S: Watkins Family Disney World Adventures 2012
BC: April 2012
1: Waiting for the shuttle at the Fairfield Marriott Hotel in Greenville, SC. We stayed the night there to catch our early morning flight out of Greenville-Spartanburg Airport.
2: SHUTTLE RIDE TO THE AIRPORT Eli was overheard remarking, "This is fun!" | Florida Bound!
3: The boys were very excited about flying. They had both flown before as babies but did not remember. They chose the window seats. | No Sleeping On This Flight!
4: home base | We arrived in Orlando around 11am and spent a few hours at the outlets before going to our hotel. | We had a one bedroom suite with a pull-out sofa. The King bed was heavenly! | Melia Orlando Suites in Celebration, FL
5: The pool was gorgeous but we didn't get to use it. The boys did swim at Shades of Green, the WDW military resort, where PaPa, Granny, and Eric were staying.
6: Once my parents landed we headed to Shades of Green to get tickets and head out to our first park. | We rode their shuttle to Hollywood Studios.
7: day 1:
8: FRIDAY, APRIL 13
9: Our first ride was the Hollywood Tower of Terror. It knocked us off our feet... literally!
11: We waited over an hour for the Toy Story ride! Eli managed to get in a good nap while in line.
12: day 2:
13: Disney MONORAIL to Magic Kingdom
14: The Castle at Magic Kingdom
17: Fantasyland at Disney World | The boys started off with Cinderella's Golden Carrousel and moved on to Peter Pan's Flight
18: TOMORROWLAND | ENTERING | now | Start Your Engines! | The boys received their Official Speedway License to drive.
19: Space Mountain voyagers | Eli met the height requirement and got to ride!
20: Mickey's Block Party
21: Chason got to dance with Goofy and almost collided with Mr. Incredible! Eli had the best seat in the house.
23: The Tree of Life Saturday, April 14
24: We started day 3 out with a trip to Animal Kingdom. We were immediately awestruck by the beautiful Tree of Life located in the middle of the park. We began our day with a trip to Africa and a ride on a jungle safari. Many of the animals were out because it was early.
27: Expedition Everest became the favorite ride.The boys rode it 4 times! The Yeti awaited them at the top but they had no fear!
28: We were reluctant to ride the DINOSAUR as we really didn't know what to expect. Turns out, we were taken back in time on what seemed like a real life Jurassic Park adventure! ! | We were chased by a terrifying Carnotaurus and the dreaded T-REX!
30: The bug's life ride was the best! It was in 3D and narrated by Flik the Ant. Spiders came from the ceiling, bees poked us in our backs, and bugs ran through our seats! We were even sprayed with stinkbug juice and termite acid. We were made honorary bugs for the day.
31: FLIGHTS OF WONDER BIRD SHOW | An owl flew over my head to land on its perch behind me! | I was one of 2 audience members called up to participate in the show.
32: Jammin Jungle Parade The Jungle Parade was awesome. Characters from the Jungle Book, Chip & Dale, Goofy, Minnie and Mickey were all in attendance. Chason and Eric got high-fives from the dancers on stilts. Eli was disinterested until Mickey arrived on the scene.
33: GAWRSH! | OH BOY! | Dance Everybody! | See Ya Real Soon!
34: HAKUNA MATATA!
35: We got soaked in the Kali River Rapids. Granny & PaPa declined this ride and took pics from the side.
36: day 4: Monday, April 16 | We started the day off with a dip in Shades of Green pool. | After Granny, PaPa, and Eric left, we headed to Typhoon Lagoon for more water play.
38: TYPHOON LAGOON was wonderful! Chason & Daddy liked the Wave Pool. Eli & I stayed close to KetchaKiddie Creek.
39: Let's catch some waves!
40: Stitch! | We were immediately greeted by Stitch upon entering the park. Eli was a bit afraid but he came around and gave Stitch a high-five. | meeting
41: Fun In The Sun
42: Eli on the slides
43: "I couldn't handle the POWER!"
44: WATKINS TOUGH!
46: Chason braved the storm slide all by himself! He shot into the water yelling, "Dad!" before frantically swimming to the exit ramp.
47: SNORKELING AT SHARK REEF
48: day 5: | On day 5 we headed back to Magic Kingdom. Mickey here we come.......AGAIN!
52: We toured the Swiss Family Robinson tree house. It was amazing!
53: Mad Tea Party !
55: Our Disney World Memories
57: Will Linger On.......