Two years ago Joe and I received some money for Christmas and we said, “Let’s start saving for a trip to Disney World.” And so we did. Last week we got to take that trip. And it was everything we’d hoped for.
Let the magic begin…
We arrived on Saturday evening and began our 5 day extraveganza at Magic Kingdom. We quickly discovered that getting the signatures of the Disney characters and princesses was all Ira really cared about. So we did some (read A LOT of) standing in line to meet and greet the beloved Goofy and Woody and Daisy Duck and Belle and of course, Cinderella herself.
Cinderella, is it really you?
But seeing the main squeeze, the big kahuna, the Super Star of all Stars, M-I-C-K-E-Y, was the highlight of everyday for Ira. He just couldn’t get enough of the rodent. Just look at the smile on this face.
Oh Micky, you’re so fine
On Monday we went to Epcot. It was a fun day but not on anyone’s highlight list. Except for one really great ride called “Soarin'” which was amazing. Other than that we mainly tried to stay cool as it was another scorcher with temps in the 90s.
Opal was done before we even began at Epcot
The other super Epcot Highlight – Snow White! Literally the ONLY princess Opal wanted to meet.
On Tuesday we headed to MGM Hollywood studies. We LOVED this park. The Toy Story 3D ride, the Tower of Terror, the Rockin’ Roller Coaster all delivered on thrill. And Sophia was a gamer. She tried and loved all the rides. It was so fun to have her along. By noon on Tuesday, the rain clouds moved in to stay. And it rained for the next 3 days. Awesome. But, a little rain doesn’t shut down Disney and it sure didn’t stop us. We just purchased ourselves some ponchos and carried on.
The Hays Clan and the rain clouds
Sporting Toy Story 3D glasses
The Smiling Joes
We scheduled Wednesday to be our “off” day and thought we would spend the day swimming but due to the rain, we had to come up with a plan B. We went to Downtown Disney to shop instead. Gram and Grandad treated us to a souvenir (or two).
On Thursday we headed to Animal Kingdom. There we got to see some fabulous shows – one with Beauty and the Beast, one with Nemo, and one with the characters from the Lion King. We also went on the African Safari and rode the Mount Everest roller coaster in the pouring rain. Good times.
Rain – we are ready for you!
On our final day we had the choice of what park we wanted to visit a second time. We took a family vote and it was unanimous for Hollywood studios. When we arrived at the park on Friday we noticed is was considerably more busy than it had been on Wednesday. We discovered it was Star Wars weekend and people were coming from near and far to get a piece of it. But they didn’t get in our way of riding our favorite rides one last time.
Mickey and…Storm Troopers?!? Oh yes.
Glo telling Opal one of her many stories while the big kids ride the coasters
We are so thankful we had the opportunity to go while our kids could still enjoy the magic. And we couldn’t stop bragging on the cleanliness and friendliness of the parks and those that worked there. It is a well oiled ship, that Disney place.
We are also so thankful Joe and Glo were able to join us. It was so much fun to share the experience with them.