VIDEO: WDW Trip 03.14

Now that it is almost May, I’ve finally gotten around to putting together some of the video we took while on our trip to WDW this March! It was Lorelai’s first trip {at a whopping three-months-old, just like her big brother, Jack}, our second stay at Bay Lake Tower, and our second trip as DVC Members. It was a lot of fun, but also contained a lot of shuffle, being our first trip with three kids, and without the grandparents for that matter! Luckily, a Magic Kingdom morning cut short and the ride home were our only two rough spots in the trip. We’re looking forward to our trip this September, with Lorelai being more alert and aware of what’s going on.

Without further ado, our March 2014 video. I don’t love it as much as the last montage, but it still contains lots of great Elrods Go Disney memories!

Sick. Just Sick.

Guys. I’m sick. Just sick.

Homesick, that is. We are still waiting on our membership number and packet in the mail. The boys are sleeping and I’m looking at old WDW pictures and listening to music loops from the parks. I’ve already listened to the MK loop, Illuminations, Muppet*Vision 3D queue, and now I’m riding Splash Mountain…well pretending to, anyway.

Since misery loves company, here’s some lots of pictures from previous trips to make you cry and wish you were there. Enjoy!

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Yeah…me too.

With love, Malorie

Here’s What We Think: Our WDW Favorites

This is a post for all of the people that ask us, “It’s our first time going to to WDW! What’s your favorite restaurant?” or “Where’s your favorite place to stay?” At which point Tim and I look at each other and shrug. That is such a hard question for us because we tend to want to answer according to your needs; like those annoying teachers that would answer your questions by asking you another question.

“Well…..what price point are you looking at? Are you asking us what our favorite value resort is or our favorite deluxe resort? What kind of food are you looking for? Are you asking us what our favorite sit down restaurant is, or do you want only quick meals?”

In essence, we try to answer people’s Disney questions by probing to find out what is going to be perfect for them for their trip, and we end up not answering the original question that they asked at all! What is our favorite? So here it is. Everything posted here is our own official Elrod opinion. These are our favorites when it comes to resorts and restaurants. Take it or leave it.

Our Favorite Resort

The Wilderness Lodge.

Our favorite Restaurant

This is where it gets tricky. This is where it get choppy. Let’s break it down.

By Location

Magic Kingdom: Table service – Liberty Tree Tavern  Quick service – Casey’s Corner  Snack – Main Street Bakery

EPCOT: Table service – Via Napoli  Quick service – Cantina de San Angel  Countries to get a snack – Germany and Japan

Hollywood Studios: Table service – Mama Melrose  Quick Service – ABC Commissary  Snack – The Writer’s Shop

Animal Kingdom: We mainly just eat snacks – Harambe Fruit Market

Downtown Disney/Marketplace: Table service – T-Rex  Quick service – Earl of Sandwich  Snack – Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop

Breaking it down a bit further for resorts

Breakfast

Table service: – Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Kona at the Polynesian, & The Wave at the Contemporary

Quick service: Roaring Fork at the Wilderness Lodge

Lunch/Dinner

Table service: Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary

Quick service: Roaring Fork at the Wilderness Lodge, the Mara at Animal Kingdom Lodge, & surprisingly the All-Stars for their variety and nacho bars

And there you have it! Easy as that. We still have many places we’d like to try that we never have before, so these may change. We’ll keep ya on the up ‘n up if they do.

With love, Malorie

Trip Report 2012: Day 6

“Good morning, Disney Wooooooooorld!” I might have actually woke up less grouchy that morning. Waking up six days in a row in WDW does something to your soul. Jack and Tim were getting used to their morning “walks” down to Roaring Fork every morning, too. Whenever one of us would try to bring up the fact that the next day was our last full day, the other would “Shhh!” the said Debbie Downer immediately. “I’m trying not to think about it!”

{Taken from Tim’s phone coming back to the room after the NMR bottle warming. Love this resort. So peaceful and calming.}

We had it on the original agenda to spend this morning bumming around the resort and enjoying a little more pool time, but last minute Tim decided that {since it was literally dirt cheap to add} it would be better to add one more day of park tickets to our package and go into Magic Kingdom again.

