Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Disney Part 2

Day 4 - Hollywood Studios. We were definitely wanting a day off by this day. I didn't have a "rest time" scheduled for this day, but we knew Hollywood Studios would be more relaxed than the Epcot and Magic Kingdom.

Again, we arrived at the park before it opened. We were at Toy Story Mania by 8:50am (10 minutes before the park officially opened!). Grabbed fast passes and were able to ride it again.

The boys loved Star Tours. I'll never forget the lady next to me couldn't get over how little Drew was and how much fun he was having on it. He had his hands in the air and was grinning the entire time. Grant loved it too, but was more concerned about the plot and how the story is different each time you ride!

Front row seats for Indiana Jones (code name 'Nancy').

 Erick was selected to be an extra. It was so much fun!

Lights, Motor, Action was another favorite especially when we saw McQueen. 

My hair after riding Rockin' Roller Coaster says it all!
Fantasmic was probably our favorite nighttime show even if we got a little wet.
Day 5 - Animal Kingdom. We were seriously considering postponing this day. We knew going in that 4 days straight at Disney theme parks would be exhausting. That's why we had planned all along to "recover" at the beach. But after checking the crowd predictor, which indicated much worse crowds for the following day, we decided to go for it. After all, it would be a shorter day and once again excitement would pull us through! 

Animal Kingdom ended up being our least favorite park. Maybe it was a little bit because of our exhaustion or the crazy crowds or maybe it was because we had recently been to the St. Louis Zoo. We had a blast no less. 
On Safari

 The boys hadn't planned on riding Dinosaur, but after Peyton said he would ride if they did, they both decided to be brave and give it a go. I don't think Drew let go of Peyton's hand until we boarded the ride. 

The gorillas were way cool. This one looked like it was starring right at us, but actually he was looking at his girlfriend behind us. You could see the whites of his eyes. 

Our last show. Finding Nemo

Having a blast with the whole family on Kali River Rapids!

You know the two people who go down first on the last drop get crushed with a giant wave? Well, that was Grant and Drew! They couldn't have been more excited.

Finally our rest and relaxation came on our last 3 days. We headed to Clearwater Beach. The water was beautiful except for a few stingrays. Danny stepped on one and was stung! We managed to avoid the hospital, but let's just say we are so grateful one of the boys didn't step on it. 

It was a perfect ending to a perfect trip. The boys are still talking about and can't wait to go back. When we got home, Grant made us each rank our top 3 rides. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad came in 1st. Recently, Drew made a wish with a coin in a wishing well. He told us he wished he could go to Disney World every day.

I wish I could go here everyday...


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