Monday, December 17, 2012

Disney World, Day Two!

Day Two at Disney started with Epcot. It was very hot that day (the weather really threw us a curve ball for this trip - we had packed for a good 10 degrees cooler!!) and so we all added a few Disney t-shirts to our wardrobes, much to Anna's delight.

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We kicked off the day with a few character meetings and Anna was thrilled to meet all of her pals again.

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It took us a while to get through these characters, even though there were only 4 of them. It was warm enough, even inside, that they had the characters switching out and taking breaks every 15 minutes or so. The whole line would stop while they switched out so we had to be pretty patient. Anna did great though with it and waved bye-bye to them as they walked out.

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There is a huge fountain at Epcot that is timed to music, and Anna loved watching it.

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The Seas exhibit was a favorite stop today. Anna enjoyed the Nemo ride and then pointing at all the "fishes" in the tanks.

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She is counting the fish in this picture. Although it's funny whenever she counts anything, because no matter how many or few items are present, somehow it always ends up being 10 because that's what she knows how to count to. So there were 10 fish in this tank, according to Anna.

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At lunchtime, we planned to surprise Anna with a special Princess lunch at Epcot's Norway restaurant. Imagine how disappointed we were when both kids conked out 20 minutes before the lunch started!!

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Luckily the photographers there were very accommodating and let us take a spot at the end of the line for the big Belle picture. The girls woke up just in time, albeit a little cranky.

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Belle asked to hold the baby, which I thought was sweet.

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I had to get in the picture too because Anna was in quite the mood after her nap.

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Maddie wore her princess outfit in honor of the lunch and several of the princesses gave her compliments! Anna had on a princess shirt too, of course.

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Once Anna figured out that we were there to eat and that there were princesses there, she perked up. Thankfully!!!

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Smooch!

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The two dairy-eaters were thrilled to get a dessert plate to finish off the meal.

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After our showers/baths/naps, we headed back to the Magic Kingdom. Unless you take a Disney bus directly from your resort, you park your car in the parking lot and then either take a monorail train to the park or a ferry across the lake. We opted for the boat this time around so we wouldn't have to fold the stroller.
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Pointing at the castle.

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We had been promising Anna a balloon ever since the first morning, so we finally bought one for her.

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Our night at Magic Kingdom was cut short, as it started to rain pretty heavily. We did catch the Electrical Parade, which was very neat to see. All of the floats and performers wear lights, and then all of the lights in the park are dimmed to showcase the performance. Anna was clapping along and dancing so I am glad we stayed a while to watch it! We also managed to catch a few minutes of fireworks as we were coming out of Haunted Mansion, and Anna surprised us by how much she loved them. We promised to come back another night to see the full show!

That's it for Day Two - up on deck for tomorrow is Animal Kingdom, and some of my favorite pictures from the trip!

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