Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Day 2: The Magic Kingdom

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We let Bridget sleep until she woke up on her own today because she was so tired last night. I think she woke up at about 9 am. We all got ourselves ready, ate breakfast at the hotel, and headed to The Magic Kingdom. 

Once at the transportation center outside the Magic Kingdom, Bridget had the choice: boat or monorail to the park. Daddy was a bit disappointed that she chose the monorail. As we disembarked from the monorail outside the park, I asked Bridget, "Where are we, Bridget?!" she said, "But I don't know where we're at at Disney World. Let's go look at the water." Love it! We take her to the happiest place on earth, and she just wants to see the water!

Once inside the park, I think B was a bit overwhelmed by all the people rushing around and all the things to look at. We went to City Hall and got Bridget her "first trip to Disney World" button. She thought that was pretty cool. Then we walked around the corner and she got her first glimpse at Cinderella's Castle. She wasn't as excited as I thought she would be! We found a photographer that shot a few photos of Bridget and all three of us. Then a parade rolled by. Now B was getting more and more excited! The photographer snapped some pretty cute photos of her on Shawn's shoulders watching the parade. It made me so happy to see her so happy.

We made our way closer to the castle, and as luck would have it, the Castle Party show was just about to start. So we ended up watching that. Bridget loved seeing Mickey and Minnie and had her first look at Cinderella, Aurora and Snow White. She was loving it! Once the show was over, she was a bit upset. I think she wanted it to go on forever. So she whined a bit and complained about the heat and said she wanted water. So off we went to get water. As we're walking around the corner from the castle, there's Belle! She was having a meet and greet at her Storybook Garden. My oh my, Bridget was bouncing up and down! She'll tell you that Cinderella is her favorite, but I think Belle is really her favorite princess.  Meanwhile, Shawn found some water, and grabbed a spot in front of Belle to record the event. The line was short, but about half way through, Bridget saw that the little girl behind us had a Tinkerbell autograph book, and she had the blue Mickey Mouse autograph book. She threw herself quite the tantrum because she wanted THAT book and not HER book! I had Shawn take her out of line right then and there, because I wasn't going to deal with her tantrums all week over all the things she can't have. Fortunately she calmed down quickly, and she returned to line with me. 

She gave Belle a big hug and talked with her for a bit. She asked Belle what her favorite book was, and Belle told her that Sleeping Beauty was her favorite. She said the Beast's favorite book was Romeo and Juliet. Very cute!
After that, we rode the tea cups &  Dumbo, then we saw the 3D Movie Mickey's Philharmagic. Bridget really liked that show. Then we rode Snow White and the Winnie the Pooh rides. She was a bit afraid of Snow White, but she did just fine. 

Next we had lunch at Cosmic Rays on Val's recommendation. Lunch was good and Bridget loved the animatronic alien that played the piano as we ate. 

After lunch we headed to Tomorrowland where we saw the Monster's Inc. show. Shawn's joke was used during the show, but he forgot to send his name along with the joke, so he didn't get credit for the joke. As we came out of the show, we ran into Buzz Lightyear and Stitch, so B met them and had her photo taken with the characters. 
The weather was getting gloomy as we headed towards Mickey and Minnie's houses. Shawn ran to see about fast passes for Peter Pan or the Haunted Mansion while B and I looked through Minnie's house. While we were in her house, it started to POUR! Shawn came back all drenched!  We hung out for a pretty long time in the gift shop while it rained like crazy outside. As we were leaving the gift shop with our $24 worth of cheap Disney rain ponchos (our coats were back at the hotel) we ran into the McNulty's. I used to work with Angela at Mother McAuley. That was really cool!  So we all talked a bit before heading off our separate ways. 

Next we went to see Mickey Mouse and the McNulty's were headed there too, so we all talked while we waited to see Mickey. Surprisingly the line went really fast. We found out why when it was our turn to see Mickey. Cover your eyes kids....there were 4 or 5 rooms with Mickeys & Minnies and about 15 people were admitted to each room. Ah, the magic of Disney!

After meeting Mickey and Minnie, Bridget rode the Goofy rollercoaster 4 times. She loved it! That's our girl! After that, it was time to grab seats for the SpectroMagic parade (Main Street Electrical Parade). We got great seats in Frontierland. Again, B really enjoyed the parade, especially seeing the princesses again. Right after that we walked a bit, stopped for some ice cream, and found seats for the Wishes firework display. That was kind of lame. 

That's it...we headed back to the hotel, and B was asleep as soon as her head hit the pillow. She did well on her first day. We had her up until almost midnight, she walked the entire time, no potty accidents, and she behaved herself!

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