Monday, October 17, 2016

Disney 2016–Day 4: Magic Kingdom

(Tues, Sep 13, 2016)

Tuesday we made our way back to the Magic Kingdom.  It was another low crowd day and we were able to visit many attractions with little to no wait.  An unexpected treat this visit!

Hannah chose to ride Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel first.  IMG_2274


We enjoyed a late breakfast of a yummy Nutella and fruit waffle from Sleepy Hollow.  Mmm!IMG_2279

Aladdin’s Magic Flying Carpets is a ride Hannah sometimes likes to ride and other times skip.IMG_2284This year it was a go and she was especially happy when she aimed us at a level that the camel spit water on us.  Smile


After we left Aladdin we enjoyed a treat of a Dole Whip and the fun began as we walked past the pirates.  Hannah loved this!  She had such fun interacting with the pirates and was in her glory!


Saying goodbye to Pirate Britany after about 20 minutes of fun!IMG_2290

Before leaving the Magic Kingdom we watched the new show Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire.  It was great!IMG_2317

Supper that night was one we found last year and we both decided soon into the show last year that it would be a new tradition. It’s called the  Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue.  Before getting to the restaurant we had to race an incoming storm, hoping to get across the water and to the venue before the storm hit.  It was so pretty to be in the sunshine yet see such dark skies in the distance.IMG_2322



We made it to the theatre just moments before the skies opened and thankfully we stayed dry. 

Oh how we enjoy this show!!  I’m not sure what I enjoyed more, the show or watching my girl enjoy herself and hear her giggle uncontrollably!  This sure hit her funny bone!

Her smile lit up our table the entire time we were there!  You can see how much she was enjoying herself.IMG_2348

Enjoying the finale.

Strawberry shortcake for dessert that was absolutely delicious!IMG_2355

We both know that this will be one of our first dinner reservations next September!  If you have an opportunity to take in Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue you won’t leave disappointed!

Tomorrow Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boutique, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Cape May CafĂ©.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Disney 2016, Day 3–Epcot

(Mon, Sep 12, 2016)

We woke ready for another exciting day!  The sun was shining and my little (hiding) princess and I hit the road.  (The picture is a bit fuzzy as it was so humid out that the camera lens immediately fogged up the moment we left the room!  I’d wipe the lens and as fast as I could click the shutter button it had started to fog up again!)IMG_2168

We love the bright cheeriness of Pop Century!  This was our first visit since the children’s splash poolIMG_2167

and bigger pools had been fenced.  The fences were themed beautifully and didn’t alter our view, just our opportunities to swim as now once the lifeguards go off duty the gates are locked and swimming is not allowed.  Sadly this meant we only swam at our resort once the entire trip. Sad smileIMG_2169

On our way to the bus Hannah recreated this pic for me.  IMG_2170

April 2010, 14 months old.  Awe….  Where does the time go???Hannah with Goofy Statue at Pop April 2010, 14 mos

Our day at Epcot!IMG_2221

After riding Soarin’ twice (still a GREAT ride and was a walk-on both times for us!) we made our way to Akershus in Norway for breakfast with the princesses.  Belle was at the Magic Kingdom telling stories so Princess Aurora was greeting guests on her behalf.IMG_2174


Hannah and I were both really excited to see that Mulan had taken time out of her busy schedule to attend breakfast!  It’s rare that she’s here so we were so glad to see her!  She is our favourite princess!!  (Wonder why??)Hannah was sporting her warrior face for this picture. SmileIMG_2178

Other princesses in attendance were Ariel,IMG_2183

Cinderella  (love Hannah’s sweet, peaceful face in this pic!)IMG_2188

and Snow White.IMG_2190

On our way to Test Track Hannah took the opportunity to cool off in one of the cooling locations found around the parks.  IMG_2194

Test Track is Hannah’s favourite ride!  Can you tell? Winking smileIMG_2200


Mickey and friends had moved over to Epcot with us so we took the opportunity to drop in and say hi!IMG_2207



