S: January 27 - February 1, 2011
BC: Disney World 2011 Bethany, Todd, Luca, and Leo
FC: Disney World 2011
1: Day 1 - January 27, 2010 We're on our way to Disney World! Detroit --> Orlando Luca was super excited for everything and Leo was on his first flight. We arrived in Orlando on time and took the Disney Magical Express bus right to our hotel, the All Star Movies Resort.
2: We arrived at the hotel and were greeted with a surprise--we were chosen as family of the day! The boys got some balloons and we were taken to our room in the Fantasia wing of the resort.
3: We took a quick bus ride from our hotel to the Magic Kingdom. The look on Luca's face as he got his first glimpse of Cinderella's castle was priceless!
4: After taking in the sights on Main Street, our first stop was dinner at The Crystal Palace
5: Luca had so much fun meeting his first characters--Eeyore, Pooh, Tigger, and Piglet! He enjoyed interacting with each of them and having them sign his autograph book.
6: After dinner we headed over to Tomorrowland. We went on our first ride, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin and Luca loved it! We then moved over to Fantasyland where our next stop was the Mad Tea Party where Luca rode twice (once each with mommy and daddy).
7: Our next rides were Dumbo, Peter Pan, It's a Small World, Snow White, and Winnie the Pooh. We finished the night off with fireworks over the castle! | Todd wore his pedometer so we were able to track just how much walking we did each day. Here's our total from Day 1.
8: Day 2 - January 28, 2010 On our second day we headed off to Hollywood Studios. On our way in we saw part of the Disney Channel Rocks show. We then headed right to the Little Mermaid live show which we all enjoyed. | Luca the map reader!
9: Next up was the Studio Backlot Tour where Luca's favorite parts were the big flood and the Star Wars costumes. We followed the tour with lunch at the SciFi Dine-In Theater.
10: We walked by the Star Tours ride but it was closed for renovation so we headed into the Honey I Shrunk the Kids play area where Luca had a blast climbing and exploring. Then we were off to the Muppets 3D show where we sat in the front row and Luca jumped out of his seat several times to grab at the special effects.
11: We had front row seats for the Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun parade.
12: Exhausted Luca took a little nap in the stroller while Bethany rode the Rock and Rollercoaster. We then finished off the day with the Toy Story Mania ride and | the Playhouse Disney show. After dinner at the park we headed back to the hotel.
13: Day 3 - January 29, 2011 Our day started off with a monorail ride to the Contemporary Resort where we had an excellent breakfast at Chef Mickey's! Luca and Leo had a fantastic time meeting Mickey and friends while we dined. | First they met Minnie Mouse and Leo was in love!
14: Next up were Pluto and Mickey Mouse!
15: Goofy and Donald Duck were the final visitors at Chef Mickey's!
16: We hopped on the monorail to take a ride... | to our next destination, Epcot!
17: Our first stop after arriving was the Spaceship Earth ride and interactive exhibits inside the big ball. | Bethany | Luca
18: We regrouped while our little map reader Luca figured out where we should go next.
19: We grabbed a quick popsicle for a snack (thank you Disney Dining Plan!) on our way to the The Seas with Nemo & Friends.
20: After the Nemo ride we explored the aquarium | and saw the Turtle Talk with Crush show.
21: Next we hopped on the Figment ride but it broke down and we had to be rescued! We | then headed to the World Showcase part of Epcot where we had dinner in Mexico and then went on the ride in the Mexico pavillion and explored the area.
22: Todd and Luca went on the Norway ride while Bethany and Leo enjoyed the sunset over the lake. Luca had a great time meeting Duffy the Epcot bear!
23: We ended the night with a beautiful view while departing Epcot.. Both Luca and Leo | were exhausted and fell asleep on the bus ride back to the hotel.
24: Day 4 - January 30, 2011 Our next day was spent at the Animal Kingdom | The Tree of Life at the center of the park
25: We headed right for the Kilimanjaro Safaris. We were able to see lots of different animals during our fun safari ride. Afterwards we observed more animals along the Pangani Forest Trail.
26: Our next stop was the Festival of the Lion King show which we all loved, followed by lunch at the Tusker House.
27: We then had the opportunity to meet lots of characters. We had so much fun with Thumper and Mrs. Bunny! Leo was just enthralled and we got a great family photo with both bunnies.
28: Next we met Chip and Dale who were quite the jokesters!
29: We continued on our walk and came across Flik from A Bug's Life!
30: Our next encounter was with Terk from the movie Tarzan.
31: Luca loved meeting Baloo and King Louie from the Jungle Book and even sang "The Bear Necessities" to them which made them dance!
32: Dinoland, USA was our next stop where Luca found his favorite ride... Triceratop Spin! He rode a total of five times he liked it so much!
34: We all cooled off with some frozen lemonade and then found a spot to watch the parade..
35: the Jungle Parade!
37: We | After the parade the park was closing for the day so we headed out, stopping to buy Leo a souvenir to bring home, a baby Simba.
38: Since AK closed for the day at 5, we had time to make use of the heated hotel pool!
39: The Fantasia pool was huge and lots of fun. Todd and Leo enjoyed the hotel scenery while Bethany and Luca went for a swim!
40: Day 5 January 31, 2011 Our final day in the parks was spent at the Magic Kingdom. We started the day off with a train ride from the Main Street station to Frontierland. We then headed to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride (where Luca got a little freaked out but still enjoyed it)!
41: Next we ran into Woody and Jessie and Luca got them to sign his autograph book and pose for a few pictures.
42: We rode the Magic Carpets of Aladdin and then headed to Cinderella's Castle to wait for the Dream Along with Mickey show to begin.
43: Dream Along with Mickey
44: We had a yummy lunch at Tony's Town Square Restaurant.
45: We hopped the train from Main Street to Mickey's Toontown Fair. Luca had fun exploring Donald's Boat.
46: We had fun exploring Mickey's house.
47: We also checked out Minnie's house. | Luca rode his first ever rollercoaster, Goofy's Barnstormer, once with mommy where we sat in the front and then with daddy. Leo took a snooze.
48: Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade
50: An overtired Luca took a nap in the stroller while the grown-ups had the most delicious Dole Whip for a snack. Upon waking, Luca got his own treat. We finished off our time at the Magic Kingdom in Tomorrowland where we saw the Monsters, Inc. show then rode the Tomorrowland Transit Authority and Buzz Lightyear.
51: Todd and Luca did the final two rides--the Astro Orbiter and Tomorrowland Speedway. We ended with a late dinner and a great fireworks show.
52: We took one final stroll down Main Street then caught the shuttle back to the hotel. What an amazing trip full of memories!
53: Day 6 - February 1, 2011 The next morning, Luca got to play on the hotel's playground for a little bit before we had to catch the bus to the airport. Nobody wanted our magical trip to end. | I think we tired Luca out! We were all exhausted but we had so much fun that it was more than worth it!