Friday, September 7, 2007

DisneyWorld, part 1

We made it home from Disney and we all had a fabulous time! Caroline was so surprised and it was great!
We woke her up at 4am on Sunday morning and told her that we were going on a surprise birthday vacation. She didn’t ask too many questions, we told her that we had to ride on an airplane and that we needed too get ready to go.
We got to the hotel to check in and she still had no clue what was going on. They gave her a button that said “Happy Birthday Caroline”. We then headed to Magic Kingdom.

We took Caroline to main street and showed her the castle and she still didn’t get it! Remember, she had no idea that Disney even existed; she only thought it was in the movies. When Josh told her who lived there, she was smiling and really excited. Here is a picture of Josh telling Caroline where we were at.

We went and rode several rides and met several characters (Ariel, Snow White, Alladin, The Genie, Jasmine, Timon, Rafiki and Belle). We watched a parade and she got to see TONS of characters.

We went to Storytime with Belle where Belle tells the story of the Beauty and the Beast. She asked several kids from the audience to come up on stage and help her tell the story and Caroline was chosen to be Chip. After the show Caroline was able to have her picture taken with Belle and had her sign her autograph book.
We then went to ride Cinderella’s Carousel one more time before leaving for the day. While standing in line a “Dream Maker” came up to Caroline and Josh and started talking to them. She asked what all rides they had rode and if there was anything that they didn’t get to ride. Josh and I had been avoiding the Dumbo ride all day long because the line was outrageously long. Josh told her that and she said that she would take them over to the Dumbo ride after they rode the Carousel. Then she made Caroline a princess by sprinkling her with “pixie dust” and giving her a badge to wear. Then Caroline was moved to the front of the line and was placed on Cinderella’s horse for the ride. Before the ride started the Dream Maker announced to everyone that it was Caroline’s birthday and that she was a princess and they need to bough when they saw her in the park. Caroline was all grins!
She then walked them to the front of the line at the Dumbo ride. Where the Dream Maker announced that Caroline was the pilot of the ride. While Caroline and Josh were riding Dumbo, the Dream Maker came over to me and gave me a certificate for 3 free ice creams! We had our ice cream and started to leave the park, while walking out we stopped to watch a show in front of the Castle where she was able to see all of the princesses and the princes dance with Mickey and the gang. Magical day number 1!
On Monday we went to Animal Kingdom where we rode the safari, watched the Lion King show and Finding Nemo the musical. The kids both LOVED the shows! Caroline got to meet Goofy, Pluto, Mickey, Minnie and Donald Duck and they all signed her autograph book. We then went to Downtown Disney where we met up with another family who has a child with RTS. It was so nice talk with a family who has been going through the same things as us and we could totally relate with one another. Will fell in LOVE with Noah right away, he grabbed his face and started kissing him. It was the cutest thing ever! It was so wonderful to get to met Kristi, Tom and Noah. Noah is such an angel and we are all blessed to have met them. I am so grateful that have been given the chance to hold Noah and love on him! He is precious! Thank you, Tom and Kristi for driving an hour to have dinner with us!
We then went back to the hotel and the staff had delivered balloons and a card with a picture signed by Cinderella for Caroline. They also delivered a package that I made up before we left for the trip with a Cinderella doll, a Cinderella shirt, an Ariel shirt, an Ariel coin purse, stickers, a photo album and other things. Caroline was so excited because she thought that Cinderella had actually been in our room! It was really cute! Magical day number 2!

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