Monday, January 17, 2011

Disney World and Universal

My grandpa has a time share in Orlando for a week in November, so every year my family (or some of them) meet my grandpa for a Disney/Universal trip. I hadn't been since I was in high school and my grandpa has said that he wants to sell the time share, so Ryan and I decided to take advantage of a free place to stay and join them this year. We met my grandpa, his wife, Mary Lou, my mom, my dad, Hannah, my Aunt Julie, my cousin Olivia, and my Aunt Vicki. We spent 2 days at Universal (one day on each side) and then went to Disney's Magic Kingdom for a day, which included Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party--where you buy a special ticket and they close the park to all other people and have lights, decorations, music, free cookies and hot chocolate, a christmas parade, and all the rides with less lines. It was a very fun and busy few days.

I was very nervous wondering how Kolton would do with his schedule all mixed up, a 3 hour time change, no naps in his own bed (which he loves), and just long, long days in his stroller. To my surprise, he did wonderful! He was such a trooper and had no major meltdowns!! He even fell asleep sitting up on my lap during one of the rides!! We had a lot of fun and I can't wait to take him back when he is older and gets more excited about everything!

Day 1: Islands of Adventure (with the new Harry Potter part--awesome!)

Entrance to Harry Potter...the detail was so amazing!!
Butterbeer = NASTY!!!
Waiting patiently for everyone to get done with the "big kid" rides
FINALLY a ride for Kolton! :)
My dad took one for the team and went on a water ride with the little girls even though it was getting cold outside...and this is how we repay him :)

Day 2: Universal Studios
Not quite sure at first about the characters, but ended up really liking them!
Minus Ryan
With Ryan
Notice anything different with Kolton?? Yep, we had to buy him a new outfit because he had too much fun playing in the kid area with water, which soaked his shirt and jean shorts. There were a lot of T-shirts, but not many choices if you needed a whole new outfit! Luckily we found this one :) And he spent pretty much the whole day in it, so we got most of out moneys worth!

Day 3: Magic Kingdom

Another day in the stroller....
Waiting for It's A Small World
Can you tell Ryan is having a fun time? :)
A little family pic/nap before our 7pm-12am Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party begins!
This sums up the trip...had a blast, but was VERY exhausted by the end of it!

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