Goodbye Animal Kingdom

It is getting close to the end of our trip.  One last day at Animal Kingdom.  I said before this is our favorite park.  We were hoping to ride the Banshee again but with it being a weekend the line was too long.  I guess it will be on our list next time we go.

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Magic Kingdom Once Again

Well we headed for Magic Kingdom on the Monorail.

The girls loved riding the train.  It was really nice having the whole couch to ourselves.

We got into the park in time for the opening show.  I think the characters are the girls favorite thing.

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Universal Studios

Heather had planned our trip so well but this was something she didn’t plan.  She didn’t know that her big brother, Jared, had connections to Universal Studios.  She had always wanted to go to see Harry Potter land.  Jared has an older gentleman that lives with him who is the father of his best friend, Justin.  Justin’s Mom, Karen, is a witch at the Squeaky Cauldron and she got us free tickets.  Justin is also one of my adopted sons, so I really wanted to meet Karen.

We were supposed to just hang out at the hotel by the pool for the day while Dan went to car museum he had been wanting to visit.  He dropped the rest of us off at Universal Studios where we met up with Karen.

Karen didn’t get to stay with us long because she had things to do and has a hard time wearing the mask.  To say the least she hasn’t been able to work because of this.  It was really nice to get to spend a little time with her.  Her family think so highly of my oldest son, Jared, which makes me very proud.

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A Day in Animal Kingdom

This is the day that we went to Animal Kingdom which we were all looking forward to going to because of the opening of the ride, The Banshee.  If you watched the Avatar movie you will know that these are the animals that they flew on.  We had to do a baby swap for this ride.  David and I went first.  I have to say it was the best ride of all and we rode it twice.

I always say that everything happens for a reason.  Heather thought that she had ruined everything yesterday by her error. I believe she didn’t because the line wasn’t bad and as we found out it is too long on the weekends and this was a Monday.

Kate was being goofy with her hat.  I think she had her nimmie, sea anemone, under her hat.

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The Real Magic

We ate breakfast in the room before we left.  We all wore our hats we had gotten the night before.  Heather got the girls some ears that just clipped into their hair.  I had to get a photo of my girls together.

Heather had everything scheduled because that is what she does and we had to have reservations for everything; including the parks.  We arrived at the Magic Kingdom as the park was opening.  Heather tapped her wristband to get in and we didn’t have reservations for that park.  She had made a mistake and we were supposed to be at Animal Kingdom.  They had openings to get into the park, so we all got in but they canceled our Animal Kingdom and we couldn’t change it to the next day.  Heather got our reservations changed for our dinners, so that was okay.  Heather was so upset and thought she had ruined our whole vacation.  David said she sounded like her Mom.  I guess she is like me in some ways.  Anyway, this is when the real magic came into play.

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The Magic is Back

Heather planned our first day at Epcot.  We took the monorail to the Grand Floridian Resort.  Before you could get on the monorail you had your temperature checked.  Due to covid-19 we got a car to ourselves.  We could roll the stroller straight on without taking the girls out.

Also, you have to make reservations for the parks because they are limiting the people they allow in.  You must wear a mask at all times except when you are seated and eating or drinking.  You can’t walk around with food.  Reservations have to be made for restaurants too.  This is one of the ways Disney is trying to keep everyone safe.

We had reservations for the Grand Floridian Cafe.  The breakfast was so good.  We really enjoyed it.  The magic has started.

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Not the Disney Magic

Heather had never stayed at the The Contemporary Resort and wanted to so we could view the fireworks from our balcony.  Of course, the fireworks had been canceled due to Covid-19.  She paid extra to get this suite but we thought we would still be able to have a good view of the park.

We arrived at The Contemporary Resort at around 4.  Our room was ready, so we walked in to the lobby.  We just didn’t feel the magic.  The people were great but it just seemed like a normal hotel.  There was Mickey ears on the carpet.  We continued to the room hoping for more there.  The suite looked like many other suites I had stayed in all over the world when we had our timeshare.  It was nothing special.  There was Disney art on the walls but that was it.  So it began, no magic, like we expected from all our previous trips to Disney.

Heather, Dan and David when out to the camper trailer to get everything we needed for the hotel.  I stayed in the room with the girls.  We went out on the balcony and watched the choo choo, monorail.  The girls enjoyed that.  We could see the family unloading the camper from our fifth floor balcony.

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Last Leg to Mickey’s House

Kate was very excited about going to Mickey’s house.  Beka would always say Minnie’s house.

We left around 9:30 taking back roads to our next camping spot.

We stopped for lunch at 11:25 at Nelson County Visitor Center in Virginia.

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Our Next Adventure

I know I haven’t posted in a while but I do have a very good excuse.  Our daughter, Heather, and her family took us to Disney World.  I had things to get ready; like making masks.  This is just part of the masks I made.  I made enough masks for each person, six of us, to have a new one each day for over a week.

Then I thought a lanyard would be a great idea for the girls because at 2 1/2 years old I knew it was going to be a challenge to not loose the mask.  I also got some Mickey Mouse beads which I used to make all of us lanyards.

We left on September 3rd.  That morning I finished our last minute packing.  We left our house at 9am to make our way to the kids house.  We had to stop and pick up a couple of things at Walmart that we had forgotten to get. We got to the kids and helped with the twins while Mommy and Daddy finished getting ready to go.

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Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat

Every time we drive through Harrisburg we go over the Susquehanna River.  I always saw the paddle wheeler.  I checked into it and found that they have special events and a 45 minute river ride.  We thought this sounded like fun, so we got tickets for our family.

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David and I rode with Christina and Maria.  Heather and Dan met us there.  I took a few photos while we waited for them to get there.

The other kids were running a little late because Kate had to go to the doctor.  She told Mommy that her ear hurt.  She was not running a temperature or acting like she felt bad but Heather thought she better get her checked out.  It was a good thing too because she did have a ear infection.

David went to meet them when they got there, so they could find us.

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Due to Covid-19 we were required to wear a masks and there were limited people allowed.  I had made our reservations so we were good to go.

They might not look like it but the girls were really excited about riding on the boat. They couldn’t wait to get on the boat.  Of course, Bekka, didn’t think there was enough woggie, water, because she asked for more the whole ride.

We decided to check out the inside.

Then back outside for some photo ops.

Now it was time to head back to the dock.

After our ride I went home with Heather to help her organize her dressing room.  David rode home with Christina and came over to get me later.  We stayed to have dinner at their house.

While we were at the kids house Bekka started pushing her sister, Kate, in their car.  All of a sudden she stopped and ran into the house.  She came out with their twin babies, then handed them to her sister.  Bekka then continued to push her sister.

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On Sunday Heather came over for the day, so I could help with Bekka while she took care of Kate.  Kate started running a fever and was really in pain from her ear.  She had been up all night and Mommy didn’t get any sleep.  Heather always tries to let Dan have Sundays off from taking care of girls.  David and I played with Bekka.  Mommy and Kate got a little nap which helped them.  Before they left though Bekka came running over to our couch and jumped up.

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This is how she ended up.  Mommy asked her if she was comfortable and she said yes.  She stayed like this for a while before she decided to get down.

Stay safe out there and thanks for stopping by!