Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Disney Day Four - Last Day!

Our last day at Disney found us back at Animal Kingdom to try to get Anna on Kali River Rapids, one of the rides that she had now met the height requirements and could try (the Barnstormer coaster at Magic Kingdom was the other one but I think those pictures are on Steve's phone. I'll have to find those later).

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SuSu had offered to keep Maddie back for a relaxing morning at the hotel and I was so happy we took her up on the offer, this was the hottest day so far and we had such a good time getting to focus on Anna Bean.
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Steve had been so excited to take Anna on this ride, and he bombarded me with sales pitches leading up to the trip trying to convince me to let her go on it. She, of course, loved it and got a kick out of seeing everyone else get wet too on the river.

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While everyone else jumped on Everest, I took Anna for an ice cream cone break in the shade and found her another bubble gun. That combination put some pep back in her step!

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It's fun to watch other kids get excited about the bubbles too. Magic for everyone!

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One more spin on the River Rapids

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Hands up!

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After another afternoon at the pool, we joined Poppy and SuSu for dinner and drinks in their hotel room before going on to Magic Kingdom for the night.

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Maddie loved these light-up leis.

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 Dancing with Hayley

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Anna took a picture with her Aunt Kristy

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This night at Magic Kingdom ended up not being one of the better ones. There was a massive traffic jam at the castle because of some fireworks show and the entire park was gridlocked. We've all been to Magic Kingdom probably a dozen times over the last ten years and we've never seen it gridlocked like that. It was stressful but we ended up getting Anna on the Pirates ride and then SuSu and Poppy took the girls back to the hotel to give us some free time. Steve and Kristy and Brad and I seized the chance to ride our favorites - Splash Mountain, Thunder Mountain, and Space Mountain. It was a fun way to close out our Disney adventure and we have come back ready to enjoy the rest of our Fall here in Atlanta.

Thank you Poppy and SuSu for such a wonderful trip! It's not often we get to spend time with the entire family at the same time nowadays and it was such a treat to have everyone together again. We look forward to seeing everyone again soon and Anna is already planning our next trip to Disney!

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

This party is a fun tradition in the Forbes family. The Magic Kingdom's Halloween party is a special event, so there are plenty of costumed characters, generally less crowds, more parades, and even Trick or Treat stations set up for the kids. It's a festive night and most people are in costume, even the adults.

Well, Steve drove the costume idea this year. He was adamant that Anna get to be Mary Poppins - the pretty, Jolly Holiday Mary Poppins. I wish I could describe to you how much Anna is in love with her costume - she kept tabs on it the entire time I was piecing it together for her and she always had the most delighted smile on her face anytime there was something new for me to show her. I never let her put the finished costume on until we got down to Disney and guys, this was one excited little girl!

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I plan to take better pictures of all the details for Halloween but you can get the general idea. She adores her lace parasol and her gloves, and spent a good portion of the night twirling in her pretty dress.

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Steve and I lucked out finding an Etsy seller who was able to make our costumes for us. I was surprised at how many people talked to me about my costume. Apparently there are plenty of Mrs. Banks fans out there! I had three people ask to take pictures with them, a new personal record.

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Maddie hated her fox costume, it was way too hot for it so she ended up in her PJs, asleep in the stroller.

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I get mostly blank stares when I tell people what our costumes were, so here are the screen shots from the actual movie. I was dressed up as Mrs. Banks, in the Sister Suffragette scene.

Steve was Bert from the Jolly Holiday scene and Anna was obviously Mary Poppins.
Maddie was the fox from the carousel horse/fox hunt scene.
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Watching the parade.

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 This is right after Anna gave me a hug and told me thank you for her pretty costume - sweet girl!

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No idea who that random kid is, he came over and sat down to be in the picture. Thanks kid.

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We found another Bert at the party, isn't that funny?

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Dance party with the Monsters, Inc. monsters.

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Shooting the aliens on Buzz Lightyear

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That's some fierce concentration, right there.

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Hands up! On the People Movers, which is a slow train that rides through Tomorrowland.

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Waiting her turn to Trick or Treat

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Steve taught Anna to do Hands Up! on the caterpillar roller coaster at the fair, and so on all the rides he would shout "Hands up!". Including on teacups!

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One last Dance Party to finish off the night - whew, what fun! Anna is primed and ready to go for Halloween, she has asked me every single day since we've gotten back if she can wear her costume and go "trick-treat"!