S: DISNEYWORLD NOVEMBER 2012
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 - 2012.
FC: DISNEYWORLD November 2012
1: ITINERARY | OUR Trip | DAY 1 | THURSDAY - 11/22/12 - "FREE DAY" * Ted & Billie arrive in Orlando, FL * "Narcoosee's" @ 7:20 PM | FRIDAY - 11/23/12 - "FREE DAY" * Brandon & Michelle arrive in Orlando, FL | DAY 2 | SATURDAY - 11/24/12 - HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS * Character Breakfast - "Hollywood & Vine" @ 1:30 PM | DAY 3 | MONDAY - 11/26/12 - "FREE DAY" / DOWNTOWN DISNEY * Character Breakfast - "Chef Mickey's" @ 10:45 AM | TUESDAY - 11/27/12 - ANIMAL KINGDOM | DAY 6 | DAY 5 | SUNDAY - 11/25/12 - MAGIC KINGDOM | DAY 4 | THURSDAY - 11/29/12 - "FREE DAY" * "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party" @ 7:00 PM | DAY 8 | DAY 7 | WEDNESDAY - 11/28/12 - EPCOT | FRIDAY - 11/30/12 - "FREE DAY" * Ted, Billie, Brandon & Michelle depart for home. | DAY 9
2: On 11/22/12, Ted & Billie arrived in Orlando, FL @ 3:40 PM. After checking into the resort, they headed to Narcoossee's seafood restaurant for their 7:20 PM Thanksgiving dinner reservation at The Grand Floridian Resort.
3: OUR RESORT | PORT ORLEANS - RIVERSIDE
4: Orlando, FL | November | 2012 | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2012 | Brandon, Michelle, Maddox & Trinity departed Birmingham, AL at 7:10 AM headed for Orlando, FL for a week long trip to Disneyworld. | Trinity excitingly waiting to board the plane. | Trinity, Michelle & Maddox happily take a picture in front of the airport Christmas trees. | Brandon & Maddox
5: Next Stop... Port Orleans - Riverside Resort | Michelle & Brandon | Maddox & Trinity | The kids pose for a quick picture at the airport. | The kids are all smiles riding the MAGICAL EXPRESS. | We boarded Disney's Magical Express smiling all the way. Ted (Pappous) & Billie were meeting us at the resort as they arrived a day early.
6: Oak Manor Magnolia Bldg | Boatwright's Dining Hall
7: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2012 | We arrived at Disney's Port Orleans-Riverside Resort and quickly checked-in. Upon check-in, we received 2 surprise gifts - a Disney tote filled with lots of treats from our travel agent, Candace & Ted and Billie waiting in the lobby. | Resort Lobby | Billie & Maddox | Ted (Pappous), Billie, Maddox & Trinity
8: Our rooms were in the Magnolia building of Oak Manor. We stayed in the new Royal Guest Rooms with connecting rooms. Ted & Billie had Rm 9010 and Michelle & Brandon had Rm 9009.
9: Royal Guest Room Decor.... Spectacular detail
10: Friday - Nov. 23, 2012 We ate lunch at UNO Chicago Bar & Grill. The food was unparalleled. Everyone was full of smiles & laughter as we filled our stomachs with pizza, pasta, salad & beer. | Pappous, your mustache is prickly. | Brandon & Michelle | Ted & Trinity | Maddox, Trinity & Billie
11: Friday night we took the monorail & explored the Christmas decorations at other resorts. | Disney's Polynesian Resort | Ted (Pappous), Maddox & Trinity happily pose for a picture with a Polynesian Tiki.
12: Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa | Trinity proudly shows off her Little Mermaid chocolate sucker. | Pappous kindly opens the sucker he bought Trinity. | Maddox poses for a picture by the GIANT gingerbread house.
