S: Adam's HS Graduation WDW Trip 2012
FC: Adam's High School Graduation Trip Walt Disney World June 5 -12 2012
1: We traveled Airtran through Atlanta. We would have 8 days, 7 nights at Disney's All-Star Sports Magic My Way Passes for 8 days with the Dining Package. Our flight left at 7am & we were in Orlando by 1pm. We used Disney's Magical Express.
3: The All Star Sports Resort has over sized sports courtyards. We were in the Basketball section. We woke early & stayed late at the parks. Sometimes we came back for an afternoon nap.
4: Arrival Day Epcot-! First off we picked up Duffy the Disney bear. We then toured the land pavilion & explored future world. Dinner in Japan can't be beat, especially on the meal plan. Kelly had Prime Rib and the rest of us had Steak & Shrimp!
6: First Full Day Disney's Hollywood Studios Movie Magic Awaits!
7: First Stop was the headliner Attractions - Rock-n-RollerCoaster, Hollywood Tower of Terror (which I will NEVER ride again), & the all new Star Tours (which has 70 plus different rides available)
10: First Day - We spent the evening at the Magic Kingdom & had dinner at the Crystal Palace with Pooh & Friends
13: The Magic Kingdom at night is truly Magical!
14: Day 2 (Thursday) Bright & early to the Magic Kingdom only to be completely soaked by rain showers as we waited to go in. We didn't let it stop us!
15: FantasyLand - Winnie the Pooh & Peter Pan to name a few!
16: The Spinning Tea Cups An oldie but goodie! The 3 of us hardly fit into the teacup! Adam's long legs took up 1/2 the space! For some reason Adam thought it was funny to spin & spin us! NOT!
17: TomorrowLand Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, Stitch, PeopleMover & Monsters Laughing Inc! On Buzz, Adam scored the highest score possible! In Monsters, Adam was on the "big" screen as they tried to get him to dance!
18: Frontier Land!! Splash Mtn & Big Thunder Mtn Railroad are our Favorites
19: Adventure Land!
20: Yes, we did take the afternoon nap. Disney World can be very exhausting. Later that evening we hopped on the AVENGERS themed monorail for a trip over to the Contemporary Hotel for Dinner at Chef Mickey's!
21: Chef Mickey's | Happy Graduation Adam!
22: Day 3 Friday Animal Kingdom This park can be quite warm but the photo opportunities are great! The kids spent a lot of time together riding Everest over & over.
24: S A F A R I
26: we | We love the Lion King Show! It's truly Broadway Quality. The Birds in Flight & It's Tough to be a Bug in 3d are also awesome! Those insects leaving the building get us every time!
28: Kelly insisted we see the Finding Nemo Musical and I'm glad we did! Elaborate puppets & outstanding voices made a great show. Next up with Dinosaur in Dinoland & it never fails to scare me to death when the Dinosaur comes out at the car.
29: So much to see & do!
30: Dinner that night was at 1900 Park Fair at Disney's Grand Floridean Hotel. We had the best supper with Cinderella & Friends!!!
31: Anastasia took a liking to Adam! It was hilarious! | Warning! evil Step-sisters always on the lookout for single men! Anastasia literally snuck up on Adam after he tried to hide at the buffet. The StepMom interviewed him!
32: Day 4 - Saturday EPCOT! after a quick breakfast in the food court at the hotel we were off to another fun filled day
33: Future World
34: Coke from around the world. Always try Beverly from Italy!
35: Exploring the counties!
36: Norway | New Caramel Shop-Yummy!
37: The United Kingdom
43: Marie noticed that the autograph book was for HS graduation & she asked Kelly. Kelly said it was Adam's and pointed him out & Marie went & got him! It was too cute! | Marie from the Aristocats! | Start here, then go clockwise
48: Oh yes We Did! We hit Illuminations at 9PM at Epcot & hopped a bus to see Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios at 10:30! Spectacular shows!
50: Day 5 - Sunday starting the Day at Hollywood Studios for Star Wars Weekend! May the Force Be with You!
51: The Sand person scared Kelly to death!
53: Hollywood Studios was packed for Star Wars Days. Adam decided to stay behind for some of the technical sessions. We headed out for some extra sight-seeing at Disney's Port Orleans Moderate Resort. I was trying to convince Dennis we should stay there next time. ;0
54: Then we headed for the Magic Kingdom & ran into the Surprise Parade!
55: The Haunted Mansion - not my favorite ride but the new interactive waiting area is too cool. Watch out for hitchhiking ghosts!
56: Do U C what I C?
57: Remember we left Adam at Hollywood Studios? The sky's opened up & it rained 3 inches in 1 hour & Adam couldn't get to us for dinner | Aloha Cousin! The food just keeps coming! Peanut dip was awesome!
58: Day 6- Downtown Disney! | Just like they did when they were little. | Kids playing in ground water fountains! | Biggest Disney Store & a Lego Dragon in the Lagoon. Good times!
59: Nothing Compares to Disney Art!
60: Flashback to 2007!
61: Shop till U drop!
63: What can you build?
64: Yep, shopped till THEY dropped!
65: Back to the hotel, took a quick nap & then off to Epcot for dinner at the Garden Grill!
66: Every piece of food came fresh from The Land!
67: Time to jump on the Avengers decorated Monorail & head for a late night at the Magic Kingdom!
68: Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin | We rode it over & over!! | Adam even scored the top SCORE!
70: Night time Photography at Disney! <3 it!
71: Yes, it is 12:30PM!
72: Dragged the family onto this ride finally! You need to do this at least once if you visit Walt Disney World Florida. It's a classic!
73: Day 7 - Tuesday Time to go home! :( I admit to being quite sad we were leaving. We went the kids off to Magic Kingdom so we could finish packing & getting all of our luggage checked in for the Magical Express. We flew AirTran and our flight didn't leave till 5pm, so there was still time to play!
74: The kids found this "game" late into the trip but then they worked hooked, especially Adam. They had us going all over the park fighting evil forces that were trying to take over the kingdom.
76: Time to go! All the animals are packed! Caught the Magical express bus from the resort & the monorail at the airport! Go Duffy! Enjoyed ourselves at the Orlando airport by visiting the Harry Potter store!
77: And the best laid plans... We sat on our airplane in Orlando for an hour only to have to disembark. We waited & I knew we missed our connection in Atlanta. HOURS later we boarded a flight for Atlanta but even had to spend the night in a hotel there.
78: One Day late, June 13th - we finally got home!!!
80: I held him in my arms on the day he was born & dreamed about his future & the things he would learn. Now he stands before me a boy almost a man. I find myself reluctant to let go of his hand but nothing can diminish the pride that's in my heart least of all the knowledge that its time for us to part. So now I give my only son the space to find his way & celebrate the future on his Graduation Day!
81: Congratulations on your High School Graduation Adam! You worked hard and it paid off. I hope you liked your Disney Trip - Love, Mom