Sunday, November 24, 2013

Disney World 2013

We had an amazing time in Florida.  November is definitely the time to visit both Orlando and Disney World.  This was our 2nd trip to The Happiest Place on Earth, and we applied a few things learned from trip #1 in 2012.  

First lesson: Don't go in March.  Check those crowd forecasts, and believe them.  We visited from the 10th-16th, and although Sunday & Monday were busy (the end of the Epcot Food & Wine Festival + Epcot Marathon + Veteran's Day), the remainder of the week was GREAT.    



We managed to get both kids into the Jedi Training at Hollywood Studios on Monday, and It. Was. AWESOME.  




Every Padawan's dream: Fighting Darth Vader

We did breakfast at the Tusker House again, and it was as good as we remembered.  


We also took a trip to the Wilderness Lodge (amazing!), and had dinner at the Whispering Canyon Cafe.  I didn't realize I had nabbed the first reservation of the dinner hour, but I did, and the kids were given the honor of ringing the dinner bell & yelling "Come and Get It!" to open the restaurant. 


We were also treated to a VIP table with special decorations.  


And the kids loved the milkshakes & the wooden horse races!


After dinner we wandered down to the dock & caught a ferry back to Magic Kingdom.  It was so cool to see the other resorts lit up & to approach the Magic Kingdom by lake.  


J got another Pirate Makeover, and opted for the Ghost Pirate look.  


And was chosen to go up on stage with Captain Jack Sparrow himself!  


A quick tutorial on the finer points of sword fighting. 


My princess and the castle. 


Hey look, we were there too!


Face painting.....


After the Princess Makeover.....


Mickey!


Minnie!


At Epcot we treated M, her cousin, and Grandma to "Pick-a-Pearl" at the Mitsuhoki store in "Japan".  Each oyster is guaranteed to hold a pearl, and the girls were lucky enough to all choose oysters that had larger than normal pearls.  


The parks were all partially decorated for Christmas, and were so pretty.  












We had lunch at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot, and it was SO GREAT.


We met 5 princesses in all, got autographs & photos, and had a delicious lunch.  
HIGHLY recommend. 




A trip to DW wouldn't be complete without a ride on the Monorail!



I'll do another post with a few of the tips we learned from our trips, and a couple of additional details.  The bottom line is that we had a wonderful vacation and feel so lucky that we were able to be at Disney World with family, and enjoy such great travels!  

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