1/11/15 We left on our magical trip this morning. I am apprehensive about traveling with the kids, flying in particular. Jack hasn’t flown before. Shouldn’t have worried about Jack but rather Scotty. He got sick during the flight. Scotty sat next to Jack and Scott. Scott was great with him during the flight. He must have puked 6-7 times – poor guy :-( Our chauffeur was waiting for us at baggage claim in the Escalade. It was cheaper and easier to get a driver than rent a car. Lucky us! We arrived at our hotel. Very nice Disney hotel. It was the Port Orleans Riverside. We had the option to take the boat to the Kingdom or Downtown Disney – swanky. The bellhop unloaded our luggage along with our chauffeur and we set out to check in. This service was crazy quick too. Linked the Magicbands and off we went to explore. So much fun and magic!! We checked out our room and ate dinner at Boatrights. The kids had these cool clip on lights with their drinks. Scott had steak and I had N’Awlins BBQ shrimp with baquettes. The kids had chicken strips and corn dogs – at a gourmet restaurant these are still available. Bedtime came early since we planned on hitting the parks as soon as they opened. The area looked just like AZ with stripmalls, lots of hotels – nothing special until we got to the Disney Resort. And oh was that SPECIAL!
1/12/15 Today was the first day at the parks. Animal Kingdom. Oh WOW!! Scotty’s tummy wasn’t up for the Dinosaur ride so he and Scott did the safari and Liz, Jack and I did this ride. It was so much fun!! We did meet back up and do the safari together. The safari was gorgeous!!! We saw many animals we wouldn’t have seen in our normal state. Expedition Everest was holy cow crazy. Jack isn’t a huge fan of the wild rides yet rode each and every time. Rockstar! Scott took Scotty back to the hotel to rest. He still wasn’t recovered from the Sunday flying. Rain was moving in but we stuck it out. Stupid us! We left the Animal Kingdom and went to Magic Kingdom where we faced torrential downpour. Scott texted it looked like it might rain. Might hell – it poured! We brought ponchos and they did nothing. We bought Disney ones which helped. We also added an umbrella to help :-) But nothing helped. We did ride Space Mountain. Very different from Disneyland front to back instead of side to side. Jack stuck his head in the corner and suffered though. He did ride it another 2 times on the other Magic Kingdom day. Silly guy :-) We faced the rain back to the hotel. At some points the rain was up to our knees, it was so deep. But no alligators – Thank God! I sat in the laundry room for an hour trying to dry our shoes. $12 later, they still weren’t dry. Scott ended up drying them with the hair dryer in our room. We had room service delivered. Pizza, salad and breadsticks.
1/13/15 Epcot day. We started out on the Test Track. Wow – this was FUN!! We got to design the car from the engine to how it loooked. The kids did the designing while we watched them. The ride was fast – super fast! I think we went 60-70 MPH. After the ride the whole after part had a car racing and a shoppe. Scott and the kids loved the racing. I did what I enjoy best – taking pictures of my family while they did something they enjoyed. Next we did Mission Space – orange. The orange side was fastr and scarier but we did it anyway. It was such a neat ride. Everyone loved it. It too had a gift shop on the way out. In the shoppe, Scotty got a Storm Strooper ear beanie, Jack got a Darth Vader ear beannie and Liz got a wookie hat (Star Wars?). We rode Soarin’ This took us over California – looked just like it since we’ve been there dozens of times.v We ate at Beirgarten. It was an Oktoberfest experience. So many fun dancers and singers and yodelers!! I enjoyed a trio of German wines, Scott had a German beer. We are not drinkers so this was fun :-) It freaks Liz out when we drink since we never drink. She’s a funny gal. I think it might have to do with my seizures. We left Epcot after a while and headed to Animal Kingdom so Scott and Scotty could do the Expedition Everest. They ended up riding it 5 times :-) Tried to get them to ride the Dinosaur but it was closed for some reason.