We rode the new Frozen ride and loved it!  After that the lines were short so we popped in for a visit with AnnaIMG_2230

and ElsaIMG_2233

One of the changes this trip was the introduction of insect repellant stations due to Zika Virus.  We made use of these often.IMG_2264

Supper that evening was at one of our favourite restaurants, Coral Reef.  It’s not everyday you get to eat below the water level of a huge aquarium!  IMG_2238

How’s this for a table with a view?!IMG_2240

By far the most amazing thing that happened was this massive ray floating down and resting right beside us!!  We’ve eaten here many times and this is the first time we’ve ever seen this beautiful lady let alone had her join us for dinner!  Look how huge she is!IMG_2253


The entire restaurant started talking when she showed up!  We were there for about another 15 minutes and she stayed there for the rest of our visit.

After supper we took time to do an activity that Hannah really enjoys called Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure.  Using our phone we helped Agent P capture a villain first in Mexico and then after that another villain in Germany.  As we would walk through the countries we would be given clues about where to go next and what to do.  Based on where we were and what actions we took with the phone, different things would happen.  In Mexico she sat on the fountain and after keying in a password, looked up to see a volcano erupting across the pavilion. IMG_2261

In Germany she did something and these steins sang her a song!

We had 8 days in the parks which allowed us time to slow down and do some of these activities that we might otherwise skip.  On our next Epcot day we participated is a really fun scavenger hunt!  More on that in another post.

The end of our first great day in Epcot!IMG_2267


Tomorrow – Magic Kingdom and Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Disney 2016–Day 2: Magic Kingdom

(Sun, Sep 11, 2016)

Hannah and I were up bright and early Sunday morning, excited for our first day in the parks!  The Magic Kingdom is our park of choice for our first day whenever we can organize our trip that way!  As the week would progress we would enjoy quieter starts to the day but this day we were both excited to get there so it was an early one for us!

In the past Hannah has work a silicone wristband with my cell number on it but this year she felt she was old enough not to as she has my number memorized and also placed this little piece of paper in her show with my number on it.  It was a big step but we talked through (again) what to do if we got separated and knowing she keeps close I was okay with her decision.  IMG_2070

We donned our new purple MagicBands and were ready to go!  I noticed that they have changed the material that the bands are made of and they are a little more flexible now and more comfortable to wear.IMG_6159

Squeeeeeal!  It’s the Magic Kingdom!!!IMG_2270

Disney is always changing and updating their parks, resorts and so much more!  Literally within days (if not hours) of leaving things will change!  One of the changes that took place the day after we left last December was the installation of metal detectors and another change I noticed was the addition of many more bag check locations at the Magic Kingdom.  This was wonderful as bag checks were VERY thorough this year with every single pocket of our backpacks, bags and stroller checked each time we entered a park.  I will never mind Disney helping to keep us safe but I will also say these additional bag checks were greatly appreciated as we never waited long!IMG_2086

Disney security randomly selects guests to go through the metal detectors after their bags are checked.  In the end I was asked to go through a metal detector twice out of about 12 park entrances. 

As we entered the Magic Kingdom the flag at half mast reminded me that it was September 11th.  A sobering reminder of a terrible time yet one I never want to forget.IMG_2087

We picked up a hat for Hannah as it was hot, hot, hot and made our way down Main Street.  I’m sure there was a skip in my step as once again we were back at our favourite place with our entire vacation before us!!  The Happiest Place on Earth!!!IMG_2098

Even though it was early September the crane was up adding the lights to Cinderella’s castle that will adorn it for Christmas.  It takes almost 3 months to add the Christmas lights but they are SO worth it!  This pic is from our visit to the Magic Kingdom in 2014. Amazing!!!IMG_5613

Our first FastPass+ (FP+) of the day was for Splash Mountain so we made out way to Adventureland.  Such a great ride and getting splashed was  a welcome relief!IMG_2089

