Orlando – Disney – Thanksgiving Vacation

Five days at Disney was a lot of fun, and very tiring.  This was Andrew’s first time to Disney and he got to experience it all as we visited all of the parks.  The Migliore’s joined us for the entire week and Andrew had a great time running around with Josey, Ashley and Anthony.   Rob and his crew have season passes and were our resident tour guides for our trip.  I think it has been a long while since they have had a four full days at the parks as we went non stop.

On Saturday we went to MGM Studio’s  (now the Hollywood Studio’s) . Andrew’s favorite was The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ and he had us go on it twice as he loved the dropping and Stacey and I were surprised he was not scared.  The Toy Story Mania! Ride was awesome and it is a big video game.  You are play against your co-riders (2 per car) and shoot targets, getting points as you ride around the track.  The Muppet*Vision 3-D ride was cool but I am a sucker for the Muppets and Andrew liked it.

Sunday was another exciting day as we went to the Magic Kingdom for the first time.  We beat the Migliore’s there and were able to do a few rides before they arrived.   We took Andrew on the Haunted Mansion and I made the mistake of letting Stacey hold him during the intro and he started to freak out and buried his head in Stacey’s lap the entire ride.

Monday was our second day at Magic Kingdom and we were starting to slow down a bit after two days of running around.  Some of the highlights of the day were the Country bear Jamboree, the show has aged a lot but Andrew and the kids still had a lot of fun.  Dinner was awesome at the Whispering Canyon Café the restaurant is served Family style and “all you care to eat” (sill trying to figure out when it changed from all you can eat to all you care to eat, but that may need to be another posting later) One key thing is not to order Ketchup as they bring it ALL to your table, and since Andrew is a ketchup junky we enjoyed the experience.

Lots of Ketchup

Tuesday was the last day of our official Disney adventure, and fittingly we went to Animal Kingdom.  The park has a few cool attractions, the roller coaster is Expedition Everest™ which is a bit different since it goes backwards for a bit, reminiscent of the Tidal Wave at Great America for the older readers (since it is gone).  The Safari was cool Kilimanjaro Safaris® but I don’t think it is as nice as the safari south of Dallas.  The water ride Kali River Rapids® was a lot of fun for those that stayed dry, Stacey and Jen seemed to get the most wet which is funny as Jen had a white shirt on and Stacey had white pants.  The highlight was DINOSAUR and we got a great group picture with Stacey screaming that I will have to scan in when we get home.

Wednesday was our last day that we wanted to go to Disney and finish with eating our way around Epcot since we only had been there for Dinner Sunday night but the weather finally turned kind of ugly and rained all day.  We decided to take in a movie before heading up the Stacey’s parents for the rest of the week.

A long week and ready to get home and start getting the Christmas decorations up.


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