Friday, August 26, 2016

ODS Girls Day ~Parade Day

Finally, the morning we've been waiting for.  Months and months of baby girl and her friends spending their Saturday at the dance studio practicing.  It is finally time to show what they've learned and they will be doing it down Main Street U.S.A!! So exciting!!

Not sure who's more excited.....me?  or baby girl?  LOL!!! Either way, we are all excited!

So I had to help her get dressed and get her makeup done before breakfast.

Then we went down to meet everyone and have breakfast together.




After breakfast, there was a quick group picture and then they were off to catch their bus.  Parents were on their own, so we took our car and headed over to Magic Kingdom.






Once we got there, we quickly found the group of ODS parents - everyone wearing their ODS Royal Blue shirts!  We were ready to cheer on our girls!!




We see the parade coming and it was such a wonderful surprise to see that our girls were the ones to open and lead the parade!! It was amazing and they performed like true professionals.  All the girls did and amazing job.















After the parade ended and we gathered all our girls, it was time to start enjoying the rides.  On this day we planned for my daughter and her 3 friends (The Fantastic 4) to spend the day riding as many rides as they could together!!  Us moms tried our best to get all the fast passes at the same time, and I think we did great at getting this done.



























After several hours and several rides, everyone was really tired and cranky, so we decided to go back to the hotel to eat dinner and go swimming.

We ate at the hotel, the other girls went to a restaurant with their families.  After we ate and rested a bit, I went with baby girl to the pool.  There she met up with another girl from her dance class and they played for a little while.

We were at the pool for about an hour, and then I was ready to call it a night.  We did have another early wake up call the next morning for the stage performance at Epcot so I really needed to sleep!

Hope you enjoy the pictures and video!!

This trip report is going to be in several posts, so here you will find links to everything:




Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Disney....Here We Come!!

5 AM - Time to get up!!  I have to admit, I was exhausted but sooooo excited too!!  Both hubby and I got up first to get ready, then we woke up the kids and loaded up the car while the kids got ready.

About 30 - 45 minutes later we were off!  In 2-3 hours we would be arriving in Disney!!  The excitement was really hard to contain....LOL!!


We stopped at Pop Century first to check in.  When we checked in, I realized that they had given me a room with a King Bed.  That wasn't going to work because, my daughter and son would be staying with us.  My daughter was booked to stay with other girls from her dance school, but it was decided later on that she would sleep in our room instead!  My son was not supposed to come with us to Disney, but last minute changes forced him to come along so.....now we needed to be switched to a room with double beds.  I didn't have time to go back and make the change because we had breakfast reservations at O'hana so I would just take care of this after breakfast!












































We arrived at the Polynesian for breakfast.  I love stopping at this resort....it is soooo pretty & tropical!!  This place is at the top of my bucket list of Disney resorts to stay in....even if only for 1 night!

We made our way to check in, and only waited for about 5 minutes.  We were quickly seated and told what to expect.  This was our first time eating here so I wasn't sure about anything.  The server brought us a basket of Hawaiin welcome bread, our drinks and offered us their signature juice (P.O.G - passion fruit, orange and guava juice) to try - I loved it, so that is all I drank.  Few minutes later came a fruit platter and then the big breakfast platter...WOW!!  Scrambled Eggs, Mickey Waffles, Fried Potatoes with Carmelized Onions & Scallions, The Pork Offerings – Sausage Links & Bacon and finally biscuits!! Delish!!


The fruit was eaten slowly by me and the kids, but never refilled.  Now, the scrambled eggs, waffles and bacon had to be refilled because that flew!!  We were very hungry :)





In between bites, the characters started showing up - first was Mickey, Pluto, Lilo and finally Stitch!  The only one that my daughter was really dying to see.






Pluto being silly as always.....Love it!!






























Lilo like my son's long hair.....LOL















Stitch is baby girl's all time favorite and she was so happy to finally meet him.  Sadly, we forgot to bring an autograph book :(  but we got great pictures!





















































After breakfast we returned to the resort, and first thing I did was go to the front desk to change our room.  The front desk was really great!  They looked and found me a room that was ready so I didn't have to wait until 3pm.  We went to the room, I unpacked while everyone else relaxed and settled in.











The room was standard value room....just what I'd expect.  It was very similar to the rooms at the All Star Resorts.






































This was our view right outside our door~not bad!!

This wasn't the main pool, and we didn't go swimming here....all the kids went to the main pool!















By 11am, we were back in the lobby to meet up with the Dance School.  My daughter needed to have 2 french braids done and I suck at braiding hair.  So, we definitely had to be down there early so one of the other moms can do it for me.






















These girls were being so silly.....they were all so happy.  This wasn't only a great experience in their dancing careers, but it was a chance to spend time with their friends in the Happiest Place on Earth!!











My daughter and her friends were done early and we still had to wait for the rest of the girls, so they went to the arcade room for some fun and games while they waited.















































LOL - a little photo booth fun!




























Once everyone was there, they were all set up for a group picture.......



and then they were off to their rehearsal at Fantasia Gardens!














Hubby and I were left alone - my son had absolutely no intentions of going to any parks.  He stayed in the room relaxing and playing his xbox, and I knew this would happen from the beginning.  That's why I planned lunch for me & hubby....but first some pics!!









After a few pics in front of Pop, we headed over to the Beach Club Resort.  I had made lunch reservations at Beaches & Cream.  I've been dying to stop here for lunch, and I finally got my chance!
I ordered a cherry coke....how could I not.....look at how good & refreshing it looks!



I ordered a grilled cheese with tomato bisque.....it was so good!  And hubby ordered himself a burger!

 


Now since we are at Beaches & Cream, they are famously known for their icecream sundaes so we had to leave room for dessert!!  We ordered a Brownie a la Mode to share.....it was soooo good.  It was a good sized serving...there is no way I'd be able to finish that by myself!


After lunch, we still had plenty of time so we walked over to Epcot.



so we got to Italy, and stopped for some pictures!



My guy setting up the camera....LOL


We passed by China.....more pics :)




In Japan, I decided to order the Blood Orange Saki Mist....it was really good on this hot day!!





I had to stop in the Christmas store ( my favorite Holiday)



As we went by France, I stopped at one of the kiosk and brought another drink....an Orange Slushy.  Frozen drinks are the best during these hot summer days in the parks!!

We didn't walk through all the countries because we got a text from baby girl saying they had finished early....so we had to leave!

We picked her up, stopped at the food court so she can eat....



then she changed and we headed to Hollywood Studios!







Being big Star Wars fans, we were so excited to check out the new Star Wars Launch Bay!!

We got on line to meet Chewbacca.....and got to see so many things from the movies!
































We had a great first day, we rode many rides and were able to enjoy 2 parks in 1 day!  We got back to our room to relax and get to bed because we had an early morning tomorrow!!

Tomorrow is showtime!!


This trip report is going to be in several posts, so here you will find links to everything: