Tuesday, September 16, 2008

And They Lived Happily Ever After...

Well, one red-eye flight with minimal sleep, a morning of dumbo and castles, breakfast with Mary and Pooh, and a 3 hour nap later...we find ourselves in the wonderful fairytale of Disney Magic again.
The plan was that the kids would sleep on the plane and we decided we'd survive no matter how few winks we got. What ACTUALLY happened was that Maddie got about 2 hours, and Annora maybe a tad bit more. Though sleepless, both kiddos really weren't that cranky. The parents on the other hand...
...actually everyone did surprisingly well.
We thought last year was fun watching Madeleine interact and enjoy the characters and attractions. This time, at 2 1/2 was even more entertaining for us. And her. Annora at 7 months was a little oblivious to everything. Nothing scared her. Things did capture her attention. But she took naps in the stroller or nursed on the rides most of the time.
Our 3rd year on the Disney dining plan was another gut busting experience. We have a lot of dining experience under our belts now. If anyone needs advice on which restaurants to go to, we have the expertise. We took in quite a few character meals this time round in anticipation that they would be a hit for Madeleine. Which they were. We also enjoyed a princess breakfast, where Madeleine wore a Cinderella dress, and wouldn't take it off. It was quite the struggle to get it off for bed, and when we went looking for an accessory...she started with the phrase "I NEEEEEEED it!" Hehe. Dad Thought it was funny. I just about thought he was going to buy the whole store. Thankfully she came away with just a light up wand. Which she used throughout the day not just as royal princess, but as a car washing tool, and a head bonker.
This was the trip that Ryan has coined, "The trip where Annora grew up". It does feel like a lot happened for her on this trip. She cut her first tooth, she started eating things like cheerios and bread, and out from her coos started coming, gaga, and dada. No wonder she was waking up 4 times a night to eat! But really, both girls seemed to do a bit of growing up. Madeleine had her first haircut and rode her first coaster.
If you don't know this about us yet. We love Disney World. We love travelling to other places, but we will always come back to Disney World time and time again. We think that everyone should give it a try. Why do we keep going back? Isn't it the same ol' same ol' after awhile? Doesn't it get boring? Wouldn't you rather go someplace else? These are questions people ask who have not tried Disney World. It's true, some people would like to only go every ten years or so. But we never get bored, there is so much to do, so much to see, so much to try. Hidden mickey's, foods to eat, different ways to tour. We like Disney World because we know what to expect. It's clean. It's fun. It's safe. The cast members treat you like royalty. You don't need a car. It's sunny. And the Pirate's attraction never disappoints.

We aren't "planning" to go till our 10 year anniversary in 2 years. But we said that last year. More than likely we really won't go until then. So, we're going to need YOU to go in our place and tell us all about it. It's really not as expensive as you might think. Even staying on Disney property can be only 82 bucks a night. So, we'll be looking forward to your vacation commentary soon!
Here are some photos for your viewing enjoyment.




































































7 comments:

Kristen said...

You have inspired us! I am a total Disney freak too and we were planning on doing Disneyland next year for my 30th. Disney World has alwasy been my dream and after talking to Shalisa at the park the other night we will be headed to FL instead! Expect some serious brain picking in the next few months!

beauty school drop out said...

We had a great time. I don't think Brian is in a hurry to go back. Nolan and the plane didn't go so hot. I'm ready to plan our next trip. The dining plane made the trip. Eating for "free" was great.

I'm sad we didn't get any pictures of all of us.

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Julia said...

Welcome home!!

Eric and Jamie said...

Looks like you guys had a great time! Eric and I went to Disney World 8 years ago... he is in no hurry to go back. Maybe when the kiddos are older. Love the pics!

~C said...

daniel LOVES disneyland/world. we have still never actually been together and randomly bring it up because it would be fun to go. i'm not the biggest fan, but i think it would be much more fun going with someone who really enjoys it. we'll probably wait till the boy gets older, but we've also talked about leaving him behind and doing a short trip. what's the shortest trip you've done, and is it worth it?

Shalisa said...

hmm, well Disney World takes at least 4 days because there are 4 parks. However, 2 of the parks are an easy 2 days. And there are some pretty great water parks if that's of interest. You could do a long weekend, but the tickets are what really costs, and it's usually just a few dollars more for each day over 4...so you might as well go for the whole week. Our shortest trip was 7 days. :) We usually try for 8 or 9.