Sunday, November 2, 2014

Last Day at my Happy Place!!

6:30AM and I'm up - time to get ready for one last day in my favorite place!  I had so many plans but traveling with more kids than you can handle changes your plans rather quickly.

Everything started out great - we got to Epcot right before rope drop.  We headed straight to Soarin and the wait was only about 10 minutes.  I love getting to the parks early :)

After soarin, we walked around and headed to the next land - We went on the seas with Nemo, saw Crush then headed to Mission Space and Test Track!  Not bad, we finished most of our favorite rides before lunch!  




























Trying out all the different sodas......



Time to hit World Showcase!! 












We tried to enjoy our trip around the world but some of the kids made that impossible.  Dragging feet and angry faces just sucked the fun out of the day for me.  We met up with my sister who was there with her family, we got on Maelstrom and then called it a day. 

We left the park, found a Cici's Pizza so we stopped for lunch and went back to the hotel.

It was upsetting because I didn't really enjoy Epcot like I would enjoy it but I know I'll be back!
My hubby and I did our good deed and treated my 2 nieces and nephew to a trip to Walt Disney World - I only hope they really did enjoy themselves.

We packed up, went to bed and were up at 4AM the next morning.

All in all it was a nice vacation - one that we really needed.  I'm so happy to know that I will be back at my dad's for Thanksgiving so I'm really looking forward to that.

I'm also planning another Walt Disney World trip, now ofcourse you knew I would be, next November for the Wine & Dine half marathon - 1 week of eating, good times, running and making memories. 

I can't wait!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Happiest Place in the World

Finally, the morning I've been waiting for.  I woke without a problem, lol, got everyone up - had a few grumpy children which I ignored, made breakfast and we were out the door!






We missed the opening ceremony but still arrived as they opened.....

I've never been here when its been decorated for Halloween, but I loved it!! 
Mickey Pumpkins everywhere.....








Love this view....I'll never get tired of it




1st stop had to be, without question, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train...






The wait was about 30-40 minutes long but it was worth it and I'm so glad we made this our first choice.  The lines for this ride were hours long as the day went on.










After the mine train, we continued on through Fantasyland.  Its so beautiful here, my only regret is not being able to eat at Be Our Guest - but its at the top of my list for next time!








Heading Under the Sea.....










Storybook Circus was great - got some rides in, played in the water and met some Disney Friends!




























After all the fun with Minnie, Daisy, Donald & Goofy was over, it was time for some shopping and snacks....


boy were there snacks.....



3 Icees, 2 chocolate/candy apples & cotton candy in hand we kept going....
But first, a picture with King Triton!







I always stop for a minute to enjoy this fountain....Love it!!!




Another must on every trip - checking out the Christmas store....



Now the time has come to go visit some ghosts....




Now we head over to Frontierland and Adventureland






Splash Mountain...



and down we go................





After this little adventure, its time for Thunder Mountain













Ok, that was a blast.  Next up - a pirate ride








Lunch time at Pecos Bill Cafe




and another ride to Splash Mountain....














A little rain slowed us down but we headed into Buzz Lightyear's Ranger Spin.




After this we went on Stitch's Great Escape, which we all enjoy except for the foul stench of his burp - yuck!!
Afterwards, the rain really came down and we made a mad dash for the exit. We went back to the resort to eat and relax, hoping the rain would go away so we can return for the parade & fireworks!

And it DID!!! YAY - the night wasn't ruined.



First, we meet tinkerbell......








then what we were all waiting for.....Wishes Fireworks Spectacular!!!














































Great show, and I love capturing it in pictures.  Still learning to photograph fireworks - I'll get there.  Hoping next time they come out better, even though I'm happy with the ones I took this time around.






We took a few more pictures, watched the Electrical parade and called it a night!

I think we all knocked out as soon as we got back to our room.