S: DisneyWorld October 2011
BC: The memories we have shared together on our week at Disney will be held close to my heart forever. For the memories I share with my family are the most dear. | This book was created with lots of love by Michelle Michael - 2011.
FC: DISNEYWORLD October 2011
1: Arrival Saturday October 15, 2011 @ 9:30 AM Ted & Billie arrived 3 days earlier and met Brandon, Michelle, Maddox & Trinity at the Orlando airport. | ORLANDO, FL
4: Magical Disney Moments at the Orlando International Airport... | SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2011
5: Next Stop... Coronado Springs Resort | Getting ready to board Disney's Magical Express bus with ALL our luggage.
6: DISNEY'S CORONADO SPRINGS RESORT
7: Upon arrival at the resort,"Pappous (Ted), Billie, Maddox & Trinity enjoy the scenery and wildlife.
8: Our rooms were in the Ranchos 7A building. We got connecting rooms. Ted & Billie had Rm 7161 and Michelle & Brandon had Rm 7162.
10: Celebrated Brandon & Billie's birthdays having dinner | at the Fort Wilderness Lodge. Traveled by boat. | Billie, Trinity & Pappous | Brandon, Michelle & Maddox | Boat docks in front of Magic Kingdom
11: Having fun inside the Lodge posing for pictures with the decor. | Hi Mom. Look at Pappous, Trinity & I.
12: We ate dinner at the Whispering Canyon Cafe at 5:30 pm. We laughed, ate well, played HORSE games, had LOTS OF KETCHUP and joked with our wait staff.
14: DISNEY MAGICAL NIGHTS | The view coming back on the water taxi from dinner at the Fort Wilderness Lodge. | Maddox & Pappous patiently waited to see the Geyser at the Lodge. Beautiful.
15: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2011 | HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
16: Having fun with Buzz Lightyear at Toy Story Mania
17: Maddox's FAVORITE ride was TOY STORY MANIA in 3-D. | The 3-D glasses were a HUGE hit.
18: Billie, Michelle, Maddox & Trinity posing with Disney's STARS
19: We had so much fun smiling & taking pictures throughout Hollywood Studios. | Look Maddox, I used have one of these cars.
20: We ate lunch at Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano at 1:30 pm. The food was delicious and the company was fun & entertaining. We ate - Clams Oreganata, Caesar Salad, Chicken Parmaigna, Wood-grilled Tuna and washed it all down with Cheesecake, Gelato & Chocolate Cake. | MAMA MELROSE'S RISTORANTE ITALIANO | Pappous, your swishing me.
21: LIGHTS, MOTORS, ACTION Stunt Show | Maddox INTENTLY watched the show, making sure not to miss ANYTHING. | Trinity sat with mommy the whole time, holding on for dear life. She did NOT like the show.
22: Ted, Michelle, Brandon & Maddox all posed for pictures with the FAMOUS MATER & LIGHTINING MCQUEEN
23: FANTASMIC Fireworks Show | The finale to our day at Hollywood Studios was watching the Fantasmic Fireworks Show at 7:30 pm.
24: Monday, October 17, 2011 | We arrived one hour before the park opened. Oops. Michelle misread the operating hours so we had PLENTY of time to hang out & take pictures. !
25: We took a KILIMANJARO SAFARI tour and saw lots of rare animals up close. | Large hollow horns | Safari Bus | White Rhinos came right up to the bus | Reticulated Giraffes
26: We had reservations for a character breakfast at the TUSKER HOUSE at 10:15 AM with Donald & His Friends. The breakfast buffet was wonderful.
27: We ate breakfast, took pictures with Goofy, Mickey & Daisy, Maddox danced with Mickey and we even had a mini birthday celebration for Billie & Brandon. It was already a full day.
28: We traveled by train to RAFIKI'S PLANET WATCH on Discovery Island. It was here that Trinity fell in love with brushing the goats.
29: Inside the Tree of Life. was the Tough to be a Bug Show. Maddox was NOT amused by the show but Pappous LOVED it. | On the walkway to the show were these magnificent carvings. | Do these glasses look good on me?
30: Camp Minnie & Mickey allowed us to pose with LOTS of Disney Friends. | Trinity was NOT too excited about meeting these Big, Furry Friends.
31: We enjoyed dancing with the Safari guys, posing for pictures with the beautiful scenery & just being silly.
32: In Dinoland, Trinity LOVED the Dumbo ride. "Uppie, Down"
33: Hello Mickey, it's me, Trinity. Call me.