I was able to snag this picture from the monitors.  One of the few that you could see both of our faces so glad we have it. IMG_2096

From Splash Mountain we took the train to the other side of the park and spent the remainder of our day in Casey’s Circus, Tomorrowland and Fantasyland.  We enjoy Tomorrowland Speedway and I can honestly say Hannah’s driving was vastly improved this year! In the past it’s been a recipe for whiplash but this year she was an amazing driver!  IMG_2104

Please ignore my purple face in this video.  September is still toasty in Orlando as the temps reached well over 90o each day of our trip with high humidity.  We don’t mind the heat and were well prepared for it although were mindful of staying hydrated and drinking water often.  Our refillable mugs were full of ice water and tucked into the cup holder of the stroller the entire trip.

Our favourite roller coaster at the Magic Kingdom (MK) is Seven Dwarfs Mine Train so we were sure to secure FP+ reservations each day that we were in the MK!IMG_2109

Walt Disney World has an age requirement of 7yo in order to be able to ride alone.  This year Hannah was excited to ride the Teacups on her own.  I’ll say it’s not my number 1 ride so I was happy to let her try out this new freedom.IMG_2113

My independent girl.  Pretty proud of herself!IMG_2117

We talked often about Auntie Trish, Uncle Dave, Makenna and Kallen who were originally going to be with us on this trip but unfortunately had to cancel.  Dumbo is Kallen’s favourite character so Hannah wanted to ride this for him.  So sweet!IMG_2137


Hannah has never been a huge character person when it comes to meeting characters in the parks so I’m never sure if she’ll want to or not so just take her lead.  This day she did want to meet some of the Fab 5 so we took advantage of the AC and lined up to meet these special friends.  I love to see her excitement as she approached them and the smiles as she posed with them.  Cherishing these moments!IMG_2121







It was a party night in the Magic Kingdom so we needed to leave the park by 7pm as at that time Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party was beginning.   We haven’t attended this party yet but possibly another year we will as Hannah is able to stay awake later into the evening and she’s now expressing interest in going.  We’re not huge Halloween fans but this party does look like a lot of fun and it’s neat to see many families dressed up in coordinating costumes.

When we left the MK we took a bus to Disney Springs (DS).  (It’s such a time saver that Disney now offers direct buses from the parks to Disney Springs after 4pm!)  DS (formerly Downtown Disney) has grown and changed so much since we were there last year and is absolutely beautiful!!!IMG_6176


We tried a new pizza place for supper called Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza and it was delicious! f After supper we walked through the new part of DS and found something I wanted to see in person.  Can you believe it?  A cupcake ATM!  Oh baby!!IMG_6178While we didn’t buy one it was fun to pose with it.  I’m thankful these have not made their way to Canada! Winking smile

One of the stores we wanted to visit this evening was the Lego store hoping to see the new Disney Castle Lego and we were not disappointed!  Check out this beauty!! 




Hannah has told me this is the only thing she wants from Santa this year (yikes!!!) but Santa and I are pretty close and I’ve let her know that he brings toys that are most appropriate for little girls and  boys and since this one says it’s for ages 16+ she shouldn’t be too disappointed if it’s not under the tree.  With all my heart I would love to buy it for her and I know we would enjoy putting it together over time but with a $350US price tag it’s just not going to happen….at least not this year.  (Until it does she can enjoy watching ellieVtoys put this project together in  Part I and Part II of the Castle Lego build.  It’s over 4000 pieces broken into 32 different bags!!)  Hopefully Santa will have other Lego for her though as playing with it is something she thoroughly enjoys and we enjoy working on kits together.  She played at this little table for well over an hour until I had to finally pull her away as it was almost 10pm and we had many more days of Disney adventures before us.  IMG_2160

Sweet dreams baby girl.  Tomorrow…Epcot.IMG_2068

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