Friday, February 19, 2016

The Happiest Place On Earth - Day 3

Our next adventure began today, but not as bright and early.  With a late night last night, we opted to sleep in a little more this morning.  After enjoying some breakfast in the room, we headed out to the Magic Kingdom. It's so nice to be able to walk from our hotel to the Magic Kingdom each morning.

Grace and I LOVED riding the carousel!
Grace had a Fast Pass right away to meet Cinderella and Rapunzel at Fairytale Castle, and it was a lot of fun.  The Photo Pass has been really great to have because Kyle and I can both be in the photos with Grace.  Grace even wore her new Cinderella bow she got for Christmas, just to show Cinderella, who admired it, and said she would have to get a bow that looked just like Grace.

After meeting the princesses, we had a few minutes before our next Fast Pass, so we took Grace for a ride on the carousel.  She sat in front of me on one of the horses, and we both really enjoyed it. Kyle stood next to us and took pictures.

Grace got to be an enchanted pepper shaker at Belle's Enchanted Tales.
Grandma and Grandpa Galer joined us again as Uncle Johnny and Aunt Emily headed off for Epcot Center.  One of the things I thought Grace would really like this trip was Enchanted Tales with Belle, which is an interactive story with Princess Belle. And she did.  Grace got a part as a pepper shaker in the story, and I helped her carry it out, as daddy, grandma and grandpa cheered for us.  She even got her picture taken with Belle at the end.

Grace even got to meet Belle after the Enchanted Tales!
Another thing I thought Grace would really like this time around was Mickey's Philharmagic, which is a 3D experience with lots of music.  We couldn't talk Grace into leaving her 3D glasses on, but every time I looked over, she was waving her arms and smiling.  I think it was something she just loved.

Getting to meet Tinker Bell at the Magic Kingdom.
Before we sent her back to the hotel with grandma, we made a quick stop to meet Tinker Bell at the Town Hall.  Grace showed her the pixie dust she wore in on her shirt, and Tinker Bell was so cute.  With a brand new Minnie Mouse balloon from grandma and grandpa, they headed back to the hotel room, and Kyle and I headed to Hollywood Studios.

Uncle Johnny and Aunt Emily at Epcot Center.
While at Epcot, Johnny and Emily rode Figment, which has always been one of our favorite rides and Mission: Space. Grandpa John met up with them later for some music in the World Showcase. Grandma Susie and Gracie played in the hotel room with her new balloon and took a nap after lunch.

Grace LOVED playing with her Mickey and Minnie balloon from grandma and grandpa.
Kyle and I grabbed a bite to eat at Hollywood Studios, and split a brownie for dessert!  After all, we are on vacation!  Then, we waited in line for the Great Movie Ride, and enjoyed some scenes from our favorite movies come to life.

A little Disney magic in front of Cinderella's castle.
As a special treat today, one of my friends from my days at Mizzou, Kellee, and her family met us for a couple of hours at Hollywood Studios. We enjoyed some of the new Star Wars parts, and of course, stopped in to see the Muppets 3D show, which is always one of my favorites.

Kyle is keeping an eye out for the Storm Troopers!
Before long, it was time to head back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.  There was a bit of a mishap with the transportation, but we eventually made our way to Epcot Center for dinner at Teppen Edo in Japan.  Our chef prepared our meal in front of us, and the food was delicious. It's been fun to be all together and share in the magic of Disney.

Family photo op at Epcot Center after dinner!
It's hard to believe that tomorrow will be our last day in the parks. We can't wait to see what adventures may come our way!


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