Friday, January 11

Disney World: Days 1 and 2

As you may have expected, we had a BLAST at Disney World. Our first day was spent at the Magic Kingdom. It was the worst day of weather, it drizzled the whole day!  We started the day with two very enthusiastic boys dancing in a little street parade with some of their favorite Disney characters.

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Finley was getting DOWN, man.  Taking the boys was such a cool experience.  It was so neat to see them recognize characters they knew and interact with them!  Finley loved just about everything--except things he deemed "SCARY."  Little Mermaid? Too scary.  Beauty and the Beast? Too scary.  Apparently because we showed him the movies and he DID NOT LIKE Ursula.  Also too scary? The Monsters Inc. comedy show.  We literally carried him in kicking and screaming because we KNEW he would like it once he was in there (it's one of our favorites!) and sure enough, he did.  We couldn't get him to do it a second time, but he admitted he liked it.  Not too scary? Pirates of the Caribbean.  He wanted to do that one often. A pirate after me own heart! ARGH!

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Braden. Poor little Braden. As Christina correctly guessed in the comments of the previous post, Braden could NOT HANDLE the fact that we kept taking him off trains.  Tram through the parking lot. TEARS. Monorail to the Magic Kingdom. TEARS. After every.single.ride. TEARS.  Because he was sure that every ride was a train, and we, the most evil parents on the planet, took him off at least a dozen trains that day. We also put him ON as many trains, but he had a hard time remembering that.  There literally was a little tear on his cheek all day long.  It was easily the saddest day of his life.  We brought Finley to Disney World when he was the same age and he coped a lot better.  We think it has a little to do with Finley trusting us more and with him thinking everything was just ok, rather than Braden who loves trains more than he loves anything in the whole world.  Good news though, he figured it out on the rest of the days and had much more fun.

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Our second (and least fun day) was at the Animal Kingdom.  The picture above is from the boys' favorite place--a dinosaur themed play area.  I think they were just happy we weren't holding them or strapping them into the stroller... they just ran free.  Much like this longhorn cattley thing we saw on our Safari through Africa/central Florida. In the background you can see giraffes (Braden yelled TUCKEY! everytime he saw one) and an antelopey thing.

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Those are rhinos. The safari really was very cool and we saw a lot of animals really close!

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The major disappointment of the day was not meeting Russell. We found this obviously UP themed area, but the Disney dude told us that wasn't where Russell was.  We posed for pictures anyways.  Turns out, Russell was just a few feet away (by the big tree in the next picture), but I wasn't savvy enough to ask more questions to figure out where he was.  Apparently each character is only available for meeting kids at one park--so this was our big chance and we missed up.  Finley was unfazed--I felt like the biggest disappointment ever.

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Big tree with Russell and no Finley. The end!

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13 comments:

  1. I feel very strongly that your blog about Disney and my girlfriend's blog about Disney means we have to go. Now.

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    1. You do need to go! Both boys would LOVE it.

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  2. I can't decide on my favorite - either Sol holding the boys (and no one looking at the camera) or Finn dancing or you smiling normally in the pic with Finn at the end.

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    1. I love the one of Sol and the boys--we have another similar picture where they couldn't stop watching something behind us that is precious too!

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  3. HA! that photo of Finley dancing is perfect. He looks so serious, and he looks so grown up! i love that photo. You have a sweet family :)

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    1. He clearly inherited his dance moves from his dad...

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  4. Poor Brady! I am sure it was more about him not understanding how beginning and ending works than the trust issue thing. He clearly only trusts you, Mamma Rachel!

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  5. Love the dancing picture! So much fun.

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  6. At least Finley had a good time, he looks like such a great dancer. I'm pretty sure that is a move we did in Les Chantueses. PS I'm proud of you going to Disney by yourselves.

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  7. Poor Braden...I might have given in and ended up riding the tram around all day! Dinah starts saying "Car" (referring to the car-carts) before we get in the grocery store and then is not too happy when she has to get out of the car-cart when we leave.

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  8. The Monsters Inc. show was awesome! So cute!

    There's a Disney parks app and they tell you where each character is in the park so you can go meet them. Aw man! I didn't figure that out until our last day when I wanted to get a pic with Cinderella but we were in Hollywood studios and she was at Magic Kingdom. Bummer!

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    1. I could not figure out that app. :) But it was the same thing--I finally figured out where Russell was the LAST DAY! Well, I guess we both need to go back!

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  9. Looks like fun! I love the picture of Finley dancing. And for future reference, the "longhorn cattley thing" is a Watusi. Our neighbors have one and I've always thought it was the coolest looking cow. The name is really fun to say too. :)

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