13: Maddox & Trinity | Brandon & Michelle | Ted, Billie, Trinity, Michelle, Maddox & Brandon
14: Ted & Billie | Brandon & Michelle | Brandon & Trinity | Michelle & Billie | DISNEY'S GRAND FLORIDAN RESORT
15: Outside Resort Christmas Decorations (Lighted Reindeer & Old Fashioned Car)
16: After a full day of travel & resort sightseeing, Brandon & Michelle sat down for a quiet dinner at Boatwright's. Michelle had the Vegetarian Jambalaya & Brandon had the French Onion Soup and Cajun Crawfish bites. | Umm...A cold drink.
17: SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 24, 2012 | We arrived to Disney's Hollywood Studios early in hopes of beating the crowds. Unfortunately, our plan did not work. We were all smiles nonetheless.
18: Standing in line ALWAYS allows for great photo opportunities. | Billie & Michelle | Ted (Dad) & Michelle | TRINITY
19: We had so much fun smiling & taking pictures throughout Hollywood Studios. | Pappous, your silly. | Look, these glasses fit perfectly.
20: There were lots of movie artifacts to enjoy while waiting in line for the BACKLOT TOUR. Once on the tour, we watched a boat explosion demo that Trinity did NOT enjoy. | Maddox & Michelle (Mom) | Billie & Trinity | Ted (Pappous) & Maddox | Trinity & Michelle (Mom)
21: BACKLOT TOUR
22: HOLLYWOOD & VINE RESTAURANT | At 1:30 PM we had a buffet lunch with Handy Manny, Agent Oso, Jake from Jake & The Neverland Pirates & June from the Little Einstiens. The kids had a blast.
23: Handy Manny & Maddox & Trintiy | June & Trintiy | June & Maddox | Agent Oso & Maddox & Trintiy
24: After a busy morning at Hollywood Studios, we all decided to relax, take a nap & just chill at the resort pool. | Ted & Billie | Here Trinity you lost your ring
25: PORT ORLEANS - RIVERSIDE POOL | After a morning at Hollywood Studios, Maddox spent the afternoon riding the water slide. | Michelle
26: With over 5 million lights dancing to music and snow falling in the streets, the Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios was an AWESOME sight to see for Billie, Michelle, Maddox & Trinity.
28: To complete our amazing day at Hollywood Studios, we got a 7:20 PM fastpass for Toy Story Mania 3-D. An attraction not to be missed. | Billie & Maddox | Michelle & Trinity | These glasses are cool. | Trinity
29: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2012 "MAGIC KINGDOM"
30: Smiles Are Contagious! | Michelle & Ted | Maddox & Michelle | First ride at Magic Kingdom!
31: BUZZ LIGHTYEAR SPACE RANGER RIDE | Maddox & Brandon | Maddox & Brandon | Billie & Trinity
32: Maddox was all smiles at the Storybook Circus | Billie & Trinity spending quality time together on Dumbo.
33: Pappous, want some popcorn? | Say PLEASE Pappous. | Trinity, can I have some more? | Pappous bought popcorn for Trinity & him to share however Pappous ended up having to plead for some.
34: Trinity's FAVORITE ride was Ariel's Grotto with Little Mermaid. Rode it several times in a row. | Brandon & Michelle | Billie & Maddox
35: Brandon (Dad) & Trinity | Maddox & Ted (Pappous)
36: Trinity & Billie rode CINDERELLA'S GOLDEN CARROUSEL. | Maddox tried his strength pulling the SWORD IN THE STONE. | Trinity LOVED riding her ROYAL Horse.
37: After a long wait in line, TRINITY excitedly hugged & chatted with ALADDIN & JASMINE!
38: LIBERTY BELLE Ride | Brandon, Michelle, Maddox & Trinity hopped aboard the LIBERTY BELLE paddle boat for a quick afternoon rest. | Brandon & Trinity relaxing on the paddle boat ride.
