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Disney World Day 6

November 23, 2016

Day 6 was our last full day at Disney and the day one of the events Jillian was most looking forward to… Breakfast at Cinderella’s Castle. It did not disappoint. This is the best character meal by far because the food is excellent and it’s not a buffet. Jillian LOVED meeting the princesses and was over the moon ecstatic to meet her favorite princess in pink, Aurora (Sleep Beauty). We also got to meet Merida before leaving Magic Kingdom. Mommy and Jilly were both big fans. Merida and Jilly talked about how their brothers pestered them. Ha!

We finished our last day back at Hollywood Studios. Owen got to make a light saber and the kids got fun light up drinks at the 50’s Prime Time. Great restaurant.

Oh – and as you can see in the one picture, Jilly is crying. She was sad it was her last full day at Disney. She said she wanted to stay for 100 days. Bless her heart!

Disney World Day 5

November 22, 2016

Day 5 was a hot one in Florida. We spent the day at Magic Kingdom, took a break and went swimming in the pool at our resort, then went back at night. This was quite an experience because we were able to see Magic Kingdom turn from Halloween to CHRISTMAS!  I’m not a huge Christmas person, but there is just something about being there at that time of the year that totally gets you in the spirit.  And this is going to sound silly, but when we went back at night, we were able to see them light up Cinderella’s castle for Christmas and it was breathtaking. Like, it gave me goosebumps and and my jaw dropped. Nothing much “wows” me in my adult like, but that certainly did.

Oh – and we had a small brush with a famous football star.  I was having Mike take a picture of Jilly and I in about the same place as our last visit when she was a baby. We noticed there was some production event going on behind me and it was Charles Woodson with Mickey and Goofy filming a segment of some sort.  Pretty neat!


Disney World Day 4

November 21, 2016

Day for at Disney was a full day at Epcot. We must have had too much fun riding rides, meeting characters, exploring the World Showcase, and eating yummy food at the Wine and Food Fest because I hardly took any pictures. Wine and Food Fest is amazing. I want to go back and do it again some day!

Disney World Day 3

November 20, 2016

Day 3 at Disney was a full day at Hollywood Studios followed by a nightcap at Epcot. Our first Fast Pass that morning was Star Tours. Jilly was very apprehensive, but her brothers, Dad, and I assured her she would love it. Once the ride started her face lite up like the sun. She was hooked. I think we rode it 7 more times that day. We got to see all kinds of Star Wars stuff and meet Chewy and Kilo Ren. Jillian was very excited to meet all the Disney Jr characters and all the kids (and PeePaw) thought Pluto was pretty cool.

It’s no secret that one of Jilly’s top favorite Disney movies is Frozen. The Frozen Sing along was great and very very funny. Elsa even sprinkled us with snow, in Florida! Jilly and I also got to meet Olaf. What a pal.

Owen participated in a side show with the green army men. They liked his red hair and called him “Copper Top”. He was a very good cadate and showed he does indeed know how to follow directions so he has no more excuse not to listen at home! Ha!

The kids enjoyed our Halloween themed dinner at Hollywood and Vine and really soaked up getting to meet Minnie and her pals in their Halloween costumes. The dinner even came with special seating for Fantasmic!

The best part of the evening was riding the newer version of Soarin’. IT.WAS.WONDERFUL! I was totally amazed. It’s beautiful, fun, and relaxing. And the aromatics during the ride are the best. I kept saying they should turn them into candles. I wish I could ride it weekly!

Disney World Day 2

November 19, 2016

Day two, which was Halloween, started out at Animal Kingdom and ended past midnight at Magic Kingdom at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. I mean, what better way to spend Halloween night than at the happiest place on earth at the funnest Halloween party ever dressed as a family of super heroes! The party was so great. Very very crowded at first, and a little dicey, but after the fireworks it started to clear out and it felt like we had the park to ourselves. We walked right on rides, got TONS of candy, and had a special character meet with Belle at Gaston’s Tavern. It was the very end of the night and we saw the line was short to get pictures so we hopped in line. We were told we were the last for the night. Whoo… well Jilly was afraid to go up to Belle b/c Gaston was there too and he’s a villain. Jilly doesn’t like villains. Well, Belle walked over to her, knelt down to her sitting in the stroller, and coaxed Jilly over. She took her hand and it was so sweet. Belle took her time and they had a nice, special moment. Definitely a memory I won’t forget.

