Friday, June 29, 2012

Walt Disney World and Florida Trip!!!

Let me just start by saying that if you want to feel how adding a child alters the experience of a location the Magic Kingdom is THE place to go! I can not tell you how many times Seana and I toed the line of crying from just happiness while there with Maggie.  

I hadn't anticipated taking Maggie to Disney World before she was 2 but Seana had a women's business conference in Orlando which meant Maggie and I could go along to Orlando just by buying a plane ticket for me.  I have to say I am very blessed to have one of my very best friends living in Orlando so that just sweetened the deal!  So we found a ticket for just under $250 and headed out!  We got in on Saturday afternoon and got our car and headed to Desiree and Bo's! 

I have to say seeing Desiree was exactly what my heart needed, I almost cried at the sight of her!  She is just such a positive energy in my life and actually being with her made my cup run over!  It was THE best way to kick off our mini vacation!

On Sunday we took it easy during the day and opted to go to the Magic Kingdom after her nap which for Maggie is around 5pm.  I know you are thinking that is a lot of money to spend for only a few hours.  I should probably mention at this point that Desiree comes with perks; she works for Disney and can walk in 3 guests with her so going to Disney at this time in our life is free thanks to one of my besties!  So off we went!

Here are Desiree, Maggie and I at the Polynesian Resort!
A great family photo of us at the Poly as well!
Desiree and her boyfriend Bo riding to the Magic Kingdom!
Seana and Maggie on main street of the Magic Kingdom... tears tears tears!
In front of the Castle!!
and again!
and again!
One more time!!!
For Maggie's first ride we decided to go to Philharmagic (which is one of Desiree's favorites) it isn't really a ride it is a 3D short show. It turns out this is not the best ride for Maggie at 21 months!  She cried a little and refused to wear the 3D glasses but she survived!
We then found some more age appropriate rides and discovered our camera had a low battery... humph...rides like Small World, Winnie the Pooh, and Peter Pan GREAT for 21 month old Maggie!! 
You can't go to the Magic Kingdom without seeing the electric parade and the castle show and fireworks!  
On a side note this was Father's day so in honor of this special day Maggie's positive male influence for the day was Bo!  Look at what a good substitute Daddy he makes it is good practice for his future maybe!
 
A group shot after the fireworks there is supposed to be a castle behind us but it doesn't show up in the dark go figure!

On Monday we took it easy during the day; hung out with Desiree and Seana worked from "home" then that evening we went to Epcot!
Not only did we pose and get a photo in front of the big ball we did the ride inside which was pretty cool actually and a good starter for Maggie!  
 We also did the Finding Nemo ride also age appropriate!
Us hanging in a clamshell!
Desiree & Bo hanging in a clamshell! 
 After this ride we headed to The Lands for dinner and then to see the fireworks at the Epcot World.

On Tuesday Morning, Seana went to work at the hotel, and Maggie, Desiree and I made a quick trip to Animal Kingdom to play at the Dino Dig Site.

Here she is playing on the slide!
 Exploring!!
After a bit of playtime we opted to try out a ride before escaping the heat.

How about going around and up and down in a triceratops!

Here we are waiting in line! 
 On Tuesday night we were supposed to go to Tampa and meet up with some friends but Seana's work had other plans as did her driving on my command.  We left late and then Seana got pulled over... she only got a warning but with that we weren't going to have dinner until super late!

So we ended up meeting up with her co-workers (late of course) eating dinner with them at a place in Downtown Disney.  After dinner we wandered over to the Lego store and admired these awesome Lego "Sculptures"
Woody and Buzz...To Infinity and Beyond!!
Snow White and Dopey! 
Prince fighting the "dragon" in Sleeping Beauty! Unfortunately we cut off the princes head oops!
Maggie and I posing infront of the above sculpture... not my best moment but Maggie was right on cue! 
So Wednesday and Thursday were much more hotelcentric... We stayed at the Hilton Orlando and decided on Wednesday to check out the pool and Lazy River!
The pool has 0 entry here is a photo of Maggie enjoying the pool! 
Boldly going a bit deeper! 
 Hanging with Mommy in the lazy river! (I love this photo!)
Wednesday night we were supposed to go to Dinner with an old friend from Las Cruces, NM who happened to also be in town but as life would have it ... the weather had a different idea and she got stuck at Universal so we ended up having dinner at the hotel.

On Thursday the forcast for the day was also rainy so we took the opportunity in the morning when it was not raining and ventured once more to the pool!

Maggie being cute! 
 Maggie looking all grown up!
Thursday night we went to dinner with Seana's coworkers at the top of the Contemporary resort!  We got to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from a distant on the rooftop and then had a great dinner!  It was a perfect wrap up for our trip!

Friday morning we had coffee with Desiree to say our Goodbyes and return her friend's pack and play they loaned us and then we were off to the airport and back home in no time!
 

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