it because most of the photos are great.  I especially love all the ones of us on different rides!

So, Layton's height was about 39 1/2 inches.  He was so close to 40 inches that on some rides the workers would let him through and then others they wouldn't.  He was the cutest thing trying to stand as tall as he could when he was being measured.  I don't think there would have been anything he wouldn't have ridden.  He was not able to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, so it was just the four of us.  I can't remember exactly but I think Dad rode this one too.




These next few were from the Buzz Lightyear ride.  They crack me up.  I especially love Mom and Dad's!  Ha!  You can barely make Layton out next to me.







This one was in front of the Haunted Mansion.


Having a snack while waiting for the Festival of Fantasy Parade to start.


Birthday girl!!!







Love these.  They are from Space Mountain.  That ride was fun, but whoa it really jerks you around.



One of our favorite rides was Splash Mountain.  Mom was definitely regretting she got on it!  She had her head in Dad's lap the whole time. Ha!  (Sorry Mom!!)


Along with Splash Mountain, our other favorites were Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (We didn't get to ride it until our second day because the lines were so long.), and Space Mountain.  We also really enjoyed the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor.  It is a really funny interactive show.  It is improvisational so you could go see it multiple times and it would be a little different.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Day 1 - Downtown Disney

We stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter.  It was landscaped so beautifully.  The people were super friendly and helpful.  We were greeted when we came in the door and someone was there waiting for us and personally got us checked-in to the resort and all set to go.  The service was amazing.





















One thing that was so great about the resort was that it had a food court.  So, we were able to use it for breakfast or a meal if we needed to.  The food was great and there was plenty of variety.



The Beignets were a favorite of ours.  They were delicious!


 After getting settled in, we headed to Downtown Disney.  We were able to hop on a boat right at our hotel and it took us there.




 We walked around and shopped and got a little taste of Disney on this first day.







Of course we had to stop at the Lego Store.  We were amazed at the sculptures made out of Legos that surrounded the store.  I can't imagine what Legoland would be like!











 For supper we had reservations to eat at T-Rex.  It was a great choice!  Such a fun atmosphere and the food was yummy!!













I had to take pictures of the desserts. I love that with the menu plan you got to have a dessert with every table service meal!!




After dinner and walking around a bit more, Layton just couldn't stay awake any longer.  It had been a long day of travel and site-seeing.  We headed back to the resort and could hardly wait for Magic Kingdom the next day!