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OK, here is the full version of our day at the MK. At least as much as I could type without mentioning every ride and other thing we did.
Disney was amazing! We were only at the park for 1 day but we were there from 8am (an hour before they opened) until midnight (after the 11:00 light parade).
We flew inton Jax on Tuesday to see my parents and spent a few days at their house. We went to the beach, the zoo and hung around having a great time. On Sunday we all drove to Orlando, about a 2 1/2 hour drive where we quickly had to find a sports bar to watch the Red Wings game. After the game we went back to our condo which was awesome. We got a place that sleeps 10: living room, full kitchen, master bedroom with whirlpool tub, 2nd bedroom, bathroom and den for $99 per night. It was less than 15 minutes from Disney and I would stay there again in a heartbeat. My mom and I went to shop in Downtown Disney while Steve took the kids to the pool and put them to bed fairly early. We bought each of the younger kids a lanyard and 1 pin so if they wanted to do the pin trading with their souvenir money they would have a start.
Monday morning we got up early so we could be at the park an hour before they opened. My mom and stepdad rented her scooter and were let in to the park so they rented our strollers for us so we did not have to fight the mad rush. Just before we left, I decided we would get 2 double strollers instead of just the 1. It worked wonderfully. Since we took all of our own food as well as an extra change of clothes for the girls and shirts for the boys and a towel we had 3 or 4 bags. We were able to toss them in the stroller and not have to carry them. There was still enough room for all 4 kids to ride too, we just put the bags on top or they put their feet on top of them as a footrest. Nick and Rachel are 8 and 9 and NEVER ride in a stroller but I think it is part of what made the day so great. Disney is so much walking and since they rode most of the day they did not get as tired.
I bought the Unofficial Guide to Disney World and used it a lot. Since we had so many different ages (4-62) and temperments we did not use one of their touring plans but did do some of it. When the rope dropped and we were let in, we ran right to Space Mountain where we hardly waited at all to get on. later in the day the wait was 60 minutes. We then went next door to Buzz Lightyear which was really cute. I used the book as a guide for what times to hit certain rides as well as when to use fastpass since you can only hold one at a time.
I was suprised by how much Sarah wanted to ride. She was the one pushing for all the big roller coasters. For all the big rides, My dad, Steve and I took the older 4 kids while my mom and Becca stayed together. It worked out well since my mom can not ride due to her MS and motion sickness. Because we used the book, they never had to wait too long for us. They would just sit and take in the sights and B was in her glory.
For those of you who went to WDW when you were little and remember the thrill of spotting the characters as they walked the park, that does not happen anymore. You now have to find out where they will be and wait in line just like for a ride to see them. Becca wanted to see Mickey mouse so my mom and I stayed with her while Steve waited with Sarah to see the princesses (which she was less than impressed with) and my dad took the 3 oldest to do a few rides. Then all of us went on Pirates of the Caribbean which was really cool but there was a breakdown of some sort and we were stuck for about 20 minutes. It was pretty funny as we were all joking about being stuck in POTC and everyone around us was in good spirits. Everytime another boat joined our line of waiting, everyone would get a pretty good bump. When we got off though, they handed us a free fastpass to use wherever we wanted!
When we got hungry, we found a bench and pulled out our bag o' goodies. My mom and I had packed tons of food as we knew with 9 people we could not afford to keeping buying things whenever anyone was hungry. We made PB&J sandwiches (rolled in tortillas so they would not squish), apples, cheese, grapes, pretzels, crackers, carrots, and so much more. We put everything in individual size bags so that when one person was hungry we would not have to get it all out. It was great for the kids to be able to dig in and grab something whenever they wanted since "I'm huuuunnnnngryyyyyyyy" can be a deal breaker for a good day. At 3:00 we found a spot on the street to watch the parade and my sucker of a DH went in the candy store and bought cotton candy. Not just 1 or 2 for them to share either, 1 for each of them!! Good thing I brough the wipes.
We had a bit of a mishap shortly after the parade. We went to ride Splash Mountain and Thunder Railroad (with our fastpasses) which is in a congested area. My mom parked her scooter and said she and Becca were going to hang out in the area and check out the store right across the way. When we got off the 2nd ride, we could not find them but her scooter was still there. I tried to call her cell but did not get an answer. (I, of course, being the planner and slightly anal on was not happy that we were wasting time). Steve went to look for them and had no luck so my dad went out. She came walking back and looking like hell. She had gotten a bit far away and could not figure out how to get back. She asked a staff member how to get to Space mountain instead of splash mountain which was on the other ide of the park so she walked all the way over there. By the timne she made it back she was on the verge of tears. All the walking in and of itself was bad enough but to be lost with Becca was even worse. The water was in the scooter and they were hot and thirsty so she bought a big lemonade in a souvenir cup with one of the whistle straws. She laughed that it was $4.75 and she would have paid $20 for it at that point. Even now, that is still Becca's favorite souvenir, the darn cup. If you ask, she will tell you that she and grandma bought it because they were going to die. We decided this was a good time to stop for our ice cream, the one food item we planned to buy while we were there. I took the younger 4 on Aladdin's carpet ride (where the camel spit water at us) and then met everyone for ice cream. It was great to sit in the shade and relax for a while.
We all stayed together and rode some more rides and saw the hall of presidents. Later in the evening we had to make our first big choice. Did we want to find a spot for the parade at 9 or ride some more. All of the kids opted to ride. Steve and my mom took Becca and the rest of us headed back to the bigger rides. Becca and Steve waited in line for 40 minutes so she could ride Dumbo which she will tell you was "really boring, you don't even get to make it move yourself. It just goes up, down, up, down and that's it." Of coiurse it is even cuter when you see the disgusted look on her face and replace the R's with W's. They watched the light parde before meeting back up with us for the fireworks.
Since everyone was still doing well (even though Sarah slept through the fireworks), we decided to stay for the 11:00 parade which was incredible!! We were able to catch the monorail pretty quickly and since we had gotten there so early and our cars were close got out without too much trouble.
The next day, my parents headed back a bit before us and we decided to take the kids to downtown disney since most of them had souvenir money leftover. That day did not go as well. They were exhausted from the day before and very crabby. Needless to say, we did not stay long and that was OK. Making it through 16 hours at the MK withoput a single meltdown was amazing and Steve and I both agreed there is a reason they call it the most magical place on earth.
I think the coolest park of the trip was watching it through the kids eyes, specifically Becca's. She all of a sudden had a fascination with Mickey Mouse just before the trip. When the train arrived with him and Steve picked her up to see him (since it was above us) she whispered, "He is real. I can't believe he's really here!" Then when we took her to see him, she was beyond giddy while we waiited. When we were finally taken in the room with him, she was in love. At her turn, she ran over to him and hugged him for no less than 3 minutes! It was adorable and both my mom and I had tears in our eyes.
My only regret is that I do not have more pictures. But during the day I decided I had 2 choices, I could take a lot of pics or experience it with them. I decided the latter was the best choice.