S: With Love, Mom xoxo
FC: Our First Trip to Disney World...
1: Our first class flight to Disney World. Sam and Lily were amazing on the flight. The girls kept themselves busy by watching movies, playing video games, switching seats between Mommy and Daddy and eating snacks. Sam was able to go see the cockpit and meet the pilots, they gave her a set of wings. | On Our Way...
2: Making our way through the airport...
3: Sam and Lily are enjoying their first bus ride. The bus took us from the airport to the Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort. The place we called home for 6 days.
4: Our first ride on the Monorail
5: On our way to Magic Kingdom | Sunday, February, 13th
6: Move it! Shake it! Celebrate it! | A Dream Come True Parade | Street Party
7: Snow White's Scary Adventures | Ariel and Prince Eric | Chip & Dale | Mary Poppins | Genie | Lumiere | Dream-Along With Mickey Live Show
8: Fun in Magic Kingdom | The girls loved Magic Kingdom. I don't think they knew what to expect when we first walked in, as we walked down Main Street they got more excited. Sam's favorite rides were "It's A Small World "and "Peter Pan." Lily told me her favorite ride was "Peter Pan" too. We went on both rides twice. We spent 2 days in MK, we loved seeing all the characters from our favorite stories. All the parades and shows were wonderful. Lily danced to the Street Party Parade with Dad. Sam got really excited as each of the characters appeared around the corner during the Dream Parade. Daddy and mommy were able to go back one night to enjoy the thrill rides, like space mountain and thunder mountain during extra hours.
9: It's a Small World
12: We enjoyed a wonderful breakfast at Cinderella's castle on Valentine's Day. When we first entered, we were greeted by Cinderella in the foyer. Lily, Mommy and Daddy took pictures with her. Then we headed up the stairs to the castle dining hall. Samantha and Lily got french toast sticks. Daddy ordered eggs and bacon. Mommy decided on granola and yogurt. Gigi and Papa enjoyed stuffed french toast. We ate while the princesses entered one by one into the dining area. When they announced Ariel's name, Sam's face started to beam with excitement as she pointed at Ariel. We also got to meet Aurora, Snow White, and Belle. The girls were a little nervous about taking pictures with the princesses, so mommy and Gigi joined them. | Cinderella's Royal Table | February 14, 2011
13: Right after breakfast we went over to see Rapunzel, we were one of the last families to get in to the 9 am meet and greet. The girls colored pictures, sang songs and danced while they waited for Rapunzel and Flynn to arrive. Sam and Lily got to meet them. Sam gave Rapunzel a hug and Lily was a little shy. Mommy took a picture with the girls, Rapunzel and Flynn, but with all the sun glare, the pictures didn't come out very well. Oh, well...that just means we will have to come back :) | Meet and Greet Rapunzel & Flynn Rider
14: Main Street Electric Parade | An exciting end to the day, we went back to MK for the Electric Parade. Daddy and Papa sat on the sidewalk and saved our front row spots while Gigi and mommy got food. We picnicked on the edge of the sidewalk. The girls really loved the parade. After the parade we watched the fireworks, WISHES NIGHTTIME SPECTACULAR!!!.
16: On the morning of Feb 15th, we went to Epcot. We took the monorail from our hotel. The girls held on to the pole during our travels. They didn't know what to expect from a place called Epcot, but they were truly amazed. | We went to "The Seas with Nemo and Friends". We entered the building by taking a Nemo ride into the aquarium. The Aquarium was a full array of fish including 2 recovering manatees. Sam and Lily found a Nemo play area. Sam climb in the head of a shark, Lily was a little frightened. We saw the interactive movie with Crush, it was funny and entertaining. The girls loved it, it was Sam's favorite part of the "The Sea." | EPCOT
17: We traveled our way over to Norway. While waiting for lunch, we entertained ourselves by dressing up as Vikings and sword fighting. Looks like Daddy was the big loser.
18: Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall | Meeting Princess Aurora or in my house they call her "Sleeping Beauty" | Lily showing Ariel her purple dress | Smiling with Ariel, Sam's Favorite Princess
19: When we first entered the hall we took a picture with Belle in her beautiful yellow dress, Lily's favorite princess. Sam and Lily were so excited to meet her. We enjoyed a beautiful array of food, including a buffet of appetizers and a yummy main course. The princesses were announced one by one. When Sam spotted Ariel. she began to squeal with excitement and pointed at her. As the trip went on the girls became more comfortable with the characters. | During this sitting they took a pictures with all the princesses that came to visit. The only time they took a picture by themselves was with Snow White. She was very kind and got down to their level. A princess parade began. Snow White came over to see if Princess Samantha wanted to lead the parade with her. Still a little shy, Sam was reluctant and watched the wonderful princess parade from our table.
