Our Disney World Vacation

I feel like I should warn you… this post has a ton of photos.

Well, we did it! After what felt like years waiting, we made our trip to Disney World.

We hopped on a plane last Monday—the first time for both of the kids and only the third time for Mark—and made the 2 hour flight to Orlando. The kids did much better than expected. No crying or fussing from either, and I couldn’t have been more proud.

The weather in Orlando wasn’t the greatest. A storm was coming in when we landed and we fought the rain most of the time we were there. But all in all, we made the best of it and had a great time.

On Tuesday morning, we went to Disney’s Hollywood Studios…

And we got to see some of our favorites. Like Ariel in The Voyage of the Little Mermaid…

The show was fantastic!! There were sprays of water and bubbles and dancing fish. It almost felt like we were under the sea with Ariel and Ursula.

We also got to visit Toy Story Midway Mania in the Pixar Animation Studios section. Where there were things like chains of monkeys and little green army men…

We took pictures in the claw machine… (the claaaawwwwww)

…and with Buzz and Woody!!

Pretty much the best day of Spencer’s life!! haha

After spending the morning at Hollywood Studios, we went back to the hotel to get some rest and get ready for the evening. We headed to Downtown Disney where Laurel had a very important appointment with a Fairy Godmother. We got there a little early for the appointment so we shopped a little while we waited.

We made an appointment for Laurel at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, where a Fairy Godmother in training made her over into a little princess.

It was soooo worth it! Laurel got to walk around like a princess the rest of the day. She was so excited and she looked so pretty!

On Wednesday morning, we made it over to the Animal Kingdom.

Basically Disney’s version of a zoo, the Animal Kingdom was a huge hit with everyone. We saw things like waterfalls…

…and Disney’s Tree of Life. The whole trunk of the tree is made of silhouettes of various animals. It was fun trying to pick out all of the different ones.

We walked through the streets of Africa…

And saw things like giraffe and hippo skulls…

That hippo could have eaten Mark’s head!!

There were tons of fish and a hippo if you look closely…

And just as we were about to leave the area, this big guy came out to say hello…

An 800-pound lowland silverback gorilla… the alpha male of this territory. He had 2 female companions and a baby with him.

Then it was time for a safari ride!

Can you believe this is Florida? It was almost like being in Africa. The animals roamed free…or so it seemed…and we were able to get pretty close to a few of them.

Those big red mounds are actually termite colonies! They were huge!

This one was easily 8-feet tall!

There were lots of grazing animals. Including a long horned steer whose antlers were 20-inches wide at the base!!

We were maybe 6-feet away from this guy!

There were elephants, big and small…

And flamingoes…

And of course, there was Pride Rock…

If you look closely, you can just see a lioness’ head.

And, Timon and Pumba were there too…

After our safari ride, we trekked over to Asia and Expedition Everest…

After Mark and Courtney and I rode the Everest roller coaster, we headed back for a nap. That evening we made our final Disney stop at the Magic Kingdom.

By this point, it had been raining most of the day. But we plowed through and had the best time. This was by far the best part of the trip. The Magic Kingdom is what you think of when you hear Disney World. The castle, the teacups and Dumbo, Space Mountain… parades and fireworks… all make this place the happiest on earth!

I loved these little statues that were in front of the castle…

We were lucky to arrive just in time for a parade!

After the parade, we made our way over to the teacups and spun ’round and ’round. And here we are riding the Dumbo ride with the kids…

Once the sun started to go down we made our way back over to the castle to get ready for the night parade. The castle was beautiful all lit up for the night.

The parade included some of the most iconic characters. Like Tinkerbell, Goofy, Mickey and Minnie…

Alice and the caterpillar smokin’ his houka…

There were Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother. Some evil stepsisters and a ballroom full of dancers…

Snow White and the dwarves sang Hi Ho…

Pinocchio was there…

And Pete and his magic dragon…

The parade concluded with an Americana theme…

By this time, we were all pretty pooped, so we watched the fireworks as we made our way out. We spent 2 days at Disney and there was no way we could have seen and done it all. We really tried to make this trip more about the kids and do what they wanted and could do. I know that they had a blast, and so did we! But, I really can’t wait until we can go again. There’s just so much to do and so many more memories to make!


2 Comments on “Our Disney World Vacation”

  1. EricS says:

    Nice!!! Looks like y’all had a blast! But…but…where are the Harry Potter pics??? :)


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