|Family photo at Epcot (it's hard to see the white globe in the white sky)|
The scariest thing happened in the airport as we were in line to board. Everett was there and then he was gone. We could not see him anywhere and part of me thought that he was playing hide and seek. I started to walk one way and Lee walked another. Lee found Everett two gates from where we were. As soon as Lee saw Everett he noticed that two security people were heading towards Everett as well. Everett was on the wall with tears running down his cheeks. It was traumatic, but I was so thankful for the security folk who had noticed that a child was lost and a child who stayed put when he realized he was lost.
As soon as we got to Orlando we took a taxi to our hotel. We stayed at the Dolphin, but the entire hotel was booked for the last night of our stay so we had to go to the Yacht Club for the last night. The Yacht Club pool is so much fun with its sand area and slide from a pirate ship.
We arrived Saturday afternoon and walked to Epcot from our hotel. We went to Soaring since last year Everett was not tall enough. We saw Figment (my favorite ride) and favorites from last year like Turtle Talk with Crush. Madeleine and Lee rode Raytheon's ride and Madeleine was so proud to be riding her daddy's ride since Lee works for Raytheon. We tested Coca Cola products from other countries for free (my favorite!) and then went to our dinner at the Garden Grill with Chip, Dale, Mickey Mouse, and Pluto. After dinner we watched the Illuminations show with great fireworks.
|Everett kept manhandling the characters, he now knows that there is a person under that costume!|
After lunch we went to Animal Kingdom and loved the safari where we saw rhinoceros, giraffes, elephants, and lots of other animals. We did the It's Tough to be a Bug show but since it is in the dark and there are things spraying on you and crawling behind your back, Everett was terrified. The guidebook says may be frightening for children and they were right! We watched the best parade at Disneyworld, the Jammin' Jungle parade that reminds me of the Broadway show of the Lion King with the amazing people that are animals. We all rode Expedition Everest, the roller coaster went backwards! We went back to our hotel and swam and then stayed at our hotel for dinner. We walked along the Boardwalk and were all very entertained and impressed by the magicians performing.
|If it rains and you can't go to Jedi training, you get to meet Darth Vader!|
|Everett finally old enough to do Jedi Training!|
|The favorite kid show of the moment. Phineas & Ferb!|
Monday Lee went off bright and early to his Conference and the kids and I went back to Hollywood Studios to try once again to battle Darth Vader at Jedi Training. Everett and Madeleine had a blast! Everett was so excited to finally be old enough (you have to be 4). There is a training and then Darth Vader appears and they all get to fight him. A highlight of the trip, for sure! We rode Star Tours 3 more times and then we had pictures taken with lots of characters, Phineas & Ferb, Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, Jake from the Neverland Pirates & Sulley the monster from Monsters Inc. We had lunch at Pizza Planet and the kids loved all of the video games. We met Lee at his break for lunch and we did Toy Story Mania again. We went back to the hotel to swim and then walked around France and Morocco in Epcot. They have a cool Phineas and Ferb game on a cell phone and the kids loved it. As we walked around Morocco Madeleine did not know what a belly dancer was and since the restaurant in Morocco had a belly dancer, we had a delicious dinner there and enjoyed the belly dancing! We went to Japan and I loved going through the shops there, it felt like I was back in Japan! We went to America and enjoyed the movie about America's history. We made our way via bus to Magic Kingdom and watched the Electrical Parade and the fireworks, but Everett fell asleep and the fireworks did not wake him up!
|My two pirates!|
|Family photo with Captain Hook at the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party|
|3 people in the cars at Tomorrowland Speedway. Lots of laughs.|