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This year we ordered new magic bands with our Disney Annual Passes. The boys (and Cindy) were getting tired of the Grey bands we USED to have! Me? I just don’t understand why things have to CHANGE!

Magic Bands

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We were up early because Cindy made 8:15 reservations at the Crystal Palace! The boys slept pretty well (after they finally went to sleep), so getting going wasn’t too awfully difficult. We were out the door about 7:30 and off to breakfast. We parked close enough to walk to the Magic Kingdom entrance where we activated our park-hopper passes. We rode the ferry into Disney…

Disney

and made a beeline for the Crystal Palace and breakfast…

The Crystal Palace

Alex and Adam love mixing with the Disney celebrities…

Pooh Bear

Piglett Piglett

After breakfast we started making our way around the park. We went on several rides, like “It’s a Small World” and saw a couple of shows, like “Mickey’s PhilharMagic” (in 3-D). Adam really liked the carousel…

Adam on the Carousel

We made it through Fantasyland and Frontierland, and the boys were ready for a nap (the telltale behavior thing), so we returned to the room for some quiet time. You’d think they’d be ready for a nap, but not these boys, they got a 2-minute power nap on the way back from the park, and were ready for more action. Still, we tried to put them down, hoping for a few minutes of rest ourselves. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be, and we were getting pretty hungry.

So, we were off to Disney Hollywood Studios for late-lunch-early-dinner at the Backlot, and the highlight of the trip for the boys, a chance to meet Woody and Buzz…

While waiting in line for the Toy Story stars, Cindy and Adam met “The Claw”…

The Claw

Meeting Buzz and Woody

They loved meeting their favorite Toy Story stars. They just stood there staring up at them, then they ran to ’em and hugged their legs…

Buzz and Woody

We did a few other things at Disney Hollywood, like “The Little Mermaid” show, but in the end, it all paled in comparison to the Buzz and Woody experience!

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We were up at 5:00 am to get to the airport by 6:30 (for an 8:00 flight). The boys snoozed for the ride into Philly. We checked in curbside for our Southwest flight, and fought our way through security. We were naturally among the first to board the plane. Me and the boys sat together in three seats with mom just behind. It wasn’t long before the plane began to taxi.

Adam really enjoyed the take-off experience, and giggled non-stop for the ride to altitude; Alex, on the other hand, was literally terrified! He scrambled out of the seat belt, jumped into my lap, clamped his arms around my neck, and buried his face in my shoulder. Every so often he’d venture a peek out the window, and squeeze tight as he saw the earth moving further and further away! All the while, Adam is talking and giggling!

After the plane leveled out and the seat belt sign came off, Alex settled down. We spent most of the flight watching Toy Story 2 on my iPad…

Watching the iPad

The landing wasn’t too bad and Alex actually joined in with his brother in giggling (although he did panic just a bit when the wheels hit the tarmac).

After grabbing our luggage, we headed to National for our mini-van rental. Then we were off to the Magic Kingdom…

Welcome to Disney

We stayed at the Shades of Green Resort…

Shades of Green Shades of Green

Checking in Checking in

After checking in and getting settled (diaper changes, juice cups filled, etc.), we headed out to “Downtown Disney” for a late lunch, a little shopping, and some sightseeing. We ate at “T-Rex,” which is a big, brash dinosaur-themed restaurant. It seats more than 620 people, has a couple of dozen life-size robotic dinosaurs, and real fossils encased in the bathroom walls. The boys had chicken strips; I had a beer…

Downtown Disney T-Rex

After lunch, which included roaring dinosaurs and meteor showers every 20-minutes, we walked through the town. The boys really got a kick out of the Toy Story displays at the Lego store…

Lego Buzz Woody and Buzz

We wrapped-up the day about 6:00 pm. They boys had had a l-o-n-g day; they were very tired, which was readily apparent in their behavior. So, we returned to our room at the resort for baths and bed.

Although the bath went off without a hitch, bedtime didn’t sink-in until after 10:00 pm. By that time, mom and dad were beyond exhausted!

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The boys absolutely love the Disney/Pixar movie, “Cars”…

They’ll sit and watch the entire movie; it’s the only thing they’ll sit still for for any length of time.

Watching Cars

Hey, NASCAR racing starts this week! Wonder what the boys will think of watching real-life “Cars”??

( One can only hope )

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