Friday, February 8, 2013

Disney v2.0 - Epcot

By the end of day 3, my journaling, which honestly wasn't very detailed to begin with, became an outline of the day's activities.  I can't recall exactly (and I have no journal entry or brain cells to assist) but this may have been the night that we all fell asleep with the girls at their bedtime.  I awoke a bit after 9:00 to a quiet, semi-dark hotel suite.  As I was sitting on the floor in front of the partially opened bathroom door hastily scratching out what I could remember, Rich sat up in his bed and hissed, "What are you doing?" Come on!  Isn't sitting on the floor in the semi-darkness a normal occurrence when you have three young children?  "I'm trying to write in my journal," I hissed back.  I'm positive he rolled his eyes at me but I couldn't really see because of the whole semi-dark lighting situation.

Anyway, here's my entry for the day:

- arrive @9:45, grab fast passes for Soarin'
- Nemo ride
- Turtle Talk w/ Crush
- Baby Center
- meet Mulan
- 11:55 lunch - check in early
- ride in Norway - Maelstrom & delays
- back for Soarin'
- Baby Center
- Duffy
- ice cream
- walk thru countries
- meet Alice
- Mexico ride
- dinner in Mexico - Cantina
- Baby Center
- leave


Our suite was stocked with paper plates and bowls and plastic utensils.   A half a gallon of milk was easily purchased from the food court and we had packed cereal and snacks in a small suitcase so we were able to eat breakfast in our room a few mornings.















This next one is another one of my favorites.  I love how you can see Anna's eyes.









We had a super fun day at Epcot.  Because it was a Saturday, the park was a bit crowded so we were unable to do many character meets as some of the lines were outrageously long.  To me, it always feels like the parks are more crowded on the weekends due to the locals.  We were all able to ride Soarin' this time around.  (Yippee!)  Lunch at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall was delicious.  They had a buffet of salad, fruits and veggies but your meal was plated and your choice.  The desserts were shared by the table and although we weren't able to pick what we wanted, the three that were given to us were quite yummy.  For our party of six, we had two plates of desserts.  Dinner that evening was at the counter service restaurant in Mexico.  I just love their nachos and churros.  This was the first time that we had been in a park after dark and the girls didn't want to leave.  I thought they would have been exhausted but then again, they were riding around in strollers for most of the day.  Such a tough life.

When we returned to the resort, we walked around so that the girls could check out the Cars and Little Mermaid sections.  It was such a simple thing to do but the girls really enjoyed it.  If you happen to stay at Pop Century, I highly recommend walking over to Art of Animation to see the theming.

Hold still for a few seconds, please!



And I can't end this without sharing the buddy photos of the day.

The Sparkle Family



Anna's family of buddies.  See that little red bear.  That thing had been hanging out in the Volvo forever and someone happened to carry it in the house a few weeks before our trip.  Anna packed it in her bag and named him JoJo.  There were a few very funny JoJo moments during our vacation, including the car ride home when we thought that JoJo had been left on the plane.



And E.


Up next - more Magic Kingdom!


Late yesterday, I discovered that someone nominated my blog for the Best Family & Kids Blog over at Apartment Therapy.  And a few people actually voted for me.  I just wanted to give a shout out and thank whoever did that.  It made me feel all warm and fuzzy.  So I'm not going to beg ask for votes because I don't have a chance against those bigger blogs (and the first round of voting ends tonight at midnight) but if you did/do vote, thank you!

A massive blizzard is expected to hit us later today.  It actually started snowing a few hours ago.  If the storm is in your area, stay warm and safe!    


Marci said...

Hey Sarah,
Hope you and the family stay safe during the blizzard. I'm actually in the Boston area for the week, was supposed to be until tomorrow but everything has been postponed.
When I heard about the blizzard I remembered you had a hard time getting off of work during Sandy so I hope everything is better this time!
Stay safe and warm!

Mae said...

I love your Disney posts! I was wondering if you could do a post on how you travel and go to the Disney parks with a nicer camera. What kind of bag do you use? Do you worry about theft, and how do you prevent that? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

As a local, I feel somewhat offended at your comment. You see, we "locals" feel that you tourists crowd up the parks for us! I am glad that you were able to enjoy the park, despite our presence.

Anonymous said...

Aww, I would definitely vote for your blog, but don't see your blog listed on that SUPER LONG LIST on that site.

Anonymous said...

Only 3 meatballs on that plate? Disney's being a lil stingy there.

Sarah said...

Marci - Welcome to Boston! I'm still working at 80% and today was my scheduled day at home but my co-workers were allowed to work from home today. Public transportation was scheduled to shut down at 3:30.

Don't worry about the voting. You have to be registered there and there is absolutely no way that I can compete with those other blogs.

FL Anon - sorry to have offended you. I didn't say you didn't have a right to be there. Anyone who does any research/planning as to which day to visit certain parks learns that local visitors add many more people to the totals on the weekends. Just stating a planning fact.

Mae - Will do!

kerri said...

Your pictures are amazing! Reading your Disney posts (especially the pics of Radiator Springs) make me excited for the day when we can take our 3 kiddos there. One of my favorite things when I read your blog is to try to figure out who is who of your girls. I was sure I had them figured out in this post until that last picture, I had Emily in the light blue dress and Allie in the red and blue. I guess identical triplets are really tricky to figure out.
Anyway, thanks for the Disney posts/pics! Stay cozy during this crazy storm!

Katie said...

I was wondering if you ever did your Trip Report. I think I remember you writing about doing one. I'm a DisBoards member, and I love reading trip reports!


Cindy said...

I am loving this series. This is too much cuteness for one blog - the girls and their curtsey poses, the buddies, the pictures. Loving It! (done in my best Dragon Tales - Weezy voice)

Anonymous said...

As a former local, I took no offense at all. We too know it's more crowded on the weekends and we try to hit up Disney in months like October to avoid the tourist crowds ourselves - just common sense. The quietest day I personally ever experienced was Mother's Day, by the way - guess most Moms don't want to go to Disney for their special day. ;)