So we did. We got up, packed up the stroller, and took a cruise across the Seven Seas Lagoon to MK. Once again, we made it in time to watch the opening ceremonies…after I spilled my whole mug of coffee in the bag check line. Ugh. The security guard was so nice, though, and helped me clean up the mess and gave me a towel to dry our belongings, as well. 

We didn’t get too crazy or go too fast. We took our time. We hit up some of Jack’s favorite rides and added in a few new ones {Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, the People Mover — ahem! the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, excuse me!, the train, etc}.We even had time to watch Dream Along with Mickey again, which Jack was thrilled about. This time, though, instead of breaking out our pre-packed snacks, we got a turkey leg! Whoooo!Y’all. We’ve been trying to get a turkey leg for how many years now? Well, we finally broke down and bought one. We usually end up not getting one because we are on the dining plan and the turkey leg doesn’t fall under that unless you use a whole quick-service credit. {When using a quick-service credit to get a turkey leg, you will also get a drink, chips, and a cookie.} It was totally worth it. Totally yummy! And I am the type of girl that is totally picky with her meat. {Like, can I totally say totally again?} I don’t do veins, fat, gristle, skin…so you can see why it would be a big deal for me to say that it was yummy. The only negative thing we had to say about it was that it was piping hot! Which is good, unless you are sitting in direct sunlight watching a show for the second time. It was hot, we were hot, Jack and Cole were happily watching Mickey sing and dance…we were trapped in a hot, sweaty, turkey-flavored mess. At least it tasted good.

After browsing the gift shop and catching the tail-end of the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! parade, we headed out for naps.

Incase you were wondering, my folks had decided to spend that morning in Animal Kingdom. They said they had a blast. My dad {being the only thrill-seeker out of their small party} got to walk on Expedition Everest five times in a row using the single rider line!

The boys took a really long nap that day. Tim and I enjoyed our time together out on the balcony. We did a lot of Disney dreamin’ over cups of coffee, and even played Buzz Lightyear Operation, a game Tim had borrowed from the Cub’s Den.

{How’d ya like those terrible pictures Tim took? I have no shame. Oh, and Tim beat me.}

After the kiddos woke up we got dressed for dinner in Downtown Disney. We had a reservation at T-Rex. We had never eaten there before, so I was half-excited/half-nervous about the boys reactions to the restaurant. Before we headed out, we stopped for their “growth chart” pictures by the gift shop totem pole. 

I just love that we do this! Look how much Jack had grown since last year!So fun.

Finally, we made the trek over to Downtown Disney’s Marketplace and bummed around there a bit before meeting up with my parents outside of T-Rex. For those of you that don’t know, T-Rex is a dinosaur version of the Rainforest Cafe. There are five different “dining rooms” {they are all connected and you can kind of lose where one ends and the next begins}, and every fifteen to twenty minutes a meteor shower takes place. During the meteor shower, the life-sized dinos come to life by moving, growling, and roaring, lights flash and dim, and the ice-aged room changes colors. Jack seemed okay with the dinosaurs, but he was not a fan of the meteor showers. Every time one would start, we would coach him through it saying, “Ooo! Isn’t this cool? Don’t worry, it’s almost over.” When it was over we would cheer. 

I enjoyed the food, however it is very similar to your average Hard Rock/Planet Hollywood kind of menu. But when traveling with a larger group, this is nice because there is usually something for everybody on the menu. Our waitress was great! She explained the menu and how our dining plan worked in their restaurant thoroughly, and was very attentive to our needs; even when it came to heating a bottle for Cole.

My mom and Tim shared the sampler appetizer {which did count as an entree on the dining plan} and the nachos. My dad got a steak, Hannah ordered a hamburger, and I got a chicken salad sandwich. 

It was a good thing our waitress was so explanatory, because dessert worked a little strange there, too. There were a couple of desserts that counted for one person’s dessert credit on their meal plan, and then a few that counted for two to four people’s credits. For example, the Meteor Bites would have to be shared by two people, and the Chocolate Extinction by four. It felt a little bit like playing Tetris, trying to figure out what everyone wanted, along with making sure it fit within the meal credits. My dad ended up being the one a bit unsatisfied. He wanted the Chocolate Extinction, but Tim and I had already decided to share the Meteor Bites, my mom wanted the Cosmic Key Lime Pie, and my sis wanted plain ol’ ice cream, so he had no one to share it with. I think he may have ended up settling on the Ice Aged Indulgence, but the hit of the table was definitely the Meteor Bites.Ohmigoodness, these were sooo good! Imagine warm, soft, fresh vanilla and chocolate Munchkin doughnuts, rolled in powdered sugar with a caramel and chocolate dipping sauce on the side. Oh my watering mouth; I could eat some right now! There were so many of them that the whole table shared. Tim and I decided that we would definitely go back just for those in the future.

