Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Schwartz's vs Cody's 1st Magic Kingdom Trip (Part 2)

After lunch at the Star Light Cafe (I think that's what it's called) Cody was in a much better mood.  As we walked around trying to decide what to do he saw the carrousel and yelled, "Ride Horses!  Yaw!"  So we were able to walk right on to the ride with no wait and ride it.  He had a great time.  

Every year at the company picnic we take a picture of our growing family on the pony rides.  We missed the company picnic this year and I was really only disappointed about not getting that annual picture.  So this will have to suffice as our 2013 Pony Ride Picture.

Cody was so amazed at how the horse moved up and down.

We bought The Sword in the Stone for our last car ride so the kids have been watching it recently.  It's one of Chris's favorite Disney movies.  On the drive down while we listened to it I mentioned the sword was in Disney World.  Chris didn't know that because why would I waste time at Disney looking at silly things like that.  Ha!  However, I knew where it was and we visited it after the ride on the carrousel.
Sarah tried to pull it out.

Cody has his serious business face on while he tries to pull it out.  

Chris isn't meant to be the king of England either.  
I love the look on Cody's face in this picture.  Click on it to make it bigger.  But he just looks so happy and almost convinced if anyone can pull it out, his daddy can.  

As we were walking though the traditional part of Fantasy Land (past Peter Pan and Small World) the cast members brought out a ring toss game and the kids got to try.
Sarah trying the ring toss.

Cody moved up this close and still missed.  Ha!

Part of going to Disney with a preschooler is knowing where all the bathrooms are.  They just put in this lovely rest area themed after Rapunzel.
Rapunzel's tower

After that we caught a few shows.  Even though it was September, in the middle of the day it's pretty hot and we desperately needed some air conditioning.  So we watched Mickey's Philharmagic, which I don't think I've ever seen.  At least I didn't remember any of it.  It's a 4D show and super cute.  I highly recommend it.  Sarah at first didn't want to keep her glasses on but then I pushed them up on her face when one of the things was coming out and she reached her hand out for it.  She kept them on the rest of the show.  It was pretty neat seeing her trying to interact with the various things that pop out.

We also caught the Country Bears Jamboree.  I've seen that one before, but didn't really remember it.  Just more I remember that we've seen it before when I was a kid.  But again, once you are older and can ride the roller coasters who wants to sit through shows!  The kids thought the singing bears were pretty cute.

We moozied on over to Adventure Land to ride the Pirate ride.  Chris really wanted to do the Jungle Cruise but it was closed that day.  Bummer.  He suggested the Tikki Room which I promptly vetoed, I didn't want that song stuck in my head the rest of the day.

On the drive down BOTH kids requested the ride the Flying Carpets.  Sarah has ridden in before and there is a picture in her Disney book of her on it so that's why she wanted to ride it.  Cody just jumped on the band wagon of the request.  But he LOVED it!  If you ask him what his favorite ride at Disney was, he usually says either "fly carpet" or "fly rocket".
Quick snap shot as we were loading up.  

After flying carpets, Sarah was starting to break down on us.  The biggest tip I can give you about going to disney with little kids especially if you are only doing one day is to just go in with an understanding they are going to melt down on you.  It's going to happen.  Multiple times.  And generally not at the same time so you are going to have to balance alternating melt downs.  If you go in knowing that and reminding yourself of that, it's easier not to get frustrated.  Now, Sarah had been doing really good up to this point but it was probably 4 by now and a long day.  I asked her what she wanted to do and she said, "I'd like to go pick my prize now."  We told each kid they could have one prize (because they don't get the concept of souvenir).  So we went back to main street and walked through all the stores.  

Cody got 2 souvenirs.  I really wanted him to have a Mickey shirt so we picked one out for him.  Then we tried to let him pick his other prize but he really didn't get the concept.  Instead of saying he wanted everything he just kept saying no to everything.  So I picked a small train that Mickey was driving for him to have.  He said no to it, but it was a good pick.  He's carried it everywhere with him since.  I love it because it has the number 2 on the front.  So I'll probably keep this and save it for him for when he's older to remember that for his 2nd birthday he was in love with trains and met Mickey Mouse for the first time.

