When we got into the park, we sent Grandma and Grandpa off to find Ken and Kelly's family and spend a little time with them. They had been at Disney for a week and were leaving that afternoon, so Grandma and Grandpa went to spend some quality time with them while Michael and I took our kids and started collecting fast passes for the rides we wanted. When we finally got on the rides, the kids had so much fun!
Michael headed off to Tomorrowland Speedway (the go kart ride where kids get to be the drivers) with the boys while I took Sophie to do the one thing she has been talking about for weeks--meet some princesses! We had a fast pass and so we didn't have to do much waiting. At this particular place you get 3 princesses, and they don't tell you which ones. Sophie only really cared about Cinderella and Rapunzel, so I was really hoping we could at least get one of them, but lucky for us, we got both of them! And Aurora! Sophie was completely delighted--it was adorable how excited she was! She has been talking for a long time about how she will "meet Cinderella and give her a hug and she will DANCE with me!" And guess what? She got her wish! Cinderella danced with her, and she was so very very happy. Sophie also made sure she had all of the princesses sign her autograph book and was especially pleased that Aurora used a big pink feather pen.
After Sophie met the princesses, Michael and I took the kids on a couple more rides, and then we all met up with my parents and with Ken and Kelly's family for ice cream! The kids loved it, of course, and then we all had a quick group picture in front of the castle and then said good-bye to Ken and Kelly and the kids. And then we had Grandma and Grandpa all to ourselves, which was definitely awesome! Ryan had been a little bummed since at Universal he got to go on big kid rides and had Grandma and Grandpa around all day, so he was definitely happier once we had a larger adult to kid ratio and they could go do some more "big kid" rides!
So we split up and went on more rides and Sophie fell asleep on Grandpa's shoulder! She took a great nap and woke up just in time for us all to go to our character lunch at the Crystal Palace with Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eyore. Do my kids know who they are? Not really. Did they care? Not a bit! Sophie was so thrilled she almost couldn't contain herself. And Ryan kept telling them "I remember you! I was here 4 years ago! Do you remember me????" They had so much fun, and made sure to get all of their autographs, too.
Everything was even better after lunch. It was actually more of a linner, since our reservation was at 3:10. So it was probably 4:30 or 4:45 by the time we were done. It had cooled off, it was less crowded, and everyone was rested and happy! We had a great time exploring and going on rides together. The kids LOVED the Buzz Lightyear ride, and Ryan totally had us all beat. I think I got about 3500 points, and he had over 200,000 points. He was very very proud of himself! After walking around a bit more, Grandma and Grandpa took the boys to ride Pirates of the Caribbean while Michael and I took Sophie for some popcorn and a ride on the carousel. She REALLY loved that, and was a super happy camper. It was nice to have some time with just her, she just loved it all. And Cinderella's castle had been closed so you couldn't walk through it earlier in the day, but it had opened up by that time, so we took her to walk through the bottom of the castle.
One of my favorite memories was going with Michael, Grandpa Calvin and Sophie to Micky's Philharmagic, which I thought would be super lame. And maybe it is, but the kids REALLY loved it. It's a 3D show featuring a montage of songs/movie footage from various Disney movies. Calvin thought the whole 3D thing was the coolest thing ever and talked and talked about it all evening. One of the funniest parts was when Sophie saw Ariel singing "Part of Your World." Sophie has never seen the movie The Little Mermaid, and I think she only knows Ariel by name because we had some stickers with the princesses' faces on them. When Sophie saw Ariel, she goes, "Oh, look, there's Airel!" followed quickly by a gasp, shocked look, and a disdainful "SHE'S A MERMAID!!!!!" It was toooo funny.
After a few more rides, a freakout by Sophie when the fireworks started (she does not like loud things!), and a little shopping time with Grandma (Sophie picked out a Rapunzel dress, doll, and Pascal the chameleon toy and Calvin got a bunch of pirate stuff--Grandma knows how to spoil them!), Calvin and Sophie both passed out and Ryan and Grandma went on their 10:45 pm fast pass ride on Space Mountain, which Ryan loved, of course! By the time they were done and found us again, it was 11:30 pm and I was so sore all over that I had to will myself to take each and every step. My stomach muscles were in so much pain after carrying my pregnant belly around all day, not to mention the sore feet! But it was all worth it--it was such a fun day!
So, we headed out back to the car at 11:30 and got to bed by about 1 am. Whew! It was such an amazing day. Thanks so much, Grandma and Grandpa!
Here are about a bajillion pictures of our fun day!
Sophie and Grandma before setting out for the day!
Grandma entertained the kids with ring pops, about a million games of ring-around-the-rosie, and races!
Sophie loved her ring pop!
Grandma racing Calvin and Sophie. Check out Sophie's face. Calvin told her she was losing, and she broke down.
So then Grandma raced just with Sophie.
Sophie in front of the castle:
Sophie and me by the mural in Cinderella's castle:
Dancing with Cinderella!
Sophie was oh so happy!
Meeting Rapunzel! Rapunzel is Sophie's very favorite princess.
She just loved every minute!
Ice cream time!
Lily was very proud of her strawberry ice cream.
Sophie taking her Grandpa nap:
Sophie woke up just in time to meet Eyore! Look at that crazy nap hair!
Meeting Pooh Bear:
And Piglet, too!
Meeting Tigger! I love Sophie's face in this one:
Sophie getting a piggy back ride from Daddy:
Ryan after his Buzz Lightyear triumph:
Meeting Buzz Lightyear!
These are the best 2 family shots we could manage. Should have done that earlier in the day!
Michael and me and Sophie checking out Cinderella's castle:
Waiting in line for the carousel. I love this picture:
She LOVED the carousel!
Riding the Dumbo ride with Calvin and Sophie:
Poor Michael! Pushing a sleeping Calvin in the stroller and carrying Ryan on his back! What a good Daddy.
And Grandpa got Sophie again!