The trip to Disney World was wonderful! The weather was cool with some clouds and one downpour. Lorna and I found out that we are good traveling companions. Elanor and her BFF, Lola, were as good as any two 7-year-old girls could be. We all had a fun and I have the pictures to prove it!
Elanor, on the left, and Lola posed and smiled on command. After years of trying to make my own boys sit still and look remotely happy in a photo, I found this to be very refreshing. Here they are are dressed for dinner, standing in front some artwork in our hotel, the Bay Lake Tower.
We spent Thursday at the Magic Kingdom – an easy walk from our hotel. Both girls are tall enough for roller coasters and we rode them all. And more… if it was supposed to be a fun ride, we did it.
On Friday it was back to the Magic Kingdom where the girls visited the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and had their hair, nails, and makeup done. It was worth the time, money, and effort spent. They didn't get the princess dresses but opted instead to go dressed in cute clothes that would be good to ride rides in.
Lola got rock 'n roll hair and Elanor got a princess bun. You would not believe how much hair glue it took to make that bun! Both girls were liberally sprinkled with fairy dust. (Disney is covered with fairy dust/glitter.) We had lunch later in Cinderella's Castle and all the princesses made the rounds. I had forgotten how exciting princesses are for little girls. I was so happy to be there to see it.
I took several photos of them from behind and they are some of my favorite shots.
Saturday we went first to Disney Hollywood Studios where we rode the Tower of Terror (my favorite ride), the Rock 'n Roller Coaster, and Toy Story. The girls took part in a 'street scene' with 3 toy soldiers (real people dressed as toy soldiers). I took a movie of it and we have all enjoyed watching it. If you go, remember to take some movies! We were only at Hollywood Studios for a couple of hours then we moved on to Epcot.
We didn't stay long at Epcot. Not long after this photo was taken the girls melted down and we all decided that the pool was the place to be. But the flowers were out and it was a beautiful day we did manage to ride the Test Track Cars before we left. We went back to Epcot later for dinner at the Coral Reef (where you can see into the huge aquarium as you eat) and to ride Soarin'.
Sunday, our last day, we went back to the Magic Kingdom in the morning to ride our favorite rides. Mostly roller coasters. That's Elanor reading the map outside of Thunder Mountain, with her ears on. Seriously cute! It rained in the afternoon but Lorna took the girls to the pool between showers. We went back for a couple of hours in the evening to keep us awake for our late dinner at the California Grill.
Lorna read about this lovely restaurant that is on top of the Contemporary Hotel where, if you eat late enough, you can see the fireworks over Cinderella's Castle. The food was great and the view was spectacular.
You know, there were crowds and it wasn't exactly inexpensive but I have to say that this was one of the most fun things I've ever done with kids. No wonder you see so many grandparents with their grandkids at Disney World. I'm already looking forward to taking Jack!