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Day 12: Animal Kingdom…

Today we had a really slow start, we decided to wake Emily up at 9:30am as we wanted to be in Animal Kingdom around 11am. Mission completed at 10:40, first stop the Starbucks and a picture with Timon from the Lion King.

Time for our first FastPass+, the Kilimanjaro Safari! Here you ride with a very large “Jeep“ through different ecosystems between the animals. Emily was mainly focussed on birds and animals which looked like horses.

We also got in a traffic jam caused by Giraffes crossing the paths we were driving over multiple times. Very amazing to see this, we’ve done this safari multiple times but eve never seem so many animals.

After the ride Emily wanted to take a walk and thus we followed the Gorilla trail, she had mainly interest for the leafs!

Next stop was lunch, we decided to have lunch in the Satu’li Canteen in Pandora. Here I used the Disney World app to place a mobile order. Extremely convenient and it saved a lot of time too.

Throughout the day I had been checking FastPass availability for the Flight of Passage, and I was lucky to get one. Unfortunately I needed to cancel my meet & greet with Mickey and Minnie but FoP is such an amazing ride and I wanted to see it again after the preview in May.

Danielle and Emily went to get there pictures taken with Mickey and Minnie and after we were both done Danielle went on the rider switch ticket while Emily and I explored the boneyard in Dinoland U.S.A.

First we dug out some old bones, then Emily went 118 times from the exact same slide. When mama came back we asked Emily what she wanted to do and she pulled us towards an actual attraction the „TriceraTops Spin“. That’s my girl…

After a spin with loud giggles and a smile from ear to ear we took a picture and went back to the car.

On our way out we got to meet Beer Fox and Brer Rabbit.

We hoped that Emily would sleep a bit in the car and we drove to the Florida Mall as this was a 40 minute drive but unfortunately she slept in only 5 minutes before we parked our car. Danielle went shopping and I waited till our little Aurora woke up. Besides shopping at Lush, The Disney Store and Macy’s we had spice cream from Coldstone before we went back to the Townhouse.

When Emily entered the house she took off her Crocs and ran to the back, she wanted to swim. While mama was doing some laundry we both took a plunge. What a lot of fun. But she got tired quick and thus it was time for bed.

After the standard ritual with a story, brushing her teeth and going to the toilet, she fell a sleep before we even closed her bedroom door.

I went to Target for some groceries and now it’s time for bed as we want to arrive in the Magic Kingdom of Mickey Town early.

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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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Day 8: Castaway…

After a rough night, mama and I woke up early. Mainly because Danielle was planning on running the Castaway 5k, a 5 Kilometer run over Disney’s private island, for which she needed to be present in the Walt Disney Theatre at 8am.

I arrived at the theatre shortly before 8am and there was already a line to get in. In the theatre I met with Joanna who was also going to run the 5K, GirlPower! Unfortunately it took a while before we got an all clear to get of the ship. But after an explanation of the route we set foot on Castaway Cay around 9am. After a walk to the start we took of. It was already warm outside which made the running a lot harder but after 40 minutes I finished and received my medal!

Shortly after 8am Emily woke up an our prep time started. Papa took a shower while Emily had the morning of her life watching Sofia the First! After I got ready it was Emily’s turn, most difficult part was getting the perfect ponytail, mission accomplished and we were of to Cabana’s the on board buffet restaurant.

As soon as we were seated with a plate for Emily she said “Ah Oh”, she still had her pacifier in her mouth and that is only allowed in the room! Then the said “Papa Eetie” I still didn’t had a plate for me, crew came to the rescue as one of them entertained Emily I rushed to get something on a plate. When I came back I got a loud “yeah” from Emily and we could start eating.

After a while she asked “Mama zoek?”, which means “Mama lost?” or “Let’s go find Mama”. First stop the room as Emily needed to bring her pacifier back, that went surprisingly easy as she put it on the cabinet she started laughing about it and ran back into the hallway saying “bye speen, mama zoek” meaning “bye pacifier, let’s go find mama”.

We left the ship and stepped onto Castaway Cay at 9am, here we waited a couple minutes as Captain Hook and Mr. Smee were coming on land for a meet & greet.

Next stop was the Post Office where Daisy Duck was taking pictures with guests. Emily loved her shoes.

Next was the obligatory picture with the ship and after that we were lucky enough to find 2 spots on the tram which was about to leave. Next stop was ours and here we found a wagon to transport our stuff & Emily in. Although not for long as she wanted to pull the wagon herself…

But not even 10 steps away we found Minnie Mouse & Goofy taking pictures in their bathing suits. After that was done we found a nice spot on the family beach where we waited for Mama, Joanna, Danny and Elin for a nice day at the beach.

Not long after playing in the sand I thought it was a great idea to see mama finishing the 5k but when we arrived the first distraction was Olaf from Frozen. After the picture we decided to go swimming with Olaf, but the other people in line for a picture didn’t seem to like that… and so we decided to wait at the finish line but after a couple minutes Emily wanted to go back to the beach.

While walking back mama texted that she was taking a picture with Mickey Mouse, a short sprint with Emily on my arm made that we were just in time for a beautiful picture. Next stop was the beach and as soon as Elin went into the water Emily followed.

We had a lot of fun with the GoPro, Rocks, Splashing, Swimming and getting our pictures taken. Until it was almost time for lunch.

After lunch Emily wanted to go back to the room as she wanted “naar bed”. Unfortunately for her (and us) it took a while waiting for the tram and in line to get back on the ship. But as soon as we were in the room Emily got a nice warm bath and after she had her PJs on she slept in less then a minute.

Mama started packing the suitcases as today was our last day on board of the ship and the suitcases needed to be packed and outside our state room before 10:30pm. While mama was doing that I enjoyed the ship a bit making sure I’m not in her way. For the first stop was the AquaDuck, and who do I meet on the stairs? Danny & Elin…it’s a small ship after all.

At 3:30pm I was back in the room because Emily got a special invitation from the character manager. At 4:15pm we needed to be standing outside of the D-Lounge for a special event. Lucky for us she could bring her family too.

The special event was a special meet & greet with Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Donald, Daisy, Chip & Dale in their Halloween outfits. I tried to catch it on video but I can tell you Emily was excited, she didn’t knew where to look. But Pluto seemed to be her special friend…and he wasn’t even wearing shoes! When Isaac asked who her favourite was she shouted out “Minnie” and he asked her to say “Hi” one more time. And Minnie was lucky as she got at least 5 kisses and a couple hugs before she said bye.

Later in the atrium we met them again together with Belle, Cinderella and Tiana. Unfortunately Emily was still tired and couldn’t handle that much excitement. We decided to wander through the shops and take one last photo with Minnie before it was time for our last dinner on the ship. It took place in Royal Court.

After dinner was finished Emily wanted to go to bed again and she walked hand in hand with Joanna (Joey) and Elin (Enin) to the Aft elevators. On Deck 11 we said goodbye and Emily gave Elin a couple hugs and Joanna a high five, I think she understood that our ways would separate from are there.

While we finished the last packing of the suitcases Emily got ready for bed with reading her story book twice. Out loud and very detailed for the stories involving Dory, Ariel, Chip (from Beauty & the Beast), Cars with the stars Auto (Lightning McQueen) , Mate(r) & Sally.

I got to,see the last show on the ship. The show was ok, the worst part was that it recapped what I didn’t see. Those costumes of Believe & Aladdin where beautiful! Another reason to come back…

After picking up the photos it was time for our last night on board of the Disney Fantasy…

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