Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The House of Mouse

As you all know, (as evident from the piles of TP we had to clean up upon our return), we recently went to DisneyWorld to celebrate Mr. Sister's 40th birthday. It's the first time Kevin has flown since he was 18 months old, so he got a real kick out of flying. He loves "hairplanes", so being on a real one was a thrill! He was disappointed though when he found out that the flap extenders were *not* missiles waiting to be fired! ("Mommy... when is the plane gonna fire that missile?" "um...sorry sweetie- that's not a missile" *shoulder slump* "oh...ok")

And he couldn't figure out how our luggage could be "underneath" the plane, since there was only sky and the ground "under" the plane. Once I told him the luggage was "in the basement of the plane" he was fine again... LOL! Such sweet innocence!

Anyway.... We had a great time! We stayed at The Wilderness Lodge (I highly recommend it). Our room had a balcony with a perfect view of Cinderella's Castle- we could watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from our room every night! That was awesome, because Kevin's not a big fan of fireworks close-up. On the first day, we had breakfast with characters from Mary Poppins and Winnie the Pooh. Then, we went to MGM. I, yours truly, was chosen as an audience extra for the show! It was so cool! They dressed us up in costumes, and we had to react to the stunt show action going on around us. It was a blast! We also went to the luau at the Polynesian Resort that night- very cool.

We went to Epcot the next day, where they were having a special spring flower show. Topiaries of characters and special floral displays were everywhere. The colors were astounding! We also had dinner with the Princesses that night at The Akershus House at Epcot. Wonderful food, by the way.

We spent the next day at Animal Kingdom, ate breakfast with the characters, went on a safari on land an by river, and even got to see the parade, which was really cool. Some of the floats were like the animal "costumes" used in The Lion King Broadway show, and some were vehicles, on which the Disney characters rode. I also highly recommend the "Tarzan Rocks!" show- VERY cool!

At the Magic Kingdom, we saw tons of characters- Chip & Dale, Timon, Power Rangers, Smee and Captain Hook, Buzz Lightyear, and Minnie Mouse, among others. And somewhere in there we rode rides too, like Mickey's Barnbuster, the Buzz Lightyear ride, and the Indy cars.

It was a blast...a great trip I hope the kids will remember for a lifetime!


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