Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Disney Day 4 - Bibbity Bobbity Boutique

I knew one of the must do's on our Disney trip was a visit to the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique.  I think every little girl dreams of becoming a princess inside Cinderella Castle and Disney lets them do just that.  Each girl is assigned a Fairy Godmother in training who transforms them into a beautiful princess!  I was so excited for Kate to get to do this.  Even better was that we got reservations along with her best friend Addy so they got to do it side by side!  

It starts with them changing into their princess dress.  We had surprised Kate with an Elsa dress and she was so excited to be Elsa.  Each girl gets to pick out the hairstyle they want (some of them are sort of crazy so we had to steer Kate towards the pretty princess bun).  
 Then the magic starts!  The Fairy Godmother goes to work transforming her into a princess.
 Kate's transformation took quite a while due to her crazy hair.  We all got quite a laugh out of how much longer hers took than Addy's.
 I don't think a smile left her face the whole 45 minutes she sat there.  It was the sweetest thing to watch.
 She also got her nails done.
 Along with her make up!

 And of course there had to be lots of pixie dust and wishes!
 Then there was the big reveal!!  The smile on her face was just magical.  You could tell she knew she was a princess!!

 Our 2 princesses!!  They were so cute complimenting each other and just staring at themselves in the mirror.  
 We had to go outside the castle for a little photo shoot.


 Kate kept asking when we were going to see Ben and Daddy.  She could not wait for them to see her as a princess because she knew that she is always their princess.  It was the sweetest moment when Matt walked up to her.  It brought tears to my eyes to see him hug her and tell her how beautiful she was.  Truly a magical moment!
 I cannot say enough good things about our experience at Bibbity Bobbity Boutique.  It was worth every penny we spent.

Disney Day 4 - Magic Kingdom Morning

I have been putting off posting the next Disney post because our Monday was so crazy fun.  There were over 500 pictures just from Monday to go through and get up on the blog.  I have managed to get it down to around 80 and will break it up into 3 posts.  It is sort of sad when it takes 3 posts to do one day but that gives you a good picture of what days at Disney are like.  They are packed full of fun!!  

Monday stared out early with a bus ride over to the Magic Kingdom.  It was the first time we had ridden buses on this trip.  It was a long wait for the bus.  It put us a little behind schedule for the day.  We had never had our car at Disney before but we discovered we loved having our car and being able to drive to all the parks.  It is so nice to have control over when you will leave and not have to wait for buses.  We had heard not to drive to Magic Kingdom so took the bus.  
 The key to doing Disney is to get there early!!!  At least 30-45 minutes before rope drop.  So we were in the first big rush into the park.
 We could not wait to see the castle!!  Can't believe it was day 4 before we saw the castle.  It just worked out that way with our plans but it was fun to save and build anticipation to be in the Magic Kingdom.
 The plan for the morning was to head straight to Fantasyland and ride as many rides as possible in the first couple of hours.  You can ride tons of rides first thing before the park gets busy.  It is best to maximize the lack of crowds.  The day was also a bit princess focused!  First up was a ride on our favorite Peter Pan!!  I just love this ride.  Nothing special but so Disney!
 Then it was Pooh time.  Love everyone's big smiles.  We are all fresh and excited!

 Then it was Dumbo time!  It was closed last time we went with the kids so they had never ridden Dumbo before which is so classically Disney.  This may be one of my favorite pics of the trip!

 We also rode the Goofy Barnstormer roller coaster which quickly became a favorite of the kids.  I lost count of how many times we rode it that week.
 The great thing about the Magic Kingdom is how close everything is.  We were able to park the stroller and just walk around all day.
 Up next was a ride on Journey of the Little Mermaid.  Our princess was in heaven!

 We split up at this point.  Kelly, Andrew and Perry went to meet some characters.  The boys went to ride Buzz and do some other boy stuff.
 Us girls went to meet Ariel.  Kate had been talking about how she wanted to meet Ariel with a tail.  She is one of the best characters at Disney.  So interactive and fun.  Kate loved her!

We also went to check out the Rapunzel bathrooms and take a ride on the carousel.  

