Monday, September 26, 2011

WDW: the magic kingdom

first full WDW day!

the morning was a little chilly as we headed out of our rooms at 7:30am, but it quickly warmed up. humidity was up and temp ranged from 80-95 degrees.

disney transportation rocks, especially at pop century resort because it doesn't have any other stops like the other value resort buses do.

we got to magic kingdom in time for rope drop. this is the opening ceremony that takes place right in front of the train station after you enter the turnstiles. all the characters greet you in song. i won't lie, i cried. to be able to take my family to disneyworld, and to be there with good friends, such a dream come true.


their small world is so different than the one at disneyland. 
you have to go inside and down to get on the ride. it's a lot brighter inside too, i really like it.

we caught a show that was in front of the castle. 
we had a good spot because the kids looked at ducks on that side as well.
 roel took the opportunity to take a nap during the show.

snack time during the parade. did i mention that all of our food was included in our trip for free? 
we went during a free dining plan promotion. so good!

and then came the moment my girl had been waiting for. her princess makeover at the bibbidi bobbidi boutique. they have this at disneyland, but i told her she could only do it at disney world because it's kinda expensive. we saved money by bringing one of her favorite costumes. so i let her pick out some shoes there. thing is, they don't tell you the price of anything you add on until you are ready to pay.

hair, tiara, nails, makeup, and a sash. everything needed to become a princess.

after a sprinkle of pixie dust, she had her first look at herself all done up. 

princess shoes = $30
total princess makeover = $90
malia believing she had been transformed into a real princess = priceless

we had a famous one in our group at the monsters inc laugh floor.

the people mover is still alive at WDW!

shopping time. m&m each had their own gift card for souvenirs. 
micah bought the pirate gun but not the ears. i liked the ears though.

dinner at cosmic rays. the food was SO good. and we stayed there for a while 
because it was pouring buckets of rain outside. they had coloring pages and 
hula hoops for the kids though, so it wasn't bad at all.

we will always remember our time at cosmic rays, especially when ethan was sad that it was raining. he was so cute asking why did it have to rain.

when the rain finally let up, we headed over to town square theater to see mickey and minnie.

the castle right before wishes fireworks

i think one of my favorite parts of our time at the magic kingdom was watching the fireworks. although it was raining, we didn't have the ideal spot, and the video i took wasn't the greatest, i loved every minute of it. listening to micah watch the fireworks made my heart smile. in the video, he kept saying "whoa" and "wockets" and "that's my fwav-wit" while he was jumping up and down.

we stayed until the park closed. we even saw the castle's "kiss good night" when the castle turns different colors before it dims and we are reminded of walt disney's dream and wishes. we were happy, but so so tired.