S: Disney Universal Legoland 2012
FC: Let the Memories Begin February 3-11, 2012 | LEGOLAND
1: Alec and Sam woke the morning of February 3rd wondering what the last item in the countdown calender might be. For thirty days they had opened pins, vinylmations, and silly string. Sam woke up at 5:30 wanting to snuggle. I dropped them off at school and returned at 11 with the Surprise! | GranJo was the last and best Surprise. We got on the road and made it to Orlando by 7:30. We ate at Applebee's. Alec dreamed of our big day at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Sam's Gecko was amazing! Everyone was ready for bed. Early the next morning we checked in at Port Orleans French Quarter!! | Mom, Sam (7y/o), Alec (10y/o), GranJo
3: Our first pixie dust occurred when Vera, a wonderful castmember upgraded us to a Riverview room. After a quick check in we traveled by bus to Animal Kingdom. First up a photopass picture at the Tree of Life. The boys quickly explained to GranJo mom's fixation with photopass. We walked thru Asia and watched the monkeys doing flips in the ancient ruins. Baloo and King Louie posed with us for pictures! We traveled to Africa and boarded our "2 week" Safari Adventure. Our favorite animals were the giraffes, alligators, a cheetah and the hairy hogs. We left Africa for a quick ride on Everest! After lunch at the Yak n Yeti we traveled back to prehistoric times for a ride on Dinosaur and some playtime in the boneyard. The boys and GranJo rode primeval whirl. Last up was It's a Bugs Life - we loved the butterflies and stink bugs. The day was completed with a quick dip in the pool and Hot tub.
4: We stopped for a few quick pictures with Pooh and Tigger enticed all of us to Jump! Jump! Jump!
5: After a great safari ride, we took the train to Rafiki's Planet watch. Sam and Alec had a few battles with some scary animals :)!
6: We all rode Everest - including GranJo! Mom lost the photopass card, but was able to get it replaced. Alec got a Luke Vinylmation and Sam picked out a fan bottle and sword pen.
7: Sunday while waiting for Islands of adventure to open Alec flipped a coin. It landed on "Lucky Day" - side 2 was "lots of fun". What a way to begin a day that had more magic in store than we could ever imagine!
8: At Ollivander's Alec was chosen by the wand. It was amazing! Mom and GranJo had tears in their eyes. That coin was definitely full of magic. Alec's wand was Willow Wood with a Dragon's Heart Core.
9: The Forbidden Journey was our next ride and it was everyone's favorite for the day!
10: After avoiding near disaster when Mom and Sam got stuck on The Forbidden Journey, We had butterbeer and free pumpkin juice at The Three Broomsticks. | We also rode flight of the hippogriff. Alec and Sam were spoiled by GranJo with robes, wands, chocolate frogs and the Sword of Gryffindor.
12: We pulled ourselves away from Hogwarts and rode the Seuss Trolley Train ride, The Cat In the Hat and Caro-Seuss-el. Dr. Doom posed with Alec and Sam. Next up was Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges. GranJo sat out - good call. We were completely soaked. So much so that we paid $5 for 10 min in a giant dryer. We did a little more exploring then headed back to Port Orleans for a little nap.
13: After some quick photos in front of our room (we had to tease Johnny with the great location and weather) we made our way to O'hanas for supper. The food was tremendous. Alec loved the chicken fingers, Sam loved the meat and GranJo and I loved it all. After Bread Pudding and Ice Cream for dessert, we watched the Magic Kingdom fireworks from our table. It was a great night!
14: Alec and Sam snored next to a sleeping knight. They both built Lego creations and raced them down tracks.
15: The Camel Spit !!!! The boys rode up and down on the Beetle Bounce. We watched part of the Pirate show from the Gardens. | Monday we traveled to Legoland and saw our first Orange Groves. We all rode every Coaster - most of them 2-3 times. Sam's favorite ride was the Dragon coaster, Alec's project X, GranJo the Lost Kingdom Adventure and Mom liked Coastersaurus.
17: We all rode Test Track aka Project X multiple times and have the picture to prove it. We shopped in all 100 Lego Stores before deciding on several sets. After leaving we decided to swim before taking the boat to downtown Disney. We ate in the ice cave at the T-Rex Restaurant. It even appeared that GranJo's hair "caught on fire" when the walls were orange. | After supper GranJo spoiled the boys a lot more. That was a theme for this trip. She bought Sam "Dino" and baby and Alec built a light saber. Mom bought Dad a Grumpy shirt.