 It was 11:00 am by this point and the crowds were starting to build but we had our Fastpasses to use to keep us from having to wait.  Highly recommend riding lots in the morning stand by and then using Fastpasses late morning/early afternoon.  Our first Fastpass was for Enchanted Tales with Belle.  Matt and I had done this back in February and we LOVED it!!  We could not wait to do it with the kids.  It is a truly magical experience where to you get to go inside Belle's house and see her magic mirror.
 You are then transferred into the story where anyone that wants gets to act out parts in the Belle story.  It is so much fun!!  Ben was Belle's father Maurice.  He had to shiver and act like he was in prison.
 Kate was Belle's horse Felipe.  She had to gallop and neigh.  She was so cute and enthusiastic.  She played her part very well!

 The show is so cute.  We loved it!!  I think it was one of my favorite parts of the week.  So fun to see the kids get to interact and be part of the Disney magic.

 We then went over and saw the Mickey's Philharmagic show.  It is a fun 4D experience!

 Then it was time to ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train!!  This is what we had all been looking forward to.  It is brand new and the waits are crazy (like 90 minutes at all time).  We were lucky enough to score Fastpasses.  It is such a fun ride that tells a great story.  It is a roller coaster but not scary at all.  It is smooth and uses fun new technology.  We all loved it!

 The kids were lucky enough to ride it twice due to rider swap!  Check out Kate with her hands up in the air.  I think she kept them up the whole time.
 We ate lunch at Columbia Harbor house and then headed over to Frontierland for a ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Hard to believe it was only 2:00 at this point.  We had packed a whole day already but there was still lots more fun to come!!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Disney Day 3 - Animal Kingdom & Chef Mickey's

Back to the Disney posts...  Hope you are ready for lots of pictures because Sunday was a full day of fun for us!!  After about 4 hours of sleep after the race, we were up and headed over to Animal Kingdom.  There is no rest for the weary.  We got there early for rope drop.  It was actually really chilly that morning.  The whole day was just beautiful with perfect temperatures and sunny skies.  

 The kids arrived with my parents after a fun night at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  They were ready for a great day of Disney fun!  It was the fist day the whole family (all 9 of us) were together.
 Up first we headed over to Dino Land to ride Dinosaur.  It was the kids first time to ride and they really liked it.
 Love the ride photo!  We are all very intent that T Rex.
We took a couple of spins on the Triceratops Spin.  

 We of course had to stop for some pictures at the big tree!

 We then headed over to Africa for a ride on the Kilimanjaro Safaris.  It is one of our favorite rides.  It is awesome because it is so long and no two rides are the same.   The kids were so excited.
 We got to see so many fun animals on the safari.  No close encounters but it was still great!

 The kids were excited to get to meet Doug and Russell from Up.  They were really fun characters.
 Lunch was at Flame Tree BBQ which was really yummy.  So much better than regular park food.
 Then it was time to concur Everest.
 Ben was not excited to ride so he hung out with Perry and Andrew while the rest of us rode.  Kate could not wait to ride her first roller coaster.

 Kate loved Everest!!  If you ask her which ride was her favorite she would say Everest!  She got to ride it twice due to rider swap (which is awesome by the way)!!  She was so brave.
 Then we went to the Lion King show.  It is an amazing show.  It is broadway quality and a great break from all the rides.

 We took in the It's Tough to be a Bug show before the rest of the family left for the day.  The Eckleys were still good to go.  We got a quick snack of Mickey bars before continuing to tour the park.
 We headed over to Rafiki's island to meet Rafiki.
 And Chip and Dale!!!  They are Ben's absolute favorite so it was great to finally meet them.  They were so animated and engaged.
 Dale was not happy Ben's ears were on the Chip side so he turned it around.
 We finished up our day at Animal Kingdom with a ride on Kali River Rapids (we were the lucky ones who got soaked and I mean soaked).  We then felt like we had conquered the park so we headed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.  We had dinner reservations at Chef Mickey's.  

 The best part of Chef Mickey's is meeting the "Fab 5"
 It was our first time to eat dinner at Chef Mickey's.  The food was ok.  Pretty basic buffet food but they did have some amazing desserts which we all enjoyed!
Dancing with napkins is part of the Chef Mickey's fun!
 We were excited to eat dinner with the McClure family.  There is nothing better than Disney fun with your best friends.  And it is made even better when you get to wear matching clothes!
 It was Evan's 8th birthday and he requested that Ben join him for dinner for his birthday.  It was a lively night!
 Donald was excited about Matt's shirt!
It was a fairly early night (9:00 is early for Disney).  It was good we got to bed early because Monday was going to be a very FULL day!!!