Friday, February 21, 2014


This trip we decided to only visit two of the major parks.  Of course Magic Kingdom was a no-brainer....and the kids chose Epcot for Friday. I love Epcot. Test Track and Soarin' are two of my favorite Disney rides and the park is wide open, not usually very crowded, and has something for everyone.  We were able to fast pass four rides instead of three (thanks to the hour+ I spent with the hotel concierge the previous night)....Turtle Talk, Nemo, Soarin', and Test Track.  Fast Pass is awesome for those who utilize it but it makes for a very long line for those that don't!  I was happy to be on the fast pass side of Test Track...the wait was almost two hours. No thanks!

Ready for another great day!
Sometimes the lines to meet the characters are really long, but we lucked out and usually had less than a 5 min wait (except for that stupid Duffy)
Ben and Carter were totally in to meeting the characters

Brady Hulk Hogan

Cate LOVES meeting and interacting with the characters!  She didn't stop dancing all day :)

Fran loves Chip n Dale
and apparently they love her too!

 After seeing the Disney movie FROZEN, Cate could not wait to see Anna and Elsa.  Unfortunately, the line was over 3 hours long (no joke!) and she was satisfied with just peeking at them through an open door in the gift shop.

She made a Duffy craft in Norway
Our last two trips, Bennett was kind of a pain in the butt.  However, this trip, he was the most fun!  I love when Happy Ben shows up.  Unfortunately, he passed the pain in the butt torch to Brady.

During one potty break, Cate joined a group of kids to run wild on the lawn (I have no idea how because my legs were KILLING ME)

and then this happened...

uh oh.  Game over.

 So, Duffy the Bear is Disney's newest character.  I don't know if he's on Disney Junior cartoons or what, but Cate could not wait to meet him.  He would be our last stop on the way out of the park.  As soon as we walked up, the bouncer? hung the rope to block us off so Duffy could take a break before his next round of pictures.  This completely pissed Scott off and he got into a tiff with said bouncer.  I actually had to tell him to sit down and zip it and he actually told me he was going to punch the guy in the face.  Oh my.

Watching Duffy head to the potty

 So, while we waited for the stupid bear to come back from break, Scott took Cate into the gift shop and came back out with a FIFTY dollar teddy bear.  I blame it on exhaustion because I know better than to allow Scott to walk into any store with Cate by himself. 
 Finally, Duffy made his way back to this photo op and Cate was even more excited to see him and show him her bear.  Scott remained behind the fence...continuing to make faces at the bouncer

We had a GREAT day and made our way back to the hotel in time to play in the arcade and shop in the gift shop.  Actually, I made my way back to our room and went to bed...I was exhausted! Next up...a weekend of soccer!

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