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Florida Disney World Vacation

***This is a Fair Warning to you, this is a very long post with lots of pictures and fun adventures of our week in Florida!

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We went on a family fun vacation down to Orlando, Florida; we had a very busy but fun packed week with my little sister, Alicia. I really think we all needed a vacation after the vacation because we were all so tired, but we have memories that will last a lifetime and that was the whole purpose of the trip.

We arrived in Florida the afternoon of Tuesday March 11th, checked into our hotel, then headed to Downtown Disney to meet up with my sister as she was just getting off work. We walked around looking at the shops talking, catching up and eating dinner.

Wednesday the 12th we woke up early to have breakfast at Chef Mickey’s which started our magical experience with meeting Goofy, Donald, Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto while we ate our delicious all you can eat buffet of breakfast goodies. Our favorite items were the Mickey waffles!

Chef Mickey'sAfter breakfast we headed over to Magic Kingdom starting with the Buzz ride, then moving to Space Mountain because there was not a long wait and we could use our fast pass on other rides. Jaymz was unsure about Space Mountain, but ended up liking it because it was fast and a big kid ride. While at Magic Kingdom we met more characters and was able to go on lots of the rides because it wasn’t all that busy due to it being a week day in the spring and a little rainy.

Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin   Space Mountain
Stitch   Tea Cups
Minnie Mouse & Daisy Duck

We ate lunch at Be Our Guest, which was a great surprise for me because I thought they only served dinner as a sit down 5 corse meal and I was not going to do that with 2 kids! Lunch was a quick service meal only until 2pm, but a very long wait and in the end not really worth it to me, although it was fun to be able to eat in the ballroom since Jaymz had seen it on TV and wanted to eat there.

Eating at Be Our Guest, Quick ServiceThe rain cleared by 3pm for the parade. We got to see a brand new parade that was revealed to the public just the Sunday before we came! It was great and the kids loved it!

Magic Kingdom's Parade FavoritesAfter the parade we went on some more rides, purchased some Mickey ears for the boys, met up with talking Mickey and said goodbye to aunt Alicia who was tired and needed to get home to her dog. Brandon and I then found a spot for the light parade and fireworks. I stayed at the spot with Kalvyn, who was sleeping, while Jaymz and Brandon went on another ride and looked around. We watched the parade and fireworks. We waited for the crowd to clear and then got a picture of us in front of the castle kissing since 11 years ago to the day Brandon asked me to officially be his girlfriend and date exclusively! If you look closely at the picture you can see what happens after 11 years and how we didn’t even care that we were photo bombed. The photographer wanted to take another picture, but we decided it was too late at night and that we should head back to our hotel. Jaymz wanted to take to monorail back. We got to the transportation center and found out there was not a bus back to our hotel from there so we had to ride it back to Magic Kingdom and then get on a bus from there. My poor boys were so tired with only standing room on the bus Jaymz started falling asleep standing so someone offered their spot to him and he crashed.

My Boys with their Mickey Ears   Kisses at the Castle
Magic Kingdom

Before we headed to Epcot on Thursday the 13th we let the boys sleep in a little bit since we were so off schedule and were up so late. We enjoyed walking around Epcot, eating food as we went along, since it was the Flower and Garden Festival with a lot of fun topiaries around. Instead of walking the boys raced together, it was really cute watching them play so well. Kalvyn was so cute getting into position at the starting line, we took a bunch of pictures! We also met Mulan, Aladdin, and Jasmine while walking around the world.

Walkin Around Epcot Eating Dole Whip   Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
Racing Through Epcot   Mulan, Aladdin, and Jasmine

Jaymz has been learning about coral reefs at school; making the Nemo ride, looking at the aquariums, and talking to the scuba diver a great learning experience. He also really enjoyed the Test Track, creating 2 cars and going really fast on the ride twice, making it the best ride/activity of the day!

Test Track   Epcot

Friday the 14th, we woke up early to spend the day at Hollywood Studios. This was my favorite park. We started with meeting Buzz and Woody then going on the ride! We then went over and met Vanellope & Ralph and Frozone & Mr. Incredible. While waiting in line, Brandon took the boys around to animation stations, they really enjoyed finding out what character they are like. Then, we went on my favorite ride and Jaymz’s least favorite ride…the Tower of Terror. We lived through it and Jaymz was very proud of himself, but asked never to go on it again…ever.

Buzz, Woody, Ralph, Vanellope, Frozone, and Mr. Incredible   The Hollywood Tower Hotel

We then ate lunch quickly at Pizza Planet (from Toy Story) so we could make it to Kalvyn’s favorite thing…the Disney Junior Show. After the show we met Jake from Jake & the Neverland Pirates (1st character Kalvyn stood by without his thumb in his mouth and out of mom or dad’s arms). We only rode on one more ride, Star Tours.   The only other one we would have been interested in was Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, but the line was too long and we did not put it as a fast pass and Jaymz was just a couple inches too short to ride it.

Meeting Jake from the Neverland PiratesWe had a little time before dinner at the 50’s Primetime Cafe, so we went to play on Honey, I Shrunk the Kids playground…best decision ever! Both boys loved it and didn’t want to leave!

