Well, I know everyone and their dog is dying to hear about our trip, so I will start telling you about it in a very detailed fashion haha.
Tuesday October 5th is the day we left Seattle for Orlando. We got up that morning at our normal time, I sent the kid off to school and brought the pets to the kennel. I felt so bad leaving them for two weeks, but it turns out, they did extremely well. Yaay!! A went to school that afternoon, while I got our carry-on bags ready and showered and got myself ready. Kids came home and then we went and got A from school, and headed out for an early dinner at 4PM. We were home for a couple hours before the shuttle came, and about 6:20 she called me to tell me she was on her way. Well, guess what? E lost one of her tennis shoes. We about had a panic attack looking for it, and I thought I was going to blow my top lol. We found it right as our driver came, and then got on the road. Made excellent time to the airport, and got through security. By the way, security with 4 kids...an absolute PAIN IN THE ASS. One thing I absolutely HATE with a passion.
Our flight didn't leave Seattle till 10:45, so we ate at Wendy's, looked around the airport again and settled in at our gate. Finally got on the plane and drugged my kid with benadryl. It worked pretty well, they slept for a few hours or so. I didn't get much sleep, but I did doze and sleep lightly. Finally we got into Orlando at about 7:15Am Eastern time and got on the Disney Magical Express to our resort, the Polynesian. Our luggage wasn't due to arrive right away, so the kids and I settled into our room to wait till Disney delivered it. Once it came, we went swimming, had lunch and tried to relax for a bit. We hadn't slept really since the plane, and the night before in our own beds. The kids had other plans, and we went to the Magic Kingdom the first day!! we spent a few hours the Magic Kingdom on the 6th, and our first ride was Space Mountain! Wow, I forgot how scary it was haha. We really enjoyed our time there, and went back to the hotel later to sleep. We had been up for almost 40 hours at that point, including the time we slept on the plane. The kids sure were troopers!
The real highlight of the day was seeing an old friend that afternoon that I hadn't seen since Barry and I lived in Germany. He was Barry's CSM while we were stationed in Germany. I knew he was in Orlando, so I told him we'd be there (we're face book friends), and he actually brought me some groceries. We had fruit, water bottles, crackers, chips, granola bars, oatmeal for breakfast, and a few other things. Angel was a lifesaver! It was so nice to see him again. He wrote in Barry's memory book for me too, which I loved, and the kids can read when they are older. We made plans to see him later in the week when we had more time.
October 7th was our first full day in Disney World, and we got up EARLY to be at the Magic Kingdom at 8am. There were extra magic hours! That's where the park opens up an hour early for resort guests. We had an awesome day!!! We did Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, all the rest of Frontier Land and then did Tomorrow Land. We also hit up Adventure Land, which houses the Jungle Cruise, the Pirates of the Caribbean, Aladdin's magic carpets etc etc. We did a good half of the park that day.
One of the highlights from the day was after Splash Mountain, I went to look at our pictures, and was chatting with the lady behind the counter. Mentioned to her why we were there, and she gave me our pictures for free, along with $10 worth of snacks too. Wow. She was such a sweetheart. We also got to meet Princess Tiana, who is A's favorite. Seeing her face light up just made my heart smile. I took so many pictures of that.
During one of our snack breaks, I looked across the "road" and saw a familiar face. One of the families from the kids' old school was at Disney World the same time as we were. How funny! The mom volunteered at the school a lot, so I saw her there quite often. She recognized me so we chatted for a bit. Of all places, who'd have thought we'd see each other there?
Later that day we went swimming in the hotel pool, where I enjoyed a mango margarita pool side and the kids swam. A did all the rides that day, we had little to no waits (Fast Pass is AMAZING), and our favorite ride was Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. It was the perfect start to our vacation!!
more soon :)