Above is a picture of the resort we stayed at. We had a 2 bedroom/ 2 bath villa over 1100 sq ft and very nice for a very good price since we went in the off season. Also, we had a tv in each room and in the living room, which was very exciting to the kids that they could watch Disney channel in bed, however, we were so busy, there was minimal tv watching. Although there were four heated pools, the weather was not warm enough to swim since the pools were all outdoors. I will try to take our trip a day at a time and add pictures daily. We took some on our digital camera which is all I have now, the other ones were with disposable and are on disk which I will have to get Aaron to put on the computer and they are the better pictures. We left on Jan. 1st and decided to take two days to get there. Mapquest said it would take 10 hrs and we took their route and it took probably a total of 14 hours at least over the 1st and 2nd. We took a highway that went through lots of towns, so we ended up going through lots of stop lights and traffic.
Aaron and my 10th anniversary was December 27th. We have had a wonderful, blessed 10 years together and look forward to many decades to come. When we got married, we went to DisneyWorld for our honeymoon and have wanted to go back ever since. We decided that we would go back to DisneyWorld to celebrate and as a Christmas present to the girls.
Finally, on the 3rd, we were ready to go to DisneyWorld. Yeah!! We hadn't told the girls where we were going, just that we were going to Florida, which meant nothing to them. Finally, right before we got to the hotel, I told Madelyn to read a sign that said "Disney World" Natalie said "we should go there" and then we told them we were. I think Madelyn was in shock and commented that even though she read the sign, she thought it was too expensive to go there. Which is what I have always told them, and it is expensive. They were very excited. Since it was only supposed to get up to 49 degrees on Wed 1/3 and have a 20 mph wind, we decided to go to Epcot first, since we knew most of the attractions there are indoor. If you have never been, half of Epcot is kind of educational, with slow, continuously moving rides, that you hop on while they are moving and the other half is a circular area that features 10+ countries and you can travel around the large circle and look around. The people who run the rides, shops, restaurants, etc in each country are actually from that particular country. It was so cold those first 2 days. I had to put layers of pants and shirts on the girls and us. BRR!! The wind was awful, but we still had a lot of fun.
I think we were in "China" when we took these pictures with the brass statues. I thought this picture of Natalie was hilarious, when she spontaneously posed like the statue as I took the picture. She is a hoot.
The next picture is of the girls with a troll in "Norway" Notice that 2 of them have on the Viking hats. We saw some lady walking around with one on the last day we were there. I mean really, they are funny to take a picture in but buy one? Where are you going to wear that other than Halloween? We saw lots of stuff like that - Huge 4 fingered Mickey Mouse gloves. Stich hands (from Lilo and Stitch), Jack Sparrow pirate hat complete with dredlocks, etc.
Here are few pictures of the girls in a shark's belly at the Nemo ride.