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Monday, November 30, 2015

Day 2 of Disney World / Magic Kingdom

Since planning Disney World is OVERWHELMING, to say the least.
Especially if you have never been or haven't been since you were 8 (in my case) so we just tried to visit everything besides Fantasyland that day.. because we wanted to make sure and soak up Fantasy Land and have a day to do just that on its own day.  I'm kind of glad we did it that way because we got a feel for the park that first day and the day already felt hectic.. the next time we went to the Magic Kingdom everything seemed to go much more smoothly.

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(i can't get any pictures of zoey these days.. she is too busy)

We met Tinkerbell, The Magic Carpet Ride, Monsters Inc Laugh floor, Pirates of the Carribean, had lunch at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe, Stitch's Great Escape (only one Zoey couldn't go on that day), and then we headed back to the hotel to let the girls rest before dinner and caught the first half of Sleeping Beauty (movie of the night under the stars) at our hotel.

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Dinner at Ohana's at 9:20pm.. another late night.
We also got to visit the Polynesian Resort (which is where the dinner is at) which also might be our next place we want to stay.. it has the monorail to Magic Kingdom that would have been so much easier with kids than getting on a bus like our resort had.
Since our reservations weren't until 9:20 we were able to watch the 9 o'clock fireworks from outside the restaurant windows while we waited to get seated, they also had a little light show on the water that goes by while the Wishes fireworks are going.
But back to the food.. it was AMAZING!! so delicious and they give you a ton of food and it's fast.. it's kind of like a Texas De Brazil restaurant but for Hawaiian Style food. Sadly we didn't see Stitch (who is suppose to be there).. Lexi loves Lilo & Stitch so she was looking forward to that, but it might have been because we had such a late reservation but they did do a fun little race activity for all of the kids with brooms and coconuts!

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(It was hard to keep Zoey preoccupied and content during dinners)
After dinner, we headed back to Magic Kingdom since it was open late that night and we were able to meet up with some friends that were in town visiting too! It was late and the kids were tired so we didn't last too long!
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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Day 1 of Disney World / Epcot

Our flight left Dallas around 2 and we got into Orlando around 5.
Shortly after we checked in at the gates and sent our luggage through we were told by the people at check in that we would not be able to take our stroller through because it weighed too much..
Seriously American Airlines?!
Who doesn't let parents with kids take their stroller through.
I was even willing to send off one of the seats but she weighed our City Select Stroller with just one seat and it was over the weight limit in their guidelines.. now I have flown for the past couple of years with this same exact stroller with just one seat and no one has ever stopped me nor even mentioned a weight limit.
LUCKILY this happened when we didn't have a layover and I had Tyson with me..
or I might have had a break down right there in the middle of the airport!
When we got into the airport we saw plenty of parents walking around with bigger strollers like ours but not with double seats.. so I think that might have been what made them stick their foot down?!
But I should mention that on our way home since we checked in at our hotel and had the luggage sent from the resort.. we had no problem taking our double stroller through on our way back home to Dallas.
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as tyson was packing up the car and we were getting in Lexi goes "be careful with my bag I packed breakable Jesus" haha we just laughed and my heart was pretty full I have to admit. It's her little figurine of Christ that Tyson got for her a while back.. it normally is on her night stand but what was even funnier is that she snuck in a couple more things and we discovered them at the airport!
Love this girl!
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After getting luggage and getting on buses we got to our hotel around 6-6:30.
We checked into our hotel (we stayed at Port Orleans Riverside) and then we headed off to Epcot to catch our first 8:25pm dinner reservation at Akershus to dine with princesses! When Tyson booked our Disney Trip he went through a Disney agent (which is a free service) and had the dining plan included with our trip. When he first booked the trip it was about a month away and there was hardly anything available.. not to mention we had no clue what to even book. They recommended 160 day out to make reservations but that wasn't an option for us.. luckily we kept looking at our disney app and we got majority of the places we were wanting. It's true what they say.. just keep checking back and be flexible with your times. We had a lot of late dinners.. and a cranky 1 year old.
We just sucked it up and tried to make the best of it!
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By dining with the princesses we were able to eliminate a lot of the meet & greets to get a picture and autograph.. Since seeing princesses & Elsa & Anna were on the top of Lexi's list this is what we mainly focused on when we planned out our days!
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During dinner they had a princess parade through the restaurant
and Lexi was in heaven when Cinderella grabbed her hand to walk with her!
Talk about a good way to start out our Disney World trip!
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After dinner we walked around Epcot (after park hours so it was almost empty)
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We heard Epcot was more of an adult park so we didn't venture back to this park during our stay.
Maybe next time!
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