1: Sunday morning, November 21, 2010 at the San Jose Airport. We were off to Florida on an 11 hour flight with a 1 hour layover in Texas. This was Josef's first plane ride and Victoria's second plane ride. (Victoria had one when she was one month old to visit the Lukasik's when Jacob was born.)
2: We stayed at the Grand Floridian. It was fun walking around the grounds and getting food from the cafeteria. | On the first night, we met with Aunt Winnie and Uncle Artie to eat at the Grand Floridian Cafe. Victoria got a light up Tinkerbell with her drink. Josef got the llight up Buzz Lightyear.
4: Hollywood Studios | Monday, November 22, 2010 | 50's Prime | Time Diner | We walked into Hollywood Studios and heard music coming down the street. From behind us came a production of dancers and a moving stage. They cleared a path and started a show right in the middle of the courtyard! It was so exciting to see it happen before our eyes! | "Get your elbows off the table, sweetie!"
5: Lights, Motors, Action!Extreme Stunt Show We saw cars racing in and out, forward and backward in front of us. Then, explosions happened and the driver had to jump out and use a jetski to get away from the 'bad guys.'
6: Dave ran to see if he could get Josef into the Star Wars Event. They said he would've had to show up early in the morning to get on the list. But, Dave was able to put Josef on the waiting list (4th on the list). To our surprise, Josef was able to be in the show! | Josef becomes a Jedi Knight
7: Josef had to fight Darth Vader to finish his training. Darth Maul even showed up to scare people away. Josef finally became a Jedi Knight and Master Jedi Knight gave him an award.
8: Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
9: We had a great day at Hollywood Studios. We walked and walked. We really didn't want to go back to the hotel right away. We went to see The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (but the lines were too long and not everyone wanted to ride it.) Beauty and the Beast was filled up and had their last show already. But, we made the best of it and had a Mickey Mouse Ice cream and cotton candy. We also went to see The American Idol Experience and get our feet off the ground for a bit!
10: While Dave and Josef were looking at Lightsabers, we went to change our reservations at the Sci Fri Diner from 4:10 to a later time. On the way back, a parade just started to dance down the street. It was so exciting! (and we got a quick sprinkle of shower, too) | Parade on the Street
11: Josef built his own lightsaber and he was ready to test it out!
12: Near the end of the night, a party was going on at Playhouse Disney for everyone who was a guest at a Disney Hotel as the park closed for everyone else. We were so excited as they were playing music, dancing, and making balloon animals.
13: Test Track
15: We ate the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant late in the evening because we were so busy during the day. MMmmm... I can still taste their Reuben sandwhiches. All the "tables" were like open cars in a Drive-in movie theater. They were facing forward looking at a big screen with old movies playing. It was late, we enjoyed the meal, and we carried two tired children back to the hotel. This was our last stop in Hollywood studios. | The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Approximately every 10 minutes, the lights "dance" to holiday music, while "Florida snow" falls in the background.
16: The Magic Kingdom | Tuesday, November 23, 2010 | Characters jumped off the train and sang us a song. We entered the park and hopped on the cable car that arrived right in front of us. It took us straight to Cinderella's castle! | We woke up early to see them open the doors to the Magic Kindgdom. People were waiting... and soon we saw the train coming to welcome is in.
17: Peter Pan Flight | Dumbo the Flying Elephant | Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
18: Swiss Family Treehouse | It was exciting as we kept walking up and around to see what it would be like to live in a real treehouse. Actually, it looked quite squishy and rustic... but quiet and like a retreat! When the Magic Kingdom opened at Walt Disney World Resort on October 1, 1971, the Swiss Family Treehouse was one of the original attractions of Adventureland. The tree, while intended to look real, is actually made up of steel, concrete, and stucco, stretching 60 feet tall and 90 feet wide. Yet, it looks exactly like the one in the movie.
19: Tony's Town Square Restaurant MMmmm... yummy pasta and a lot of it to eat! We had a great time at this place and Josef loved the fountain. He had to touch the water!
20: Minnie's Country House | After lunch, we took a train ride to the other side of the theme park to see Minnie and Mickey's homes. And we even got to meet them, too! | The cake actually moved up and down!
21: Minnie and Mickey Mouse
22: It's a world of laughter, a world of tears, it's a world of hopes, it's a world of fear there's so much that we share that it's time that we're aware it's a small world after all | IT'S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL IT'S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL IT'S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL IT'S A SMALL, SMALL WORLD. | The Magic Kingdom
23: Cinderella's Royal Table | Lunch at 4:15
24: We got to the castle and checked in with our reservation. We first got to take a picture with Cinderella. Then we went into her castle. It was beautiful! We sat down and ordered our food. Princesses came out left and right! Each one went to visit Victoria and got a picture with her. The food was delicious. Victoria and Josef got a yummy ice cream treat at the end. Josef actually took a little nap, though, so Daddy enjoyed his ice cream. Victoria got a wand and a wishing star.
25: Cinderella | Ariel | Belle | Snow White | Aurora
26: Disney's Electrical Parade
27: "To Honor America"
28: On Wednesday, We packed up and moved to Port Orleans, Riverside. It was great to see another hotel. It was very different from the Grand Floridian and rustic, but very 'down to earth' and fun. We loved the family cafeteria and lagoon with the ferry.
