This was our first day in the park. As you can you see, the weather wasn’t great in the morning. It had even rained the night before. But by the afternoon it started to get hot and the water rides were a welcome sight.
We weren’t sure what the lines or crowds would be like, so we ran, yes ran, to Star Tours. After getting on the ride within 15 minutes, we figured we could slow our Disney roll. We got into the park by 8am and by 10am, we’d done Star Tours, Buzz Lightyear, Space Mountain, and the Matterhorn.
Since the release of The Force Awakens, Disney has gone Star Wars crazy. (And rightfully so.) Space Mountain has been changed to Hyper Space Mountain and now has a Star Wars theme. The boys loved it.
Cruella Deville was by far my favorite Disney character. She was a hoot. So much sass. She was so into character; making fun of little kids and being annoyed at having her photo taken. I just loved her. And wish I could be her for the day.
For lunch we headed out of the park to Naples Ristorante E Pizzera. We shared a Family Pizza and had lots of leftovers; the pizzas were huge. I didn’t get any pics of our meals, because we were always starving by the time we were eating.
Then it was back to the park!
This is one of my favorite photos from the trip, on the Safari Jungle Tour.
By the afternoon it was warm enough to get in line for Splash Mountain. Aidon wasn’t too sure about this ride, but after a lot of peer pressure from his brothers, he decided to brave it. He was fine at first; there are a lot of fun characters inside the mountain to distract you from the huge drop at the end. But as we started going up the steep incline and he understood what was about to happen, he started to panic.
He was sitting behind me and I just felt a little tap on my shoulder. When I turned to look at him, he was bawling and frantically trying to get out of the log. (Sidenote: why aren’t there seat belts in Splash Mountain?!) I felt so helpless and there was literally nothing I could do. I yelled back at Trenton to hang onto him and the next thing we knew, we’d gone over and hit the water. And he was all laughs at the bottom. He even went on it again. 🙂
Disney has this (new to us) service called PhotoPass where photogs roam the park and take professional photos of you and and your family. Then you can log into the website and find all your photos and choose what you want to buy. You can also buy/download all the ride photos too.
This is the only photo that we bought, because, well. Aidon’s face says it all.
I’ve looked at this photo over 500 times and it STILL cracks me up.
He looks like he’s about to do some serious damage in this teacup.
Around 9:00pm, tired and exhausted, we told the boys we did enough Disney for 1 day and it was time to head back to the hotel for dinner and maybe a late night swim. Jackson was so happy, he danced a little jig. Haha, he’s such a character himself.
Day 1 was a success and we got to do every ride we wanted to. The lines weren’t bad and we didn’t end up using any Fast Passes, just because there was no need for it. My only complaint were my feet. By the end of the night, I wanted to saw off my feet at the ankles, but as Huz pointed out, I would no longer be able to wear flip flops if I didn’t have toes.
I hate it when he’s right.