After dinner we shopped and strolled for a bit before heading back to the Wilderness Lodge for baths and bed. [Sigh] The next day would be our last full day in WDW {I know! Don’t think about it!}, and we wanted to be sure it was the best day yet!

With love, Malorie

WDW Backstage Magic Tour – Guest post from Tim!

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to be able to take the Backstage Magic Tour at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fl. I work in production at our church, and we took a trip to learn from the best, Disney! The majority of our trip was spent in Gainesville, Fl, but on Monday, we headed out to Disney. We left our hotel at 6:00am and arrived to EPCOT Center at 8:15am. As soon as we got there, I got that feeling. You know, the one where you are home? My wife and I often talk about retiring in Orlando and getting jobs working at Disney World. Her dream job? Be a face character. Mine? Drumming for the jazz band inside of the Grand Floridian. You can always dream, right?


When we walked up to guest relations one of our tour guides, Monica, immediately spotted our group of eight and said, “You must be the last of our group!” Now honestly, I had no idea what to expect. We didn’t know if we would be the only group on the tour, or if there would be other groups. In fact, there was about twenty two other people on our tour, mostly made up of older couples on vacation. This was a bit odd to me. I assumed that there would be other business type groups there to learn from the Disney Institute like we were there to do, but most of these people were there on vacation just wanting a little more magic.
As soon as they checked our government issued ID’s and passed out our Backstage Magic badges, we were off to load up on the Mears bus. They handed us radio packs and ear pieces so we could hear our guide well all throughout the tour without having to be in a tight circle around one person yelling out facts while people whisper to their neighbor, “What did she say?”  They also passed out safety goggles that we would be required to wear in some of the places we would visit. Then, we drove out of EPCOT Center and around to the back entrance, backstage behind the World Showcase. It was interesting to see the countries from their backsides. When you are in the park, you imagine the buildings looking the same all the way around, but it’s not so. Once the buildings are out of eyesight of in-park visitors, they all just look like regular warehouse buildings. Nothing fancy.


We entered on the side where Mexico starts, and drove all the way around to America. Once we unloaded off of the bus, we entered the backstage area of American Adventure. The amount of audio/video and technical gear that was backstage in order to run the show was astounding. All of the animatronics are attached to a huge chassis that moves throughout the auditorium during the show to make it happen. This chassis that it moved on was about the size of two tractor-trailer beds, and was completely silent when it moved. It was amazing! We also got to see one of the faces of Thomas Jefferson and the real hair wigs that they use on the animatronics. This attraction and the Hall of Presidents in Magic Kingdom are the only two in all of WDW that use real hair on their animatronics. It crazy how real they look, and I have to admit it was borderline creepy seeing a very life-like head of a deceased president looking back at me.
We then moved outside to the front of the American pavilion and talked about the forced perspective they had to use in order to make the building not look as big as it actually is. The building is five stories tall to hold all of the show features, but from the front it looks as though it is only three stories. At this point, we were instructed that we were only allowed to take pictures on this trip when we could see “babies in strollers”, or in other owrds, only when we were out in the park when it was operational. The World Showcase doesn’t open until 11:00am, so there were work trucks out pressure washing and people getting it show ready. It was pretty weird seeing it with no guests.


