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Old 08-28-2011, 08:25 AM   #1
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The most magical two weeks of our lives

Our trip was last December. I had the greatest intentions of getting on here and posting all about our trip as soon as we got back but somehow that didn't happen.
I am an avid blogger and knew that I was going to be blogging about the trip for my friends and family but kind of wanted to have it separate from my normal every day blog.
So, I set up a new blog that describes just our Disney trip. I really wanted to write a trip report but since that is basically what the entire blog is and it would take forever to upload all the same pictures and stories onto here I am going to list all of the links to the blog. You can comment there or back here. Either way I will keep up the conversation, answer questions, etc.
I got so much help and so many ideas from the wonderful people on this forum and I know the trip would not have been as successful if it wasn't for the disboards! Enjoy and let me know what you think!
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Driving to Florida: leaving the cold and not expecting to find it later

The big reveal: finally letting Abi know where we were going

Checking into Pop Century

Our first park day: Hollywood Studios and dinner at Narcooses

Saturday: Some resort hopping and the water pageant

Video of the water pageant

I will be back later today or tomorrow to post more!
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A supercalifragilisticexpialidocious morning

Resort fun and arrival of the grandparents

Monday: Breakfast in Norway

Monday: Our first day at Epcot

Tuesday: Breakfast at Crystal Palace

Tuesday: Our first day at the Magic Kingdom!

The little statues

Tuesday: Madeline's first haircut at the Main Street Barber Shop

Tuesday: Some more Magic Kingdom

Tuesday: Dinner at Chef Mickeys

Wednesday: Back to Magic Kingdom

Wednesday: Dinner at the Liberty Tree Tavern

Thursday: Animal Kingdom

Thursday: Dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe

Friday: Downtown Disney and resort time

Friday: Beaches and Cream and the Kitchen Sink

Saturday: Back to Hollywood Studios

Saturday: Hollywood Studios afternoon

Saturday: Fantasmic and dinner at Sci-Fi Drive In

Sunday: Another day at Epcot, Sunshine Season, and dinner at Coral Reef

Monday: A Birthday princess- going to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for Abigail's fifth birthday

Monday: The Princess photo shoot

Monday: Spending some time in Fantasyland

Monday: Breakfast in the castle

Monday: Some Disney magic

Monday: Birthday party in our room

Monday: Birthday dinner at 1900 Park Fare... she said what to Prince Charming?

Monday: A Date night at the park

Tuesday: Going to Hogwarts for the day

Wednesday: Our last moments at Disney

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Final thoughts

This trip was a trip of a lifetime. I planned for years and it was so wonderful to finally be there. It was a dream come true.
We went thinking that this may be the only time we ever went to Disney World. But now we want to go again and again and again!! We will definitely be going back. It will probably be at least another two or three years... but we will go back!
What were our favorite moments as a family?
Let's start with the youngest.

Maddy- Maddy didn't get it all. She is very young still. I had a lot of people say that they would never take such a young child but I am so glad we did. She had a great time. She was interested in everything that was going on around us. She loved playing whenever there was a playground or play area. She was afraid of the characters but still liked watching them. The fact that there was music playing pretty much everywhere was a miracle to her. She loved it.
I can't ask her what her favorite things were, but I can say what she enjoyed and my favorite Maddy moments.
Beauty and the Beast Live Stage Show at Hollywood Studios- It was such a highlight of the trip to watch her watch the show and dance. She loved it!
The Little Mermaid show at Hollywood Studios- Again, it was so fun to watch her reaction to this.
Playhouse Disney at Hollywood Studios- I loved watching her dance and trying to escape to the stage.
It's a Small World- the second time we went on when she was actually awake.
Mickey Mouse Rice Krispie treat- She didn't have one until we were leaving but she loved that thing!

Abi- Every time you ask Abi what her favorite ride was, it is something different. So, I will name all the ones that have come up...
The Peter Pan ride- I think she noticed something new every time we rode this.
The Carousel- especially the time when she rode Cinderella's horse!
Winnie the Pooh- she really liked the line and play area too.
The tea cups- she loved being in control of the tea cup!
Dumbo! This one is the answer most often. She really loved this ride.
The Barnstormer roller coaster in Toon Town- We rode this so many times in a row it was crazy!
Playhouse Disney- it's funny how she knew those were puppets!
Toy Story Mania- she was always so upset with her score though.
Riding the monorail- I wish she could have ridden up front with the driver but they said they didn't allow that anymore after an accident last summer. Hopefully, they will again someday.
Soarin'- She was beaming after this ride.
Spaceship Earth- Her favorite ride by far at Epcot.
Meeting the characters.. especially the princesses and fairies. She was the most excited about having met Aurora!
Her birthday- everything about it!
Swimming in the pool at the resort.
Playing on the beach at the Polynesian.
Her favorite treats- Mickey Mouse Ice Cream bars and the Butter Beer we had at Harry Potter World.

His favorite parks were The Magic Kingdom and Epcot.
He loved that the trip was very relaxing and fun. That surprised me because I wasn't sure he would find it relaxing since it was the first time he has ever been on a real vacation with me and had to live the 'park commando' lifestyle.
He loved eating out and going to so many great restaurants. His favorite was the character breakfast at Akurshus Castle in Epcot.
He loved riding all the rides. He thinks his favorites were Soarin' and Spaceship Earth at Epcot.
He just loved the atmosphere and feeling everywhere we went.
His favorite treat was the Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bars.

I loved everything about this trip.
It was so great to be able to not only live a dream I have had for so long but to be able to also see it for the first time through the eyes of my children and the eyes of my parents.
The highlights of the trip for me were:
Watching Abi come out of her shell to trade pins and meet characters. This had a life altering effect on her. Really, it did. She came back from this trip a changed little girl. I have received so many comments from people about how much more outgoing and confident she is in public. I love that.
The dinner we had at Narcooses at the Grand Floridian. It was so classy and it felt so special.
Surprising the girls with the trip and then also surprising them with Grandma and Grandpa being there!
Our meals at Akurshus, The Crystal Palace, The Liberty Tree Tavern, Coral Reef, 1900 Park Fare, and the Castle.
Soarin'- that ride is so much fun.
Walking down Main street in the Magic Kingdom for the first time. That first glimpse of the castle.
Our day spent in Fantasyland.
The Haunted Mansion- always will be the best Haunted House.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Our anniversary date back to the park by ourselves.
Seeing Harry Potter with my mom at the theater in Downtown Disney.
The shows at Hollywood Studios.
Seeing the cute little baby elephant on the safari at Animal Kingdom
Watching the electrical pageant at the Polynesian resort.
Going to Harry Potter World- especially eating at the 3 Broomsticks, buying a wand, and the best ride ever.
Watching Abi get asked to dance by Prince Charming and say no (boo hoo... that would have been so cool!) but then dancing with Anastasia.
The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique experience.
Just being there!
My favorite treat was probably Abi's birthday cake.

Again, thank you to all of the talented people on here that made so many printable goodies for all of us to use and to all of those who gave me ideas and input!
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A entire trip report! No waiting!
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Yeah- at least that's one benefit to slacking off for so long!
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