Sunday, December 23, 2012

Disney World, Day 6!

Day 6 has arrived and it was our last day at Disney. As we were driving down to Disney, we felt like we had this loooong week ahead of us, but holy cow did it fly by!

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Since it was our last day, we wanted to make sure to have a blast and do one last round of Anna's favorites. We began the morning at Magic Kingdom, which was her favorite park!

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The interesting thing about going to Disney with a toddler is how much you have to pace yourselves at the park. Magic Kingdom has so many things that a toddler can ride, and since we only stayed for 3-4 hours for any given visit, it really did take us several days to get through most of the rides. And even after all of these days, we still didn't get to everything!! I guess we'll just have to go back next year :-).

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This morning was actually the first morning that we were able to get there before the park opened. It was fun to see them open the park - they bring all of the characters out onto the train that is at the front of the park (yep, even Mary Poppins!), and Mickey officially welcomes everyone into the park with fireworks and music.

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First on Steve's agenda was a Mickey bar. I said he was crazy because it was cold outside but sure enough, he and Anna had no problems gobbling it down.

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The back section of the park (near Pirates) was almost completely empty, so we let Anna down and she loved getting the chance to run around. The big totem poles near the safari ride were very interesting to her.

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One last spin around the teacups!

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We happened across a parade near Main Street and we stopped to let Anna watch her pals on the floats.

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As a humorous side note, Anna is currently sitting beside me eating her breakfast while I write this post, and she is highly amused with looking at all the pictures. She keeps pointing and naming all of her friends!

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We were delighted to catch one more Mary Poppins visit. She is usually tucked back into a corner on the Main Street square - if you weren't looking for her, she would be very easy to miss. This Mary Poppins was wonderful - she was so engaging with Anna and I love these pictures!

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Blowing kisses

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Anna loves that umbrella. I am kicking myself for not thinking of buying her a little parasol or something in time for Christmas, but it's probably for the best. Maybe for Easter!

We finished the morning with a train ride around Magic Kingdom. As I have mentioned, Anna was fascinated by the trams and trains on this trip, and we kept promising her that we would ride this one. It's a fantastic train - just like an old-fashioned steam engine! We were on borrowed time at this point as we were overdue on naptime, but we decided to push it and Anna did great once we got moving.

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Anna loved waving to everybody from the train.

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 I love it when she sticks her tongue out, I think it is so funny!

Our last bus ride. We were the only ones on the bus which was probably a good thing because Anna was a little loopy at this point.

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We decided to end the night at Hollywood Studios. We had originally crossed this park off of the schedule after the first night there because we thought we had done everything, but we talked ourselves back into it and I'm so glad we did.

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We got to the park just in time to see Mulch Sweat & Shears, Anna's favorite rock band. This was their holiday show so we were happy to catch this one.

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Hahahahahaha. Everybody around us was laughing. Steve was such a good sport, even when Anna tried to lick ice cream out of his hair!

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These pictures aren't the best but we caught the the Fantasmic show - a fireworks and character-laden extravaganza where good battles evil. I was worried it would be a little scary for Anna but she loved it!

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After the show, we were perusing one of the big schedule boards to see if there were any more musical performances, and a nice guy named Donald (not the duck) came up to see if he could help. He said there weren't any more performances, and then he asked if we had taken the girls on Toy Story (the ride) yet. We said we were going to have to skip it this trip, since we never made it to the park in time to get Fast Passes, and the current wait time was over an hour!! He told us to wait a minute, and then came back with a special Fast Pass, just for us! Steve was THRILLED - Toy Story is one of his favorite rides and we were so excited to get to share it with Anna. Well, and Maddie too, but she was asleep.

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Anna loved her magic wand. Steve did not love it, as Anna kept whacking him in the head with it and shouting "Boppy-boo!" (as in, Bippity Boppity Boo, lol).
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Pretty girl

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We ended the night at the Streets of America holiday lights. We came to the realization that Christmas was only a week away so we needed a crash course to get into the holiday spirit!!

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Kiss for Daddy

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I admire Steve for his ability/willingness to carry Anna around on his shoulders this whole week. I know he was sore but he is such a good Daddy :-)

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We were sad to bring this week to a close, and we were grateful and happy to have had made such wonderful memories together as a family. And if anything, this trip has made us even more excited to take the girls back when they are older!

We have been scrambling the last few days to get ready for Christmas, but I am hoping to get my last few Disney-related posts done in time for the Christmas posts. It has been so much fun sharing our trip with you all!

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