S: We love you, Papa Joe!
BC: And May They Never End. Till Next Time...
FC: Disney World Family Vacation! | 2011
1: Hangin' at the airport... | waiting, watching & working.
3: On board and ready for flight...
4: Some of us - happy & cheerful... and others - tired and cuddly.
5: Now, let's find that bus! | We made it!
6: " | "Don't count the years...count the memories."
7: Riding in Luxury
8: the accessible van was broken down. No worries - Papa Joe got us all a FREE dinner on the house. So, we ate and ate and ate... | So, we made it to the beautiful resort only to find out that our room didn't have a roll-in shower AND...
9: Free food...
10: We are all smiles as we head out into the sunshine! | What a good looking family!
11: Out of the rooms and off to catch our first of many buses...Everyone is excited to experience DISNEY...Finally! Surely we can all hear Dad's famous whistle as he hurries us to the bus stop, with J.J. close behind!
12: Chef Mickey's | Right off the bat, the fun started at breakfast with Mickey!! Delicious!!
14: Right after breakfast we jumped the mono-rail to Disney's Magic Kingdom! It was every bit as Magical as we could have hoped!!
16: We arrived just in time for a terrific show! Always Follow Your Dreams!!
18: Magic Kingdom brought hours of fun with rides on the carousel, "It's a Small World," "Dumbo," "Peter Pan," a haunted house, lots of souvenir shopping, & a trip down Presidential Memory Lane!
20: Magic Kingdom was so AMAZING that it took more than one day to take it all in!
21: Day two brought backstage visits with Mickey and Minnie, and a magical meeting with...
22: Cinderella, Belle, & Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora)!!! | The girls dressed in their Princess Best to impress these lovely ladies! And, while the Disney Princesses were beautiful, Sophie and Lana absolutely stole the show!
24: While this day was enjoyed by guys and gals alike, it certainly was a very special day for the little ladies in the group.
25: A delicious dinner gave everyone a second wind, as we headed into an evening full of excitement, starting with Space Mountain!
26: We topped off the night with the Electrical Parade and Cinderella Castle Fireworks! A FULL day of fantastic FUN!!!
27: But, as the clock struck 12, our pretty princesses grew weary of all the adventure and slept on the shoulders of their dear princes (daddies of course) and crashed in their carriage on the ride home! Every princess has her limits!!
29: Down time was thoroughly enjoyed at the resort-side pool (literally in our backyard), with the super-cool water slide & hot-tub!
30: Hollywood Studios was an absolute blast!! Breakfast with Handy Manny at Hollywood & Vine, lunch at 50's Prime-time Café, Star Wars Galore, Toy Story, and Fantasmic - a day with all the Disney STARS!!
31: Jedi Warriors in Action...the Galaxy is in good hands!!
32: A highlight for everyone was posing for the Star Wars pictures... | so crazy how realistic we all look.!
33: The Toy Story Ride was a BLAST, literally. Chad had the High Score with over 60,000 points.!
34: In preparation for the evening's show FANTASMIC, we all got our wiggles out shopping, cooling off in the fountain, and stocking up on yummy snacks!
36: Our last day at the parks: Animal Kingdom | A wild place to have a really spectacular time...starting with a headdress fashion show...
38: A bumpy ride on a safari tour got us rockin' and rollin'- All the animals were fascinating...and the views were stunning!
39: OurFamily Tree.
40: To top it all off we watched Mickey in a nature parade, enjoyed the amazing "Lion King" with JJ as the lion's roar, and ate a terrific dinner at the Rainforest Café...a very FULL day!
41: Lana and Brady missed the whole show...exhausted from the heat and no nap! | Dinner at the Rainforest Café was a wild way to end the day...and delicious, too!
42: Our final day of Disney FUN! We headed to Downtown Disney for our "Last Supper" and enjoyed the final hours before departure!
43: Everyone enjoyed a lunch of clam chowder, pastas, and yummy salads...and that dessert-Scrumptious!!
44: And then, the MELTDOWNS began...as sheer exhaustion set in... | JJ managed to keep it together. What a champ!
45: We are sad to leave, but we know it's time to get back to real life. Besides, we'll be back again soon. Papa's always calling his trips "capstones," but we all know this is just the beginning of many more memories!
46: There are a few things we couldn't have done without on this trip: #1 DAD #2 The Strollers #3 The Buses
48: THANK YOU PAPA JOE!!
49: Just a few more pictures, for the fun of it! | Is Chad working? Tisk, tisk!! | Cooling off at the fountain!