Monday morning was our first full day, but after staying in the Magic Kingdom until 2 AM we were wiped out. It was well worth it though! We ended up getting back to the Magic Kingdom around 11:00 probably. We planned to hit the two 'lands' we skipped Sunday night. We were hoping to get to ride everything that Landon was tall enough for, unfortunately he wasn't the 40" I had hoped for, and he wasn't going to be able to ride Splash Mountain or Thunder Mountain either :/ But at least at his age, he doesn't even know they exist! We started at Pirates of the Caribbean. I really thought this would be a long line, but once again we hit it at the right time. The line said 30 minutes, but I don't think we waited more than 10 honestly.
Lucy got scared during the ride--shaking and crying =) at the beginning after the small drop and the darkness. Landon didn't like one part, but he was OK for most of it. After you get off of every ride there is a gift shop--themed from the ride ( or game as Landon started calling them). We got Landon a hook, and Lucy had lost an earring back, so she and I got some pink Mickey Mouse earrings.
We hopped onto the Aladdin magic carpet ride. Ok, we didn't hop on. This was probably the longest ride we did all week. The sign said 30 minutes, and it was a full, hot, sweaty 30 minutes! Lucy LOVES these rides that go up and around. She was ready to get on as soon as she saw them!
We headed across the street to get a fast pass for the Jungle Cruise so we could return after our character lunch at the Crystal Palace. We had a buffet lunch as Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, and Tigger came around for pictures. Lucy was VERY SCARED today with the characters--shaking and screaming. She warmed up through lunch and would wave across the room, but once they came to the table she was more than ready to tell them BYE BYE!
|Merida explaining her plaid she has on, and that it is her family colors. She was showing Landon he had his on too.|
|Landon showing off his Baby Sister Lucy.|
We then played peek-a-boo with her 3 bear friends. Yes, they close their eyes, and pop up out of the boxes and all. Landon and Lucy posed with Merida also. He also took some pictures as he practiced his archery.
Next was back to the hotel for nap time! I recommend nap time EVERY day for anyone with pre-school or under! Even if it is laying down and watching tv with the lights off. This was supposed to be my lay out time while Daddy napped, but the thunderstorms that hung over EVERY day ruined this :/ I did fall asleep by the pool for about 30 minutes this day, and had time to look at all the park maps and decided what Landon would do, and what the plan for the next few days were. I decided I had gotten enough Magic Kingdom for a few days, and we should head to Hollywood Studios tonight. It was also their extended hours night.
After naps, it was probably close to 7 PM, and we headed to MGM for some Pizza Planet!
Landon always got so excited when the stroller pulled up to something he recognized. Tonight, as we rolled down the street he said AAAAAHHH OOOOHHHH MMMYYYY MUPPET STUDIO!!!!! It's so funny to see him so excited, and watch all the strangers around him laugh at him too ;) We had no wait for the Muppet 3D movie. Landon always held on TIGHT during the 3D movies. Most of them splashed you with water, dropped bubbles, and had great 3D effects.
We walked down all the streets, and headed to Toy Story Mania--MY FAVORITE RIDE OF ALL! Landon didn't realize that the streets weren't real, and loved running down them. He even asked where the cars were, and if they were going to get him.
Toy Story line said 70 minutes, but we saw no line. We asked if it really was that long, and the lady told us it had JUST changed from 90, so it was going down. But 2 boys ran off , and said they only waited 15 minutes, it was awesome, and we wouldn't wait an hour. So we went on in! We figured if it was 70 minutes after hours, we'd wait forever during the day!
The only thing left ( I think) that was open and Landon could ride was the Great Movie Ride. He did get scared in this. The guide in your boat gets taken hostage, and a mean guy with a gun takes over and gets into a gun fight. He cried and said he wanted to go home =(
But it was also late late, and it was the last thing we did. He got to see where Lightning McQueen would be in the morning as well as Phineas and Ferb. It was another long day, but this one ended much sooner around 11 PM. We needed to get up for breakfast with Disney Junior characters at 9:25!
If you're a stickler for schedules or hate waiting in lines, I'd say Walt Disney World is not for you. We had a FABULOUS time! We just did what we wanted, when we felt like it. We napped at 6 PM, ate dinner at 8PM, went to bed at 2 AM. Where else can you do that? Lucy didn't get 2 naps everyday, but she did doze in the stroller some off an on. If you don't want to stand in the sweaty heat, go in another season.We loved every minute, laughed through the thunderstorms, and made memories we will remember forever. I know many people say they want to wait until their kids will remember the trip. I personally don't think that is possible. We've even heard since we have gotten home Well you know they won't remember any of it. I have a great memory, just ask Luke. I went to WDW somewhere around K5, 8th grade, and in 2003 with Luke and Amanda. I remember taking my picture with Mickey the 1st trip, taking the same exact picture with my uncle and Amanda the 2nd trip, and then it pouring rain in 2003.That's all. I remembered some of the rides, but they are almost ALL different now. Epcot is nothing at all like it was. I've already had to look at pictures to remember what we did when on this trip-- which is exactly what cameras are for! No, my kids will not remember this trip. But Luke and I will remember seeing Landon's face light up, we will remember how excited he got, we will remember how much fun it was to be on vacation as a family. This was a vacation we both dreamed about being able to do. We are so excited we were able to fulfill a dream of ours. We do plan on returning, and know what things we will do a little different!
That is all of Monday.
Here is the link to our pictures from the photopass. Please don't look at the Epcot ones. I think I might delete it before anyone sees it. It's not flattering at all. I need to figure out which Castle picture to order!