|Zoe's ready to go!|
|Max took 26 pictures of Zachary, so here's one|
|Zoe, Avery, Ella, Max, Jacob, Kyle|
The boys and I have been reading the Kingdom Keepers series which are books about a group of kids fighting Disney Villains from taking over the parks. In the first book the story climaxed with the kids breaking into the One Man's Dream attraction to steal Walt Disney's pen which had magical powers against Maleficent.
Just as described in the book, there were several desks that either are not Walt's or do not have pens on them that we saw before we saw pens on the desk in Walt's office. The boys loved that the story was so accurate and it made both the attraction and the book even cooler!
|In this model Fantasyland in Disneyland, Walt is walking through Sleeping Beauty's castle|
|Model of the Peter Pan ride|
|The Lincoln audio-animatronic|
|The New Fantasyland at Disney World|
|The Tree of Life|
The attraction ended with a movie about Walt's life. It's amazing how many times he failed and laid everything on the line time and time again to realize his dream. So glad we finally took in this attraction that I had previously written off as boring to dash off to another ride.
|Grandpa and Zach|
|This is what the area with the Osborne lights looks like during the day|
After that it was time for lunch at Mama Melrose's. We had a little hiccup with our meal plan and the restaurant couldn't see our credits, but that was all worked out and the food was delicious.
|Zach teething on a celery stalk|
Even though we do everything we can to speed things along like knowing what we're going to order before we sit down, it still always takes two hours to dine with our group of 13. The kids have all done a great job entertaining themselves and behaving well.
|Kid's Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcake|
|Fantasmic! Dessert Platter to share|
the Muppet Vision show. I thought the version of Star Tours that we got this time was hilarious.
We hit a wookie and saw it sliding down our windshield. It's hard to describe, but it was definitely funny.
Our next plan was to use our Toy Story Mania fastpasses, but the ride broke down and they weren't even letting people stay in line (imagine being one of the people at the end of the line that had waited an hour or more for nothing!)
We moved on to The Little Mermaid show and the Animation Building. Everyone had fun with those. Then Kyrie and Jay went on The Tower of Terror ride and Rock-n-Roller Coaster while Mom and Melissa took the girls on The Great Movie Ride. When they got to the scary Aliens part of the ride, Ella (4) said very loudly that "This is my favorite part!" I don't know where that girl gets it from.
|The boys and Grandpa Greg learned how to draw Sorcerer Mickey|
After a lot of standing around, it was time to see the early Fantasmic! show. It was fairly cold today and very windy so the spray from the show wasn't much fun, but at least we weren't sitting up very close.
Finally, we ended the night by seeing the Osborne Family Christmas Spectacular. It's a wonderful display, one of my favorite things at Disney during the holidays, but this time it was ruined. We were standing around enjoying the lights and then decided to move further down the road to get a different view. Well, we weren't careful and we left poor Max behind at the first location. And with so many kids with us and so much to look at around us, we didn't realize he was missing for several minutes. Thankfully, he was right where we left him and although quite shaken, he was okay.
Grandma Rita bought Max flashing Mickey ears to make it easier to keep an eye on him and I don't think I've taken my eyes off him since then. Max was pretty quickly back in a good mood. Thank God!