Honey I Shrunk the Kids Playground

We ate dinner, which I was super excited about, but was greatly disappointed with. I made sure to make reservations so we could eat at a table with an old TV, to then be told we didn’t fit at that table. We decided Kalvyn could sit on my lap so we could be at that table, which worked out because he fell asleep in the carrier as we waited to be seated.  He ended up sleeping through dinner and woke up as we ordered dessert. The food was good, but super overpriced (more than other Disney places in my opinion). Our server was fun but that was it, we had to push our limits with her to get her to say anything about our elbows being on the table or not eating our veggies before dessert, not what I read up on before I made the reservation. All in all it was fun, I guess I just expected more and was a little disappointed with the service and price.

Eating at 50's Prime Time CafeAfter dinner Jaymz asked to go on Star Tours again and to make a lightsabor. I said we could go on the ride one more time and that we would think about the lightsabor and maybe do it another day. As we walked out of the gift shop (the exit of the ride) to head back to the hotel there was someone recruiting kids for the Jedi training show. We talked Jaymz into doing it. He loved getting trained and fighting Darth Vader to become a young padawan (he was super cute and talked about it the rest of the trip). Brandon was one proud Papa!

Disney's Star Wars Jedi Training   Hollywood Studios

Our last park to go to was Animal Kingdom on Saturday the 15th.  I was also excited to meet my sister’s boyfriend for the 1st time, since he had the day off, and joined us for a day of fun! We started the day with meeting Pooh and Tigger. We then went on Dinosaur and ate a lunch that I packed.

Meeting Pooh and Tiger   Dinosaur

We went to ride a different dinosaur ride, but Jaymz ended up not being tall enough, so we went on Triceratop Spin which Kalvyn could go on as well and he was thrilled! We walked over to Everest and went on that ride as well.

Tricepatop Spin
Expedition Everest   Expedition Everest Conquered

After Everest we started to head to the Safari Tour but stopped to meet Baloo and King Louie along the way. We then decided to miss the parade to keep going to make sure we could go on a Safari. I am sad because I didn’t end up taking any pictures while on the Safari!

Baloo and King LouieNext, was to go to Rafiki’s Planet Watch by train, which Kalvyn loved riding the choo choo! Outside the building to meet Rafiki we played some games with Chip and Dale and then we met them, had them sign the autograph books, and Kalvyn made the big leap to hugging them by himself. We then went into meet Rafiki, but Kalvyn was too not interested, he just wanted to look at all the animals and bugs that were out to see.

Chip and Dale   Rafiki

Lastly, we met Doug and Russell from Up and took some pictures in front of the Tree of Life before heading for an early evening at home.

Doug and Russell from Up   Animal Kingdom

The next morning, Sunday the 16th, we went to Cocoa Beach and baked in the sun! It was a little too cold and way too windy to swim, but we enjoyed watching a kitesurfing competition, collecting sea shells, walking along the beach, and PLAYING in the sand! I say we baked in the sun because we really did…I put sunscreen on us but I guess not very well and we all got good sunburns!

Cocoa BeachOur last full day in Florida was Monday, March 17th, St. Patricks Day! We went to Downtown Disney to get some family photos. Kalvyn was not interested in getting pictures so we got what we could, got embarrassed, and got out of there! I now remember why we don’t have professional pictures of when Jaymz was 2 years old!

Family Pictures in Disney WorldWe did some shopping while at Downtown Disney, then decided to head over to Hollywood Studios to do what Jaymz wanted to do for his last hurrah…Star Tours once again (his 4th and final ride). He also wanted to make a double lightsabor for his souvenir. Thank goodness for my sister and her tickets, because it poured rain all day and with us all exhausted, sun burned, wet, and hungry we quickly went on the ride, made a lightsabor with Jaymz, ate lunch, and went back to the hotel to rest and pack up. We also canceled going back out in the rain to go to Downtown Disney, where there was celebrations at an Irish Pub for St. Patrick’s Day, to instead eat at our hotel.

Tuesday the 18th, Brandon woke up early to sneak out of the room to purchase Frozen from the hotel gift shop, the day it came out (perks of staying at Disney). I then surprised the boys later on our flight home by letting them watching it!

Watching Frozen on the Plane Ride Home

It was a bitter sweet day…I was happy to head home, get back on a routine, and to sleep in my own bed, but also very sad to say goodbye to my sister and the warm weather. Oh what a week of fun in Florida! We want to shout out a special thank you to my little sister, Alicia, for helping make it happen, spending her vacation time with us, and making this a wonderful trip with memories to last a lifetime…we love you!

*On a little side note: I am extremely happy that we purchased Memory Maker through Disney. We got so many wonderful pictures that I would suggest this to anyone going to make this purchase! Yes, we could have taken our own photos (and we did), but I didn’t have to worry and I got to experience Disney for my 1st time without worrying about capturing pictures of everything. We got all the ride pictures and it was also fun to see Jaymz’s reactions to the magic shots (having Tinker Bell in our hands, Stitch sitting next to him, etc). We used Brandon’s phone when there was not someone available to take pictures and my sister also gave me a bunch of pictures she took, because I am a freak when it comes to pictures and I never seem to have enough!

Posted in All About ME! and Family and Jaymz and Kalvyn and Vacations 4 years ago at 9:18 am.

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  1. Joy Lundberg Mar 30th 2014

    Looks like you all had a wonderful time. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing. Love you all so much, Grandma

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