After EPCOT, we loaded up the bus and headed to Hollywood studios. Once there, we arrived at the shops where they make all of the costumes for WDW. The amount of detail that goes into developing costumes for cast members and characters is out of this world. We even got to see a costume being made that had been commissioned by a third party. Someone had asked Disney to make a full, fur costume for a party they are having. I can’t even imagine how much that would cost! There is a part of the Studio Backlot Tour attraction in Hollywood Studios that passes by the costume shops where riders can see seamstresses working on costumes. While we were there, each time a tram rode by with park guests, cast members would cover up that costume that was being made for the third party. Super secret, and sort of strange all at the same time. We also got to see the new technology they are using to take cast member’s measurements for costumes. They are now using a computer that takes the measurements via lasers instead of using a typical tape measure.
After walking through there, we loaded up and drove around behind the Tower of Terror. We got to walk under the tower, and stand next to one of the ride cars. Then they told us the story of how Disney developed the ride, and how it has been through different phases of drops. It started out having only one drop. Then, it moved to phase two with two to three drops. They are now in phase four which allows a computer to randomly pick the drops, so technically, no two rides are ever the same. Also, a fun little fact. The small Tower of Terror model that is out on Disney property to advertise the ride has the number four on the tower, which changes to coincide with which phase of the ride they are currently in. Interesting!


The next place we visited was the Disney garden and nursery, where Disney grows everything from trees to plants to flowers. It was a pretty cool place, but nothing jaw dropping. They did, however, have a bunch of old topiaries that were dying off. We saw an old Pirates of the Caribbean Mickey Mouse, which got nicknamed Zombie Mickey by our group.


After this stop, we were off to lunch! If you know me, you know that meal times are a big favorite of mine, but it was especially awesome that day! We were scheduled to eat at the Whispering Canyon Café at the Wilderness Lodge. Although I have been to the Wilderness Lodge many times before, I have never actually stayed there. But we are booked there this coming September, so I was excited to get another look at it before our trip. Lunch was awesome! Since I had eaten there once before, I knew all of the little fun tricks about it. When it came time to order our drinks, I told our waitress I was soooooooo thirsty and wanted the biggest Coke Zero they had. She then proceeded to bring me a mason jar the size of my right leg. It was huge, and our group had some fun laughs about it. We were served the Canyon Skillet, which is served all-you-care-to-eat style and comes with smoked pork ribs, oven-roasted chicken, and pork sausage served with cowboy beans, corn on the cob, creamy coleslaw, mashed potatoes, and fresh-baked cornbread. Needless to say, we were all ready for a nap afterwards.


From the Wilderness Lodge we trekked over to The Animal Kingdom. We proceeded backstage to the big warehouse where they store all of the cars and puppets for Mickey’s Jamming Jungle Parade. It was pretty amazing. Did you know, the huge hand puppets that the cast members pull in this parade were made by the same person who made the puppets for the opening ceremonies for the 2008 Olympics? I didn’t either! Also, this parade is unlike the parades in the other parks when it comes to sound. In the other parks, speakers are located throughout the parade route. In The Animal Kingdom, they weren’t able to do that because of the nature and animals, so there are speakers hidden on each float covered in wire mesh that are triggered by sensors along the parade route as they go by. Pretty neat!
Next we proceeded to Central Shops, which is located right behind the Magic Kingdom. This building is where they refurbish all of the ride cars in WDW, paint buses, make name tags, test out prototypes…it was INCREDIBLE. We absolutely were not allowed to take any pictures in there. We saw the whole set of new Dumbo ride cars painted and ready to be installed on the second spinner, a complete car set for the new Goofini roller coaster still in plastic wrapping, a HUGE Ariel sculpture ready to be installed at the new Art of Animation hotel, and a statue of Beauty and the Beast dancing that was taller than me being painted for the new Fantasyland expansion.
Our final stop on our journey was, yes, The Magic Kingdom. As soon as we arrived we walked through the backstage area, through some secret doors, and right onto Main Street U.S.A as the 3:00pm parade was starting. They let us just be “guests” and observe the parade. It was so neat. After spending all morning seeing all of the work and detail that goes into all of the costumes and floats, learning how the floats work, learning about forced perspective and noticing it on the buildings of Main Street; it all just kind of culminated and was amazing. After watching the parade, we headed through another set of secret doors, down some steps, and suddenly, we were below Main Street. Some people call them tunnels, but to cast members they are known as the utilidors. In Florida you can’t dig too far underground because of the water table,spo they are actually on ground level and are the first “floor” of the Magic Kingdom. To alleviate many of the problems experienced in Disneyland, Walt decided that they would build “underground tunnels” that the staff could move around the park in, so guests would never see cast members “going to work”. It drove Walt nuts see a cast member in a Frontierland costume walking through Tomorrowland. It is pretty amazing under there. It’s like a small city.


