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Friday, July 17, 2009

Dreams Do Come True

Disney's motto about Dreams Coming True is pretty accurate...(as the adult I could complain about how darn expensive everything is - $31 for a double stroller?! Seriously!?) But I'll concentrate on the magical time my kids had instead...because that's what it's all about, right?

I do have to say I'm so thankful for the "Guest Assistance special needs pass" we were able to get and use for Kayla...otherwise there is no way we would have survived waiting in those long lines with Kayla's attention span.

It was great that Lucas was able to ride all the kiddie rides too; otherwise I think he would have been pretty bored. We went on Dumbo, the Cinderella's Carousel, Peter Pan, Snow White, and Winnie the Pooh (I think I'm forgetting something though).

Getting ready to lift off on the Dumbo ride:

I made lunch reservations at The Crystal Palace where Kayla had a birthday lunch celebration fit for a 6-yr old...with Celiac Disease!

The Chef came out and took me around the buffet to show me which items were gluten-free, he brought 2 gluten-free rolls out to the table, and a gluten-free brownie "cake" which Kayla devoured.

But best of all were all the characters we were able to meet.


Lucas didn't want to get close to any of them:

He thought it was funny when Eeyore played peek-a-boo with him,

but he did not want to touch him at all:



Kayla liked meeting all the characters:

I wish I had caught this moment on video...I'm still laughing thinking about it. Lucas had no idea what was coming, but Tigger snuck up behind him, put his arm around his right side, and when Lucas turned to his left and saw Tigger's huge face thisclose to him...well...it totally freaked him out.

I managed to catch this look on his face:


Lucas fell asleep while we were waiting for "It's A Small World" ride...he slept through that and the Peter Pan ride.

Kayla was so excited to meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse:


But the best was yet to come...



Tinkerbell and the Fairies:






Meeting the Princesses...Kayla was in awe...





What a full day we had. We didn't stay for the fireworks (but they saw the Celebration Parade) and we did see the Space Shuttle launch on Kayla's birthday. Ok, we didn't actually see the launch, we saw it in the sky with the plume of smoke, and even though it looked like an airplane from where we were...we knew what it was so that was a neat way to end our day.

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52 comments:

jenhiatt said...

What a magical day for her! Some of those pictures brought tears to my eyes! I am so happy for her!!!!

grandma said...

Oh my what a wonderfully magic filled day Kayla had! Seeing the expressions on her face brought tears to my eyes. We love her so much and it does our heart good to see her so happy.

Poor little Lucas maybe next time you go he'll not be so afraid.

A Captured Reflection said...

Yay, what a dream for the children! Can you believe our girls are 6 year olds now? So fast it goes. Not long until our birthdays too eh?

Lovely photos and Lucas's hair cut is great!

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

What great pictures!!!! Looks like Kayla had a wonderful time!!!!! And Lucas too... except for the characters! I have to admit though, the one with Tigger made me laugh! LOL Glad you all had a good day! :)

Anonymous said...

awe! i really wish i could have been there! it looked like so much fun for kayla .... and lucas.
see you soon.

<3 Aunt Kelly

jerricapuck said...

i'm glad that the kids had such a wonderful time, other than the scary characters for lucas!
and i can't believe it was really $31 for a double-stroller - that's a little ridiculous.. sheesh!

datri said...

Glad you had a wonderful time! We loved Disney. We did rent a special needs stroller off-site from a medical supply company. It was about $100 for the entire week and we could use it at the resort, too.

Sunny said...

Happy Birthday Kayla! What a perfect way to celebrate turning six.

Tina said...

What an absolutely fabulous birthday for your girl! Those pictures brought tears to my eyes - Kayla just looked so thrilled to be there. I LOVE it!!

Will had his 3rd birthday at Disneyland Paris and one of the characters snuck up on Jake (he was 18 months old at the time) and he looked JUST like Lucas....lol

What a great day you must have had :)

Nancy M. said...

What a great celebration for Kayla! Disney is expensive, but worth it! Last time we went, we rented a stroller from an outside company that was much cheaper. My son didn't like the characters that much either, but I'm glad Kayla had a great time!

Bonita said...

Judging by Kayla's smiles she had a grand ole time! I'm glad she had such an exciting birthday celebrations. How exciting, at least for you, to see the space shuttle too.

datri said...

Oh, aren't they just AWESOME with the food allergies at Disney! No need to worry about that stuff there!

Omaha Mama said...

Wow! You got a ton of great pictures, it looks like a wonderful day. How terrific!

Chrystal said...

She looks soooo HAPPY and that just makes me smile too.

ABandCsMom said...

How magical! You sure did make and awful happy little girl, by taking her to the Magic Kingdom.

I can just imagine the sound coming out of Lucas when Tigger came up behind him. That picture is a riot. Although, I'm sorry Lucas was so frightened.

Tanya said...

It looks like everyone had a wonderful time! I wish I would have known, I would have taken the day off and brought the boys. :)

Amy said...

I love the special needs access pass. It makes a HUGE difference. What cute photos!

