Friday, February 19, 2016

The Happiest Place on Earth - Day 4

All too soon, we woke up for our last day at Walt Disney World.  It was another early day with a character breakfast scheduled at 1900 Park Fare with Mary Poppins.  She's always been one of my favorite characters, so I was really excited.  The food was great, and it was fun to visit with Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger.  I would have to say that Grace didn't necessarily enjoy the characters as much this time as she did on our last trip, but they always took time to talk to her and pose for photos.

Just hanging out with Mary Poppins.
Before we left, we did a little shopping at the Grand Floridian's gift shop, and Grandma Susie bought Grace a Valentine's Day Minnie Mouse to snuggle, which she did for the rest of the day.

Grace snuggling her new Minnie.
After shopping, we split up.  Kyle and I took Grace to Epcot Center for the morning, and the rest of the crew went back to the hotel for a nap.  They ended up at Hollywood Studios later for a ride on the Tower of Terror and Star Tours, and of course lots of photos!

Grandma and Grandpa hanging out with Johnny and Emily at Hollywood Studios.
Time to ride the Tower of Terror!
Our first stop at Epcot Center was a meet and greet with Pluto.  He was one of Grace's very favorites the last time we came, and she actually had lots of smiles for him.  Then, we took a ride on Finding Nemo and Journey Into Your Imagination with Figment.  Johnny and I have always loved Figment, so that was fun, and I think Grace enjoyed the music during the ride.

Grace LOVED meeting Pluto!
We also booked a fast pass to meet Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Minnie Mouse.  Grace was starting to get pretty tired by the time we got there, but it was still fun to watch them interact with her.  

Time to meet Mickey Mouse!
And Minnie Mouse too!
Then it was our turn to go back to the hotel for a nap.  We stopped for some lunch at the hotel cafe, and Grace fell asleep across my lap while she was eating her lunch.  Kyle took a nap too, while Gracie and I snuggled.  And then we were headed back to Epcot Center for dinner.

Grace just LOVED her new balloon!
This time, Kyle and I decided it would be fun to take Grace on the ferry boat, and she loved it.  She smiled and giggled the whole ride to the Ticket and Transportation Center, and we loved watching her.  We were hoping to meet a few characters, like Donald and Daisy, on our walk to dinner in the World Showcase, but the lines were pretty long, so we made our way to Chefs de France for our final meal together.

A celebration at Chefs de France on our final night together.
It was a beautiful restaurant, and we got a table right by the windows.  It was fun to be together for one final meal, as we shared the highlights of our trip.  Mom and dad stayed with Johnny and Emily to see the evening's fireworks show, and Kyle, Grace and I took the monorail back to the hotel to get ready for bed.

But before we parted ways, we stopped for a photo with our gracelets in front of the iconic Epcot Center ball, which was aptly glowing purple for the photo.  

Gracelets at Epcot Center.
The trip was truly a magical part of our "Grace-Filled Journey."  I struggled that last day because I wasn't sure if it would be the last time I would ever have the chance to take Grace to Walt Disney World.  Both Kyle and my dad assure me that's not the case.  But I found myself having a hard time leaving this time around.  Even though Grace may not enjoy the wonder and magic of Walt Disney World the way some kids do, she definitely enjoyed being with us at the Happiest Place on Earth.   

And don't worry, I'm sure we'll be back.


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