Disney World Christmas 09

Magic Bound

Keeping the Disney World trip a surprise from Max has been so. much. fun.

Earlier this week we started giving out clues to our destination.  He remembered that we would be missing his Christmas recital/play on Monday so, as far as I can tell, he thinks we are going somewhere for just that day.  Not the whole week.

Also, he knows it’s our anniversary.  So he thinks we’re taking him somewhere special for our anniversary.  Cute.

We’ve been giving him one clue each day and he loves this game!  I wait until he asks me for it and, shockingly, he doesn’t ask every 5 minutes.  It’s been perfectly timed, like at the dinner table or while he was getting ready for bed.

So far his clues have been:

1.  It’s not in Maryland

2. It has something to do with a Lego store

This one got him really excited!  I needed a clue that would throw him off the Disney track because his first guess to clue #1 was “are we going to Disneyland and Legoland?”  Nooo, we’re not going all the way to California, are you crazy?  heeeheeee

3.  We’re getting on an airplane

By the way, he no longer has a double ear infection.  That’s right, his ENT said he had NO fluid in his ears.  Ya’ll.  The pediatrician said it was nasty thick fluid last Friday so I was excited that in the 5 days since the start of antibiotics it was already clear.  At this time, we just need to follow up in 6 months and I can breathe a sigh of relief about the change in air pressure while flying.

4.  We’re going to see a kingdom

Wow, did his eyes get big!  He said, “okay, okay, I got it.”  Then he recalled the four clues, head down and pacing the kitchen as he talked.  He might have had his hands behind his back, too.  I was giggling and wished I had my camera near by.

His guess was that we’re getting on an airplane, flying to Virginia, then going to the Lego Store that Aunt Jen took him to (Tyson’s Corner, about 30 minutes away) and we’re going to see a giant Lego set from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull [from Indiana Jones]!

This is just too good.  I can only imagine his reaction when we go to Downtown Disney the first night to see the massive Lego store there and THEN take him to Hollywood Studios the next day to see the Indiana Jones stunt show.

Tomorrow’s clue will be something about how the place is really goofy.

Then, on Sunday, we’ll reveal where we’re going at Pops & Nana’s house.  We have personalized Mickey Mouse ear hats for all three of us (Mike and I got ours from friends who went to DW for their honeymoon and Max got his from our friend Livi who visited a couple of years ago) so maybe we’ll wear them or something.  I haven’t really figured that out yet.  I just wanted to tell him with lots of family in the room.  He’ll love the excitement and attention.

I’ll let you know how it goes.  Meanwhile, I’m so excited I can’t stand it.  I feel like a little kid!

Here are our plans:

Mon – Downtown Disney where we have dinner reservations at Rainforest Cafe.  We’re staying at one of the hotels in Downtown Disney.

Tues – Hollywood Studios then hop to Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (’til midnight!)

Wed – Flexible day (Sleep in?  Yes.  Epcot? Animal Kingdom? Back to HS?  Mosey around?  Not sure.  We have dinner reservations at Hollywood and Vine…should we stick with them?  anyone? anyone?)

Thurs – (35!) Character breakfast at Magic Kingdom, hop to Epcot for the afternoon and dinner reservations at Biergarten, then watch Illuminations.

Fri – come home

Yep!  So excited!


10 thoughts on “Magic Bound

  1. Sounds so fun – I can’t wait to see pictures! Hope you guys have an awesome time. Happy early Birthday! My birthday is on Saturday. 🙂 (although I’m….ahem….a few years older)

