Monday, March 28, 2016

Disney Day 3 - Chef Mickey's and Epcot

After a late night, Day 3 got off to an early start since we had reservations for Chef Mickey's at 7 am at the Contemporary so we had to get the boat at 6:45.  Our normally, slow to wake girl was up and at it and Josh popped up as soon as we told him it was time to get ready.  Chef Mickey's was so much fun and the kids got to meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Donald.

We finished breakfast and got on the monorail to Epcot.  Our first stop there was Spaceship Earth, which Emma thought was amazing.  It was then time for Mission Space.  Josh had mentioned this ride before and really wanted to be the Commander.  Emma ended up as Pilot, Brad was Navigator and I was the Engineer.  There are two levels of intensity, green and orange (more intense).  We chose orange.  Josh and Brad thought it was the greatest thing ever.  Emma and I are good with being one and done.  She did enjoy the Mission Space Training Lab after the ride.  Little did we know that the ride made her stomach feel a little off until after Soarin', which everybody enjoyed.  She got off and said she was going to be sick so she and I tried to navigate the crowd as quickly as possible.  Fortunately, she did not get sick but it took a while for her stomach to recover.  We headed towards the World Showcase for lunch because Brad and I wanted fish and chips in England.  While there, Emma met Alice in Wonderland and both kids posed with Mary Poppins.  Mary put Josh in his place; wish we could take her with us all the time.

After lunch, it was time for Seas with Nemo and Friends where we spent some time afterwards in the aquarium area.  Then back to the World Showcase so Emma could meet on of her favorite princesses, Aurora.  While we were doing that, the boys went to Germany for a pretzel and also stopped in Japan, which is where Josh kept telling people he was from.  We ate dinner at the Coral Reef Restaurant and while not a character dining experience, it was cool getting to see the fish, turtles, sharks, rays and scuba divers swimming in the aquarium during dinner.  This was the one day that we got back to the resort early enough to do a little swimming.

Disney Day 2 - Magic Kingdom

Day 2 was Magic Kingdom.  Our first Fast Pass was for 9:10 - 10:10 am so we took our time in the morning.  In addition to bus transportation, our hotel had boats to the Magic Kingdom and the Contemporary.  We took advantage and enjoyed the boat right over.  When we got there, Emma asked for Minnie Ears. Given that days before Mickey Mouse was for babies, I questioned whether she would wear them.  She said she would and she did almost the entire trip.  Josh also got himself Mickey Ears.  Interestingly, Mickey is no longer just for babies.  Hooray!

After making our purchase, we headed for the train depot so we could go to Adventureland for Big Thunder Mountain.  Snow White just happened to be in the depot so photo op for Emma.  This was our first test on a big roller coaster and they both passed with flying colors.  After Big Thunder, there was a short wait for Splash Mountain so we headed over there and luckily got in the back two rows so we didn't get very wet.  From there, we went to Fantasyland for Peter Pan's Flight and Under the Sea.  We also rode Prince Charming's Carousel and the teacups at the Mad Tea Party in Fantasyland.  After lunch, we went back to Adventureland for Country Bear Jamboree and then on to the Hall of Presidents.  Then Emma met Ariel at her Grotto.

Before dinner, Josh and Brad rode the Tomorrowland Speedway and we enjoyed some laughs at the Monters Inc, Laugh Floor before rounding it out with Stitch's Great Escape.  By this point, we were ready to eat and this was our first character meal at the Crystal Palace.  We got to meet Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet.  We didn't know to bring an autograph book for the kids but lesson learned for our next trip.  After dinner, we caught a little of the Main Street Electrical Parade before the Celebrate the Magic light show.  Josh was beyond tired by this point but powered through (he had no choice).  He crashed on the bus back to the resort.  Day 2 in the books!