After exiting the utilidors, we handed over our gear and goggles, and loaded up the buses to head back to EPCOT where we started our tour. Our group decided that even though we got to see some of the magic during the parade, we really wanted to go into a park to better observe the results of all of the work Disney does behind the scenes. We decided to purchase tickets to Magic Kingdom since it was having extra magic hours that night and would be open until 11:00pm. We rode rides, saw shows, and watched Wishes. It was a pretty amazing day. There were so many facts and knowledge to absorb, I have to admit that at the end of the day I felt a little mentally drained. Disney does everything with excellence in mind, which is a good model to follow in anything you do. If you ever get the chance, I would highly recommend taking the tour. It definitely exceeded my expectations. Now my wife wants to do it, so I’m sure I’ll be taking it again one day.

Below are some pictures from our time at the Magic Kingdom that night.
Thanks for reading along!

Photo Report Teaser: Backstage Magic

Well, Tim has had a wonderful day!! I’ve had…a day…and all throughout, Tim has been letting me live semi-vicariously through him by sending me pictures through text message. At 8:00 a.m. this morning he started his Backstage Magic tour. Unfortunately, he wasn’t allowed to actually take pictures in backstage areas, but he has agreed to tell us all about it when he gets back! For now, here’s a little photo report teaser of his day. Look for better pictures taken with a real camera soon!

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So how did your Monday measure up?

Yeah…mine too.

With love, Malorie

Check List Review

Not long before our trip to Disney I made a list of the things we had never done at Walt Disney World and wanted to do this time around. Well…not everything on our check list got checked off. [Insert sad face here.]

Here’s a review:

1. Eat at Chef Mickey’s for the first time ever. Lucky for us, we have reservations for the day we arrive! – CHECK!

2. Get Jack’s hair cut at the Harmony Barber Shop in Magic Kingdom. – CHECK!

3. Eat a turkey leg. – UN-check. 😦 This year we decided that having the meal plan is not good for us in the trying-new-things department. We didn’t get the turkey leg because you couldn’t get it with a meal plan credit, and well…we had snacks to use up, so we used those instead. Next year!!

4. Explore Tom Sawyer’s Island. – CHECK!


5. Get a coffee from the Kona Island Cafe Coffee Bar. – CHECK!

6. Eat a Mickey-shaped pretzel. They’re new! – UN-check. 😦 They only sell them in select spots, and our appetites were not ready when we were in Frontierland. Later it was just too late…

7. See It’s Tough to Be a Bug in the Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom. No, I’ve never done this! Can you believe it? – UN-check. 😦 Just didn’t work out for us. Jack was ready to leave; we didn’t want to have to wait for each of us to watch it separately; we just skipped it. Again.

8. Eat the Freshly Made Potato Chips at Magic Kingdom. – UN-check. 😦 They are sold at the Friar’s Nook, which is only opened seasonally. It just so happens that September is NOT the season it is open. Grrr.

9. Get Jack’s next growth chart picture in front of the totem pole at the front of the Wilderness Lodge’s gift shop. – CHECK!


10. Try to talk my husband into letting us get tickets to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Hehe. I have done it, but he and Jack never have! – UN-check. 😦 We figured Jack was a little too young to really enjoy it. In a few years we will consider it again.

So we didn’t get to do everything on our check list. But it’s okay. There’s always next time!

And goodness knows that there will always be a “next time” for the Elrods.

Fun Facts ‘n Trivia: AVATAR at Animal Kingdom

Today’s fun fact is purely to keep you updated and in the loop on recent news in the World of Walt Disney. This bit of information has been all the talk and rage on many Disney blogs and sites, so you may have already heard about it. But in case you are not an avid Disney reader, like my wonderful hubby, who keeps me informed, I thought I would pass along the news for Fun Fact Friday.

Three days ago, Bob Iger announced a long-term creative partnership with James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the fantastic world of AVATAR to Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom! They plan to start in 2013 on the construction of a new land in the already expansive theme park. They have yet to release many details on what the land will entail in attractions or precise location within the park, but promise that it will immerse visitors in the real and mythical worlds of animals and nature.