34: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2011 | Maddox & Michelle spent several hours in the Coronado Springs Pool riding the water slide.
35: A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.
36: "Families are like fudge ... mostly sweet with a few nuts." | On 10.18.11, we spent the afternoon at Downtown Disney enjoying ice cream from Ghirardelli's
37: We arrived at Magic Kingdom at 8:00 am under a cloud of light rain & foggy sky. We were allowed to enter the park 1 hour before the public which allowed us to get a great view of Main Street & Cinderella's Castle unobstructed. | WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2011 "MAGIC KINGDOM"
38: We had a Character Breakfast reservation at the Crystal Palace on Main Street at 8:10 am | Brandon & Billie received birthday cards signed by Tiger, Piglet, Pooh & Eeyore
39: Trinity & Michelle happily posing with PIGLET | Maddox got to parade around the restaurant with TIGER | Ted & Trinity smiling with EEYORE
40: Maddox was not happy being locked in the cage with Emperor Zurg. | Buzz Lightyear ride was Maddox's FAVORITE ride. He loved to shoot his laser gun at all the Toy Story targets.
41: Trinity was SO excited to drive a car. Look at that SMILE. | Maddox was on top of the world driving with his daddy. | Fun at Tomorrowland Speedway
42: Brandon, Michelle & Maddox, all had reservations to become transformed into a "pirate" at 12:00 PM at the pirates league in adventureland. | When you enter The Pirates League, you are given a pirate name through a special ceremony that involves a ship’s wheel, treasure chest and dice.
43: YO HO, YO HO! A PIRATE'S LIFE FOR ME!
44: Goofy, Brandon, Michelle & Maddox pose for a quick PIRATE picture. | Arr, RUM matey's | Being dressed as pirates all day was a blast. Everywhere we went people would stop us and say "ARR" OR "yO,hO!"
45: Billie, Maddox & Trinity are all smiles as another day comes to an end.
46: EPCOT | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2011 | Do you know where we are going Maddox? | Entry to Epcot is marked by the famous "Golf Ball".
47: TEST TRACK ride | Maddox, Pappous & Michelle LOVED going 65 mph during the speed trial. | This ride simulates rigorous testing procedures that GM uses to evaluate its vehicles. The speed trial reaches a top speed of 65 mph on a 50-degreed banked curve.
48: Trinity & Maddox loved riding The Seas of Nemo & Friends ride. We even got to learn about diving sign language. | Save us. We are being eaten by a shark. | Billie & Pappous (Ted) LOVED being with their grandkids.
49: We all had fun going around the world at Epcot, slaying Nordic trolls and enjoying the scenery.
50: "Rose & Crown is where we ate lunch. | Michelle drinking a beer flight at GERMANY. | Wurzburg. Brandon says Cheers to where I was born. | "Umm. Fish & Chips found in ENGLAND. | Brandon being silly with lemons at lunch in ENGLAND. | Eating & drinking our way around Epcot.
51: Thursday Night, October 20, 2011 7:00 pm - 12:00 am | During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, we wore our costumes, watched a fireworks show, saw a parade and even got to trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom. | Mickey's Not-So-Scary HALLOWEEN PARTY
52: There was so much on the agenda. The trick was how to do it ALL. | Trinity's favorite candy of the night was skittles. Umm... | Smile Trinity
53: Captain Jack Sparrow (aka Brandon) & Hippie chick (aka Michelle) joyfully pose for a picture. | Maddox dressed up as a baseball player. He LOVED trick-or-treating.
54: Trick or Treat. Be so sweet. Give me something good to eat. | Cinderella's Castle was beautifully lit up in all the Halloween colors. Pappous, Michelle, Trinity & Maddox all stopped to take a picture in front of this spectacular Castle. Trinity was adorable in her little ladybug costume.
55: We ended up watching the parade for both showings. | Parade was at 8:15 & 10:30 pm
56: During the parade, Goofy gave out candy. Maddox & Pappous intently watched. | TRICK OR TREAT
57: Trick or Treat! | Who could pass up a photo opportunity like this?
58: HAPPY HALLOWISHES Fireworks Show at 9:30 pm The night sky above Cinderella's Castle lit up during the fireworks show set to Villainous music. | After a long night, Brandon & the kids fell fast asleep.
59: Friday, October 21, 2011 | After 6 magical days at Disneyworld it was time to say good-bye and head back home.