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Friday, May 14, 2010


We got our sneak preview tonight!

We were planning on spending the day tomorrow (our anniversary) at the parks, and since the kids are so excited (and we figured the ticket lines would be shorter), we went this evening to buy our passes and make our first visit. So glad we did! First, because google routed us in the cast member entrance and it turns out there is no way to get to the main parking lot that way. A kind employee let us park in the hotel lot for tonight but now we know we're better off taking the tollway in the morning when we're more eager to get to the park.

We got in the gates and the kids were a little bit in shock. We'd told them there would be a surprise today if they were good listeners and cleaned up their messes. They did that, but didn't take their naps, so they fell asleep the whole way to the park. So they were still a little groggy anyway and then all the sensory overload of the Magic Kingdom entrance hit them. Once they realized what was going on, they were pretty excited.

No sooner had we arrived at Main Street but we got invited to be part of a test thing for a future attraction. We signed papers saying we wouldn't reveal any details so I can't talk about it, but it was a really fun experience for the kids and a nice (air-conditioned) start to our visit.

After that we walked down Main Street and caught a dance show with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and some of the princesses at the castle. The kids' eyes just lit up and they were so excited to see Mickey in the flesh! That was pretty cool and I'm glad they got to see that. Hopefully tomorrow we'll get to meet Mickey and take a photo.

Next we did the Tomorrowland Transit Authority. The ride was okay, but their favorite part was the moving ramps. Or maybe seeing Buzz Lightyear.

Then we took a short break to eat the dinner we brought with us, and walked over to see Buzz Lightyear a little closer up. By this point Ian had gotten excited about driving the car at Tomorrowland Speedway. I was pretty happy to see that because when we watched Youtube videos, he was scared of just about everything. But in the park he was eager to ride. Rinnah just missed the height requirement (I think if we can teach her not to slouch, she'd be okay) so we did the child swap. Poor Rinnah just didn't understand-when we switched off she kept saying, "My turn!" :( I thought she was tall enough (the dr said she was 33" and 32" is the cutoff) so we may try again later. At any rate, Ian loved steering and especially loved that he got to ride twice.

We followed that up with riding the train all the way around the park and then a monorail ride back to our car. I think we got in quite a bit for just a couple hours in the evening. The kids had a ball. Now we just have to decide where to go tomorrow!


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