If you are anything like Tim and I, you are probably questioning why they would bring such a world to Animal Kingdom. Tim and I thought that Disney’s Hollywood Studios would be a much better fit for such a land when we heard about it’s conception. It was an amazing film, unlike many of it’s kind, in the world of cinematography and CGI technology. However, Disney explains their location choice by pointing out that Animal Kingdom accentuates and highlights adventure, living in harmony with nature, and environmental stewardship, which are themes that are deeply rooted in the story of AVATAR. Tim and I also guessed that it was a decent fit in the fact that in Animal Kingdom, you can trace along history and into the future in the lives of nature and wildlife; with Dinoland U.S.A. starting the timeline, leading up to a mythical look into the “future” with AVATAR.

So what are your thoughts on the new land? Is it something that interests you? Either way, with the expansion of Magic Kingdom in progress, and this new expansion in the works for 2013, Disney is proving themselves to truly be a company that is constantly dreaming and growing.

Trip Report: Halfway Highlights

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Elrods Go Disney reporting from Walt Disney World on this wonderfully hot and sunny day in Orlando, Florida! We are currently on day five (wow, this week is flying by!) of our vacation. We have been having a blast, but at a much different pace than we are used to, since Jack is right at 15 months. I thought for today I would just give a little trip report update to let you know a little bit about what we’ve done! Maybe you have been keeping up with us on our Elrods Go Disney Facebook fan page and already know. 😉

Friday we arrived around noon. Check in went smoothly and we got our room within fifteen minutes of arriving! It’s a second floor, pool-side room in the left Calypso building at All-Star Music. It has a king bed and larger bathroom than we’ve had before.

So far we’ve had dinner with Mickey Mouse at Chef Mickey’s, gotten Jack’s first haircut at the Harmony Barber Shop in Magic Kingdom, rode Toy Story Mania (twice!) and ate at Mama Melrose in Hollywood Studios, and gotten great views of amazing wild life at Animal Kingdom! Oh yeah, and we still have three more full days here! I have already been brewing on so many posts I want to make about this trip when we get back; I can’t wait to share it with you all!

For now, though, I’ll leave you with some trip highlights from each of us.

Tim’s trip highlight: Breakfast at Boma at the Animal Kingdom Lodge this morning. The food was fantastic, but the service was even better! Our server’s name was Albert. He was from Jamaica and was so friendly and helpful, and he went over the top to give us a wonderful Disney breakfast experience…including a free breakfast Anniversary dessert for Tim and I.

Malorie’s trip highlight: Seeing my boy get his first haircut on Main Street U.S.A. I WILL be designating a whole post to this, so get ready. Priceless.

Jack’s trip highlight: Meeting the characters. Hands down. He loves them all and lights up when he see’s them. We love seeing the look on his face. As a parent, it’s like being on Cloud 9 to see your kid so happy.

I hope you are having a great week, as well!! See you tomorrow for another [Almost] Wordless Wednesday.

Fun Facts ‘n Trivia: The Vacation Giddies

Fun fact for the day: I’ve got the WDW vacation giddies! Remember that paper chain I made for vacation?

Well, it’s getting awful short!

Tim and I were talking a few days ago about how excited we are to be getting away to The Most Magical Place on Earth soon, and we started listing off things that we are determined to do while in Disney this year. Many of them we have never done, despite having been so many times! Wanna hear ’em?

Well, okay…if you insist!

1. Eat at Chef Mickey’s for the first time ever. Lucky for us, we have reservations for the day we arrive!

2. Get Jack’s hair cut at the Harmony Barber Shop in Magic Kingdom.

3. Eat a turkey leg.

4. Explore Tom Sawyer’s Island.

5. Get a coffee from the Kona Island Cafe Coffee Bar.

6. Eat a Mickey-shaped pretzel. They’re new!

7. See It’s Tough to Be a Bug in the Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom. No, I’ve never done this! Can you believe it?

8. Eat the Freshly Made Potato Chips at Magic Kingdom.

9. Get Jack’s next growth chart picture in front of the totem pole at the front of the Wilderness Lodge’s gift shop.

  Don’t mind me or the random man in this picture, but this is him at 6 months. We’ll do better next time of getting a good shot. 🙂

10. Try to talk my husband into letting us get tickets to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Hehe. I have done it, but he and Jack never have!

So is there anything on our list that you have never done? Or maybe something that you have done and want to offer up any “first timers” advice or critiques about?

I hope you are having a very fun Friday! T.T.F.N!