18: Tuesday we were up early for the park opening at Magic Kingdom. We were first in line at Pirates of the Caribbean. Alec played the Haunted Mansion Organ. We played in the caves on Tom Sawyer's Island. | MAGIC KINGDOM
19: GranJo and Sam traded with Fernando for all tHe Puffle pins. The boys attempted to pull the sword from the stone, battled Zurg, and we all rode its a Small World. | LET THE MEMORIES BEGIN!
20: Both boys were trained to be Pirates by Captain Jack Sparrow and his first mate. Alec and Sam were ready to board the Black Pearl. | The Pirate Tutorial
21: After a quick lunch at the Liberty Tree Tavern we had pictures with Mickey and Minnie. It was then time to have a quick goodbye with GranJo as she boarded the Magical Express | Bon Voyage! | to fly home. She ran to the bus, but got off again for one more quick hug. The boys were SOOO sad, but they knew Dad was on his way.
22: After GranJo left, Mom and the boys headed to Downtown Disney. Dad arrived very late that night. The next morning Mom left for her Conference and the boys played quietly in the floor until Dad woke up and got them ready for a big day at Epcot!! | Dad and the boys rode Test Track and explored until Mom joined them. We ate lunch at the Electric umbrella, the boys rode Mission Space (Orange version) and then we all headed over to look for Dad's sunglasses at Mission Space. After creating healthy energy sources for a new city it was time for innovations and fire safety. Alec enjoyed several video games while Mom and Sam put out fires inside a house.
23: We went back to the resort for a quick dip in the pool and had a new towel animal - a Turkey! The boys loved the Dragon Slide! | Dad enjoyed the pool, but said the hot tub was much warmer! Mom lounged in a chair, read her book and took more photos.
24: We returned to Epcot for Supper and a brief ride through Mexico! Dad and Alec stayed for . Illuminations - Mom and Sam headed for bed.
25: On Thursday Mom again left very early for her conference. Dad and the boys enjoyed a very quiet bus ride to Hollywood Studios. They rode Star Tours and watched the Indiana Jones Stunt Show. On the way out of the show Dad gave Mom's email address for a survey. We all met up and rode the Great Movie ride. We loved the shootout between the Gangsters.
26: Alec and Sam agreed to ride the Tower of Terror if Dad would (last time he screamed like a little girl). Everyone survived and loved the ride. We then rode Rock 'n' Rollercoaster. Aerosmith is the boys new favorite band. | It was then thru the Streets of America to the Honey I shrunk the kids playground. Sam twisted his ankle and Dad and Alec lounged around making "boy" sounds aka "tooting". Alec and Sam agreed to a picture on the ant just to make Mom happy.
27: BEFORE we enter the Tower of Terror | AFTER!!!
28: After a long wait it was time for check in at Jedi Training. Dad had gotten the last 2 slots of the day. Alec knew the correct answer to every question that Freddy asked and many of them were obscure trivia questions.
29: Both boys were trained on stage by a Jedi Master. When Darth Vader arrived they were ready for battle. Sam used the force to move the storm troopers back without even being instructed. Alec was a fierce opponent for Darth Vader.
30: On Friday the boys went to Downtown Disney and then met Mom at Magic Kingdom. We rode many rides, but it was our first time on the Teacups!
32: Dad made fun of our raincoats on Splash Mountain, but he got very wet! Mom was protecting her new Mickey shirt - a gift from all of the boys.
33: Sam and Mom climbed the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse. Sam graciously posed for MANY pictures. | Alec yelled at mom for flash photography during Peter Pan. It really is against the rules.
34: Dad bet Alec $10 that he would not walk around with a bottle stuck to his face. Dad had to pay up!. | ALec and Sam both enjoyed defeating the villans while playing Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
35: Our last night Mom changed the dining reservations so Dad could experience O'hanas. Needless to say the entire family ate too much. Sam enjoyed learning the hula and got a Lei for his efforts. | After supper Dad and Alec had to take a rest on the monorail due to all of the energy they exerted while eating. We all enjoyed watching the Magic Kingdom Fireworks from the train.
36: We enjoyed many boat rides from our resort to Downtown Disney. One night we ate at Boatrights and enjoyed seeing all of the resort lights from the water on our way back "home"
38: Entering Legoland Castle. | GranJo and the boys posing for Mom | Playing in a fountain at Animal Kingdom | What a Meal! | Downtime at the Pool | Where are those Monkeys? | First day excitement!
39: Racing new creations at Legoland | A Big Ball of Dung! | Getting ready for Everest | Alec in the Greenhouse at Hogwart's Castle | Sam washing Dino shortly after his creation | Getting ready for our visit with the Bugs!
40: We all enjoyed our time at Disney. It was nice making new memories with GranJo. Dad states he will be going back for Gumbo and O'hanas. Alec wants to return for more time with the wizards. Sam "must" visit Legoland again. Mom just wants to return for everything.