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Day 17: Diving into the magic…

Today we were all soaked from sweating! It was 23 degrees Celcius and it felt like well over 30! Kind of the opposite as at home I would say.

But enough about the weather for today we went back to the Magic Kingdom. Where it used to be the park we visited the least during our previous trips, this time it’s the absolute number one! Most time we spent in Fantasyland, strange isn’t it?

We started the day with a lot of traffic towards the parks and we feared the worst. In the yellow monorail we decided to split up! Team Mama to get the bag check done as quick as possible and Team Emily to get coffee as quick as possible. Only 30 minutes later we had both tasks completed and we were walking right down the middle of Main Street U.S.A.

On our way to find a less crowded spot for Emily to get her fruit. After she finished her fruit we changed plans because going in Mad Hatter’s Teacups and keeping her food in sounded as a too big of a challenge for Emily. So I switched the FastPasses to the Haunted Mansion and while we waited we took pictures with Princess Tiana. Tiana couldn’t stop looking at Emily and was surprised by her strong grip (she didn’t let her finger loose).

After Tiana we went to the Haunted Mansion and Emily fell asleep in the Elevator scene. And that was a surprise but I loved it having my little one sleeping on my shoulder for almost an hour.

After the Haunted Mansion we went to the Country Bears for a small concert in which Emily woke up with huge eyes. She couldn’t take her eyes of the Bears.

Afterwards we walked straight to the Tiki Tiki room to sing-a-long with birds! Emily decided to dance on my lap.

After a quick lunch for little Emily it was time for the next royal visit of the day! We had an official appointment with Anna and Elsa! And that visit was a private one… First we got a picture with Elsa the princess with the same color hair as Emily and Anna was already waiting to meet us. Emily loved her.


While we got ready to leave them Emily started chatting with Elsa and they both had the idea to do a spontaneous group picture.

Papa and Mama both got hungry from all those meetings and excitement that we went to the Tomorrowland Terrace for a Chicken Breast Sandwich. Here we found out that my MagicBand (the Mickey Bracelets we wear) had issues and that we missed some photos and movies from rides and the group photos with Anna & Elsa. We figured this out by calling the help desk and visiting guest relations. Here we got 2 free FastPasses for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train because my on ride video from last week was lost. This was our first stop after we left Guest Realations.

After Mama went down the mine we stopped at Ariels Grotto where Emily and Ariel couldn’t stop talking about swimming and diving and about how Flounder was a guppy once too.

This was where I left for my mine tour and Emily got her bottle.

After I got back it was time to find Emily the perfect Mickey Mouse! We went to Big Top Souvenirs near Dumbo the Flying Elephant and we started with the largest Mickey and when down in size until we found the perfect one for her.

Three minutes after we took off the tag Emily was sleeping in her royal stroller and we left the Magic Kingdom.

By that time it was already 4:30pm, never had we imagined that Emily would hold out in a theme park this long. We decided to take the monorail back and we got on the Orange one towards the Ticket & Transportation center.

At the TTC we decided to walk to the Polynesian Village Resort for a Pineapple Float while Emily was still sleeping. But as soon as I got to our table with the ice-cream Emily woke up…

We had some fun with Mickey and tasting Pinnaple before we left towards our car. We walked to our car via a shortcut which is a lot faster in the morning too… That’s good to know for future visits.

We took the car back home and decided to get takeout at the Chick-Fil-A for at home. We all had dinner together Emily had Chicken Noodles and we Classic Chicken pieces.

After a while it was time for another 5-minute story this time about Bambi, Faline and Thumper. We brought Emily to bed and had some time to rest after this really busy day…

We can’t wait for tomorrow to start!

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Easy day in Epcot…

Yesterday we had the Christmas party and therefore we slept a little longer this morning. Sander went for a run and already prepared something for the trip home next Saturday.

Shortly after noon we left the hotel for lunch at Outback across the road from the Premium Outlets at Vineland Ave. Sander ordered a Victoria’s filet and I had a grilled salmon with steamed veggies.

After lunch we drove to Epcot and it was really slow in the park. Quickly we had some Photopass pictures in front of Spaceship Earth and one with Pluto.

For every attraction except Soarin’ and Test Track the waiting times were minimal like 5-15 minutes. We got a Fastpasses for Test Track and after we designed our cars we did the attraction through the single rider line ending up next to each other on the front row of the car.

After Test Track we got some more Photopass pictures with Duffy, Donald, Mulan, Alice, Jasmin & Aladdin and Belle. Before the we had to get ready for Illuminations we did Journey a Into Imagination with Figment, Captain EO, Soarin’ and again Test Track with our Fastpasses.

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At the end of a relaxing day we enjoyed Illuminations for the third time this vacation and it still is amazing.

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Before we went to the hotel we grabbed a quick late night snack at the Chick-fil-a at the SR535 near to our hotel. At the hotel we watched some tv and wrote the blog.

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Rainy day with a surprising end…

We woke up later as expected and due to the rain we had a slow start too. But around 11:00 we had everything prepared and went for shopping and a movie towards the Altamonte Mall in Altamonte Springs.

After arriving we first bought the movie tickets for the 13:40 Gravity 3D movie at the AMC. So we had enough time to shop and eat something before. We were successful at the Abercrombie & Fitch before we had lunch at the Food Café. We both went for teriyaki from the Japanese counter.

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Then it was time for the movie which was a good choice. And we are sure it’s not the last movie we have seen during this vacation. After the movie we shopped a bit more at Hollister before we went to Celebration. Here we wandered a bit before we had something to eat at the Chick-Fil-A. It was as delicious as usual.

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From there we had the idea to visit the Magic Kingdom to see the Main Street Electrical Parade since the weather should become a lot better during the evening. At the moment we entered the Ticket & Transportation Center to park our car we saw a sign with he park opening hours which mentioned 1:00 o’clock. We bought said jokingly we could stay till tomorrow…

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We needed to take the boat to the entrance from the Magic Kingdom since the monorail was down due to a technical problem. When we entered the park we already saw that the crowd was less as expected so we started with some rides before the first Main Street Electrical Parade. After visiting the Hall of Presidents we went on Haunted Mansion and at 20:10 we found some front-row places for the MSEP. We still had a bit of rain before the first float came bit as soon as we made the first picture it was dry. After the parade we watched Wishes, which is still an amazing firework spectacular.

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After Wishes most people left the park and there were almost no waiting lines for the rides left. We didn’t knew where to start with but picked out Space Mountain to get a Fast Pass and from there we waked towards the new Fantasyland which has become huge and, although not finished yet, really beautiful. Here we went on the Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid with a 5 minute wait. After the right we got to take a picture with Ariel in her Grotto before we walked towards the park hub to watch the second MSEP and take some more pictures.

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And then it was only 10:40 so we had plenty of time for some additional rides. We started with Space mountain where we had the Fast Pass. The next ride we went on was Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin followed by Jungle Cruise, Big Thunder Mountain, It’s a Small World  & The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Then we want to add some pictures to our PhotoPass and visited the Princess Fairytale Hall and Tinker Bell Magical Nook. And we ended this day at 0:40 with a visited to Pirates of the Caribbean which was opened again after a technical problem.

We left Magic Kingdom with the Monorail and Danielle drove us back to the hotel. At 01:45 we stepped through the door of our hotel where I we first finished this blog before we went to bed for a well deserved night of sleep. And because we are lucky it’s the second time we have a night with an extra hour this year…

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