Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Disney - SeaWorld

All week Easton knew that we'd be checking out of our hotel on Friday morning and then heading to Disney. Closer to the end of the week, I knew that Easton would be really sad to leave. And he was. We had our rental car parked near our room so we took our bags to the car and then drove to the main entrance to go back inside to eat a quick service meal for breakfast before we left. Just driving to the front entrance brought on the waterworks for Easton. He was so genuinely sad to be leaving Disney. He kept saying, "Mama, don't you think this is sad? Don't you think leaving is no fun?" 
After breakfast we headed towards SeaWorld where we spent a good chunk of the day. We flew out that night around 5:30 so our plan was to leave SeaWorld around 2:00-2:30. We got there shortly after opening and had just enough time to see most of what we wanted to see. We had a great time.
Dolphins are one of my favorite animals - probably my second favorite animal. Easton loved looking at them so we decided to do a 15 minute dolphin encounter with him. We really enjoyed it. We learned about dolphins, worked with them doing different signals, and got to touch one. Easton really enjoyed it!
 

We saw lots of different animals, which Easton liked!
 
 

Easton was very interested in the Antarctica area of SeaWorld. We went on the Empire of the Penguin ride and then saw real penguins.

 

We purchased fish to feed to the sea lions. Birds swooped in and grabbed the fish mid air half of the time!  
 
 
The shark area was neat and reminded me of the Georgia Aquarium, especially the tunnel. 
 
Me and Easton rode the Shamu Express. Clearly, we enjoyed it!  
 
My favorite animal is the killer whale. I've always thought they were SO beautiful and just so interesting so we watched the One Ocean show. Before it started, Easton enjoyed looking at the map of SeaWorld. We've saved maps from various locations and even laminated them (Riverbanks Zoo, Atlanta Zoo, Atlanta Aquarium). 
We all enjoyed the One Ocean show and I just loved watching these beautiful creatures.

 


 

 
After a long day at SeaWorld and a long week at Disney, we were just completely exhausted and ready to get to the airport by the end of the afternoon.
 
We had such a MAGICAL vacation and I am already ready to go back to Disney! I have a few more posts with random Disney things to share, but these are the last ones that really summarize our days. So many wonderful memories were made!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Disney - Magic Kingdom, Day 2

Since we combined Hollywood Studios and Epcot into one day on Wednesday, we had another full day at Magic Kingdom! We were so glad because we LOVED Magic Kingdom on the first day. We didn't realize that they actually opened an hour earlier so we got there at 9:00. We were able to book new fast passes for the day. Luckily, we were able to ride our favorite rides multiple times!
 
Easton's favorite rides were Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, and the Barnstormer. He was so funny telling Mimi about Splash Mountain - he'd always say how big of a drop it was, "like 10 feet or 50 feet" in his words! HA!
 
I love all of these action shots captured by Memory Maker! These are all from the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. We also have a video!

 
The last time we rode it we had to stop at the end of the ride and sit for like 5 minutes right before you enter where the ride takes off at. We were right beside this witch pictured below. We were just sitting there and all of sudden Easton is kind of hiding behind me and he says, "Mama, why does that witch keep looking at me?" He really thought it was a real witch! She would turn her head and it did look like she was looking EXACTLY at us with the location where we were stopped. I explained that she wasn't real at all, but he was NOT a fan of hers! Haha!
I had really hoped to stay for the electrical parade, but Easton was completely worn out from our week. By early afternoon he was actually asking to leave and go back to the hotel. He was just done. So, we headed back early and had lots of time to swim at the hotel. He LOVES swimming so as much as I wanted to enjoy every minute of Disney, I wanted him to do what he wanted to do even more and that day it was leaving the park in the afternoon and going to swim. It worked out well since we were leaving the next morning and we needed time to pack.
 
The next day we visited SeaWorld! I'll post about that soon!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Disney - Epcot

On our fourth day we went to Epcot after visiting Hollywood Studios that morning. Thankfully, we were able to switch our table service dining to that night instead of the next night which we had already planned.
 
We rode "Soarin'", which was a really neat ride. Easton enjoyed it. We also rode "Mission Space". With it, you could pick green or orange, with green being a milder ride. We chose orange and oh my goodness, it was about more than I could handle! Easton was okay, but he didn't love it. One ride we LOVED was Test Track! Joe and Easton loved designing the car each time. I didn't care much about that. The best part was riding in the car! I absolutely LOVE this picture because I feel like it sums up Easton so well. He is leaning forward, on the edge of his seat, and is ready for adventure. He is such an adventurous spirit with things like this and I love that about him. 
We had dinner at Garden Grill that night which was a really neat rotating restaurant. The food was fair, but our favorite part was meeting the characters again. Easton loved meeting Chip and Dale!  
 

 

After a full day of Hollywood Studios and Epcot, we were tired! We swam a bit at the hotel that night and got ready for another day at Magic Kingdom on Thursday!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Disney - Hollywood Studios

On our fourth day in Disney we headed to Hollywood Studios for the first part of the day and then went to Epcot that afternoon. We'd originally planned on being at HS all day Wednesday and Epcot all day Thursday, but we quickly realized two things: 1) We really wanted to go back to Magic Kingdom for one more full day and 2) We could squeeze Hollywood Studios and Epcot in to one day. 
Easton's favorite ride was the Star Tours ride. He's just starting to get into Star Wars and he loved it! I REALLY wish we could have signed him up for the Jedi Training Academy because he would have LOVED that. By the time we realized where to sign up, the line was so long and they said at best, we might get a late afternoon spot and we knew we'd be in Epcot by then. It was really the one thing that I was so disappointed we didn't do because I know how much he would have enjoyed it.
 
One area he loved was the "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Playground". He had so much fun there!
 

He also really enjoyed the Disney Junior live on stage show. He loved seeing all of the characters he sees on TV. 

We had a dining reservation at Hollywood & Vine where we got to meet several fun characters! Easton was convinced he had a boo-boo on his elbow so Doc McStuffins gave him a little kiss and he was miraculously better!  

We met Jake at Hollywood & Vine, as well as a character meet and greet spot.  
Easton enjoyed getting autographs of his favorite characters.
After lunch we headed over to Epcot for the afternoon. More on that in another post!