My little Disney miracle (which I attribute more to the power of prayer than the power of Disney) came on Sunday morning. I had worked so hard to keep our little family healthy for this trip to Disney. So, of course, I came down with a cold a few days before we left. On Saturday (our travel day), I was MISERABLE. Constant runny nose, eyes watering, sneezing, headache. (I went through all the little purse-sized Kleenex packs I bought for the trip on the drive up to Chicago, so we had to stop at a gas station before the airport to get a box of Kleenex. Uhggg!!) Of course, the plane ride didn't help. My ears got so plugged that I truly couldn't hear out of my right ear and my head felt like it might explode. I felt awful that whole day, and was just praying that I could at least enjoy our trip in the midst of my illness AND that I wouldn't pass it on to the rest of my family. Well, miracle of miracles, I woke up Sunday morning feeling fine. Perfectly fine. My nose had stopped running, my eyes weren't watery, my head didn't hurt. I felt great for the entire trip, and no one else got sick. It was an answer to prayer.
First views of the castle
A carousel ride is always a hit!
Staley loved trying to make the teacup spin faster and faster.
Meeting mermaid Ariel was a highlight for Adelie, who declared mermaid Ariel her favorite character, the Little Mermaid ride her favorite ride, and the Little Mermaid show her favorite show. (Are you picking up a theme here??)
Staley said that Peter Pan was her favorite character we met, as evidenced by the fact that she is jumping up and down with joy in this photo. Love it!
Briggs was a big fan of Peter Pan too.
I love how Adelie couldn't take her eyes off Merida...
Briggs enjoyed his first tastes of french fries. He also had his first taste of chocolate cake. Thanks, Disney!
Adelie checking out Belle and the Beast in the Festival of Fantasy Parade.
Day # 2 was our Epcot day. (Or, as Adelie called it, "Apricot.") We had breakfast at Akershus (in Norway), where we got to meet Belle, Cinderella, Aurora, Mulan, and human Ariel. The food wasn't anything special, but having all the princesses come to our table and spend time with the girls was great. The girls even got to parade around the room with Ariel leading the princess parade. They loved it!! We then spent most of the rest of the morning just walking around all the countries. The weather was gorgeous (low 70's and sunny), and the girls just had the best time running around outside, chasing each other, and checking out the countries. A man carved Adelie a little heart made out of wood in Africa, and Staley loved the miniature town and trains in Germany. We also enjoyed some crepes in France. We met a few characters (Jasmine and Aladdin in Morocco, Alice in England) and rode the Nemo ride before heading back to our hotel for naps (and swimming for the girls). We then went back to Epcot in the evening for dinner (some good, quick Mexican food), walking around, and a few more rides (Spaceship Earth, where Staley got scared and Adelie fell asleep, and the Nemo ride again). I had bought some cheap spinning light-up toys before our trip, so we gave those to the girls to play with on the way back to the hotel. They LOVED them. They might have been driving all the people on the bus crazy with the spinning lights, but they were having such a good time with them that I didn't have the heart to make them stop.
Welcome to Apricot!
Staley and Adelie having races while we waited to check in for breakfast.
And yes, the weather was a gorgeous as it looks.
Staley and Aurora making a princess promise that Staley would tell Aunt Carrie thank you for the beautiful autograph books. We got SO many compliments on the amazing autograph books that Aunt Carrie made for the girls for Christmas, especially from all the princesses and characters that signed the books.
Adelie showing me the heart that her new friend, Bernard, chiseled for her.
Staley had the best time running back and forth on this little walkway while "chasing" the trains that were driving through this miniature town in Germany.
Adelie loved meeting all the characters, but she was VERY taken with Aladdin.
And Briggs was quite taken with Alice.
The girls just enjoyed the little things on our Epcot day. Here Adelie was walking on her "balance bean" while waiting to meet Alice.
Epcot was very pretty at night.
Ready for our day at Animal Kingdom
My fearless Adelie climbing at the dinosaur playground. There was a really big, twisty slide at the playground. Adelie went down it about 5 times before Staley built up the nerve to do it.
Sister fun on the playground...in their super-cute shirts custom-made by my friend, Jenny!!
Adelie talking to Pocahontas...undoubtedly asking her where she sleeps. :)
Adelie still more interested in looking at the characters than the camera.
Family fun with Goofy
They did a kid-parade during our lunch at the Tusker House with Donald in the lead. Staley told me that it wasn't as much fun as the princess parade [at Epcot] because all the kids were clapping, but she couldn't clap because she needed to hold Adelie's hand. :)
Flik was one of Briggs's favorite characters to meet. Loved him!!
Briggs and Daddy checking out some exotic birds
We had a wild time at Animal Kingdom.
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