Thursday, August 14, 2008

Wish Trip - Day Four

So here we are to day four, Thursday, already!

We began our day outside Julie's Safari Theater, for a chance to see the Disney characters who had come to the Village this morning. Outside the theater were Pluto, Belle, and Goofy! They loved all over Olivia, and the boys, but the boys were afraid! :) We then went inside the theater to see the head mice, Mickey and Minnie, themselves. It was lots of fun!

After the characters, we went into the Gingerbread House for breakfast. Then I took Braeden and Olivia to the Magic Kingdom for the day. Grandma and Grandpa were a little sore from all the walking and such, so I suggested they might like to stay and just spend the day at the Village with Liam, they all had a blast! And so did we!

It was a good day for a theme park! The day was not quite as hot as the last two had been, and with no lines it was great!

We went on lots of rides, made Braeden go on Splash Mountain :), he is not a rider like Olivia and I, and then were on our way to Toon Town. Olivia and Braeden saw the face painters and asked if they could get theirs painted. We never do that, a bit pricey, but as this was a special week, we went for it. Olivia was FREE!!! They said anyone from gktw was free! No idea, but such a great thing! She was also over the moon that she got to wear "lipstick!" :)

After the faces, we were near the large circus tent where they always have three lines to meet characters, with 3 characters in each. I asked the kids if they wanted to see some of the characters, knowing the lines were inside so it would be cool and not too hot. The one thing we were told with our Disney passes was that the "no line" policy did not apply to characters. That was fine, I completely understood. The kids were excited to see some charaters so we went in to see who was there. Today there were two lines, one was empty. One of the lines had Pluto, Goofy, and someone else (can't remember), and the other had three of the Princesses. I figured they'd (at least Olivia) be excited about the Princesses since we saw Pluto and Goofy that morning, but neither were interested in either. I asked who it was they wanted to see and they both practically yelled "Mickey!" I was so surprised, we saw them that morning, but I knew that his line was outside his "house" in Toon Town, so we headed that way.

On the way up the steps to the tent where he is, I said I wasn't sure about the line, so we would see what it was like and they could decide if they wanted to wait or not. I barely noticed an employee at the bottom of the stairs. At the top of the stairs I saw one of the biggest lines ever. I couldn't believe it. But I did let the kids know and ask them what they wanted to do. Just when we were about to leave, someone came up to us on the other side of the ropes and said oh, here's the Make a Wish family, come right this way. She took us directly to the front of the line, and ushered us in to see Mickey and Minnie ALL BY OURSELVES!!!! Wow!!! I was speechless. That was NOT expected in the least! Of course Braeden was around the corner and not wanting to see them once we were there! :) But Olivia was LOVING it!!! :)

It was still hot, even though not as bad as the last two days, and that face paint on Braeden didn't last real long. It was drippy and he asked me to take it off so we did.

We rode some more rides, made Braeden ride Splash Mountain a second time, and then rode Buzz Lightyear a second time since that was his favorite, and headed back to the Village. We were able to ride everything except maybe 3-4 things in the time we were there!!! (Oh, and I got 255,000 on Buzz! I love that ride! :) )

Back at the Village, we saw the gift they had left this day, a great big purple duffle bag with the gktw logo! That night was Winter Wonderland at gktw and what a blast it was! We started with a horse and carriage ride around gktw. At the festivities itself, they had cookie decorating, snow cones, cotton candy, characters such as a tree, gingerbread man, Mayor Clayton, etc, and then inside the movie theater was Santa himself!!!

We all went to see Santa, but Liam of course wanted nothing to do with him unless I was holding him. :) After seeing Santa, the kids each were allowed to pick a gift from this HUGE section of brand new toys! Crazy! Liam got a little kids transformer police car, Braeden got a Star Wars figure set, and Olivia got a Furreal Monkey. They also got the Original Memory Game as a family gift!!!!

We had so much fun, and went to bed once again tired but happy. :)


Julie said...

sounds like an AMAZING trip!!!! I am so glad you got to experience it with your kids and your parents too- that is just GREAT!!!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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