Thursday, February 17, 2011

Disney World Parks

During our first trip to Disney World we only went to the four main parks. Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios. We did not go to the two water parks or Downtown Disney. Downtown Disney is not a park, you don't have to have tickets to go there. I would have liked to have gone there but we just ran out of time. We will go there for sure on our next trip.

Our favorite park was the Magic Kingdom. Probably because it had the most stuff that Emme Claire could enjoy. The princess castle is there. The Dumbo flying elephant ride, Aladdin's magic carpet ride, The Haunted Mansion ride, the People Mover ride, Buzz Lightyear ride, there was a fun jungle boat ride, It's a Small World ride, Peter Pan's Flight ride, Winnie the Pooh ride and I'm sure I'm leaving out a few others. The Crystal Palace restaurant and Cinderella's Royal Table are also there. As well as the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, which is where you take your little princess (age 3 and up) to get their princess makeover! Unfortunately Emme isn't old enough to do that yet but I look forward to the day that she is old enough. She will LOVE that experience!!! Since this was our favorite park we spent two full days plus one evening there.

One very important tip I have for you in reguards to rides is to use the Fastpass! This saved us so much time! During our whole trip we never waited more than 10 or 15 minutes to get on a ride. If a ride had a Fastpass then we got it. They are free and I believe they are available to everyone. I really don't know why so many people don't use it. There was a 80 minute wait in the standby line for the Toy Story ride but with our Fastpass tickets we only waited about 10 minutes!

Animal Kingdom was a great park too. It of course has lots of live animals. We took a safari jungle tour that was cool. We watched the Finding Nemo show which was amazing!!! Don't skip that! They have this huge tree that has animals craved into it right in the center when you first enter the park, I think it's called the Tree of Life or something. It's pretty awesome! There is also a walk through safari area that is neat. We got to see a baby Gorilla there and it was so cute. And we really enjoyed the parade in this park.

Hollywood Studios was a fun park. We LOVED the Toy Story ride! It was so fun!!! Probably my favorite ride of all the ones we went on during the trip! Next time we go I think we'll try to ride it more than once. They have the Little Mermaid show which was pretty good. We saw the Muppet 3D show and it was cute. Also the Indiana Jones stunt show which was great! We went on the Backlot Tour which was neat. We will definitely go back to this park on our next trip!

Epcot was probably my least favorite park because there wasn't as much for Emme Claire to do there. But maybe when Emme is older we will enjoy it more. Epcot is broken into two parts. Future World which we enjoyed because they have The Seas building where the Nemo ride is. Also the Spaceship Earth ride is fun. There is a race car ride there too but we didn't do it because Emme was too small. World Showcase is the part where you walk through all the different countries and I don't know if it was partly because we were tired but we didn't enjoy it as much as I though we would. We rode two boat rides, one in Mexico and one in Norway. If we go back to Epcot on our next trip we will probably just do Future World.

Here are some pics from our day at Hollywood Studios.

These character pics were taken at our breakfast at Hollywood & Vine.
Emme met Leo from The Little Einsteins.

And June from The Little Einsteins. She liked June's jewelry.

Emme loved Special Agent OSO's watch and badge thing.

We met Handy Manny!

She gave Manny a kiss!

She also got to meet Jessie from Toy Story and loved Jessie's hat and belt buckle! I've been trying to find her that costume to play dress up in. I couldn't believe they didn't have a Jessie costume at Disney World.

While we were waiting for the parade to start these dressed up ladies were entertaining the crowd. One of the ladies spotted Emme Claire and she asked Emme to come out and walk the red carpet because she was so cute and dressed so stylish! lol Emme started to walk out there but then got shy and turned back around towards me. So I had to hold her hand and help her walk the red carpet.

Trying on her Minnie Mouse ears! We had her name monogrammed on the back of them. She'll get to wear them for years to come!

Emme met Sulley and Mike from Monsters Inc. She wasn't afraid of them which kind of surprised me. She even gave Sulley a kiss.

Emme loved watching the girl hoola hoop. She didn't want to go inside the restaurant because she didn't want to leave the hoola hoop girl.

Emme even got a chance to hoola hoop herself!

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