Disney World Day 1

November 17, 2016

At the end of October went headed to Disney for a fun filled week. Jilly was always promised she’d get to go back to “Rella’s Castle” when she was the “number 5”, so off we went.

We flew out pretty early in the AM and were up at 4:00, so it was a long day, but we enjoyed ourselves at Magic Kingdom. Benny didn’t say much about the trip leading up to it, but he was up first and so exited to leave. His exact works were “I’m as excited as heck to go to Disney!”. We road the Mad Hatter Tea Cups, Buzz LightYear, Tomorrowland Speedway, the carousel, the People Mover, the Ariel ride, and got to meet 3 princesses… Rapunzel, Tiana, and Ariel. Jillian was shy at first, but as the week went one she loved meeting as many characters as she could. We ended the say with a yummy dinner at the Liberty Tree Tavern. Jilly was at her limit by that point and fell asleep at the table. Our little sleeping beauty.

Frozen on Ice

October 19, 2014

Back in May, as soon as we heard Disney Frozen on Ice show was coming to Hershey, we got tickets. Well, the day had finally come and the show was yesterday. It was great. Jillian loved it, but her favorite part was in the beginning when non Frozen Disney characters came on the ice. She squealed with delight when she saw her “Rella”.

I left my camera in the van, so I don’t have pictures of the show, but here are a few we took before we left. We also got a GREAT picture of the two littles with the Olaf display from the Disney photographers on site. My mom has it now, but if I get a chance I’ll take a picture of the picture to post on here.

Disney Day 3 – Epcot

April 18, 2013

After our breakfast with Mickey and his pals, we headed over to Epcot. I have a love/hate relationship with this park. There isn’t a ton to do for kids and they aren’t many rides, but there are so many neat things to see in all the countries. And my favorite ride was in this park… Soarin’. So neat.

Owen and Ben enjoyed the park more than I expected. They loved Test Track and Turtle Talk with Crush. Owen {and Mike as the parental figure of the human =) } was actually picked by Crush to be the main kid he talked too. It was a special thing for one of our kiddos to be picked out of the big bunch.

They also loved being Agent Interns for Perry the Platypus and picked to complete their mission in China.

The big funny of the day is Ben comes up to me and says “Mom, Dad showed me something I’ve never seen before and I’ll probably never see one again for a long time. It’s a pay phone!” HA HA HA!!! They got a kick out of them. So funny the things that use to be a daily part of our lives are no longer part of theirs.

We got Jillian her first Minnie doll when leaving Epcot and when we gave it to her, her face lit up. She hugged it and kissed it and looked at us with eyes that screamed Thank You. Worth every penny.

I love all the pics of Mike and Jillian I took this day. Especially the one of him giving her a raspberry kiss. I think he adores her more than me and I’m OK with that. =) Seeing how he loves Jillian makes me love him even more.

I’m trying to get back to the Disney pics. I’m going to try and tackle it little by little when I have time in between work, packing, and baseball.

On our 3rd day at Disney, we started off with breakfast with Chef Mickey’s. These character dining experiences are nice b/c you get to see a handful of characters at once, get their autograph, and not have to wait in long lines. The only down side is you have no idea when they will stop by your table so you could be getting food and miss it! It was a little rushed, but I got back to the table just as the characters started to arrive.

Benny was scared of them. Jilly liked some and not others. Owen loved them all and was so excited to get their autographs.

Mickey Waffles!

Jillian excited for breakfast.

Not sure how this spoon thing works, but she’s trying.

Time to meet Donald.

Grammie likes Donald too!

YEAH! It’s Mickey!

Can you spy Ben? He’s in the picture, I swear.

Someone was a little afraid of the characters, but he got a daring enough to peek up a little at Mickey.

Minnie Mouse!

Jillian’s most favorite Disney Character!

But Minnie, come back! We could be best friends.

Goofy’s turn.

Jillian – not a fan at all.

Still not a fan of Goofy.

OK – well maybe he’s not that bad.


He has an interesting way of signing his name.

Owen & Daddy with Pluto.

More birthday treats!

BEN – “Forget smiling mom. I’m getting chocolate at breakfast.”


Yup – this is awesome.

Jillian had a great time. Can’t you tell.

Jedi Training was the one thing I was looking forward to most when planning the trip to Disney. I couldn’t wait to see my boys fight Darth Vader. It did not disappoint. I loved it, Mike loved it, and so did the boys. It was a great experience.

These are the pics I took. I still need to get the ones from Disney. The ones they took were great.