After only stopping in Jacksonville at Zaxby’s to eat, we got to Orlando at 3pm. The kids traveled really well. Emma did seem to keep her upset stomach through Friday. Even through the weekend, she randomly complains of an upset stomach. Not sure if it’s nerves or what.
By 4 or so we were settled in our tiny, but adequate Frontier room. My favorite part is the double pedetsal sink area that has a curtain which makes it a dressing area. Fancy! The kids seemed to be ok to head out to Epcot so we found the bus stop and headed out. We realized quickly we were way too late in the game to be grabbing Fast Passes and riding any of the big rides. So we started out with the Nemo ride. You get on a clam shell and it takes you through scenes of the movie. Lexi hated the part with the scary fish and cried and buried her head into Kristyn’s arm. Speaking of, the girls have been loving Kristyn. Most of the time, they want to be with her as they did on this ride. Scott and I had a clam to ourselves! We went over to Honey I Shrunk the Audience, a 3D movie where everything becomes big and jumps out at you. Lexi lost it when a cat turned into lion, roared and came out into the audience. I had to get her and leave the show. She was crying, holding her ears and begging to just get out of there. We quickly were gathering that the least bit of loud noise or scary animal/witch was going to scare her death. So we went and ate.
We had our first foray into pre-paid dining at Sensations and wow, it is a lot of food! We each got dinner, a drink plus a dessert. And it’s not just a cookie, although it can be. I had a nice piece of butterfinger cheesecake which I had to stuff down after rotisserie chicken and mashed potatoes. The girls marginally ate, even saving their desserts until later.
After that, we got in a 45 minute line to meet Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald Duck and Goofy. Let me tell you, they’ve finally figured that out…put them all in one room and make a line! AND they even will take the picture with your own camera. One Tree Hill really needs to take notes :). The kids loved it and I only wish we had bought their autograph book before we went.
Kristyn’s sister Heather and her boyfriend Jeremy who both work at the park showed up while we were there and they stuck with us the rest of the night. They are both a lot of fun and we all got along really well. Plus it was nice having people who knew all about the parks as our personal tour guides! For the rest of the evening, we went through the Worlds. We did ride the Mexican boat ride. Lexi was hesitant at first but then said she really liked it. We scooted over to France to get dessert. I skipped out and instead stopped in a store where the girls could color some masks. We stayed there until the fireworks and light show started. Lexi FREAKED OUT at the large display of fireworks at the beginning. She covered her ears and begged to be taken away. The fireworks stopped though and she plugged her ears. Once the world was spinning on the water she was intrigued. There were a few more fireworks but she was ok, even leaning over and whispering into my ear, “Thank you for bringing me to Disney.” Almost made me tear up! Apparently it wasn’t as bad as she was making it seem.
We didn’t rush out of the park since Disney resort people had 3 extra hours. We were stopped by a worked who escorted us to the Space ride in the Epcot ball. Lexi did not want to go and spent the ENTIRE ride with her ears plugged and head buried in my arm. It was dark and she said there were lion sounds. I truly thought we had traumatized the poor girl. I was quickly becoming doubtful this was the happiest place on earth. At least for one little scared 4 year old. Emma liked it though. In fact, everything seems perfect for Emma’s age.
We called it a night a night after that and the kids were asleep as soon as the lights went out.