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Saturday, September 17, 2011
July Disney Trip: The Final Chapter
Our last two park days were filled with fun! After church on Sunday morning, we headed to the World Showcase area of Epcot. The kids wanted to complete a few Kim Possible Adventures in some of the countries. After saving Japan and France, we had to call it quits because it was SO hot (I think it was about 97 degrees and very humid). We decided to leave Epcot and head to Typhoon Lagoon. Before we left, we met up with a few friends. My Best Girl enjoyed telling Belle, "My mom reads lots of books just like you do!"

We also ran into Aurora. My Favorite Boy didn't enjoy these stops. :)

My Favorite Boy did want to stop and see some other characters. I guess you're never too cool to hang out with Minnie and Goofy.

We spent the rest of Sunday at Typhoon Lagoon and hit Blizzard Beach on Monday morning. Spending so much time at the waters parks was the perfect way to spend a July trip.
On Monday evening, we headed to Magic Kingdom. On the way in, we stopped at the Harmony Barber Shop so my Best Girl could get a haircut. Mr. Michael chopped a few inches off and gave her some pixie dust. She was thrilled with this experience, and we already have an appointment for another cut October. (Can you believe a kids' cut in Magic Kingdom is $15? We pay that much in Tennessee!)

After the cut, we stopped by to say good-bye to the princesses, Mickey, and Minnie.

We also grabbed dinner before hitting some attractions. The park was very crowded, so we decided to go to some attractions that we don't usually visit. My Favorite Boy was not happy about seeing the Country Bear Jamboree...

We hadn't seen it in years, and I hate to say this about any Disney attraction, but it probably won't be on our to-do list any time soon. We did like the air-conditioned break, but we were ready to head to Fantasyland as soon as the show finished.

After a Mickey's Philharmagic, the Carousel, and a ride on Space Mountain, we found Pluto partying in Tomorrowland, and my Best Girl joined the fun.

Finally, it was time for the surprise ending to our trip. I had reservations at the Wishes Dessert Party, which includes reserved seating for the fireworks and lots of yummy treats to eat. The kids were so excited about this, and it was a grand finale for our week together.

We planned to stay for hours after the fireworks (Magic Kingdom was open until midnight), but we were pooped! We headed to the car, thankful for our wonderful week, but also looking forward to seeing Dad (and our sweet girl, Oreo).

We now have one more trip to go in our magical year of Disney. In mid-October, the kids and I will use our annual passes for the last time. We have had so much fun and made so many memories. I know Disney World will always be our favorite vacation destination, but being able to visit 5 times together (plus my additional trip for the half-marathon) has been over the top fun!


  posted at 6:10 PM  

At September 18, 2011 10:54 AM, Blogger Carrie said...

I love that she told Belle that you read just as much! ;D HA! Priceless.

And THAT is a rather incredible price for a haircut! What little girl wouldn't love that?! I'll definitely keep that in mind for the future.


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