Saturday, January 21, 2017

Disney Days! Part 1

I have about three million pictures and updates to post, but I might as well start with our recent Disney trip! We took the girls in December, right before Christmas, and of course had an amazing time. Disney is such a magical place for the girls at this age, and we want to let them enjoy it as often as we can before they lose that wonder.

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Breakfast at the hotel on our first day!

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at the Garden Grill, in Epcot

For this trip, we tried something different and rented Disney Vacation Club points (we used this website if anyone is interested). There are specific hotels on the Disney property that are exclusively for DVC members, but if you aren't a member it's possible to buy points from members, and then you can stay at the hotel. We were able to get a room at Bay Lake Tower, which is connected to the Contemporary Resort, and we loved it because it was a very easy walking distance from Magic Kingdom.

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I'm putting this picture in here because the girls thought it was beyond hilarious that Pluto was putting the book on his nose to sign it. They re-enacted this probably about a million times over the course of the trip.

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Bubble guns at Hollywood Studios! And yes, a double stroller is still a must, even with a 6 year old. We rent one down there and it gets delivered to our hotel.

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The girls loved the Mad Hatter's tea cup ride and jumped on a dozen times while we were there. I bowed out after the first or second ride but Steve was always game for a spin.

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On the Toy Story ride at Hollywood Studios

We were at Disney for a week, and stuck with our tried-and-true formula of 1 park in the morning, back to the hotel for naps, and then 1 other park in the evening. Magic Kingdom was always one of the parks, and then we cycled through the rest.

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We were surprised with a hefty dose of magic while we were at Epcot. A lady at one of the pin trading booths overheard us realize that we had left our princess pin lanyards at home, and she came up to us and told the girls to pick out whatever starter kits they wanted! Then she added on a few more pins, and even gave Steve a free Star Wars one. We were very thankful to her, and the girls were thrilled. Anna and Maddie both had a lot of fun trading pins, once they got the hang of it.

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At Mickey's Christmas Party, waiting for the parade

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Isn't the castle beautiful?

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Anna loves the cars at the Tomorrowland Speedway

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On People Movers, in Tomorrowland

That's a long enough post for now, on to Part 2!



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