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First Family Vacation - Third Day in Parks - Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Once I saw your little girl could become a Princess I was SO reserving a spot for Mads.
At Walt Disney World there are two locations available for you to do this.  One is at Downtown Disney and the other is inside MK at the Castle.  We were booked at the Castle.
After a quick refresh and nap from our busy morning we were back at MK waiting patiently for our turn to turn our little girl into our little princess.  She was SO excited!
When you walk in you tell them your child's name and what package you will be getting.  Then you pick out all of your options according to your package.
We were getting the Castle package which includes everything, hair, makeup, costume, shoes, crown, nails, pictures and more.
After all info is received you get to escort your little girl over to an area to pick out her shoes, dress, etc.  Once she has it all picked out you let your Fairy Godmother in Training know and she sets everything up.  Once she gets everything just right she will then escort you back …

First Family Vacation - Day 3 in Parks - Magic Kingdom - Part 1

Oh Magic Kingdom (MK).  When most people think of Walt Disney World it is Magic Kingdom that comes to mind first.  It is after all where all the cool people hang out!
If you are there before the park opens you get to see a cute little skit that welcomes you to the park.  The train pulls into the station and the conductor gets off the train and welcomes you to the park and introduces the characters.  Then they all break out in song and dance.  Totally cute!

After the performance is over there is a mad RUSH into the park.  Seriously, if you don't want to get ran over just stay back a little bit. Once we were in the park we headed straight to Main Street Bakery.  We had reservations for Kona Cafe but I just could not stomach walking back in the Poly after the night we had at Ohana a few nights before.  So we canceled and just ate in the park.  Not the best way to spend our dining plan credits but it is what it is.
Hubs had an omelet (I think, it was about I month ago so my memory is a bi…

First Family Vacation - Day 2 in Parks - Epcot Part 2

You can find Epcot part 1 here
After breakfast we headed back to the front of the park to try to ride some rides and see some fun stuff up there.  We started with a stop at the Baby Care Center to change out of costumes and get ready for the rest of our day, then we were off again.
We made our way to the Nemo attraction, it is really cool!  You ride the Nemo ride, which consists of sitting in a shell and slowly moving along a conveyor belt with a long screen in front of you for the entire ride.  It was nice, relaxing and air conditioned.  At the end you hop off the ride and are in an aquarium!  Totally cool!  We saw dolphins, sharks, sting rays, sea turtles and TONS of other fish.  Oh and manatees!  It was really neat.  We also did Turtle Talk with Crush.  It is SO funny and the kids LOVE it!

Nemo ended up being our only ride at Epcot.  It was PACKED and we didn't really know what we were doing, there were just sooooo many people.  We did find the Coke place that has pop from aro…

Frist Family Vacation - 2nd Day in Parks - Epcot Part 1

I am going to do Epcot in a two part series.  Yes, there is THAT much info!  Plus there are TONS of pics and I don't want to drown you in all of them at once.
We started our morning with early reservations at Akershus in the Norway pavilion at Epcot.
Oh! My! Word!
Let's just say, I could pack up right now and move to Norway!  I LOVED the old Scandinavian style buildings.
We were the second family to enter the restaurant that morning and what a BEAUTIFUL restaurant it is!
You are greeted outside by some cast members then you are shown to an area where.....Belle (yes, THE Belle from Beauty and the Beast) is.  If my mom would have been with us I can promise you she would have been crying at the moment she turned her head and saw her.  She kind of likes Belle.
As for my girls, they were in Princess Heaven! After you meet Belle and get your picture taken with her, you are escorted to your table.
The service here was great, the best we had during our entire trip I think.
Akersh…

First Family Vacation.....First Day in the Parks....Hollywood Studios and Ohana

After our first night at WDW it was time to wake up bright and early and get our day started at Hollywood Studios.  Everyone was up and at 'em....well, with the exception of one...

She was kind of crabby and didn't want to get up.

Once everyone was up, dressed, out the door and on the bus we were headed to Disney's Hollywood Studios.  We had reservations at Hollywood and Vine for breakfast with some pretty important people.  We walked up to the gates and waited with everyone else, then I noticed two workers off to the side with a list so me being me, nosey, went to talk to them about our reservations and how to get in to get to the restaurant.  They asked me a few questions and in a matter of seconds we were through the gates....leaving everyone in our dust.  They had to wait until the park actually opened.  HA!

Since we had early reservations we were allowed in the park before anyone else, which makes for great photo ops!  You don't have to worry about a million othe…

First Family Vacation - Our First Night on Property

After we checked into the hotel, Disney's Coronado Springs, we unpacked, freshened up and made our way to Down Town Disney (DTD).
Because we stayed on property we were able to take complete advantage of Disney Transportation, that includes buses, boats and monorail.
The resort we stayed at does not share a bus with any other resort, like some of them do, so we never waited more than 5 minutes for a bus.  It was great!
So on our way to DTD I was trying to get everything organized and placed my nice sandals on the seat beside me to better organize our backpack.  One of the girls distracted me, imagine, and I completely forgot about my sandals.
I would never see them again.  Ugh!
We made a quick run through the World of Disney, the largest Disney store, to find the girls new dresses for dinner.  Once we had dresses in bag and bag in hand we made our way to our reservation for the evening, 1900 Park Fare inside the Grand Floridian. Our wait was perfect as it gave us time to get the g…