1/14/15 Hollywood Studios – Tower of Terror. Jack was determined not to conquer this ride. He DID!!! Scott sat out while me and the kids rode the ride. It was fun and better than I remembered from Disneyland. We watched the Indiana Jones Stunt show, a car stunt show, the most awesome Aerosmith roller coaster – Scotty’s first upside ride. Jack couldn’t do it since he wasn’t tall enough :-( Star Tours was fun, fun, fun!!! All the kids loved the Great Movie Ride. It was this fantsastic ride about old movies, bringing back the Hollywood nostalgia. We rode the Toy Story Mania where you shoot thing 3D like. Scotty had the highest score – cool guy he is. We missed the Jedi Training thing. But we are more a ride family not a show family so no one felt bad.
1/15/15 Magic Kingdom This was the worst day of my trip. I had gotten sick the day before and had to cut the day short. Scotty wasn’t feeling hot so we started the day late then ended it early. CRAPPY!! Jack came back with us. Liz and Scott stayed the whole day almost closing the place the down. How fun for them to enjoy a Daddy/Daughter day! Scotty really wanted to ride the Magic Kingdom Railroad so we rode that. It wasn’t as fun as Disneyland – no Grand Canyon. We stopped at the Confectioner’s Corner and brought back yummy treats for everyone. Before we departed to our beds, we rode Space Mountain again. Jack always ducks his head. He rides them but ducks his head and closes his eyes then tells you how much fun it was! We also got to ride Big Thunder Mountain together. Roller Coasters rock. Jack liked this one just fine. Scotty’s belly stayed calm for all the roller coasters. I think he was mostly tired. We headed back and napped. He and Jack woke up before me and played quietly on their kindles. When Scott and L returned we ate a quick meal the little restaurant in the resort. Simple, no fuss dinner.
1/16/15 Legoland. Today was a complete surprise, We squeezed this in and it was so worth it. Everyone had fun but the boys were in HEAVEN!!! We grabbed a tqaxi from the hotel and met up with the Legoland shuttle. It was an hour drive to the park. They were SO excited! Their rides were a bit tamer as the park is geared towards 2-12 year olds. But the kids loved them and we rode them over and over and over!! They got to meet a real like master builder and ask him a million questions. We ate fried chicken and fries. Saw lots of neat things made out of legos. Their mini-land has over 3 million legos! It was a shorter day as the park closed early. Jack fell asleep on the way back so Daddy had to carry him from the shuttle bus to the taxt to the hotel room. He woke up just in time to get to the room, stinker :-)
1/17/15 Today was fun and more relaxing. A no park day. Boy did I miss the Magical Kingdom. Liz and I had breakfast with the princesses. Cinderella in particular :-) We took a bus to the Magic Kingdom and then hopped the Monorail to the Grand Floridian, Ooohhh a fancy hotel. I thought ours was nice. This was crazy nice. Very luxurious. We were a bit early so we checked out the hotel and their shops. Yes, more shopping :-) I had a mimosa and Liz had root beer in her wine glass. Appetizers were a wilted spinach salad with almonds and assorted fruit. Our main entrees were Liz’s traditional breakfast and I had steak with a poached egg. We saved room for our dessert. absolutely delectable. We scraped our plates clean!The boys slept in and took the boat over to Downtown Disney. Tonight was Ohana – an Aloha Polynesian show. Scott was a crab ass. Almost ruined the whole thing. I hate when times like this happen. There was a beach at the resort. The kids loved playing on the beach and building in the sand. Some cute pics. I have to load up the pics somehow now. Crabbiness gave way to a stunning show. Dancing, playing with fire and delicious food. Jack ended up with corn dog nuggets while Liz was satisfied with sticky rice. Wimps :-) Dinner was roasted chicken, sweet ribs, pulled pork, vegetable medley. Dessert was a Jamaican bread pudding topped with pineapple and caramel sauce. Yes we had seconds of this delectable dessert.
1/18/15 We flew home today. Flight was scheduled for 6:50 AM. We had to leave the resort by 4:15 to make the flight. Fortunately we have the greatest chauffeur. He woke up and was right on time picking us up. I think Scott can talk with anyone so the chauffeur and Scott talked the entire hour to the airport. Boys slept and Liz and I just enjoyed the ride, looking at all the cool stuff – seeing a Chipotle :-) Scotty didn’t make it through the flight again. Puking 4-5 times again. He was next to Scott again. It seemed a smooth flight but it just gets is belly for some reason.