Monday, November 15, 2010

Our Trip to Walt Disney World (Part One)

For a background to how we decided to go to Disney, see this post:

Due to me singing in the Choir at Palmetto Hills Presbyterian Church that Sunday and John playing in the Praise Band at The Bridge Presbyterian Church, we postponed the trip to Monday, November 8. We started packing the 'Burb and trailer very early Monday morning, but still didn't get on the road till around 7:00am.

We arrived at FW around 5:00pm. Check in was quick and we were in the 1500 loop as requested. We were in site 1506 which was great.

My dh was nervous about getting the tent set up before dark, so I took the younger children for a walk. Who do we run into, but Chip and Dale!

We played kickball with them for a while, then went back to check on progress at the site. The tent was up, so dh sent me back to the Sing-along with all the children while he made cold BLT's for dinner. (Sorry, no pictures of the campsite or the food. Oops!)

Here we are waiting for the Sing-along to start.

Then, we were chosen to "wake-up" Chip and Dale for the Sing-along! We got a certificate commemerating our Magical Moment, an autographed picture of Chip and Dale, and our picture taken with them.

Soon after that, we went back to the site, had dinner, and put the youngest to bed. I took some of the children back to the movie for a while, but we were all tired from our long drive and headed to bed pretty early.

The next morning, after a shower in the lovely restrooms and a quick breakfast, I headed to the Outpost, as per a note that had been dropped off at our site the night before. It seems check-in was quick because they forgot to swipe my card and charge me for camping there. We quickly got that straightened out.

The plan for that day was to tour the hotels, leaving my dh at the site so he could rest his bad knee before our big day at MK. But he had other ideas. He took my oldest boy to Big Cat Rescue in Tampa. It was such a great treat for him! He hopes to intern there when he gets older and then have his own place like that eventually. (Again, sorry no pictures. I had the camera.)

The rest of us headed for the Marina, with a quick stop at the playground.

We hopped on a boat and headed to Wilderness Lodge.

First thing we saw at Wilderness Lodge was a rabbit.

Then some ducks.

And, of course, the geyser.

We also liked seeing the pool. When we checked in, they had told the Meadow Swimming Pool was closed for the week, so we could use the Wilderness Lodge Pool instead.

Inside the lobby, we took pictures by a "gen-u-ine" totem pole.

My kids, kidding around at the stream.

We then got back on a boat and headed for the Contemporary.

They had a speed boat set up for pictures, and my dc couldn't resist.

We found more photo ops outside. (Sorry for the sideways picture!)

From there, we took the monorail to the Polynesian. Aloha, Cousin. Only one photo from there.

I had read that going from the Polynesian to the Grand Floridian was a nice walk. Not so true when you have five tired and hungry kids and you are carrying a big bag with food for all of you, plus the sweatshirts most of them no longer wanted to wear.

Still, we got there and found a nice place for lunch.

After lunch, we wandered around the hotel and then caught the monorail to the Magic Kingdom and then the boat back to Fort Wilderness. After a rest period enforced by Mean Ole Mom, we changed into swimsuits and headed for Wilderness Lodge.

Swimming was great, esp. the waterslide. I made everyone get out before it got dark and we took the bus back to Fort Wilderness. Hint: The back seats of the bus are heated from the engine. Very nice when you are cold and wet.

We got dressed and headed to the Sing-Along to wait for dh to return. Tonight, we played Duck, Duck, Goose with Chip and Dale. (sorry for the blurry picture)

After hamburgers for dinner, dh took the children to see Finding Nemo (not the advertised Sword in the Stone, which they promised to show the next night) while I put the little one to bed.

More in next post.

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