I thought for those of you who like details I would split the trip up into days at Disney. This may be a little much for some of you, but I just cannot begin to do just one post on all that week did last week!
From the beginning, the flight was perfect! We had a whole row of seats together and no one was behind us. Landry fell asleep as soon as the plane took off and we laid her on the seat behind us...she slept almost the whole time. Jake watched a video and was able to get up and move around a little, so that was good for him. The direct flight took about 2 hours and we landed on time at 2:20. Because we did not land at the main Orlando airport, we had to hire a van to drive us to the resort. He also stopped at the grocery store for us where we loaded up on goodies for the week.
We stayed at Saratoga Springs Resort and had a 2 bedroom condo. It was plenty of room for all 5 adults and 2 kiddos. We were nearby a pool and the main pool was a 5 minute walk way. That night we had reservations at T-Rex restaurant at Downtown Disney. Wasn't sure if we would make it due to the fact that the only time I could get us in was 7:45( and yes, I called over 2 months ago). But the kids were troppers and did great! There was a meteor shower every 20 minutes where the lights would flicker and it got really dark, etc. and that kept theie attention. Dinosaurs were everywhere and it was just a cool atmosphere.
Due to the character dining reservations and such, we did Animal Kingdom on day 1. We did as much as we could without overdoing it. We saw the Lion King show, the safari, the dino ride, walked the trails of the animals(can't remember the name), and most exciting saw Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, Goofy, and since Jake insisted on finding Pluto, we had to go to the Dinoland to find him. He did great with the characters, although he may not look like it in the pictures! He would give me the same look over and over! Priceless were his hugs he would give them. I really wasn't sure he would go near them, but he did...never knew I would get so excited about him meeting the characters but it was priceless! We didn't do everything I would have liked to do at A.K. but I didn't want to totally blow it on the first day by wearing them out. So without visiting the land of Asia, we left around 2:00(Landry had taken 45 minute nap during lunch so that bought us some more time)and returned to the resort just in time to get soaked by the afternoon thunderstorms!
That night I did not have a reservation for dining and it was a mistake I won't make again. Wish I would have done a character dinner for that night, but I just didn't know what to expect during the evening hours with a 1 and 2 year old. So we made last minute reservations at a restaurant at the Wilderness Lodge and Campground(I say we, but Matt made the call to get the dinner). On the way out there, it wasn't bad as we went to the Magic Kingdom and rode the ferry to the campground. But coming home we had to take 3 different buses to our resort and it took FOREVER! We did not get home until after 10 and had an 8:20 breakfast the next morning:). But the kids did fine for the most part and bounced back the next day...kinda!
Well, that is it for Day 1. I will do more tomorrow! Also, I tried to consolodate the pictures as much as I could, but there were too many to choose from. We also did the photo pass that Disney does where they take your pictures and you can view them on-line. About to go and look at those now.