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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

On Fall Break Fun With the Mouse (Part 2)

Part 2 of Fall Break Fun with a Mouse! 

On this trip, since we were doing things other than Disney,
 we decided to only spend two days in the Disney parks. 
We let the kids pick their favorites and they chose
(of course!)
The Magic Kingdom was having "Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party" on most of the nights that we were there, but we picked a night when it wasn't happening so that we'd get to see the fireworks.
 We chose not to go mainly because:
  1.  For the party ticket it costs quite a bit more
  1.  My kids are allergic to most candy and I didn't want to fight them
There was a lot of construction going on in the MK, some was finished and new
areas were there since we'd been four years ago.  
One new thing was the Beauty and the Beast castle and "Be Our Guest" restaurant.
I really was looking forward to eating there after reading some reviews-
Verdict?  Not even the kids were impressed!  
In their words:
"They don't have it together yet." (on ordering)
"Basically a cafeteria with GPS to get you your food." (8 yr old)
"Cool ambiance but awful food." 
"Almost no options for vegetarians." 
"We waited for this and I'm still hungry."

I'm excited about the new Snow White castle going in across from it- they will have a runaway mine car ride! 
My oldest finally got to ride the Dumbo ride.  She had been bugging me saying this was the third time she'd been and she HAD to ride the Dumbo ride (lines were too long the other times.)
Lines were non-existent and she got to ride it a couple of times I think!
It was so neat that all of my kids were old enough to ride anything- they had so much fun!

Kids' favorites:
  • The Pirate Adventure Scavenger hunt- very neat & interactive.  (Gave us some time to drink something and put our feet up while they did that a couple of times.)
  • Splash Mountain- youngest is making me read him the Uncle Remus stories now 
  • Tom Sawyer Island- they didn't want to leave this part!
  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin (we were stuck on this one awhile but the game still worked so they were happy!)
  • Space Mountain
Funny thing- we said we were jinxed because at least six of the rides we went on 
got stuck when we were on them! 

The second park the kids chose was the Animal Kingdom:
I secretly was hoping for Epcot since it was the Food and Wine Festival, 
I do love Animal Kingdom.  
It seems like a break from the rush of the other parks.
Very pretty and rides were great for older kids (and hubby.)
There were no lines at all in AK and they got to ride Expedition Everest probably 15 times in a row!
We ate in the Yak & Yeti restaurant and were disappointed again.  
Think I'd do the fast food stuff there if I had it to do over. 
One good thing was that this park closed at 5:30, which meant we had to take it a bit easy!
(And being pregnant I appreciated that for one day!)
Getting souvenirs in Downtown Disney

See my last post for tips on saving money in Orlando!
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