Friday, December 31, 2010

For the love finally!

As many of you know this year my Mom and Dad gifted us with a trip to Disney World in FL for Christmas.  We had a wonderful time, and for the most part it was pretty uneventful. Especially with 4 kids 4 and under.  Thankfully everyone who had the nasty 24hr flu crap puked before we left and India waited until last night at home to cut her top 2 teeth. 

It had its highs.  Such as seeing lots of characters like Rapunzel who is very popular now.  How they decorated the park for Christmas was spectacular.  And just the coolness that is Disney itself and everything it offers is phenomenal.

It had its lows.  Dave and I rode quite possibly the most nauseating and claustrophobic ride known to man, and paid for it for hours afterwards.  We lost the keys to the car briefly in the Goofy parking lot on Christmas day, and after 45 minutes of crawling around with our butts up in the air under rental cars (can we say suspicious looking!) we found them in the stroller.  We got stuck on the Pirate's of Caribbean ride for a 1/2 an hour while they fixed it.  If I never hear "Yo Ho Ho" again I will be fine.  And last but not least, it took poor Rachel 26 hrs to get to Seattle with the girls from Orlando.  Fog in San Fran, and all the snow in the East made it just a cluster #!*% to get home.

But in the end it was a really good time.  We spent a total of 6 days there with 4 1/2 days dedicated to the 4 different theme parks that make up the entity that is Disney World.  To put the picture order in perspective......

Day 1: we travelled from Denver to Orlando and spent the rest of the evening in the Magic Kingdom watching various parades, and fireworks.  What.... like we were going to sit in the hotel and watch "The Santa Clause" for the 100th time on tv.  Chip and Dale performed the Chinese variation from Nutcracker on stage.  I guess it is official. I can now quit my day job and work for Disney.  I am highly qualified for that position and it doesn't matter how much I eat before performing, my costume would always fit. 

Day 2: we went to the Animal Kingdom where we went on Safari and had dinner with the screeching monkeys at the Rainforest Cafe.

Day 3: was our Epcot day.  So many cool places and countries to visit in Epcot.  Dave and I agreed we could have done without the awful horrible spinning space ride and spent more time in the countries shopping for overpriced tchochkies and eating funnel cake.

Day 4: was Christmas day and we went to the Magic Kingdom along with the entire population of Orlando and 1/2 of New Jersey.  So not kidding.  Forget the Mickey sweatshirt, evidently high heeled cha cha boots with skin tight textured leggings and an animal print top are what is in style for a trip to Disney World. :)  I wore a $10 Mickey top from Target.  Guess I am not fashionable.  Bootylicious yes, but not Jerseylicious.

Day 5: was Hollywood Studios, and we were glad for the opportunity to watch indoor stage shows and take it easy.  The weather was actually colder in FL that day then back home in CO.  Dave and I rode a roller coaster that went 60 mph while Aerosmith blared from speakers.  Much much better then Mission to Puke at Epcot.  Only wish we got more pictures of stuff at the "Walt Disney The Man" exhibit.  So cool, and narrated by Julie Andrews.

Day 6, and 7 for some of us, was travelling home.

Like I said we only did Disney itself.  We didn't even attempt Universal Studios, Sea World or Busch Gardens.  That would have required another week.  We couldn't even get to shopping at the killer Factory Outlets because the highways were so crowded with people the day after Christmas that the traffic didn't let up until 10 pm that night.  I guess all those people from Jersey had to go shopping somewhere. 

Train Station @ Main Entrance to Magic Kingdom

Cinderella's Castle lit up @ night


Electrical Light Parade w/ Alice

India loved the Small World dolls
Tree of Life completely carved with animals at Animal Kingdom
As Indie would say "Roar"

Drummers in Japan at Epcot

Mary Poppins in England

Alice also in England

Mulan in China

Snow White in Germany

Pascal and Norah

Calla in her matching costume with Rapunzel and Flynn

Mom and India

Mickey and Minnie

Winnie the Pooh and Dave too

Loving Piglet

Main Street decorated and hoards of people

Beauty and the Beast stage show

Backdrop at Indiana Jones

Stunt show for Indiana Jones
Here is to wishing you all a Merry Belated Christmas,  I hope the New Year brings you Peace, Happiness, and Love.

XOXO! Cara

PS. Yes, I am wearing a sequined Minnie Mouse ear headband!

1 comment:

  1. Love it!!! Looks like you guys had so much fun! Thanks for posting the pics, Happy New Years!
    Love and miss you...