We got up bright and early Sunday morning to eat breakfast and head to Epcot.  My goal every day was to be there before park opening, but it never happened.  We were always 15-20 minutes later than park opening.  I tried...
My favorite people walking the little hike to breakfast at Caribbean Beach Resort.  We enjoyed our little walks every morning.  It was so pretty!

Ryleigh decided she was going to overcome her fears and be brave and ride every roller coaster.  She even asked for prayer requests in her Sunday school class.
  Avery on the other hand, would get a nervous stomach thinking about Ryleigh riding roller coasters. Must be the "twin" thing. ;)  So, Will and Ryleigh headed straight to Test Track, which I'm pretty sure is the fastest coaster in all of Disney World, and Avery and I headed to ride other rides (which turned into looking at pins forever). 

Ryleigh was pretty nervous about Test Track, but forced herself on it.
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Here she is hiding and holding on to her daddy for dear life.  She said she kept waiting for it to get bad, and it never got as bad as she imagined.

Test Track conquered! 

And here's Avery and I hanging out. 

We met back up and toured the world.  My two like to do the Kidcot thing and get the stamps from all the different countries while we walk. 
If you know my daughter you know she's OBSESSED with pandas.  She was in panda heaven in China!
Both of them really like China and needed souvenirs.
Ryleigh picked some decorations for her room (after I said no to more panda stuffed animals approximately 4,822 times and Avery picked...
This awesome hat!!  :D

We also stopped by the France bakery for snacks.
Ryleigh was very jealous that her brother got to meet Beymax so we had to go see him one more time.
How cute is she?!?!  Look at that face!  She's 9, so sadly I'm pretty sure she knows Mickey Mouse isn't a real mouse and just a human dressed up, but I'm also pretty sure she thought this was the real, authentic Beymax.  :D 

We ate dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, The Garden Grill.  It's way up on our favorite list because a. the food is always good and b. its small and the characters come to your table more than once, and its very laid back.

Everyone takes selfies with Disney characters, right?
And let's not forget the fake twins birthday cakes!
It was so very busy this day, so we ended up not getting to ride two of our favorites, Soarin' and Spaceship Earth.  Oh well!  There's always next time.

A few more pics of our day.
Our sweet friends we tried to spend as much time as possible with. :)

After walking over 20,000 steps we headed back to our resort to sleep and get ready for Magic Kingdom the next day! I plan to recap it tomorrow!  See day 1 recap HERE.

 
 
My little family and I went to Disney World last week!  And we wanted to live there and are sad to be back to reality.  Day 1 is really day 1/2 because we decided to leave on Friday after work and drive as far as we could and then drive just a little on Saturday. 
So after everyone was home from school and work, we packed, loaded the car, and headed south. (Yes, I'm a last minute packer.  You could say, "let's go to <insert destination>, be ready in an hour!" and I'd be ready).

And....hit Atlanta about 6pm on a Friday night...If you've ever driven through Atlanta, GA then you know what I'm talking about...

Pretty sure this is what my face looked like the whole way through ATL...

We were actually making really good time and made it to Valdosta, GA about 11pm.  Will decided it was time for bed so we pulled off an exit to look for a motel.  We found one with vacancy, but it was way too expensive for a few hours.  We can do better than that. Famous last words...

We drove, and drove, and drove, and there was no vacancy...Anywhere...From Valdosta to Orlando...NO VACANCY...

We were up for anything...Motel 6, EconoLodge, Not picky at this point. 

3am...we find a resort that looked not too bad in the dark...

And they were renovating.  The guy said they had one room with one bed and no curtain...Ummmm...we'll take it?
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That's our room, right up there, on the second floor, with no curtain...

How I slept that night/morning...
So that's an adventure we'll talk about for years!

Luckily, while we were laying there, Will got a text that our room at Disney was ready.  HALLELUJAH! We got out of there and headed to Disney World!

We stayed at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. In a pirate room!  So fun and the kids loved it!  I had heard bad things about the long walk from the rooms to the food court, but we didn't mind at all.  As a matter of fact, we all enjoyed our little 13 minute (we timed it) walk every morning before breakfast.
We showered, checked out our resort, and headed to Disney Springs (aka downtown Disney).
My kids are into Disney pin trading, so they needed something to keep their collections in.  They have lanyards, but sometimes the pins fall off and then we're sad when they are lost. Avery got a big bag for his and Ryleigh chose a small one.
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Snack time!

We had dinner reservations at T-Rex Cafe.  Pretty cool place, but so very loud! We ordered the Chocolate Extinction for dessert, complete with a volcano in the middle.  Oh, and btw, we always say we're celebrating their birthdays while we are at Disney.  Ryleigh's is February 13, so pretty close, but Avery's is in November.  Whatever.  They get told happy birthday all week and asked 1000 times if they are twins.  This trip they decided to answer yes to that question. They had a whole twin story going. ;)
Afterwards, we hopped a bus back to our resort and slept so much better than the night before.  Or maybe that was just me?  See you tomorrow for Day 2!
 
 
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Longtime 'Wishes' fireworks show at Disney's Magic Kingdom will be ending with the new show, 'Happily Ever After' taking its place May 12.  I'm sad to see it go, but excited to see something new!  What about you? 
Read more about it HERE.
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It's not just a rumor.  It is true.  Walt Disney World has increased the ticket prices. Beginning February 12, one day at the Magic Kingdom will cost $99 during Value Season (up from $97), $115 during the Regular period (up from $110) and Peak period will hold at $124.  Read the full article here. http://thekingdominsider.com/walt-disney-world-ticket-prices-increase-february-2017/.
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