Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Magical memories: Yours for about $150 a day! Each!

Remember like ten years ago when Jason and I went to Disney World and it was Halloween and we rode a bunch of rides and hung out with our nieces for six days and ate a bunch of junk food and spent about 500 billion dollars and took about twelvity thousand pictures of the whole thing?

Well, let's jump right in.  We spent Halloween with The Incredibles.  They were like celebrities.  All night, people would yell out "Hey!  Look!  Check it out!  It's The Incredibles!"  Not just kids either.  Adults were doing this.  I wanted to be all "Pssst.  It's not really them.  It's my family.  Dressed up.  You know.  On Halloween."

Katie's "Violet" wig didn't last very long.  I didn't get a very good photo of our costumes but we were a 20's couple.  Here's part of Jason (minus his fedora hat)...  He used nearly my entire Bobby Brown eyeliner pencil for that beard stubble.

And me in my flapper dress...  Katie was obsessed with the fringe and long necklaces.  I took the opportunity to school her on the art of buying vintage jewelry. You can never start them too young, you know.

Nana and Papa the pirates.  Anna wasn't so sure.

First day in the Magic Kingdom... 

See the name of this ride?  Snow White's Adventures?  Well, look closer and you'll see that it actually says Snow White's Scary Adventures.  I don't know what they're playing at by trying to disguise the scary part in the pink scroll-y decorative bit in the middle but let me tell you - Anna was NONE too happy.  Anna is scared of three things:  monsters, ghosts and witches.  

This ride should have been called "Remember the witch from Snow White?  Well, here she is about a thousand different times.  Also, it's dark in here and there are lots of witchy cackling noises.  So if you have a kid that's scared of witches, maybe give this one a miss, eh?"  I think they'll need a bigger sign.  She screamed and buried her face the whole time.  

Ice cream break!

To me, one of the highlights was watching the girls during their first ever 3-D experience.  The first time stuff came flying out at the audience, they both jumped up and tried to grab it.  So cute!

Turkey legs for the boys.

On this trip, we learned that Katie is an adrenaline junkie.  Which doesn't match her personality at all because she's always so careful and concerned with safety.  But she freaking LOVED the fast rides.  This was her first time on Splash Mountain, which turned out to be her favorite ride.  I think she ended up riding it like five times.

Jason and I were smart to wear our North Faces.  

While the girls went back for naps, Jason and I headed to Epcot for a little while.  Of course, we had to make a stop in Great Britain in the World Showcase.

Later that evening, we met back up at the Magic Kingdom.

 Jason and Katie dueled it out after the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

Next up - Big Thunder Mountain.  

Katie was excited but a little nervous.  She was hilarious when it started whipping around the curves.  She yelled to Joe "Hold on to me Daddy or I'm gonna fly out of this thing!"  She was dead serious too.

My turn with Katie's mouse ears...

After one more go on Splash Mountain, she was DONE.  Passed out cold all the way back to the hotel.

The next day was Animal Kingdom.  I think Anna spotted her first wild animal - Jason.

She was so cute waving at all the animals.  

Anna was very suspicious of her face painter.  She kept her head perfectly still but she wouldn't take her eyes off what the girl was doing.

Katie was a little more trusting.

Katie took up photography as a way to amuse herself while waiting for the Nemo show to start.

Post-chocolate happiness.

Anna spent about 3/4 of the trip on Jason's shoulders.

This was a big moment for Katie.  She says her favorite princesses are Mulan and Pocahontas because they don't need a prince to kiss them.  Totally uncoached.  She just randomly said that to Amy one day.  

This was one of the most hilarious moments of the trip.  Jason took off with Anna and when he came back, he was holding on to her and a margarita with one hand and she was eating a churro out of his other hand.  Apparently, he experienced the "Chaos of Anna".  She dropped the first churro and when he went back to get her another one, she bent down and was sipping his drink through the straw while he was trying to pay.  That's why he's "Fun Uncle Jason".

In awe on the ride through Mexico.

Fun with props after the Maelstrom ride in Norway.

There was a hostile takeover of my popcorn bucket.

Anna did not like it when Katie got on Jason's shoulders.  That was HER spot.  So she totally used me by climbing up on mine and then trying to take Katie out.

On our way to Chef Mickey's for Anna's birthday breakfast.

Teaching Katie how to be a gangsta.

The great thing about Disney is that you can play with all the stuff in the stores and take photos with all their crap on and no one yells at you.

Dance party in the Magic Kingdom.  While it was not captured on film, I taught Katie a dance of great cultural significance - the Cabbage Patch.

With Rafiki - Anna kept saying "He nice.  He no scary." like she was trying to psyche herself up.

Jason made the mistake of teaching Katie how to use the iBowl app on his iPhone.  Every time we had to wait for anything, she wanted to play it.

A pre-lunch roaring session.

Katie was the photography director of the Funny Faces Photo Shoot...

Big Thunder Mountain after lunch may have been a mistake.

Say what you will about the Corporate Disney Money Machine, but those mo-fo's sho' do know how to put on some fireworks.

Like our new hat?

Katie showing me her "scared" face for Tower of Terror.

Another iPhone favorite was the Lightsaber app.  It came in pretty handy during the Star Wars exhibit at Hollywood Studios.

Then it was time for Jason and I to make our exit.  I got so worked up and totally lost it.  I cried all the way back to the hotel.  It was just so nice to spend so much time with the girls after being away for three years.  I feel like we were finally able to make somewhat of a dent in all the lost time.  Plus, being the jaded adult that I am, it was great to see Disney through the eyes of a kid.  More than anything though - thank you, Katie and Anna, for making us feel like we were never gone.  


Felanie Melanie said...

Awwwww Head!!! It looks like yall had such a blast!!! And my gosh, I cannot believe how big the girls have gotten...my time flies...what a fun trip to take with them!

Muz and Mo said...

Oh wow what great pics!! Looks like it was a really fun trip - the girls are SO SO cute!

Suze - Cheshire, UK said...

What a fun way to spend a few days! Great pics!

Raquel said...

Great pictures! It looks like you had a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing them with us. :)

Anna said...

SO adorable and I totally lol'd about the margarita incident. Plus, Anna has a pretty sweet name.