Sarah, on the other hand complete gets the concept of only picking one thing.  After careful consideration she picked a new Aurora doll to match her Rapunzel doll from the last trip.  She also got a really cute Mickey bracelet because I wanted it and it didn't fit my wrist.  

With prizes in tow now both kids were happy, and we were headed to ride the train around the Magic Kingdom when I saw Mickey had a 10 minute wait to meet him.  Hello!  That was a must do and that is a really short line so we did that first.  So awesome!

Cody again was just bursting at the seams ready to meet the main mouse.  He was doing his happy excited feet where it's like stomping but not angry more just really excited and can't help but move his feet.  When it was his turn we unleashed him and he charged at the mouse arms open wide.
Meeting Mickey

Click to make bigger so you can see the look of sheer joy on his face.

Sarah showing off her new prizes she just picked out.

I also sang the hot dog song from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  Cody normally dances to it but was too in awe of being with Mickey so he just stared at him while thankfully Mickey danced to it so I didn't look completely crazy.

Cody, 2 and Sarah, 3.75

Then after we met Mickey we rode the train.  Sorry I didn't grab a picture of us on it.  I don't remember ever riding the train before.  It's about a 20 minute ride all the way around the park and has 3 stations to load and unload.  Cody feel asleep after about 15 minutes of riding. 

Completely zonked.

With Cody passed out we needed something air conditioned to do so he could stay asleep.  The princesses had a 25 minute wait and so we popped into there.  That would give Chris a place to sit with Cody asleep on him and Sarah something to do.  

As we waited I thought it would be so cute to get a picture of Aurora, Sleeping Beauty, kissing a sleeping Cody.  But right before we were the next people to meet the first princess Cody woke up and wanted nothing to do with those women.  He just hung out with Chris while Sarah got to chat with her favorite people.

Chatting with Cinderella

When we got out while I took Sarah to the restroom some cast member brought out some more games to play.  Cody enjoyed those while he waited on us.

Another ring toss game.

Then we took a little stroll discussing our dinner options.  Cody was getting cranky again so we needed to find something soon.  
I suggested Gaston's Tavern so Chris could get a delicious pork shank but that's not a sit down place.

So we eat at the Harbor House where we had a lovely view of Rapunzel's tower all lit up for the evening.

After dinner Cody rallied with his second wind and was hilarious the rest of the night.  He was overly excited about everything and ready to do anything.  Walking past the carrousel he saw it again and just had to ride it.  "Ride Horses!  Yaw!"
Family "Yehaw!"

Then we asked if he wanted to ride the musical boats (It's a Small World) and were able to walk right on.  "Ride music boats.  Yep!"

Sarah wanted to do the Winnie the Pooh ride, if you asked Cody if he wanted to it sounded like the best idea in the world.  "Yeah!  Yeah!  Ride Pooh!"
Eeyore's house.

Playing in Rabbit's garden.

He was also extremely excited to ride the "tea party" again and took off towards it before Chris and I could discuss.  Chris sat it out that time, which was for the best because our tea cup was possessed.  Even without turning the wheel whenever our cup his 2 specific spots on the track it spun us really hard and fast.  The first time the kids laughed and thought it was hilarious.  The second time it threw Cody back and his eyes bugged and he looked excited and terrified at the same time.

After that Sarah was crashing but Cody really wanted to ride the Astro-Orbiter.  I really wanted to see the projection show.  We asked Cody if we could skip the rockets.  His answer was firm and decisive.  "No.  In line.  Ride Rockets!"  So we stayed, I missed the show.  =(  Sarah almost fell asleep in my arms in line.  We rode the rockets.  Cody loved it.  When we got down from the ride the fireworks were just starting.  Sarah passed out in the stroller and Cody loved watching them all.

It was a long and fantastic day.  Doing Disney with kids this age can be difficult but totally worth it.  I loved looking at Cody's face as we met characters and rode the different rides.  It's fun to talk to him about it.

Sunday we went to church with Aunt Sarah and then headed to Grandma and Grandpa's to have lunch and visit for a bit before the long ride home.  It was a nice way to round out the trip.
Uncle Ken, Aunt Lu, Grandpa, Grandma, Cody, Chris, Natalie
Aunt Sarah, Sarah

1 comment:

  1. Cody is so verbal! I love how he talks; so cute. What a fun whirlwind of a trip! Are you getting my texts/emails?