Hello Stamping Friends!!
We are back from our trip to Walt Disney World! I swear, it doesn't matter how many times we go, it's always fun! And this time, since Ansley is done with the Disney Princesses, we had a lot more time for doing things that we never had time to do before (since we didn't have to wait in line to meet the Princesses or go on kiddie rides for Ryan)! Ansley is now tall enough to ride everything at Disney! Ryan is almost tall enough.
So this trip we gave them a "Roller Coaster Challenge"! To give them an additional incentive to ride the bigger roller coasters, we said they could have $20 if they completed the challenge! Plus I bought them a trading pin for each of the roller coasters that they haven't been on before. They love to trade pins at the park.
The first day we went to Hollywood Studios. We got there before the park opened so we were able to get fast passes and hop on some rides first thing! The lines were not crowded in the morning, but the afternoons were crazy!
Ryan isn't tall enough for Rockin' Roller Coaster so while Ansley rode that, he had to ride the Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios.
This is Ansley after she got off the Rockin' Roller Coaster. It was her first "upside down" roller coaster. I think she was in a little bit of shock, but she really liked it! I don't have a picture of Ryan on Tower of Terror since he was with Scott and I didn't think to take on with him when he got off.
We did a couple new rides at Hollywood studios (new to us). We did the Star Tours and Indiana Jones Stunt Show for the first time. Of course, we had a fast pass for Toy Story and the Cars Stunt show. We saw the Muppets show and saw the Osborne Spectacle of Lights...
The next day we went to Magic Kingdom. We arrived again before it opened so we got to see the Mickey and Minnie and some other characters arrive on the train to open the park! I've never gotten to the Magic Kingdom before it opened before. It was fun!
We went straight to Space Mountain! Ansley has been on Space Mountain before but this was Ryan's first time. And the first time the whole family was able to go on at one time!
So, Ryan wasn't too thrilled with Space Mountain. He doesn't like the dark and - of course - Space Mountain is completely in the dark! You know how most Disney Thrill rides take a picture of you on the ride? Well, check out this shot they got of Ryan...
Plus he got to see Stitch (one of his favorite characters)...
Since we got there so early, the lines were wonderful. The Dumbo ride was only 30 minutes (which is the quickest it ever gets)...
The kids tried their hands at being the future Queen and King of England...
Check out Ryan's face!! He's determined to get that Sword out of the Stone! Tries every time, but it hasn't budged yet! LOL
Even Santa was at the Magic Kingdom!
Another part of the "Roller Coaster Challenge" was Thunder Mountain Railroad. The kids have been on that ride a million times, but since it is a roller coaster, we added it to the challenge anyway.
Here Ansley and Scott are getting ready to ride Thunder Mountain!
Since we arrived so early, the lines were great! We were basically able to ride everything we wanted to by 2pm! We stayed until 6pm though so we could ride Thunder Mountain a 2nd time. Since we had time to spare, we went to Tom Sawyer's Island for the first time!
The last day went to Animal Kingdom. We didn't arrive when it opened, but got there shortly after. We made a bee-line to Expedition Everest to get a fast pass then went straight on to the Safari. The safari is best to go on in the morning when it's cooler and the animals are awake.
Check out this giraffe...
This giraffe came do close to the jeep! It walked right behind us! We were in the 2nd-last row. The people in the last row just about jumped out of their seat when it looked it the giraffe was going to run into the back of the jeep!! LOL
After the Safari, we went on Expedition Everest - the last stop on the Roller Coaster Challenge.
The ride took off before I could put the camera away - so I took some photos during the ride...
They did it! They finished the Stephen's Disney Roller Coaster Challenge!! Ryan cried most of Everest. He was still a little upset for this photo! But we're so proud of him for doing it. I'm pretty sure Ansley loved it!