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Family Vacation to Disney World

a travel blog by lesieur_h


This December my family took a trip to the happiest place in the world, Disney World!
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We've Arrived

Orlando, United States


Hello All!

It's me and I'm here to report that my mom, brother and Lollie have arrived safe and sound in Orlando. We're staying in a spacious condo located in Kissimmee, near the Disney World Resort. We're just settling in now, but we will be updating this blog throughout the week!

Here are some pictures of our condo.



permalink written by  lesieur_h on December 14, 2008 from Orlando, United States
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Day 1- The Magic Kingdom

Orlando, United States


Once we had parked in Pluto 11 and hoped a tram to the Tickets & Information Center, we decided to take the ferry to the Magic Kingdom, because the Magic Kingdom is a good 1.5 miles from the parking lot! So, you either get to the park by monorail or ferry…for this morning we chose ferry. After we arrived in the park we headed toward Tomorrowland!

In Tomorrowland we started off with the Monster’s Inc, Laugh Floor, which was a fun interactive show…they even chose Nick to be the ‘Dancin’ Man’! After that we walked over to Stitch’s Great Escape, then on to Space Mountain! After our pretty quick trip through space, we decided to continue with our space travel exploits and headed over to Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. It was a shooting adventure game and with a whopping 103,000 some-odd points our winner was….MOM! :) Yup! After our toils in Tomorrowland, we thought it was time that we visited Mickey in Mickey’s Toontown Fair.

While in Toontown we were able to explore both Mickey and Minnie’s houses and we got to see a couple of princesses and Mickey!

After our visit with our Disney friends we headed on over to Fantasyland to ride The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Snow White’s Scary Adventure! We also hung out and watched Mickey’s PhilarMagic show, which was fun! (21,29)

After our Fantasyland fun, we headed back out to the car to catch some lunch, before heading back into the park for the Disney Dreams Come True Parade! (56,66,84, 96)


After the parade we hopped aboard the Walt Disney World Railroad and headed toward Frontierland. Once there we grabbed a few FastPasses to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, then went to visit the Haunted Mansion and “It’s a Small World,” while we waited for our FastPass return time. While we were waiting we also had time to catch the Dream Along with Mickey show in from of the castle.

After the show we rode Big Thunder Mountain, which was a fun, fast ride! From there we headed south toward Adventureland and took a ride on the Jungle Cruise. After our cruise arrived safely back to Adventureland we made our way toward Mainstreet U.S.A, and the exit, running into the SpectroMagic parade in the process!
It was a fun filled day that left us all exhausted, but looking forward to our next Disney adventure!




permalink written by  lesieur_h on December 15, 2008 from Orlando, United States
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Day 1 - The Magic Kingdom

Orlando, United States


Yesterday we visited the Magic Kingdom...we'll update more later (I feel asleep last night before I could upload photos and write an entry, it was a long day!), but for now here are a few pictures!



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Day 2 - The Animal Kingdom

Orlando, United States


December 16, 2008

We arrived at the Animal Kingdom, parked in the Unicorn lot, then took a tram up to the main gate. Once in we made our way toward Discovery Island and the Tree of Life (1). After arriving at Discovery Island we decided to try our luck at getting onto the Mount Everest ride, so we made our way over to Asia by cutting through DinoLand U.S.A, stopping to take pictures with Winnie the Pooh and friends along the way.

Since we had arrived so early we were able to get right onto Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain without much wait. (17)Expidition Everest was amazing! Nick and Lollie even rode on it twice! After that exhilarating ride, we needed something a bit calmer, so we went back to DinoLand U.S.A and watched Finding Nemo – The Musical. The show was amazing! When the show ended we decided to stay in DinoLand and went to ride DINOSAUR!


From there we made our way back to Discovery Island, watched It’s Tough to Be a Bug and had a bite to eat before heading over to Africa to hitch a ride on a Kilmanjaro Safari.

After that we went down to Camp Minnie-Mickey to watch the Festival of the Lion King, which was an amazing stage show.

When the show ended, Nick and Lollie decided to head back to the condo, while mom and I stayed at the park to explore a bit more. We first went up to Rafiki’s Planet Watch/Conservation Station and meet Jimminy Cricket and Rafiki.

After hitching a ride on the Wildlife Express Train back to Africa we walked through the Pangani Foreset Exploration Trail. While on the trail we saw monkey’s, meerkats, gazels, and silverback gorillas.


We then headed over to Asia and walked along the Maharagah Trek. Here we were able to see very big bats, weird birds, a type of deer and tigers!

Before we left the park we caught Mickey’s Jingle Jungle parade.


After the parade Mom and I caught a bus to the Magic Kingdom, where we were going to attend the special Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas event!

permalink written by  lesieur_h on December 17, 2008 from Orlando, United States
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Day 3 - Disney's Hollywood Studios & Pirate Dinner Adventure

Orlando, United States


December 17, 2008


We saw Beauty and the Beast


And a few characters

We left the park early today to prepare for a night of adventure with a Pirate dinner show!


more to come...

permalink written by  lesieur_h on December 19, 2008 from Orlando, United States
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Day 4 - Epcot & Downtown Disney

Orlando, United States


December 18, 2008

Today we explore Epcot!

We took a boat tour called Living with the Land that took us on a tour of some experimental greenhouses.


The LEGO monster at Downtown Disney

The World Showcase. Mom poses in Canada, while I pose with a German nutcraker.

More to come...

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Day 5 - Disney's Hollywood Studios

Orlando, United States


December 19, 2008

A costume from Prince Caspian

From the backlot tour...





Lunch at the Drive-In

Indiana Jones...a stunt spectacular


Meet up with Goofy

Lights, Motor, Action!



more to come


permalink written by  lesieur_h on December 19, 2008 from Orlando, United States
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