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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

10 days of vacation

Walt Disney World. 

It's hard not to smile when you hear of these 3 words. It's even harder to keep the trip a secret from three curious and nosy children. Miraculously, we managed to keep them from finding out and on the day that we were to travel, I presented our three children with three boxes. When they opened it, they each found a card, a Magic Kingdom guide map, and this:

As soon as they realized that we were to go on our vacation that very evening, it was utter chaos in the house. Our 4 year old and her two 7 year old sisters exploded with excitement as we dragged them to their rooms to change out of their pajamas. It wasn't long before we bid our house goodbye and left for Florida.

10 days in the happiest place on earth went by fast. We stayed at the Grand Floridian Hotel and watched the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the balcony of our bedroom. We dined at Cinderella's Castle and had tea with Rose Petal and Princess Aurora. We toured the world in Epcot and almost touched a giraffe in the Animal Kingdom. We roasted marshmallows by the beach and had smoothies by a river.

Time seems to pass differently when you are on vacation and especially when you are three hours ahead of your usual time zone. 10 days went by so fast that it almost seem unreal that we had done all that we did together in WDW mere weeks ago. 

While we were all excited to go to WDW, we were sad to leave it. Vacations do not seem like they are ever going to be the same again but we know that some time soon enough we will be back there again. 

Here are a few pictures that we took on our trip:
 Arriving at the hotel.

Belle in Fantasyland.

"Wishes" fireworks in the Magic Kingdom.

The chef at the O'Hana restaurant made this for my baby girl when he found out that she has a peanut allergy. 

So, when is that Toy Story cartridge coming out again?

We couldn't get enough of these pressed pennies. Well, until we found pressed QUARTERS machines and that's when I ran out of quarters and had to stop adding to our collection.

Still, I'm glad that I took the time to prepare tubes of quarters and shiny new pennies to bring along to WDW. My girls are still looking at their collection even 2 weeks after we have returned home.

We loved the Safari ride at the Animal Kingdom so much we went on it twice!

Princesses waiting for their ride.

See you later, Walt Disney World. We'll be back soon.


  1. Oh, can I say I am jelouse??? I can't wait to take my family to the happiest place on earth.
    It looks like you all had a wonderful time. I know my little one (3yo) would have died to have seen Woody and Jessie in person:)

  2. Oh Pauline! Toy Story 3 is due to be released this Summer and they are so totally promoting the movie. The Toy Story characters are everywhere in the parks. Did you know that Buzz does not sign autographs? He has this really big rubber stamp that he uses to stamp his signature with instead. :)

  3. OMG that looks so fun!! I love that Disney is so good about food allergies too. We haven't done any dinners there (at Disneyland) but have eaten at a few of the places inside the park and they are always very allergy-aware. Makes it much easier to relax and have fun.

  4. I know! I was so impressed by how serious they are about food allergies. When we went for dinner at Boma (Animal Kingdom Lodge), the chef even walked with us around the buffet spread and told us which dishes had nuts or peanuts. She went through EVERY dish! It definitely gave us a peace of mind. :)

  5. Just an FYI, pre 1981pennies work much better. Shine them up with hot sauce - tapatio if you can find it, it's inexpensive. The higher copper content doesn't make the whiteish streaks.

  6. Oooo. Thanks for the tip! We love pressed pennies and I will keep this in mind. Thank you!