39: HAUNTED MANSION | While waiting in line for the HAUNTED MANSION, we all enjoyed touching & playing with all the creepy sights along the way. | Maddox & Trinity laughed as they were sprayed with water. | Michelle, Brandon & Maddox
40: At 5:00 pm we were lucky to see the Magic Kingdom's Flag Retreat ceremony. Every day a Veteran is chosen to participate. | MAGIC KINGDOM FLAG RETREAT
41: By the end of the day both Maddox & Trinity felt like Royalty. | Cinderella's Castle ... Simply beautiful.
42: To relax after a long day at Magic Kingdom, Brandon & Michelle went out for a night of Irish dinner & dancing at RAGLAN ROAD Irish Pub at Downtown Disney. | Brandon enjoyed the Local Man Flight - Killbeggan, Paddy's & Powers whiskey.
43: At 10:45 am, we started our day with a Character Breakfast at Chef Mickey's. | MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2012 | Brandon, Michelle, Maddox, Trinity, Billie & Ted
44: CHEF MICKEY'S
45: Breakfast was great. We laughed, made silly faces with our napkins, danced, and greeted the Fabulous Five - Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy & Pluto!
46: Having fun & enjoying the decorations at the Contemporary Resort
47: Seeing Santa was a wonderful treat for us while at Downtown Disney!
48: Trinity had the time of her life playing with the Potato Heads and dressing them in a different outfits.
49: Who could pass up these great photo opportunities? | Brandon & Maddox - SMILE! | Brandon, Michelle & Trinity | Michelle & Trinity | Michelle & Ted (Dad)
50: PRETTY AS A PRINCESS! | At the Bippity Boppity Boutique, Trinity LOVED becoming a PRINCESS!
51: "Families are like fudge ... mostly sweet with a few nuts." | On 11.26.12 we spent the afternoon at Downtown Disney enjoying ice cream from Ghirardelli's
52: Michelle (Mom) & Maddox | Billie & Ted | After a fun day at Chef Mickey's & Downtown Disney, we took the river boat back to our resort. The scenery was gorgeous!
53: ANIMAL KINGDOM | TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012 | Which way should we go? | Ted, Billie, Brandon, Michelle, Maddox & Trinity
54: We took a KILIMANJARO SAFARI tour and saw lots of rare animals up close. | Cheetah | Safari Bus | White Rhino | Michelle & Trinity | Large Hollow Horns
55: Reticulated Giraffe | Zebra (black with/ white stripes) | Hippo basking in the sun | Maddox | Flamingos | Elephants | The KILIMANJARO SAFARI tour is ALWAYS our favorite ride & 1st on our list to see.
56: Maddox's favorite ride was Mt Everest which he rode for the 1st time. | The best part of our day at Animal Kingdom was watching the smiles on our kids faces. | Brandon & Maddox | Trinity enjoyed beating to the tune of her own drum. | Before continuing on, Trinity HAD to straighten the benches into a straight line. (Just like her mother!)
57: The Festival of the Lion King show was Trinity's favorite excursion of the day! We were all in awe over the amazing costumes, music & dancing. FANTASTIC SHOW!! | Trinity, Michelle & Maddox
58: After a fun filled day at Animal Kingdom, Brandon, Michelle, Maddox & Trinity headed to Downtown Disney and ate dinner at the very Prehistoric T-Rex restaurant. Food, Fun & Family. What more can you ask for.
59: EPCOT | WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2012 | Entry to Epcot is marked by the famous "Golf Ball". | During Christmas, all types of sculptured Disney characters are displayed out of bushes. GORGEOUS.
60: On our journey around the world, we enjoyed putting on our battle gear & slaying a few trolls in Norway. | Maddox & Brandon (Dad) | Maddox | Maddox, Michelle & Trinity | Brandon & Michelle
61: In Germany, we learned about how Christmas is celebrated & then had beer & pretzels...Uumm! | Maddox with his Beer Hat. | Maddox as Pretzel Face. | Brandon posing next to a sign from where he was born. | Brandon, Michelle, Maddox & Trinity pose next to a man dressed as a Nutcracker.
