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Day 18: Done a lot…

Good morning Kissimmee! That’s not really how it felt by the way but still another day in paradise…

We started our morning with an early breakfast at the Garden Grill Restaurant in Epcot, this is a character breakfast with Mickey Mouse, Chip & Dale and Pluto. And the part I liked most a gigantic cinnamon bun…that is something you can wake me up for anytime.

As soon as we got seated at 9:15am we were visited by Mickey Mouse. The next was Pluto followed by first Chip and then Dale. Somehow Emily got lucky as she got more hugs from Mickey, Chip and Pluto just before we left.

After breakfast we first used the rider switch pass for a family ride on Frozen without having to wait. Emily loved it as you can see in the onride picture.

Ok I’ll be honest it is taken when the boat goes downhill. When I jokingly asked her if she wanted to go again she said Yes, go to Anna and she tried to get back in the boat… Since the wait was over an hour we didn’t went back and I got to use my rider switch on Mission:Space for the orange mission.

After I got back from Mars we went on more time to the Character Spot to get some pictures taken with Mickey, Minnie and Goofy.

Afterwards we decided to say goodbye to Epcot for this year, can’t wait until we come back as I just love this park.

On the way back home we drove by a Starbucks for a coffee, after we got home Emily and I went swimming in the resort pool while mama was working on suitcase no. 2 and 3. Emily loved the water she jumped in, ran in through the zero entry, splashed, went underwater, used the stairs to climb out the water…I couldn’t get her to go home for almost 2 hours.

Back home she went to bed and after she woke up we went to Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s to watch the Frozen show, Emily shouted the characters names every time they came on stage Elsa, Anna an Olaf (Ofal). After the show she wanted to go back but I could bribe her with a walk to Sunset Boulevard where the Flurry of Fun was just started. It means a fancy light show on the tower of terror, movies a long the street and snow!!!

Mama went on the Tower of Terror while we found ourselves a nice spot for Disney Movie Magic, a mix of movie-scenes projected on the Chinese Theatre. Right after Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam the seasonal fireworks show started. Beautiful combination of projection, music, storey telling and fireworks!

After this show we rushed towards the 7,900- seat Hollywood Hills Amphitheatre to watch Fantasmic! This show is just great, Emily recognized a lot of characters. She even saw Moana on a boat before we saw here.

After the show we followed the crowd towards the parking lot and went home. Tomorrow is our last full day here and we’ve some FastPasses in Magic Kingdom.

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Day 16: Around the world…

What an amazing night, Emily slept really well. The plan was starting easy with a visit to the Mall at Millenia to pickup clothes Daniëlle put on hold from Lilly Pulitzer.

Not a real surprise we found even more today as they had some new items. They even got an awesome jumpsuit and a beautiful dress for Emily this time. Emily picked the jumpsuit herself and said “I try” and walked to a dressing room. Too funny and she figured out where he cupcakes where and whom to ask for one! She getting such a big girl lately!

After a quick lunch in the food court we drove back to the townhouse where Emily went straight to bed. And we started working on the first suitcase already…

Emily woke up around 3:15pm and we went to Epcot for some fun. We didn’t had too many plans but we wanted to see Illuminations!

First stop The Seas with Nemo & Friends. Emily loved the extremely long waiting line and the ride even more. The ride went like this Nema (Nemo), Dory, Papa van Nemi (Marlin), Dory, Nemi (Nemo), Dory, Nemo, Nemi, Dory, Dory, Papa van Nemi, Papa van Nema, Papa van Nima, Dory, Nima, Nemi until we got of the ride she shouted Bye Dory, Bye Nema, Bye Papa van Nima!

Next stop was Figment, a ride hosted by Figment all about a imagination. Emily sat on her own and got a little scared during the dark scenes where she moved a little closer to Mama.

After Figment it was time for Spaceship Earth still with Siemens signs, most likely the last trip that we’ll see those up. On our way there we got our picture taken with Spaceship Earth in the background, Emily is wearing her new jumpersuit!

Here our ways split for a little while I went to ride the new Mission:Space. For the first time ever the green track, no wait, as this was a new experience a flight over earth. Very well done this tiny update. For another day I got a rider switch which I’ll use on the orange track (wait time typically 45 minutes).

Done with my flight over earth I rushed over to the other side of future world where my two girls were having dinner. Daniëlle went towards Soarin’ using the rider switch pass we got earlier this trip for her flight over the world. As soon as mama was gone Emily decided dinner was over and we needed to go for “a walk”. I knew where to go, the Odyssey for a beer flight. On our way over there we got a picture together. As soon as I had it ordered she wanted to go the the restroom…so I drank my flight in record time.

