Finally, In One Place For A Whole Week!

Trip Start Mar 28, 2013
Trip End Jul 31, 2013

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Fort Wliderness Campground, Walt Disney World

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

What an amazing week we had at Walt Disney World!   It's not that surprising that even though we spent 7 nights there we still didn't come close to seeing everything.  We had decided upon arrival that we were going to just take our time and if we didn't get on every ride, or see every show and parade that would be just fine.  The boys have been to Disney a few times but this was Clare's first visit.  She had no idea what was in store for her but she was ready to find out!  We had never stayed at Fort Wilderness before (as we'd never camped before last summer!) but were really impressed by the campground.  It is done in typical Disney style with all the little touches you would expect.  They have a nightly campfire and sing along with Chip and Dale, followed by a Disney movie in the outside amphitheater.  The boys were happy Cars 2 was playing one of the nights and enjoyed watching it outside.  
The day we arrived we spent at the campground checking everything out on our bikes and then hanging out at the pool.  They had a great splash pad area with small slides for Clare and a shallow pool she had great fun in.  The big pool had a water slide the boys kept going down over and over all day and ok fine, we did too!  

We had decided to buy the meal plan while we were in Disney just to make things easier and it was certainly nice to have a break from cooking.   We had a great lunch by the pool, then for dinner that night we went to the "Hoop Dee Doo" dinner show which is at Fort Wilderness.  It is a family favorite that has been seen numerous times but couldn't be missed especially since we were staying right there.  It is a western themed show with lots of singing, dancing, and good laughs.  At the end of the show they give the kids an old washboard and a spoon so they can play along with the music.   Cohen especially loved that and was stomping and playing like a mad man.  Clare was a little overtired and seemed a little in shock over all the excitement but still had a fun time.

We went to all 4 theme parks over the course of the week which of course the kids loved.  Clare especially enjoyed the parades and shows and danced like crazy when she wasn't in awe.   The boys have taken after their father and went on all the big rides.  Everest seemed to be the only one that freaked out Cohen and when he got off said, "I'm glad I tried that, but I'm never ever going on that again"!   Caleb really likes Space Mountain and went on a couple of times, every time coming out of the exit with a big grin.  Clare was a "It's A Small World" kind of girl, at least until she's older and wants to go with Daddy and brothers.  The lines were great, we never waited more than 30 minutes which allowed us to go on our favourites over and over.  We will say that we are glad to not have to go on the Buzz Lightyear ride anymore which is definitely both boys favorite.

 We also built in some down days in between to go to both water parks, play mini golf, play a round of golf at Disney's 9 hole course, and just hang out at the campground pool.   The boys also went to Disney Quest which is 5 floors of every video game imaginable.  They didn't know where to start and I think Bruce was just as excited as they were.  At Blizzard Beach all 3 boys went down "Summit Plummet", one of the world's tallest and fastest water slides with a 12 story near vertical drop.  Even scary to watch, or at least Aimee thought so when the boys were going down.
We had some great meals and really enjoyed our character lunch at Tusker House where we were able to meet and have pictures taken with some of the characters.  Clare was very nervous at first and for some reason was petrified of Goofy.  He is pretty tall!  She did get use to the others though and was giving out hugs like usual by the end of our meal.  It was really nice to try some Africian food from the buffet even though the kids mostly stuck to what they recognized.  When we travel we do have a rule that you have to try at least 1 new thing per meal if possible.  This is no longer met with resistance as most of the time they end up liking what they try.  

Teppan Edo at the Japan pavilion was another favorite where chefs cook traditional meals right at your table.  We don't think Clare blinked the whole meal.  We need that chef at home!

Sci-Fi Diner was really fun too.  It is set up like a drive-in from the 50's where each family eats in a "car".  It was probably the only place we ate that was relatively quiet as all the kids in the restaurant were watching the movie. 

We had quite a few late nights staying up to watch fireworks or parades but everyone managed pretty well.  Shockingly, Aimee usually has a schedule at Disney that we follow, but with 3 little ones we really just tried to go with the flow (kind of like our theme for this whole trip) and slept in if we needed to or passed on rides we didn't think anyone would care about. 

A great memory already is when we arrived home late from Magic Kingdom and casually asked the boys to put their clothes in the hamper and put on their bathing suits.  It took them a minute to click in then jumped for joy when they figured out we were going for a midnight swim.  The pool was almost empty and they thought it was so cool swimming under the stars.  We paid the price a bit the next day with Clare but she and Aimee had an early dinner on their own and she was in bed mighty early that night!  

Disney is always a fun place but is usually pretty hard to leave.  This time we all waved good bye easily as we knew we were going to Disneyland when we were in California in a month!
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Holly Cassidy on

I am hooked on your blog!! I check daily for your newest adventure, and if I find a new post, the kids are notified immediately!! Glad to see you're having such a great time and making such wonderful memories!! Looking forward to your next adventure!! Take care!

p.s. Let Cohen know that Carter received his postcard...he LOVED it!! :)

Karen MacKinnon on

Loving your blog and getting to travel with you!

the patry/s on

great pictures so far.

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