29: Victoria and Josef walking to the main building/cafeteria. | Josef and Victoria loved to jump on the beds!
30: Animal Kingdom | Wednesday, November 24, 2010 | After moving to a new hotel in the morning, we headed out to the Animal Kingdom in the late afternoon. We were racing for the Kilimanjaro Safaris when another one of Disney's Famous parades came down the path and cut us off. We missed the last excursion for the safari. Aye, aye, aye. But the parade was very interesting and quite unique.
32: The Tree of Life A sculpted 14-story tree in the center of Disney's Animal Kingdom.
33: Playing with water in the fountains | Josef loves water. So, wherever he gets to explore it and play in it, he's there! Victoria was daring enough to test it out, too. (even though it's not her "cup of tea")
34: The Boneyard A playmaze built around fun dinosaur fossils.
35: No matter what park we went to, there was so much to see, we enjoyed every moment, and we ended up staying FOREVER! At the end of the day at the Animal Kingdom, Dave went to Guest Relations and told them our story about how we missed the last Kilimanjaro Safari ride. They actually gave us tickets to come back another time later in the week to the Animal Kingdom. Wow! We got lucky! We went back early the next morning to see the animals wake up. | Animal Kingdom
36: Kilimanjaro Safaris | 11-25-10
38: Balloo and King Louie from the Jungle Book were there to meet Josef and Victoria.
39: Thanksgiving at Aunt Winnie and Uncle Artie's | Thursday, November 25, 2010
42: We had a great time talking and being together. Aunt Winnie bought the kids a stuffed animal and they really enjoyed playing with each other.
43: We had a lot of fun with Toby and Max! | We had time to play on the Wii.
44: Thanksgiving Dinner
45: EPCOT | Friday, November 26, 2010
46: EPCOT | Mexico | Germany
47: Japan: Teppan Edo Restaurant | The chef made a tower out of onion rings and then poured something in the middle to make it smoke like a volcanoe... WOW! Dave tried the swordfish and finished off all of our food also!
48: EPCOT | While we were visiting France, it started to rain out of nowhere. Dave went looking to buy rain ponchos. We ducked into a theater only to find Aurora! Yeah! What a surprise! | Davddddde | Dave got picked to participate in the Velcro-sponsored show at Slap Stick Studios in Innoventions West, "What's Your Problem?" Josef went on stage with him to play a little game and then Dave had to "prove" he was the better dad. Dave had to diaper as many babies as possible and velcro them to his apron. It ended up being a tie!
49: Morocco | We wento to Canada and found a beautiful garden... called Victoria Garden! | Canada
50: EPCOT | Garden Grill | Restaurant | Pluto | Mickey | We had a moment to go to the Disney's Soarin' (over California). Mom, Victoria, and I went. It was great. Dave managed to save our reservation at the Garden Grill because when we got off the ride, we were a bit late and the host was about to give our table away!
51: Mouse | Chip & Dale | The restaurant slowly rotated as we had our dinner. The four characters came out to greet our table and take a picture. We had a lot of fun! One time, Josef was looking over the edge when Mickey Mouse came to our table. Josef didn't know he was there and Mickey Mouse knelt beside Josef to surprise him. Josef was surprised and was excited to see Mickey Mouse.
52: Power City is a large digital "shuffleboard-style" game that has guests racing around the board to power their city. | Spaceship Earth | Super Driver is a driving simulation video game to show what it is supposed to be like in the future. You drive a "smart car" and try to stop the city from being destroyed.
54: Mom out with Uncle Artie and Aunt Winnie | Saturday, November 27, 2010 | Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe | This is the church Winnie and Artie attend.
55: Downtown Disney | Saturday, November 27, 2010
56: Downtown Disney | Characters in Flight | Sea Dragon made of Legos | Fulton's Crab House | Victoria puts together Lego people. | LEGO Imagination Center | (Can go 400 feet in (the air.) | 11/27/10
57: World of Disney
58: Uncle Artie's Birthday | He turned 75 years old on November 27th and everyone was there to help him celebrate! | Saturday, November 27, 2010
59: Connor, Merrick, Victoria, & Josef | Rosen Center Hotel - Cafe Gauguin
60: Cindy & Kevin | Marianne, Sherri, & Dave | Mark, John, & Connor | Kenneth & Sharyl | Uncle Artie and his loved ones... | Winnie & Artie
62: Build-A-Dinosaur Victoria stuffed, cleaned, dressed, and, and named her dinosaur when we went back to Downtown Disney. | Ashly
63: Build Your Own Car | Josef chose his car and accessories at Ride Makerz. There were many options to choose from. He chose a Ford Mustang GT and helped assemble his car!
64: Orlando Harley-Davidson | When we were in Downtown Disney, we saw lots of stores and a great outdoor music band. It was very lively! | Downtown Disney
65: This was the last day in Orlando. Before we went to the airport, we wanted to check out the Wilderness Lodge. It was big and beautiful. It had a fire place in the lobby. It also had a cute little area for children with little rocking chairs and a little t.v. | Sunday, November 28, 2010
66: We had a wonderful week and now we are heading back to California. The kids got a ride on the luggage cart. Weeee! It was a beautiful day in Orlando for a flight home!
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