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Big surprise! We went to Disney World. Again! 😉 This is the last week of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and the last remnant of the boys’ sixth birthday celebration!

Happy Holidays

First order of business: Disney Hollywood Studios, where we found the day had a decidedly Star Wars focus. Why are the boys smiling? They just finished the Star Tours ride and are sitting atop a “speeder bike”.

Alex Speeder Adam Speeder

Anyway, the highlight of the day was an epic battle with Darth Maul.

Darth Maul Darth Maul

Adam was ecstatic, and grinning from ear-to-ear the entire time!

Adam Trains Adam Fights

As for Alex, he was worried, yet determined…

Alex is worried Alex is determined

Alex is ready Alex is ready

and in the end, his courage shines through…

Alex Courageous

Adam, on the other hand, was seduced by the Dark Side of the Force…

Adam and Alex

Oh, and then we went to the Christmas Party, which was a lot of waiting and crowding, lights and fireworks,

Fireworks

Sitting on the curb and waving…

Waving

and Santa!

Santa

Seriously, though, it was a great night, and I didn’t have to ride on “It’s a Small World”!

SCORE!

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Florida played Alabama today and I had to go to “The Happiest Place on Earth”. Given that the Gators lost the game, I guess this wasn’t such a bad idea after all! 😉

Anyway, here’s the obligatory family-entering-the-Magic-Kingdom photo…

Disney Entrance

Once inside, we headed down Main Street USA and hooked a right to Tomorrowland where I accompanied Adam for his first ride on Space Mountain! Meanwhile, Alex had an important meeting to attend to with Buzz Lightyear, so Mom assisted him with this agenda item…

Space Mountain Alex and Buzz

Next, we waited in a long, long line for the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Alex didn’t seem to mind, though…

Alex waits for the Mine Ride

Our goal was to hot all the roller coasters on this trip. So, we made our way to Adventureland and rode the Big Thunder Mountain Railrode, and topped off the day with a ride down Splash Mountain…

Splash Mountain

It was a very, very BUSY and FUN day. Using Disney’s FastPass we were able to enjoy so many rides. Back at the hotel, I reminisced about my trips to Disney as a young boy. Tomorrowland looked a lot cleaner in the 70s; now it seems so cluttered. Instead of a smooth futuristic feel, it looks more cartoonish, like something out of the movie, Robots. I wonder what Alex and Adam will remember of these days 40-years from now?

Tomorrowland

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Back at Disney! Seems like we were just here! Anyway, here we are, ready for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, that is, naturally, SOLD OUT!

Ready for Disney Sold Out

So, I’m thinking that the park was gonna be EXTREMELY crowded, but it turned out to be no so bad! The ride over on the ferry was pleasant, although Alex wasn’t too fond of the crossing at first. The sun was just going down and painted the sky…

Sunset at Disney

Exiting the ferry, we rented a stroller-cart-rickshaw and started-up main street to secure our place on the street for the parade. Did I say the crowd wasn’t too bad??

Mainstreet

We found the perfect location for the parade: Right at the corner of the turn they make onto mainstreet! Since we had about 1-1/2 hours before the parade started, I held our position while Cindy took the boys on a ride or two. Unfortunately, Cindy adn the boys missed the castle lighting. I saw it of course, as I had been standing with our stroller-rickshaw thing and waving people off our position…

Castle Lighting Castle Lighting

Castle Lighting Castle Lighting

Castle Lighting

After what seemed like FOREVER and almost coming to blows with a couple of would-be usurpers, the parade began. And just as we thought, we had the best seat in the house!

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After the parade was over, we hit the rides…

Peter Pan, the People Mover (Alex loves this!), Buzz Lightyear, the Teacups…

Teacups

Whoa! I’m dizzy just watching! and the Grand Prix Raceway…

Grand Prix Raceway Grand Prix Raceway

On the way out of the park, we stopped for a picture with the Dwarves…

Seven Dwarves

The boys had a BLAST! Dad didn’t mind it too much, either…

Memories

Tomorrow, we’re off to Disney Hollywood Studios for the boys Birthday Celebration!

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Today was the last day of our Spring Break Orlando Experience. We started-off bright and early through the gate to catch the monorail…

Disney Entrance

A precipitous drop in temperature made it pretty darn chilly as we entered Main Street USA. I was the only one that thought to bring a jacket, which means the first order of business is to find a store and buy something warm for the remainder of the crew!

Main Street USA

One of the highlights of the trip was the opportunity for the boys to join Jack Sparrow’s crew by joining the Pirates Guild! So, we spend about an hour in the stuffy room, as the boys were transformed into pirates…

Adam in Makeup Alex in Makeup

They looked great! Alex did very well, and was pretty excited when he climbed off the make-up chair to claim his pirate tools, which consisted of a sash and a sword. Adam was VERY upset that he couldn’t have one of the REAL swords that were mounted on the wall.

Pirates

Adam was so upset, in fact, that he refused to pose for his pirate portrait. Not Davy Badbones, though! He was all about it!

Davy Badbones

One good thing about the LONG lines for some of the rides is the opportunity to snap a photo or two of the family…

Family Jody and Cin

Of course, the long lines and all the walking takes its toll on little legs…

Dad and Adam

The “old Standby”…no one comes to Disney to ride the Tea Cups, but it seems we always do! Well, not me.

Kam and the Boys Teacup Family

Right across from the Tea Cups is the Grand Prix Raceway! The boys loved this ride. I rode with Alex and he had a blast driving around the track!

Alex Races

Although we kept getting rear-ended by some lady driver! Hello, Kameran!

Kam and Jess Race

Well, it was a whirlwind three days, but we had a lot of fun…and made some great memories!

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Cindy and the boys, along with Auntie GiGi and Big Sisters Jessica and Kameran, took a road trip to Disney World. They spent three days at the Caribbean Beach Resort and visited the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT Center, and Animal Kingdom…

Cinderellas Castle

You can’t visit Disney without spinning your head off on the Tea Cup ride…

Tea Cups

Jess takes Adam into the world of Buzz Lightyear; Mama and Alex are right behind…

Jess and Adam

Locked-up for a photo op! Alex thinks this resembles too closely a crib, and he’s not at all ready to take a nap…

Locked up

Jess and Kameran meet Daisy Duck…

Jess and Kameran meet Daisy

Adam pulls Auntie Gigi into Tomorrowland…

Gigi and Adam

A breather, and overdue diaper-changes…

Mama and Alex Mama and Adam

The boys are crusin’ in style, Adam has the top down, checking-out the sights, while Alex decides what he’s going to do next…

Crusin in style

Adam meets Tigger at the Crystal Palace…

Meeting Tigger

Alex meets Winnie the Pooh, but insists he keep his distance…

Meeting Winnie

A jungle safari…

A Jungle Safari

Auntie and Sisters pose with Alex and Adam…

Aunt and sisters with the boys

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