Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Day Six: Disney World .. ALL Day

We were one of the first few to walk into Epcot at 9:02am. We spent five hours there and I would say the girls saw everything they wanted. Of course we didn’t see and do it all, but with a five hour timeline one must identify priorities. It didn’t seem busy at all. We rode all the ‘rides’ we wanted, and never waited in line. Our strategy was a) get Fast Passes as often as possible, b) avoid all shows – takes too much time, and c) focus on the rides that were a must.

After visiting Future World, Annelies and Scott spent the entire time being secret agents for Kim Possible. It was amazing. The kids are given cell phones and are sent on ‘secret missions’ throughout Epcot’s World Showcase. I’m sure it is Disney’s way of getting parents to see everything without the kids asking, “Can we go on a ride now?” They are shown pictures, and when standing by it and pressing OK something happens. For example, smoke coming out of a chimney in Germany, a flag being raised in Norway, a hidden picture being revealed in Mexico. Amazing. If you will be visiting Epcot soon, we highly recommend the activity for kids six through ten.

Paradis and I visited each country, had our passports stamped, and made a pressed penny. We had a great time just hanging out together. These are the things I love most about our travels.

We parked at Magic Kingdom in the morning, so after Epcot we went back to the RV for some lunch, changed our clothes (we were a little sweaty), packed dinner, and simply enjoyed the air conditioning. We were in Magic Kingdom by 3:30. Epcot seemed quiet, but Magic Kingdom was a mob! Crazy busy, but we were expecting that. This stop was Annelies’, and after riding It’s a Small World, she seemed content. 

But we rode rides all afternoon, ending the magical day watching fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle and buying pins to remember the day.

Once at the RV, the girls took a shower in the parking lot and crawled into bed. We were back on the road within minutes and drove about an hour north to Orange County. Pulled into a Wal-Mart and hit the pillow. It was a magical day.

Day Five: 60 miles (2,112 total); $0 on gas ($1,170.82 total); 2 states (11 total); $0 Lodging  ($10 total); $145.29 Souvenirs ($260.58 total); $519.81 Tourist Traps ($698.81 total); $0 Redbox ($12 total); 0 fights (0 total); 0 injuries (0 total). 

I don't add food to this summary, as we don't eat out while traveling; but it is important to note we only spent $11.37 on food at Disney - one Gatorade for Paradis and ice cream during the fireworks!

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