Thursday, June 7, 2012

Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, & More!

On Day three of our vacation, we went to Hollywood Studios.

The first thing the boys wanted to do was Ride the Tower of Terror!

Since Lily is too short & I'm a scaredy cat, we went to watch Beauty & the Beast Live on Stage! It was so good!!

Next up was going through the backstage area where we got to see how movies are made and how they do some of the special effects. It was really interesting.

And the boys loved the explosions.....

Near the end of our tour, it started pouring and there was thunder & lightening. So, they got us in a building fast. While we waited for the storm to pass, we looked at some of the cool movie costumes. Zach saw the Pirates of the Caribbean costumes and ran straight for them. He loves those movies. 

When the rain let up enough for us to go outside, Lily & I headed to the Disney Jr. Live show since Jeff & the boys had fast passes for the Rockin' Roller Coaster.

The show had all of her favorite characters from TV. She really got into the show and was dancing and singing along and even pretended to be a crocodile to scare away Captain Hook!

After that, we met back up with Jeff & the boys to eat lunch and then went to see:

The boys were ecstatic! ;0)
It really was a cool show though, and Lily loved it.
After the show, we were able to watch the parade they have in Hollywood Studios.

Then since we forced, I mean asked, the boys watch The Little Mermaid, we took them to a show they would really like. Indian Jones!

They loved all of the cool stunts and explosions.
After all of that fun, we decided to call it a day and head back to the condo. The kids got some fun relaxing time in at the pool. Lily even swam by herself in the kiddie pool...

Zach relaxed in the hot's tough being a nine year old.....

and Riley enjoyed the big pool:

The next morning, we got up bright and early to go to Animal Kingdom!

The first ride the boys wanted to go on was Expedition Everest.

While the boys were off conquering Mount Everest, Lily & I went to the kiddie rides section. We were disappointed by this section. All they had were two rides and then a bunch of carnival games that were super expensive to play (3 tickets for $10.00!!) Boo! =(
But Lily did like riding this ride: 

Which happened to be the only ride she could ride because she was too short for the other one:

She's trying to give her saddest face here....
The boys met us here & they got to ride it, and loved it. Then being good big brothers, they rode the dinosaur ride with her too. =)

Then it started pouring. We were prepared this day though!

The good thing about Disney in the rain, is that they have a lot of shows and rides that are either indoors or at least under a cover. The boys did ride the roller coaster in the pelting rain though. Zach & Riley loved it, Jeff not so much. =)
To escape the rain, we went to see Finding Nemo the musical. It was really cool, and by the time it was over, the rain had stopped.
Little Miss Lily decided to take advantage of her brother and had him carry her throughout the park. What a nice big brother!

Since this was Animal Kingdom, we wanted to see some animals! So, we headed to the safari, where you ride in jeeps to see all kinds of animals.

The animals came close to the jeep a few times!

We decided to end our day at Animal Kingdom with a late lunch at The Rainforest Cafe. Yum!

We had gone back to the condo since it was raining, again, but then it cleared up, so we headed to Magic Kingdom.

While Jeff & the boy rode Space Mountain, Lily & I rode the tea cup ride.

It did start pouring again though, and after a few more rides, we almost left. But I'm glad we didn't, because it completely cleared out this time and it was a cool, beautiful evening. Perfect for watching the night parade and fireworks! We found a good spot in front of the castle, and waited for it to get dark. I love how they make the castle change colors!

While we waited, we had a dinner of funnel cakes. Yes, I know, we are awesome parents. ;0)

Then the parade started!!

It was really cool. I think I prefer this parade to the regular day one.
Then the fireworks started!

So pretty! What a great way to end our day! =) 

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