On September 2nd we were off to Magic Kingdom!
We had fast passes this day to meet Cinderella and Rapunzel, meet Ariel and to ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. I got several of our fast passes to meet the princesses since Jackson wasn't nearly as excited to meet them, and that a way we wouldn't have to wait in a long line to do something that he wasn't super excited about. He didn't mind at all meeting them though since we didn't even have to wait 5 minutes! Plus, we got all of our fast passes for early in the day so we could continue to go back and get one more for the remainder of each day. Jackson and Ansley LOVED the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and even though Elsie was tall enough to ride, she just wasn't quite ready yet (and now says she can't wait to go back to ride it).
We also got to meet Merida and we went to Belle's Enchanted Tales on our first day. Jackson was chosen to play the part of The Beast, Ansley was Felipe the horse, and Elsie was the Pepper Shaker. This was probably one of my most favorite parts of the trip, and I definitely got all teary eyed when Jackson was dancing with Belle!
Ansley and Belle
Elsie and Belle
We rode some more rides and then had dining reservations (which we had already ordered our food online before we left and it was included with our quick service free dining- can you tell how much I love their free dining special!!) at the Be Our Guest Restaurant. We tried the grey stuff- and it was delicious!
The Goofy ride, The Barnstormer, was Elsie's first roller coaster. She is a bit timid to get on new rides, but she absolutely loved this one. Here is a video of her very first ride on a "roller coaster."
We spent the rest of the day riding rides, watching shows, and a quick little nap for the little girls.
On Wednesday, September 2nd we went to Animal Kingdom.
This is the first time that we've ever been to this park, but we all really enjoyed our time there. Our fast passes that we had reserved before our trip was to meet Mickey and Minnie at Adventurers Outpost, to ride Expedition Everest, and to go on Kilimanjaro Safari. Right when we got there Eric, Jackson, Ansley and Elsie walked right onto Kali River Rapids, and then Jackson and Ansley loved it so much that I went with them and we rode it again before our fast pass to meet Mickey and Minnie. Jackson and Ansley told everyone on the boat that whoever got the wettest was the winner, and Jackson easily won that ride- he was soaked! Even though Vada Belle was too little to ride, she thought it was hilarious to stand and watch the people ride and push a button that would squirt water out of an elephant statue and get the riders wet.
Animal Kingdom closed much earlier than the other parks, so we were out of there by 6:00. We decided that we would take the bus back down to Down town Disney to eat supper and enjoy watching some of the shows and walking around the shops for a bit. We were planning to get the kids a little earlier than the 11:30-12:30 that they had been going, but we weren't nearly as successful with that like we thought we would be.
On Thursday, September 4th, we went back to Magic Kingdom.
We usually like to do Magic Kingdom on our first and last days, but on our last day at the parks (Friday), there was a special event happening at Magic Kingdom and the park was closing early that day, so we decided we would go on Thursday so we could stay there until much later. Our fast passes we had reserved were Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Splash Mountain, Meeting Elsa and Anna, and then we also got some later in the day to ride Buzz Lightyear and to meet Tinker Bell. When we first got to the park we rode a couple of rides and then when we walked by the building of Pete's Silly Sideshow, the meet and greet times for Donald Duck, Goofy, Daisy and Minnie Mouse were 5 minutes, so we decided to go ahead and meet them.
We went and rode lots of rides, and even rode Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Splash Mountain and Space Mountain several times. Jackson and Ansley were obsessed with the Mine Train ride, and couldn't get enough of it.
We were also able to watch the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, which is new from when we went last year, and it was beyond incredible. The floats, the characters, the props- all so amazing! The kids get between $20-$30 to spend (from grandparents and aunts) while they are at Disney, and that is all that they can spend. Jackson looked and looked, and had found a hat that he wanted to buy. During the parade, the Mad Hatter came up to him and was complementing him on his hat, which made Jackson even more excited that that is what he spent some of his money on.
We then enjoyed some more shows, rode some rides, and met some more characters including Princess Jasmine and Tinker Bell. Last year when we went, one of our favorite characters we met was Aladdin, and Jackson was so bummed that he wasn't with Jasmine... so bummed that he didn't even want to meet Jasmine. (I think he had enough of meeting Princesses by this point!).
We also had our fast pass to go and do what Elsie had been waiting for the entire trip- to go meet Anna and Elsa! When Elsie first met Elsa, she just kept sweeping her little cape around so she could be just like Elsa. They all loved meeting and talking with them.
On Friday, September 5th, we went to our last park of this trip, to Hollywood Studios. As soon as we walked in we walked right up on Stitch, which is one of Jackson's favorite characters right now, and Pluto. We then walked over to the Disney Jr. section where we got to meet Sofia the First and Jake.
Meeting Mike and Sulley and hanging out and playing or a while in the Honey I Shrunk the Kids playground was next on our list of things to do:
We then spent the rest of the afternoon using our fast passes for Disney Jr. Live on Stage, Star Tours ride, and watching the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular. We also got to catch Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, Voyage of The Little Mermaid, and riding even more rides.
Eric and I then had fast passes to ride the Aerosmith Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, and since the kids were still too small to ride, we just took turns riding while the other stayed out with the kids, but we both LOVED the ride. I can't wait until we get to go back and some of the kids get to ride with us!
It was then time for us to go watch our favorite nighttime show- Fantasmic! Unfortunately though, it poured and poured the rain and they eventually had to cancel the show before it even got started. We were prepared to sit through the rain, though!
About right at the time they came across the speakers saying that Fantasmic! had been cancelled, the rain of course stopped. The good news was that they were still able to do the Frozen Fireworks Spectacular, which the kids all loved except for Vada Belle, who was terrified of the fireworks all week long (she is just terrified in general of super loud noises). The park was then closed so we headed back to our room.