Maureen said...

oh man! You so convinced me to try to plan a disney vaca in 2011. I am so happy you guys had such a wonderful time. Thank you for sharing!

chelle said...

So magical! You are awesome to head there on your own!!!

Beverly said...

wow, what a great time you guys had. so happy for you all!

rebecca said...

:) Wonderful photos Michelle!

Bailey's Leaf said...

Looks like a great day! You have patience of a saint. Disney? I don't know that I can do it, but I will.

Happy Birthday, Kayla!

Corey~living and loving said...

oh my...yes....what a dream come true for her. WOW!

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

How great that Kayla got to have such a magical birthday! I know it would have been absolutely perfect if Joe could have been there, but this had to have been the closest to perfection you ever could have gotten without him there. And Lucas is just too funny. :)

Kari

Lianna said...

Oh this is wonderful! Happy Sixth Birthday Miss Kayla! Six?! Where is the time going?

I love all of the pics, but I especially love the ones with Kayla's joyful expressions when with the princesses and fairies! Could she be any happier?

♥♥♥

Anonymous said...

I'm soooo glad you all had a good time. well except for lucas meeting tigger :) lol can't wait to hear about the whole trip.

Love you
Joe

rustinlane.blogspot.com said...

Awesome pics! Looks like so much fun! Lucas is getting so big. I'm glad dreams do come true!

Laura said...

Yay!! So glad you all had a nice time. Great memories!! :)

Monica Crumley said...

What awesome photos! The princess photos are so sweet. Love the gluten free brownie/cake. That's great that they were so accommodating.

Melissa said...

What an incredibly MAGICAL experience for her! I'm so happy that she got to have that!!!
YAY, GOOD FOR YOU!!!

At My Own Pace said...

She looks like she was having the best day ever!!! :)

Trace

Michelle said...

Looks like the best birthday - I love the pictures, Kayla looks SO HAPPY!

mommaof4wife2r said...

oh, what a great time! and kayla's face just says it all! love that you all did that!!!

much more than a mom said...

That is SO incredibly awesome!

Beth said...

Kayla is getting so big! Look at those long legs on her! I am so happy she had a great time at DW. I want to take our daughter one more time before she leaves for college next year. We went when she was 7 and she'll be 17 next summer.

katydidnot said...

you make disneyland actually look fun!

except tigger. your boy looks very unhappy about the 6 foot tiger. who can blame him?

Dawn Hudson said...

Alright...so, I am a bad bloger friend. All the pamphlets got packed up and I can't even access your address you sent me. Could you please send it to me again at this address. thehudsons24@gmail.com

We are flying out of Charleston and head down their on Friday. We have to drop the car off at the port where its going to be stored for the next 3 years and then I was going to try and swing by the housing office and pick up some more pamphlets. Is there anything you would like me to ask them, pick up from them? Will you be buying a house there or living on base? Would you like me to see if they have any floor plans I can pick up for you. I will then head to the post office and mail them off to you. Sorry about letting the others get packed.

Dawn Hudson said...

Oh and we love Disney!! I am so glad you were able to witness the magic with the kids!

Anonymous said...

what a magical day you all had! I can tell from the pictures how excited kayla was!The pictures are all so adorable.the tiger one did make me laugh too. Kids are afraid of things like that. Mine were. they do of course grow out of that stage.
I'm glad you all had such a wonderful time! it's a birthday kayla will always remember!
love ya,
mimi

Nicki said...

Sounds like the best birthday ever! I wish *I* could have MY birthday at Disney World! ;)

AZ Chapman said...

looks like fun

A Life Full of Love said...

Aw, what an incredible trip and birthday celebration! Awesome!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

How I love Disney...as in addict..So glad to find your blog while blog hopping today. I love making new friends and finding new blogs.
I enjoyed my visit to yours. http://teresa-grammygirlfriend.blogspot.com/

starrlife said...

Oh those pics are priceless! Happy Birthday to Kayla (belated) and I hope all goes well for the rest of the trip!

The Girls' Mommy said...

That looks GREAT!!! I want to hear more about the pass when you get time.

PEA said...

Omigosh, I so loved all the pictures, especially the ones with the faeries:-) Kayla looks so happy and thrilled to be meeting all these wonderful Disney characters. As for Lucas, poor thing, he really was not happy to have them so close! lol Such a wonderful day and truly makes me wish I could have been with you all to enjoy it:-) xoxo

Chris said...

What great photos!! Happy belated birthday to Kayla. So glad her time at Disney was so magical.

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Best.Princess.Pictures.Ever! How sweet. I'm so glad that you guys had a great time. I can tell by the look on her face that you did.

Penny said...

Great pictures! I love your blog! Your kids are adorable! Kayla looks precious in every one of those pics on your lefthand sidebar. I love her smile! =)

Big Sister said...

I just can't get enough of that smile!

Izzy 'N Emmy said...

What a fabulous day for the Princess and handsome Lucas! The photos are awesome and you can see the happiness in Kayla's eyes and smile!

I love that Lucas was a bit hesitant, but it looks as though he had a blast too! :)

Jeanette said...

What an amazing birthday trip!!! Kayla looks so thrilled! It truly is a magical place.