October 12, 2011

The fun begins . . .

Our day began at the oh-so-crowded Magic Kingdom. Orlando had several days of rain and storms so there was pent-up Magic Kingdom demand -- or at least that's what we were told! They actually kept the park open an hour later than scheduled because it was so full.

Kenna patiently waiting for the rest of us to finish getting ready with sunglasses and tiara all ready to go.


Required photo in front of the castle.



The Magic Kingdom all decked out for Fall. It really looks so pretty.


Kenna and Michal love the Dance Party Parade because you actually get to go out into the street and dance with the cast members and characters.


Look at Kenna in the background . . . she just makes me smile.



Toon Town Fair is gone! And they are building a huge new Fantasyland addition in its place. It's supposed to be done in 2012. It's going to have a new Seven Dwarfs Mine roller-coaster-type ride, an interactive Beauty and the Beast castle experience -- that's the castle in the background I think -- an Ariel ride, a new Storybook Circus area, which will include the relocated Flying Dumbo ride, and a new "Be Our Guest" restaurant. (We saw the same restaurant under construction at Disneyland the last time we were there.)


This is the artist's rendering of what the new Fantasyland addition is going to look like.


And this is an amazing overhead view showing the construction. You can really tell what a massive addition this is when you look at the size of the current Fantasyland in comparison. I guess the project was originally going to be a series of princess houses that would serve as "Meet and Greet" areas but it's grown into much more than that.

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We spent the evening at Epcot, where they're having the Food and Wine Festival. We definitely ate our way through the World Showcase!

The girls loved the Chinese Acrobat show.




It was a great first day.


  1. Anonymous10:20 AM

    How fun that you are there during Fall! Do you mind sharing where you got those adorable tshirts?
    Thanks and hope you have great weather for your trip!

  2. Have a wonderful time!!!

    (I gasped when you said they're tearing down ToonTown. We spent so much time there -- at the CA one -- when the girls were tiny.)

  3. Anonymous1:32 PM

    Some of your pictures are not showing up.

  4. Looks so fun!!! Our friends were there in all that rain:(

    It was a year ago we met y'all there! Wish we were there again!!!


  5. Janet H.5:11 PM

    Looks like such a great time! Makes me want to head there again soon. We were thinking of going to Savannah for Spring Break, but another Disney trip would be great too. I hope your week is wonderful!

    Oh yeah, the Epcot photos didn't load for me either...

  6. Toontown was my fave! Guess we'll have to plan our princess visit after completion in 2012 :)
    Have a great trip!

  7. Thanks for letting me know about the missing pictures. It should be fixed now.

  8. Anonymous1:33 AM

    Gorgeous and colorful photos! The girls look so happy! Do you mind sharing where you got those cute tshirts? thanks!

  9. The girls' shirts are from Nordstrom. The brand is called "It's a Small World" and features art from the ride. They were on sale and I also saw them at Nordstrom Rack.

  10. Anonymous11:17 PM

    Thanks Kristi - you always find the cutest and most stylish things! Have not been to the Rack before - will have to check it out.



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