62: SANTA'S AROUND THE WORLD | After putting on Chinese hats, Maddox & Michelle (Mom) fit right in!
63: Maddox amd Trinity enjoying their French Crepes. | Brandon & Trinity LOVED dancing to Canadian rock!
64: Belle from Beauty & the Beast was by far Trinity's FAVORITE of the day. | When Maddox went to pose with Alice from Alice in Wonderland, he blushed. How sweet! | When Trinity met Mary Poppins, she fell in love with her dress, hat & umbrella. Couldn't stop talking to her! ADORABLE! | Trinity was so excited to meet & greet with ALL the princesses she saw!
65: Brandon (Dad) & Trinity enjoy the show & popcorn. | Ted (Pappous) & Maddox bare the cold. | Michelle (Mom) & Trinity snuggle for a quick picture. | The Candlelight Processional was a beautiful display of song, lights & Christmas cheer. SIMPLY FANTASTIC!
66: We were all exhausted from the day but still smiling (despite the freezing temp.)
67: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2012 | Ted & Billie took Maddox to Tampa, FL to visit his great-grandpa Popop (Chet Bartlett). Maddox spent the day visiting & enjoyed every minute. | Ted & Chet (Popop) - Chet is Ted's Father | Maddox & Chet (Popop)
68: Brandon, Michelle & Trinity spent the day relaxing at the Resort. | Some of the best days are when you do nothing. | Michelle & Trinity had a blast relaxing on the hammock. | Trinity crossed the bars like a Pro. | Playground at Port Orleans Riverside Resort | I said, No eating my cheetos.
69: A perfect day at Disney... relaxing, playing, smiling & just being together. | Michelle & Trinity | Michelle & Brandon | Do you love my new hair do?
70: Thursday night, Nov. 29th we experienced the magic of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom. WOW! | Trinity & Ted (Pappous) | Billie & Michelle
71: Brandon, Michelle & Trinity | Michelle, Billie, Ted, Maddox, & Trinity | Maddox & Trinity | Billie, Ted & Maddox
72: At 8:15 PM, we watched Mickeys Once Upon a Christmas Time Parade. We had fantastic seats right in front of the Castle. | Brandon & Maddox gazed intently at the Parade. | Trinity & Ted were all smiles . | Billie & Ted | Our gorgeous view of the Castle in Lights. | Trinity & Michelle (Mom) | Maddox happy, happy, happy.
73: Trinity was in heaven as the Princesses passed by. The parade was a definite must-see. Even smells of cocoa & cookies filled the air.
74: Holiday Wishes Fireworks Show
75: The finale to our night & our trip was watching the Holiday Wishes Fireworks Show at 9:30 pm.
76: Maddox's favorite ride at Magic Kingdom is Buzz Lighter Space Ranger Spin. Defeating Emperor Zurg is always fun. | Maddox & Ted (Pappous) competitively compared their scores. Who won?? | Michelle & Billie just enjoying the moment. | Trinity & Brandon (Dad) taking in the attractions on the ride.
77: EVENINGS SPENT RELAXING IN OUR ROOM, SNUGGLED UP PLAYING THE LEAPAD OR WATCHING A MOVIE. | The cleaning staff left a Hippo made out of towels on the bed. The kids ADORED it. Trinity even took it home.
78: Friday, November 30, 2012 | After 7 magical days at Disneyworld it was time to say good-bye and head back home. | Billie & Ted LOVED being with their grandkids. | Tinkerbell even hitched a ride with Brandon. | Gifts for me. YEAH.
79: We all rode the bus together to the airport. Trinity was so excited about her Tinkerbell costume, she even wore it on the plane. | Trinity enjoying her magazine. | Billie LOVED giving Trinity snacks. | Ted was all smiles sitting with Maddox.