Thursday, June 16, 2011

We're Back From Our Disney Trip!!

We are finally back from a fabulous 11 night trip to Walt Disney World!  We were there for the last 2 Star Wars Weekends and we also stopped over to Universal to check out the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  The weather was sunny and warm every day, with not a drop of rain -- pretty unusual for early June.  It was hot, but not as blistering hot as it was for our June 2009 trip.  The boys were in heaven with all the Star Wars characters around, plus they got to bring their light sabers into Hollywood Studios so they made lots of new friends willing to have a light saber fight.  We stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter for the first time.  It was a beautiful resort that was very small and compact.  Our room was right next to the pool and very close the the food court.  Just perfect!!  We started at rope drop every day and came to the hotel for a rest or swim around 2pm.  Then back again for dinner and more park fun.

Here was our daily schedule...
Thursday - evening arrival at Port Orleans French Quarter
Friday - Universal Studios, then Epcot for dinner
Sat/Sunday - Hollywood Studios
Monday - Epcot
Tuesday - Magic Kingdom (early morning Extra Magic Hours)
Wednesday - Universal Islands of Adventure, then Epcot for dinner
Thursday - Animal Kingdom
Friday - Hollywood Studios
Saturday - Magic Kingdom
Sunday - Hollywood Studios
Monday - mini golf and fly home

Our trip included the free dining plan so we tried out some new places to eat plus some old favorites.  Some new places we tried were Flying Fish, Olivia's Cafe, Tutto Italia, Columbia Harbor House, and some yummy snacks at Starring Rolls.  Matthew's favorite is Sci-Fi so we ate there twice.  Plus we had several character meals like Garden Grill, Cape May Cafe, Tusker House, Chef Mickey's, Crystal Palace and Cinderella's Royal Table.  My favorite was the mushroom filet mignon at Le Cellier and eating tiramisu wherever I could find it for dessert!!!  We certainly got plenty to eat on this trip.

Our little Andrew finally reached 48 inches tall (he just barely squeaked by!), so we were able to ride a few new rides.  Our new favorite is Rock N Roller coaster!!  It went so fast but so smooth and the Aerosmith music made doing the upside down loops not so bad.  The boys loved it even though they said it made them woozy.  We also rode Space Mountain and Dinosaur for the first time.  The Forbidden Journey Harry Potter ride was WILD and amazing.  The theming there was incredible.  I'd love to go there again when it wasn't so crowded.

Since it was Star Wars Weekends, we spent most of our time at Hollywood Studios, checking out all the characters and riding the new Star Tours ride which was soooo cool!!  The ride changes every time and I think we saw all the different segments.  The boys did Jedi Training Academy 3 times and Matthew got selected twice to fight Jack Sparrow at the Pirate Tutorials.  We saw a few new characters like Angelica from the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Phineas and Ferb, Duffy Bear and Chip and Dale at Tomorrowland.  Seemed like every day had something new and exciting this trip!

I can't wait to start scrapping all the new photos.  I took over 1400 pictures and am working through all the Photopass pictures so I can order my Photopass CD.  It's so hard to pick out just a few pictures to show you...

This is Arneil, the doorman at Port Orleans French Quarter.  Every day we passed by him and he gave the boys some Mardi Gras coins.

We were so lucky to get Kit Fitso, Shaak Ti and Mace Windu all in one photo!!

Same thing with Luke, Leia and C3PO.

Matthew was super excited to see the R2-MK droid with Jedi Mickey!!

Enough of the good guys, let's move on to the Dark Side.  Darth Maul is my favorite because he's just so SCARY!!!  Here's my favorite shot of him and Matthew.

And we found several of the roaming Star Wars characters like the Stormtroopers, Aurra Sing, Zam Wessell and the Gammorean Guard.  There were 3 Tuscan Raiders roaming around the area near Jango Fett's meet and greet.

Here's Andrew fighting Darth Vader in the Jedi Training Academy.

We got an invitation to participate in the Trip To The Maul show with Ray Park who is the actor who played Darth Maul.  The show was awesome and several kids came up on stage to perform with him.  They got to keep the red light sabers they were given, so that make all the kids happy!!  Matthew is standing right behind Ray in the white shirt.

Phineas and Ferb were just introduced at Hollywood Studios as new characters about 2 weeks ago.  It's a cool set up with lots of dancing and a little show around it.  The characters are adorable!!

On our last day at Hollywood Studios, I got to meet up with Cynthia and her family (from Natalie's CT).  What a treat that was!!  Her kids are adorable and Cynthia is sooooo super sweet.  Of course, lots of pictures were taken of us together!!

Our families rode Toy Story Mania together.  We put the kids together so Cynthia and I could ride together.  She taught me a few tricks about how to get a higher score on the ride!  Sweet!  It was just wonderful to finally meet her!!

Matthew got to fight against Jack Sparrow at Magic Kingdom.  They only pick 4 kids (2 are girls and 1 is a bigger boy).  Matthew always gets chosen as the bigger boy and that means he fights against Jack Sparrow instead of Mack.

We met Angelica, the newest pirate in the Pirates of the Carribbean movie.  She was very pretty!!

We finally found the big troll in Norway.  I'd seen lots of layouts with the troll, but we've never taken pictures with him.  So this time I made sure we stopped for photos.

And last is one of my favorite characters, Minnie at Chef Mickeys dinner.

We really did have a fabulous and magical trip!  Now I need to finish my April 2010 photobook from our last trip.  I've got so many new cool photos to scrap.  Can't wait!!


  1. Oh Linda this pictures are awesome ... it looks like y'all had such a fun time and I'm so happy you got to meet Cynthia and her family. Cannot wait to see some of the layouts coming out with these pictures. Welcome back!

  2. how fun Linda! I LOVE reading about your trip....wishing I was there, too! :) Great that you got to meet Cynthia and her fam...all your photos are fantastic! welcome home. :)

  3. Hello! I downloaded all your freebie templates so I just want to pop in and say thanks for all the great stuff and then I saw that you just got back from WDW.I would have loved to gone to Disney for so long! What a wonderful trip. How great that your son hit the height mark! I've got to take my son to Star Wars weekends he would love the random light saber fighting.