20: CHINA | MOROCCO
21: Samantha is giving Mulan a hug after taking pictures with her. Lily fell asleep in her stroller from all the excitement. | Walking through Epcot enjoying the countries and all they had to offer. | AMERICA | ITALY JAPAN | Watching the Japanese taiko drummers, Matsuriza, and The Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps perform.
23: Tusker House Feb 16, 2011 | We had the first sitting at the tusker House. We were able to walk through Animal Kingdom before it opened and see everything before it was consumed by crowds. Though, Sam just told me she didn't like AK because we didn't take the monorail there and the car was too hot. The buffet was good, the girls enjoyed waffles, fruit and especially Lily enjoyed the chocolate frosted donuts. After all the characters came around to meet us. Daisy was their favorite, of course. Goofy had a parade in our section. Sam and Lily grabbed an instrument and joined in.
24: Giraffes | Kilimanjaro Safaris | An exciting expedition through an African savanna where giraffes, gazelles, elephants, rhinos and lions roamed freely. We all enjoyed the safari. Lily pointed to all the animals and Sam sat on Dad's lap. Both girls were so excited to see the flamingos because they are pink....a favorite color in this house. | Red Mccaw | Rhino | Elephants | flamingos | Walking through the trail we discovered birds, fish, gorillas including a very cute baby following the mother. The baby was showing off in front of the window for all of us. Sam and Lily really enjoyed the fish, all the different colors and and almost being able to touch them was so exciting. | Pangani Forest Exploration Trail | Gorilla
25: The Boneyard | Samantha and Lily explored this play maze built around fun dinosaur fossils. My girls went up and down the slide for the longest time. During their time in the play yard was one of the first times that Sam reached out to Lily and helped her up the stairs and down the slide. They played as equals. After the boneyard, we went to Finding Nemo- The Musical. What an amazing show. We all enjoyed\it. At the end of the show bubbles were released through out the studio and Sam wanted to pop them. After, Sam and Lily grabbed ice cream with Gigi and Papa, while Dad and Mom experienced Expedition Everest. What a great ride.
27: "The best thing about having a sister is that I always have a friend."
28: After, a long day at AK we all headed over to Epcot for dinner. On our way to dinner we went over to Invoventions West. The girl made a computer game about themselves. We played a piggy bank game about saving money. Daddy rode a Segway. I am sorry I didn't get any pictures of it, I was with the girls at the piggy game :( After a bag of popcorn, a Disney favorite, we went over too France to wait for Sleeping Beauty and Belle..
29: We didn't know where Aurora was going to appear but we got on the correct line and we got a second chance. Lily was so excited to see her. She slowly moved over to her and leaned in give Sleeping Beauty a meaningful and wonderful hug. Lily hugged SB for a couple is minutes. and she laid her head down in her lap. It was the sweetest thing. After , we walked over to see Belle, there was a very long line for her. So we waved from a far. It turned out the line was for the Beast so Belle took a picture with Lily and Mommy. After, we went to dinner at Le Cellier Steakhouse. I picked the steakhouse because I knew papa and daddy would really enjoy dinner. While we waited to go in we took pictures outside in the garden.. Dinner was very good , girls were a little tired ...it had been a long day.
30: For our last morning, we went to Chef Mickey in the contemporary hotel, so we didn't have far to walk...just right down elevator. We took a picture with the Chef Mickey Statue (ha ha) and then sat for breakfast. The girls had mickey shaped waffles, french toast and fruit. Sam loved the bacon too. As the week went on, the girls got more comfortable with the characters. The girls were really excited to meet Minnie. They both took a beautiful picture with her.
31: Chef Mickey
32: For our last day we went to Hollywood Studios. When we got there we went right to the 4-D Toy Story Mania ride, it was our a longest wait, but worth it. Dave and I really loved the ride. Sam got the hang of the ride, playing through a gallery of midway-style games but Lily just enjoyed watching the characters on the screens. After we went and watched "Voyage of The Little Mermaid". Sam didn't love the show because she got wet but Lily LOVED it. Then we went to the "Beauty and the Beast" Show. Everyone enjoyed it. It was an abbreviated version of the Broadway show of Lily's favorite princess. We went and played at the "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" Movie Set Adventure and watched a great parade with the characters from "toy story" and "the Incredibles," called "Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun!!!" What a wonderful way to end our trip to Disney. | Hollywood Studios | Lily wearing the 4-D glasses for the Toy Story ride.
33: After a long day Lily slept through the parade.
34: The girls really enjoyed the playground. There were lots of places to hide, so I followed Lily. She really enjoyed stepping up and down on the grass and playing in the water streaming down the leaves. Sam climbed up the big rope apparatus and enjoyed the slide area. We lost each other for a while because it was so crowded and everything was so big. The girls climbed on the giant ants ...how cute. | "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" Movie Set Adventure