  2. Hollywood and Vine is pretty good. We ate their for our first time a few weeks ago. You probably know all about it and if not (allears.net) has all the menus. It’s buffet and JoJo & Goliath, Leo & June (Little Einsteins) are in there. We went for lunch, 11 is the earliest time and we were there. There were about 5 total families and we had the characters to ourselves which was wonderful. They kept coming back. Goliath sat down forever at the table and Cole LOVED it!! The food was pretty good, your typical buffet. Breakfast buffet was being taken up and looked yummy. Our other favorite place there is Sci-Fi b/c of the drive in feel. You sit in a car, “outside” (inside, but it looks like outside at night) with the huge drive in screen playing crazy old flicks. Mostly “horror” flicks, but not scary… more like the attack of the killer tomato and such. VERY family friendly. It’s really cute and the food is yummy. If you want characters though, you made a good choice. (Other character faves: Chef Mickey’s of course, Crystal Palace) And now our super duper new fave that we are forever doing and it was new to us as well, I’m so normally not a morning breakfast person…funny what a baby does to ya..anyway… breakfast @ O’hana @ the Polynesian Resort. *so you can easily hop on the monorail for Magic Kingdom or EPCOT* The food is SO SO SO good and Mickey, Pluto, Lilo & Stitch are there. They were very interactive and fun. If you aren’t on the dining plan, it’s cheaper than a lunch or dinner character meal too. I’d have never thought it would shoot to the faves list so fast, but it is now a must do for us.

    Have so much fun. Take tons of pictures. I’m soooo excited for you.

    Don’t forget to ask to ride in the front of the monorail at some point. If someone isn’t there, you can. If it’s full that time, ask again.

    If you do nothing that day….you can always take the boat from Downtown Disney to Port Orleans Riverside or French Quarter (Riverside is where we stayed last 2 times) get off and see what the resorts are like. Walk around, eat an ice cream from there quickie area. Then take the boat ride back. It’s about a 12ish minute boat ride, they run every 15 minutes. It’s free and something to do, see a resort or two. You see the tree house villa’s from the boat, some of one golf course. It’s not “thrilling”, but little boys like boats right?!

    I guess I shoulda sent an email huh?! 🙂

    Have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. They won’t let you ride in the front of the monorail anymore. 😦 Well, that was true in September- maybe they have changed the rules back…

    SO smart to have a flexible day – that was our mistake if we made one was just trying to do it all. But, there isn’t a thing I would have wanted to miss, so not sure how that would work! 😉

    Be sure to get the cinnamon almonds at Magic Kingdom. Crave them every. day.

    I think the show at the end of the night was the best at Hollywood Studios (can’t remember the name right now…), but if you want a seat go early – like an hour early. We got to stand through it WAY in the back and it definitely was not the best way to see it.

    Can’t wait to hear how it goes and how excited Max is!!!!!! Have a fabulous time!!

  4. The suspense builds! I can’t wait to hear about his reaction when everything comes clear.

    I think flexibility is good because sometimes buses take longer or lines or longer and you have to work around things like that.

    I think it’s a good idea to have reservations for at least one sit down meal a day–we learned that too late, but will rectify next time. Some places you can make reservations 24 hours before–so you could still do some when you get there. It’s a nice respite from THE PARK and you get more of a real meal than food court type stuff.

    Pack sturdy snacks!! It’ll save time, money and sanity.

    I think you should visit Animal Kingdom at least part of one day. It’s worth it–esp. the Lion King Show. There are a few rides too in dino land.

    Take a blank book for autographs (or conveniently buy one there :)). Can you buy cheap rain ponchos at home and pack them? Of course the parks sell them. 🙂

    Our faves were of course Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. I wish we had had time to see more of Epcot–but Illuminations is highly enjoyable. Mickey’s Christmas party is def. worth it!!! We never saw Downtown Disney, so can’t wait to hear abuot that. We’ll have to see it next time for sure since A. is ALL into Legos now.

    At Hollywood Studios is the Fantasmic show with Mickey at night. And at Epcot there is a Candlight Processional for the holidays.

    Whew!! Sorry for the looong comment. 🙂 Have FUN!!

  5. You are going to have a fabulous time! Looks like our weather will be cooperating to give you beautiful days.

    I put in a vote for Animal Kingdom, it’s my second favorite (Magic Kingdom is #1).

    Oh, good luck getting Max OUT of the LEGO store! Last time we were there with our LEGO lover, she had to see and touch every brick in the place! Maybe after an hour or so you can leave Dad and Max in the LEGO store and go check out some of the other stores. Downtown Disney has some great places to shop!

    Have FUN! 🙂

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