We regrouped near the restroom and together we went towards Norway in World Showcase. Only because Emily can’t stop talking about Elsa and Anna from Frozen. We did everything to avoid that but on the cruise the nursery staff showed her the movie a couple times… The wait was very short and Emily was very shy with Elsa but she felt really comfortable with Anna. They looked at the flowers, sat on the floor hugged, high five‘d and Anna almost got a kiss…

Next stop Germany for pretzels and beer. Emily got to colour a Duffy in the Kidcot station and she danced on German music again. She even got me dancing this time…crazy girl.

We found that it was still pretty quiet along the lagoon and Danielle found out that Illuminations wasn’t at 9pm but at 10pm. That explained a lot… we decided to continue walking around the world and see if there was a long wait at the character spots. For Mickey and friends I got us in the FastPass line although our passes were actually expired, but to be honest I think it was more the Emily factor which got us in.

In the mean time our FastPass for Frozen the ride was valid. Since it was late we split up, mama went back to Norway to ride it once and get a rider switch we can use on Monday when we plan to got to Epcot again. Emily and I would walk around Future World and we would meet up in the car.

Emily wanted to see if Joy was there and we were lucky as she and Sadness were there without a line! We had so much fun meeting them, Emily put stickers everywhere.

Next up was Baymax was our last action item of the day before we walked back to the car. Mama just got the rider switch and soon we got a text message that she got wet on the ride.

At 10:30 we got home Emily went straight to bed and we are not far of either. I just need to finish up this blog.

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Day 11: Two parks in Mickey Town…

Good morning world, it’s 7:30am and we plan to enter Disney‘s Hollywood Studio‘s around opening…

8:15am Emily is still sleeping, it’s still possible as it’s just a 13 minute drive from our townhouse. Around 8:50 we drive by the entrance gate of Mickey Town (Emily started calling it Mickey Town today). We arrived at the parking lot at 8:55am and that’s when it got ugly…the longest ever bag check lines I’ve seen at Mickey Town ever!

Emily and I raced passed them and stood in line for a picture with Donald & Daisy Duck at 9:03am. Mama joined us just before it was our turn for a picture and everything worked out perfectly fine.

We got to be first in line to meet with the Royal princess of Enchancia, Princess Sofia the First. Emily showed of her doll and got to look at Sofia‘s beautiful purple shoes.

Time for a show, he Disney Junior show to be exact. The story was about the birthday preparations for Minnie Mouse her birthday. Emily was very focussed and danced on the songs she knew. She loved the snow, bubbles and confetti which came down from the ceiling.

After the show we strolled around the park, more precisely the new area which will be the way leading into the Star Wars Land which is being build at this moment. After our walk we figured that the 35 minute wait for Mickey & Minnie Mouse couldn’t be that long as we didn’t see a line at all and we decided to step into the line.

And indeed that was a very short wait. In the meantime I reserved a table for an early lunch at the 50’s Prime Time Cafe. After as short stroll through the park, during which we also got some pictures taken it was time to go the restaurant.

What a great restaurant, the food is classic American comfort food but the theming is based on the early 50‘s. Server John did a fabulous job and made sure we finished our plates and had no elbows on the table. The only complaint he had was the number of drinks we ordered and wanted to know if we were racing each other.

From the restaurant we went back to the car to make sure Emily had her afternoon nap in her bed today. She slept from 2–5pm, I guess she is still a bit tired from last week. While Emily slept I made some pictures from the Townhouse!

As soon as Emily woke up and was dressed again we got in the car and went to mama and papa‘s favourite Walt Disney Wo…euh Mickey Town park: EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow)! Again it was a lot busier as we expected and it took a while before we parked our car in Discover 14.

Lucky for us we still had some time to use a FastPass, or. Better to say I used one at Soarin’ around the World and got a rider switch for Danielle which is valid until the end of this month. She decided to use another day.

Emily and Danielle enjoyed a quick service restaurant in The Land pavilion and when I got back from my flight we split up again, that way I could stand in line for a picture with Joy & Sadness from Inside Out.

After meeting them we had a FastPass for the Character Spot, a meet & greet with Mickey, Minnie and Goofy. Emily loved it 3 characters in a row.

It was close to 8pm now and we decided to start moving towards our favourite spot to watch Illuminations from, Germany in World Showcase. Our spot was still free and while mama and Emily blocked our spot I went for beers and a pretzel.

The next hour we walked around the area to keep Emily busy. As soon as she heard music she pulled me towards it and believe it or not we ended up dancing in front of the stage to music from Margret Almer & The Bavarian Band…

Ein Prosit, ein Prosit

Der Gemütlichkeit 

Ein Prosit, ein Prosit 

Der Gemütlichkeit. 


After our performance it we checked out the miniature trains, then Emily watched them one more time with mama and finally it was time for Illuminations. A Mickey Town vacation is not complete without seeing that fantastic show.

After the firework we went walked back to the car, Emily sat in her stroller and thus that went pretty quick. Just after 10pm we arrived home and within a couple minutes Emily was vast a sleep.

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