Monday, August 05, 2013

Day Four...

...was spent at the most magical place of all... Magic Kingdom!

We started our day with breakfast at Chef Mickey's which is located in the Contemporary Hotel.  When Braeden was very young we stayed at the Contemporary (thanks to grandparents!) and ate here.  The kids haven't stopped talking about it!  They love it!

He was very excited, even though it was an early morning since we had a few packed days. :)

The food was incredible as always and the characters are so fun to see up close!  We LOVE the Mickey waffles!!!

We had a lot of fun at Magic Kingdom and it was the best day of the four as far as any "issues" Braeden had during our trip.  He of course is ADDICTED to cotton candy!

It's been a while since any of us have been to this park.  There are days where I've taken Olivia to Hollywood Studios, etc but not MK.  It was really neat to see all the "new", such as the whole new Circus area replacing Toon Town.

And the Beast's Castle...

And Ariel's new Grotto location and ride...

And Rapunzel's tower...

Disney parades are some of my favorites EVER!  I was so bummed at Hollywood Studios when I found out they no longer have a parade!  I used to LOVE their cars parade!

One of Braeden's favorite things on this day was going to Tom Sawyer's Island... which I've NEVER been to before!  I've heard that cast members hide a few paintbrushes before the park opens each day and if you find one you get a fast pass for either Splash Mountain or Thunder Mountain Railway.  We weren't there early enough for that but still had loads of fun hiking over the island, going in the caves, and looking for butterflies!

We left before the nighttime parade and fireworks show since Braeden had had enough. :)  One more thing to tell you about though that he loved heree... there is a new "games" in the park called Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.  There is a little kiosk behind the Christmas Store in Liberty Tree Square where you can "sign up".  Each person can do this and get one pack of sorcerer cards per day.  You get a pack of cards (I wish I had a picture) with different Disney characters on them.  Each has different strengths and "powers".  There are spots through the park where you can stand and flash your "key card".  It starts a digital showing of something that you can then cast a spell at using one of your cards.  You are then sent on to another spot in the park.  We did about 3 or 4 and may have done more had we started earlier in the day.  It was very fun and something that was right up his alley, not being a big "rider".

We headed back having had a wonderful day and an amazing trip.  I can't believe my guy is turning 10 this year!  Wow!  Love you Braeden!  Thanks for a great four days!

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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!

Olivia - 14

Olivia - 14

Braeden - 11

Braeden - 11

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